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Search for Mexico travel ideas on the Internet and you’ll feel like you are drinking from a fire hose. Some 40 million people visit the country in a year and half them seemed to have posted advice on social media or written articles about the country. Then you’ve got a million or so expats who are living in Mexico like I am and are sharing their life experience. (Find this blog’s Mexico articles here.)
I’ve sifted through most of the Mexico travel websites at one time or another since I first started traveling to the country in 2002. At one point I wrote a whole long chapter with traveler advice in the book Traveler’s Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America. Alas, that book is now out of print.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive set of useful Mexico travel websites though, ones that will set you up with info and keep you posted on what’s going on in the Mexican news as well.
For news, the best resource in English is Mexico News Daily. You can only read a certain number of articles a month unless you pay for a subscription, but it’s quite reasonable if you really need to dive into the archives. Sign up for their free newsletter to get the headlines a couple times a week.
The official Mexico tourism site is www.visitmexico.com, with links to official sites for state and city tourism organizations. I’m not sure how well this is being maintained now though since the government dissolved their whole tourism board and cut funding for promotion. (Remove gun from holster, aim at foot, fire.)
The People’s Guide to Mexico website and blog is an extension of the irreverent and highly recommended book of the same name. Pick that up at Amazon here. It’s well worth the investment. Don’t worry about the copyright date as long as you have the latest edition. Most of the info is evergreen.
Mexico Connect (www.mexconnect.com) has been online since 1996. It is probably the most thorough resource on the Internet for info about traveling or living in Mexico. It used to have a subscription charge, but it looks like they’ve traded that in for the more common advertising-based model,
MEXonline (www.mexonline.com) claims to be the oldest guide to the country. There aren’t a whole lot of new articles going up, but they’ve got great evergreen content and links, like info on every border crossing between that country and the USA.
Mexico Mike was one of the first web guides to the country but I’m not sure it’s still being maintained. There’s no about page or even a navigation menu and there aren’t any social media links. Still it has some good articles on traveling in Mexico and living there as an expat.
Moving to Mexico? Try Mexperience. It’s one of the few on this list that has a website design that doesn’t look like it was built in the 1990s. It has a tremendous number of articles that will answer most any question you may have, written by people who know what they’re talking about.
If you suddenly get rich or someone else is paying, check out the high-end tour stories and upscale hotels at Luxury Latin America Mexico.
These will all lead you to a hundred other links to keep you occupied for weeks. Each individual city or state has its own batch of English websites, some sucky, some great, so you have to nose around a bit.
The more foreigners there are traveling and living there, the more likely you are to find good Mexico travel websites in English. There are at least four useful ones for the Merida area alone, for example:
Yucatan Travel (government site in English)
Have a useful Mexico website you’ve bookmarked and used? Add it to the comments below!