This is another country where there’s so much badass stuff happening in August, it’s hard to drill down just one place to go. For starters, it’s the height of whale shark season off the coast of Cancun -- which means you can casually find yourself snorkeling amongst these mysterious gentle giants, some of which are the size of a freakin’ school bus. If you’re looking to stay in town, the Marriott Cancun is handing out $100 in resort credit every day you’re there, or skip the heavy Cancun crowds and stay on Isla Mujeres instead.
Down the road in Riviera Maya, a new Bohemian market opens at Salum, which’ll feature a Mexican craft beer bar, a beach bar, six restaurants, and a sprawling Mexican Market. In Riviera Nayarit, the Masters of the Kitchen festival runs from August 8-11, welcoming chefs like Gilles Epie and Elizabeth Falkner for a week of lavish dinners and cooking demos. And if you’re looking to learn Spanish on your Mexican vacation, a luxurious new Spanish immersion program starts this August in Mexico City, August 5-12 and 19-26. The Fluenz Spanish Immersion program puts you up in an opulent city mansion for six days, where you’ll get the same language training the US military has been using for years, plus homemade meals and visits to local art destinations.