On my last post, I debunked some myths regarding travel safety in the Aztec country. At 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 earned a 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 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 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 areas like that.
Cancun 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 Cancun 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 Cancun 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. Merida is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 3 hours away from Cancun. It’s a very safe place, so much that many foreign retirees have made it their residence.
The first time I visited Merida 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.
Merida 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 lot of water-related activities. Most importantly, you will be safe during your stay.
Just like Cancun, 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 visit 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 in downtown with peace of mind. Don’t miss out!
Another destination in central Mexico. Queretaro City is a combination between 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 middle.
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 Merida. 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, an 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: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Campeche City, among others.
The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the safest areas to visit in Mexico. The roads are well-connected and in good conditions 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 by day.
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.
Summarizing, the safe places to vacation in Mexico are located in the Yucatan Peninsula, central Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla City, Queretaro 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 it’s my duty 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!