Top Destinations to Visit in Mexico

Top Destinations to Visit in Mexico

Written By: Krazy Kristen

Living in the United States, I sometimes forget about Mexico being a tourist destination option. There are a couple reasons for this -- first, the proximity makes me take it for granted since it’s so close to the United States I often don’t remember that it has plenty of beautiful and historic spots to visit. The second thing is the news that comes out of Mexico, specifically the crime that has increased over the last few years. While the crime is typically located more along the northern border, there are still many parts of the country that make for a good vacation.

It’s important to note that no matter where you go, common sense is important to stay safe when you’re traveling abroad. Whether you’re traveling to Mexico or to Europe, safety and staying out of questionable environments is important and should not be taken lightly. That being said, Mexico is full of rich history and culture, not to mention some of the most beautiful beaches in North America. Whether you want to visit a historic city and immerse yourself in Mexican culture or you want to enjoy a more tropical escape to the beach, Mexico has plenty to offer all travelers.

Before I went on my latest trip to Mexico, I did some research to determine which part of the country would best suit my travel interests. One thing I love about this country is that the topography is so vast, meaning I could visit ancient ruins or party the night away in Cancun -- all in the same trip. If you’re not sure where you want to go on your next trip to Mexico, I’ve compiled some of the basic features and best spots to visit in the country.


For those looking for a coastal getaway or something a little bit more relaxed, Cancun is typically one of the best places for tourists in Mexico. There are plenty of activities, restaurants and hotels to enjoy in Cancun and it’s also within a short driving distance from many of the nearby coastal towns such as Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos.

If you’re looking for a beach destination or more of the resort atmosphere, Cancun definitely offers that to visitors. Nightlife and shopping is also plentiful around Cancun and you can always set up tours to nearby archaeological sites or other historical destinations if you want to get out and explore during your stay.


When I travel I like to see the urban areas most. Mexico City is a major tourist destination that features a lively blends of entertainment, hotels, restaurants, museums and historic destinations. The centralized location of Mexico City also makes it easy to visit ancient ruins that are outside the city limits or just checking out one of the hundred museums that are in the city. If you like to travel and live as a local, Mexico City has just about everything you could want in a vacation destination. It’s also the site of countless festivals and exhibitions, which makes it even more fun to visit throughout the year.


Another very popular destination in Mexico is Puerto Vallarta. The oceanfront city features countless resorts and residential properties as well as that iconic laid-back Mexican vibe that many people like to enjoy during a stay. If you want to get out on the boat and enjoy gorgeous views of the bay or you just plan on sitting in the sand with a few tacos and a beer, Puerto Vallarta is affordable and fun for all ages. It’s just a short drive from the airport which makes it convenient if you don’t want to navigate the area on your own. There is a good mix of options in Puerto Vallarta including budget hotels and very high-end resorts, which appeals to all types of tourists.


Guadalajara is one of my favorite cities in Mexico because it gives me the full immersion of culture and history that is so important to Mexico. During a visit to the city, you’ll definitely want to check out some points of interest such as Plaza de Armas and the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres. If you love tequila, be sure to make a trip over to the town of Tequila for tastings and tours of the gorgeous haciendas in the area.

Mexico is a good tourist destination with plenty to offer no matter what you’re looking for -- definitely check out the coastal towns and be sure to explore the historic and archaeological sites for a full experience.

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