Natural wonders abound in Mexico’s world-class vacation destinations, from pristine beaches to colorful sunsets, from the tropical jungles of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to the vivid desert landscapes of Los Cabos. Life in Mexico was meant to be enjoyed outdoors, with incredible homes and properties designed for year-round outdoor entertaining. Here, we spotlight five ways to bring your outdoor living spaces to the next level, whether overlooking the beach or beside the rolling green fairways. 

Bring The Fire - There’s nothing like a well-placed fire pit to light up the night sky or provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise ocean waters. The aptly named Casa Fuego y Agua, located within the prestigious Palmilla Caleta Loma enclave in San Jose del Cabo, does this perfectly with poolside fire features and a fire pit lounge overlooking the ocean. Terraza 368, located within the ultra-private Villas Del Mar community at Palmilla, features stone fire pits on either end of the infinity-edged pool, providing a dramatic flare from its hillside perch above the Sea of Cortez. 

Take It To The Grill - Al fresco dining is a cultural staple in Mexico, with most properties featuring at least one shaded outdoor dining terrace. And with the kitchen typically being the heart of any home, why not move a piece of that heart outside, making it a place to gather, connect and unwind. At Son Reve, an extraordinary home on the San Pancho beachfront in Riviera Nayarit, the shaded outdoor kitchen also serves as an outdoor bar, with ample counter seating. Casa Alegria, a stunning six-bedroom villa located within Punta Ballena in Cabo San Lucas, features not one, but two outdoor kitchens with built-in grills, one poolside under a palapa with ocean-view dining for at least eight, and one for a more casual dining experience—grilled fish tacos anyone?

The Allure of The Open-Air Courtyard - A seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living is an architectural must in Mexico. The courtyard is the perfect complement to this lifestyle, serving as either a welcoming entry or a central gathering place. Casa del Laberinto at Caleta, Palmilla in Los Cabos is a Hacienda-style home boasting an interior, open-air courtyard with large fountain and lush landscaping, the perfect place to relax with a book or host an intimate evening affair.  

Make The Most of Lush Greenery - The gated enclave of Punta Mita is home to a stunning collection of villas, many surrounded by verdant green landscapes. Villa Escondida at Porta Fortuna showcases “Mexiterranean” architecture and artistically landscaped gardens, with the pool and spa adjacent to rolling green lawns and shady palms. The ocean-view home provides a vibrant swath of blues and greens to inspire the ultimate outdoor living experience.

The Artfully Placed Spa - Night can get cool along the Mexican coast, with the heated spa the perfect addition to any pool terrace. Cascading water features can provide a great visual effect while offering a soothing auditory ambiance. Diamante Golf Villa 3 in Cabo San Lucas features an elevated, natural stone spa that spills over into the pool, which overlooks the fairways of the Diamante course. Within the golf course community of Querencia in San Jose del Cabo, Casa Salida del Sol’s elevated spa lights up at night, also cascading into the pool while capturing sweeping views of the Sea of Cortez in the distance.