The Ultimate Travel Guide to Mexico

Mexico

From seaside paradises to booming cities, Mexico is a multi-faceted destination for travelers of all stripes. Those looking for sand and sun need head no further than the so-called “Riviera Maya,” home to Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and other popular resort towns. Culinary tourists, meanwhile, flock to the southern state of Oaxaca to sample mole sauce and mezcal. And if it’s art and architecture you’re after, make a beeline to Mexico City to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and one of the world’s great anthropology institutions.

travel tips

When to go

Mexico has many different climates—from tropical to mountainous—and thus its annual temperatures vary by region.

SPRING
Spring in Mexico City brings lows in the mid-40s°F and highs in the low-80s°F—nice weather for enjoying the parades and colorful ceremonies of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in April.

SUMMER
lf you find yourself in the city of Oaxaca, expect lows in the high-50s°F and highs in the low-80s°F. Don’t miss Oaxaca’s Guelaguetza Dance Festival in July—a celebration of the dance traditions of the area’s indigenous peoples.

FALL
Pray (and party) for the dead during Mexico City’s boisterous Day of the Dead celebration in late October or early November. Hit the streets and enjoy mild weather—lows this time of year are in the mid 40s°F, while highs hover around the mid-70s°F.

WINTER
Carnival is another popular Christian tradition in Mexico and usually occurs in February and March, when port cities like Cozumel (winter lows in the high 60s°F to highs in the mid-80s°F) throw big bacchanals before Lent.

Transportation

Mexico City Transit, or STC, runs the city’s huge subway system, which boasts 195 stations. Most resort towns, including Cancún, have public bus systems.

Insider tips

  • “Mucho gusto” is a common greeting in Mexico, roughly translating to “it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
  • Much of Mexico is a cash economy, so it’s a good idea to have some pesos on hand.
  • Don’t let those travel advisories scare you off. While there are pockets of violence and crime in areas like Juarez, most tourist towns are safe.

top attractions

Chichen Itza, Yucatán

The well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan city.

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National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

The largest museum in Mexico is a treasure chest of archeological history.

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Xplor Park, Playa Del Carmen

An open-air playground in the middle of the jungle.

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featured properties

Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City

Situated within Mexico’s capital city, Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City is a great hotel for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is close to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, corporations, as well as art museums and other attractions. On-site amenities include fitness and business centers, 24-hour room service, dry-cleaning services, and a 24-hour taxi service, as well as a souvenir shop.

Radisson Hotel Del Rey Toluca

Radisson Hotel Del Rey Toluca is sure to please both business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel’s amenities include inviting indoor gardens, an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi, and free parking.

Radisson Hotel Quinta Rubelinas Cuernavaca

Lush greenery and vibrant, fragrant blooms welcome you to Radisson Hotel Quinta Rubelinas Cuernavaca, just 9.7 kilometers from General Mariano Matamoros Airport (CJV). Surrounded by palm trees in the "City of Eternal Spring,'' this hotel boasts contemporary Mexican architecture in a garden setting. Amenities include a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and bar, room service and free parking.

Radisson Poliforum Plaza Hotel Leon

Conveniently situated near Guanajuato International Airport (BJX), Radisson Poliforum Plaza Hotel Leon is the ideal choice, whether you’re traveling for business or leisure. This four-star hotel boasts free Wi-Fi, and on-site spa, fitness center, 24-hour room service, and a heated outdoor pool.

Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlan

Located near Mexico’s famous Golden Zone, the Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlán places travelers within walking distance of the gorgeous beaches that Mazatlán is known for. Featuring the option of rooms with ocean views, free Wi-Fi, room service, on-site restaurant, as well as well-equipped meeting facilities, this hotel is sure to please both business and leisure travelers alike.

Radisson Hotel Monterrey San Jeronimo

Radisson Hotel Monterrey San Jeronimo in northeast Mexico is a smart choice for business travelers seeking easy access to downtown Monterrey offices and the San Pedro Garza García corporate zone. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor pool with spectacular views of the city, and also features amenities such as a 24-hour business center, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and shuttle.

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