Mexico Travel Destinations

Mexico is always a good idea!
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natural swimming pool with waterfall - day trips from Merida

“I never knew Mexico was so beautiful…”

I hear that statement up there a lotttt. Truthfully, I didn’t know Mexico was so beautiful either — until I visited!

From the Caribbean beach town of Tulum to the Colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, to vibrant Mexico City and the nearby Tolantongo hot springs, to the cultural mecca of Oaxaca, and the most colorful city in Mexico, Guanajuato, there’s really somewhere for everyone in this country!

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Mexico Travel FAQs

Is Mexico safe for solo travel?

For the most part, Mexico is quite safe. I have lived & traveled in Mexico as a solo woman for about 2.5 years now — and encountered zero issues.

However, I will say that I made my own safety my highest priority… and you should too!

Check out Ep. 04 of my podcast, Janine’s Take On Solo Female Travel Safety in Mexico, where I spoke to a fellow solo female traveler about her take on Mexico travel safety.

What's the best time of year to visit Mexico?

Mexico is a large country, so this answer is dependant on which part of the country you’re headed to! Below is some general info to help with Mexico travel planning:

  • Central Mexico weather: This areas has what is known as an “eternal spring” climate. This means it feels like spring all year-round, so its never super hot or super cool. The rainy season is from April-September.
  • Yucatan Peninsula weather: This part of Mexico is very tropical, and more-or-less hot all year long. The winter months are lovely, and the summers are humid and rainy with occassional tropical storms and hurricanes.
  • Northern and Western Mexico weather: This part of Mexico has pretty much a desert climate. You can expect dry, hot days, and cool/cold, dry nights.

As a general rule, Mexico’s beaches are nicest from November-April; and quite hot/humid from May-October.

The country’s rainy season is usually from about April-September; and it can rain quite a bit during those months.

The busiest month for tourism is December.

Will I need a tourist visa to visit Mexico?

You don’t need a visa! 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 this visa, as you’ll have give it back when you’re leaving the country. Check out my blog 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?

Many people visit Mexico and never utter a word of Spanish! However, as a general rule, you should know at least a few words of Spanish. Download my free Basic Spanish Words & Phrases list here! Pro Tip: Save it on your phone as an image, so you can have it handy 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) won’t speak any English.

Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?

Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: Is is safe, but with the obvious caveat to that you will be driving in another country where you are unfamiliar with driving laws and customs.

If you’re planning to drive in Mexico, consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws. Beyond that, plan to sit for an extra 10-15 minutes with the agent at your car rental center to get tips from a local.

Need more Mexico driving tips? Click here to get my Tips On Driving in Mexico.

What are some Mexico off the beaten path destinations?

Off the beaten path travel destinations are kinda my thing!

While I love so many parts of Mexico, it’s definitly easier to love places more when they aren’t as crowded… Amirite?!

Download my free guide Venturing Off the Beaten Path: 10 Hidden Gems of Mexico to learn about my Top 10 favorite spots.

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Prefer podcasts?

Many Mexico blogs are now available as podcast episodes…

A Solo travel meets Mexico travel podcast 

Solo travel is freedom. It is one of the quickest paths to personal growth & empowerment!

Have you been dreaming about it, but unsure if you have the confidence to travel solo? If so, Dream To Destination is the solo female travel podcast for you!

Dreaming of traveling to Mexico? All the solo travel podcast content centers around Mexico, travel — though it’s totally applicable to solo travel all countries. 

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