How to Plan a Vacation to Mexico

How to Plan a Vacation to Mexico
Mexico is a tried-and-true destination that's been easy and affordable to visit for decades. With its pristine Pacific and Gulf Coast beaches, alluring jungles and mountains, charming small towns, friendly people, and closeness to the United States, Mexico's reputation as a vast vacation spot isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Problem is the country's filled with so much possibility, that it can be a bit overwhelming to plan a trip to it. As long as you do your homework, though, you're in for the time of your life.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Plan a Vacation to Mexico

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mexico guidebook Internet connection Pen and paper English Spanish dictionary
  • Mexico guidebook
  • Internet connection
  • Pen and paper
  • English Spanish dictionary
Step 1
Make a budget. By rediscovering your financial freedoms or limitations, you can make a well-informed decision about your destination. For instance, if you're on a budget, stick to secluded towns like San Sebastian. If you can afford cushy perks and amenities, stay at luxury resort.
Step 2
Research the areas of Mexico you want to visit. Acapulco is a favorite foodie destination. Fly fishing for bonefish, permit and snook is popular in Punta Allen. Golfers love Los Cabos, and not many experiences beat scuba diving in Cozumel.
Step 3
Consider your travel style when choosing a city to visit. Let's say you're really into scuba diving. If you want lots of control over your itinerary and wallet, go with a private beach house in Isla Mujeres, a small town in the Riviera Maya. If you want luxury and perhaps a water sports package, try a cushy, tourist-friendly Cabo San Luca resort in Baja California.
Step 4
Pick out your travel dates. For the best airfare deals, visit Mexico anytime after Easter and before mid-December (that's the country's low season). Consider checking out the famed Day of the Dead festivities, which happen all over Mexico in early November.
Step 5
Create an itinerary that's flexible. Assuming you've now booked your airfare and lodging, you can plan all the fun details. Maybe you want to swim with dolphins, go spelunking, enjoy a deep-sea fishing excursion, or learn to surf. Make sure to leave a little room in your schedule for some good old-fashioned R&R.
Step 6
Print out coupons and buy souvenirs ahead of time. To save an extra buck, take advantage of online promotions of attractions (and even restaurants)
Step 7
Get a feel for the Mexican people. Read up on the personality of the town you're visiting - is it historically welcoming of tourists or not? In general, Mexican people are very social, rarely in a hurry, and always appreciate it when you make the effort to speak a little Spanish, even it's only "Buenos Dias."

Tips & Warnings

 
Every city in Mexico has a unique vibe, but expect water recreation opportunities if you stay on the coast an opportunities to watch wildlife and explore mountains and jungles if you stay inland. Besides resorts and boutique hotels, travelers have the option to book a Mexico vacation rental by owner. Private rentals are sometimes larger and more affordable than hotels. Mexico has an extensive public transportation system. Consider giving it a try before renting a car. If you're on a short budget, eat, drink, and shop in parts of Mexico that are more local and less touristy. You'll save money that way. When booking airfare, make sure to compare rates from as many airlines as possible. AreoMexico, for instance, may have better deals than Southwest Airlines at a given moment.
 
Every city in Mexico has a unique vibe, but expect water recreation opportunities if you stay on the coast an opportunities to watch wildlife and explore mountains and jungles if you stay inland.
 
Besides resorts and boutique hotels, travelers have the option to book a Mexico vacation rental by owner. Private rentals are sometimes larger and more affordable than hotels.
 
Mexico has an extensive public transportation system. Consider giving it a try before renting a car.
 
If you're on a short budget, eat, drink, and shop in parts of Mexico that are more local and less touristy. You'll save money that way.
 
When booking airfare, make sure to compare rates from as many airlines as possible. AreoMexico, for instance, may have better deals than Southwest Airlines at a given moment.
 
While the Yucatan, or Riviera Maya, is one of Mexico's main tourist hubs, it does have a hurricane season that lasts from July to October. Even if you live in the United States, you are now required to show a passport when crossing the border (by plane or foot). It can take months to get one, so plan accordingly.
 
While the Yucatan, or Riviera Maya, is one of Mexico's main tourist hubs, it does have a hurricane season that lasts from July to October.
 
Even if you live in the United States, you are now required to show a passport when crossing the border (by plane or foot). It can take months to get one, so plan accordingly.

Article Written By Laura Hoot

Laura Hoot is a full-time travel writer and editor for the website Vacation Rentals. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including The Budget Fashionista and See Jack Shop. Hoot holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin.

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