Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum, videos and more.
  • Mexico Cooks! (www.mexicocooks.typepad.com) Excellent blog on Mexican life.
  • México (www.visitmexico.com) Official tourism site with plenty of helpful ideas.
  • Planeta.com (www.planeta.com) Articles, listings, links, photos and more.
  • Geo-Mexico (www.geo-mexico.com) All sorts of informative and surprising stuff about Mexico.
  • Mexico Travel (www.tripsavvy.com) Mexico travel news and info.

Top Tips

  • Try not to worry too much. Mexico's much-reported drug-gang violence happens mostly in a small number of places, chiefly in border towns, and tourists are rarely targeted. The country's most visited areas are little touched by the violence.
  • Expect the unfamiliar. If the strangeness of a foreign land starts to get to you, stay somewhere where you feel comfortable. International cuisine is available in almost any town.
  • Get out of the cities and coastal resorts into the countryside and smaller towns and villages, where you'll see a side of Mexican life that many tourists miss.
  • Accept that things won't run like clockwork; get used to 'Mexico time'.
  • Don't spread yourself too thin; pick a part of Mexico that you particularly want to explore rather than trying to cover the whole country.

What to Take

  • International electrical adaptor (for non-North Americans)
  • Swimming and beach gear
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Driver’s license (if driving)
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Warm clothing
  • Charcoal tablets to treat Montezuma's Revenge
  • Mexican Spanish phrasebook

What to Wear

In beach towns, shorts and short skirts are common; sleeveless tops are fine. Take some sleeved tops and long pants/skirts to protect against sun and mosquitoes, and for wearing beyond the beach – more conservative dress should be observed when visiting inland cities and towns, as well as churches everywhere. Pack a sweater or a warm jacket for cooler inland areas and for Mexico's notoriously frosty air-conditioned buses. A sun hat is essential; good, inexpensive options are sold throughout Mexico.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your stay
  • Get necessary immunizations well in advance
  • Check your government’s Mexico travel information
  • If flying, buy a return ticket
  • Organize travel insurance
  • Make bookings (for accommodations, travel, restaurants)
  • Inform your credit-/debit-card company
  • Check if you can use your cell phone in Mexico