Millions of Americans and Canadians travel to Mexico each year. With its generous peso exchange, safe toll roads, and friendly cities, it’s easy to see why.
Why Mexico Remains a Great Place to Travel
Mexico is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, exciting cities, and accommodating resorts, and the country sees more than 30 million travelers a year from all over the world.
As is always the case with international travel, though, it’s important to know what to expect before you begin your journey. If you’re dreaming about the crystal blue waters of the Mexican coastline, or the sites, shopping and attractions, the following information should help you to be more prepared.
Millions Are Traveling to Mexico
Tourism is booming in Mexico. In fact, more than 28 million Americans visited the country in 2015. In addition, an average of 1.9 million visitors come to Mexico from Canada every year. Mexico tourism is on the rise throughout North America.
Americans and Canadians Are Moving to Mexico
Despite what some news headlines might lead you to believe, there are more American citizens moving to Mexico than there are Mexican citizens moving to the U.S. The Pew Hispanic Trends Project estimates that the influx of immigrants from Mexico reached its peak in 2007 and has slowed down since then.
By contrast, more Americans are moving to Mexico now than in previous years. Mexico now has more than a million documented foreigners living within its borders, and more than three-quarters of them are American.
Foreign-born nationals who have relocated to Mexico cite a number of reasons for their desire to live there. One is the lower cost of living. Canadians are taking advantage of the beneficial peso conversions as their own dollar continues to struggle. Americans are benefiting from really high peso conversions, as well.
People from all over North America are finding that locations like Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, Baja California Sur, and the Riviera Maya are not only beautiful but also affordable on a budget that beachfront property seldom allows.
Some General Tips
It’s always a good idea to educate yourself when traveling to another country. The U.S. State Department maintains a list of popular regions in Mexico along with detailed information and travel recommendations, so you can plan your vacation in advance.
It can also be helpful to blend in while traveling. Avoid carrying oversized cameras, wearing expensive jewelry and studying maps that might make you appear to be a tourist. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask the concierge about places to avoid and the best areas to explore. Make sure to stay in well-lit areas and explore during the daytime to avoid getting lost. Driving on toll roads rather than side streets allows you to travel faster and on better roads. Finally, use ATMs that are located inside of shopping malls or stores if possible.
Mexico travel can be extremely fun and rewarding, and with a bit of diligence, anyone can be well prepared for a visit. That’s why more than 30 million travelers make their way to this North American paradise every year. Whether you’re looking to stay for a few days or enjoy a comfortable retirement, you’re certain to fall in love with Mexico.