Pacific and Gulf of Mexico

Pacific and Gulf of Mexico


The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Oceania in the west and the Americas in the east. Covering one third of the planet’s surface it is more than 60 million square miles and averaging a depth of 13,000 feet! Over 55 countries border the ocean including the USA, Canada, China, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

Set within the Gulf of Mexico is a veritable emporium of places to visit and see. This area encompasses the USA to the North including Florida, Louisiana and Texas. To the East is Mexico (the Caribbean side). To the South East is the fascinating and historically rich Cuba and nestling underneath for the more adventurous is Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This area is as rich in history as it is culture. Although Christopher Columbus was credited with the discovery of the Americas by Europeans, the ships in his four voyages never reached the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, Columbus sailed into the Caribbean around Cuba and Hispaniola. The first European exploration of the Gulf of Mexico was by Amerigo Vespucci in 1497. This ever increasing area has something for everyone!

The climate here is humid subtropical and much of the year is hot whilst the 3 winter months offer slightly cooler temperatures (although these months are still warm compared to Europe). The official hurricane season is 1 June to 30 November so plan your wedding/honeymoon accordingly. 

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