Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Martin K., who wrote in with a passionate endorsement of travel to Mexico:
“Hello Johnny, just wanted to tell you that I love receiving your email. I have been following you for many years and used you to buy a Scottevest and my Barclays Arrival card. I trust your opinions and value the information on your website.
“I have one complaint and a question. I travel to Mexico often and hardly ever see you recommend travel to our neighbor to the south. Last month I took a group of 13 friends to Mexico. Not to the usual place Americans visit, which are Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mazatlan, Cabo, and Ixtapa (beach communities), but to colonial Mexico. We have visited Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Morelia, Zacatecas, and Merida. These are safe, clean, beautiful cities with much to offer. I don’t know if you have been to any of these cities or why you do not recommend travel to Mexico. We have visited Oaxaca for Dia De Los Muertos and Guadalajara for the International Mariachi Festival. A flight to Guadalajara costs about $300+ roundtrip and is an easy 3+ hours non-stop.
“Mexico is a huge bargain because of the strength of the dollar. We stayed at a wonderful hotel in downtown Guadalajara for $65/night including a great breakfast. Mexicans are very welcoming and the service is almost always great. San Miguel De Allende has over 10,000 American/Canadian retirees living there. It is a truly beautiful city with wonderful restaurants. Mexican food was, in a recent poll, voted the number-one cuisine ahead of Italian food. Just visiting for the amazing restaurants is a great reason to travel to Mexico. Many Americans think Mexico is dangerous. Well, if you are in the drug business, it definitely is dangerous but if you are a tourist looking for a close, inexpensive, beautiful, and welcoming country, Mexico is the place. Especially from California.”
Thanks for writing in, Martin! It’s true that there’s a whole world of amazing places to visit in Mexico, including many that most Americans don’t know about. A few of the Mexico stories we’ve featured are below.
Mexico travel stories
- 5 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Merida, Mexico
- 8 Things to Do in La Paz, Mexico
- A Sustainable 24 Hours in Cancún, Mexico
- In Photos: A Stay at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Mexico
- The Surrealist’s Mexico City
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