Mexico Travel Guide

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One of the most diverse countries on the planet, nestled between the United States of America and Guatemala and Belize, lies Mexico. With coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean, Mexico is a unique blend of coastlines, mountains, deserts, and more. It is the seventh major traveler destination according to the WTO, and features some of the most unique beach resorts on the face of the planet. The inexpensive nature of the country means that visitors from all over the world can experience Mexico on a budget that has them living like kings, and the country is safe for all levels of visitors. First-timers will likely stick to the resorts at places like Puerto Vallarta, while veteran travelers can strike out into the countryside to experience the mountains and the ancient ruins of the Mayan Empire at places like Palenque.

Going to Mexico means experiencing whatever it is that you feel like. The country has a multi-billion-dollar tourist industry that satisfies every level of traveler, regardless of what part of the country you might happen to be in. Granted, certain sections of the country are a little rough around the edges, especially the drug trafficking parts of the country, but tourists are rarely bothered.

There is more to see in Mexico than can be accomplished in a single lifetime. There are literally thousands of destinations to choose from within the country. From the highland metropolis of Mexico City, once an ancient Aztec capital, and the throbbing heart of Mexico, to the variety of resort destinations on the coastlines, to the colonial city of Oaxaca or the Mayan ruins at Palenque or the Playa del Darmen, there is literally beauty at every turn.

City and beach lovers will want to see Cancun, Acapulco, Mexico City, Tijuana, Monterrey, or Guadalajara, birthplace of mariachi and tequila, while adventurers will want to head out to Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Tulum, or Uxmal for the Mayan ruins. Regardless of what level of traveler you happen to be, Mexico will be sure to hold some surprises, regardless of how many times you have been.

Cancun #1 most popular location
Built almost from scratch in the 70s, with the aim of competing with Acapulco as a world-class resort, Cancun has certainly succeeded (and, in fact, surpassed it's aims); and now brings in qu…
693travelers 184reviews 65blogs
Mexico City #2 most popular location
Mexico City’s had more than its fair share of bad press recently. Being at the heart of the swine flu outbreak – prompting worldwide images of people staying at home or wearing thick mask…
769travelers 168reviews 121blogs
Playa del Carmen #3 most popular location
At the heart of a district that’s become known as the ‘Mayan Riviera’, Playa Del Carmen offers a chic alternative to its larger cousin to the north, Cancun, in laying on pedestrian only…
170travelers 93reviews 33blogs
Puerto Vallarta #4 most popular location
A corner of the Pacific Coast of Mexico rammed full with resorts and holiday makers, Puerto Vallarta is nevertheless a lush destination, only part spoiled by its heavy tourist bent and still …
153travelers 57reviews 31blogs
Tulum #5 most popular location
One of the most beautiful coastal Mayan sites in the region, Tulum stands out among the rest as one of the earliest “resort” destinations on the planet, established long before the Victor…
65travelers 28reviews 50blogs
Cozumel #6 most popular location
An island off the coast of south eastern Mexico, Cozumel is a haven of clear blue water, palm trees, white sands, diving and a host of other things that add up to spell paradise. The island…
117travelers 33reviews 24blogs
Cabo San Lucas #7 most popular location
One of the ultimate destinations when it comes to tourist resorts in Mexico is Cabo San Lucas. This is the premier resort spot for the region, and is recognized as one of the most expensive a…
198travelers 32reviews 29blogs
Merida #8 most popular location
The largest of four cities in the world who actually share the same name (the other three are in Spain, Venezuela, and the Philippines), Merida is the largest city and capital of the state of…
52travelers 26reviews 26blogs
Guadalajara #9 most popular location
Guadalajara, México's pearl of the west, is an incredibly diverse and stately city with amazing qualities, both modern and historic, that embrace all who visit. For a city that is not a res…
161travelers 52reviews 21blogs
Oaxaca #10 most popular location
Oaxaca is a real treat in Mexico... with its lively and dignified air and much to do and see... don't miss it... in Oaxaca city, the central markt stalls are a visual and sensory delight ... …
65travelers 18reviews 28blogs
Acapulco #11 most popular location
The place to be for early film stars like John Wayne, Marlon Brando, and some newer ones like Sylvestor Stallone, Demi Moore and even Michael Jackson. All of which have owned homes here. …
47travelers 6reviews 7blogs
San Miguel de Allende #12 most popular location
San Miguel de Allende (San Miguel for short) is a beautiful traditional Mexican town located, hight ion the mountains, indeed built on a mountain side, in the state of Guanajuato. It is locat…
27travelers 18reviews 8blogs
Isla Mujeres #13 most popular location
Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is a small island 8 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula. No one knows the origin of the island’s name but there are several theories including: a pilgrimage sight…
11travelers 29reviews 17blogs
San Cristobal de Las Casas #14 most popular location
San Cristóbal de las Casas is a beautiful colonial city in Mexican state of Chiapas. High in the mountains it experiences the dry beautiful days and the cooler night time temperatures. There…
15travelers 8reviews 39blogs
Mazatlan #15 most popular location
North of Puerto Vallarta lies Mazatlan, a resort town on the west coast of Mexico, directly across from the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Unlike many resort towns the resorts are wit…
25travelers 3reviews 12blogs
Chichen Itza #16 most popular location
Chichen Itza is one of the much-talked-about Mayan ruins sitting in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula, and is considered one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. It has been a UNESCO W…
68travelers 21reviews 29blogs
Puebla #17 most popular location
Puebla is is a town 2 hours east of Mexico city in the Puebla province. it has about 3.000.000 citizens and is said the most european town in mexico you can definitly see that the spann…
48travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Morelia #18 most popular location
Founded by the Spanish in 1541, Morelia is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. Morelia's style and urban architecture makes it one of the most beautiful unique colonial cities of the Ameri…
28travelers 14reviews 10blogs
Guanajuato #19 most popular location
Guanajuato, Guanajuato. There's a special mistique about exotic towns with exotic names, and this old silver mining town has plenty of that mistique. Guanajuanto located in the Sierra de Medi…
17travelers 27reviews 6blogs
Palenque #20 most popular location
Palenque, located in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico is a small town near the Mayan ruins of the same name. Because of its proximity to the Palenque ruins (approx 9kms), the town cat…
15travelers 11reviews 33blogs
Monterrey #21 most popular location
Monterrey (Mountain City)is the third largest city of Mexico. It is known for it's great bussiness potential, finacial center and technology. Monterrey has many attractions, museums, hist…
149travelers 27reviews 1blogs
Queretaro #22 most popular location
Santiago de Queretaro or Queretaro was first inhabited by the Otomi Indians, then was incorporated into the Aztec empire in 1446. The Spanish conquered the Aztec's in 1531. The city centr…
25travelers 10reviews 1blogs
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo #23 most popular location
Promoted as Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, they are actually two separate physical locations 4-5 miles apart. They are both part of the Mexican state of Guerrero in the Zihuatanejo municipality. Ixta…
3travelers 4reviews
San Jose del Cabo #24 most popular location
San Jose del Cabo is a city of neat and clean residential neighborhoods, some new and some that are very old. The newer neighborhoods seem to be spreading out to the north and west of the hi…
5travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Puerto Escondido #25 most popular location
Puerto Escondido is a town in Oaxaca known for its big waves and excellent surfing conditions. Catch some waves on Playa Zicatela - if you don't surf, you should at least make it over to …
11travelers 6reviews 9blogs
Cuernavaca #26 most popular location
Cuernavaca is the capital of the State of Morelos, one of the smallest states of Mexico. It has the well known name of 'the City of the Eternal Spring'. The city name of Cuernavaca is from…
28travelers 3reviews 12blogs
Puerto Aventuras #27 most popular location
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Nuevo Vallarta #28 most popular location
1travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Tijuana #29 most popular location
Tijuana is located in the northwest corner of the Mexican country, in the state of Baja California and freeway close to the neighbor city of San Diego, California, with manifold tourist and c…
69travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Puerto Morelos #30 most popular location
Puerto Morelos, unlike most of the Mayan Riviera, remains a sleepy little fishing village perfectly suited for lounging on the beach, grabbing a bite to eat in the dusty little village square…
3travelers 11reviews 4blogs
Veracruz #31 most popular location
The city of Veracruz is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The city is known for its rich traditions of music, including marimba bands,…
39travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Manzanillo #32 most popular location
Manzanillo is a city as well as its surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Colima. The city, located on the Pacific Ocean, contains Mexico's busiest port. In the 2005 census the …
5travelers 7reviews 1blogs
Chihuahua #33 most popular location
Founded in 1709 as El Real de San Fransisco de Cuellar as a mining center. Growth continued from mining wealth and in 1823 was granted City status and was named Chihuahua and was made the cap…
27travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Ciudad Juarez #34 most popular location
Ciudad Juarez is the biggest city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Ciudad Juarez is the official name for this city, but it may also be called Juarez, Juaritos (for the locals) and sometime…
11travelers 18reviews 10blogs
Valladolid #35 most popular location
Valladolid is the third largest provincial town in the Yucatan and named after Valladolid Spain and manages to have that European charm and look and feel as well as some good food and lots of…
1travelers 9reviews 13blogs
Riviera Maya #36 most popular location
Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on…
37travelers 14reviews 4blogs
Zacatecas #37 most popular location
Zacatecas is a city in Mexico, the capital of the state of Zacatecas. It was founded 1548, two years after the nearby discovery of silver, and became an officially-recognized city in 1584. …
5travelers 1reviews 5blogs
Campeche #38 most popular location
Campeche is a very picturesque and quiet little seaside town with brightly painted colonial buildings winding through a maze of narrow paved streets lined with antique street lamps In its …
3travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Leon #39 most popular location
12travelers 7reviews
San Luis Potosi #40 most popular location
The capital city of the state with the same name. It is named for both Louis IX of France and the rich mines of Potosi, Bolivia. It is located on a platuea and about 5500' above sea level. I…
8travelers 8reviews
Ensenada #41 most popular location
Ensenada is the third-largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California. It is located about 70 miles south of Tijuana. Ensenada is also the municipal seat of Ensenada Municipality, one of…
19travelers 2reviews 11blogs
La Paz #42 most popular location
Ideally placed on the shores of California Sur, the city of La Paz is a launching point for all kinds of adventure activities. From abundant water sports to uninhabited off-shore islands, the…
13travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Toluca #43 most popular location
Toluca de Lerdo, or Toluca is the capital of Mexico State. Toluca was founded in 1522 by Christian missionaries. The city is 60 kms west of Mexico City. Nearby is the Nevado de Toluca Vol…
13travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Puerto Penasco #44 most popular location
Puerto Peñasco commonly known as Rocky Point was once a sleepy little town in the Mexican state of Sonora. Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) it is appr…
8travelers 7reviews 4blogs
TAMPICO #45 most popular location
Tampico is a port in Gulf of Mexico , in the North East of Mexico. The economic activity of the city include Tourism, Oil and Gas, and Industrial Activities. The city is connected by direct …
12travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Taxco #46 most popular location
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San Juan Teotihuacan #47 most popular location
Teotihuacan is a must see. If you only have time to visit one ruin during your visit, this is the one to visit. Occupation began around 500 BC and reached its peak around 500 AD. The maximum …
11travelers 8reviews 10blogs
Tuxtla Gutierrez #48 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 9blogs
Akumal #49 most popular location
Akumal is a small beach community located on the Caribbean Sea in Quintana Roo State, about 100km south of Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The year round population is about 1,20…
4travelers 3reviews 9blogs
Villahermosa #50 most popular location
Villahermosa is a lovely city located in the South East of Mexico, in the state of Tabasco. Villahermosa is part of the so-called " Ruta Maya " , which includes Palenque ruins, which is locat…
7travelers 1reviews 1blogs