Mexico is our neighbor to the south, and while closely connected with one of the largest borders in the world, the nation of Mexico is so much different than the United States.

To truly experience everything this incredible country has to offer, you need to check out these six Mexico destinations that definitely belong on your bucket list.

1. Guadalajara

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Guadalajara is another major city within Mexico, and while smaller than Mexico City, it has its own charm and specific culture. With a wide selection of museums and incredible nightlife, it is a must visit. Plus comparing this major city in Mexico to Mexico City can provide some especially interesting differences. Should you want to find out more about visiting Guadalajara and other destinations in Mexico, you can learn more about Esperanza’s Tours to see what all is offered.

2. Mexico City

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Mexico City is the fourth largest city in the world. It has twice the population of New York, the largest city in the United States. While located right in the middle of the nation, away from the beaches and many of the other tourist destinations, this cultural hot spot is a must visit. Day of the Dead festivities are truly incredible here, yet you do not need to visit during a time to remember those who have passed on to experience what the city has to offer.

3. Cozumel

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The Yucatan Peninsula is often filled with tourists just looking to booze it up or stop off from their cruise ship. Sure, that can be fun, but you really don’t learn all that much about Mexico or really experience what this incredible nation has to offer. Cozumel is an island off of the Yucatan Peninsula. For diving, it is hard to beat this destination thanks to the coral reefs. There are Mayan ruins and a great location to just soak up the sun on the beach.

4. Playa del Carmen

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When you think of beaches in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is likely the spot. Now, this is almost as touristy as it gets, but sometimes that really doesn’t matter. If you just want a great drink, a great view and a great experience, it is hard to pass this up. Plus, if you love golf, there are plenty of golf courses right here. Booking a hotel and transportation to Playa del Carmen isn’t difficult at all, and while you will pay more for food and booze here over other destinations, it still is an amazing experience.

5. Tulum

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There are Mayan ruins throughout this area of Mexico, but the major problem with these ruins is the close proximity to major tourist destinations such as Cancun or Playa del Carmen. When you want ruins you probably don’t want it overcrowded or mega-resort based. That is why Tulum is the place to go.

6. Oaxaca

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This is the picture perfect destination to visit. 5,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountain range and amazing cultural heritage you don’t find in the other tourist spots, Oaxaca is a must visit.