Every year, the Caribbean and the Bahamas are the number one yachting destination for the winter season, and Mexico is now seeing a surge of interest in its natural and man-made wonders. The Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Riviera offer a plethora of activities for the adrenaline seekers, romantics, and families of all ages looking to spend quality time together in a truly unique experience.
Luxury yacht charters are becoming more popular than ever during the global pandemic thanks to the freedom it offers friends and family groups to roam and discover new places, and many are learning that there is a lot to love beyond their usual cruise destinations. . Here are the five reasons Mexico chose to charter a luxury yacht until the end of 2021 or make 2022 an unforgettable time.
A paradise for outdoor activities
Your luxury yacht is sure to come with a selection of water toys that will give you the chance to curl up on the waves or float on tropical coral reefs while groups of fish float. You can kayak and paddleboard along the coast, learn to waterski or get a jet-ski license while playing on a yacht with RYA certified watersports status.
In the Cancun Marine National Park, there are now more than 500 sculptures for swimmers and divers to enjoy as part of the artificial reef. Another great addition to your Yucatan Peninsula itinerary is the biosphere surrounding Banco Chinchoro Island. The area is rich in marine life that will reward snorkelers and divers of all experience levels with swarms of angelfish, grouper and stingrays circling the pristine coral reefs.
The Gulf of California is exceptional, and in Puerto Vallarta, there is the chance for close encounters with dolphins, manta rays, and whale sharks, along with humpback whale watching. Diving here is also top notch, however, it is the waves that attract adrenaline seekers all over the world. There are places for beginners to learn the basics, so no one will miss this experience.
You don’t need to stray far from the coast to enjoy the many sports on land as well. There’s sky diving in Puerto Vallarta, zip-lining and camelback desert adventures from Los Cabos, while a day trip from Cancun to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza isn’t to be missed while in the Gulf of Mexico.
Unique ancient and modern culture
The Mayan civilization left its mark on the Mexican landscape, and during your short visit, you can discover some of the amazing sites and engineering feats that contributed to the creation of these magnificent pyramids. The ancient walled city of Tulum is right next to the coast on the Yucatan Peninsula, and you can take advantage of your luxury yacht to arrive early in the morning to see its grandeur before the crowds gather.
Valladolid is a city of colonial splendor with many elements of 16th century Spanish architecture that would have reminded of the colonial homeland, this can be combined with a folk art tour at Casa de los Vinados followed by a cold dip in the nearby cenote in the open air, a pit that was covered with a roof the cave.
Mexico is a vibrant country – sometimes quite literally, with brightly painted houses and murals streaming through the streets. Museums and galleries offer insight into Mexico’s unique identity, but there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as joining during a festival. The biggest festival is the Día de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) and the costumes and parades are something to see for all ages.
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Great wine and food
Baja California has the perfect climate for producing full-bodied wine, so it’s no surprise that vineyards grew along the coast. Spend the day touring and tasting local flavours, enjoying the countryside and quiet country villages waiting to be captured on camera or by any of the artists in your group.
When it comes to food, there are abundant fine dining options at charming restaurants setting the scene for a special occasion or a sumptuous treat for loved ones. For a more hands-on experience, street food tours are gaining popularity in more tourist areas, and a local guide can tell you more about dishes that will captivate your senses. You may even discover some new recipes that have become family favorites.
Wonderful “summer” weather all seasons
Both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of Mexico see warm temperatures and mostly sunny days throughout the year: although winters can be cooler, the difference is slight, with December and January in Cancun seeing an average high of 28°C. / 82 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 21 degrees Celsius / 70 degrees Fahrenheit. August is the hottest month, averaging around 34°C/93°F. This makes the Yucatan Peninsula a great place to leave behind the alleys of winter, tan more and enjoy the moment on golden sandy beaches bordered by the blue sea of topaz.
It’s almost as warm underwater as above, creating perfect bath-like temperatures for sinking into the shallows or diving comfortably into the depths to find more colorful wonders.
The West Coast is generally cooler than the East Coast due to the California Current – something to consider for those who want to spend as much time as possible outdoors being active. Be careful if you plan to visit during summer holidays – August through end of October is a rainy season when humidity is high and tropical storms produce heavy rains that last 2-3 days. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have a flexible itinerary planned with visits to galleries and museums plus plenty of fancy shopping – and the dramatic stormy skies can be a sight to behold all of them.
A place to do anything
If you’ve chartered in the Caribbean and the Bahamas on back-to-back occasions, you’ve probably set up familiar places that you feel compelled to visit every time you cruise the area. Mexico yacht charter is the perfect opportunity to get away from these chores and spend real time in the moment with the people you love.
The Mexican charter yacht fleet has an excellent variety to suit all budgets and group sizes, from open yachts perfect for couples hopping on islands to superb luxury yachts that can wish for all the modern amenities and fun facilities.
The NOMADA Yacht is an example of a typical family-sized vessel, providing accommodation for up to six guests in three en suite cabins with a crew of four connoisseurs serving exotic cocktails and delicious meals that cater to all the dietary requirements of the group. Choose water toys with you wherever you go, as well as plush sunbeds on the bow. Shaded outdoor areas allow the group to dine and relax in the fresh air, while the air-conditioned interiors are a haven during the hottest afternoons.
Mexico offers cultural experiences like no other, and chartering luxury yachts is the best way to enjoy its scenic coast to the fullest.
Trina Howes is the director of CharterWorld America. CharterWorld is a luxury private yacht charter company that provides great vacations with premium yachts at amazing prices – all over the world.
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