Planning a Trip to Mexico

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Best Time to Visit Mexico 
Mazatlan, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
If you are going here on a cruise, take a chance and do some research ahead of time for the best tours of the city. We found a guy on the internet (whose name escapes me--but i'm sure if I found him you will be able to) who showed up in an open air bus and gave us a wonderful tour of teh city for much less than we would have paid the cruise lines. The best part was, he was a local guy so we got much more of a local taste...literally...we got to visit a family bakery and taste their wares, visit peoples homes and see how they are rebuilding some of the inner city areas into major homes...it was one of the best cruise shiip tours we ever had....becasue it wasn't a typical "white bread" cruise ship tour!
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Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca State, Mexico
This is the best place in Mexico to buy woven textiles - especially colorful handmade rugs. Literally every family in this village has a tradition of weaving and with the dollar still strong against the peso, it's a great time to buy unique textile art.
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Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
its just the color of the water. No need to actually visit the ruins. its the beach you really want to see: Best of the carribean!
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Guanajuato, Northern Central Highlands, Mexico
The best time to visit Guanajuato is during the Festival Cervantino, sometime in September. The town is full of students and musical groups giving it a unique atmosphere
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Mazatlan, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
There's not a lot to do in Mazatlan besides sit on the beach. It's an excellent time during spring break, but otherwise you'll be hearing crickets. The Hotel Playa Mazatlan is the nicest for the price, and has the best location. It's within walking distance to all the clubs and the restaurants. Stay away from the shrimp buffet.
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Mexico Tourist Information  
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
okay so I decided while visiting cancun area that i wanted to have a taste of the real mexico, and took a bus from ther about 4 hours, luckily bus had a toilet and my Spanish is good enough. So anyway, Merida is a nice local town, I didn't see another tourist while visiting. Really great mexican food there, there are many nice musuems, spanish sytle homes. I'd recommend it, but not strongly, only unless you are coming near to Merida to see ruins at Coba
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Ocosingo, Tabasco & Chiapas, Mexico
is the probably worst place i've ever seen. stop, go to a toilet, buy a drink and a taco and leave. don't take the 3rd class-bus. nothing happened, but we won't try again.
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Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
If you are American, or even just a foreigner, watch out for the police here. they want your money, and are prepared to lock you up until you give it to them. I got arrested on the beach one morning, driven to jail and locked in a cell with a bunch of drunk angry mexicans. No food, water or toilet facilities, and no reason for me being there. I got told I had to pay $150 'bail', or I would have to stay for 24 hours. After about 14 hours, they realised I was Scottish and not American, and so let me go free. No appology or excuses.
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
Carry your own toilet paper be prepared to pay a fee to use restrooms in shops. Don't argue with the police, even if you know you're right.....bribe them.
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Guadalajara, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
So for starters... definitely bring a back pack or something because you will find plenty of things to buy. Learn how there money system works because pesos dont add the same as american currency. If you dont know what your doing then some places will rip you off without even knowing it. Dont pee in public places because you will have to pay 10 pesos, oh and you cant flush the toilet paper! GROSS But if you take the initiative and try and learn spanish and communicate with the locals, you will gain great respect and get the hook up on shit. Oh and dont eat at rest because there over priced. stick to the little tacos places. 14 tacos for 100 pesos... now thats a great deal. Oh and pull money out of the local atm because if you do it in the states you will be charged high rate for exchanging your dollars into pesos. dont bring nay american money... its pointless! Oh and be prepared to walk everywhere. taxes are an alright way to travel,but it adds up. Just walk everywhere.Thats what the locals do. But dont rent a car. its like 500 a week for a shitty geo.
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Mexico Internet & Communications  
Mazatlan, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
If you are going here on a cruise, take a chance and do some research ahead of time for the best tours of the city. We found a guy on the internet (whose name escapes me--but i'm sure if I found him you will be able to) who showed up in an open air bus and gave us a wonderful tour of teh city for much less than we would have paid the cruise lines. The best part was, he was a local guy so we got much more of a local taste...literally...we got to visit a family bakery and taste their wares, visit peoples homes and see how they are rebuilding some of the inner city areas into major homes...it was one of the best cruise shiip tours we ever had....becasue it wasn't a typical "white bread" cruise ship tour!
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Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Weary traveler, is a youth-hostel located close to the bus station. It's very cheap, they have free internet and breakfast included. (that you have to make yourself though). Always full of other backpackers.
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La Paz, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
We stayed at a little hole-in-the-wall dive resort called CoCo View. Rooms are simplistic: no TV/phone. Internet access was very limited when we went. Many rooms are built on stilts over the ocean and connected by narrow paths. Note: do not drink heavily or you WILL fall off the narrow boardwalk to your room... Food also very simplistic. Little to no vegetarian options. Limited menu; after 7 days you may get bored (well, after 4 or 5). No nearby stores/markets to get other food options. Bring your own snacks. Diving is fantastic and easy: you can get 4 dives in daily without even trying. 1 boat dive in the morning, followed by a drop-off/swim-in dive (get dropped off the boat and swim along the resort's wall back into the dive shop). Repeat in the afternoon. Some sundecks. No hammocks, hot tub, pool, or ocean beach. Snorkeling and diving are about all you can do at CoCo View. You can arrange transport to the main island to do other touristy things but those options are still limited.
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Puerto Vallarta, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
Every year Puerto Vallarta seems to become more popular as a gay vacation spot. With a great climate, beautiful ocean bay, beaches, mountains and lush tropical jungle as the setting, Puerto Vallarta is a small city devoted to serving the visiting traveler. While retaining much of it's old style Mexican charm, Vallarta has over the years built up the infrastructure of a modern resort community. Internet cafes, ATM machines, fine restaurants, excellent airport, modern medical services, drinkable water supply, and a safe, tolerant environment are now all part of the Vallarta scene. So visiting a tropical paradise doesn't have to be a choice between a modern but sterile place or the alternative of a quaint but primitive existence. Puerto Vallarta has all the quaintness, without compromising on any of the modern conveniences. Whether you're just considering a vacation here, someone who has just visited once before, or a virtual resident who comes every winter for months at a time, you'll find plenty of useful information here. Vallarta now has over a dozen hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts that cater to our community, several different gay bars and gay clubs, a world famous gay beach, great gay trips on boats, special tours including evenings out at natural hot springs, and some great restaurants. The gay scene in Vallarta runs the gamut, from gay beach bums, to the A-list couples who winter here and entertain themselves and their friends in high style. Vallarta is popular with all sorts of gay men and women from many places around the globe. Younger and older, European and from the Americas or Australia, the cosmopolitan mix is part of what makes this an exciting place to see and be seen. And in case you're worried that this means not meeting some beautiful Mexicans, rest assured that many "friends of Dorothy" from Vallarta and from the larger cities within Mexico, especially Guadalajara, also come here to relax on our famous beaches and grace our clubs at night. Vallarta is in the tropics, on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico, tucked into a mountainous coastal area. We're located on one of the largest, deepest, and most stunning natural bays in the world, Bahia de Banderas, which supports almost any form of water recreation imaginable. This bay is where the humpback whales come every winter, where dolphins nest year round, and deep sea fishing is excellent. The winds are great here for sailing. Surfing is good on the north coast of the bay. And it isn't overrun with development. Almost thirty miles of the bay's coast is completely inaccessible by road and therefore pristine and devoid of development. The mountains surrounding the bay are lush with tropical jungle, the beaches in some areas are framed by these mountains that come right down to the water's edge, and, best of all, none of it is ruined by pollution or any industrial ugliness. In Puerto Vallarta the air is clean, the sun shines without rain almost all winter long, and the sunsets - well, they're as spectacular as you could possibly ask for.
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Mexico
Keep separate copies of your Credit card #'s and the corresponding issuer's telephone #'s in another area of your clothing you have on. This will come in handy incase you get robbed/ mugged - you can call immediately to stop fraudulent charges from happening on your CC's.
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Mexico Photography  
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Don't take a photo of a Zonkey without asking . You'll start a riot
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Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
If someone wants to show you their tattoo shop upstairs a liquer store...DO NOT GO!! There is no tattoo shop. It is a drug den with tons of photos of nude american girls that looked stoned out of their mind. Also, go to Pat O'Brien's, Dady Rock, and Coco Bongo.
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
The tourist trap IS Tijuana -- you begin encountering it at the moment you cross the border. Remember that this is being written by someone with deep affection for Mexico and C. America. We walked over, passing through Immigration in San Diego, and the 'walk of shame' (as it became known in short order) was one endless parade of pathetic hawkers whose merchandise set the tone for the shabby afternoon. Do you crave donkeys painted as zebras? You'll love Tijuana -- and you'll treasure the photo taken next to the ass. But then, which one is which?
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San Patricio, Central Pacific Coast, Mexico
You absolutely MUST do the Mex-ECO Majahuas turtle tour. Starting in November, and through to at least February, you go camping overnight on a beach, learn about the Olive Ridley sea turtles, their situation and what the local community is doing to help. Patrolling at night, you'll see females coming to shore and laying their eggs - they go into a trance-like state, so once they have started laying, you can actually touch and take photos without fear of disturbing them. See how Ruth, Dan and their Mexican friends collect the eggs and re-bury them in a secure corral, away from the threat of poachers; see the hatchlings emerge from their nests and help introduce them to the water. When I was there we saw not only a number of Olive Ridleys laying, but also a rare Black Turtle. The best weekend I've ever spent!
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Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
This was a really great city! There is a beautiful square where you can see the bright blue water. It's great for photos.
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Mexico Visas & Permits 
Minatitlan, Central Gulf Coast, Mexico
Mexican people have a very interesting tradition that they perform during the New Year period. First, all of the boys dress up as old men and go dancing in the streets and it is a custom to give them money. Then, on New Year's Eve, all of the families bring out a doll which resembles an old man, stuffed with fire crackers. Ten seconds before the New Year arrives, they put it on the street, light it on fire, so it explodes exactly at midnight. This is to symbolizes old year leaving and taking all the negative things with it. WARRNING: From 12 until 12:30 on that day, do NOT go anywhere, as people also fire their guns. There was an incident of a very young girl being killed a few years ago.
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Nightlife is hot, with dozens of tourist-friendly discos, bars and nightclubs for dancing and drinking, all conveniently located in one area.

Dining and gourmet adventure eating can be enjoyed at numerous restaurants, while excellent authentic Mexican food is available at hundred of locations.

Plaza Río Tijuana. Come and explore the most important malls of the city, visiting the big departmental stores, were you can find a great variety of clothes, shoes, perfumes and imported appliances. In the same way, enjoy its different cafeterias and restaurants were you would find since our traditional Mexican food to exotic courses of international character.
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Chamula, Tabasco & Chiapas, Mexico
This is a particular place in Mexico (Chiapas), I don´t like it but its good to coment that its a comunity who lives in the highest place of Chiapas, the people there are very closed and they have their customs and culture really strong. The goverment let them make their own rules, rules that are strange but they are agree with that. Attractives??? theres a Church that is used for "chamans" to cure people with plants, they kill chikens inside ant its completely full of smoke and candles inside. Its really strange (you must pay to get into). How to get there??? First you have to arrive to San Cristobal de las Casas, then ask for a special taxi that goes to "San Juan Chamula" its near from San Cristobal (like 15mins). So if you want to stay in San Cristobal you will find everything you need there, its full of foreing people (I don´t like that) and the nightlife its not so bad.
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Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort : Best Beach in the Hotel Zone

The Hotel Presidente is touted as one of the 5 star resorts in the hotel zone. I would agree that it is a great resort, but I'm not entirely sure I would agree with the 5 star rating. The hotel's architecture is modern, and not particularly beautiful, but the lobby is pretty. The rooms are on the small side, but clean and have a tropical feel, but are a little loud. We had a nice view of the lagoon and were grateful that we were further down the strip than most of the major resorts because we could somewhat hear the clubs at night. If we could hear them I cannot imagine how loud they are if you’re staying at a hotel closer. The hotel has a bus stop right outside, but is also a relatively easy walk to Daddy O’s, Plaza Caracol, Senor Frogs, Carlos and Charlie’s and the Hard Rock Café. There is a little shopping plaza across the street with a few local taco stands, a pharmacy and a supermarket. The staff is nice and helpful. If you use the concierge to book your restaurant reservations she will usually give you a coupon for “welcome drinks” at most places in town.

DO BEWARE the hotel has a strict policy forbidding outside food and drink from entering the building. They do not tell you about this policy upon check in and if they see you bringing in any outside food or beverages they will stop you at the door and confiscate it. We found this out prior to our arrival through customer complaints, and because my friend walked into the lobby with an open can of Coke which they promptly “threw away” for her. My advice is to hide your provisions in your beach bag to get them into the building, as everything is overpriced at the hotel. It was the way we were able to circumvent this annoying rule. Also be aware that they have a $17 a day charge per room for tips and reef preservation, so while you’re at the hotel it’s not necessary to tip.

Overall I enjoyed our stay here. I was annoyed by the no outside food and drink policy but thankfully aware of it so I was able to maneuver around it.

Unique Qualities: The Presidente has two fabulous pools. Have a drink at the pool bar if you get a chance. I must say that in my opinion they also have the best beach in the Hotel Zone. The water is shallow and calm with two designated swimming areas and an area for water sports. You are allowed to swim past the buoys at your own discretion where the water gets deeper, just watch out for waverunners and boats. We saw loads of starfish, but there’s not really much else to see in the water – so you don’t need to bring your snorkel equipment out here. The white sand beach is long and wide. There are hotel employees out on he beach to get and set up your beach chairs and waiters wander to serve drinks and food. And they also organize games of beach volleyball throughout the day. Check out the activities list by the beach concierge (where you can get your fresh beach towels) if you’re interested in doing some yoga or playing some cricket, etc. They also have tennis courts past the upper pool. Don’t forget to check out the resident Iguanas sunning themselves in the makeshift lagoon between the pools.

Prices: US$120-180

Phone: 529988488700

Address: Blvd Kukulcan Km 7 5 77500 Cancun

Directions: On the north end of the Hotel Zone. Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ic/1/en/hd/cunhc

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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
close to san diego (CA)easy entrance (no visa)a lot of souvenirsdon`t go alone:)
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Costs in Mexico 
Mexico City, Mexico City & Surrounds, Mexico
Everybody says Mexico City is an extremly dangerous city, but from my experience I can tell you, that as long as you don't run around in expensive clothes and shoes without any jewelry, noboy will do you any harm. Actually it's the opposite: Mexicans are warm hearted people how are very proud of their country, and especially of Mexico City, and like to share their knowledge of it with everybody!

Very important to see, besides the usual things you can read in every guide, are the different markets in different parts of the town (especially the "TEPITO" market. Also very interesting are the little Taco Bars in the streets. Don't think about what to eat. Just eat and then ask!
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Go visit Tijuana..it is such a very different place when compared to cities in the United States.
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
don't accept invites to "a show" cash only - leave everything $100 in the hotel safe when you venture out
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Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca State, Mexico
There is a really fantastic new organization called Fundacion En Via (www.envia.org) that is running microfinance tours to help women living around Oaxaca get out of poverty. You meet with local women who are applying for their loans and then En Via uses 100% of the groups' tour fee to give them women interest-free microloans. It is a phenomenal way to get to connect with local women and get a very inside look at life in Oaxaca, and also a concrete way to give back. The best thing I've done in Mexico!
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Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
One of the best beaches ever !!
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