Travel to Mexico & Live in Mexico: Complete Guide

Travel to Mexico


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




  • 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.


  • 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.

Mexico Travel Guide

15 thoughts on “Travel to Mexico & Live in Mexico: Complete Guide”

  1. 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!

    • 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. 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?

  3. 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. 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?

    • 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. 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.


    • 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.

  6. Hi Anna – were spending a week in Cozumel for the New Year. I’m considering spending 3 nights nearby but can’t decide where. Looking for a beautiful beach, low key, local food & drink. Wondering what your suggestion would be?

    I’ve read a lot about the area & am having a hard time deciding. Tulum, Akumal, Isla Mujeres? Or other suggestions you might have?

    • Isla Mujeres is very similar to Cozumel and very touristy, so will be hard to find ‘local’ stuff. I’d say try either Tulum but more southern part or Puerto Morelos.

  7. Hi Anna,
    I just discovered your website and I love it!
    It is really great that you are such a “free spirit” and you want to experience the world. I am happy that I found your helpful articles.
    So I need your opinion…:-)
    If you had one month (December-January) to move somewhere, where would it be? Please consider that you have 2 children under 6 years old. Would it be Mexico? If yes, where do you suggest we should live?

    I would really appreciate it if you have time to answer me.
    Thank you in advance and wish you a pleasant day!

    • I usually advise people going to Mexico (especially Riviera Maya) any time apart from rainy season and Dec-Jan. Most places are booked up and cost 4x more, it’s way too busy over there and just not the best time to go. Many expats leave during that time actually.
      South Africa could be a good idea though!

  8. Hi Ana, I wan´t to spend 5-6 weeks in mexico this summer and work in a hostal with workaway.
    I want to stay around the same are and do some travelling around the area. I cant decide between Tulum and exploring the surronding areas i.e islas mujer, holbox, or puerto Vallarta and visiting areas around there. Which are would you say is more authentic experience and more travel oppurtunities in the area?

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