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Beyond Cancun: Exploring Mexico's Most Beautiful and Underrated Towns

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So many tourist come to Mexico and spend all of their time in Cancun and the surrounding area. The sad thing is that Mexico has so much more to offer that cheap beer, overcrowded beaches and crazy nightlife.

Mexico is a country that offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. From the bustling metropolis of Mexico City to the tranquil waters of Bacalar, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the top destinations in Mexico that you should consider visiting.

If you’re considering a visit to Mexico, check out our blog post “5 Irresistible Reasons To Choose Mexico” for compelling insights that will solidify your decision.

Sunrise over the great pyramid of Cholula.

Puebla

 This charming city is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and delicious food. Visitors can explore the historic center, visit the famous Puebla Cathedral, and sample traditional dishes such as mole poblano. Other attractions include the Puebla Cathedral, the Amparo Museum, and the Talavera pottery shops.The best time to visit Puebla is in the spring or fall when the weather is mild. 

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Mexico City

 As the capital of Mexico, Mexico City offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions. Visitors can explore the ancient ruins of the Aztecs at the Templo Mayor, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, or take a stroll through Chapultepec Park. Mexico City is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is in the spring or fall.

Cabo San Lucas.

 This popular resort town is located at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula and is known for its beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water sports. The best time to visit Cabo San Lucas is in the winter or early spring when the weather is mild. It is also the best place in Mexico to go whale watching. 

For an in-depth guide to exploring Baja California Sur, be sure to check out my “Backpacker’s Guide to Baja California Sur” blog. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, cultural immersion, or a mix of everything, Mexico has it all.

Sayulita

 This small town on the Pacific coast is known for its laid-back surf culture and beautiful beaches. Visitors can take surf lessons, enjoy delicious seafood, and explore the local markets. The best time to visit Sayulita is from November to May.

Bacalar

Loacted just a short drive from Playa Del Carmen, this small town on the Yucatan Peninsula is known for its beautiful lake and laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake, explore the local Mayan ruins, or simply relax on the beach. The best time to visit Bacalar is from November to May.

Cozumel

Cozumel is a scuba divers dream. This Caribbean island is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and great snorkeling and diving. Visitors can explore the local coral reefs, take a boat tour, or simply relax on the beach. The best time to visit Cozumel is from December to April.

Mazunte

 This small town on the Pacific coast is known for its laid-back surf culture, beautiful beaches and backpacker lifestyle. You can take time here to visit the many beaches that surround the town. If you are feeling brave you can take a stroll along the nudist beach in Zipolite. The best time to visit Mazunte is from November to May.

Huatulco

This Pacific coast town is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and great snorkeling and diving. Visitors can explore the local coral reefs, take a boat tour, or simply relax on the beach. The best time to visit Huatulco is from December to April.

Tulum

Tulum is a small town located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The best time to visit is during the winter months, when the weather is warm and sunny. There are many activities to do in Tulum, such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. You can also visit the ancient Mayan ruins located nearby, which are some of the best-preserved ruins in Mexico.

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico and is known for its rich culture and history. The best time to visit is during the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and pleasant. You can visit the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, which is home to statues of famous Jalisco residents, or take a tour of the Tequila Express, which takes you on a journey through the beautiful countryside of Jalisco, home to the famous tequila.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful colonial town located in central Mexico. The best time to visit is during the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and pleasant. You can visit the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, which is a beautiful church located in the town square, or take a walk through the charming streets, which are lined with colorful buildings and quaint shops.

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas is a charming colonial town nestled in the Chiapas highlands. The town is known for its indigenous culture, stunning architecture, and delicious food. There are plenty of things to do here, such as visiting the Templo de Santo Domingo, exploring the Mercado de Dulces y Artesanias, and visiting the Museo del Ambar. The best time to visit is during the Dia de los Muertos festival in November, where you can experience unique rituals and traditions unique to the area.

Mexico is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, and these towns offer a glimpse into its diversity. Whether you’re seeking art, architecture, food, or adventure, there’s something for everyone in Mexico. From the colonial charm of San Miguel de Allende to the beachfront paradise of Mazunte, each destination offers a unique experience that will leave you enchanted. Don’t miss out on exploring these hidden gems and discovering the magic of Mexico beyond the tourist hotspots. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Mexico.

If you love Mexican food, be sure to check out my blog post on the “Top 30 Most Popular, Authentic (and Strange) Mexican Foods,” where I delve into the rich culinary traditions of Mexico in greater detail.

Do you want help creating your very own trip to see the wonders that Mexico holds? Contact me here for expert advice and trip planning.

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