A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


Visit Expedia…

Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

I was very pleased to win an award for this blog! Even better for you: click through for lists of all sorts of award-winning travel blogs.

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

The hotels of Mexico await you! From glittering luxurious resorts to basic backpackers’ digs, the variety is enormous. Especially in the larger resorts and the main cities, you can find hotels of international chains that you may be familiar with. You can find hotels offering parking, restaurants, shops, fitness centers, business meeting rooms, and other amenities.

Many of the smaller hotels in Mexico will be simpler but usually the staff can guide you to whatever you need, from helping you choose what to do in their city to finding an internet cafe.

This website offers you pages on the hotels of: Acapulco, Cancun, Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Rosarito Beach, Tijuana, asd maybe more — just check the Category list under places.

There are also charming country inns, personal bed and breakfasts, condos, cabins or cottages, and vacation homes for rent in Mexico.

In the very budget-oriented  Mexican hotels, the bathroom may be down the hall, there may be no phone or TV in the room, and the furnishings may be threadbare. Often there are fans instead of air conditioning. Generally, these places are clean, but it’s worth taking a look at your room (and sitting on the mattress to check its quality) before deciding.

If you are a member of AAA, their Mexico Travel Book lists hotels that the AAA inspectors have visited, with lots of details about the rooms, the food, parking, etc. The book also acts as a general guidebook to Mexico, not just a hotel guide.

When do you need to make reservations and when can you just show up?

Hotel reservations are great…

  • If you are arriving later in the day or evening and want the security of knowing you have a place to go.
  • If you would rather know that your lodging in the city or resort in Mexico is taken care of so you don’t have to think about it.
  • If you get a great deal on a Mexican airfare-and-hotel package… and there ARE a lot of great deals out there!
  • If you know you want to stay at a particular Mexican hotel, perhaps one a friend loved or you have been to before
  • If you will be there during the Christmas season, the week before or after Easter, or times of local festivities, it’s really important to reserve in advance.
  • If you are going to a resort area during its busiest season of December through April
  • If you are going to Mexico City, Guadalajara, or other places in the central highlands during their busiest season of June through August.

You can just show up (except during the very busy times)…

  • If you have already stayed in a lot of Mexican hotels and know that the ones you favor always have rooms.
  • If you are on a backpacker-level budget and are staying in the modest-but-clean level of hotel for which reservations may not be available.
  • If traveling without a schedule is how you go.
  • If you have an adventurous spirit!

Wherever you go, enjoy your adventures! Everywhere in Mexico, there will be hotels to suit your budget and your taste.

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