Mexico offers numerous sporting opportunities for your family, both as a
spectator and a participant, including some of the best snorkeling and diving,
fishing, and golf in the Western Hemisphere, as well as horseback riding,
sailing and parasailing.
For Those Who Just Like to Watch
If you’re planning a short vacation in Mexico or you’re not much for
jumping in and joining in the fun, then perhaps your family might enjoy
attending a game of soccer, Mexico’s national sport. Most large cities have
a soccer stadium with regular matches throughout the year. Or, if you’re in
the mind for more traditional Mexican sport, you might attend a charreada,
or Mexican rodeo. Held on Sunday mornings, these events feature charros,
or gentlemen riders dressed in traditional outfits complete with large
sombrero, competing in exhibitions of skilled riding.
if the charreada is too tame for you, attend a corrida, or
bullfight. But bullfights aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re usually
gory spectacles full of pomp and circumstance in which up to six bulls are
slain as the crowd yells, "Ole!"
Snorkeling and Diving
You’ll discover some of the best snorkeling, skin- and scuba diving spots in
the world off Mexico's 6,000 miles of coastline. Prime underwater sites in
Mexico fall into three main categories: the West Coast/Sea of Cortes, the
Caribbean and the unique cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula. On the
Caribbean, the clear, warm lagoons of Cozumel, Cancún and Isla Mujeres teem
with tropical fish and incredible coral deposits of intricate formation and
colorful hues. Those resorts on the west coast also offer ideal conditions.
Anglers from the world over have fallen in love with Mexico. Its coasts offer
some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world, and fishermen travel the Baja
and Pacific coasts, and the eastern Gulf and Caribbean coasts looking for
snook, sea bass, dorado, striped marlin, sailfish, red snapper, billfish and
shark. Some experts believe that the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula at Los
Cabos offers some of the best game fishing in the world.
Mexico has become a golfer's paradise. With ideal weather and scenery in both
the Pacific coastal area and the temperate central highlands, golf is a
year-round sport, with many exciting and challenging courses laid out by
top-name designers. With more professionally-designed
courses completed and dozens in development, visitors can putt from Mexico
City to Los Cabos and Cancun. The degree of difficulty on Mexico's greens also
varies dramatically. From the short, fun courses of Club de Golf Acapulco to
Baja's Cabo del Sol Golf Club, there's a golf game for everyone.
If you like to ride horses, Mexico offers your family a long tradition dating
back to the conquest by the Spaniards. Mexicans are enthusiastic riders, in
some cases a bit too enthusiastic. Unlike gentle group rides that you may have
taken on vacations in the U.S., you’ll find a horseback ride in Mexico to be
a more independent affair. Though you may be part of a group, you’ll find
that your Mexican leaders aren’t as watchful as those in the U.S. since
accident lawsuits are non-existent by Mexican law. If you or any of your
family members don’t know how to ride or ride very little, then maybe you
should save this activity for another vacation. But if you have riding
experience, then there’s nothing like a family ride along the beach.
Sailing and Parasailing
The major Mexican beach resorts all offer water sports activities, including
sailing and parasailing. Again, Mexico generally isn’t the place to learn
these sports. Many Pacific beaches have dangerous lateral currents and
undertows and few have lifeguards. The beaches at Acapulco, Mazatlán, and
Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific, as well as Cancún on the Caribbean offer
parasailing, in which you participate at your own risk.