Mexico is a country of avid sports fans, and thanks to its varied landscapes from rugged mountains to beaches, and generally great weather, there are plenty of things to see and do when in the country. So if you yourself are a sports lover whether it is watching or participating, Mexico is a perfect destination for you.
If lounging around and enjoying soaking the sun up on those fantastic beaches is a little too tame for you, then there are lots of other things to try and spectate when you’re on holiday in this Latin American country. Read on and find out just what sports make Mexico tick.
The most popular sport in the world is also the most popular sport in Mexico, and as for many Central and South American countries, football is a passion and way of life for the country. Surprisingly first introduced to the country at the end of the 19th century by English miners, football became a professional sport in 1943. Having hosted 2 World Cups, football is popular throughout the country with local teams as well bigger ones being avidly supported. Try to get to a game during your trip to soak in some atmosphere.
Whether you’ve done it before or not, Mexico is a wonderful place to give surfing a go thanks to its plentiful beaches, warm temperatures and great swells. Made popular in the 1960s by surfers from America looking for something new, Cancún is a great place to start. With board hire and surf lessons pretty reasonably priced too, this can be the perfect opportunity to start riding those waves.
Thanks its pleasantly warm climate, Mexico is a fantastic destination for golfing year round, and with its own PGA Tour, it draws both amateurs and professionals from around the world, especially during its cooler months. With stunning, lush courses which are often attached to all-inclusive hotel resorts, booking a golf trip to Mexico is perfect for the keen golfer.
Having been inhabited for thousands and thousands of years, there are plenty of traditional sports to check out in Mexico, one of the most prominent being charreada which is the country’s national sport. Dating back to the 16th Century, it is made up of a selection of equestrian events including a sort of Mexican-style rodeo. Look out for stadiums and events to enjoy experiencing something completely new.
The most popular individual sport in Mexico, the country boasts strong sporting traditions in pugilism and it can offer the chance to take in a bout or two. Having produced an impressive number of world champions, their biggest rival is Puerto Rico, with an incredibly high standard of boxing taking place.
Both practice and watch – sport in Mexico is big news and the perfect way to soak up some local atmosphere.