Located in North America, Mexico is the largest Spanish speaking country in the world and the 14th largest by total area. Mexico's two million square kilometers include beaches that border the Caribbean Sea, The Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of California, and the Pacific Ocean. The United Mexican States is a Federated Republic, with representation established in the 1917 constitution.
About Mexico | Mexican History | Mexican Culture
Cancun and Acapulco are the two largest tourist destinations in Mexico, offering a wide spectrum of hotel resorts, private villas, and resort spas. Mexico has many other well known tourist destinations that, although somewhat smaller, offer an equally wide selection of places to stay.
Mexico has an immense variety of locations that attract Scuba Divers and snorkeling. Most of the resorts offer first class Golfing accomadations and courses. With four seas to choose from, Mexico can offer Sportfishing to satisfy even the most avid angler. Local celebrations occur in many smaller towns and villages on the day of the local patron Saint. All of the major resort destinations offer a variety of nightlife.
On the south end of the Island of Cozumel, the Festival of El Cedral
lasts for five days at the end of April and the beginning of May. The Festival includes fairs, traditional feasts, rodeos, bullfights, music and competitions. Semana Santa, (Holy week) is the most important holiday in Mexico and takes place around Easter. A popular Semana Santa customs is breaking brightly colored eggs stuffed with confetti on the heads of family and friends. In the smaller villages and more traditional cities there will be Passion plays staged that include a reenactment of the procession by penitents and the crucifixion. Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) celebrates the 1862 victory over Maximilian and the French army, resulting in Mexican Independence and is marked with patriotic parades and fireworks.
Mexico has developed some of the Central America's most beautiful and Challenging Golf Courses. Cabo San Lucas has been ranked fourteenth in the world by Golf Digest in its “Top 50 Worldwide Destinations for Golfers". Accomodations can be found to satisfy the demanding Golfer.
Nearly 4000 years before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the land of Mexico began to give rise to a long list of civilizations, such as the Olmec, Izapa, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Huastec, Tarascan, Toltec and Mexica (Aztecs), which flourished at different times. The Spanish conquest began in 1519 AD and took nearly two centuries to complete. Following the French invasion of Spain in 1807, Mexico began a long civil war to gain its independence finally in 1821.
||Please be advised that the Passport requirements for U.S. Citizens to re-enter the country from Mexico and Central America is changing. Effective December 31, 2006 all U.S citizens traveling into the United States from Mexico and Central America must have a valid U.S. passport. U.S. Birth certificates will no longer be acceptable as a travel document. On December 31, 2007, a passport or other accepted documentation is required for all air, sea, and land border crossings.