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Many apartments4you resorts in Mexico include everything you need for a week or more of family fun: water slides, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, restaurants-even access to sailboats, sailboards, scuba and snorkeling equipment. This is especially true along Mexico's Gulf Coast, where the sandy beaches are perfectly white and the warm, clear ocean waters are impossible to ignore.

Cancun sits where the Gulf Coast ends and the Caribbean Sea begins. Revered for its combination of easy access, American-style environment, grand accommodations and, let's not forget, those bleach-white fantasy beaches, Cancun has become Mexico's No. 1 tourist destination. Here you can spend your days reeling in a trophy fish, exploring a spectacular ocean reef or mangrove estuary, or examining the backs of your eyelids as you sit poolside with a frozen drink.

Farther up the Gulf Coast, Veracruz offers the opportunity to explore Mexico's rich history-and exhilarating river rapids. Here the water moves swiftly, but the pace of life goes a little slower, even by Mexico standards, allowing you time to enjoy all this "door to Mexico" has to offer. Just a bit inland, Colonial Puebla provides a must-see historical district and serves as the ultimate destination for authentic Mexican cuisine.

Other popular Gulf destinations include Merida's nightlife, the famous ruins of Chichen Itza and the flamingo sanctuaries at Celestun and Rio Lagartos.

All information is provided as a guide only. You must make your own enquiries with local tourist offices and other agencies. Top Resorts and Top Things To Do are suggestions only and do not reflect any specific agenda. Distances are approximate.