- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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