Travel to Mexico & Live in Mexico: Complete Guide

Travel to Mexico


TRAVEL TO MEXICO: ESSENTIALS

Before You Go:

When in Mexico:

Mexico City

  • Alternative Activities in Mexico City
  • How to Use Public Transportation in Mexico City
  • Day Trips from Mexico City
  • How Not to Visit Xochimilco

Yucatan Peninsula / Riviera Maya

  • Visiting Mayan ruins: Coba vs Chichen Itza
  • Adventure Parks of Mexico
  • Guide to Isla Holbox

Oaxaca & Chiapas

San Luis Potosi

  • Visiting the surrealist garden of Edward James in Xilitla

Jalisco & Guanajuato

Baja California

  • Day trip to Tijuana from San Diego

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LIVE IN MEXICO

 

  • Pros & cons of living in Mexico

 

If a topic isn’t linked it’s because I’m still writing that particular piece. Check back again soon.


FAQ ABOUT TRAVELING TO MEXICO

  • Can I travel to Mexico if I don’t speak Spanish?

Absolutely. If you’re traveling to touristy areas like Riviera Maya, Baja California or Puerto Vallarta, don’t worry – most people speak English as they’re involved in tourism.

If you’re planning on going off the path, you’ll see that most people don’t speak English at all. I’d highly recommend learning basic phrases, signing yourself up for a language course, or purchasing a dictionary. Most people are patient and helpful, so even if you don’t understand what they’re saying they’ll try to help you through gestures.

While Spanish is the spoken language of Mexico, it’s way different than Spanish that’s spoken in Spain. Mexican grammar is different and a lot of words vary, as you can see in my basic dictionary of Mexican Spanish.

  • Is Mexico safe to visit?

Millions of tourists travel to Mexico every year, despite U.S. warnings about crime, tainted alcohol, robbery carjacking etc. The 99% of them come back happy and safe. Crime happens everywhere, unfortunately.

Last year’s shootings in Playa del Carmen and Cancun (and other shootings elsewhere) were incidents that occurred between drug cartels and travelers didn’t target travelers. Especially not touristy all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.

That said, Mexico can be as safe as the US, so take reasonable precautions and you’ll be fine. I’ve lived and traveled around Mexico for years and hitchhiked, walked alone at night, partied, drove cars and did everything I would have elsewhere and I was completely fine.

9 Comments

  1. Mário
    Mar 28, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Hi there,

    First of all, congrats for your site. It’s very nice and usefull! Do you know if it’s possible rent a car in Cancun and goes all the way down to Belize and Guatemala?

    Thank’s a lot!

    • Anna
      Author
      Mar 28, 2018 / 11:51 pm

      Most rental car companies don’t allow it anymore because tourists were driving the cars to Belize and never returning them. But you can try to find some.

  2. adi
    Jul 20, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Hi, I am traveling to Cancun in December and I’ve been doing so much research on ISLA HOLBOX. Do you have any tips on getting there? I would be leaving from Playa del carmen or isla mujeres and was thinking of taking the ferry. Do you have better suggestions?

    • Anna
      Author
      Jul 20, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Yes I do. You should take an ADO bus from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila (takes about 2 hours) and then take a ferry.

  3. Cheri
    Jul 27, 2018 / 1:45 am

    Hi Anna- do you know of a taxi service in Oaxaca that will take 6 adults from the airport to the hotel? Or should we take 2 taxis? thanks for your help, Cheri

  4. Leslie
    Aug 21, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Hi I am planning to go to Playa del Carmen with my 16 year old son the 1st week of October. Will it warm (beach weather). Any places you recommend for us? is Tulum and Xcaret Park close by?

    • Anna
      Author
      Aug 21, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      It’s always warm in this part of Mexico. Tulum is about an hour from Playa, you can take a colectivo, bus or taxi there. Xcaret is slightly closer.

  5. Syl
    Sep 16, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Do you know the seaweed situation in Mayan Riviera? Is it worth risking? I went few times, last in 2015, and had bad luck. The beaches were covered in seaweed. Did I pick a wrong resort? I am going with a toddler boy and a family so my only options are all-inclusive resorts. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Syl

    • Anna
      Author
      Sep 18, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Seaweed is still there, unfortunately, not only in Mexico but also anywhere down the coast of Belize as well. Resorts clean the seaweed usually, so it should be fine, but you also might want to use the pool.

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