Travel Guide for Budget Travelers in Mexico

travel guide for budget travelers in mexico

Head For The Beach

Fed up of the cold and dreary winter? Would you love the idea of going on holidays to Mexico to see its stunning beaches with your family? Mexico is the perfect destination for a beach holiday; the country is surrounded by 10,000 km of coast strung with sandy beaches and wildlife-rich lagoons. So, believe it or not, there is much more to Mexico than Cancun and Acapulco!

Start to explore and you will discover that there are in fact more than 450 beaches in the country, which means that you are spoiled for choice, even as a budget traveler. From B&Bs on Playa Norte on the Isla Mujeres, to vacation rentals on Akumal beach, there is an abundance of white sand and clear blue water to enjoy on the Mexican coast.

Fill Your Bellymexican cuisine

Like beaches, food is abundant at all budget levels in Mexico, whether you eat at a trendy gourmet restaurant with the latest international fusion food or in abuela’s kitchen at a bustling market comedor.

The basic ingredients of street food are native to Mexico, including corn, beans and chili peppers.

Mexican cuisine is one of the most diverse and delicious in the world, and probably the most widely eaten. It is the product of a mixture of Spanish, indigenous and immigrant gastronomies, and includes tacos, tortas (which can be translated simply as sandwiches, but that doesn't do them justice), tamales, enchiladas, quesadillas and a variety of desserts.

Attractions Not To Be Missed

Beyond the beaches and food, Mexico is home to some incredible ruins, unique festivities, and natural wonders. Do not miss the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated at the end of October all over Mexico, although Oaxaca has one of the largest celebrations.

In terms of archaeology, Palenque is one of the most impressive examples of Mayan architecture dating back to 100BC. Finally, Copper Canyon is a magnificent network of canyons, which when combined they are bigger than the American Grand Canyon. A must-see!


    • Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr

      Tanya @ Eat Laugh Purr 01/17/2014 4:02 p.m. #

      I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I have never been to Mexico and it's so close by! I definitely want to go some day but it fell lower on my list since I now live somewhere warm year-round and has great Mexican food. :) I've heard it's gorgeous though and it's generally a pretty affordable vacation too. Some day! Have a great weekend!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 01/17/2014 7:22 p.m. #

        It is so easy to understand why it is less of a priority now that you live somewhere warm and close to the beach. And if you can buy Mexican food, what an advantage :-)

        Have a fun weekend Tanya!

    • NZ Muse

      NZ Muse 01/18/2014 1:39 a.m. #

      Having been introduced to Mexican food last year, I now want to visit Mexico for real!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 01/19/2014 8:29 p.m. #

        Hope you get a chance to visit Mexico! The food is so good and the beaches are nice too.

    • Pauline

      Pauline 01/18/2014 5 p.m. #

      Near Copper Canyon one of my favorite places was Real de Catorce, an old mining town turned ghost town, relived recently by people in love with the place. Really worth a visit.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 01/19/2014 8:30 p.m. #

        Thanks for mentioning that Pauline. I would love to visit a ghost town! Sounds like fun.

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