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The Best Mexican Vacation Destination of All

The Best Mexican Vacation Destination of All

If you ask those that have visited parts of Mexico to tell you the best Mexican vacation destination, it is likely that you will get a variety of answers. That is because everyone of the vacation destinations in this country are top-class and offer a myriad of attractions and activities geared to suit the interests of a wide variety of visitors.

Cabo San Lucas was once a tranquil fishing village and a haven for pirates. Today it is a popular resort and sees many tourists each year. It is not a heavily populated area with a total population of about 40,000. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula and enjoys a great climate with temperatures that remain stable all year long at about 78? There are many beaches, such as the main beach of Playa Medano if you love people watching or a quiet beach such as that of Playa del Amor, which means Lover’s beach. There are also many little coves where you can be completely alone. The sportfishing experience is one of the best in the world and there is a wealth of water sports available. Enjoy golfing, horseback riding and dine at some of the best restaurants with world-renowned chefs.

Mexico City will provide you with the ultimate in numerous pre-Columbia historic sites. This is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world where it is a thrill to simply watch the traffic. Take a walking tour of the city starting at the Chapultepec Woods and visit the many museums along the route, such as the Anthropological National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. La Feria is the oldest amusement park in the city and Los Pinos is the official residence of the president of the country. Shop in the affluent Polanco district where the malls are truly exquisite. Visit Templo Mayor to see the origins of Mexican culture and spend a day meandering the cobblestone streets of the Coyoacan District where there are gardens, quaint stores and many restaurants.

The resort town of Acapulco has been featured in many films and is famed for its beauty along the Pacific Coast. It is the ideal vacation destination if you want to stroll around the town. Cliff diving at night is one of the most popular attractions as is a visit to the Fuerte de San Diego that once provide protection against the pirates that roamed the coast. The Zona Dorada area has been compared to Sunset Boulevard and contains a large number of exclusive shops, if shopping is on your list of things to do. The sandy beaches have cabanas you can rent if you want to spend the day swimming in the ocean or engaging in the many watersports along the beach. The resort hotels offer all kinds of amenities, from multiple pools to exotic gardens and opportunities to play golf and tennis.

Puerta Vallarta is another popular destination as are the many resort towns along …

California Resort Has Mexican Beach Feel

California Resort Has Mexican Beach Feel

For those who’ve tried them, Mexican beach resorts are among the most relaxing vacations or getaways one can imagine  long stretches of beach, palm trees, a cerveza or margarita never far from one’s grasp. It’s easy to drift along like some white fluffy cloud with your only worry being when the next drink server will come along.

But not many folks can afford to do this very often.Today’s air fare is a little higher than in past years so these aren’t exactly cheap vacations. And it’s hardly worth going to Mexico unless you can stay a week — who has a week anymore to just sit and do nothing?

The answer is to find a similar resort that’s a little closer and, when you eliminate your airfare, a little cheaper. You need to find someplace where you can just hop in your car and drive a few hours, stay two or three days, and get back home just as refreshed as if you’d been to the Mexican Riviera.

You need to check out the Embassy Suites Hotel Mandalay Beach Resort in, of all places, Oxnard, California. This is a California vacation that feels like you’re in the heart of Mexico.

Before we visited the Mandalay Beach Resort, my only recollection of Oxnard was a time when I was 19 years old driving through California with a buddy, eating cans of tuna fish to save money and looking for a place to crash that was just as cheap as cheap could get. We found just such a place in Oxnard, but were too scared of our surroundings to get to sleep.

Fast forward to Oxnard of the New Millennium and, while its tourism infrastructure is not quite complete, the area is fast becoming a popular destination for people who enjoy California beach vacations. About an hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles, the area is close enough to major population areas to be accessible, yet undeveloped enough to feel like you’re really getting away from the rat race.

Positioned on some of the best real estate in the Oxnard area, the Mandalay Beach Resort is everything that the Oxnard visitor industry wants to be  it’s a waterfront playground that has style, lots of amenities, plenty of wide-open spaces and a wide beach that stretches for miles. And, yes, it has plenty of Mexican beer and margaritas.

Traveling Highway 101 northwest from Los Angeles, you’d never imagine that this resort area was just a few miles off the freeway. The urban sprawl along the freeway is not particularly attractive and most people headed north know that an especially spectacular beachside city of Santa Barbara is just another half hour ahead. So it’s no wonder that people just don’t think of Oxnard when they think vacation paradise.

But if you take the Victoria Avenue exit and travel across several miles of agricultural fields, you will come to the Mandalay Beach area, one of many beaches along this part of the coast. The …