Mexico Travel Guide
Ahh, Mexico, a country rich with diversity and culture, and one of my favorites!
For travelers looking to relax resort-side, and sip on margaritas by the beach, visit Cancun or Los Cabos. For those in search of a bustling city where you can learn about the history of the country and have some amazing foodie experiences, take a trip to Mexico City. Or maybe you want to cool off in the gem-colored waters of the trendy town of Tulum.
No matter which getaway you choose, you will be met with some of the best food in the world, colorful buildings, and friendly locals that want to help you experience what their country has to offer.
Like plenty of other places in the world, the best time to visit Mexico depends on your final destination. The country is made up of 5,800 miles of beaches, yet the interior is made up of desert, thick jungle, mountain ranges, and everything in between!
If you’re visiting the beach, you’ll want to travel after hurricane season. From November to April, it’s the dry season in Mexico which means a whole lot of sunshine and lower humidity but can reach cooler temperatures inland.
If you can handle the heat, late-summer (August-October) on the coast means fewer tourists and lower rates. For those that want to explore the jungles or the mountains, visit during the winter months. You’ll avoid the rainfall and humidity, and it’s perfect weather for hiking!
What To Expect
Language: Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, the government recognizes 68 national languages, 63 of which are indigenous.
Currency: The official currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN).
Credit Cards & ATMs: Visa, American Express, and Mastercard are widely accepted in Mexico. You won’t have a hard time paying with card or finding an ATM in the major cities. While it is wise to carry some cash on you at all times, carrying too much at one time can put you in danger. If looking for an ATM, you’re better off using larger bank branches such as Banamex, Banco Santander, Banorte, and HSBC.
Plugs: In Mexico, the power plugs and sockets are type A and B and standard voltage is 127 V and the frequency is 60Hz. These are the same plugs used in the United States so if you’re visiting from the US, you don’t need an adapter or converter.
Safety: Mexico has a bad rap for being unsafe. You’ll want to keep your wits about you and always be aware of your surroundings. One of the things I always do when visiting Mexico is to let my hotel know where I’m going and when I’m expected to get back. I’d also avoid walking alone at night and invest in an anti-pickpocketing bag.
TRAVEL TIPS FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Our Experience as a Lesbian Couple
Mexico impressed us and we had an amazing experience as a same-sex couple! Their LGBTQ+ laws are progressive and acceptance rates are high in big cities and popular tourist destinations. We explored the Yucatan (outside the resorts) and had no issues being out and open. We found Cancun and the Riviera Maya to be very gay-friendly, and Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City are also meant to be really welcoming.
Bucket List experiences
Snorkel with Turtles in Akumal
Go on a Street Food Tour
Party in Cancun
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