Where to go Scuba Diving in Mexico


Mexico is a popular destination for a variety of reasons; sandy beaches, great food, and an incredible history are a few of the main draws. But, ask any diver and they will tell you that scuba diving Mexico is the real highlight.

From cenotes to the open sea, there are plenty of dive sites and opportunities to explore the underwater world of Mexico.

Whether you are interested in interesting geography, big marine life, or just want to see it all, this guide will highlight the best scuba diving in Mexico, allowing you to get the most of your Mexico diving vacation.

– NOTE: The locations on this list are indeed the best in the country, but are not ranked in any way. The list is random. Number 8 might be just as good as number 1. You decide. 

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Where are the best dive sites in Mexico?

There are so many options when it comes to scuba diving in this jewel of Latin America, and that is one thing I love about it. Here are the top 17 recommendations for the best dive sites in Mexico.

| The Yukatan |

1. Cancun

scuba diving mexico
Located on the northeastern section of the Yucatan Peninsula, this sea-side city is probably the most popular tourist destination in Mexico. Idyllic white sands, tropical resorts, and renowned beach parties make it a hot spot.

It’s also considered to be the gateway to the Mayan World as several important archaeological sites are nearby.

Since the major international airport is here, you will almost certainly be going through Cancun at some point in your Yukatan travels, so you might as well hit up some of the local dive sites.


Popular dive sites:

  • MUSA Underwater
  • Museum Ultrafreeze Wreck
  • Sleepy Shark Caves
  • Punta Cancun
  • Pared Verde
  • C-58 Wreck


Other things to see and do in Cancun:


Cancun diving is great, but it’s worth it to have a couple days to explore the area as well. If you are interested in ancient history and the Mayan civilization, a visit to the nearby Chichen Itza is a must.

Chichen Itza has been declared by UNESCO as one of the new 7 ancient wonders of the world, and is an easy day trip from Cancun. There are also several other archaeological sites in the area including Coba, El Rey and El Meco.

To read a more comprehensive list of Cancun sites and attractions, CLICK HERE.

2. Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeras isn’t really a well known location for lots of scuba diving, but we definitely need to mention it because it is one of the best locations in the world to see whale sharks. 

Usually the whale shark tours are for snorkeling, but you can also find dive tours. However you do it, you are probably going to see some amazing giants. Last season we saw about 200 whale sharks in one day! 

How to get to Isla Mujeras:

The most common way of traveling to Isla Mujeres is to take the Ultramar Ferry from Puerto Juarez, which departs every half-hour and costs 300 pesos round-trip. The trip takes 20 minutes. You can also take the ferry from Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol or El Embarcadero in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

3. Playa Del Carmen

bull shark diving mexico

Playa Del Carmen is another very popular Yukatan destination, and it’s highlights must certainly be the beaches and diving. You can both explore lots of cenotes nearby, as well as some dives off-shore. 

There will be a bunch of locations on this list, that are very well known for their large number of cenotes, and although Playa Del Carmen also has it’s fair share, there is also more to offer in the area. 

One of our favorite dives, is the seasonal bullshark dive, where your dive shop will take you just off-shore, and let you watch as they hand feed some giant sharks. It is truly a one of a kind experience not to miss! 


How to get to Playa Del Carmen:

The closest airport to Playa Del Carmen is the Cancun airport, which is about an hour drive. Playa Del Carmen is also accessible by public bus.

There is a bus run by ADO that travels between the airport and the central bus station in Playa Del Carmen every hour (sometimes more often during busy season).

Tickets can be purchased on the bus or at the ADO booth. Tickets will be cheaper if you pay by soles over US dollars.


Popular dive sites:

  • Sabalos
  • Mama Vina wreck
  • Mamitas, Los Arcos and Mo Che for sharks
  • Tortugas Reef
  • Playa Verde
  • Tons of cenotes- read our comprehensive guide to Cenotes in Mexico


Other things to see and do in Playa del Carmen:

The main attraction in Playa del Carmen is the scuba diving and cenotes, but it’s a fun place to explore as well. Relaxing beach clubs, shops, and spas line the streets of this town.

It’s also quite popular for golf enthusiasts and those interested in eco tourism. During the summer tourists can participate in night walks to keep an eye out for turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Playa is also the gateway to the much smaller Cozumel and also Tulum, so once you get your partying and shopping done, you can head over to one of them for a quieter time. 

You can of course also check out the best beaches in Mexico. and also a list of great side trips from Playa HERE.

ALSO READ: The 62 Best Cenotes in Mexico – The ultimate guide

4. Tulum

Tulum is a smaller, quieter version of Cancun or Playa, but still with plenty to do. People don’t just love the beaches, the food, and the over-all vibe of Tulum, they flock here just for the amazing cenotes. 

If you are coming to Mexico to explore lots of cenotes, whether it be diving or just swimming, Tulum might be the best place to be based, to be able to get to lots of them easily. 

I don’t want to go into too much detail about all of the cenotes in the area, closest to Tulum, because they deserve a guide all for themselves. And we have that guide!

For more in-depth information on all the cenotes near Tulum, how to get to them, what to see, costs and more, check out our comprehensive guide to Cenotes in Mexico. Be sure to check out Dos Ojos, and The Pit, some of our favorites!

Not many people know this, but there are actually some ocean dives from Tulum that you can do. Just ask around at dive centers if they can make it happen, if interested. There is La Piscina and Coquitos and Sting Ray Pinnacles.


How to get to Tulum:

Tulum is located down the coast from Playa del Carmen, or even further down from Cancun. Private shuttles and taxis can be arranged, but the best option is to take the bus to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun/airport, then transfer to a second bus (run by ADO, AU, or Mayab) to take you the rest of the way.

The bus from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen will cost less than $10, a little more if coming from the airport, and the bus from Playa to Tulum will cost less than $5. The whole journey from the airport will take less than 2 hours, depending on wait time for that second bus at Playa station. 


Other things to do around Tulum:

Aside from diving, the main highlight here are the Tulum ruins. Also nearby are the Coba ruins and Muyil archaeological site. And don’t forget the white sand beach, and the incredible street food vendors!

5. Cozumel

SCUBA diving IN cozumel

Cozumel is a Caribbean island located off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Its safe streets, beautiful beaches, and friendly people make it a popular spot among tourists.

However Cozumel diving is the main attraction, with some of the best sites in the country. During my entire last visit I both dove with Salty Endeavors Dive center, as well as took advantage of their own nice apartment rentals they have there on the island.

Although there are a few cenotes in Cozumel, they are usually closed to the public, especially for divers. The main attraction are the awesome dive sites just off shore. 


How to get to Cozumel:

Cozumel does have its own airport, but it is significantly smaller than that in Cancun. Some major north American cities offer direct flights, however most travelers fly into Cancun then catch a bus to Playa del Carmen.

From Playa del Carmen you can take a ferry to Cozumel. The ferry departs hourly and costs less than $15USD per person (one way). If you have some extra money to spare and are looking for a unique experience, you can fly in a tiny plane from Cancun to Cozumel.

Tickets are about $75USD and the views are stunning.

diving cozumel


Dive sites in Cozumel:

  • Palancar Reef
  • Devil’s Throat
  • Colombia Wall
  • Santa Rosa Wall
  • Paradise Beach
  • Barge Wreck


Other things to see and do in Cozumel:

The main reason to visit Cozumel is for the snorkelling and diving, but the island is home to some impressive archaeological sites. If you have extra time consider visiting San Gervsio, El Caracol, and Carretera Costera Sur.

For those looking to relax, Cozumel is also home to beautiful beaches and beach clubs, as well as tons of great eats. 

6. Merida

Merida isn’t even on the coast, and is more known for it’s surrounding Mayan ruins, than for the scuba diving. But a big part of the Mayan world are the various cenotes used in ceremonies, and for us scuba divers that means tons of awesome cave exploring. 

If you want to go on a quest to dive as many cenotes as possible, you can combine a trip to Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Valladolid and Merida, and experience the best cenotes in the world. 

Just like Vallodolid, be sure to check out the local Mayan ruins while in the area, some of them might even make for great surface intervals! 

Some of the cenotes closest to Merida include Cenote KankirixcheCuzama CenotesCenote Xlacah and many more. 


How to get to Merida:

Check out the map above, but as you can see Merida is pretty far inland, but it is a popular tourist destination, so easy to get to. There are direct routes from Cancun, going through Valladolid, as well as from Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. 

Head to any ADO bus station in any city, and they will have lots of buses heading to Merida, multiple times per day. 

7. Valladolid

Similar to Merida, Valladolid is pretty far inland, and not well known for diving. It is the spot to go to see the amazing Chichen Itza pyramid, but few people know that there are lots of great cenotes in the area to explore. 

Infact, there is one cenote, Cenote Sagrado, that is at Chichen Itza, where lots of gold and artifacts are still being found. It is off-limits to divers now, but you can still take a swim.

Some of the cenotes closest to Valladolid include Cenote DzitnupCenote SamulaCenote Zaci and many more.

chichen itza


How to get to Valladolid:

There are tons of options for buses as its a popular destination, and the buses are big and comfortable with AC. Head to any ADO bus station in Cancun, Tulum, Playa or Merida and there will be multiple buses each day.

8. Mahahual and Chinchorro


Mahahual used to be a small, quiet fishing village on the coast, although thanks to a cruise ship port, it has become significantly busier over the past few years.

About 35km off the coastline is Chinchorro; an atoll reef and nature reserve known for the surrounding shipwrecks. Mahahual has some nice dive sties, but for those with more time, Chincorro is the real star.

If you are looking to experience some of the best of Mexico diving, it’s a must.


How to get to Mahahual:


The closest airport to Mahahual is Cancun, but it’s still a few hours away. If you plan on renting a car, Mahahual is about a 4 hour drive from Cancun.

If you prefer public transportation, the ADO bus runs between the two cities, leaving once per day at 3:30pm. The bus also picks up passengers from Playa del Carmen and Tulum if you happen to be staying at either of those locations.

If you are in the market for some of the more remote locations to dive in Mexico, this is it.


Dive sites around Mahahual:

  • Escalones
  • Curarenta Canones (40 Cannons)
  • Copper Clad Wreck
  • SS Far Star
  • The Cut
  • Punta Isabel
  • La Boya


Other things to see and do in Mahahual:

Unsurprisingly, there are several Mayan ruins nearby including Chacchoben, Kohunlich, Dzibanche, and Ichkabal.

Other popular activities in the area include sea kayaking, sailing, and for those interested in conservation, you can visit GVI (Global Vision International) which is about 35km away, where you can learn (and even volunteer) about marine conservation around the area

9. Xcalack


Xcalack is a tiny town on the peninsula, south of Mahahual, actually closer to Belize then Mexico. it is on the same and mass as Ambergris Cay, north of San Pedro, which also has some great diving.

Xcalak is located within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park, a Federal Marine Park with strict environmental regulations. If you want some of the best diving in Mexico, it would be awesome to combine Xcalak, Mahahual and Chinchorro. Maybe even wander down into Belize as well!

How to get to Xcalak:

The best way to get here is to rent a car, and take the scenic road trip. It’ll take at least 7-8 hours, but thats a lot less than the ever stopping buses. From Cancun just drive down the coastal highway to Mahahual.

Just before Mahahual there is a intersection at a Pemex gas station, where you can turn off towards Xcalak, and from there it’s another 60 km / 37 mi along the jungle road

| The Pacific & Baja |

10. Soccoro Islands & Revillagigedo


Socorro island, one of the Revillagigedo Islands, is a small volcanic island 600km off the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s an incredible spot for diving, best known for the surrounding pelagic life in the area.

It’s been referred to as the Galapagos of Mexico, and is considered to be some of the best of scuba diving Mexico.


How to get to Soccoro:

Soccoro has a navy base, and a small village to hold military members, but there is no public airport or access point. For this reason the only way to visit Soccoro for diving is by doing a liveaboard. Your best bet is to get a dive tour from a shop in Cabo San Lucas.


Best time of the year to visit Soccoro:


The best time to dive in Soccoro is between the months of November and May when the weather and seas are calmer. November to January and April/May are best for sharks and rays. January to April offer a better chance of seeing humpback whales.


Dive sites in Soccoro:

  • Roca Partida: A 50m high pinnacle
  • Punta Tosca: A good spot to find dolphins and silky sharks
  • Cabo Pearce: A reef jutting off into the current, great place to see dolphins.
  • The Canyon: Off San Benedicto Island; schools of hammerheads, manta rays, silky sharks, and Galapagos sharks.
  • El Fondeadero: A cleaning station for pacific mantas, and if you are lucky, humpback whales.
  • The Aquarium: A Macro dive site.


What to expect to see diving in Soccoro:

Soccoro is famous for its pelagic life. Don’t expect coral reefs here; it’s all about the big stuff. Divers in Soccoro can expect to see dolphins, sharks, manta rays, and even whales.

11. Puerto Vallarta & Islas Marias

Puerto Vallarta is a popular vacation spot on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Beautiful beaches, jungles, and hidden waterfalls add to the attraction of this tropical holiday destination. It is also one of the best scuba diving destination in Mexico.

Off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, 62km away, is an archipelago made up of four islands called the Islas Marias. The area is a wildlife sanctuary with some fantastic diving.


How to get to Puerto Vallarta:

Peurto Vallarta is served by Gustavo Diaz Ordaz international airport, which offers direct flights to many major north American cities. To take a taxi into the city, visit the official taxi kiosk in the main airport atrium. Anyone that may approach you before then is not an official taxi and it is advised not to use them.

If you don’t have too much luggage, you can also take a bus. The bus stop is located on the left side of the main exit, under the pedestrian overpass. You can take a bus marked ‘Centro’ or ‘Zona Romantica’ to the city center. The bus will take about 20-30 minutes.



Dive sites near Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta

  • Los Arcos: Characterized by caves and large granite structures, Los Arcos is a popular sit for both say and night dives. During the day you may see manta rays and eagle rays along with plenty of tropical fish including puffers, angelfish, and possibly turtles. At night you can find lobsters and octopus hiding among the crags. It’s a calm dive suite, and suitable for divers of all levels.
  • El Morro: Lots of caves and pinnacles make up the landscape for El Morro. Dolphins, turtles, and sailfish can be seen here as well as whale sharks during the months of May, June, and July. Currents are strong here so it is not recommended for novice divers.
  • Los Anegados: Caves, and interesting rock formations provide shelter to eagle rays, nurse sharks, and moray eels. Occasionally, giant mantas can be seen here as well.
  • El Sequial: A large plateau that drops off into the deep, this is a good spot to see sailfish, larger shark species, and tuna. The current can be strong here, so it’s not recommended for novice divers.


Dive Sites around Islas Marias

  • Colomitos: A scenic dive great for both day and night diving. Colomitos is in a protected cove with plenty of coral and schools of fish. At night you can see the coral unfurling, and hunting octopus.
  • El Chimo: Sandy slopes and big drop offs characterize this site, along with strong currents which make it a hotspot for large pelagic species. If you are lucky you will see whales and their calves from April-December, or whale sharks between May and July.

*On your way out to the dive sites closer to Islas Marias, keep your eye out for dolphins (year round) and humpback whales during whale season.


Other things to see and do in Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta is worth spending a few days to explore. The nearby jungle and waterfalls are great for adventure seekers. Whale watching, kitesurfing, surfing, golfing, horseback riding, and sailing are all popular activities in the area.

Animal lovers should also consider participating in one of the turtle watching programs.

12. Los Cabos & Cabo Pulmo

los cabos diving

A large Peninsula dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Cortez, the Baja Peninsula offers some fantastic sites for those interested in scuba diving in Mexico. While there are sites up and down the coast, the best sites can be found Los Cabos and Cabos Pulmo.

Los Cabos is made up of two towns: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. Cabo San Lucas is a popular resort town while San Jose Del Cabo is known for its historical city. Both are popular with tourists interested in a beach vacation.

Cabo Pulmo as been a marine reserve since 1995 and has been described as being ‘the most robust marine reserve in the world’.


How to get to Los Cabos:

Los Cabos has a regional airport just outside of San Jose Del Cabo, and about 30-40 minutes from Cabo San Lucas. For those looking to go to Cabo San Lucas, there is a paid shuttle bus to the resorts, or you can take Ruta del Desierto bus.

A ticket for the local bus will cost about $5USD.

While the airport is the most popular way of arriving, it is also possible to drive to Los Cabos down Highway 1. However, this is only recommended for those that speak Spanish and are experienced with driving in Mexico.

Los Cabos


How to get to Cabo Pulmo:

Cabo Pulmo is a small town, about 60 miles North of Cabo San Lucas. If you are planning to stay in the area, you can drive or take a taxi from Cabo San Lucas (or the airport). It is also possible to visit Cabo Pulmo with a dive shop as a day trip; check with local operators for more information .


Dive sites in Los Cabos:

  • Land’s End: The underwater geology of this dive site almost mirrors that above the water; ridges, walls, and crevices extending into the deep. Plenty of colourful corals on the walls.
  • Santa Maria: A bay dive that is said to be better on the left side (looking out to see) rather than the right. Small gullies provide hiding spots for all kinds of fish including rays, snake eels, and lobsters after dark.
  • Chileno Bay: Rocky reefs with plenty of coral and hiding reef fish.
  • Palmilla Shore: Small rocky pinnacles great for the little things; plenty of hermit crabs, shrimp.
  • Gordo Banks: A deep, dark dive, this is where you might find sharks, rays, tuna, and eels. it’s recommended to bring a flashlight.
  • The Wreck: Broken into three parts, the most interesting part is the hull, which is covered in fan worms and home to numerous little fish who will peep out at you through holes and cracks.


Dive Sites in Cabo Pulmo

  • Cabo Pulmo Rocky Reef: The current can be strong here, making it a fun drift dive. A garden of eels, shoals of fish, schools of tuna, coral, fans, starfish, and more make it a great dive site.
  • Cabo Pulmo Caves: A bright dive with lots of swim throughs and caves. Expect to see soldier fish, squirrel fish, and angelfish among plenty of sea fans and corals.
  • Cabo Pulmo Coral Reef: A coral covered cliff and sandy slopes below make this a very pretty dive. Towards the end the current picks up, making it a fun drift.


Other things to see and do in Los Cabos:

Los Cabos is very much set up to be a vacation spot, so activities like ATV adventures, sailing, surfing, and boat cruises are very popular.

Whale watching is another popular activity in Los Cabos. The season runs from January to March with the best times being early March. Another must-do activity is to go to Land’s End for some photos; it’s a collection of unique rock formations and home to some sea lions.

13. Guadalupe Island


Isla Guadalupe is a small Volcanic island located 150 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It’s famous for one thing only: being one of the top four places in the world to cage dive with great white sharks.

If this is a dream of yours, then add Isla Guadalupe to the list, because it’s one of the most unique experiences for scuba diving Mexico.


How to get to Isla Guadalupe:

Isla Guadalupe is only accessible by liveaboard. Some companies offer a start in California, where a bus will take you to the boat in Mexico. Others start from the Tijuana Mexico.


Best Time of Year to Visit Isla Guadalupe:

great white shark

Isla Guadalupe is accessible from August to November. The colder water temperature during these months is part of what brings the sharks to the island. Keep in mind that this is also hurricane season, so make sure to take out travel insurance just in case.


Dive sites in Isla Guadalupe:

There are no actual dive sites at Isla Guadalupe. The biggest choice you had to make i what liveaboard to go with. Each company offers different cages; some are fully enclosed, some are motorized, and some have open tops. The choice is up to you.

*It is important to note that chumming (baiting the sharks) is illegal at Isla Guadalupe. Many liveaboard companies will drop the cages to the 30m mark where the sharks congregate naturally, no baiting needed.

However, while the laws exist they are lax and some operators do entice the sharks with food. We recommend you do not advocate this practice.

14. La Paz

Jaques Custeau called the underwater world around La Paz the aquarium of the world, and once you dive into the Sea of Cortez, you’ll see why. This place is alive with marine creatures of all kinds!

Nearly year round you can see whales, sea lions, whale sharks, magnificent shipwrecks, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, sharks and more. It is definitely worthy of being included in our list of the top 100 Dive Locations in the world


How to get to La Paz:

There are two main ways to get to La Paz: Fly into San José del Cabo and commute two hours north, or fly from Mexico City straight into La Paz. Flights from major US cities to Los Cabos can be pretty cheap as its a major tourist hub.

Flights to Mexico City, flights are often slightly cheaper and the connecting flight to La Paz can range from $60 to $160.

After landing in Los Cabos, you can either rent a car and make the trip, or some people even just stay in Cabo and arrange day trips to La Paz. Some hotels will even help you coordinate transfers to La Paz, to make it easier. 

15. Puerto Escondido

puerto escondito

Puerto Escondito is one of the more remote locations on this list, and will take a little bit more overland trekking to get to it.. but not too much. It’ll be worth the trip to get away from the crowds and sit on some nice beaches.

From November to April is the best times to dive with a lot of colorful fish, like trigger, butterfly fish, stone fish, angelfish, parrots, groupers, and many others. You can easily see a lot by snorkeling, but to see it all you have to get a bit deeper.


How to get to Puerto Escondito:

The most common way to get to the coast, is to fly into Oaxaca, and then take an over-night bus down to Puerto Escondito from there. It is also possible to do the same thing from Acapulco, although it’ll take a bit longer.

| Best times of year to dive in Mexico |


Mexico as a whole has agreeable diving conditions year round. However, if you have your heart set on a certain destination, or want to increase your chance of seeing sharks, whale sharks, or whales, then you need to plan ahead of time.

As indicated in the sections above, the remote islands of  Revillagigedo and Isla Guadalupe are only accessible during certain months of the year.

Whale shark season is from May-July, bull shark season runs from November through March, and humpback whale season takes place from January to April.

If you are planning on diving the Cenotes, consider visiting during the summer months (May and September) for the best lighting.

For general diving, the best time around the Sea of Cortez is June- November.  On the Caribbean side, July and August tend to be the best months in terms of visibility, though peak season is December through March.

| Common Questions about Mexico |

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Still undecided about where to visit? Let us help a little more. Here are some suggestions based on questions we’ve gotten from readers:


-What sites are easiest to get to, and closest to Cancun, for a short visit?

Probably the best ocean diving in the Yukatan, is around Cozumel, which you can easily get to the island from Cancun. You can read above on how to get to Cozumel, but its pretty easy, and most people prefer to stay here rather than Cancun.

Cozumel is definitely close enough to Cancun for just a weekend trip, and Playa Del Carmen is even closer, and still has a few good dive sites. Especially if you are wanting to also get in some cenotes.

There is a ton of cenotes around the Yukatan, but the ones closer to Playa include Cenote Tajima HaCenote Cha MoolCenote Jardin Del Eden and many more, so you definitely have some good choices.


-What are the best dive sites for wrecks?

There really isn’t too many locations with noteable wrecks in Mexico, but there are a few in Cozumel you can explore. Some are purpose-sunk to create reef, and some are not.


-What are the best sites to combine around Yukatan?

mexico itenerary

Let me assume you have 5-7 days to do lots of diving, and give you the ultimate Yukatan itinerary. Of course you can mix it up any other way you want.

– Fly into Cancun early, and get a room for a night. If you are really early you can dive the same day, otherwise just dive on day 2. The only really good site is the Underwater Museum, so make sure to get that in while in town. You can’t do it on your last day since you’ll be flying.

– On day 2 or 3, take a bus or rental car down to Playa Del Carmen, then a ferry to Cozumel, and stay 2-3 nights. Dive the best sites for a couple days, and see the sites.

-After Cozumel head back over to Playa, then take a car or bus down to Tulum. Stay in Tulum for the rest of your trip, exploring countless cenotes, eating good food and hanging on the beach.

Don’t worry about the cenotes that are closer to Playa Del Carmen, as your dive center will take you to those as well if you ask. They are not far.

With this itinerary there really isn’t very much travel time, and you will be able to see a ton of sites on land, and dive the best locations. If you want to take the last day off of diving and take a trip to see Chichen Itza, you can do that from Tulum, then spend your last night back in Cancun. Easy trip.


-Where are locations that also have amazing beaches?

Pretty much all of them! The best beaches in Yukatan would be Cancun, Tulum, Playa and Cozumel, but don’t forget Mahahual, which is the least crowded of them all.

On the other side, you’ll get plenty of beach time in Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, and if you want to get more remote, head to Puerto Escondito, south of Oaxaca and Acapulco.

Be sure to check out our guide to the top beaches in Mexico.


-Is traveling/diving in Mexico safe?

In a nut shell, yes. The places listed above are very touristy with Americans, and crime is low. I’ve never had any problems in any of the locations, and in fact feel safer than in most big US cities.

That said, we also have to advise the normal amount of caution and use of common sense, and realize that you are not in your home country, that you are a guest, and to be respectful and mindful of laws and traditions. Then you will be fine.

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| Travel information about Mexico |

Mexico is a nation located between the U.S. and Central America. The total area is1, 972,550 km2 (761,610 sq mi) and the population is 119,530,753. The mountains are high and rugged, high plateaus, and low coastal plains. To the Pacific coast lies the spectacular beaches and in Yucatan Peninsula is where the jungle Mayan archaeological sites.

Capital city of Mexico: Mexico City

Closest neighbors to Mexico: Mexico is bordered by the United States, Guatemala, and Belize.

Best times to visit Mexico: The best time to visit Mexico is between December and April where there is no rain and the weather is cool.

How to get to Mexico: Direct flights are served from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.

Visa requirements for Mexico: Visa is not required for citizens of the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and most EU countries for less than 180 days as tourists. A passport is still required.

Currency of Mexico: Peso (MXN) is the currency of Mexico.

Official Language of Mexico: None at federal level but Spanish is the national language.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico

There are 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico and 22 on their tentative list.

Cultural (27)

  • Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (2006)
  • Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (2015)
  • Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco (1999)
  • Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes (1998)
  • Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (2010)
  • Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (2007)
  • Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl (1994)
  • El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City (1992)
  • Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro (2003)
  • Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco (1987)
  • Historic Centre of Morelia (1991)
  • Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán (1987)
  • Historic Centre of Puebla (1987)
  • Historic Centre of Zacatecas (1993)
  • Historic Fortified Town of Campeche (1999)
  • Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro (1996)
  • Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan (1998)
  • Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines (1988)
  • Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara (1997)
  • Luis Barragán House and Studio (2004)
  • Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque (1987)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza (1988)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (1987)
  • Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal (1996)
  • Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca (2010)
  • Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco (2008)
  • Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco (1993)

Natural (6)

  • Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (2016)
  • El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (2013)
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (2005)
  • Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (2008)
  • Sian Ka’an (1987)
  • Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (1993)

Mixed (1)

    • Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (2002, 2014)


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