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Find Mexico Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Mexico.

About Mexico

After independence, New Spain chose to be named after its capital, Mexico City.


Countries neighbouring Mexico are: Belize, Guatemala and America; or rather, the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Map of Mexico

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Mexico City

Founded in 1524, on top of the ancient Aztec capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the point of entry for most international visitors, unless they're going straight to Cancun or travelling overland.

Accommodation in Mexico City

Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel: Mexico City, Mexico.
Aeropuerto International.

Official Website:
Hilton Mexico City Airport.

The Hilton Mexico City Airport is located inside the airport terminal at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport, on the third level of the gate F1 in the International arrivals area.

Dining options include the on-site restaurant and a bar.

Cities in Mexico

Acapulco, Cancun, Chetumal, Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Isla Mujeres, Leon, Loreto, Mazatlan, Merida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, San Cristobal de las Casas, San Miguel de Allende, Tijuana, Tulum, Veracruz.

Getting To and Around Mexico City

Mexico City by Bus

Mexico City has four long-distance bus terminals, depending on which direction you're travelling.

North - Terminal Norte

Located at Avenida de los Cien Metros, this is Mexico's largest bus station and deals with most buses coming from the US/Mexico border.

There are also services to the Pacific Coast, as far south as Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta; the Gulf Coast, as far south as Tampico and Veracruz; and to the cities of Colima, Durango, Guadalajara, Morelia, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas.

Buses also leave here for the pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacan and Tula.

East - Terminal Oriente

Also known as TAPO, buses from here travel to Amecameca, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Cristobal de las Casas, Veracruz, Xalapa and the Yucatan Peninsula.

South - Terminal Sur

Also known as Terminal Tasquena, the bus station is located at Av. Taxquena 1320 (next to the Taxquena Metro stop - last stop on Line 2).

Buses from here go to Acapulco, Cuernavaca, Taxco and Zihuatanejo.

West - Terminal Poniente

Located at Sur 122 and Tacubaya (next to the Observatorio Metro station), this is the smallest terminal and serves the route between Mexico City and Toluca.

Buses also go to Acapulco, Colima, Guadalajara, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Ixtapan de la Sal, Morelia, Queretaro, Uruapan and Valle de Bravo; although Terminal Norte is a better choice for some of these.

Mayan Riviera

The Sandos Caracol Eco Beach Resort sits on the exclusive Mayan Riviera in Mexico, ten minutes away from the charming village of Playa del Carmen.

This all-inclusive beach resort is in a naturally beautiful area at the edge of an exotic jungle surrounded by mangroves and natural lagoons making it the ideal destination for taking things easy.


Cancun is located south-west of Miami, west of Cuba and south-east of Mexico City.

The International airport is close to the hotel zone, along the beach, and the downtown area, where you'll find the local markets and bus station; for exploring more of Mexico.

The best restaurant in Cancun, for sea food and Yucatecan specialities, is Habichuela. This restaurant is somehow hidden behind Parque las Palapas but as it's been open a long time, all taxi drivers can drive you to the place.

Meta-Travel Members By Discovery Cancun.

In the last 20 years the city of Cancun has gone from a small jungle village to one of the world's best-known holiday resorts.

Cancun Guide:
Comprehensive guide to Cancun with useful information to help you plan your Cancun vacation.

Caribbean Princess:
Located in Cancun, the Caribbean Princess has 84 rooms. Meal plan and all inclusive packages, honeymooners welcome.

Travel Yucatan:
The Yucatan Peninsula is divided into the states of Quintanna Roo, Yucatan and Campeche. From coral reefs and sandy beaches to ancient ruins and Mexican culture, there's something for everyone in Yucatan.

Visit Cancun:
Comprehensive travel information about Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Mayan Riviera and Costa May.


Isla Bicycleta is the only bike rental business on the island of Cozumel offering high quality, nearly new, bikes; including mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and road bikes.

Escape to Cozumel: by Emma Beyn
Just off the coast of Mexico's Riviera Maya lies the small island of Cozumel, a Caribbean gem of an island.

TechsMex Divers:
If you're looking for a dive and stay package in Cozumel, Oliver and Janie Robertson also offer accommodation for divers at their Las Lunas Inn, on 40th Avenida Norte.

Cozumel Accommodation

Las Lunas Inn:
Simple, clean and affordable Cozumel lodging; ideal for travellers, adventurers and divers who like to relax in a tropical garden.


Acapulco Destination Guide:
If you love swimming, shopping and an exciting nightlife, then Acapulco could well be the ideal holiday destination for you.

Acapulco Links:
We moved the Acapulco links over to our Acapulco City Guide section. See you there!

Los Cabos

One of the oldest settlements in Baja California, San Jose was founded in 1730 as a Jesuit Mission.

The ten block 'historic district', in central San Jose, still retains its colonial atmosphere to this day.

Some of the best restaurant values can be found in the small town of San Jose del Cabo - with world class chefs starting their own small restaurants: El Chilar, La Dolce Vita, Chiantis and Baan Thai.

Cabo Good Times:
Phil Koehn's multi-faceted guide to the good times in Los Cabos, Baja, Mexico.

Accommodation in Los Cabos

Dreams Golf Resort and Spa: Los Cabos, Mexico.
Km. 18.5 Carretera Transpeninsular.

Official Website:
Dreams Los Cabos.

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa is a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort located in the Corridor section of Los Cabos.

The open-air hacienda-style architecture offers spacious luxury suites in varying sizes, all with ocean views from private and furnished terraces.

The all-inclusive plan covers all meals, snacks, beverages, activities, entertainment, taxes, and gratuities. No wristbands are required.

Resort amenities: three swimming pools (two with swim-up bars), sandy beach, full-service spa and fitness centre, four gourmet a-la-carte restaurants, two snack bars, 24-hour room service, kids club, concierge, laundry service, and gift shop.

Dining options include El Patio, specialising in daily theme buffet nights; Seaside Grill, serving lunch, drinks, and dinner by the pool and beach; Himitsu, specialising in a fusion of pan-Asian and hibachi delicacies; Oceana, a-la-carte seafood served in a quiet romantic seaside setting; and Portofino, serving a-la-carte Mediterranean and Italian cuisine.

Drinks are also served at a lobby bar featuring an outdoor fire pit.

El Encanto Inn:
A romantic colonial hacienda-style inn, close to San Jose del Cabo's beaches, restaurants and galleries. 19 rooms and 12 newly appointed poolside suites.


Unlike other holiday destinations that were developed strictly to lure tourists, Mazatlan is first and foremost a flourishing Mexican seaport. Here the visitor will experience Mexico's rich cultural heritage and traditions.

Meta-Travel Members By GoMazatlan.

Mazatlan Attractions:
Mazatlan is an ideal, affordable vacation choice for the family as it offers something for everyone: fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking, bird-watching, golf, tennis, horseback riding, great dining and nightlife, shopping, music and entertainment.

Mazatlan Travel Guide:
Mazatan has ten miles of sandy beaches, and is visited by more than a million outsiders a year.

Travel to Mazatlan:
Nadine and Henry have made Mazatlan their home and have a lot of information on their site for travellers wishing to visit this part of Mexico.

In the heart of the Golden Zone, Mazatlan's hotels elegantly complement the excellent Pacific Ocean beaches. A variety of resorts and hotels in to suit everyone's needs - from newlyweds to families.


General information and travel tips for the state of Oaxaca.

Mexican Festivals

Festivals in Mexico:
It seems like there's always a feast or a festival in Mexico. Find out when and where the major holidays occur.

Mexico Travel

Learn more about the Mexican culture before you go to Mexico.

Mexico Desconocido:
Discover more about Mexico with this excellent resource.

San Miguel de Allende

As it's located in the mountainous region of central Mexico, visitors to San Miguel de Allende are advised to bring a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and even some warm clothing in the warmer months of March to May, as the night time temperatures can be chilly.

The rainy season runs from June to October but don't let that put you off. The air is cooler when the rains come and the desert starts to flower.

This magnificent city is a famous art and crafts colony, a shoppers delight, with treasures from all over Mexico. There is also a golf course, tennis courts and mineral baths nearby.

Colonial San Miguel:
Nothing can replace actually walking down the narrow cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, but here's a little virtual tour to set the scene.

Getting to San Miguel:
San Miguel de Allende is about 4 hours by bus from Mexico City, although the nearest international airport is the Aeropuerto del Bajio (BJX) -- about 70 miles away and served by Aeromexico, Mexicana, Continental and American Airlines.

Insiders Guide to San Miguel:
Collection of essays and writings about life in San Miguel de Allende.

Portal San Miguel:
Dedicated to serving the needs and interests of tourists and residents of San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel Artists:
Find artists, art schools, instructors and galleries or use the calendar to learn about upcoming shows and other community events in San Miguel.

Where to Stay in San Miguel

Casa de la Cuesta:
Enjoy the warmth of traditional Mexican colonial architecture, comfortable and quiet bedroom suites each with access to outdoor living areas and patios, plus a uniquely personal environment created by Casa de la Cuesta's fine collection of Mexican folk art, crafts and antiques.

Casa de Liza:
A 17th century colonial estate located in the historical centre of San Miguel de Allende; overlooking the ancient park-like grounds of El Chorro, the natural spring around which San Miguel was founded.

Casa Diana:
Casa Diana is located in a house designed by
Pedro Friedeberg, the last of the Surrealist artists. Enjoy some of the best views of San Miguel de Allende's famous sunsets as well as an art gallery and a day spa.

Casa Quetzal:
Considered a luxury boutique hotel, the Casa Quetzal's theme-based, gracefully furnished suites have their own living and dining room with kitchenette.

Hotel Rincon del Cielo:
The Hotel has 16 suites, with cable television in all rooms. Some of the accommodations include amenities such as Jacuzzi, fireplace and a sitting area.


Merida is a cosmopolitan city that retains its colonial air and majesty of its buildings with a marked French influence, from the beginning of the last century.

Places of note include La Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the Government Palace, the Santa Isabel Chapel and Santa Ana, Santa Lucia and Santiago parks.

An hour and a half away, the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve offers a natural exhibition that shows off thousands of pink flamingos; an important wintering site on the Gulf of Mexico, for birds travelling within the central migratory bird flyway.

Gobierno del Estado de Yucatan:
The official website of the Yucatan State Government.

Hacienda Santa Cruz:
Just twenty minutes from Merida, Hacienda Santa Cruz provides spacious living quarters, a dining room with a 35-foot ceiling, a deep and peaceful swimming pool, a restored chapel, and extensive grounds to wander and watch the wildlife.

Yucatan Living:
Expatriates living, working and playing in Merida and the Yucatan.

Yucatan Today:
Travel and tourist guide for Merida, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula; where you'll find Spanish colonial
cities and cathedrals, Mayan ruins, haciendas, exotic birds, caves, cenotes and beautiful beaches.


Merida English Library:
The 'Friday Get Togethers' happen on the first Friday of every month. On even numbered months you meet at the Merida English Library (February, April, June, August, October and December), while on the odd numbered months it's generally at the 'La Hach' bar; in the Fiesta Americana Hotel.

Turismo Merida:
The official tourist presentation from the Merida Government.

Accommodation in Merida

Fiesta Americana Hotel: Merida, Mexico.
Av Colon 451 Paseo de Montejo

Official Website:
Fiesta Americana Merida.

The Fiesta Americana Merida has a privileged location in the beautiful 'White City' where two of the most important avenues in Merida meet: The Colon and the Paseo Montejo.

This belle epoque-style, five-star hotel offers 350 large and comfortable rooms.

The building's architecture combines the Porfiria style with the highest technology in hotel services, making this one of the best hotels in the country, and without a doubt, the host of Merida.

All the rooms are located off a large, elegant lobby.

Facilities include a shopping centre, two restaurants, bar, pool, tennis court, and a health club with saunas, steam room (men only), whirlpool, and massage.

Mexico Tours

Absolute Adventures' Shark Diver:
Discover the wild world of Great White Shark cage diving in the U.S. and Mexico. The ultimate White Shark dive adventure is closer than you think.

Harley Davidson Tours:
Motorcycle tours along the Mayan Riviera, Mexico's popular tourist corridor, including the beach towns of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Illuminado Tours:
Fun, safe and relaxing tours of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mayan ancient wisdom, Chichen Itza, day and custom tours available. Based in Merida.

Mexico Vacations:
Compare and save on Mexico vacations, all inclusive packages and travel services.

Mexico Adventures

Cavern Diving in Mexico:
Located in Playa del Carmen, Cavern Team specialises in guided dives in the Riviera Maya's cenotes - underground rivers that form the largest interconnected cave and cavern system in the world.

Great White Sharks in Mexico:
November usually brings to mind visions of Thanksgiving, voting ballots and recovering from Halloween candy. However, in the world of Great White sharks, November is their Spring Break.

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