Mexico Travel Destinations

“I never knew Mexico was so beautiful” is something I hear a lotttttt….

Truthfully, I didn’t know Mexico was so beautiful either — until I visited!

From beaches and mountains, to colonial cities and pueblos mágicos (magic towns), and even Mexico’s gorgeous cenotes, there’s really something for everyone in this country!

 

Stairs leading down to a tropical beach in Mexico

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Mexico City (CDMX)

North America’s biggest (and dare I say, coolest!) city. From hip neighborhoods, to Aztec history, to street art, and of course, delicious tacos, there’s nowhere on Earth that’s quite like CDMX.

Yucatán Peninsula

It’s all in the Yucatán! Go from the beaches of Tulum + Holbox Island, to the colonial cities of Merida + Valladolid, to the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza & Coba… and so much more.

Oaxaca: City + Beaches

Oaxaca City + Coastal Oaxaca are world’s apart! From world-class surfing in Puerto Escondido, to world-class eating in Oaxaca City, you can’t go wrong with Oaxaca.

Guanajuato City

Get your camera ready! Guanajuato is home to two of Mexico’s most picturesque destinations: San Miguel de Allende + Guanajuato City. 

Mexico FAQs…

Mexico's main Cathedral in the Zocalo

What everyone’s asking about

Is Mexico safe for travel?

I wish this question has an officially official answer, but it doesn’t. What I can definitively tell you is that I have been safe as a solo female traveler & so have countless other women! Check out my blog Mexico Solo Travel: How to be Safe and Crush It to see how I did it.

Is Mexico City safe for travel?

For the most part, Mexico City is quite safe. I lived there as a solo woman for almost a year, and encountered zero issues. However, I made my own safety a 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.

When is 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! As a general rule, the 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.

Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?

You don’t need a visa! When you go through Customs/Immigration at the border, 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.

What are some Mexico off the beaten path destinations?

Off the beaten path 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.

Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?

Realistically, you can visit many parts of Mexico and not speak Spanish at all. If you’re headed to any of the big beach destinations, you can get by with English only. 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.

Mexico Travel Blogs

Many Mexico blogs are now available as podcasts!

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Wonderful insights on solo travel & Mexico

Love this podcast! Shelley offers super helpful, actionable tips and insights into solo travel and Mexico travel. She’s so encouraging and really helps boost my confidence… ~canuckster88

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Amazing podcast.

This podcast is amazing. Really helpful tips on how to confidently travel solo. This is scary as a woman, but the host breaks it down well. ~Rach 613

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Helpful, motivational & fun listen!

Besides great tips on traveling solo, this podcast is super motivational, funny and well put together. It also clears up some common misconceptions about Mexico… ~gidgetwhite

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¡Mas fina!

Shelley has created such a beautiful, funny and real approach to travel (solo or not) in Mexico! Her tips and experience can help anyone from beginner to seasoned traveler find more from Mexico…

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Informative for solo travelers

I’m so glad I found this podcast. I was looking for one about how to travel alone & there are so few, so I’m glad I found this one. It has great info so far. ~Ghsbddjs

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Awesome Podcast!!!

Hearing some of Shelley’s personal stories on her solo travel experience and interactive exercises give me a different perspective on traveling solo… ~AmyFJ11

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Informative and Entertaining

Great for any traveler, both old and new. Very sincere, from somone who has been there… This is not just about travel, but personal growth that comes through your travel experience. ~HealthyAPPetite

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Great!!

Fantastic podcast for anyone thinking of solo traveling. Shelley is so informative! As a long term solo traveler myself, 100% recommend ~csherring89

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Lots of Fun! Good Tips! Not just for women 😉

Shelley is upbeat, inspiring and fun in the way she shares her experiences. You can feel her enthusiasm for solo travel, especially now after overcoming initial fears that we all have. ~CancelParkMobile

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