It is the land of the Aztecs, the home of the world's largest Spanish-speaking population, and the nation of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other giants of art, literature, and history. Today, Mexico is a country of more than 122 million people and an astoundingly diverse collection of thriving cities, centuries-old ruins, and tranquil coastlines in 31 states and a federal district. You'll travel from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east, finding comfort along the way in our beautiful Mexico vacation rentals.
With borders that stretch from the United States to Belize and Guatemala, Mexico's 761,000 square miles make it the 13th largest independent nation in the world. And there's no better place to begin your visit than Mexico City, or D.F. as it is locally known. Take a tour of the National Museum of Anthropology or the Palace of Fine Arts, and stand in awe of the pyramids at Teotihuacan just 30 miles east. You can also pay a visit to nearby Puebla to find centuries of colonial history (and several million fewer residents than the sprawling capital city).
To the north of Mexico City are the highland towns of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, two picturesque colonial villages in which time seems to stand still. And to the south of the capital is Oaxaca, a culinary epicenter of the Sierra Madre del Sur perched at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Sample mole, mezcal, quesillo, and tlayudas, or plan a beach escape to nearby Hualtuco on the ocean coast.
So many of Mexico's 32 million annual foreign visitors are in search of sunshine, sand, and impossibly turquoise waters - all of which you'll find in seaside towns across the country. Head to the Yucatan Peninsula to wander through scenic ruins at Chichén Itzá or find utter relaxation in Tulum and Playa del Carmen, which are known for their vibrant dining scenes and calm, clear waters.
The southern tip of Baja California has also been beloved by travelers for years, thanks to the unmatched tranquility of Todos Santos, as well as the gorgeous rock formations and world-class golf courses of Los Cabos.
Our Mexico vacation rentals can make this fascinating country your home away from home - begin planning your Latin American escape today!
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