While Mexico has gotten more and more development there are still some easily accessible undeveloped places. One we like is about 2 hours South of Cancun in an area called Akumal and heading down to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. There are a number of small locally owned hotels directly on the beach . The beach is spectacular. In the Biosphere Reserve there are great places for sea kayaking, bird watching, wind surfing . All the guides are local and are committed to the areas preservation.
There is another area away from the beach great for bird watching, hiking, cenote diving and smaller Mayan ruins,. Most of these guests houses are have only 5 rooms or so and are family run, You can ask us for the names
Itaxpa About 30 minutes North of the international airport is a new unique deluxe eco lodge. The owners refer to it as eco-luxe. It's aim is to be part of the community rather than separate from it ass other resorts do. The resort called PlayaViva located on a mile if beach. The unn is off the grid with no A/C, TVs Wifi but in all other respects it's super deluxe . It serves locally grown food and fish and meals are served family style. The inn has what it calls a "community concierge" a person whose job it is to have guest interface with members of the local community if they so choose. Could this be the model for eco tourism ? it sure sounds like it
PUERTO VALLARTA: The P-town or Key West of Mex. The original gay friendly place in the sun Spend the day haingin' on the beach at the Blue Chairs area then party all night in the clubs with a scene that ranges from mild to WILD. GAY guys here from all over the world. Looking for a clothing optional hotel with no holds barred you have come to the right place Hotels range from moderate to luxury . Great shopping , World class restaurant and fun casual scene makes PV the perfect vacation spot. PV also has some great adventure travel spots away from the busy downtown . There is great surfing 30 minutes north of town. Jungle trips within an hour away plus great snorkeling, and whale watching in the Bay.
Sea of Cortez area; How about snorkeling with sea lions. About an hour N of Cabo theres a spot on the Sea of Cortez called Pulmo. A deseted beach wehere local guides can take you to s grat snorkeling spot to swim with a large family of sea lions. There is also great wind surfing and a bunch of small family run hotels about an hour North . Also a good spot for desert hikes, bird watching and mt biking. There are several small lodges along the coast serving great veggie fare
Mexico is much more than the glitz and "glamor" of Cancun and Cabo.
About 2 hours south of Cancun there still exists a traditional Mexico. From Akumal South down to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve there are still many small locally owned inns on the beach and several unique B&Bs inland close to the jungle. We will be listing several shortly.
One place that truly reflects our values and wish more properties would emulate is called Playa Viva, www.playaviva.com It's about 30 miles from Zihautanejo/Ixtaxpa on the South Pacific coast. This small beachfront inn reflects our standards in terms of sustainability, labor standards and is totally of the grid. The owner describes his fine new lodge as "eco-luxe" Check out their website to see what we mean.
For anyone who wants to really practice that they preach this is a place to go.
We will soon be offering small inns in the Colonial Cities. Oaxaca is our favorite and there are some great trips to view the arts and crafts of the region and the cultural programs all year