Mexico is the perfect place for your next vacation for many reasons.
It’s a dreamy, stunning, and sunny location to relax on a powdery, white beach or explore lush jungles.
It’s also full of adventures to be had by exploring underground cenotes or snorkeling with unique sea life.
There are countless reasons to visit Mexico but below are 15 of the country’s highlights that make it special and worth your time.
Top 21 Reasons to Visit Mexico
1. Pristine Beaches
Mexico is probably the most famous for its fabulous beaches. They’re full of fine, powdery, and insanely soft sand that feels luxurious on your feet.
The turquoise blue water against the white sand creates the most beautiful contrast of colors. The beaches feel like they could go on forever and color the coast in hues of white.
You’ll also find luscious greenery such as palm trees and mangroves that line the coast along the beaches.
The ocean is almost always the perfect temperature year-round for swimming or dipping in to cool off.
With over 6,000 miles of coastline and 450 beaches to explore, it’s a never-ending and unbeatable experience.
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2. Perfect Climate
The climate in Mexico is tropical and it’s almost always a comfortable and warm temperature. The dry season is from November to May and the rainy season is from June to October.
There is some variation in the weather depending on the region of Mexico you’ll be traveling to, but it’s safest to travel outside of the wet season which is also hurricane season if you plan on visiting the Caribbean coast.
In the dry months, you’ll find the best and warmest weather.
3. Music-Based Culture
One of my favorite reasons to visit Mexico is the music-based culture. Everywhere you go in Mexico you will find live music, singing, and dancing.
Mariachi bands are everywhere you turn. It is hard to go out to dinner and not be approached by them.
Mexicans love their music and their singing, and it shows.
If you love live music then you need to visit Mexico. Even if you can’t understand what they are talking about you will still find their songs beautiful.
4. Mouth-Watering Food
Let’s talk about the food. Mexico has very delicious fresh food and dishes. You really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to try.
The dishes vary from region to region depending on what grows in different areas which makes it even more unique.
Depending on where you are visiting in Mexico, the main courses will vary. If you can, it’s worth visiting more than one region in Mexico so you can try a mix of food.
Besides some of the obvious choices such as tacos, enchiladas, chips, and salsa, or tamales, there are many other amazing dishes.
For example, mole is a delicious sauce made with chocolate, chile, and nuts. It is mainly found in the Oaxaca region.
If you are feeling more adventurous you should try the chapulines, which is dried grasshoppers.
It is a very popular snack as well as churros.
You’ll definitely enjoy the abundance of choices for food in Mexico as there are so many delicious meals to try.
5. Breathtaking Cenotes
One of the most unique and attractive things to do in Mexico is to visit the cenotes. A cenote is created by the collapse of limestone bedrock which forms a sinkhole of groundwater.
There are over 6,000 on the Yucatan Peninsula which is also the most popular place to find them. Here are some of the best cenotes in the Yucatan that you can’t miss.
Some are completely underground and don’t see daylight and have to be accessed by a cave.
Others are semi-open or completely open pools of water that let in the sunlight.
You can snorkel and scuba dive at various cenotes and explore the unique sea life that calls it home.
Some even have natural cliffs that are good for jumping into the water.
Cenotes have very crystal clear freshwater so they’re great for swimming and relaxing after a warm day in the sun.
The water comes from rainfall which is a great break from the salty ocean. Cenotes are one of the most beloved things about Mexico.
6. Incredible Snorkeling or Diving
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities in Mexico.
The reefs are rich and full of colorful sea life that is fascinating to see in person.
The Mesoamerican Reef that passes through Mexico is the second largest reef in the world so it’s an especially great spot to see the diverse and unique marine life.
You could be swimming and snorkeling all day and never get bored with such a variety of things to discover.
Another activity people enjoy is scuba diving and many companies will take beginner and expert divers out to some really unique spots including underground caves and tunnels.
A truly unique experience for any diver.
It’s a great way to see sea creatures up close, too. Many visit Mexico just for the snorkeling or diving experience because it truly is that amazing.
Cozumel has some of the best spots to snorkel.
7. Mind-Boggling Ancient Ruins
The ruins of the ancient Maya civilization can be found around Mexico and it’s quite remarkable.
With the structures being fascinating to see in person as the Mayans were definitely ahead of their time.
The ruins in Mexico have been well preserved since they were built thousands of years ago.
It’s enjoyable to explore these structures and imagine what life might’ve once looked like.
There are many sites of Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula.
There are more than a dozen other Mayan sites to explore around Mexico and each is just as awe-inspiring as the last.
It’s well worth your time and you’ll be amazed by the “Egyptians of the Americas.”
8. To Die For Shopping
For the shopaholics, there are many small but mighty shops to check out. They reflect the charm and local culture through unique goods and crafts.
Just like the food differs from region to region, the style and types of goods and crafts change too.
You’ll find some very unique and beautiful items as you travel around Mexico. Various goods you’ll discover include clay and pottery, traditional weaving, and lots of colors.
It is almost impossible to come to Mexico and not want to shop, one of the may reasons to visit Mexico.
9. Quality Accommodations
Mexico has some amazing resorts, airbnbs and small boutique hotels. With great access to pools, the ocean, restaurants, and bars, all the things you want in a vacation.
No matter what kind of accommodation you are looking for in Mexico, you are bound to find it. And since Mexico is on the peso, you are usually able to get quality accommodation for a fraction of the price.
So why not have the vacation of a lifetime all at a fraction of the price? Be sure to not forget these items on your Mexico Resort Packing List.
10. Enchanting Local Markets
The local markets are the best place to stroll around, sample local food and get a feel for what life is like in Mexico.
Local markets are everywhere in Mexico.
From Mexico City to the small Pueblos, you are able to find a local market, and you should.
They are where you can find produce, fresh flowers, small goods and so many local things in the markets.
Some of the larger markets last all day long and are spread throughout the town.
I love checking out the local markets when I travel. You can see how widely the change from country to country.
Mexico is a pretty inexpensive country to visit, especially if you’re from the United States as the dollar-to-peso conversion is very good.
The price of items in Mexico is much higher to make up for some of the difference but it’s still inexpensive for travelers.
If you’ll be doing some local shopping, you’ll be able to get some great goodies at a low price.
The Yucatán Peninsula where many tourists visit is a bit more expensive than the rest of Mexico but it’s still affordable.
Try visiting some Hidden gems in Mexico to avoid the crowds and save even more money.
12. World-Class Surfing
One of the most famous surfing spots in the world is located in Mexico in Puerto Escondido.
People from all around the world travel to Mexico just to try out the waves on this beach. The Pipeline which is at the northern end of the beach is where the experienced surfers ride.
There is a strong undertow so it’s only safe for advanced surfers but the other end of the beach is great for novice and intermediate riders.
Many flock to admire the surfers riding the large waves.
It’s a must-visit beach if you’re in the area because it has definitely created a name for itself among the surfing community.
Check out more surfing spots in Mexico
13. Easy to Access
Mexico is very easy to get to because it’s a major tourist destination so there are plenty of flights in and out of Mexico from all around the world.
Cancun is a popular city to fly into because it’s a major hub for tourism in the area. It’s also easy to get elsewhere from Cancun.
Many of the large resorts and nice beaches are in or around the Yucatán Peninsula where Cancun is located.
Other cities that tourists frequently visit include Cabo where you can experience the beach and the mountains simultaneously or Mexico City.
If you’re flying from the United States or Canada, it’s especially easy and the flight is only a few hours long.
So why not go on the perfect beach vacation in Mexico?
It is also easy to travel within Mexico, there are cheap flights within Mexico and it is easy to get around on bus. Ado bus is one of the cheapest and easiest to use within Mexico.
14. UNESCO Sites and National Parks
Mexico is full of many UNESCO World Heritage sites to admire 27 cultural sites, 6 natural sites, and 10 world heritage cities can be found in the picturesque country.
Making is just another reason to visit Mexico.
It’s a holy grail of important and preserved places to discover, but not just that. Mexico also has some amazing national parks.
For instance, Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to the oldest coral reef in North America and protects and preserves many rare and endangered sea animals.
Another amazing national park is Canon del Sumidero which is full of mountains with canyons, rivers, waterfalls, pine forests and so much more to explore.
Mexico is full of amazing opportunities for discovery and exploration.
15. Varying Landscape
Mexico is home to nine different ecosystems. So you can say that the landscape of the country is very diverse.
You will find mountains, canyons, deserts, jungles, volcanoes, rivers, and cenotes among so many other beautiful landscapes.
What makes Mexico so great is you could spend part of your vacation relaxing on the beach and then spend the other half hiking mountains and exploring the highlands.
There is just so much to explore in Mexico.
These vast differences in landscape contribute to its attractiveness, making it a really unique place to visit because it’s more than just a beach resort.
16. Heart-Warming People
Let’s not forget to talk about the people here. They are the heart and soul of Mexico. The people make your vacation to Mexico, one you will never forget.
They are warm and welcoming and love to show off their country.
It is very likely that you will run into some local Mexican’s during the vacation that will want to buy your drinks or treat you to their favorite taco stand.
They love to show off their country and they are very proud people. Another one of many reasons to visit Mexico.
17. Thrill Seeking Adventures
What is a vacation without a little adventure involved? Mexico is full of great adventures waiting for you.
Mexico is home to world-class surfing, diving, kite surfing, dirt biking, sky diving, and cave diving just to name a few.
Mexico is the perfect location for those travelers that like to do more than just sit on a beach all day long.
Yes, you can do that as well, but it has so much more to offer.
If you are looking for adventure in your next holiday, it is all the more reason to visit Mexico.
18. Tequila, Tequila, Tequila
Mexico is known for its national liquor of tequila. Which is the key ingredients to delicious margaritas.
You simply can not come to Mexico, without having at least one margarita.
But besides Tequila, Mexico is also brewing up some delicious Mezcal.
Mezcal is made from the same blue agave plant that tequila is made from, but it has a smoke flavor that can not be mistaken.
It is now gaining more and more popularity as it has more flavor than tequila.
Yes, you can’t leave Mexico without having some tequila, but also be sure to try the Mezcal.
19. Colorful Festivals
There is no doubt about it that Mexico has some amazing festivals, including Dia de Los Muertos,
Carnival, Semana Santa, Dia de la Independencia, and Día de la virgen de Guadalope, just to name a few.
Festivals are so common, you are almost always likely to find one during your trip to Mexico.
It all goes back to the culture and the fact that Mexican’s love to celebrate life and death.
There is always something to celebrate in Mexico.
20. Deep History
History is just one of the many reasons to visit Mexico. Any history buff would love to visit here because of the plentiful of places you can visit.
From Mayan Ruins to History Museums Mexico is no stranger to a long life of history.
Mexico City is jammed packed with amazing Museums. There is so much to see and do that you will not get bored.
Not to mention all the Mayan Ancient Ruins in Mexico. If you are looking for an educational vacation than you should book your ticket to Mexico.
21. Unbeatable Nightlife
Mexicans are known for their party culture. They love to over-celebrate everything and it shows when you visit.
The nightlife in Mexico is some of the best I have seen around the world, and there is something for everyone.
Whether you enjoy hitting a nightclub, dancing in the streets or just letting a few drinks turn into wee hours of the morning, you will find it in Mexico. Mexico is vibrant with nightlife.
If you are looking for some of the best nightlife in the country be sure to check out the best spots to party in Mexico.
Mexico is a beautiful country that is very popular to visit, especially for those that live in the United States or Canada. There are many reasons to visit Mexico.
Not only is it a place known for relaxation with its sandy, white beaches, and beautiful turquoise waters.
But there are also many adventures to be had, history to be learned, and celebrations to embrace.
Not to mention all the exploring you can do with all the cenotes, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, cage diving, the list goes on and on.
You’ll find that a trip to this breathtaking country will be a memorable experience.
So who else is ready to book a trip to Mexico?