Why We Love Mexico
For one, it's not any one single place, climate, or people. The country's more than 750,000 square miles contain Mayan ruins and modern skyscrapers, invaluable art museums and eye-popping street art, amazing food markets and world-class restaurants, gorgeous mountains and beaches for days.
In other words, Mexico is an incredibly rich destination that can wow any traveler—over and over.
As we near the end of January, a popular month for planning travel in the new year, we're reminded that there's no better way to appreciate a place than traveling to it. January 31 is National Plan Your Vacation Day, an unofficial holiday we wholeheartedly support, so here are a few places to consider for your next trip if you've never been.
And we also want to hear from you. What do you love about Mexico? Where is your favorite destination, and what makes it so amazing? Tell us about it, and we'll add as many submissions to this gallery as we can.
Mayan ruins in the Yucatán Peninsula
Chichen Itza is a popular day trip for travelers visiting Cancún. El Castillo, an iconic pyramid built by the Mayan people, is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and it's just one of the area's many ruins that will take your breath away.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Bellas Artes is a building that will make your jaw drop. The iconic cultural center was initially designed by Adamo Boari, an Italian architect, in 1904.
Cascadas de Agua Azul
Waterfalls are one of nature's most amazing features, and Mexico has some of the most mesmerizing. Las cascadas de Agua Azul are just one example.
The vineyards in Baja
Hidden Beach in the Marieta Islands
The Marieta Islands are home to “Hidden Beach,” where you can hide from the stress of your everyday routine.
The food in Tijuana
Tijuana, a border town with Chula Vista with a long history, is an amazing food destination. Forget Michelin stars—you'll never be more satiated than after a meal at an outdoor market here.
The beaches in Tulum
“One of the best meals I had last year was at the iconic Hartwood in Tulum where the chef locally sources all of the ingredients from fisherman and farmers around the area. My meal started with freshly grilled octopus and spiced potatoes followed by a dessert that was unlike anything I’ve ever had: a plantain soaked in sweet honey, cinnamon, and chamomile which was then wrapped and cooked in a banana leaf.” - Kira Turnbull, Photo Assistant
The food and culture of Veracruz
Veracruz is on Travel + Leisure's list of Best Places to Travel in 2017. The seafood is enough to make it worth a visit, nevermind the beaches of the Emerald Coast. There is a French community in the area that has been around since the early 1800s, which is why you'll find French-style bread and artisanal cheese.
Museo Nacional de Arte
The Museo Nacional de Arte is just one of many amazing cultural institutions in Mexico City, where visitors can appreciate masterpieces and learn about the history of the country.
Colonial architecture in San Luis Potosi
The history of Mexico is written on its architecture. Colonialists brought with them some of the architectural sensibilities from Europe, and several towns in Mexico have amazingly beautiful structures.
“A quick stroll through the Zona Romantica will deliver everything that makes Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico’s best coastal cities. From the colonial architecture and streetlamps dripping with bougainvillea to the aroma of freshly grilled seafood wafting from beachfront restaurants, PV is a visitor’s paradise.” - Christopher Tkaczyk, Senior News Editor
Cenotes in the Yucatán
Cenote Dzitnup will make you wonder what we all did to be so lucky to be on this planet. For the uninitiated, “cenotes” are the pictured underground bodies of water surrounded by limestone caves.
Xcaret Park in Cancún
Xcaret is an eco-archeological park in Cancún, which has made nature into a theme park that's wonderful for families.
El Moro in Mexico City
“For a snack in Mexico City that's cheap, filling, and satisfying, look for the line outside any outpost of El Moro. You can watch the workers fry the spirals of dough into a vat of oil, cut it into pieces, and dust with cinnamon and sugar. Chocolate and caramel are available as dips, but I prefer the churros in their original state—piping hot and absolutely perfect.” - Steph Wu, Senior Editor
Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
“Two of Mexico’s most beloved artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, are immortalized in Mexico City. Visit the Museo Anahuacalli, a stunning, temple-like space created from Xitle volcanic stone, to see thousands of pre-Hispanic relics. Sketches for some of Rivera’s most famous murals and frescoes can also be found here. Less than three miles away is Casa Azul, also known as the Museo Frida Kahlo. This is the vibrant home where Kahlo spent her entire life. It was built by her father, and expanded upon by Rivera. Here, you can admire Kahlo’s artworks, as well as her iconic garments and jewelry.” - Melanie Lieberman, Associate Digital Editor
The Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya
“One of my favorite places in the world to get away from it all and simply relax and recharge is the Rosewood Mayakoba resort south of Cancun. It in a beautiful setting between a white-sand Caribbean beach and mangrove forest filled with birds, the rooms are stunning (love the outdoor showers), the food is terrific (think things like perfectly fresh fish tacos and killer margaritas), and best of all, the staff is unbelievably warm and welcoming. Every time I arrive I feel like I’m being welcomed by family.” - Nathan Lump, Editor in Chief
Tequila Casa Dragones in San Miguel de Allende
This tasting room in San Miguel de Allende celebrates the Mexican tradition of making tequila.
Yoga in Tulum
“There's something incredibly special about doing yoga in Tulum, as cliche as that sounds. My favorite place to take a class is at the Sanara hotel, which has a beautiful pavilion with views of the water. The teachers are excellent and the classes are great for any level of yogi. After a rejuvenating class, head to the Real Coconut, the juice bar next door, to refuel with a smoothie.” - Steph Wu, Senior Editor
Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca
This attraction appears to be a waterfall—but is actually a natural rock formation.