Mexico is an amazing country, and one of our favorites here at Go! Girl Guides.
From the miles of white sandy beaches to rocky cliffs, barren and beautiful deserts and warm sunshine, there’s very little we don’t love about Mexico (hence, the creation of our latest guidebook to Mexico).
One of the best things about the country, is the diversity in terms of accommodation options. Hostels and guesthouses can cost as little as $15 USD or less, and all inclusive holidays to Mexico in large, luxury hotels abound.
Here’s a run-down of our favorite places to visit in Mexico. Enjoy!
1. San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas took our award for best shopping in Mexico. Their market, Santo Domingo, contains everything you could ever want—artisan jewelry, leather, luggage, shoes, clothing, housewares and more. Everything is unique to the region and irresistibly adorable.
If you’re looking for ruins set within a lush jungle setting, Palenque is for you. The ruins here are set in the jungle and were discovered in the 1950s, differentiating them from other ruins in Chichen Itza and Tulum. The Palenque ruins are peaceful and relaxed, and you’re allowed entrance into several of the buildings. A walk through the back of the ruins will lead you to waterfalls and forest paradise.
3. San Miguel de Allende
Think small alleyways, cobblestone, friendly people and a kickin’ expat scene, and you’ll picture San Miguel de Allende. It’s an absolutely adorable little town that will suck you in for longer than you planned, and you should absolutely let it. This is also a great place for taking Spanish classes, or for finding part-time work in a hostel.
If you’re looking for white sand beaches that aren’t totally as touristy as say, Cabo San Lucas, get yourself to Tulum. There’s cave diving, cenotes, tons of places to stay for any budget and, to top it all off, an Maya ruin. You won’t regret it!
I’ve been to alot of places in Mexico and unfortunately, none on this list. I’m from Texas and been to a lot of border towns (that right now are a bit scary). But I will always remember Puerta Vallarta. It had cobblestone streets (or it did when I was there). We went during Thanksgiving and ate at this wonderful panoramic view restaurant. I think it was called Panoramic or had that in the title. They were celebrating some Catholic holiday and lit up the fireworks from the beach. It has by far been the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen. The bass of them hit you from up at the top where we were located and lasted for hours. I was amazed.