These essential Mexico travel tips are sure to make your first trip to Mexico a good one.

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  1. I visited Mexico for the first time earlier this year. I have to agree with everything you said! I did find it hard to adjust to the eating schedule, as the sun would rise and wake me up around 6am every day!

    1. Ah yes, morning sun throws everything off! Luckily there are usually lots of places to get fruit in the mornings! Glad you liked the post 🙂

  2. I love visiting Mexico – def worth erring on the side of caution with the lettuce, water and your valuables! But there are great people there and amazing things to see. I hear ya about the time schedule difference, you just have to adjust!

    1. I want to drive to Hermosillo, Mexico, leave my car in a safe place and fly to another city for week. Any tips on doing that safely?

      1. Hi Jenny! I haven’t been to Hermosillo, so I’m not totally sure. I think the key thing is to find a secure place to leave your vehicle. If there’s an airport, airport parking should be a safe option as it is usually patrolled.

  3. I didn’t even think to check that the museums might be closed on Mondays, thanks for the heads up. I am thinking of taking a trip to Mexico, and I have never been before, so any advice is great. Maybe I should look into a travel agency, just so that I don’t miss and of the ‘must see’ destinations.

  4. Awesome tips! I especially love #15 as I made that mistake on my first trip to Mexico… never again! Going back in Jan so I’ve saved this to re-read on the plane.

  5. I am hoping to visit Mexico soon and all these tips will come in handy. I never knew the locals didn’t drink the tap water either. It’s interesting they wash their lettuce with soap or a cleaner. I’m kind of glad to hear that haggling isn’t that big of a thing in Mexico. I always feel weird doing it.

    1. I always feel awkward about haggling too. It kind of feels like a waste of time, but I guess some people really enjoy it. I DO stand my ground when taxi drivers try to charge me way more than they should, but other than that I don’t tend to find myself in haggling situations here, thankfully! 🙂

  6. Such a comprehensive and helpful guide. I’ve been trying to get to Mexico for years now, but the flights are always ridiculously expensive. But I’m determined to get there. This post will be super helpful for when I do make it. Thanks!

    1. Hi, I live in Guadalajara and my long distance boyfriend is coming from Virginia, and I have a question, would it be better for him to withdraw cash from ATMs here or just send me the money he wants in cash through PayPal and I withdraw it? I’m asking because PayPal fees are some of the lowest I’ve found, and I can transfer it to my bank account in a click. But I don’t know how he would be able to withdraw money here, can you help us?

      1. Hi Lily, in my experience you get the best exchange rate when you withdraw cash from ATMs directly. If he can, he should get a debit card that doesn’t charge fees to withdraw money abroad. I use Charles Schwab and they refund ATM fees at the end of each month. It’s a free account and I highly recommend it.

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