15 Unspoken Rules About Mexico That All The Locals Know

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Mexicans: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit.

Next time you find yourself heading south, make sure you're well-versed on the Mexico dos and dont's. There is so much to see and experience that you'll never wonder what to do in Mexico, but you will need to listen to the locals. Take notes on these Mexican tourist tips and vote up!


  • 1
    7 VOTES

    Visit The Hidden Beaches

    From Redditor u/Oax_Mike:

    Personally, I'd recommend skipping Cancun and 100% you'll want to skip Acapulco...if you want a cool beach scene go to Puerto Escondido or Mazunte... other places I'd highly recommend you look into are Guanajuato, Taxco, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, and Palenque...of course you can't do them all unless you've got a while.

    7 votes
  • 2
    5 VOTES

    Learn Some Spanish And Use ADO

    From Redditor u/milkman797:

    Use ADO to get from most major cities to another (ado.com.mx). Learn some Spanish. Knowing some Spanish will take you a long way as very few seem to speak English (outside of the major tourist places like Cancun).

    Visit Tulum (a little bit south of Cancun - can do a day trip). Got a really nice beach and some nice ruins. You can also do Chichen Itza/Coba from Cancun.

    Not a fan of Contiki tours myself but it depends on what type of experience you're after.

    5 votes
  • 3
    8 VOTES

    Avoid The Water

    From Redditor u/Matthew37:

    Don't drink the water.

    8 votes
  • 4
    8 VOTES

    Stay Away From The North And Don't Be Dumb

    From a former Redditor:

    Try to stay away from the north, especially the border, no matter what. Otherwise, just don't be dumb. Be nice, try to use Spanish when you can, and compliment them and the country whenever you can. They appreciate that stuff, it's their home and they're proud of it. Stay away from politics. Be respectful, that sort of thing. Do make sure you go inland and experience at least a little time away from the tourist sections.

    8 votes
  • 5
    4 VOTES

    There Are Plenty Of Places Worth Visiting

    From Redditor u/sevendaysworth:

    Teotihuacan is worth visiting. Go early and make sure to bring sunscreen. Forgot the first time and I paid for it dearly! I've taken both Uber and bus there. The bus is much cheaper but Uber is way faster. There is a restaurant there you have to go to called "La Gruta" - it's near the entrance south of the Piramide de Sol. It's in a cave. Really neat atmosphere.

    One of my favorite towns that is a reasonable distance away is Puebla/Cholula. Great nightlife (younger crowd) and neat little city center. You can do it in a day, but I suggest spending the night. You can take a luxury bus from the Mexico City airport for US$25.

    It's a bit touristy, but Xochimilco is fun. I'd go with a tour group on a Saturday/Sunday - only because it's less entertaining without a group. If you go without a tour group, you can bring your own booze/food which makes it cost-effective. Make sure you get taken to the main area with the large market. On one of the trips, we had people on bikes try to tell our Uber driver the streets were closed and force us to another area. You will get ripped off if you listen.

    Taxco is about a 4-hour bus ride. Pictures don't do it justice. You'd need to spend the night there. Suggest taking a bus there. Driving around the city is a PITA. Real easy to get around by taxi.

    Valle de Bravo is great if you like water sports. It's a small lake town. Awesome views and has a nice little hike to see waterfalls. Depending on where you stay, you'll need a car.

    4 votes
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    6 VOTES

    Avoid The Historical Center At Night

    From Redditor u/FlippantFlaneur:

    Speaking as a Mexican, I'd advise against the historical center at night as it can get quite dodgy and is adjacent to very dangerous areas. So Condesa, Roma are better bets to be honest.

    6 votes