In my last post, I debunked some myths regarding travel safety in the Aztec country. In the end, I may have left you wondering about safe places to vacation in Mexico. That’s why I came up with a list of them for your review.
I’m glad to welcome first-time visitors to my site and regulars as well. If you still haven’t read the post I mention above and you would like to have more context, I invite you to read my previous post.
Below I will talk about some safe places to vacation in Mexico not only according to me but to many other travelers as well. Without much further ado, let’s get started.
A million things could be said about the Mexican capital. It had a bad reputation for being an unsafe place to visit, even other Mexicans had that perception. I must confess I belonged to that group for some time until I visited it and changed my mind. Like I’ve said before, we tend to fear the unknown. Once we experience something firsthand, then and only then are we able to make a proper judgment.
The truth is, the perception many people have about that destination is slowly starting to change. In all fairness, its city center and Roma/Condesa neighborhoods are very safe. However, remember to always watch your surroundings and exercise caution. It’s just common sense.
Now, let me warn you. Mexico City is safe for the most part, but there are areas like Tepito you should avoid altogether. Keep in mind there will always be neighborhoods you might want to stay away from, but if you stick with the tourist areas, you will be fine. Even Paris and New York City have dangerous areas, so you’re not 100% safe anywhere.
Cancún and Riviera Maya
Sun, beaches, gentle weather, jungle, pyramids. This is an old-time favorite for tourists visiting Mexico. Both domestic and international tourists alike love Cancún and Riviera Maya, and that explains why it’s one of the most visited destinations in the country. You can find Americans, French, German, Spanish, English, South Americans, Asians, and the list goes on and on. Spring breakers, honeymooners, young and old visit this region each year.
The hotel strip in Cancún is very safe for tourists. You can see people leaving clubs and bars late at night and walking to their hotels. No need to take a taxi or worry excessively about safety. Just exercise normal caution and enjoy your time.
I remember visiting with friends once. We left Coco Bongo around 5 a.m. I was amazed to see so many people walking the streets at that time of day. I felt safe the whole time.
There are many resorts in the area, and you won’t probably need to venture out into town. However, if you decide to go, don’t be afraid of the city. You will be safe.
A favorite of mine. Mérida is located in the Yucatán Peninsula, about 3 hours away from Cancún. It’s a very safe place, so much that many foreign retirees have made it their residence.
The first time I visited Mérida I was in college. That was a long time ago lol. We were really hungry one night. It was around 1 a.m. We headed out to the city center and walked until we found a hot dog stand.
Mérida is not famous for its nightlife, but you can still see people out in the streets at night. It was very peaceful and I felt safe the whole time.
Our American friends know it simply as Cabo, while we Mexicans know it as Los Cabos. Anyway, it’s the same place we’re talking about in the Baja California Peninsula.
Tourists love Mexican beaches, especially this one. You can see crystal water and participate in a lot of water-related activities. Most importantly, you will be safe during your stay.
Just like Canúun, Los Cabos has a lot of resorts. Many people prefer to spend their whole time in resorts to keep their peace of mind. However, you have nothing to worry about if you decide to venture into town. Try it at least once. You won’t regret it.
This list couldn’t be complete without Mexico’s fourth-largest city. It’s only 2 hours away from Mexico City. If you’re staying in the Mexican capital, you can make visiting Puebla City a 1-day trip.
Puebla City is a very safe place to visit. You will see beautiful Spanish architecture and enjoy some of Mexico’s best dishes. Mole and chiles en nogada originated here.
Puebla City was once a small town, but it has grown so much in recent years. Fortunately, it hasn’t seen a significant increase in crime levels. If you visit, you can stay downtown with peace of mind. Don’t miss out!
Another destination in central Mexico. Querétaro City is a combination of history and modernity. Its aqueduct is outstanding in its landscape.
It’s close to Mexico City as well, so if you’re in Mexico City, you might want to give it a try.
I will talk about this destination in more detail in another post very soon.
San Miguel de Allende
This destination is a favorite spot for American retirees. Its peaceful streets and small-town air make it the perfect place to unwind and de-stress.
There are art galleries, you can visit the wineries and even go on a hot air balloon ride!
San Miguel de Allende boasts a bohemian ambiance. Sit on the terrace of a restaurant and enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while looking at the magnificent church in the city center.
You can never go wrong with it.
According to the 2018 Mexico Peace Index report, Campeche City is the second safest city in Mexico, just behind Mérida. You may have never heard of Campeche City, but it’s a dream place to visit. It hasn’t been exploited too much tourist-wise, but it has so much potential. I visited it for the first time this year and I fell in love with it.
It’s such a colorful city with culture, music, folklore, amazing history, and so much more that I can’t understand why not many tourists know about it.
It is very underrated in my opinion, but I’m glad to see it’s starting to gain importance. I will talk about it very soon. Stay tuned!
This is actually a region comprised of several destinations like Cancún, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar, Mérida, Campeche City, among others.
The Yucatán Peninsula is one of the safest areas to visit in Mexico. The roads are well-connected and in good condition for the most part. You can rent a car and tour the region at your own pace. Just remember to exercise normal caution and always travel during daylight hours.
The weather is perfect if you want to escape from the cold. It can get hot during the summer, but you will be rewarded with white-sand beaches, beautiful architecture, and delicious food. Make sure to include it in your list.
To summarize, the safe places to vacation in Mexico are located in the Yucatán Peninsula, central Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla City, Querétaro City, San Miguel de Allende), and Los Cabos in the Baja California Peninsula.
The list above is not exhaustive as we could include more places, but for practical purposes, they are the major safest destinations in Mexico. They are in no particular order either, so feel free to visit them all and make a judgment of your own.
Remember Mexico is a big country, so don’t think what you see or hear on the news happens nationwide. There are safe places and I have to let you know about them.
As always, feel free to leave your comments, opinions, or questions below. I will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible. See you soon!
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Book your flight
The first thing you have to do is find cheap flights. But where do you find those? There are many search engines, but the one I highly recommend is Skyscanner. Here you can compare fares from all over the world and pick the one that suits you best.
Book your accommodation
The next thing you have to do is secure your lodging. Whether you prefer a hostel, a guesthouse, a B&B, or a hotel, you can find them all on Booking. You can find lodging of all kinds ranging from cheap to expensive and somewhere in between. Many people have scored good deals using it.
Another popular option is Hostelworld. This website focuses on hostels as opposed to hotels.
Book a tour
In some places, you might want to hire a tour. Not all places are equally accessible to visit by oneself. It helps enormously when you visit with a local guide who can show you around and answer any questions you might have…all in your native language. My to-go place is Viator as they offer tours of all kinds and have a presence all over the world.
Rent a car
Public transportation is usually cheaper than renting a car, but it’s sometimes more complicated and time-consuming. That’s a reality. In some cases, it’s more convenient to rent a car. My recommendation is Rentalcars.com. Here you can compare rates and choose the one that fits you best.
Book your bus tickets
You can save money by booking bus tickets online. My favorite site to do this is Busbud.
Get travel insurance
Never travel without a travel insurance policy, especially during these days! Travel insurance can save your life. My recommendations are World Nomads and Insured Nomads. Both companies cover COVID-19 related incidents, which is crucial these days.
Just click on the “Plan your trip” tab at the top of this page, and you will find more resources like getting Mexican insurance for your foreign car, buying travel accessories, and learning Spanish. And, of course, don’t forget to check back often to read about more tips on Mexico travel.