Monday, October 30, 2017

6 Tips For Your First Time in Mexico

We're back from Mexico, and although by the end of the trip we were so ready to be home, we had an absolute blast. Leading up to this trip, I had a ton of emotions. This was our first trip to Mexico, and no matter what I did I couldn't help but feel anxious and unprepared. I am the kind of person that likes to plan absolutely everything! Sometimes this is good, and other times it just sucks. I thought I would share a few things I learned on this trip. Hopefully if you're an over thinker/worrier like me this will help you out a little bit.

We traveled to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. This is a small town, about a 40 minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. (Later in the week I'll share more about fun things to do/great places to eat!)

1.First of all, if you are scared to go to Mexico, don't be! I can only speak for this area, but I was never once scared. I wasn't really worried about this because my husband was with me, but I would have ventured out on my own and felt totally safe here. Everyone is so friendly, or at least they were to us. 

2.Get pesos in the airport. The exchange rate is by far the best there. Everywhere pretty much takes usd but you end up getting a much better deal if you pay for things with pesos. If you buy enough, the airport exchange booth will exchange any left over back into usd at the same rate. I recommend doing this. 

3.Don't buy liquor at the duty free shop. It's a little cheaper than home, but its even less in town. 

4.I was really worried about the mosquitoes. I took bug spray and bought some mosquito repellent bracelets on Amazon, and we were totally fine. I probably got three or four bites in six days. 

5. Don't book excursions etc. in advance. (This recommendation is not for high season) I think we were there just a couple weeks before high season began, but we had no trouble just walking down the beach and finding the best deal for what we wanted to do. I did a lot of research before the trip and did end up booking a sailing tour before we got there, which was great, but everything else we booked once we were there and I'm so glad we did. 

6. Make friends! We met a local, Pete, (who spoke English!) on our first day in town. He ended up pointing us to all the best places, and giving us good deals everywhere we went. Had we not met Pete, our trip just wouldn't have been the same. 

Hopefully these few pieces of advice are helpful! If you're planning on heading to Mexico soon, and have anything more specific you're wondering or worried about you can comment or reach me privately via email. Disclaimer: I am no expert! However, I'm happy to share any experience or advice I can!

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1 comment :

  1. Great tips! We went to Mexico seven years ago and I still think it's one of my favorite vacations -- I'd love to go back! Happy Halloween. :)