Where to Go (and Where Not to Go) in Mexico

15 February 2013

Visiting Mexico

There are many seasoned travellers who wish to cover the country of Mexico but refrain from doing so because of the news that filters through various outlets about the crime rate. It’s true that Mexico has a problem. A big one. But it’s a vast country and if you do your research, you’ll discover some outstanding destinations. Luckily, your international shipping supremo has done some groundwork for you.

Mexico City itself is a fascinating hybrid of its historic past and optimistic future. The government had a bit of a tidy up here for Mexico’s bicentennial two years ago and places such as the Plaza Garibaldi are well worth a visit. There are also some captivating historical Aztec sites to visit and the city also boasts a number of top-class hotel destinations.

For a more relaxed escape, Puerto Vallarta is fast becoming the choice of the young holidaymaker with its paradisiacal havens (loving my new Thesaurus app!), enticing beaches and authentic Mexican cuisine.

If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of Mexico’s past in between the occasional snorkelling adventure, Cozumel – off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula – is the setting for you with its beautiful coral reefs and rich Mayan history.

Over the last decade or so, Cancún has established itself as the hedonist’s destination thanks to the scores of excitable US college girls and boys who descend on various resorts throughout the city during Spring Break. If you’re planning a fortnight of merrymaking that your parents would disapprove of, spring or summer here is recommended.

Alternatively, if you wish to experience the sights and sounds of this sumptuous city without witnessing teenagers sitting on kerbs, regretting their last Jägerbomb, winter is a better time of the year to explore.

Don’t forget that Mexico is often affected by hurricanes, usually around June-November time. The last noteworthy storm was in 2007 when Cancún was hit hard by Hurricane Dean – many young partygoers lost their luggage and clothes. Actually, a lot of them lost their clothes long before the hurricane arrived, but that’s another story.

Leaving aside Mexico’s fabulously successful holiday scene for a moment, its extraordinary history of drug-related violence requires addressing. The fact is, some areas of the country are extremely dangerous and must not be visited. Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas regularly report serious violent crime and the border areas such as Reynosa, Tampico, Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez remain off-limits for obvious reasons. Highways connecting Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon to the US border have seen an increase in bus and car-hijackings and robberies in the last few years. What we're saying is, "Don't say we didn't try to look out for you!"

It’s also worth noting that as with any other major city in the globe, tourists in busy areas are targets for street criminals. Keep your belongings safe, your valuables out of sight and don’t jump into the back of a car just because the driver bellows ‘Taxi!’ at you through the window.

So there you go. Don’t let bad press make you shelve Mexico as a possibility for your next vacation. We can ship stuff there too. In fact we can ship excess baggage and other things more or less anywhere. That's why we're an international shipping company. Get a free shipping quote now.