Your guide to an amazing vacation in Mexico

If you’re looking for a vacation opportunity with a wide variety of experiences, delicious cuisine, beautiful scenery, and rich culture, you can’t beat Mexico.

Mexico has been one of the top vacation destinations in the world for years, and for good reason. The country offers just about everything you want on vacation and is just waiting for you to arrive.

The basics

Mexico’s official language is Spanish, but many people there, especially those working in tourism-related professions, speak at least some English. Pesos are the currency, but your credit or debit card will work in them as long as you notify your bank that you are traveling. And although you need a passport to get in and out of Mexico, getting there is easy. Just make sure you keep track of the immigration documents you get when you enter the country, otherwise you might run into a problem trying to get home.

when should we go

Depending on the types of activities you want to participate in when you arrive in Mexico, there are different areas you will want to visit and optimal times of the year.

For example, say you are visiting a beach resort and you plan to spend a lot of time enjoying the sand and surf. In that case, you’ll probably want to visit from November through April, when you’re much less likely to experience a hurricane.

These months are a bit cooler further inland. So if you are going to a place in the center of the country known for its thick jungle and mountain ranges, you can visit it from August to October.

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What to do

There are so many things to do in Mexico; There is something for every taste. If beaches are your thing, the gorgeous all-inclusive resorts in cities like Cancun and Cozumel are perfect. They let you laze on the beach, rent a jet ski, try parasailing, take a salsa dance class, or indulge in dozens of other activities. These resorts offer everything for a fixed price that you pay when you check in. They also place great importance on the guest experience, so they are a great option if you want a luxury vacation.

If you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, you can try a hiking trail or visit some of the many ancient ruins scattered around the verdant country. Places like Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Teotihuacan are some of the most popular and famous sites to learn about Mexico’s history and culture.

Stay safe and healthy

There is a perception that Mexico is a dangerous place to travel. However, overall the country is a safe and friendly place. As with any international travel, it’s a good idea to carry your cash close to your body and avoid situations that don’t seem safe. Plus, Mexico’s hot and humid weather means your body will lose water faster than most parts of Canada.

So be sure to drink plenty of water while in Mexico. An old stereotype about traveling to Mexico is correct, however. Only drink water that you know has been filtered, such as bottled water. And don’t drink the water straight from the tap, or you might ingest organisms that make you sick. Also be sure to wear sunscreen and take plenty of shade breaks.

As the world returns to international travel and we can once again begin to enjoy destinations beyond Canada’s borders, Mexico is an ideal option for individuals, families, couples and groups. There’s something for everyone in this vibrant country just waiting for you to explore.

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