By Alison Fox
November 05, 2019

Your trip to Mexico is going to cost you just a bit more. 

The Mexican state of Baja California Sur, which includes popular resort cities like Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, will start charging a tourist tax next week for each foreign guest who visits, according to The Associated Press. And while the dreamy beaches and warm water still beckon, it will be slightly pricier to take advantage.

The tax, which goes into effect Nov. 9 and comes out to about $18.50 for each foreign tourist, will be used for things like infrastructure and “social service works.”

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And while other Mexican states do charge a tax indirectly — usually through hotels or airports — this one will be be paid directly by the tourists through airport kiosks, The AP reports. 

Tax or no tax, we can’t resist the pull of the Pacific coast where you can unwind on the beaches or relax with the art of curanderismo, a traditional Mexican healing practice that uses herbs, massages, and rituals to aid you both physically and spiritually.

Los Cabos is also a great destination for the holidays: spend Thanksgiving there — as Turkey Day happens to be one of the best times to travel internationally — and combine your beachy getaway with a Mexican take on Thanksgiving dinner, including dishes like mole and barbacoa turkey.

Baja California Sur isn’t the only place in the world to impose a tourist tax.

New Zealand announced it will tax tourists $35 NZD (or $23) when they apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), an even higher fee than the new Mexican tax. And earlier this year, Venice approved a €3 per person fee for all people coming to the canal city for the day.

So while it may cost a bit more to stay, gather up your girlfriends or family anyway and escape the winter blues by trading in your parka for a bikini — and don’t forget to save us a spot on the sand.

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