Travel to Mexico –
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Mexico is host to travelers from all over the world each year. Their reasons for visiting vary as much as they do – sunshine, beautiful waters full of fish and coral, white sandy beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, lush jungles full of exotic wildlife, ancient cultures and Spanish colonial cities, just to name a few.
Whether it’s to relax or explore, Mexico is a wonderful warm-weather destination. With many choices of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Mexico, it would be hard to go wrong with accommodations when planning your vacation, getaway or honeymoon.
Mexico Tours & Activities
Sightseeing in Mexico – Weeks upon weeks could be spent sightseeing across this expansive country. However, there are definitely some “must sees” when it comes to history and culture. There are numerous archaeological sites, including Chichen Itza (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World), Tzintzuntzan and Teotihuacan that are fun to explore. A great way to literally soak up some of the culture is to spend time in some of the small villages – the quaint fishing town of Nayarit, the indigenous settlements in Chiapas, and the Zapotec villages (home to talented artisans) are among the favorites.
Nature in Mexico – Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is among top destinations for nature lovers. Home to flamingo-filled reserves, canals and underwater caves. There’s such variety there that visitors will have a hard time deciding what to explore first – stunning archeological sites, mangroves or snorkel-worthy reefs. In general, Mexico touts more than 100 national parks offering nearly every type of ecosystem. There are more than 400 varieties of birds throughout Mexico and the flora in some parts is spectacular.
Beaches in Mexico – There is no shortage of beautiful beaches along the coastlines of Mexico. Many of them lie on the country’s east side along the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Cozumel, Cancun, Punta Cancun often top the list in popularity. On the west Pacific side, beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas are visitor favorites.
Whale Watching in Mexico – There are many places throughout the country’s coastlines that can get you on the water to see some of the amazing whales in Mexico. Probably one of the most unique whale watching experiences is along the Baja California coast where visitors can observe the gray whale and the world’s largest mammal, the Blue Whale.
Kayaking in Mexico – The Baja California coast is an amazing place to kayak when in Mexico. Paddle to desolate beaches and cliffs that soar into the sky. The vantage point from down on the water looking back is breathtaking. Be sure to snorkel so you can observe Baja’s unique marine life and fragile rock reefs.
Fishing in in Mexico – Deep-sea fishing is superb off Cozumel and the Baja Peninsula, where record catches of marlin and other sports fish are common. Manzanillo and Mazatlan are famous for billfish tournaments.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling in Mexico – Cozumel boasts superb snorkeling and scuba diving and is often ranked among the top dive spots in the world. To the south along the Caribbean, cave diving is exceptional. Turtle-watching can be done at most beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts April-September.
Shopping in Mexico – Shopping is plentiful throughout the country. Handicrafts, clothing and folk art vary regionally in style. Pottery, woven fabrics, hammocks and baskets are often good buys. Folk art from Oaxaca and Michoacan are visitor favorites. Also watch for the hand-loomed rugs, black pottery or highly popular hand-painted wooden animal figures, called alebrijes, from Oaxaca. Bargain shoppers can find deals on handmade guitars, hammered copper and lovely textile tableware in Michoacan. Tequila and rum are cheap, but be aware of your country’s duty restrictions before you buy.
Dining in Mexico – While many stereotype Mexican food as tacos and burritos (which can be amazing), Mexico has many influences in its cuisines, including Caribbean, Spanish and East Indian. Depending on which region you’re in, restaurants may feature fresh seafood dishes, poultry or pork favorites and even international cuisine.
Mexico Fast Facts
Population of Mexico – 112 million+
Languages in Mexico – Spanish, English in spoken widely in tourist areas
Predominant Religions in Mexico – Christian (Roman Catholic)
Time Zone in Mexico – 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October.
Voltage Requirements in Mexico – 110 volts; many hotels, schools and businesses also have 220 volts
Currency in Mexico – Peso, although the US dollar is widely accepted
Weather in Mexico – The regions of Mexico vary in their weather, so be sure to check ahead on the forecast. Generally speaking, the most pleasant months to visit are September-May. Coastal cities are more humid and hot, while the mountain cities are cooler.
Mexico Geography – Mexico is a large country with diverse landscapes. Much of the northern part of the country is on a high plateau and is made up of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. Two mountain chains—the Sierra Madre Occidental, to the west, and the Sierra Madre Oriental, to the east—extend for a good length of the country. Coastal plains are home to the famed Baja Peninsula and the thick tropical jungles of the Yucatan and Chiapas. The country has long beautiful coastlines bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California and the Caribbean Sea.
Personal Safety in Mexico – Different regions of Mexico have different crime rates. As always, exercise caution when traveling. For example, don’t leave valuables in plain view or unattended (in fact, leave them at home), stay in well-attended areas at night and always lock your car doors.
Mexico – Insider Tip
If you’re invited to lunch, expect it to be between 2 and 3 pm, since Mexicans dine later than in the U.S. The lunch is the most substantial meal of the day and lasts about two hours. Dinner is typically late. Most restaurants will be empty before 8 pm unless they cater specifically to tourists.
Mexico Fun Facts
- It’s believed that the first residents of Mexico reached the area more than 20,000 years ago.
- Mexico marked two important milestones in 2010: The country celebrated both the 200th anniversary of its independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
- The Tarahumara Indians, who live in the vicinity of Copper Canyon, are renowned for their fitness and stamina (attributed to years of running up and down the region’s steep mountains). One of their many festivals includes an all-night run of more than 100 miles.
- According to one legend, the margarita was invented in the town of Taxco at Bertha’s Bar, which is still standing today.
- Mexicans consider it rude to talk or brag about personal finances.
- Most Mexican men only wear shorts at the beach, at the pool or to play soccer (not as party of their everyday attire).