It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Mexico. I own a little Mexican beach house in the Yucatan (available for rent by the week) and if all goes as planned, my family will be living in a different town in Mexico for a year come summer after next. Plus I’ve raved about the country in two books. The one pictured at left and…
1) Mexico is one of The World’s Cheapest Destinations
OK, Mexico is not as cheap as Guatemala or Honduras, but considering what you get for your money, it’s a bargain. This is especially true if you’re on vacation rather than being a backpacker on a strict budget. The key is to avoid the resort areas filled with my fat countrymen and women on a short booze and buffets vacation. Make a beeline for interesting colonial towns and mellower beach spots where the living is easy and the prices are good. In a country this big, there are plenty of them out there.
2) 12 pesos to the dollar!
It’s been quite a while since the dollar cracked 11 pesos and suddenly it has gone from 10 to 12. You just got a 20 percent increase in the value of your money. So you can cry about how much your retirement fund is down this year or you can gain 20 percent by heading south. Did I mention that this gain comes with tacos, guacamole, and Negro Modelo?
3) Flights are reasonable right now.
I seldom use the words “cheap” and “flights” in the same sentence anymore, but this is a slow time for tourism in Mexico anyway and with the Canadian and U.S. economies both struggling, airlines are working a bit harder to fill their planes. Last week I saw sub-$400 flights from more than a dozen cities north of Mexico and I can’t imagine them getting higher considering what’s going on with the economy and the price of oil. Outside of the holidays, you should find attractive deals from Europe right now as well.
4) Hotels aren’t close to full
Even in the hottest resort areas, hotels are discounting like crazy right now and throwing in all kinds of freebies. If your budget is 200 pesos a night you won’t care about these deals, but it does mean that you’ll have no problem finding a cheap room in a pinch no matter where you’re headed. Nothing says “vacancy” like a worldwide economic crash…