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Welcome to Advantage Mexico!We have been working hard to update the site and make it run the way we envisioned so that our readers will have a first rate experience, a bit of fun, perhaps learn a few new things, and hopefully come back and contribute their experiences traveling throughout Mexico. Our contributors have spent years indulging their love affair with Mexico. We're all full-time resident expatriates of Mexico dating back decades in some cases to just a few years in others and have lives in such diverse places as Acapulco, Mazatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico City, and others. This site is a work in progress, one that will never be finished, but now that we've put the source code on the right path it's ready to grow and grow and grow. So feel free to browse this Mexico travel guide at your leisure. Check out the pictures, download printable maps for your journey and desktop wallpaper for your computer, but by all means help us fill in the gaps by registering for the forum and adding your grano de arena.
Acapulco, Mexico and its recent problems are beginning to calm down and its famous nightlife is beginning to pick up where it left off. Despite its flaws, remember that Acapulco was Mexico’s original oasis for a reason - its incredible natural beauty and intense tropic feel. We consider Acapulco perhaps our favorite vacation spot precisely because it remains a challenging third-world city where other destinations have become so Americanized they hardly feel like Mexico. Acapulco can be the best vacation you’ve even had if you do it right. Read our guide to Acapulco for insider tips on how to do just that.
Mazatlan Mexico is one of our favorite seaside destinations with a perfect balance between traditional Mexico and what’s hip and modern. Not for chic high-enders or the coffee shop crowd, it’s no tacky, cultureless void either. Mazatlan is relaxed, unpretentious and definitely has a soul. Great for eating seafood by the beach with a beer, island hopping, seaside strolls, fishing and sailing, doing a bit of surfing and, or course, the occasional night of wild partying – it’s a top Spring break spot a few weeks each after all. Hemingway would have loved it.
Today considered one of the safest cities in Mexico, Mexico City is unquestionably one of the world's great metropolises. It's not its bigness however, that makes Mexico City one of the world's great cities, but rather its status as unique center of art and cultural with its multitude of galleries, museums, historical attractions and fantastic anthropological sites. Dating to its ancient Aztec civilizations, through Spanish colonization and into the modern era where diverse artists and authors have found inspiration from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to William S. Burroughs and the Beat Generation, Ciudad de México is a city for the ages. One can spend months in Mexico City and still just scratch the surface of what it has to offer. This is not a pass-through city, it should be at the top of anyone's list for places to see in Mexico.
Located just a 45 minute drive south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen has transformed itself, seemingly overnight, into a sheik Caribbean city with an eclectic flavor. Europeans have settled here and built cafes and other businesses with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. World class jet setters either own property in the Playacar section or they rent one of the many high end suites available for those who can afford it. Then there are the tourists, those visiting from Cancun, and the backpackers pulling the Mayan trail. All of these combine into a unique atmosphere where people from all countries, all walks of life, and all budgets come together to create a place that can't quite be described to someone who has never been there.
Puerto Vallarta is a seaside resort where the traditional small town Mexico of cobblestone streets meets gringolandia-style commercialism. It’s safe, clean, and very touristy yet somehow maintains its Mexican character. Its remodeled seaside promenade is a signal that Vallarta is clearly doubling down on its intention to remain one of Mexico's top magnets for foreign tourists. With its large expat community and all the modern conveniences, Vallarta is clearly Mexico for gringos that prefer the beaten path... with an edge. San Francisco meets Los Cabos.
Xalapa in 100 words or less: Xalapa Mexico is one of our favorite off the beaten track destinations in Mexico. Cool temperatures, artsy and cultural, both modern and traditional, great colonial architecture, photogenic streets, relatively inexpensive with a cool intelectual vibe that comes from its status as a major university town.
Zihuatanejo is one of our favorite spots in all of Mexcio, a sleepy fishing village with a gorgeous bay ringed with lush green mountains, four great beaches, each with its own personality, and a deliciously slow pace, this is some of the best of Mexico. Zihuatanejo doesn’t have much in the way of nightlife, and only a few splashy restaurants making it the perfect spot to unwind. We just hope it doesn’t grow up too fast and lose its charm because when it comes to tropical charms, this tiny Guerrero port has it in spades. Located a hop, skip, and a jump from its nearby cousin, Ixtapa, a pleasant purpose-built tourist resort with plenty of charms of its own. Also see Ixtapa.