• Mexico City\'s Condesa neighborhood-even cooler than advertised
• Beaches, beaches, beaches-from Baja to the Pacific Coast to the Yucatán
• Escape from the beach-San Miguel Allende
Capital City: Mexico City
Population: 1.6 million
Telephone Calling Code(s): 52
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
Passport required. Must be valid for six months after return date of travel.
Check with your travel professional or local consulate for entry visa requirements.
When To Go
Mexico has two main climate seasons: rainy (May to mid-Oct) and dry (mid-Oct to Apr). The rainy season can be of little consequence in the dry, northern region of the country. Southern regions typically receive tropical showers, which begin around 4 or 5pm and last a few hours. Though these rains can come on suddenly and be quite strong, they usually end just as quickly and cool off the air for the evening. Hurricane season particularly affects the Yucatán Peninsula and the southern Pacific coast, especially June through October.
What To See
Museo Frida Kahlo - This was home to the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo (often called "the paintbrush of angst") where she occasionally lived with her husband Diego Rivera. Personal objects such as jewelery, unfinished canvases propped on easels, her typical tehuana ornate dresses, papier mache and pre-Hispanic objects, as well as her wheelchair, are on display in the studio where she painted.
Tequila Porfidio - Puerto Vallarta has the privilege of having a premier Tequila factory within its midst. Visiting the plant allows guests to learn about the process of manufacturing tequila, its history and (of course) participate in the tasting.
Akumal - This is the best place in the Mayan Riviera to go windsurfing and snorkeling. There are hotels, rustic restaurants, diving instructors that will take you to visit the closest reefs, and boats for sport fishing. It is said that the reefs resting under Akumal waters are the most beautiful in Mexico.