Mexico

There are as many versions of a Mexican vacation as there are travelers to Mexico. In southern Mexico you’ll find the well-preserved Mayan ruins of Palenque surrounded by tropical forests and howler monkeys. Beach-seekers will often head to either Baja California or Cancún, where frat kids and AARP cardholders party side by side. For a slightly ... Read more
more mellow experience, check out the Maya Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula, where Europeans, history buffs and yoga aficionados rub shoulders on their way to visit ancient pyramids, macrobiotic hotels or seafood restaurants on white sandy beaches. Although northern Mexico's cities have earned a grisly reputation as of late, most Mexican cities, including Mexico City, Oaxaca and Guadalajara, are quite safe and cosmopolitan, with world-class restaurants and cultural attractions by the plateful. And we haven't even started with diving in Cozumel, the Pacific resorts of Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta, the remote desert beauty of Copper Canyon or the colonial elegance of San Miguel de Allende. Wherever you go in Mexico, the hospitable reputation of its people proves true, found in impeccable service in upscale hotels and impromptu Spanish lessons many visitors enjoy on long bus journeys.

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When to go

High season on Mexico’s beaches begins just before Christmas and ends around Easter, coinciding with the dry season. This is the time when many a frozen American or European visits in search of some sun and ... Read more
sand (and probably a margarita). The bulk of the rain falls in Mexico between May and September, though this is of less consequence in the north, and hurricane season lasts from July through October, which is especially affects the Yucatán Peninsula and the southern Pacific coast. Elevation can affect weather, as well: if you're looking for cooler weather check out high-altitude destinations like Mexico City. Major festivals include the Day of the Dead and Semana Santa (Holy Week).

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Safety

Solo Female Travel Tips

Traveling in Mexico requires some caution and female travelers had mixed experiences. "Don\'t do things that guidebooks tell you not to." Danger in Mexico usually revolves around the gang and drug culture, not with tourists, but exercise caution at ... Read more
all times. "People often think Mexico is a dangerous destination. But it is a big country with diverse culture and customs..." Rural areas tend to be more welcoming and "enjoyable." Dress modestly and watch the bartender/server make your food/drinks. It\'s a big country with lots of regions and one long term solo traveler in the country noted that "going to the South on (her) own did not feel very safe."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

While Mexico can be 'very progressive in LGBTQ rights', (gay marriage is legal in Mexico City) 'many parts outside tourist areas' aren't there yet.' It's important to 'read first, respect religious beliefs and cultural norms.' In addition, 'always ... Read more
have a travel plan when leaving a hotel or resort.' 'Some taxis are unmarked and drivers barely speak English', so you need to do your research or speak fluent Spanish, or both.

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

What travelers are saying

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  • 7.3
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    Spiritual Seekers

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Traveling in Mexico requires some caution and female travelers had mixed experiences. "Don't do things that guidebooks tell you not to. Don't go to places that are clearly suggested not to." Danger in Mexico usually revolves around the gang and drug culture, not with tourists, but exercise caution at all times. "People often think Mexico is a dangerous destination. But it is a big country with diverse culture and customs...I've never felt unsafe during my many trips." Rural areas tend to be more welcoming and "enjoyable." Dress modestly and watch the bartender/server make your food/drinks. It's a big country with lots of regions and one long term solo traveler in the country noted that "going to the South on my own did not feel very safe."

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Palo Alto

I loved visiting Mexico, but it can get really weird really fast. We saw some dead pigs hanging from ropes, which was actually interesting, but I was a lil' scared. Some peeps at the gas station tried ripping us off and I thought there was gonna be a fist fight between my fam and theirs. I didn't gain lots of memories that I will cherish forever, but I wouldn't recommend bringing kids.

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São Paulo

Mexico is a spectacular place to visit, there is so much history, colors and flavors. You can visit the historic cities, the crystal clear beaches of the Pacific or Atlantic, the cenotes in Riviera Maya and so many other things.

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Puerto Vallarta

Just arrived south of the border and I'm already loving it here! Mexico is so large and diverse, there is so much to see!

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It's because I love to eat and I love green areas so and also like to shop a lot and to adventure

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Alamogordo

How can you review an entire country? My experience was awesome in southern Mexico, other people's? maybe not.

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San Marcos

Cheap food, beer on the beach, drippy tacos, and long sunsets. What could be better? Mexico is the place you go to relax and unwind...or party all night and regret it. I especially love Baja California, where you can camp in the desert and forget your worries at home.

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New York City

Our neighbor to the south may have a lot of issues, but I keep returning due to the welcoming people, amazing service, and beautiful beach resorts.

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Nairobi

A consistently underrated country. Amazing food, beautiful people, mountains, jungle, islands, and beaches that rival any paradise around the world, and a warm and friendly culture. GO HERE!

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Wondeful!! The beach, restaurants, tours, hotels, everything is just AMAZING!!

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