Most traveling in Mexico occurs during the vacation periods of the U.S. and Canada, as a majority of Mexico’s tourist reside in North America. The spring break period and summer months are especially great for young travelers and families that want to spend extended periods in country. The North American winter months, November to February, are particularly great for older travelers often referred to as “snow birds,” wanting to escape the cold. The fall and late spring can be good times to find cheaper flights if costs are of concern. Depending on where you want to travel in Mexico, there are more and less ideal times of the year to go. For example, if you are wanting to visit Cancun, we don’t recommend the “spring break period,” that is unless you are in search of a party atmosphere. Many of the less-touristic destinations are easier to travel through most of the year and foreigners who spend money and stimulate the small town economies are readily welcomed.
What to Bring on Your Mexico Travels
When packing for Mexico, it is important to consider where your journey will take you. Mexico is a large country and has a variety of climate regions, from warm coasts to high mountains. If you are like most people traveling in Mexico, you are probably seeking sun and sand. If this is the case, we recommend bringing the following items:
- Sun screen (Higher is better, UV rays in Mexico are stronger than in the U.S.)
- Bathing suits
- Sun glasses
If you are one of the travelers looking to explore Mexico beyond the beaches, you are in for a treat. This country has many outdoor activities for outdoorsman (and outdoorswoman), including; hiking, biking, rock climbing, and skydiving, to name a few. Here are some items to consider if this is more your speed:
- Hiking boots
- Insect repellant
- Travel guide or map
You will also want to have the following items, no matter your situation:
- Small denominations of currency (Mexico uses pesos)
- Cell phone with emergency info
- A positive attitude (Remember, you are not at home and things will not work the same)
Where to Travel in Mexico
If you are traveling the Pacific coast of Mexico, we recommend a few places. Puerto Vallarta is perfect for retirees looking for fine dining, other expats, and all-inclusive amenities. Mazatlan is another great choice, known for it’s rich culture, historic areas, and big-game fishing.
On the Caribbean coast of Mexico, we recommend visiting the Riviera Maya. This area consists of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. There are many all-inclusive resorts and beautiful beaches. Tulum is a quaint, but progressing town with activities from yoga to snorkeling.
Mexico City is an often-misrepresented city that has a ton of culture and lots to offer. The city has a population over 20 million and a crime rate well below many major U.S. cities. Guanajuato is another inland location attracting travelers in Mexico. It has a wonderful vibe, brightly colored homes, and winding streets.