Posts on Mexico by Kyle the Vagabond:
It’s no secret that everybody loves Mexico. While many view it as as a carefree party destination, there is much more to Mexico than the stereotypical booze, beaches, and burritos, however.
While Mexico offers its fair share of party-packed resort destinations, countless natural splendors lay scattered about the country for those taking the time to look for them. Ancient Aztec ruins, breathtaking canyons, wildlife-rich parks, world class surf zones, and a diverse underwater world all contribute to the adventure that is Mexico.
Editors note: The northern border cities have experienced a sharp increase in narco-fueled violence in recent times, and basic common sense and caution should be observed when visiting these areas.
Peso; Exchange Rate: $1 = 12.67 pesos (August 6, 2010) For currency conversion info visit xe.com
When to Go:
With such an expansive nation, there is hardly a bad time to visit Mexico. Southern Mexico is warm year round, with June-September being hot and wet. Most of Mexico’s coast sizzles with intense heat over 100 F during the summer months, and still retains warm days throughout the winter. Winters on the northern coasts and along the border can actually get a little chilly, with snow possible in the rarest of situations. Inland the climate is more temperate as it is regulated by altitude.
The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:
1. Kayak Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja Norte
Set on the Sea of Cortez and protected by offshore islands, this sleepy fishing village with calm morning waters takes the term ‘slow pace’ to a whole new level. The beer and fish tacos in town are a plus too. Best place to stay: Camp Dagget
2. Surf Scorpion Bay, Baja Sur
Half the fun is just getting to this surf outpost on the Pacific. Situated in the town of San Juanico, the only thing better than the surf (whenit’s on) are the breakfast burritos at the cantina. Book a palapa…it gets windy.
3. Have a margarita at The Office, Cabo San Lucas
Situated on the main beach strip of Cabo, there is always some sort of party going on, with people watching aplenty. Oh,and the margartias are strong.
4. Take a stroll around the historic district, Mexico City
Stand in the world’s second largest public square at el Zocalo, and enjoy the numerous parks, monuments, and cafes scattered around this high-altitude metropolis.
5. Bahia de Concepcion, Baja Sur
One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Stay under a thatched palapa at Playa Santispac, and explore the numerous white sand coves and tranquil waters of the entire bay.
6. Relax in Todos Santos, Baja Sur
This artsy offshoot north of Los Cabos sits right on the Pacific coast,and offers galleries and cafes in town, and sand dunes and wide open spaces north of town towards Rancho Migrino
7. Eat at Taqueria Paulina, Baja Norte, just north of state border
After much research, deemed easily the best tacos on the Baja peninusla. Set on the main highway, the thatched roof shack has a seashell floor, cold beers, and queso tacos that will make your entire trip.
8. Drive all of Mex 1, Baja
Absorb scenery from stunning Pacific cliffs to stone-still rock deserts along this 1000 mile thoroughfare. Watch out for cows, rocks, and drunk truckers.
9. Camp the empty beaches of Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, Baja Norte
A thinly populated sandspit on an absolutely idyllic bay, it remains to be seen if planned highway paving will ruin the town’s rustic charm. Get it before it’s gone.