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Things to do in Mexico

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Mexico. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Mexico attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Mexico to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Mexico.

  • 1.5 Tequila Lounge

    Between the international pier and Punta Langosta, this good-looking bar (with a crowd to match) sits right on the waterfront and is named for the ... More
  • Academia Falco

  • Aerotrén

    Connecting the airport’s two terminals, the Aerotrén, which runs on elevated tracks, is the first such train in Latin America. It is speedy and eff... More
  • Ah Cacao Chocolate Café

    Get your fix of Mayan criollo chocolate—bitter and complex, with hints of fruit, smoke, and vanilla, a “food of the gods” that’s exponentially rich... More
  • Alltournative

    Run by a group of Playa del Carmen adventurers dedicated to sustainable tourism, this company works with Mayan communities to preserve their herita... More
  • Alma Libre Bookstore

    Snap up beach reads, bestsellers, classics, tomes on Maya culture, and local guidebooks and maps—the largest selection of (mostly used) English-lan... More
  • Alux Restaurant & Lounge

    Bargoers here, a short taxi ride from Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, descend by candle-lined stairs into a subterranean lounge, trying to recall the li... More
  • Aquanauts Dive Adventures

    Divers shouldn’t miss an excursion to see the first phase of artist Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures series, a collection of 400 sunk... More
  • Baja Expeditions

    To get to Espíritu Santo, sign up for a one- to five-day cruise. There are no hotels, but travelers can sleep in the small vessel’s eight tents. More
  • Bazar Unicornio

  • Benito Juárez Market

    The spot to pick up local produce and blocks of Oaxaca’s famous cheese. Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the food stalls in the meat market sectio... More
  • Blue Parrot Beach Club

    The Blue Parrot dates to 1984, making the club one of Playa del Carmen’s elder statesmen. What started as a casual hotel and bar now includes the 5... More
  • Bodegas Pérez Cruz

  • Carlos Place

    Carlos Place is a lively hotel bar that offers views of the airport runways. It has a full bar and a superb selection of Mexican beer and tequilas,... More
  • Casa de Piedra, Valle de Guadalupe

    Run by esteemed winemaker Hugo D’Acosta, who trained in Bordeaux. More

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