The Top 3 Cities To Visit In Mexico

Just like the United States and Canada, Mexico is a large and expansive country—offering vacationers many different options in weather, terrain, cuisine, culture, and more. While many of the coastal towns are popular cruise ship ports and tropical vacation destinations, there are a few inland cities that are gaining some serious attention. Below are the top 3 cities to visit in Mexico.

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San Miguel de Allende

Every year Travel and Leisure Magazine readers rate the top cities in the world to travel to, rating each city with sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. For the second year in a row, San Miguel de Allende tops the list! Readers include the colorful architecture, modern village feel, cobblestone streets, jewelry, art, and an impressive selection of international and regional cuisine as some of the reasons why they love San Miguel. Fly from your hometown into Guanajuato and drive the hour and a half to San Miguel. If you have the time, spend a day or two in Guanajuato and stop at a place or two on your way to and from town.

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Oaxaca City

What may come as a shock to some is that none of Mexico’s most popular coastal cities made the top 15, not even fan favorite Puerto Vallarta! Coming in at second place is the capital city of Oaxaca, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Here you can enjoy both beaches and mountains. One of the unique things about this city’s authentic Spanish Colonial architecture is that many buildings are made from green volcanic stone. As the capital city, the town is rich in culture and history and always has something fun going on.

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Mexico City

With over 12 million people Mexico City is a proper and modern city—also the national capital of Mexico. No, you won’t find the charming cobblestone many tourist towns are known for, but you will enjoy a nice mix of both modern and historic Spanish Colonial and Baroque architecture. Considered the New York of Mexico, everything you can do in any major city in the world can be found here. Although a major metropolis there are still plenty of options to enjoy authentic culture, art, cuisine, music, and more.

If you crave culture when you travel add the top 3 inland cities in Mexico to your list. Cities like Mérida and Guadalajara also made the 2018 list of top travel destinations in Mexico.

Why San Miguel de Allende Is One Of The Best Vacation Spots In Mexico

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Mexican vacation? Swimming in the ocean? Lounging on the beach while drinking margaritas? While that is certainly one way you can spend your vacation, Mexico has some fantastic vacation locations that don’t border the beach. Here are just a few reasons why San Miguel de Allende was voted by Travel + Leisure as #1 in the 2017 Top 15 Cities in the World Awards!

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The Perfect Balance

San Miguel has the comfy Bed and Breakfasts, 5-star resort hotels, and boutique hotels that you crave during a luxury getaway—but not for one second will you forget that you are in a city rich in culture and history. The streets are lined with shops selling art and handcrafted goods, live music can be found any day of the week, and the food is beyond compare.  While there are restaurants and cafes that feature the cuisines of the world, you are never more than a few steps away from a restaurant serving authentic Mexican food. From Cochinita Pibl (a local slow-cooked pork), to Oaxacan Black Mole, street tacos you will never forget, homemade Mexican ice cream, gourmet Mexican chocolate—and of course tequila, margaritas, and Mexican spirits.

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The Architecture Will Take Your Breath Away

The combination of 18th century Spanish Colonial architecture, domes, columns, courtyards, cobblestone streets, and the colorful buildings—there is simply nothing that compares to this quaint town. Los Monjas dome, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church and even the everyday homes and buildings are stunning. Don’t forget to check out the pyramid at Cañada De La Virgen.

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Nature Is Everywhere You Look

It’s clear the maintaining the local foliage is a priority. From trees that line many of the streets, to the tropical flowers and plants found in every courtyard, and the fresh cut flowers at the local markets. To really immerse yourself in nature, head to El Charco del Ingenio Jardín Botánico—San Miguel’s botanical gardens. Home to over 500 species of flora, 156 species of birds, 110 species of butterflies, 18 species of reptiles, and more!

These are just a few of the reasons why the central city of San Miguel de Allende has quickly become one of the hottest travel destinations in the world!