Jalisco Travel Guide
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Where is Jalisco Mexico?
Jalisco is located in south-central Mexico, one of the Mexico Pacific States that sits on the Pacific Ocean.
These states have some of the best beach towns in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta and Yelapa, as well as Jalisco’s capital, Guadalajara, and the the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Tequila, Ajijic and San Sebastian del Oeste.
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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico
This amazing Pacific coastal city, located on Banderas Bay, welcomes millions of visitors each year. In fact, Puerto Vallarta is among the most visited Mexico destinations, and one of the most popular for LGBTQ+ travel.
Is Puerto Vallarta worth visiting? Unlike many popular Mexico beaches, Puerto Vallarta still has strong ties to its cultural roots. It is unique in that it offers visitors a nice combo of beaches, culture, and posh Puerto Vallarta resorts!
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico
There are so many amazing things to do in Guadalajara! From exploring Centro Historico’s famous Plaza Guadalajara, Guadalajara Cathedral and Hospicio Cabanas, to shopping for artesanias (artisanal crafts) in the San Juan de Dios market.
Is Guadalajara worth visiting? As the second largest metropolitan city in Mexico, behind Mexico City, those who appreciate historic cities will love traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico. Though a large city, it has a much smaller town feel and calmer vibe than Mexico City.
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico
Part of the Chapala Riviera, Ajijic sits on Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Chapala. It is famous for charming cobblestone streets lined with bougainvillea and colorful buildings, lakefront restaurants and cafes, tropical weather and lush vegetation.
Is Ajijic worth visiting? For those who want to escape the crowds, head 35 miles south of Guadalajara to the Ajijic pueblo magico (magic town). It is a popular place for Mexico expats, and ranks among the best places to live in Mexico.
Best things to do in Jalisco:
Jalisco travel has so much to offer! The coastal cities of Puerto Vallarta and Yelapa have both beautiful beaches to one side and mountains to the other, whale watching in winter, a lively party scene and gorgeous resorts. The inland cities, like Guadalajara, Tequila and Ajijic, offer culture, amazing food (and tequila!), history, colorful cities and more.
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Jalisco Travel FAQ
Is Jalisco safe for travel?
Jalisco has both safe parts, and frankly, unsafe parts. If you’re planning to venture off the beaten path from any of the places listed below, exercise caution or go with a group tour.
The beaches of Jalisco — including Puerto Vallarta and Yelapa — are safe and very popular for visitors. Further inland, the pueblos magicos (magic towns) of Ajijic, San Sebastian del Oeste and Tequila, and the second biggest city in Mexico, Guadalajara, are also considered safe for travel.
As with traveling anywhere, you’ll want to follow general travel safety guidelines — like not walking home alone at night, watching your alcohol consumption and staying aware of yourself and surroundings. For an added safety measure, pack these travel safety items, dress in a way so your Mexico outfits blend in with the locals, and buy a Mexico SIM card.
Want to hear about Mexico travel safety from the experts? Check out my Is Mexico Safe for Travel? article.