Mexico City Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish, though some still speak indigenous languages
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso, though U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted
☀️ Mexico City Weather
Cool/rainy in spring & summer, and cold/dry in fall & winter
📍Top Things to Do
Chapultepec Park, Teotihuacan, Zocalo, Anthropology Museum
📍Off the Beaten Path
Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo Museum, Lucha Libre
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Mexico city (CDMX)
Tulum is one of the most visited and best Mexico travel destinations. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tulum is now a must see Mexico beach town.
Located on the Caribbean Sea, in Quintana Roo state, many head to Tulum for its world-class beaches, swimmable cenotes, Mayan ruins, bohemian vibes and great restaurants.
Tulum is in one of three states that make up Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and many make Tulum part of a larger Yucatan trip.
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What does CDMX stand for?
You’ll often see Mexico City abbreviated as CDMX, which stands for cuidad de mexico, or Mexico City en español!
You may also see it or hear it called “DF,” which is short for distrito federal, or federal district. Mexico City DF, is the equivalent of the “DC” in Washington DC.
CDMX is North America’s biggest (and coolest!) city: from hip neighborhoods and Aztec history, to Xochimilco‘s colorful boats and the amazing Teotihuacan UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of course, delicious tacos, there’s nowhere on Earth quite like it.
Where do I stay in Mexico City?
The best neighborhoods in Mexico City are Roma Norte, Condesa, Polanco and Coyoacan. These are all safe, fun, colorful, hip neighborhoods with plenty of great restaurants, bars, and things to do and see.
Roma and Condesa are the most centrally-located of the four, and have some of the best Airbnbs in Mexico City. Coyoacan is located in the south of the city, and Polanco is a bit northwest of the city center.
🏡 Head here for a list of the best Airbnbs in Mexico City.
Is Mexico City safe for travel?
For the most part, Mexico City is safe. Keep in mind that CDMX is a big (huge) city.
As with most big cities, Mexico City has its share of good/bad areas, so do follow these General Travel Safety Tips and you should be safe in Mexico City.
Also common of big cities, Mexico City has the same moderate levels of petty theft crimes you’d expect from say London, Rome and NYC. This is especially true on the Metro and busses, so opt for Uber over public transport, as Ubers are quite inexpensive in CDMX.
Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travelers discussing their positive and safe experiences traveling in Mexico and Mexico City.
What areas of Mexico City should I avoid?
While I consider Mexico City generally quite safe, even as a solo female traveler, the Tepito and Doctores neighborhood should be avoided!
Now, the Doctores neighborhood is where all the big Lucha Libre (masked Mexican wrestling) matches take place; but if you aren’t headed to Lucha, you should avoid Doctores.
I did go to a Lucha Libre match here once, and felt safe. However, this might be a good place to consider having a local with you — especially if your Spanish isn’t so great.
Don’t know a local? No worries! Book the Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos + Safety = the best of all worlds!
What's the best time to visit Mexico City?
Weather-wise, Mexico City has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cool. The rainy season is from April-September.
- The prettiest time of year in CDMX is from (about) mid-February to the end of March, when the bright purple jacaranda trees are in bloom!
- This also coincides with the monarch butterfly migration in the neighboring state of Michoacan, which takes place March-June.
- The city hosts the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festivities during the last week in October.
🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Tulum packing guide — so you know what to pack for Tulum, and what NOT to take to Mexico.
Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico!
When you go through Customs/Immigration at the airport, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Visa at no charge. Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country.
Check out the article 5 Reasons Mexico is One of the Best First Time Solo Travel Destinations for more reasons Mexico is such a great option for U.S. visitors.
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico City?
As a general rule, you’ll want know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting CDMX. While servers in restaurants often speak some English, Uber drivers often do not.
Download the free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list below, and save it on your phone as an image, so you’ll have it even if you’re off-WiFi.
As far as Mexico City goes, if you stick to the more touristic parts, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.
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