When thinking about vacationing in Mexico, most people envision the gorgeous beach resorts and hotels lining the beautiful nation’s coastlines. But there’s more to this vacation destination than just swimming and relaxing in the sun. What makes for a better trip than the variety of fun and relaxation dotted with a bit of adventure? Why not strap on your hiking shoes and explore the nature all around you on your next Mexican beach vacation? Here are some of our top picks for day hikes in Mexico that will bring out the adventure in you, and lead you back to your luxurious hotel that evening.
Desierto de Los Leones National Park
Easily accessible via taxi ride from Mexico City, this Federal District hiking locale is the perfect distance for a day hike. Miles and miles of trails, from easy to difficult, wind through this mountainous national park, peaking at Cerro San Miguel at an altitude of over 12,500 feet. Aside from its easy accessibility from the capital city, one of the coolest things about this hiking locale is that the park features a 400-year-old monastery and still-standing (though a bit crumbly) hermitages built by monks.
The Bluffs Trail on Isla Mujeres
If a lovely beach vacation is usually your poison, but you’d like to mix up your days with a nearby hiking excursion, then you’ll want to check out the shocking beauty and cliff-side ocean views provided by the Bluffs walking trails just a few miles outside of downtown Isla Mujeres. This gorgeous island just east of the coast of Cancun is also home to Garrafon Reef Park, if you’d like to mix hiking and snorkeling for the perfect day on your Mexico beach vacation.
Cerro de Mono
After a few blissful days relaxing by the pool at your beach hotel, it may sound inviting to get some exercise and take in the killer views on a hike in the subtropical forests of Cerro de Mono. Hiking the trails at this Punta de Mita adventure destination is a challenge, so get ready to exert yourself! Pro-tip: combine this difficult hike with some lunch in the nearby funky beach village of Sayulita.