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Mexico Solo Travel: 10 Useful Tips for Female Travelers

Taking a solo trip to Mexico?

This often underrated country has so much to offer — and what better way to explore it all than on your own schedule, and at your own pace! As someone who’s done Mexico solo travel since 2018, I’m going to share all my best tips with you in this article, so you have an epic Mexico solo trip.

You’re probably wondering, Is Mexico safe for solo female travelers? Since Mexico travel safety is usually the elephant in the room, let’s address it now.

Those who have actually traveled Mexico solo (like me!) will tell you that for the most part, Mexico is a safe place for solo female travelers. However, you still have to follow the same general travel safety guidelines you’d follow when traveling anywhere on Earth — and make your safety your top priority.

These include not walking home alone at night, staying aware of your surroundings, keeping an eye on your belongings, not getting too intoxicated, etc. All those things will apply in Mexico as well. However, this guide will go a bit deeper on Mexico-specific tips for solo female travelers.

Ready to discover the 10 best tips for Mexico solo travel? Let’s get to it — starting with the most important of all general solo travel tips that all solo female travelers must know, and see how it relates to Mexico specifically.

Mexico Solo Travel tips

1. Listen to Your Intuition

Mexico is an incredibly friendly country; as in you might casually start chatting with someone and within 10 minutes they will invite you to a party at their house — it’s that friendly. While some travelers will absolutely love this, some people will not know what to make of it.

For this reason, some of the best solo female travel advice for Mexico, especially if this is your first trip alone, is to listen to your intuition. You know that voice inside your head? That’s your intuition, although some call it your inner voice, higher self, conscience, and similar terms.

The intuition basically has one job: to keep you safe. If your intuition is telling you that the person you just met 10 minutes ago who invited you to their cousin’s birthday this weekend seems like a good person, they may be. If, however, they seem like a creep, decline the invite.

This same goes for places — if you have a bad feeling about a place you’ve found yourself in, leave immediately. The same goes for people. If you’re hanging out with someone and getting a bad or strange vibe from them, don’t worry about a polite exit, just get away from them ASAP.

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Mexico Solo Travel tips

2. Use Uber Over Public Transportation

Mexico has pretty good public transportation in most places, especially big cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara. In fact, the Mexico City Metro (subway) and buses have separate spaces reserved for women and children only — the front metro car and front section of the bus.

Still, the fact remains that public transportation isn’t always the safest mode of transportation. Though many people take it everyday without issue, you’re also putting yourself in the place most people get pickpocketed, which is on public transportation.

For this reason, it’s much safer to use Uber. Besides being the safer option, you’ll also waste less time traveling to your destination, as public transport can take twice as long (or longer). While public transportation may cost less in money, you will pay that cost in time. 

If you do want to use Mexico public transport, just be hyper aware of your belongings and make sure everything you have is in your purse and it’s zipped up. Also, try to avoid it during rush hour, as people will pack in like sardines on the buses and metro.

Woman standing in the street holding her phone waiting for an Uber
Uber is available in most places throughout Mexico. There is also DiDi, BlaBlaCar and InDriver, but there’s no Lyft in Mexico.
Mexico Solo Travel tips

3. Keep Some Things Private

Remember how we said people in Mexico are friendly? It’s definitely one of the best things about the country, and it will end up rubbing off on you. However, there’s a fine line between being friendly and over-sharing.

You don’t owe anyone an explanation! If someone asks a question you don’t feel comfortable answering, don’t.

While most people will just want to make casual chit chat and small talk, you never know who has ulterior motives. For this reason, resist the urge to tell acquaintances, the person next to you at a bar, or your neighbor in a cafe every single detail about your life and travel plans.

It’s OK to be vague in your answers if you’re not someone comfortable with telling white lies. To do this, just give a non-specific answer — for example, if someone asks you where you’re staying, just say “In downtown.” If someone asks what you’re doing tomorrow, say “I’m not sure yet” or “I’m meeting a friend.”

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Don’t feel pressured to disclose every detail of your trip. One of the best things about solo travel is doing things 100% on your own terms, which includes how much info you give out about yourself and your travel plans.
Mexico Solo Travel tips

4. Take an Early Flight

When traveling to Mexico, try to pick a flight that arrives early in the day; the earlier the better. You never want to cut it too close, because though your scheduled arrival might be 6pm when the sun’s still out, there might be a delay and you don’t arrive until 8pm when it’s already dark.

In general, it’s much safer to arrive while the sun is still out, especially if this is your first trip to Mexico or a foreign country. 🤔 Wondering about which are the best places in Mexico to travel alone? Check out these 25 Safest Cities to Visit in Mexico!

Though “off-hour” flights tend to be less expensive, resist the urge to take them, if you can. If not, you might want to pay a little extra for a private airport transfer service to be waiting at the airport to pick you up and take you where you’re staying.

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Keep it comfy on your flight, so you arrive to your destination as rested and refreshed as possible.
Mexico Solo Travel tips

5. Stay in Centro Historico (Zocalo)

Nearly all Mexico cities (at least the ones frequented by travelers) have what’s known as a Zocalo, which is the “Town Square,” located within it’s Centro Historico, or Historic Downtown. This is the most lively part of town, and will have plenty of accommodation options.

If you’re visiting a town or city you’ve never been to, narrow your search for a hotel, Airbnb or hostel down to the area called Centro Historico, and you’ll always be in an area frequented by other travelers — of course, you still want to read reviews of the place before booking.

brightly colored home and buildings in the colorful colonial town of Guanajuato City, Guanajuato, Mexico, located in central Mexico, and a safe place for female solo Mexico travel
Centro Historico in Guanajuato City is the perfect place to stay on your trip.
Mexico Solo Travel tips

6. Chat with Local Women

No one knows their town like a local — and no one knows better how to stay safe as a woman than another woman!

Don’t be afraid to chat up a friendly stranger, and ask her for some tips about the town you’re in and other popular places in Mexico. Some things you might want to know include what streets to avoid at night, what places are completely off limits for solo females, and what places are totally safe.

If you have travel anxiety about talking to complete strangers, ask a woman on the staff at your hotel or hostel, a female Airbnb host, or even your female restaurant server. Remember that most people aren’t 100% comfortable talking to strangers, but when necessary, you just do it anyway.

📲 The best way to keep in touch with both old and new friends while traveling?

A Mexico SIM Card from TELCEL. This is the country’s largest carrier — so you always have phone and texting service, as well as data.

Mexico Solo Travel tips

7. Go on Group Tours

If you get some good advice while chatting with a local woman about a place that’s not super safe to visit by yourself — but you still want to go anyway! — consider a group tour day trip. Group tours are great to meet other travelers, and to just show up and have a day planned out for you.

In Mexico, you’ll always have the option to do group tours, no matter where you are. Two of the companies I use most are Viator and Get Your Guide, because they have plenty of options for all the best Mexico tours.

While they may be places you get to on your own, it can still be a smarter choice to go with a group because you never really know what you’re getting into when you start venturing off the beaten path in Mexico. Also, some places are just more fun with a group.

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For all the best Mexican tours, check out Viator and Get Your Guide when travelling to Mexico.
Mexico Solo Travel tips

8. Join Mexico Facebook Groups

Facebook is the biggest platform used for online networking in all Mexico — and one of the easiest ways of how to meet people during solo travel. It seems every city and town in Mexico has a Facebook group these days, and with larger cities like Mexico City, they also have female-only groups.

As there’s a large Mexico City digital nomad and expat population, there are groups with thousands of foreigners who now live in Mexico City. From these, smaller groups have broken off, like the Expat Women in Mexico City group, a great one to join when traveling to Mexico City alone as a woman.

Depending on where you’re going, just type in the search bar “place in Mexico + expat women,” or just “place in Mexico + women,” and you should have results. You can also just join a co-ed group, but only interact with women in it. (Example: For Mexico City, search Facebook for “Mexico City expat women.”)

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Mexico Solo Travel tips

9. Dress to Blend In with the Locals

For the record, this is not about telling women what to wear! Rather, giving advice on how to dress in Mexico is about helping you blend in, so you don’t look like a clueless tourist. Dressing to blend in shows you understand your surroundings, and you actually come off as more powerful.

In Mexico, people tend to dress on the most conservative side. It’s not uncommon to see jeans and long sleeved shirts even in warmer cities. On Mexico beaches, don’t be surprised to see both men and women swimming in a T-shirt and shorts.

None of this is to say that you can’t wear whatever you want; you can. It’s just to say that when you deviate from the norm, you stand out in a crowd. If that’s exactly what you want to do, go for it, but if not, err on the side of conservative, like the locals do. This Mexico packing list should help you!  

Mexico Solo Travel tips

10. “M” Bathrooms are for Women

The last tip is a practical one — that also has a larger tip within it. Yes, bathrooms labeled “M” are for mujeres, or women. The “H” bathrooms are for hombres, or men. You might also see “D,” damas for women, and “C,” caballeros for men.

🚻 In short: The women’s bathroom doors labeled M (or D)!

However, the real tip here is to brush up on your Spanish before you travel solo to Mexico. Knowing a little Spanish will go a long way — as you can see — and this really is one of the most simple and best pieces of Mexico travel advice.

To go over the basics, download the free Duolingo app and do 15 minutes of practice a day for two weeks, which should be enough Spanish to get by with on your solo trip to Mexico. If you want to get a bit more in depth with your Spanish, Rocket Languages has a great online Spanish program.

💁‍♀️ Solo female travel Mexico advice: Brush up on your Spanish before you visit.

Final thoughts: Mexico solo travel tips

Traveling Mexico has been amazing — especially as a solo female traveler! I have been able to visit 16 states out of 32 (and counting), and only have positive experiences to report. While many will say I’m lucky — I will say I was well prepared, always aware of my surroundings and erred on the side of caution.

Though I have only amazing memories of my travels, I can say this because I made my own safety my top priority. To this end, I practiced risk mitigation, didn’t walk home alone at night, and above all, listened to my intuition. If I had a bad feeling about someone, somewhere or something, I got away asap.

Traveling to Mexico alone as a woman can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. However, if you follow the tips in this article, you are likely to also only have amazing things to say about your own solo travel to Mexico — just like me! Oh, and don’t forget the Mexico travel insurance.

Valle de Bravo, known as the “Hamptons of Mexico City” is a great, safe Mexico solo travel destination.

Best Mexico solo travel destinations

Below are some of the best places for Mexico solo travel. However, for a complete list of the safest cities in Mexico and best solo travel destinations in Mexico, click the respective links.

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  1. This is excellent. Very helpful to me. I plan on going to Oaxaca. I travelled solo in the Yucatan and Chiapas but that was 15 years ago.

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Vanessa: I’m glad it was helpful! I hope you enjoy your adventure.