Planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende? This colourful town is a great destination in Mexico that is popular with American expats and Mexican tourism.
It is easy to see why there is something for everywhere in San Miguel de Allende. It is full of great night life! You can stroll past live music on the street, latin music in the bars, dance in pumping night clubs or even relax to some chill jazz music. San Miguel de Allende has something for everyone to enjoy.
It is attractive year round for its temperate climate, wonderfully friendly people and many entertaining attractions. Here’s my list of things to check out during your stay.
1. Walking Tour
Take a walking tour around San Miguel de Allende to learn about the history of the city find out about the local hot spots!
Walking tours are great for meeting new people if you are traveling solo and asking any random questions about the city that you are unable to find on google. I love them, as my readers already know, and always seek them out wherever I go. There are plenty of walking tours to choose from in San Miguel de Allende as well, so you can pick the walking tour that you find most interesting.
Cost: Depends on the tour for a list of walking tours in San Miguel de Allende
2. La Gruta Hot Springs
Take a break from walking around the city to take a dip and relax in the hot springs. They are perfect for unwinding and relaxing your tired legs after walking all day. The natural hot springs having healing mineral water that helps to relieve achy muscles. They will even bring you drinks so you don’t even have to get out of the water.
It is the perfect place to come if you are looking to relax. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and towel though, as they don’t have towels to rent. However, they do provide lockers at no extra cost.
Cost: 200 pesos ( $10)
3. Enjoy Live Music
San Miguel is full of live music and street performers around the clock. If you are unable to find live music in the streets, you will most certainly hear it coming from a nearby restaurant or bar. It is everywhere and a part of what makes San Miguel so special, be sure to sit back and enjoy it.
Life moves at a different pace here and so should you. Stop and enjoy the music 🙂
4. Wine Tour
Surprisingly enough Mexico is an upcoming spot for wine, and most of those wines are coming from just outside of San Miguel de Allende. There are new and old wineries popping up all around and they are making award winning wines, such as Tres Racies.
It is a great place to enjoy the afternoon, have lunch and taste some great wines. However, if you would like to take a tour of their facility it is best to book in advance as they don’t offer walk in tours. They have some amazing award winning wines and their views are stunning.
Cost: Depends on how much wine you drink
5. Botanical Gardens
About 15 minutes outside of San Miguel and sitting high above the town are some botanical gardens that should not be missed. Full of Cacti, succulents, high valleys, water dams and wildlife they are a great place to go and enjoy the outdoors of Mexico.
If you love getting in the outdoors like I do, it is a great place to come and enjoy a few hours just walking around in nature. There are plenty of trails to hike ranging from easy to hard, so there is something for everyone. They also sometimes host events, so be sure to check to see if any fun activities are going on there.
Cost: 80 Pesos ($4)
6. Live Performance
Just like the live music, San Miguel de Allende is known for their live performances year round. There is always something going on in this city which is why it is nicknamed the ‘city of festivals’. You will always find something going on, and at all price levels. Whether it is a paid dance performance, or a live national dance festival of Mexico happening in the street, there is never a dull day here.
Be sure to check out their local paper so you don’t miss anything. Though if you want to leave it to chance, I am sure you will stumble upon something just walking around the city.
Cost: Depends, but normally free if you find it on the streets.
7. Visit The Main Church Parroquia de San
San Miguel is full of churches, just like the rest of Mexico. You will see one around every corner, but you cannot come to San Miguel de Allende without visiting the Parroquia. It is in the main square of the city and also the highlight. A great location spotter too as you walk around the city since you can see its towers from almost anywhere.
Be sure you actually walk in and see the inside of the church as well, as it is not to be missed.
8. Rooftop Bar
Nothing says San Miguel de Allende more than enjoying a cocktail, lunch, dinner or a coffee on a rooftop bar or restaurant. The city is full of them and you’re sure to see some amazing views of the city. Great during the day, sunset or in the evening as the city and churches light up.
Be sure not to miss them while you are there. With plenty to choose from you can find one in any price range, so they are within any budget.
Cost: 60- 200 pesos ($3 – $10) per drink
9. Eat at El Mananlial
Be sure to check out the restaurant El Mananlial, a favourite of the locals. It is a bit of a walk outside the main tourist square, but well worth it. It is small and charming with the inside decorated very uniquely.
The food is delicious for a fair price and it focuses mainly on sea food dishes. They also make great margaritas with plentiful options of mezcal or tequila.
Cost: Starting around 100 pesos ($5) depending on what you order
10. Shop At The Local Market
As with any local Mexican town, San Miguel de Allende has a great local market. Full of fresh produce, cheap clothing, souveriners, leather boots, cowboy hats and pretty much anything else you would want to buy or bring home from Mexico. It is a great place to go and find great cheap deals.
If you are looking for authentic Mexican food for a fraction of the price, they have some great, cheap restaurants in the market, It is a great place to shop and grab a bite to eat while you are in town.
Cost: Depends on what you want to buy
San Miguel is a great place to visit. I was surprised how much I loved it and was shocked to see it not over-run with retired expats. It still has a great Mexican feel, which is probably why it is so popular. A great place for almost any budget, as it is full of cheap things to do, but also still hosts some great Michelin star restaurants.
There is something for everyone in San Miguel de Allende, but there is still so much more to see in the whole country of Mexico.
If you happen to be in Mexico at the end of October, be sure to check out my blog on the Day of the Dead