Mexico's second-largest city is the ultimate fusion of the past and present, and both will give you a vacation you'll be talking about for years to come.Guadalajara's heart is the CentroHistorico, where meticulously preserved buildings from the colonial era provide a picturesque backdrop suitable for everything from a destination wedding to a meeting of long-lost friends.
Of course, not all of Guadalajara's history is in its buildings. The Jalisco state, of which Guadalajara is the capital, is the birthplace of tequila. You can find more than 200 varieties here, from the humblest family recipe to gourmet bottles with exotic ingredients that will please the most refined palates. To go with your tequila, Guadalajara is also the birthplace of mariachi music. The whole city swings to the infectious rhythm every night. Guadalajara's nightlife is legendary, with some of the finest food in the country and all the entertainment options a large urban area has to offer.
When you're done with your day, the lodging options in Guadalajara are as varied as everything else. From the opulence of the Quinta Real to more traditional hotels and even private villas and condos, there is no shortage of choices. The one constant is the service, which you will find to be warm and attentive without being intrusive.
The mild mountain climate of Guadalajara makes it an ideal spot for a great family vacation, too. With a fantastic zoo, children's amusement parks, rodeos and a plethora of festivals and celebrations at all times of the year, there's always something to do! That same mild climate makes Guadalajara a golfer's paradise, too. With five 18-hole and three 9-hole courses in the city area, golfers from duffer to scratch level will find plenty of challenge and adventure. Tennis players, too, will find a plethora of clubs and courts to work on ground strokes or play high-level matches.
A historic city with a modern outlook, Guadalajara will delight any vacationer!