Mexico

Tips and Articles in Mexico

With a lineup that runs the gamut from Aztec to high-tech, the 20th annual Festival of Mexico assembles 130 productions to be staged in palaces and plazas throughout Mexico City's Historic Center. Indigenous dances by Ballet Folklórico de México a...
There’s a big reward waiting when you decide to slow down—you can finally go on those trips you’ve always dreamed of, without having to worry about a too-small allotment of vacation days. Whether you want to explore never-inhabited corners of the ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that traveler's diarrhea (T.D.) strikes up to 50 percent of visitors to "high-risk" destinations, including Mexico and India. Those who don't religiously avoid street food, tap water, and ra...
Even if you plan to spend more time in the surf than in your room on your next beach vacation, the size and price of your indoor space still matter. In search of seaside values, we compared properties from the T+L 500 Hotels list, measuring rooms...
With its brightly colored villas filled with antiques, San Miguel de Allende has built a reputation as the quintessential colonial Mexican town—and it’s on its way to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. With this change around the cor...
When I told my 17-year-old niece that I was heading to Cancún, I could hear her envy over the phone. With its wall-to-wall flashy resorts, giant shopping malls, and spring-break reputation—margarita-chugging contests, no ID required!—this white-sa...
Ancient Mayans worshipped rain as a life force, so it's no wonder every airy bungalow at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya faces water (sea or cenote, your choice). Opening this fall 30 minutes south of Cancún, the hotel will offer all manner of...
"Daddy would not have wanted Cuixmala to become one of those dead places, where rich people go only to drink cocktails." As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean on Mexico's Costalegre, also known as the Virgin Coast, Alix Golds...
Visitors to Mexico’s Riviera Maya can now see the coastline’s greatest site, the ancient ruins of Tulum, in a bright new light. The 11th-century walled city’s 15 pyramids are illuminated in shades of red, blue, and amber for 45-minute nighttime to...
BEACH WHERE: Grand Cayman WHY: The Ritz-Carlton drafted the equivalent of the NBA Dream Team for its new Grand Cayman resort, scheduled to debut this month. The starting lineup: celebrity chef Eric Ripert, opening two restaurants (one formal, ...
Sitting in the church of San Vincente Ferrer in the dusty Mexican city of Juchitán, I watched a woman in tight jeans, a red crop top, and ornate gold earrings make her way to receive Holy Communion. It was only when she swallowed the wafer...
There's something happening south of the border, and chilangos (Mexico City natives) would rather keep it a secret. It's hard to believe that the D.F. (Distrito Federal) is finally cleaning up its act. Crime has dropped some 50 percent in the past...
It is unlikely that the animal about to enter the ring will hurt me. That's what I've been led to believe, anyway. But here in the Plaza de Tientas, the big circle where the bull rancher tests out his young herd, I am very aware nonetheless that I...
What's the best way to get my passport renewed in a hurry? —L.M., VIA E-MAIL If you live near one of the 13 major cities where the Bureau of Consular Affairs has a passport agency, you may get lucky and land an appointment to renew your passport ...
Church bells are pealing as I enter the Plaza Grande, Mérida's main square, which is bordered by 16th-century Spanish colonial buildings and the oldest cathedral in the Americas, built with stones from a Mayan temple. Citizens exchange greetings, ...