When you think of Mexico you might think of just another cruise ship destination, the wild parties of Cabo San Lucas, or the “warnings” towards travelers you might have heard on the news. But after spending 8 days in this beautiful country this past month, I know know that Mexico is so much more than that. After traveling to 35 countries, I can honestly say that I think Mexico is my new favorite. It’s a place filled with vibrance and the people are the kind that make you want to stay for awhile. So incase you’re not convinced yet, here are 5 reasons you need to visit Mexico:
1. The Unbelievable Beaches
If you want to encounter crystal clear turquoise water that’s the perfect temperature to swim in, you don’t have to go all the way to Fiji. Mexico has some of the best beaches in the world, and there are more than just a few of them! Explore the beaches of the Yucatan at Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or visit one of the islands there such as Isla Holbox. You can head to Baja California on the west coast and kayak on the clearest lagoons. Or head to a surf town like Puerto Escondido and catch some picture perfect waves. If you consider yourself a “beach” person like me, then Mexico is your personal paradise.
2. To Experience Real Mexican Food
It’s one thing to have a Tex Mex burrito and tell your friends how much you “love Mexican food”, but experiencing the food in Mexico will take you to a whole new level. Chaquilles, tacos al pastor, tostadas, mole… all this and for a fourth of the price of what I’d pay for similar quality in the U.S.! And even though I’m vegan and a lot of the food is ruled out, there are SO many vegan options in Mexico that make me want to move here ASAP.
3. It’s Bursting with Culture
Mexico is one of the most colorful countries I’ve ever visited and that’s because they always find a reason to celebrate. From Dia de los Muertos to the abundance of festivals in each region, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fiesta. But even if you’re not traveling during a festival, just walking around the city streets will lead you to so many beautiful sights, sounds, and locals in no time.
4. It Has More Than Just Beaches
I never realized how many beautiful landscapes Mexico had until I got lost in a Pinterest loop one day and realized Mexico is severely underrated. You can visit the petrified waterfalls and mineral pools at Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, or take in the magnificence of Sumidero Canyon, which was formed around the same time as the U.S.’s Grand Canyon. Or head to the Yucatan to explore the hidden cenotes and swim in their magical blue waters.
5. The People Will Change You
There are so many things I love about Mexico, but what I truly love the most are the people. When you visit their country, they won’t see you as a stranger but as a friend. Despite the untruthful claims often made about Mexico in the media, they welcome visitors and will instantly make you feel like you’re at home. There’s something so special about meeting new people and them having no barriers or walls up, because they just genuinely want to be your friend. And that’s why I’m already planning my next trip back!
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