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Mexico Travel Planning Tips

Explore This Travel Guide to Mexico

Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially for those living in North America.  This travel guide contains all of our Mexico travel planning tips you need to help you plan your vacation to Mexico.

Interactive Map

Find top vacation destinations in Mexico are and browse connected blog posts.

Travel Basics

Essential information and Mexico travel tips including currency, transportation, climate & safety.


Accommodation ideas as well as our own personal tips and recommendations regarding top activities to do in Mexico!


Tools & Resources

Download sample itineraries for Mexico and access booking tools for flights, hotels, and pre-purchase tickets for popular activities.

Top Mexico Travel Destinations & Planning Tips

Popular destinations for travelers to Mexico include the Yucatan peninsula or Maya Riviera which borders the Gulf of Mexico and is home to towns such as Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and even Cozumel (a popular cruise ship port).  While visitors to the west coast typically travel to resort towns like Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. 

These popular tourist destinations in Mexico are well-traveled and quite safe.

Visitors to Mexico can experience world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, and activities — such as scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, caving, etc. But there are also charming villages, vibrant culture, colonial towns, ancient ruins, and delicious food!  

Definitely check out our interactive map and sample itineraries for Mexico as well on this page.  This combined with reading our blog posts for tips from our own experiences in Mexico will help you to plan an awesome trip!

Yucatan, Mexico Travel Tips

While we have visited the west coast of Mexico before, our top recommended destination for visitors to Mexico is actually the Yucatan.  This is because of affordable flights, safety, and sheer abundance of things to do in the area. And then there’s also the incredible white sand beaches, blue water…and famous Mayan ruins.  In fact, the Yucatan is one of our favorite travel destinations!

What’s Your Ideal Mexico Vacation?

If you are looking to plop yourself at a beach resort and relax, then you will have no problem finding some amazing hotels anywhere along the coast between Cancun and Tulum.  You could also do an all-inclusive resort if you want to keep things easy.  However if you are active travelers like us and want to get out there and see more of the area outside the resort, then our top  Yucatan, Mexico travel planning tip is to rent a car in Cancun so you have the freedom to drive around and explore! 

Renting a Car & Driving in the Yucatan

We even did a road trip around the Yucatan a few years back and it was really one of our most memorable trips to Mexico.  Beginning in Cancun, we drove to visit the famous Chichen Itza and stayed onsite at one of the most memorable hotels we’ve stayed. We also swam in some magical cenotes before heading to the coast and exploring an underwater cave system! The coastal community in Paa Mul is also where we went scuba diving for the first time (and we even saved a baby turtle that just hatched!).

Downloadable Itineraries & Planning Templates

Mexico & Yucatan Blog Posts

Tips for Driving in Mexico

Tips for Driving in Mexico

While it’s true that some parts of Mexico should be avoided, other areas are about as safe as driving elsewhere in the world.  We recently traveled to the Yucatan, a relatively safe area to visit.  Renting a car in this area was a must for us because we...

Mayapan Tequila Distillery – Valladolid, Mexico

Mayapan Tequila Distillery – Valladolid, Mexico

There's nothing like 3 tequila shots at 11 am to wake a person up!  But it's even better when it's fresh artisan tequila and accompanied with a personalized tour of an agave farm and the tequila distillery.  Being interested in local beer and spirits when we...

Stay at Chichen Itza Mexico – the Amazing Mayaland Resort

Stay at Chichen Itza Mexico – the Amazing Mayaland Resort

It was nearly dusk, and after a day of driving our rental car from Cancun and exploring colonial towns and the countryside on our way to Chichen Itza Mexico, we were tired & anxious to arrive at our hotel.  Finally, we started seeing the signs for the famous...

2 Minute Vacation: The Famous Tulum Ruins in Mexico

2 Minute Vacation: The Famous Tulum Ruins in Mexico

Have you ever dreamed of visiting these famous Mayan ruins perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea?  If you are planning a trip to Mexico, and specifically the Yucatan area, many of you will want to check out these iconic ruins by the sea! Enjoy the...

Adventure Driving in Mexico – the Yucatan Peninsula

Adventure Driving in Mexico – the Yucatan Peninsula

“Is it safe?”  That’s what all of our friends and family asked us when we told them that we were planning a trip to Mexico that included driving in Mexico around the Yucatan Peninsula for our 1 year anniversary.  With so many people questioning us, even Josh...

My First Scuba Diving Experience with Scuba Mex – Paa Mul, Mexico

My First Scuba Diving Experience with Scuba Mex – Paa Mul, Mexico

During our recent trip to Mexico, I was most looking forward to my first scuba diving experience.  We had rented a car and were driving all around the Yucatan, but I knew checking scuba diving off my bucket list was something I really wanted to do on this trip....

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