How to Have a Mexican Getaway in One Weekend

You don’t need a full week for international travel.

By Maribeth Mellin

Need a weekend escape to a place that feels foreign and new? Try dashing to a Mexican beach.

Where to Go

If you’re on the East Coast of the U.S., you can take a short flight to the Riviera Maya or Cancún. If you’re in the West, consider heading to Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. Those in the middle can go either way through direct or connecting flights.

Many of Mexico’s all-inclusive resorts offer three- and four-day packages with plenty of activities and dining options. Other resorts often have meal plans that make it easy to just stay put. Either way, you don’t need to do a lot of planning—always a plus for a quick getaway. Pack a bathing suit and some playclothes, and you’re off!

What to Do

Lounging poolside is an essential part of a warm-weather escape. But if you’re looking to dip your toe into a little more action, choose an experience that highlights some of the best qualities of the place you’re traveling to. After all, when you have only a few days to explore, it’s important to balance relaxation with seeing the sites, so opt for one or two activities that really get to the heart of where you are.

Los Cabos

Consider signing up for a sunset cruise with Cabo Adventures (011-52-624-173-9500; cruises, from $89* a person), during which you’ll get to see the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez, and the arch of Cabo San Lucas, a natural landmark at Baja’s southern tip.

Puerto Vallarta

For a quintessential Puerto Vallarta experience, stroll along the Malecón seaside promenade on Sunday morning then brunch at La Palapa (105 Pulpito; 011-52-322-222-5225; brunch for two, $15), a thatched-roof restaurant right on the sand.


The Museo Maya de Cancún (Kukulcan Blvd. km 16.5; 011-52-998-885-3843; admission, $3.50) offers a thoughtful overview of the indigenous Mayan culture of the Yucatán Peninsula. There’s even a shaded path that leads to a small archaeological site.

Riviera Maya

Fun for all ages, Xcaret Park (Carr. Chetúmal–Puerto Juárez km 282; 1-855-326-0682; admission, from $89) is an eco-archaeological theme park whose exhibits and experiences examine Mexico’s natural treasures and cultural traditions.

  • *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: June 2018