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Tulum’s Best Tacos

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Updated: March 22, 2021

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The Best Tacos in Tulum

  1. Taqueria Honorio – Pueblo
  2. Counter service at Taqueria Honorio in Tulum

    A family-run taco stand best known for their Yucatecan pork fillings, including conchinita pibil (slow-roasted pulled pork), lechón al horno (roast suckling pig), poc chuc (grilled pork with citrus marinade). This spot has become popular in recent years, so expect to pay a little more here than at other taco stands (though it’s still super cheap). Open from 6:00 a.m. until they run out of food, usually around 1:00 p.m. Cash only, limited seating.
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  3. El Carboncito – Pueblo
  4. The dining area of Taqueria El Carboncito in Tulum

    Tulum’s best tacos al pastor (spit-roasted pork with a Mexican-Middle Eastern spice blend). Chorizo and beef tacos are also amazing, especially when washed down with a glass of jamaica (sweet hibiscus tea) or horchata (sweet cinnamon rice drink). Though the seating area is large, it’s usually super busy with a long wait for a table, so arrive early or take it to go. Cash only.
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  5. Antojitos la Chiapaneca – Pueblo
  6. Night scene at Antojitos la Chiapaneca in Tulum

    Some of Tulum’s best tacos are also the cheapest, starting at 10 pesos each (15 pesos with cheese). Go for the al pastor. This stand is also known for its Yucatecan snacks, especially salbutes (open-face, deep-fried, mesa flour tacos) and panuchos (salbutes with refried beans added). Covered or open-air seating is available, but it’s standing room only most nights. Hours are not strictly kept, but usually the shop is open after 5:00 p.m. Cash only.
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  7. Tacos y Tortas El Tío – Pueblo
  8. The taco stand Tacos y Tortas El Tío in Tulum

    Authentic, cheap, delicious street tacos and tortas. There are only 5 chairs at this popular little cart, so plan on ordering to go. Hours aren’t set, but the cart is open at night only and usually on weekends, though you may catch them some weeknights, too. El Tío parks in front of the Oxxo convenience store at the corner of Avenida Tulum and Calle Geminis Sur. Cash only.
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  9. Burrito Amor – Pueblo
  10. Outside Burrito Amor in Tulum

    Not technically tacos. But Burrito Amor cooks up a rich, flavorful menu based around a clean-eating philosophy. Burritos are made with their fresh, homemade tortillas (flour, gluten-free, or grain-free) and stuffed with a variety of fillings (meat, vegetarian, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and/or paleo-friendly). They also have a killer bar, mixing up signature cocktails, aquas frescas, fresh squeezed juices, and fragrant coffee. Great menu and service all day. Cash only.
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  11. Charly’s Vegan Tacos – South Beach Zone
  12. The entrance to Charly's Vegan Tacos in Tulum

    Non-traditional taco shop serving 100% vegan tacos and snacks, including their signature Guaca-Mango (their sweet take on guacamole) and rich, flavorful mock meats. Tucked under palm trees, lit with hanging lights and candles, this is the most charming spot for tacos in Tulum. Cash only.
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  13. Taqueria La Eufemia – South Beach Zone
  14. The beach club at La Eufemia in Tulum

    Rock ‘n roll style, beachfront taqueria offering great fish tacos and snacks. La Eufemia is not very authentic, but the flavors are bold, the margaritas are strong, the vibe is chill, and the smell of weed is in the air. The cheapest eats on the beach. Cash only.
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Where to Stay in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the cultural center of Mexico and considered by most to be the home of mariachi music. Guadalajara is Mexico‘s second-largest city and is located in the state of Jalisco. The city is located in the center of Mexico, 350 miles west of Mexico City and 200 miles east of Puerto Vallarta.

Guadalajara was founded in 1542 and it’s historic center (centro) houses some of the most familiar landmarks including colonial plazas, the neoclassical Teatro Degollado, and the Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica Catedral de la Asunción de María Santísima.

The city is named after the Spanish city of Guadalajara, meaning “river/valley of stones”. Guadalajara is known by the nickname La Perla de Occidente (pearl of the West), City of Fountains, Jalisco Bride and The City of Roses.

Guadalajara has been named #6 for the “Top 10 Cities in Mexico & Central & South America” by TRAVEL + LEISURE as part of their annual World’s Best List.

The state of Jalisco is home to the town of Tequila (where the spirit was created and the only place it can be produced in the world), which is just an hour by car from Guadalajara. One of the most popular day trips from Guadalajara is taking a Tequila train to the town of Tequila to visit the distilleries of Jose Cuervo, Don Julio, and Herradura to name a few.

Guadalajara is a city that is filled with great food, beautiful colonial architecture, history, street art, galleries, museums. It is closeby to small towns like Tlaquepaque and Tonalá with exquisite crafts, live music and artwork.

Guadalajara is also a foodie town with everything from traditional Mexican, to fusion cuisine as well as international specialties. A few dishes that were invented in Guadalajara are Tortas Ahogadas (pork carnitas sandwich), Birria (meat stew) and Jericalla (a cross between flan and creme brulee).

Museums include the Hospicio Cabañas, the Regional Museum of Guadalajara, and the Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara (MUSA) to name just a few.

Guadalajara offers great options for families such as the Nuestros Dulces candy factory tour in Tlaquepaque. There are two museums specifically for kids and families; Guadalajara Museo Trompo Magico & Globo Museo de la Niñez. Another fun museum for kids is the Museo de Paleontologia. There is also a Zoo (ZooLogico Y Safari) in the city. A bit outside of the city is Natural Adventure, Fun Park; an Amusement park with thrill rides, kids rides, zip lines, go-karts & climbing wall. Beyond this, there are lots of parks and fountains throughout the city for fun family time.

For outdoor activities, Lake Chapala is about one hour from the city. It is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. At the lake there are several boardwalks and pathways, horseback riding, waterfalls, thermal springs, mud baths, hiking and biking trails, jet skiing, kayaking and much more.

Guadalajara has an incredible restaurant, bar, and tequila scene. It also has an up and coming craft beer culture. Some of the most popular breweries are the UMHO, San Lupulo and Cucapa.

The metropolitan area of Guadalajara consists of four urban districts – Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Tonala, and Zapopan – and three suburban districts, Tlajomulco, El Salto, and Tequila. Within Guadalajara there are several neighborhoods including downtown (centro), Zona Expo, Colonia Americana, Minerva and Providencia to name just a few.

Downtown offers the most for travelers. It is the heart of the city and you can easily walk to the cathedral, center fountain, museums, shops, restaurants, and bars.
Colonia Americana is Guadalajara’s trendiest neighborhood and Avenida Chapultepec is the heart of the area. Staying in Colonia Americana, particularly near Av Chapultepec offers a lot of great restaurants and bars options and proximity to museums, galleries, shops and more.
Zapopan is located northwest of downtown. Its biggest tourist attraction is the Basilica of Zapopan, which is home to the Virgin of Zapopan. It has been accredited with a series of miracles and visited by Pope John Paul II.
Zona Expo is the location of the largest fairground in the city and the convention center. It is located southeast of downtown Guadalajara in Colonia Valle Verde. Because of the convention center, the Zona Expo has a large number of hotels of all types, especially business chains and is a popular area for business travelers.
The town of Tlaquepaque is located south of the city and is a colorful town with colonial character and a historic center. Tlaquepaque is the best place to experience live mariachi music and is also the location of many artists who have open working studios for painting, pottery, textiles and blown glass crafts.
Zapopan and Tlaquepaque are located in the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara, but are their own cities.
The best hotels in Guadalajara are mostly focused in the downtown center, although you’ll find hotels in most neighborhoods within the city and its outskirts. You can find hotels, boutique hotels, hostels as well as hacienda stays.
Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel was the first luxury boutique hotel to open in Guadalajara. Hotel Gran Casa Xalisco is one of the older hotels in Guadalajara and originally opened in 1895. It’s located across the street from Jardín Mexicaltzingo, just over a mile from the city center.
Hacienda’s are a way to get a more intimate Mexico experience. Most of the hacienda properties are outside of the city center. Hacienda Labor De Rivera is about an hour outside of the city in the town of Teuchitlán and dates back to 1560. Today it operates as a luxurious spa hotel, surrounded by dozens of tequila distilleries and is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide.
Popular luxury hotels within the city of Guadalajara include Quinta Real Guadalajara, Hotel Demetria, and Casa Habita.
The best times to visit Guadalajara are between October and December when the weather is dry and temperatures are in the lower 80s. During these months there tend to be a lot of festivals. January through May tend to have the lowest hotel prices.
Guadalajara’s driest months are January, February, March, April, November and December. August is the wettest month. The warmest month is May with an average maximum temperature of 90°. The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 77°.
Travel to Guadalajara is best to/from the Miguel Hidalgo International Airport (GDL), which is located 24 miles from the city center of Guadalajara, with non-stop daily flights from the United States and Canada.
Fun Fact: Tapatío is a Mexican Spanish colloquial term for someone from Guadalajara. It is also used as an adjective for anything associated with Guadalajara.

The Best Places To Stay in Guadalajara
Best Luxury Hotels in Guadalajara
Quinta Real Guadalajara • Hotel Demetria • Casa Habita • Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel • Hard Rock Hotel • Gala Hotel Boutique
Best Mid-Range Hotels in Guadalajara
Riu Plaza Guadalajara • The Westin Guadalajara • DoubleTree by Hilton Guadalajara Centro Historico • AC Hotel by Marriott
Best Boutique Hotels in Guadalajara
Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel • Casa Habita • Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel • San Pietro Boutique Hotel
Best Cheap Hotels in Guadalajara
La Mansion del Sol • Hotel Santiago de Compostela • Hotel Francés
Best Hostels in Guadalajara
Hostel Hospedarte Centro • Hostel Hospedarte Chapultepec

Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara to Stay for First Timer: Centro Historico (Downtown)
If it’s your first time in Guadalajara, Centro is a great choice. The center square of Guadalajara known as Plaza de Armas is the location of Guadalajara Cathedral (Catedral de Guadalajara) that began construction in 1558. In front of the cathedral is Plaza de los Laureles; a smaller square with a beautiful fountain. Centro is the heart of the city and the main tourist area. From here you can easily walk to museums, shops, restaurants, and bars. Guadalajara is a foodie town with lots of history, art, culture and great museums; all of these can be found in and around downtown. One of the many things that makes this area special are the street murals painted by the famous artist, José Clemente Orozco. From downtown, you can easily board the Herradura Express, Tequila Express and Jose Cuervo Express trains to the town of Tequila. Accommodations are a combination of mid-range luxury, boutique hotels and budget hotels.
Best Location in Guadalajara for Sightseeing: Downtown or Tlaquepaque
When it comes to sightseeing, Downtown (Centro) Guadalajara is packed with historic landmarks because it’s where the city’s history began. It’s a very walkable neighborhood, with the most important landmarks within a radius of just a few blocks. Among the must-sees locations: Teatro Degollado, a neoclassical theater that dates to 1856 that still hosts live performances, Hospicio Cabañas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and museum which is the best place to see masterpiece murals by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco and the Guadalajara Cathedral. The best shopping is located in and around Calle Juarez. The center square downtown has many restaurants such as Las Sombrillas which is located in Plaza Guadalajara, in front of the cathedral.
Tlaquepaque is another great neighborhood for sightseeing, especially if you love art, galleries, shopping and mariachi music. Tlaquepaque is known in Mexico as an important pottery town where artisans make beautiful, hand-painted creations. The town is located about eight miles south of the city center and there are numerous galleries and artist working spaces that can be visited by the public. Important tourist attractions include the Refugio Cultural Center, the Regional Museum of Ceramics, the Plaza del Jardín Hidalgo and the church of San Pedro Apóstol. The best shopping is located in and around Calle Independencia. For live music head to El Parían pavillion or Casa Fuerte.
Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara for Nightlife: Chapultepec Avenue and Zapopan
Zapopan is a large region located northwest of downtown where you can find shopping malls, fresh seafood restaurants such as Mercado del Mar and great options for bars and nightclubs. Bostons Whiskey Bar offers live ’80s and ’90s rock music in an Irish bar setting. Beer lovers should head to La Malta Bar in Zapopan for their selection of more than 120 beers from around the world. For a true nightclub experience head to Bossé for bottle service and music by DJ’s.
The Chapultepec / Americana neighborhood is where you’ll find trendy restaurants, cool bars, and nightclubs featuring DJs and live bands. One of the most popular bars in the neighborhood is Pare de Sufrir Mezcalería, known for its vast selection of mezcal and tequila. Bar Américas is another popular venue in the neighborhood and famous for electronic and techno music parties. If you enjoy beer, head to La Humadera, where they have more than 350 different craft beers as well as some amazing vacío & arrachera tacos.
Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara for Food and Restaurants: Colonia Americana & Throughout the city
Guadalajara is a great city for foodies, with everything from traditional Mexican to fusion cuisine as well as international specialties. The best restaurants in Guadalajara are scattered throughout the city.
The Chapultepec / Americana neighborhood is a favorite foodie spot for locals. Santo Coyote is a great choice for Mexican cuisine and tequila cocktails. For brunch Café Sinónimo is excellent and known for their HotCakes Americanos and burrito Sonora. Other favorites in the neighborhood are Chulada Cocina Mexicana with specialities of Lonche de Cachete and for a more traditional dish their “Cowboy a las brasas” is always delicious.
For upscale modern French cuisine Magno Brassiere is a good bet and favorites are the fried chicken sandwich & Agnolotti de elote. For a more upscale experience, the tasting menu at Teté Cocina de Barrio can’t be beat (you need a reservation because they only serve 14 people a day).
Casa Luna is a great choice in Tlaquepaque.
Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara for Families: Downtown (Centro)
If you are visiting Guadalajara with your family, downtown is a great choice. It’s centrally located and there is an abundance of things to keep the whole family happy. For a first time family visit, there are many sites you’ll want to see in the downtown area, making it quite convenient. Many of the hotels are just steps to the center square where you’ll find the cathedral, fountain, and many restaurants. Just a mile from Centro is a great kid-friendly museum; the Museo de Paleontologia. Other family fun spots that are outside of the downtown area include Nuestros Dulces Factory candy factory in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara Museo Trompo Magico (The Magic Top Museum), Globo Museo de la Niñez and the Zoo (ZooLogico Y Safari).
Most Romantic Neighborhood in Guadalajara: Downtown or Tlaquepaque
The Zona Central is especially beautiful and romantic at night with the fountain and cathedral lit. One of the most romantic things to do is enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city center. They are especially charming at night, when many buildings are lit by twinkling lights.
Visiting Casa Colomos with its romantic Japanese park and Buddhist garden is a great way to spend an afternoon. You can also go horseback riding in the park.
The nearby quaint colonial town of Tlaquepaque can be quite romantic. Stroll around the streets filled with art installations, art studios, wonderful restaurants, shops and a beautiful cathedral.

Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara for a Local Vibe: Colonia Americana
Colonia Americana is Guadalajara’s Trendiest Neighborhood. Avenida Chapultepec is the heart of the area where you’ll find restaurants, cool bars, and nightclubs. The neighborhood has a great atmosphere and is safe to walk around and explore. From Colonia Americana it’s a quick and easy walk to Centro, so you still feel like you are in the middle of things. Walking to Colonia Santa Tere provides a more local experience. The Chapultepec / Americana neighborhood is a favorite foodie spot for locals. You can find everything from cheap tacos to sushi, thai and pizza. Nearby, the Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara has murals by José Clemente Orozco, plus paintings and sculptures by other Mexican artists.

Best Neighborhood in Guadalajara for Shopping: Tlaquepaque & Downtown Mercado
Tlaquepaque is the arts and crafts center of Guadalajara and a perfect place to experience Guadalajaran culture at its most authentic. This old town neighborhood offers authentic Mexican food within a square of restaurants called The Parian. Calle Independencia, a pedestrian street lined with shops, restaurants, galleries, leather artisans is the best place to shop. Leather goods are an especially good purchase.

Mercado Libertad in the centro downtown offers thousands of stalls selling everything from food to handicrafts, souvenirs, cooking utensils, jewelry, saddlery and clothing to electronics. It is easy to spend several hours wandering around all the interesting market stalls.
Exploring the streets surrounding centro downtown you’ll find all kinds of markets and shops selling artisanal Mexican crafts, clothes, perfumeries and much more. The best shopping is in a concentrated area on Calle Juarez.
Safest Areas of Guadalajara
Guadalajara is a big city and it is normal to have some crime. As Mexico’s second biggest city, it somehow offers a big city feel without the chaos. All of the tourist areas including, Centro, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque and the Financial District are mostly safe during the day. Keep your eye on purses, backpacks and camera’s at all times. Standard precautions apply at night, as they do in any city.

Unsafe Areas of Guadalajara
As a whole, the tourist areas of Guadalajara are safe, especially during the daylight hours. Petty crimes such as theft are the biggest issue you will most likely find in the tourist areas. Guadalajara is a city that was divided historically into east and west. The east was always considered the domain of the lower classes, while the west was the residence of the upper classes. This division is still maintained today. As with any city, there are a few areas that you may want to avoid such as the eastside of the Calzada and Oblatos. It’s best not to wander anywhere after dark on your own.

The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Guadalajara for Tourists

1. Downtown (Centro)
If it’s your first time in Guadalajara, staying in the downtown “Centro” district is your best bet. The center square of Guadalajara is the heart of the city and you can easily walk to museums, Guadalajara Cathedral, art galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars. The most popular attraction beyond the Cathedral, is the World Heritage-listed Instituto Cultural Cabañas. The museum is built in the Neoclassical style and is a former hospital and orphanage. The main highlight here is the collection of 57 magnificent frescoes painted by José Clemente Orozco. If you are into shopping, Mercado Libertad (also known as Mercado San Juan de Dios) is the largest indoor market in Latin America. There are thousands of stalls selling everything from food to handicrafts, souvenirs, cooking utensils, jewelry, and leather goods. Most vendors in the market allow for and expect haggling. For a great overview of downtown Guadalajara, sign up for the free walking tour (https://freetourguadalajara.wordpress.com/) which covers the history, culture and many highlights. Tours start every day at 10 am near the Gazebo located in Plaza de Armas next to the Guadalajara Cathedral. Centro restaurants are plentiful. Local favorites include Cafe Madoka, and Cafe Benito Sala Juárez (which also is a book store and has live music on occasion). There are many choices for hotels Zona Centro including the Doubletree by Hilton, Hotel de Mendoza, and Hotel Morales.
Best Hotels: Hotel Morales Historical & Colonial | Presidente InterContinental Guadalajara | DoubleTree by Hilton Guadalajara Centro Historico
Best Moderate Hotel: Hotel Santiago De Compostela | Hotel Fenix | Hotel de Mendoza
2. Colonia Americana
Colonia Americana in a trendy and hip neighborhood walking distance to Zona Centro. Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento, a soaring neo-Gothic church with stained-glass windows and a clock tower, sits on a small square and is worth a visit. From this neighborhood, it’s a quick and easy walk to the historic center, cathedral and the theater. There are two great art museums walking distance from the neighborhood; the Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara (MUSA) and the Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano (MURA). Galería GuadalajART in Colonia Americana has over 130 works (paintings, sculptures, and more) by over 30 local artists. Avenida Chapultepec is the main street in the neighborhood where you will find shops, bars and restaurants. Staying in Colonia Americana, particularly near Av Chapultapec offers a great vibe and is safe to walk around and explore. Favorite restaurants close to Av Chapultepec are Pig’s Pearls for fancy hamburgers, TaCorea for the best korean bulgogi, Siam Thai for great thai fusion, UmaUma for ramen, Momotabi for gyozas, ILDiavolo or La Dolce Vida for Italian and Suehiro for sushi. Colonia Americana is very central and it’s a very convenient jumping off point to explore additional areas in Guadalajara like Zapopan and Tlaquepaque. You’ll find a great selection of hotels in a variety of prices, quality and styles.
Best Hotels: Hotel Demetria | Casa Habita | Gala Hotel Boutique
Best Cheap/Moderate Hotels: Casa Bruselas | Hotel Isabel
3. Zapopan
Zapopan is located northwest of downtown. Its biggest tourist attraction is the Basilica of Zapopan, which is home to the Virgin of Zapopan. You can find La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, fresh seafood restaurants and great options for bars and nightclubs. Museums in the area include the Zapopan Art Museum which houses contemporary works by Mexican and international artists as well as the Huichol Wixarika Museum that showcases crafts and art by a local indigenous group. Kid-friendly activities in Zapopan include Guadalajara Museo Trompo Magico (The Magic Top Museum) and taking in a baseball game at the stadium for the Charros de Jalisco professional team. Restaurants worth a visit are Tacos de Barbacoa con Queso for an authentic Mexican experience, El Almacén as well as Sonora Prime – Puerta de Hierro for the best steaks in Guadalajara. Bars worth a visit are Bostons Whiskey and La Malta. For a true nightclub experience head to Bossé.
Best Hotel: Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara | Grand Fiesta Americana Guadalajara Country Club | Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara | Camino Real Guadalajara
Best Cheap/Moderate Hotels: Áurea Hotel & Suites | Hotel Malibu
4. Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is a quaint town with colonial character and a historical center. The town is most famous for its pottery and live mariachi performances. Head to El Parían, an area with more than a dozen restaurants that surround a gazebo where mariachi performers entertain daily from 3pm onward. Two other top tourist attractions are the umbrellas hanging along the pedestrian street ‘Calle Independencia; (near Jardin Hidalgo) as well as The Tlaquepaque sign which is just outside the visitor’s center. The most popular street for visitors is Calle Independencia, a pedestrian street lined with shops, restaurants, galleries, leather artisans, art installations and sculptures. This is the most visited and most beautiful area of Tlaquepaque. Other important tourist attractions include the Refugio Cultural Center, the Regional Museum of Ceramics, the Plaza del Jardín Hidalgo and church of San Pedro Apóstol. At the ceramic museum ask for a map of local artists who have open working studios. One of the most popular restaurants in Tlaquepaque is Restaurante Casa Luna which is known as much for its food as it’s quirky and whimsical atmosphere.

Best Hotel: Radisson Hotel Tapatio Guadalajara
Best Cheap/Moderate Hotel: La Villa Del Ensueno | Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel

5. Zona Expo

This neighborhood is home to the largest fairground in the city and Expo Guadalajara Convention Center. It is located southeast of downtown Guadalajara in Colonia Valle Verde. Zona Expo has a large number of hotels of all types, especially business chains and is a popular area for business travelers. Because it’s a favored location for business travelers there is a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, entertainment venues and more. A few favorite restaurants in the area are Il Fornino and La Moresca for Italian, Tango and La Bocha for steaks and Los Arcos and El Pargo for seafood. Mexican restaurants such as La Tequila and El Abajeño are popular and for those looking for a great cocktail and some nightlife, Barezzito, La Chupitería or the 33 Piano Bar are great choices. On Sundays, in nearby Colonia Chapalita, in the gazebo are local arts and crafts exhibitors and food vendors. For the family, head to Natural Adventure Fun Park; an Amusement park with thrill rides, kids rides, zip lines, go-karts and climbing wall. There is also an ice rink in Plaza Bugambilias.
Best Hotel: Hilton Guadalajara | Hotel y Tú
Best Cheap/Moderate Hotel: Hotel Expo Inn Guadalajara | Ramada Encore by Wyndham Guadalajara | Expo Hotel Guadalajara

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Aguascalientes Travel Guide

Mexico Travel Guide › Aguascalientes
Updated: December 30, 2020

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Aguascalientes is one of Mexico’s most dynamic modern cities, with a booming economy and a rich artistic history. We love its pristine colonial center, absorbing museums and its tasty street food.

Government Palace of Aguascalientes
The Government Palace of the State of Aguascalientes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Aguascalientes

Where is Aguascalientes?

Aguascalientes is the capital of the state of Aguascalientes, in the region of central Mexico known as the Bajío. Aguascalientes lies about 490 km northwest of Mexico City, 220 km northeast of Guadalajara, and 165 km west of San Luis Potosí. Non-stop flights to Aguascalientes take 3 hours 45 minutes from Chicago, 2 hours 55 minutes from Los Angeles, 2 hours 10 minutes from Dallas, 2 hours 5 minutes from Houston, and 1.5 hours from Mexico City.

How big is Aguascalientes?

Aguascalientes has a greater metro population of just under 1 million. The main city covers some 385 square kilometers.

What is the history of Aguascalientes?

Once the home of the Chichimeca people, Aguascalientes was officially founded in 1575 by Spanish captain Juan de Montoro Rodríguez, though it was little more than a pit-stop between Mexico City and the silver mines further north. Development remained sluggish and the city only started to grow in the 19th century, when several nearby villages merged together. The state of Aguascalientes was formally created in 1857 (before that the city had been tied to Zacatecas), and the 1914 Convention of Aguascalientes saw revolutionary leaders Francisco Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Venustiano Carranza meet for the first time. In the last fifty years Aguascalientes has morphed into one of Mexico’s richest cities, home to two large Nissan manufacturing plants, as well as hubs for Texas Instruments and Coca-Cola.

How do I get to Aguascalientes?

Aguascalientes is connected to the US by convenient non-stop flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston, and frequent shuttles from Mexico City. Flights from Canada and Europe usually route through Mexico City or the US. The airport is 16km south of the city; taxis charge around 300 pesos into the center (prices are fixed according to a zone system). With luggage, this is the best option.

Within Mexico, first-class long-distance buses are an economical and comfortable alternative to flying – buses to Aguascalientes from Guadalajara (3 hours) and Mexico City (6 hours) operate hourly. Aguascalientes’s Central de Autobuses (bus station) is just 2km south of the center on Avenida de la Convención. There is a frequent bus service (9.50 pesos) from here to Plaza de la Patria (“Centro”), at the heart of town. With luggage it’s best to take a taxi to the hotel – these should use the meter, with fares unlikely to be more than 50 pesos.

Catedral Basilica De Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion
Catedral Basilica De Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion, in the Plaza de la Patria.

Can I use Uber in Aguascalientes?

Uber does operate in Aguascalientes (assuming phones have roaming, and the app works), but drivers are usually reluctant to pick-up from the airport due to hostility from the airport taxi union. However, Uber can be used to return to the airport for as low as 145 pesos. Once in the city, getting an Uber should be no problem, and can be cheaper than regular taxis.

Can I drive to Aguascalientes?

Driving down from the US border to Aguascalientes is relatively straightforward; the main highways are good, and virtually empty outside the towns. However, the Mexican border states of Nuevo León, Sonora, and Tamaulipas have been affected by drug cartel violence – driving at night is definitely a bad idea. Check the latest travel advisories at travel.state.gov or ask at the hotel. Cars also need a Mexican “Temporary Importation of Vehicle Permit”.

From Laredo, Texas the drive is around 490 miles (790 km) and takes around 9 hours non-stop. Aguascalientes is 830 miles (1335 km) from El Paso, Texas (16 hours), and 1430 miles (2300 km) from San Diego, California.
If renting a vehicle, it’s much easier to do this once across the Mexican border, as taking US rental vehicles into Mexico comes with all sorts of restrictions.

Do I need a car in Aguascalientes?

Most of the city center of Aguascalientes can be explored on foot making a car unnecessary. However, Ubers or local taxis (the meter starts at 13.50 pesos and most trips should be under 50 pesos) are available for those who prefer not to walk. Local buses charge a flat fare of 13.50 pesos but are unlikely to be needed.

football stadium Victoria
Estadio Victoria football stadium, home to the Mexican football team Necaxa.

When is the best time to go to Aguascalientes?

Aguascalientes boasts a year-round temperate climate, with the driest and sunniest months November to April. Rain is most common June to September. There’s no real “bad” time to visit, though it can actually get chilly December to January. March through May is probably best, when the weather is pleasantly warm, the days dry, and crowds low-key.

Where should I stay in Aguascalientes?

The best place to stay is right in the historic heart of Aguascalientes (the centro histórico), close to all the sights, best restaurants, and attractions. Motel chains have sprung up around the city, near the major highways, and can offer good rates, but these are all a long way from the action and it can be a hassle getting in and out of the center. Note that during the Feria de San Marcos mid-April to mid-May, rooms are usually booked solid and cost over 50 percent extra. We like the Francia Aguascalientes, an updated but atmospheric hotel from 1915, and the magnificent Quinta Real Aguascalientes, which was designed to look like a Spanish monastery. The best budget option is the El Giro Hostal (Allende 341).

What are the best things to do in Aguascalientes?

The best thing to do in Aguascalientes is to soak up the city’s colonial charm and history, and take in some of its excellent art museums. Start by sipping coffee at an outdoor café and taking in the scene on Aguascalientes’s main square, the Plaza de la Patria, also the location of the city’s impressive 18th-century cathedral, the Teatro Morelos (location of the famous convention between Zapata, Villa and Carranza in 1914), and the mural-smothered Palacio de Gobierno.

The Museo José Guadalupe Posada (Trujillo 222) is one of the highlights of Aguascalientes, dedicated to the macabre lithographs of the eponymous artist (Posada was famous for using skulls in his illustrations). The bold naturalistic work of local artist Saturnino Herrán is the focus at the Museo de Aguascalientes (Zaragoza 505), while the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo No. 8 (Primo Verdad, at Morelos) showcases contemporary art from the region, as well as the work of local painter Enrique Guzmán. It’s also worth checking out the Museo Nacional de la Muerte (Jardín del Estudiante, Rivero y Gutiérrez), dedicated to Mexico’s death rituals and folk images of death, including ornately decorated skulls (calaveras). The Museo Regional de Historia (Carranza 118) chronicles local history.

Be sure also to visit the Santuario Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Nájera 213), one of the most stunning churches in Mexico, as well as the Templo del Señor del Encino (Jardín del Encino), another gorgeous 18th-century church built from pink sandstone.

Real de Asientos
The town of Real de Asientos, a ‘Pueblo Magico‘ or magic town, a title given to particularly beautiful romantic towns in Mexico.

What are the best things to do around Aguascalientes?

Aguascalientes makes a good base to explore the surrounding area. Highlights include the hot spring baths that give the city its name (literally “hot waters”), the Baños Termales de Ojocaliente, some 4km east of the center (take a taxi or “Ruta 12” bus along López Mateos).

What are the restaurants in Aguascalientes like?

The restaurants in Aguascalientes are excellent. The city is known for bírria (slow-roasted barbecued lamb, shredded and served with a bowl of piquant broth), best experienced at Mercado Juárez (aka Mercado de la Bírria), at Victoria and Unión, crammed with cheap food stalls. Other specialties include lechón al horno (roast suckling pig), served at no-frills joints such as Lechón Pascualito (Jesús Díaz de León 101), atole (a sweet corn- and chocolate-based drink), and addictive desserts made with guava (guayaba). Our other favorites in Aguascalientes include Cenaduría Farolito (Moctezuma 105), an old-fashioned café open since 1922 right on the plaza; Durería El Rey del Duro (Matamoros Nte 207) which knocks out tacos and crispy pork rinds (chicharrón or “duro” in Aguascalientes); Mitla Restaurante (Madero 222), another old-fashioned Mexican buffet restaurant operating since 1938; and La Saturnina (Carranza 110; lasaturnina.com), a lovely courtyard café.

What currency is used in Aguascalientes?

The Mexican peso (often pre-fixed with a “$” sign) is the currency of Mexico. Most major shops and restaurants in Aguascalientes accept credit cards, but it is a good idea to have some peso cash on hand for museum entry and small purchases like bottled water and snacks. ATMs and banks are easy to find in central Aguascalientes (a couple of banks with 24hr ATMs are on the north side of Plaza de la Patria) – a better rate of exchange can be found at ATMs than at casas de cambio.

Is Aguascalientes expensive?

It’s easy to visit Aguascalientes on a modest budget. To save cash, stay in the cheaper B&Bs or hostels (budget Airbnb deals are also a viable option), and eat at local restaurants and taco stalls. Buses and taxis are cheap, and museum entry is rarely more than US$2–3.

Is Aguascalientes safe?

Aguascalientes has generally avoided the drug violence that has affected other parts of Mexico. Take the usual precautions, especially at night, and keep valuables in room safes.

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Zacatecas Travel Guide

Mexico Travel Guide › Zacatecas
Updated: December 30, 2020

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Zacatecas is one of our favorite historic Mexican cities, a colonial gem crammed with gorgeous old buildings, churches, and museums. It’s setting in a valley between two hills is spectacular, and there are also tours of the old silver mines and a cable car ride high over the rooftops. Wandering its cobbled streets and leafy plazas, it’s easy to feel transported back to classical Spain.

View from Cerro De La Buffa mountain
View from Cerro De La Buffa mountain, with beaded folk art and jewelry for sale and a view of the city of Zacatecas below, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frequently Asked Questions about Zacatecas

Where is Zacatecas?

Zacatecas is a city in the central region of Mexico known as the Bajío and is the capital of the eponymous state of Zacatecas. Zacatecas lies around 600 km northwest of Mexico City, 300 km northeast of Guadalajara, and 560 km southwest of Monterrey.

Non-stop flights to Zacatecas take 1 hour 25 minutes from Mexico City, 2 hours 20 minutes from Dallas, 2 hours 40 minutes from Tijuana, 2 hours 55 minutes from Los Angeles, and 3 hours 50 minutes from Chicago.

How big is Zacatecas?

Zacatecas has a greater metro population of almost 140,000. The city lies on the edge of the Sierra Madre Occidental and covers some 444 square kilometers.

What is the history of Zacatecas?

The indigenous Zacatecos mined silver and precious metals in the hills here long before the arrival of the Spanish, but it didn’t take long for the conquistadors to grasp the area’s potential. The modern city was initially founded as a Spanish mining camp in 1548, with the Zacatecos quickly subdued. For the next three hundred years, the silver mines of Zacatecas enriched the city, Mexico, and the Spanish Empire. During the Mexican Revolution in 1914, Zacatecas was the scene of fierce fighting when Pancho Villa’s División del Norte captured the city, completely annihilating the forces of Victoriano Huerta. Today Zacatecas is flourishing once more, its economy boosted by increasing trade between Mexico and the USA.

Palace of the Governor
A plaza downtown outside of the Palace of the Governor, with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption behind.

How do I get to Zacatecas?

Convenient non-stop flights connect Zacatecas with Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles in the US. There are also non-stop flights to Tijuana airport, which is directly accessible from the US border near San Diego. Otherwise, most other flights route through Mexico City (there are no non-stop flights from Canada or Europe).

Zacatecas airport is 27km north of the city center. The only way to get into the center is by taxi; airport taxis charge a fixed rate of around M$400 (ask the hotel to arrange one for the trip back).

Within Mexico, first-class long-distance buses are an economical and comfortable alternative to flying – to Zacatecas, there are frequent long-distance bus services to the cities of northern Mexico, the Bajío, and Mexico City (6–8hr).

Can I use Uber in Zacatecas?

Assuming phones have roaming, and the app works, Uber is available in Zacatecas and can save up to 50 percent on journeys to and from the airport, though drivers may be reluctant to pick-up thanks to hostility from the airport taxi union. Email the hotel for advice on the latest situation. Once in the city itself, there should be no problems using Uber.

Can I drive to Zacatecas?

Driving down to Zacatecas from the US border is relatively straightforward, and plenty of Americans and Canadians take their own vehicles – the main highways are good, and virtually empty outside the cities. However, care should be taken in choosing a route, as the Mexican border states suffer from high levels of drug violence – driving at night should definitely be avoided. Foreign vehicles also need a Mexican “Temporary Importation of Vehicle Permit”, arranged at the border.

From Laredo, Texas the drive is around 422 miles (679 km) and takes around 9 hours non-stop. Zacatecas is 765 miles (1231 km) from El Paso, Texas (15 hours), and 1370 miles (2205 km) from San Diego, California.

vibrant city street
A pedestrian street in the vibrant city center.

Do I need a car in Zacatecas?

Cars are not necessary in Zacatecas. Once in town, it should be able to get around on foot, though taxis (and Uber cars) are easy to find. Meters in regular taxis start at 11 pesos (minimum 25 pesos for rides in the center).

When is the best time to go to Zacatecas?

Zacatecas lies at well over 2000 meters (6562 ft) above sea level, and experiences relatively dry, mild weather year-round. March through May tend to be the best months to visit – sunny, warm, and dry. June through October can be rainy, and winters tend to be cooler. As always, avoid Christmas, Easter, and all major Mexican holidays to avoid the crowds (it’s a popular destination for Mexican domestic tourists).

Where should I stay in Zacatecas?

Aim to stay in the atmospheric center of old Zacatecas, close to all the sights, best restaurants, and attractions. Motel chains have sprung up around the city, near the major highways, and can offer good rates, but these are all a long way from the action and it can be hassle shuttling back and forth.

Some of our favorites places to stay include the lavish but surprisingly affordable Hotel Emporio, the colonial Mesón de Jobito and luxurious Hotel Santa Rita del Arte.

For something really special, stay at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, tastefully incorporated what was once Zacatecas’ bullring. The best of the budget accommodation is no-frills Hostel Villa Colonial (Primero de Mayo 201, at Callejón Mono Prieto + 52 492 925 0749)

Zacatecas Cathedral
The facade of the Zacatecas Cathedral.

What are the best things to do in Zacatecas?

Start by simply wandering the cobbled streets and historic colonial plazas of Zacatecas. The city’s gorgeous, pink sandstone cathedral is one of the best examples of Mexican Baroque architecture in the country. Nearby, the old market, Mercado González Ortega, has been converted into a chic shopping mall. As befits such a historic city, Zacatecas is also crammed with absorbing museums. The Museo Pedro Coronel (Plazuela de Santo Domingo) showcases the modern, abstract, and Catalan art collected by local artist Pedro Coronel (including work by Picasso and Miró). Pedro’s brother Rafael founded his own beautiful museum, the Museo Rafael Coronel (Callejón de San Francisco 65), set in an old Franciscan mission and built around a vast collection of traditional masks.

The Museo Zacatecano (Dr. Ignacio Hierro 307), housed in the old mint, chronicles the history of the region, while the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez (Cristóbal Colón) displays the abstract paintings and sculpture of local artist Manuel Felguérez, inside a converted prison. The Museo Francisco Goitia (Enrique Estrada 102) highlights the work of yet another Zacatecan artist, Francisco Goitia.

The mining history of Zacatecas is the focus at the fascinating Mina El Edén, where guided tours take you deep inside the city’s old silver mine.

Once done with the city sights, take the Teleférico (cable car) up to the Cerro de la Bufa, the huge rock that dominates the city, for spectacular views and the Museo de la Toma de Zacatecas, which recounts Pancho Villa’s desperate attack in 1914. There’s also a decent zipline up here, Tirolesa 840.

What are the best things to do around Zacatecas?

Zacatecas makes a good base to explore the surrounding area. Highlights include the traditional silversmiths at the Centro Platero de Zacatecas and the ornately decorated church in neighboring Guadalupe, the ruins of the great Mesoamerican fortress at La Quemada (56 km south of Zacatecas), and the picturesque town of Jerez (53 km west of Zacatecas). Buses link all these sites with the city, though it’s best to take a guided tour to visit La Quemada (easily arranged at the hotel).

The view from the Cerro de la Bufa hilltop above the city.

What are the restaurants like in Zacatecas?

Zacatecas restaurants are good – primarily Mexican food, though standard American dishes (burgers and the like) and Italian food are widely available. The local specialties include “asado de boda” (braised pork with chocolate and orange zest), and anything “zacatecano”, usually involving a sauce of poblano chilies and cream. We love Acrópolis, an old-world café with its own impressive art collection, and cozy Dorados de Villa (on Plazuela de García), which knocks out excellent moles and enchiladas. The best place for a relaxing coffee (and free wi-fi) is Il San Patrizio Caffé (Hidalgo 403). For a splurge, book a table overlooking the old bullring at La Plaza, in the Quinta Real hotel.

What currency is used in Zacatecas?

The Mexican peso (often prefixed with a “$” sign) is the currency of Mexico and Zacatecas. Most major shops and restaurants in Zacatecas accept credit cards, but it is a good idea to have some peso cash on hand for entry fees and small purchases like bottled water and snacks. ATMs are easy to find in central Zacatecas – and generally get a better exchange rate here or inside banks than at currency exchange booths.

Is Zacatecas expensive?

Zacatecas is not expensive. Hotels in Zacatecas are reasonably priced given their quality, and eating out is rarely expensive. Transportation is inexpensive and fees to enter museums are low, typically one or two US dollars equivalent (tours of the mine and trips on the cable car are closer to US$5).

Is Zacatecas safe?

Zacatecas has generally avoided the drug violence that has affected other parts of Mexico making it a safe destination to visit. US State Department travel warnings generally apply to the western part of the state of Zacatecas (south of Highway 45 and west of Highway 23) and not the city itself. Take the usual precautions, especially at night, and keep valuables in room safes.

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The Best Wines & Wineries in Valle de Guadalupe

Mexico Travel Guide › Best Baja Wineries
Updated: December 30, 2020

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Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe – Tips & Advice

  • Where is Valle de Guadalupe?
    Valle de Guadalupe is a compact wine-growing region lying just inland from the Pacific Ocean, in the northern Mexican state of Baja California – 40 km northeast of Ensenada and 70 km (43 miles) south of the US-Mexican border. The villages of San Antonio de las Minas in the southwest and Francisco Zarco and El Porvenir in the northeast are the main settlements in the valley.
  • When To Visit Valle de Guadalupe
    Wineries are usually open year-round for visits, but the busiest period for Guadalupe is during the Fiestas de la Vendimia (Wine Harvest Festival), late July through August when the grapes are picked and crushed. However, the valley is very hot at this time – climate-wise it’s more comfortable (and less busy) to visit in the Fall or Spring. The best time is late March to early May when the valley is bursting with flowers and the vines are beginning to bloom.
  • How to visit Valle de Guadalupe
    The most convenient way to visit Valle de Guadalupe is with a vehicle (assuming there is a designated driver). Plenty of Americans and Canadians take their own cars, crossing the border in Tijuana or Tecate. From Ensenada, Hwy-3 (dubbed “La Ruta del Vino”) cuts inland into the valley; most of the wineries are located on dirt roads that branch off this highway (and most are well signposted). It’s also possible to rent a car in Tijuana or Ensenada (taking a rental car across the US border can be complicated/expensive).

    In addition, a service dubbed “uberVALLE” offers day-long, round-trip Uber rides to the Valle de Guadalupe from Ensenada – just select “valleX” in the Uber app (the driver will wait at the various vineyards).

  • Guided tours in Valle de Guadalupe
    Numerous guided tours offer a no-hassle, convenient way to visit Valle de Guadalupe’s wineries – tours depart Rosarito, Ensenada, Tijuana, and even across the border in San Diego. Our favorites include Baja Viajes, Baja Wine Tours, and the fun, bespoke tours at Valley Girl Wine Tours.
  • Do I need to speak Spanish in Valle de Guadalupe?
    It’s always a good idea to know a little Spanish when visiting the wineries, though there are English-speakers at almost every vineyard in Valle de Guadalupe.
  • How much do wineries charge in Valle de Guadalupe?
    Most wineries charge for tastings, but not always for tours – costs vary widely, from as low as 50 pesos to 600 pesos, with an average of around 200 pesos for a tasting of five wines. Though showing up at the major wineries without a reservation is possible, it is best to call before visiting.
  • Where should I stay in Valle de Guadalupe?
    Our favorite spots to stay in Valle de Guadalupe include the Adobe Guadalupe, a charming six-room B&B, and stylish La Villa del Valle.
  • Restaurants in Valle de Guadalupe
    Our top pick for a gourmet Baja Med meal in Valle de Guadalupe is Laja, helmed by Chef Rafael Magaña Tinoco.
  • Safety in Valle de Guadalupe
    The Valle de Guadalupe is one of the safest parts of Mexico, though care should be taken driving through the border cities of Tijuana and Tecate.
  • TIP – Get oriented at a couple of small but worthy museums in Valle de Guadalupe
    The sleek Museo de la Vid y el Vino (just outside Francisco Zarco) introduces the history of wine-making in the region, while the Museo Comunitario Ruso in Francisco Zarco pays tribute to the valley’s Russian pioneers, settlers who came here in the early 1900s.
  • The 15 Best Wines and Wineries in the Valle de Guadalupe

    1. Adobe Guadalupe

    Their winery is one of the most atmospheric in the valley, with a Spanish Mission-style tasting room complete with bell tower and adobe arches. It’s also possible to stay in the charming B&B on site and have dinner at the restaurant.

    Best Wine – Gabriel – This Bordeaux-style red (blend, with 55 percent Merlot), with a dry and fruity taste was created by Adobe Guadalupe owner Tru Miller with winemaker Daniel Lonnberg.
    Location – Parcela A-1 S/N, Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings daily 10am–5pm (reservation recommended); 250–300 pesos
    Where to StayAgua de Vida

    2. Monte Xanic

    To visit the elegant Monte Xanic winery advance reservations are required – guards will only open the gate once they’ve checked a reservation has been made. Inside a tranquil man-made lake, breezy covered patio, and cozy tasting room can be found.

    Best Wine – Gran Ricardo – The connoisseurs choice for Bordeaux-style reds (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot) – pricey but worth it.
    Location – Francisco Zarco S/N, Col, 22750 Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings and tours daily 10am–5pm (reservations required); 250–300 pesos
    Where to Stay – Casa Pan y Vino

    3. L. A. Cetto

    L. A. Cetto is one of the oldest producers in the valley, with roots that go back to 1928; it’s now the biggest producer of table wines in Mexico (also noted for Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel). The vineyard features a spacious tasting room with rustic wood ceiling, tiled floor and floor-to-ceiling racks of bottles of wine, but gets very busy at the weekends.

    Best Wine – ‘Reserva Privada’ Nebbiolo – Rich, barrel-aged red wine, similar to Italy’s Barolo.
    Location – Carretera Tecate–El Sauzal Km 73.5, Valle de Guadalupe 22750
    Details – Tastings daily 9am–5pm; 50 pesos (100 pesos for reserves)
    Where to Stay – Encuentro Guadalupe

    4. Casa de Piedra

    French-born d’Acosta is generally credited with the renaissance of Mexican wine since the late 1990s. The vineyard name comes from the old stone building (Casa de Piedra is “Stone House”) in which the wine is now made – tasting takes place up the hill in a modest adobe building, with superb views of the vineyards below.

    Best Wine – Vino de Piedra – The signature red wine (Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon blend) from famed winemaker Hugo d’Acosta, aged 13 months in French and American oak barrels.
    Location – Carretera Tecate–Ensenada Km 93.5, San Antonio de las Minas, Ensenada, Baja California 22755
    Details – Tastings by appointment only (usually Sat & Sun 11am–6pm); Free
    Where to Stay – Posada San Antonio

    5. Château Camou

    The all-white winery building makes a stunning contrast to the arid surroundings, looming above the vineyards like a giant fortress. The tasting room features tables made of old oak barrels.

    Best Wine – Gran Vino Tinto – Very intense, ruby-red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend), produced at Château Camou in the Cañada del Trigo, a canyon in the northwest of the valley.
    Location – Domicilio Conocido s/n, 22785 Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings daily 11am–4pm (reservations required at least 15 days in advance); US$12–30 (258–646 pesos)
    Where to Stay – Casa Emiliana

    6. Viñedos Bibayoff

    The only Russian family-owned vineyard still open to the public – Bibayoff was established in 1906 by Russian emigres, and there’s an interesting history museum on-site.

    Best Wine – Zinfandel – An old vine Zinfandel that is a bit like a Spanish Rioja.
    Location – Rancho Toros Pinto, Ensenada
    Details – Tours and wine tasting by appointment, Tues–Sun 11am–5:30pm; 100 pesos
    Where to Stay – El Cielo Winery and Resort

    7. Villa Montefiori (Vinos Paoloni)

    Paoloni’s vines are all from Italian rootstock. His tasting room is sleek and contemporary, with two levels, floor-to-ceiling glass and a veranda.

    Best Wine – Nebbiolo de Guadalupe – Signature 100 percent Nebbiolo (aged 15 months in French oak), made by Italian-born winemaker Paolo Paoloni (the wines are sold under the “Paoloni” label in the US).
    Location – Parcela 26-1 s/n Ejido El Porvenir Km 9, Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings daily 11am to 5pm (reservations recommended); 200–450 pesos
    Where to Stay – Villa Toros Pintos

    8. Hacienda La Lomita

    Owned by Fernando Perez-Castro, the winery itself features a rustic Spanish Mission style, with a tasting room on the second level, most notable for its stunning murals by Mexican artist Jorge Tellaeche. Be sure to take a tour after the tasting to see more of his murals in the production area (he also designed the hip labels on the wine). Dine at the TrasLomita Restaurant on-site.

    Best Wine – Tinto de la Hacienda & Pagano – Two much sought after wines recommended from Lomita; the Tinto de la Hacienda (a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah, aged 10 months in second use French oak) is one of the best bargains in the valley, while the Pagano (100 percent Grenache) is a more full-bodied wine. It’s one of the few Mexican wines served at the celebrated French Laundry restaurant in California.
    Location – Fracc. 3, Lote 13, Camino Vecinal Parcela 71, San Marcos, Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings Wed & Thurs 11am–4pm, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; US$12–21 (258–452 pesos)
    Where to Stay – Entrevalle Hotel Boutique

    9. Viñas de la Erre

    Winemaker and owner Ernesto Rochas’s tasting room stands like a large open-sided barn in the lee of a hill, furnished with wooden tables and chairs providing visitors with an expansive view.

    Best Wine – Mezcla Bordalesa Gran Reserva – Highly prized blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85 percent), Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged 28 months in French oak, from winemaker and owner Ernesto Rocha.
    Location – Carretera Tecate-Ensenada 87.5 San Antonio de las Minas, Tecate
    Details – Tastings Fri noon–6pm, Sat & Sun 11am–6pm; 250–300 pesos
    Where to Stay – Casa Mayoral

    10. Bodegas de Santo Tomás

    The main vineyard actually lies south of the valley and Ensenada, but they operate a tasting room (“cava”) in San Antonio de las Minas (at the start of the Valle de Guadalupe).

    Best Wine – Único – Luscious Cabernet Sauvignon (60 percent) and Merlot (40 percent) blend from Baja’s oldest existing winery, with roots in 1791 (commercial production began in 1888).
    Location – (Cava San Antonio de las Minas); Carretera Federal No. 3, Ensenada–Tecate Km 94.7
    Details – Tastings daily 10am–5pm (reservations recommended); 200 pesos
    Where to Stay – En’kanto

    11. Barón Balch’é

    “Balch’é” means “sacred drink” in Mayan. Try and book a meal at on-site Tahal, an open-sided, breezy restaurant with stellar views across the surrounding desert and mountains.

    Best Wine – Balché Uno Premium – This intense 100 percent Grenache (aged in French oak for 36 month) is one of our all-time favorites.
    Location – Juanita Beltran s/n, Ejido El Porvenir, 22755 Ensenada
    Details – Tastings daily 11am–7pm; 140–330 pesos
    Where to Stay – Terra del Valle Bed & Breakfast

    12. AlXimia

    Helmed by mathematician Alvaro Alvarez-Parrilla, AlXimia is an eco-friendly winery that looks like a giant flying saucer – it’s a fun place to visit. Inside the giant dome, there are three floors where just about the whole process of wine-making takes place, from huge stainless steel fermenting drums to the French oak barrels in the underground “cava”.

    Best Wine – Magma – Fabulous, complex blend of Carignan (Cariñena; two thirds) and Grenache (Garnacha; one third), aged 24 months in French oak barrels – it’s a bit like wines from the Spanish Priorat region.
    Location – Camino Vecinal al Tigre Km 3 (enseguida rancho El Parral), Valle de Guadalupe 22766
    Details – Tastings daily 11am–5pm; 250 pesos
    Where to Stay – Rancho el Parral

    13. Viña de Frannes

    A boutique winery established by Ernesto Álvarez Morphy Camou, the founder of Château Camou (which is next door). The famed Bordeaux-based winemaker Michel Rolland acts as a consultant. Viña de Frannes winery is a little off the beaten path, where it can be enjoyed in solitude. The tasting room is a real highlight of the valley, a raised, minimalist-style wood and glass cube.

    Best Wine – Pater – Limited production Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 18 months in French oak.
    Location – Camino Vecinal al Rancho Cañada del Trigo, 22750 Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings Wed– Sun 10am–5pm (call ahead); 130–240 pesos
    Where to Stay – Ojo Azul Resort

    14. Corona del Valle

    Helmed by Hector Corona and family, Corona del Valle is a rustic chic winery – liberally decorated with distressed wood, antiques and recyclable items – known as the most family-friendly in the valley, with several play areas for kids. There’s also an excellent restaurant on-site (with kids menu) specializing in Baja Med cuisine.

    Best Wine – Tempranillo/Nebbiolo – This prize-winning blend of Tempranillo (60 percent) and Nebbiolo (40 percent), aged for 12 months in French oak, is another favorite of California’s French Laundry.
    Location – Carretera Tecate-Ensenada Km 89, 22760 Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings summer daily 1–9pm, winter 11am–7pm; 100–250 pesos
    Where to Stay – Contemplacion

    15. Vena Cava

    Founded by Phil and Eileen Gregory, Vena Cava’s premises are as much an attraction as the wine. Designed by architect Alejandro D’Acosta, they are built from reclaimed fishing boats and wood, and recycled bottles and tires, with a large outdoor patio. Don’t miss the celebrated food truck here dubbed “Troika,” for tacos, tostadas, churros, and fresh oysters.

    Best Wine – Preventa Big Blend – Another one of our absolute favorites, a dark and smoky blend of five different grapes; Syrah (25 percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (25 percent), Petite Syrah (19 percent), Zinfandel (17 percent) and Grenache (14 percent), aged 13 months in French and American oak.
    Location – Rancho San Marcos, Toros Pintos s/n, Ejido Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe
    Details – Tastings Thurs–Tues 11am–5pm (reservations required); 150–230 pesos
    Where to Stay – Santulan

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    Baja Beaches

    Mexico Travel Guide › Baja California Beaches
    Updated: December 30, 2020

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    Baja California Beaches – Tips & Info

    • When To Visit Baja California: Baja’s beaches are at their best from November through May when there’s great weather (and whale-watching Jan–Feb). Much of the peninsula shuts down during the broiling hot summers, though Los Cabos tends to be an all-year destination. Skip Christmas, Easter, and Spring Break (Feb/March) to avoid the crowds.

    • Los Cabos has the most development and most luxurious resorts, and some of the best beaches overall; the top beaches for quiet and solitude are along the Bahía Concepción, and Cabo Pulmo. The best beaches for surfing are around Todos Santos and Playa Acapulquito. The best beach for families is Playa Balandra near La Paz. The best beach for partying is El Médano in Cabo San Lucas.

    • Arrival: Other than Tijuana on the US border, Baja’s biggest international gateway is Los Cabos International Airport, 19 km north of downtown San José del Cabo, and a further 32 km from Cabo San Lucas. All the major car rental companies have desks here; otherwise, reserve a taxi or shared minibus in advance with Transportistas Josefinos, Cabo Transfers, or Los Cabos Airport Shuttle. Airport taxis are very expensive and will charge US dollars – local buses are a cheaper alternative. Buses also link the airport with La Paz (via Los Barriles, or via Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos)
    • Car rental is relatively straightforward and cheap in Baja California – beyond the congested roads of La Paz and Los Cabos, highways are generally empty and easy to navigate. Many beaches are hard to access without a vehicle, though buses do run up and down the Baja peninsula.

    • Time Zones: The state of Baja California (the northern half of the peninsula) follows Pacific Time (GMT-8) while Baja California Sur is one-hour ahead on Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7).

    • Cash is king: Most locally run beach restaurants and bars take cash only – take a wad of pesos to be safe (some places will accept US dollars but invariably at bad exchange rates). You’ll need cash to rent beach chairs and umbrellas.

    The 18 Best Beaches in Baja California

    All along the Baja coast, you’ll find turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, but Bahía Concepción, La Paz, and the remote settlements on the East Cape are the standouts. In complete contrast, right at the end of the peninsula, the booming resort of Los Cabos offers its own raucous blend of boutique hotels, watersports, gourmet restaurants, and nightlife.

    Our favorite is Playa El Requesón, on the Bahía Concepción. A magical setting on the edge of the desert, with wonderfully calm and warm water. Playa del Rosarito and Playa El Médano have a deserved reputation for partying and a vibrant nightlife. While El Saltito and Cabo Pulmo are great for beach lovers looking for a quieter, more relaxed experience. Plenty of shallow, calm beaches will appeal to families: Playa de Balandra and Playa el Chileno are the best.

    1. Playa El Requesón, Bahía Concepción (43 km south of Mulegé)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    A dazzling sandbar poking into the pristine, calm waters of Bahía Concepción. Perfect for kayaking and swimming (it’s warm and shallow). Camp on the beach (around 150 pesos) or stay in the nearest town, Mulegé. No freshwater (pit toilets only), but locals often swing by selling water, snacks, and fresh seafood. Note that parts of the beach are submerged at high tide, and it is popular with the RV crowd. Best accessed with your own transport.

    2. Playa de Balandra (27 km north of La Paz)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Superb option for families, featuring a sheltered, shallow bay (no more than waist deep) and warm water for swimming and snorkeling. No facilities and few vendors, though you can rent kayaks and shelter under small palapas set on the beach. Can get very busy at weekends. Stay in La Paz and take the local bus (45min), or drive (it’s a 2hr 30min drive from Cabo San Lucas).

    3. Playa el Chileno (15 km northeast of Cabo San Lucas)

    Best of the family-friendly beaches between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. There are toilets here (the only beach on this stretch that has them) and a shop that rents watersports equipment. Excellent for swimming, diving, and snorkeling, but gets very busy in high season and at weekends. Local buses regularly run down the highway between Cabo and San José – the beach is just off the road.
    Recommended Hotels: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences (luxury)

    4. Playa Santispac, Bahía Concepción (21 km south of Mulegé)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Gorgeous beach on the Bahía Concepción, just off the main highway, with calm water and heaps of soft white sand. Attracts the usual cluster of winter RVs (Dec-March), but there’s plenty of space to camp (under palapas) plus basic toilets, showers, and simple food options (Ana’s Restaurant plus local mobile vendors). You can also rent kayaks and snorkeling gear. Vehicles charged around US$10 for parking/camping per night.

    5. Playa del Amor (Lovers’ Beach), Cabo San Lucas

    This small wedge of sand near the tip of the Baja peninsula is incredibly picturesque, accessible only by boat from the Cabo marina or Playa El Médano. You can swim at Playa del Amor (facing the bay), but the beach on the Pacific side of the point – known as Playa Divorcio – experiences dangerous riptides. There’s excellent snorkeling at nearby Pelican Rock.
    Recommended Hotels: Hotel Tesoro Los Cabos (mid-range) • Casa Bella Hotel Boutique (boutique) • Hotel Maria Elena (budget)

    6. Bahía Santa María, (12 km northeast of Cabo San Lucas)

    Snorkel over reefs (rays and turtles hang out here) at both ends of this enchanting horseshoe cove, and swim at the warm, protected beach in the center. There’s a parking lot a short walk from the beach (signposted from the Cabo–San José highway).
    Recommended Hotels: Montage Los Cabos (luxury)

    7. Playa El Médano, Cabo San Lucas

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Cabo’s premier swimming beach is the place to party. The main strip is heaving with beach bars, vendors, jet skis, and sunbathers. It’s an entertaining scene, but note that the main beach is over 3 km long, and usually deserted at either end. Baja Watersports organizes activities.
    Recommended Hotels: ME Cabo – Adults Oriented (luxury) • Bahia Hotel & Beach House (boutique) • Hotel Riu Palace Baja California (luxury)

    8. El Saltito (30 km northeast of La Paz)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Remote wilderness beach for travelers who like a little adventure. Getting here involves a bumpy ride on dirt roads that can become impassable when wet. There are no facilities and very few people. Good for strong swimmers only, with a steep drop-off and riptides, but with a stunning desert backdrop and wide swaths of virtually empty sand. Some people camp here, but independent transport is required – La Paz is the nearest main town.

    9. Playa El Coyote Bahía Concepción (28 km south of Mulegé)

    Popular bone-white beach (6.5 km south of Santispac), facing an idyllic crescent bay with crystal-clear water and gliding pelicans. Expect a small charge for camping and/or use of the beach palapas. The southern end is the best spot for swimming, while the northern end catches the best sunrises. Pit toilets only and no freshwater, but locals sell drinks and seafood.

    10. Beaches of Cabo Pulmo, (60 km northwest of San José del Cabo)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    The pristine beaches of the protected Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, offer a wilder experience with a rare hard coral reef just offshore. Playa Los Arbolites (entry around 40 pesos) is ideal for snorkeling, with a huge variety of marine life, plus palapas, toilets, and showers (and snorkel rentals). About five minutes further south by car is Playa Los Frailes (free, no facilities), a picturesque cove with equally sensational snorkeling. There is no public transport to Cabo Pulmo – rent a car in Cabo or La Paz.
    Recommended Hotels: Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort (budget) • Bungalows Cabo Pulmo (budget)

    11. Playa Los Cerritos, El Pescadero (12 km south from Todos Santos)

    Wonderful, wide sandy beach justly popular with surfers and whale-watchers – whales are often visible from the shore. Rarely busy, despite being known for jaw-dropping sunsets. Mario’s Surf School rents surfboards and offers lessons. Rent a car in Cabo San Lucas (1 hr drive), or stay in the village.
    Recommended Hotels: Cerritos Surf Town Beach Hotel & Spa (mid-range) • Olas de Cerritos (mid-range) • Cerritos Beach Hotel (mid-range/luxury)

    12. Playa Acapulquito (5 km south of San José del Cabo)

    Tiny but beautiful sandy beach just south of San José’s hotel zone. AKA Old Man’s, this is an ideal surfing beach for beginners, while just around the headland lies the celebrated Zippers and La Roca breaks, with some of the best surfing in the region. Swimming is best during the late winter and early spring (the waves get bigger in the summer).
    Recommended Hotels: Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa (luxury) • Hotel Casa Costa Azul (mid-range)

    13. Playa San Felipe

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    San Felipe is a remote town on the Sea of Cortez, best known for sportfishing and off-road motorsports, but it also has a long, crescent beach and warm, emerald waters – it’s the best place to swim in northern Baja. It’s also known for its fish tacos and shellfish cocktails. Note that the upper reaches of the Sea of Cortez experience the world’s third-largest tides. There’s no airport – it’s a 2 hr 30 min bus ride or drive from the US border.
    Recommended Hotels: Stella del Mar (mid-range) • Sandollar Condotels (mid-range) • Hotel San Borja (budget)

    14. Playa de Tecolote (29 km north of La Paz)

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Fine sands and excellent snorkeling right off the beach, just another 2 km north from Balandra. Unlike Balandra, this is a long, straight strip, facing Isla del Espíritu Santo and the open Sea of Cortez. There are also lots of places to eat and drink here, with a party atmosphere at weekends. Stay in La Paz and take the local bus (45 min) or drive (it’s a 2 hr 30 min drive from Cabo San Lucas).

    15. Playa Palmilla, (7 km south of San José del Cabo)

    Clean, safe 1.5 km-long beach close to San José’s hotel zone, though there are decent point and reef breaks when the surf’s up here (summer). It’s also popular for standup paddleboarding and whale-watching. Access the beach by following signs to the One & Only Palmilla resort and take the only dirt-road cut-off to the left.
    Recommended Hotels: One&Only Palmilla (luxury) • Villas Del Mar (luxury)

    16. Playa del Rosarito

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    The beaches of northern Baja are generally inferior to the south, but Rosarito deserves a shout out for its proximity to the US border (25 km) and great party atmosphere. It’s a wide swath of well-maintained and clean sand, lined with bars, hotels, and restaurants. With big Pacific swells, it’s also a popular surf location.
    Recommended Hotels: Rosarito Beach Hotel (mid-range) • Rosarito Inn (mid-range) • Del Mar Inn Rosarito (budget)

    17. Los Barriles

    Good beach in Baja, Mexico.

    Low-key resort town with wide, often empty sandy beaches. It’s primarily a sportfishing and windsurfing/kiteboarding (winter) hub, some 66 km north of Los Cabos airport, but the clear waters are also perfect for swimming and kayaking.
    Recommended Hotels: Martin Verdugo’s Beach Club (mid-range) • Hotel Palmas De Cortez (mid-range)

    18. Playa Hotelera (San José del Cabo)

    The long, wide strip of sand that makes up the waterfront and hotel zone of San José del Cabo is rarely crowded – despite the line of hotels, there’s plenty of space for walks, fishing, sun-bathing, and horseback riding. However, it’s not good for swimming: there’s a steep drop-off, rip-tides, and lots of surf (in summer). Some of the hotels will allow non-guests to use their pools and facilities if you purchase a day-pass.
    Recommended Hotels: Cabo Azul Resort by Diamond Resorts (luxury) • Hyatt Place Los Cabos (luxury) • Posada Real Los Cabos (budget–mid-range)

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    La Paz Travel Guide

    Mexico Travel Guide › La Paz
    Updated: December 30, 2020

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    Laid-back La Paz is often overlooked by visitors in favor of the resorts of Los Cabos, but it’s one of our favorite small Mexican cities. Its waterfront malecón is one of the country’s most attractive, the surrounding beaches are sensational, nearby Isla Espíritu Santo is rich in marine life, and the local restaurants – especially the fish taco stalls – are surprisingly good.

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    Gorgeous Playa Balandra just north of La Paz.

    Frequently Asked Questions about La Paz

    Where is La Paz?

    La Paz – not to be confused with the capital of Bolivia – is the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, facing the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). La Paz lies about 1470 km south of Tijuana and the US border, 150 km north of Cabo San Lucas, and over 1600 km northwest of Mexico City. Non-stop flights to La Paz take 1 hour 45 minutes from Tijuana, and 2 hours 10 minutes from Mexico City.

    How big is La Paz?

    La Paz has a greater metro population of just under 300,000 people. The city stretches for some 11km along the Bay of La Paz, part of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California).

    What is the history of La Paz?

    Originally the home of the indigenous Pericú people, the Spanish had little success colonizing the area around La Paz. Jesuit priests Juan de Ugarte and Jaime Bravo established a mission here in 1720, but it was abandoned 28 years later. La Paz didn’t really develop as a city until Mexico became independent, becoming the de facto capital of southern Baja in 1833. It grew rapidly thereafter, thanks to nearby silver mines, and a major pearl-fishing industry. American troops occupied the town in 1847 during the Mexican–American War, and in 1853 it was again invaded, this time by the US “filibuster” William Walker in one of his many attempts to create a Central American kingdom (he was quickly expelled by the Mexicans).

    John Steinbeck sailed to La Paz in 1940, a trip he recorded in The Log from the Sea of Cortez (he also based his novel The Pearl here), but by this time the pearl trade had almost completely collapsed, most likely due to disease among the oysters. Since the 1960s La Paz has flourished again as capital of the Baja California Sur, and also because of recreational fishing, pioneered by the likes of John Wayne and Bing Crosby.

    male con at sunset
    Sunset on the waterfront malecon.

    How do I get to La Paz?

    La Paz has a small airport with flights to major cities in Mexico, as well as seasonal (winter) flights to Dallas and Phoenix. From southern California, it’s easiest to fly non-stop from Tijuana, just across the border – from Europe and the rest of the world most flights route through Mexico City. From the airport taxis charge around 300 pesos into the city center – there’s not much alternative to this.

    La Paz is also a short (2hr 30 minutes) bus or car ride from the resorts of Los Cabos, making it a popular day-trip.

    Because of its relatively remote location, getting here overland can be very time-consuming. First-class long-distance buses run down the Baja peninsula from Tijuana (at least 24 hours), though these can be infrequent. Car ferries from Mazatlán can save time if driving from central Mexico. See Baja Ferries.

    Can I use Uber in La Paz?

    Uber does operate in La Paz (assuming phones have roaming, and the app works), but drivers are usually reluctant to pick-up from the airport due to hostility from the airport taxi union. However, it’s possible to get an Uber back to the airport for as low as 100 pesos. Once in the city, getting an Uber should be no problem, and can be cheaper than regular taxis.

    Can I drive to La Paz?

    It is possible to drive to La Paz. Driving down from the US border is relatively straightforward, and plenty of Americans and Canadians take their own vehicles – the main highway is good, virtually empty outside the towns, and is fairly safe (though driving at night should be avoided). There are many Mexican army checkpoints along the way, but tourists are usually waved through without problems. It’s important to fill up whenever a gas station is seen however and plan accordingly. The drive from Tijuana is over 1480 km (920 miles) and takes around 21 hours non-stop – most folks break the journey into two or three days. Another plus: foreign vehicles do not need a Mexican “Temporary Importation of Vehicle Permit”, as long as they stay on the Baja peninsula.

    If renting a vehicle, it’s much easier to do this once across the Mexican border, as taking US rental vehicles into Mexico comes with all sorts of restrictions.

    waterfront promenade
    Beautiful evening on the promenade in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

    Do I need a car in La Paz?

    It is not necessary to rent a car in La Paz. It’s relatively easy and cheap to get around on foot, by bus or taxi. It can be useful to have a vehicle to explore the coastline beyond the city – to Playa Balandra and Playa Tecolote for example – but these beaches are also served by public bus and taxi/Uber. Rental cars are easily arranged through the hotel or at the rental company offices along the waterfront.

    How do I get around La Paz without a vehicle?

    Most of the center of La Paz can be explored on foot, or call an Uber or take a local taxi. There are taxi stands on the malecón (bayfront) in front of Seven Crown Hotel and next to the cathedral on the plaza. Set the fee before getting in – most trips in the city should be 50 to 80 pesos. Local buses charge a flat fare of 10 pesos but are unlikely to be needed.

    When is the best time to go to La Paz?

    La Paz beaches are at their best from November through May when there’s great weather (and whale-shark watching). La Paz experiences broiling hot summers that are best avoided – also skip Christmas and Easter, to avoid the crowds of local tourists.

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    A cactus grove in the mountains surrounding La Paz.

    What are the best beaches in La Paz?

    The best beaches of La Paz are a short ride north of the city center but are definitely worth the effort. Our favorite is Playa de Balandra (27km north of La Paz). It’s a superb option for families, featuring a sheltered, shallow bay (no more than waist deep) and warm water for swimming and snorkeling. Rent kayaks and shelter under small palapas (palm shelters) set on the beach.

    Playa de Tecolote, another 2km north from Balandra, offers fine sands and excellent snorkeling right off the beach. Unlike Balandra, this is a long, straight strip, facing Isla del Espíritu Santo and the open Sea of Cortez. There are also lots of places to eat and drink here, with a party atmosphere at weekends.

    Take the bus to both beaches from the main terminal on La Paz bayfront; it costs around 50 pesos and departs on the hour between 10 am and 5 pm (on the way back the last bus leaves the beaches around 6:30 pm). Taxis also shuttle back and forth from the beaches, though Uber is a little cheaper – around 150 pesos each way to Baladra and a little more to Tecolote. The best beach within hiking (or at least biking) distance of the city center is Playa El Coromuel (4km north of the center). It’s a small but beautiful beach with a long pier, palapas, a few places to eat, and even a giant water slide.

    Where should I stay in La Paz?

    First timers to La Paz should aim for anywhere along the waterfront malecón, close to the action and well located to enjoy the city’s celebrated sunsets. There are hotels in all price ranges here. We like the modern Seven Crown, which has a fabulous rooftop bar and chic rooms. For something special try the Posada De Las Flores. The Peace Hostel (Rangel 112), is our favorite budget option.

    What are the best things to do in La Paz?

    Other than checking out the nearby beaches, La Paz makes a good base for exploring the rich marine life in the Sea Cortez. We recommend taking a boat trip out to uninhabited Isla Espíritu Santo; snorkeling trips off the island usually encounter sea lions, dolphins, manta rays, and, depending on the time of year, fin whales – between November and March its possible to swim with whale sharks. Recommended operators include Baja Outdoor Activities, Funbaja, and the Cortez Club at La Concha Beach Resort, especially for diving.

    On land, spend some time strolling the bayside malecón, one of the most attractive in Mexico, with sensational views of the mountains across the water, especially at sunset. The city’s simple cathedral, the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Paz, lies on Plaza Jardín Velasco (aka Plaza Constitución), three blocks inland. Nearby, the Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia is the best place to learn about the region’s history.

    What are the restaurants like in La Paz?

    Eating – especially seafood –is excellent in La Paz. Cheap Mexican street food and fresh fruit juice is sold at Mercado Francisco Madero on Revolución de 1910 (at Degollado), while the popular stand known as Taquería Hermanos González (Lerdo de Tejada, at Madero) serves some of the best fried fish and shrimp tacos in Baja California. Other favorites for fish tacos and seafood include Bismark-Cito on Obregón (at Hidalgo y Costilla), and Mc-Fisher at Morelos y Pavón 965. The best place for coffee is hip contemporary café Doce Cuarenta at Madero 1240, while La Fuente (on the bayfront) serves fabulous home-made ice cream.

    What currency is used in La Paz?

    The Mexican peso (often prefixed with a “$” sign) is the currency of Mexico and La Paz – most places will not accept US dollars. Most major shops and restaurants in La Paz accept credit cards, but it is a good idea to have some peso cash on hand for bus trips and small purchases like bottled water and snacks. Most banks and ATMs are on 16 de Septiembre near the waterfront and generally give better exchange rates than casas de cambio.

    Is La Paz expensive?

    La Paz in not really expensive. Hotels are generally good value, even near the waterfront – shop around to get bargain rates. There are plenty of cheap taco shops and Mexican diners along the bay also. All beaches are open to the public and free to visit, and transportation is relatively cheap.

    Is La Paz safe?

    Yes. La Paz has generally avoided the drug violence that has affected other parts of Mexico. Take the usual precautions, especially at night, and keep valuables in room safes. Theft of personal items from beaches does happen – never leave anything of value unattended, even on seemingly empty stretches of sand.

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    Tijuana Travel Guide

    Mexico Travel Guide › Tijuana
    Updated: December 30, 2020

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    The godfather of Mexican border towns, Tijuana has been undergoing something of a renaissance in the last ten years. Cutting-edge art galleries, museums, and dynamic culinary and craft beers scenes – in addition to the old-fashioned fun and bars offered on Avenida Revolución – make this one of our favorite cities for a short-break or day-trip south of the US border.

    Millennial Arch on Avenida Revolucion
    The Millennial Arch on Avenida Revolucion.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Tijuana

    Where is Tijuana?

    Tijuana is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California, set on the Pacific Ocean and right on the border with the US state of California. Tijuana is just 20 miles (32 km) south of central San Diego, 105 km north of Ensenada and around 2780 km by road from Mexico City.

    Non-stop flights to Tijuana take 2 hours 50 minutes from Monterrey, 2 hours 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, 2 hours 55 minutes from Guadalajara, 3 hours 15 minutes from Mexico City, and 4 hours 40 minutes from Cancún.

    How big is Tijuana?

    Tijuana has a greater metro population of just over two million and covers an area of around 637 square kilometers. The city lines the US border from the Pacific coast inland for almost 30km.

    What is the history of Tijuana?

    Tijuana was officially founded in 1889 on land previously inhabited by indigenous peoples such as the Kumeyaay, and Spanish cattle ranches. It really owes its existence to the US border – the city’s founders intended to profit from cross-border trade and day-tripping Americans. The city’s first racecourse opened in 1916, and Tijuana flourished after US prohibition in 1920 turned it into a party town for alcohol-starved Americans, Al Capone among them (drinking and gambling were permitted in Tijuana). Since the 1960s the city’s economy has diversified considerably, its maquiladoras (factories) receiving a boost from NAFTA in the 1990s. Though Mexico’s drug wars have taken a heavy toll in terms of tourism since 2008, today the city is far safer, with one of the most dynamic local economies in Mexico.

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    The border fence goes directly into the ocean, with the San Diego skyline visible in the distance.

    How do I get to Tijuana?

    Tijuana Airport serves almost every major city in Mexico, though it currently hosts no international flights. From Tijuana airport, taxis charge around 250 pesos into the city – Uber drivers will charge less but are usually reluctant to pick-up (see below).

    San Diego Airport is just 34km and a short taxi ride (around US$60 on the meter) from the US-Mexican border at Tijuana, making San Diego the main entry point for visitors from the US, Canada, and Europe.

    Can I walk or drive across the US-Mexico border?

    It’s possible to walk or drive across the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, but we recommend walking across rather than driving (see below). Walk across the US-Mexico border at San Ysidro (“PedEast”), which is conveniently connected to the San Diego Trolley system (45 minutes and just US$2.50 from downtown San Diego), making day-trips possible. Leaving the US side there is no US immigration/customs check and relatively swift Mexican checks for pedestrians – there is no paperwork if going no further than Tijuana or Ensenada. Once across take a taxi (always waiting; should be US$5–6) or a 20-minute walk to Avenida Revolución, the main drag; it’s a well-signposted route via the footbridge over the Tijuana River. It’s safe during the day, but take a taxi at night. Allow more time heading back into the US, especially during morning and evening rush hours, when the wait can take several hours (there are always stringent immigration and customs checks re-entering the US, even for US citizens). The main border crossings are open 24 hours. Don’t forget a passport!

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    The San Ysidro border crossing station between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, United States is one of the busiest in the world.

    Can I use Uber in Tijuana?

    Uber does operate in Tijuana (assuming phones have roaming, and the app works), but drivers are usually reluctant to pick-up from Tijuana Airport due to hostility from the airport taxi union. However, an Uber can be taken back to the airport. Once in the city, getting an Uber should be no problem, and can be cheaper than regular taxis.

    Can I take Uber across the US-Mexico border?

    It’s generally not possible to take an Uber all the way from the US side to the Mexico side, though some drivers may agree to make the trip (it’s definitely not permitted to take an Uber from Tijuana to the US side). Instead, just take an Uber to the border, walk across, and order another one on the other side. Heading to the more central “Zona Río” section of Tijuana, it can be much faster (but not cheaper) to take an Uber to the pedestrian sky bridge dubbed Cross-Border Xpress or “CBX” that crosses the US-Mexico border at Tijuana Airport. Walk across (it costs US$16) and then order an Uber on the other side outside the passenger terminal – crossing here is much faster than at San Ysidro.

    Can I drive to Tijuana?

    It’s possible to drive to Tijuana, but it’s not recommended if only going to Tijuana. Driving across the border (and especially back into the US) can take several hours thanks to comprehensive customs checks, and once in Tijuana the roads can be congested and confusing to navigate. Try leaving the car at Border Station Parking, 4570 Camino de la Plaza (Mon–Thurs US$9 per 10 hours; Fri–Sun US$18 per 10 hours) in San Ysidro, and just walk across the border.

    Tijuana is just 20 miles (32 km) south of central San Diego, 130 miles south of Los Angeles, 360 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, and 500 miles south of San Francisco.

    Pedestrians walking near Plaza Santa Cecilia
    Pedestrians walking near Plaza Santa Cecilia, a historic Mexican square in the heart of the city.

    Do I need a car in Tijuana?

    It’s relatively easy and cheap to get around Tijuana by bus or taxi so a car is not necessary. It can be useful to have a vehicle to explore the coastline beyond the city – to Rosario and Ensenada for example – but these are also well-served by bus. Driving rental cars is not a great idea as these are sometimes targeted by thieves, and getting into even a minor road accident can result in protracted encounters with non-English speaking police.

    How do I get around Tijuana without a vehicle?

    It’s easy to explore the Zona Centro in Tijuana on foot, but to go any further (to the Zona Río, for example), take taxis or buses – buses are cheap but taxis are much more convenient in Tijuana, and much safer at night. Yellow taxis (“taxi económico”) don’t use meters and follow a fixed-rate fare system, while “taxis libres” (white color) use meters – to be avoid being overcharged, try to use taxi libres (always insist drivers turn on the meter). Fares within central Tijuana shouldn’t be more than 100 pesos. Uber charges slightly cheaper rates. Shared taxis (“colectivos” or “taxi de ruta”) are even cheaper, but not recommended for first-time visitors (or non-Spanish speakers).

    When is the best time to go to Tijuana?

    The summer months (June to October) are warm and dry, and are generally the best times to visit, though as a big city Tijuana is essentially an all-year destination. Winter is usually cooler, slightly wetter, and cloudier. It’s best to avoid Christmas and Easter when locals and domestic tourists fill the streets.

    Where should I stay in Tijuana?

    First-timers to Tijuana should aim for the “Zona Centro” anchored by Avenida Revolución, the main tourist drag. The city’s modern downtown, known as the Zona Río, has less character and less choice when it comes to hotels. The motels on the outskirts are only an option if driving a car. We recommend the centrally located Hotel Ticuán and Alou Hotel Boutique, or the Lucerna if preference is for the Zona Río.

    Centro Cultural Tijuana
    The iconic dome of the Centro Cultural Tijuana which features art, an IMAX theater, a botanical garden, and an aquarium.

    What are the best things to do in Tijuana?

    The heart of Tijuana is Avenida Revolución, aka La Revo, the celebrated main tourist street. It’s lined with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Stroll the busiest stretch from the Monumental Arch at Plaza Santa Cecilia south for eight blocks or so to take in the scene, including Tijuana’s “famous” donkeys – painted to look like zebras. Here also is Caesar’s, where Caesar Cardini supposedly invented Caesar salad in 1924 (still prepared tableside).

    A few kilometers to the east, the Zona Río is home to gourmet restaurants, clubs, and modern buildings, as well as the city’s colorful traditional market, Mercado Hidalgo. Also here is the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), housing theaters, art exhibitions, and an IMAX movie theater known as “La Bola”. It also contains the Museo de las Californias, a museum that charts the history of Baja California. Guided tours are a great way to learn about the city for first-time visitors – we recommend Tijuana Walking Tour, especially the taco tours. Locally-operated Turista Libre is another favorite.

    What are the restaurants like in Tijuana?

    The restaurants in Tijuana are extremely varied, ranging from classic Mexican street food to some of the best gourmet restaurants in the country. Tijuana is famed nationally for its taco stalls; “Tacos Las 24 Hours”, a tiny no-frills (and unmarked) stand at Niños Héroes 588; Tacos Salceados (Ermita Nte 30-A), which knocks out the best carne asada (grilled steak) tacos in the city; and sit down restaurant Tacos El Franc (Gral Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada 9257).

    Over in the Zona Río is the highly acclaimed food court Telefonica Gastro Park, as well as posh Mexican restaurants such as La Diferencia, Chef Miguel Guerrero’s La Querencía, and Misión 19, celebrity chef Javier Plascencia’s showcase for “Baja Med” cuisine (Mexican-Mediterranean fusion).

    What is the nightlife like in Tijuana?

    Avenida Revolución is the traditional hub of Tijuana’s legendary nightlife, with “La Sexta” (Calle 6, just off Revolución, aka Flores Magón) home to hip jukebox bar El Dandy Del Sur (no. 2030) and mescal specialist La Mezcalera (no. 8267). A few minutes’ south of La Revo by taxi lies Cervecería Tijuana (Fundadores 2951), one of the city’s acclaimed microbreweries with an excellent on-site tap house. Tijuana has experienced a boom in craft brewing in the last two decades, with Plaza Fiesta (a collection of bars and restaurants conveniently located in the same open mall) at Paseo de los Héroes 1001 in the Zona Río a good place to start for aficionados.

    Look out also for Cervecería Insurgente, which has taproom on Revolución (no. 933), and nearby Mamut Brewery, around the corner at Carrillo Puerto y o Tercera 8161. Highly-recommended Norte Brewing is at Salvador Díaz Mirón 8178, also off Revolución.

    Tijuana welcome sign
    Welcome to Downtown Tijuana.

    What currency is used in Tijuana?

    The Mexican peso (often prefixed with a “$” sign) is the currency of Mexico and Tijuana – though most places will accept US dollars a better rate of exchange (and therefore cheaper deals) are in pesos. Most major shops and restaurants in Tijuana accept credit cards, but it is a good idea to have some peso cash on hand for entry fees and small purchases like bottled water and snacks. ATMs are easy to find in Tijuana, on and just off Revolución (especially Av Constitución, running parallel one block west).

    Is Tijuana expensive?

    It’s easy to visit Tijuana on a modest budget. Unless it’s a public holiday, hotels are relatively good value, museums are free or charge nominal fees, and most restaurants are cheap – a filling meal of street tacos costs just a handful of dollars.

    Is Tijuana safe?

    Tijuana is safe for tourists – Revolución and the Zona Río are well policed night and day. Tijuana is a big city, and does suffer from crime, some of it drug-related – take the usual precautions, especially at night (get hotels and restaurants to order taxis), and keep valuables in room safes.

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    Where to Go in Mexico

    Mexico Travel Guide › Mexico Best Destinations
    Updated: December 30, 2020

    The 11 Best Places To Visit in Mexico

    1. Mexico City

    Best places to visit in Mexico: Mexico City

    Mexico City is a world class destination, a vibrant metropolis teaming with humanity. There is a rich and varied cultural scene, with 185 museums, 9 archaeological sites and 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites, plus fabulous food from fine dining restaurants to abundant street food. There is something for absolutely every kind of traveler.

    2. Guadalajara

    Best places to visit in Mexico: Guadalajara, Jalisco.

    Guadalajara is Mexico’s second biggest city, and the capital of the state of Jalisco. A less frenetic metropolis than Mexico City, it’s full of tree-lined boulevards, and home to both the Mexican institutions of mariachi music and tequilla.

    3. San Miguel de Allende

    Best places to visit in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende

    Located in Mexico’s central highlands, San Miguel de Allende is known for its thriving arts scene and cultural festivals, gastronomy, and baroque architecture. Once known for catering mostly to backpackers and budget travelers, the city now features many luxury and boutique hotels and high-end shopping, with a plethora of quaint bougainvillea filled alleyways to explore.

    4. Los Cabos

    cabo beach bay

    Situated at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is the coastal area encompassing the two popular resort destinations of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The beautiful waters and beaches offer a variety of water sport adventures and marine life, and the surrounding dessert more natural wonders to explore. There’s a pervasive party atmosphere spread out across endless bars and night clubs. Despite its natural beauty, the area is built up with look-alike resorts and all-inclusive hotels, large chain stores and restaurants.

    5. Puerto Vallarta

    Puerto Vallarta waterfront

    Surrounded by lush mountains and stretching around the beautiful Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular coastal destinations. The malecón promenade runs along the beach downtown, with loads of waterfront restaurants and bars, and a collection of iconic sculptures. Puerto Vallarta is also popular with families and LGBTQ travelers. There are a number of smaller resort towns both north (Punta de Mita, Sayulita, San Francisco) and south (Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlan, Yelapa) of PV.

    6. Zihuatanejo

    Ixtapa Zihuatanejo beach bay

    Zihuatanejo is a small resort area on the coast of the state of Guerrero, north of Acapulco. The city is slow and quiet but becomes quite touristy when cruise ships are in town. There are narrow cobblestone streets with small restaurants, boutiques and artisan studios, and a romantic waterfront sidewalk. Nearby Ixtapa is also attractive but has larger resorts and less of a local vibe.

    7. Oaxaca

    Oaxaca City street

    Oaxaca City is the gastronomic capitol of Mexico, also known for it’s architecture and natural beauty. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Handicrafts, ceramics, and rugs are popular with visitors.

    8. Merida

    folkloric dancers

    Merida is the quiet capital of the state of Yucatan, with a large Mayan population and robust cultural scene. There’s lots to see in the city and plenty of pleasant day trips to ancient ruins and natural beauty in the surrounding area.

    9. Tulum

    tulum beach sand

    Tulum is a small city on Yucatan’s Caribbean coast, known for its amazing beaches and well preserved Mayan ruins on a cliffside above the beach. A hip scene full of boutique shopping, small luxury hotels, and fusion cuisine blending modern techniques with traditional Mexican ingredients. Yoga, bike riding, and visits to cenotes in the surrounding jungle are popular activities, as are large electronic dance music festivals.

    10. Isla Mujeres

    Best places to visit in Mexico: Isla Mujeres

    Isla Mujeres is a small Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea off the Yucatan Coast near Cancun. It’s known for beaches, resort hotels, snorkeling, and scuba diving on the surrounding coral reefs. Golf carts are the main form of transportation around the island – which gives a pretty good approximation of the relaxed vibe on the island.

    11. Cancun

    Best places to visit in Mexico: Cancun, Yucatan.

    Cancun is known for its gorgeous powdery white sand beaches, large luxury resorts, and nightlife. A major tourist destination for decades, the city is divided into the Zona Hoteleria along the beach and Cancun Centro (the city) inland that has more local flavor and flare. Golf, shopping, and day trips to surrounding cenotes, water parks, and cultural sites are easily accomplished.

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    Tulum Family Hotels

    MexicoTulum › Tulum Kid-Friendly Hotels
    Updated: December 29, 2020

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    Tulum Family Hotels – Tips & Info

    Tulum with Kids – The Best Hotels on the Tulum Beach

    • Tulum is a good year-round destination but the best months to visit are from December to April.
    • A note about Tulum hotels: Tulum’s hotels are simple and laid back. Don’t be expecting luxury amenities even if the price suggests that that’s what you’re getting. Service is on “Mexican Time” and might leave you disappointed if you’re expecting the sharp service of Cancun’s best resorts. That said, Tulum is my favorite beach spot in the Yucatan (and has way better restaurants than Cancun or Playa del Carmen). Just be prepared for laid back, relaxed, and easy-going service and hotel staff.

    The 14 Best Hotels for Families in Tulum, Mexico

    • Click the hotel name to check prices on Booking.com – my favorite website for booking hotels. Book 6 to 8 months in advance for the best rooms and rates.

    1. Cabañas La Luna

    Tulum Family Hotels: Cabanas Luna

    Rustic boutique hotel with spacious, family-friendly suites and a fantastic Mexican-Mediterranean fusion restaurant on a wide stretch of white sand beach. Spacious rooms offer up to 2 bedrooms and sleep 4 to 6 guests, while the villa features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a private pool.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 146 7737Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    2. Sueños Tulum

    Tulum Family Hotels: Suenos

    Located near the far end of the beach road. It’s quieter here but you can still walk to a few restaurants. Presidential suite is luxurious and perfect for family of 4. Small pool just back from the beach.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 119 3484Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    3. Jashita Tulum Hotel

    Tulum Family Hotels: Jashita

    Boutique, luxury hotel with 3 pools, beachfront service, and an exceptional restaurant. Their 2-bedroom Jasmine Penthouse sleeps up to 4 with 2 king beds, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor jacuzzi, ocean view terrace, and exclusive access to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. Located on an absolutely stunning, semi-private beach in Soliman Bay, about 10 km north of the Tulum ruins.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 875 4158Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    4. Alaya Tulum by Ahau

    Tulum Family Hotels: Alaya

    A beachfront hotel that is beautifully decorated and centrally located. Family villa has 2 bunkbeds and a queen bed (in separate rooms). Beach here is beautiful. Good restaurants nearby.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 159 1696Hotel website Check prices on Booking.com

    5. Una Vida Tulum

    Tulum Family Hotels: Una Vida

    Luxury, all-villa hotel in the Pueblo offering 1 to 3-bedroom suites sleeping 4 to 8, all with stocked kitchenettes and outdoor showers, some with outdoor bathtubs. Facilities and amenities include a gorgeous pool, in-room yoga and massage, free bicycles, and a cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant. Private dinners and tequila and mezcal tastings are available on request.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 240 5231Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    6. El Pez Hotel

    Tulum Family Hotels: El Pez

    Luxury hotel with a pool, an excellent bar and restaurant, a shared kitchen area for guest use, and great family suites on a small beach in a quiet bay. Most suites are 1-bedroom and sleep up to 4 with a king-sized bed, a sofa bed, and a private pool; 1 bedroom suites can connect to make 3-bedroom suites.The beach here is rocky, more popular for sunset viewing and fishing than for swimming, but guests of El Pez have access to the beach and playground at their sister property La Zebra.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 116 3357Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    7. Las Palmas Maya

    Tulum Family Hotels: Las Palmas Maya

    The best budget hotel in the beach zone, offering air-conditioned, open-plan family suites with 2 king beds and 1 sofa bed or 1 king and 1 queen, sleeping up to 5 guests. Their tiny restaurant serves breakfast until 3:00 p.m., plus they have a large communal kitchen for guests’ use. The hotel is on the jungle side of the road, a 30-second walk to the beach with free beach access at partner beach clubs.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 214 8914Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    8. Coco Village

    Tulum Family Hotels: Coco Village

    Amazing, condo-style, boutique hotel with spacious 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers. There is a shared pool in the garden area, and guest have free access to the famous beach club at their sister property Coco Tulum. Located in the Pueblo (downtown), within walking or biking distance to several of Tulum’s best restaurants.
    Hotel phone: +55 4169 2072Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    9. La Zebra Hotel

    Tulum Family Hotels: La Zebra

    Beach-chic, luxury hotel on a wide stretch of white, sandy beach with a rooftop infinity pool, playground, and free, weekly salsa dancing lessons. All open-plan suites are designed for 4 with a king-sized bed and a double twin trundle bed, a dual shower, and dual vanities; many suites include private plunge pools. Amazing food and drinks, a small spa, and friendly, attentive service round out the experience here.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 115 4726Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    10. Villas Geminis Boutique Condo Hotel

    Tulum Family Hotels: Village Geminis

    Affordable, upscale, pet-friendly studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom condos, most with full kitchens, some with outdoor soaking tubs. This gated hotel in the Pueblo offers a pool, garden, free bicycles, complimentary breakfasts, and discounts at nearby beach clubs. The hotel partners with a Mayan collective to arrange jungle retreats with Mayan healing rituals, cooking classes, tours of Sian Ka’an, and more.
    Hotel phone: +52 1 984 115 4726Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    11. Villa Las Estrellas

    Tulum Family Hotels: Villa Las Estrellas

    Rooms and suites are large, great for families, and steps from the sea. Centrally located on the beach road and an easy walk to several restaurants.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 879 0772Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    12. Zamas

    Tulum Family Hotels: Zamas

    Large bungalows sleep a family of 5. Great location (closer to town than most hotels) with restaurants and ice cream shop steps away. The beach here is not great but it’s an easy bike ride to great sand.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 145 2602Hotel websiteCheck prices on Booking.com

    13. Naay Boutique Hotel

    Naay Boutique Hotel in Tulum

    Stylish boutique hotel in the brand new Aldea Zama neighborhood, halfway between the Pueblo and the beach. Spacious 1 and 2-bedroom suites sleep up to 6 guests. The main highlight is the hotel’s rooftop, which boasts an infinity pool, kids’ pool, infinity jacuzzi, and an outstanding bar and restaurant with jungle sunset views.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 231 1241Hotel website Check prices on Booking.com

    14. Posada Yum Kin Hotel

    Tulum Family Hotels: Posada Yum Kin

    Affordable, all-suite hotel in the Pueblo with a pool, jacuzzi, massage room, and rooftop yoga. Suites range from studios up to 2-bedroom units, and all but 2 of these have a kitchenette or a full kitchen. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and though there is no restaurant onsite, the hotel can organize onsite lunches and dinners on request.
    Hotel phone: +52 984 160 0096Hotel website Check prices on Booking.com

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