Last Updated on May 14, 2018
There is one question that was asked by many Americans throughout the last decade, and it is “Is Mexico safe?” This question got even more popular in early March 2018 when the U.S. State Department that made a security alert for Mexico.
However, it is a large country with hundreds of interesting places to see and enjoy, and not all of its corners are dangerous. Keep in mind that dangerous things can happen anywhere, even in the safest places on earth, not only Mexico.
The destinations mentioned in this article are great locations for summer vacation, so they attract plenty of tourists, which means you will have to focus on staying safe as much as you can by drinking in moderation and not wander around after midnight. Plus, always leave your valuables in your hotel room.
Mexico City has the reputation of being a dangerous city for tourists. But, it is absolutely absent from the warning of the State Department. The reason is the downtown core is actually very safe. So if you are interested to visit the street art and the colorful markets in Mexico City, then you have no reason to hesitate.
Where to Stay: We recommend Nima Local House Hotel because it is luxurious, beautifully decorated, and very safe. But if you are interested in a more affordable hotel, then you can check Chillout Flat Bed & Breakfast that is known to have great service and homemade granola.
In case you want to have a road trip with your friends or family from a safe place to another, you may want to consider driving from Mexico City to Puebla, it will take only two hours.
Puebla is growing to be one of the most popular attractions in Mexico. It is the 4th largest city in the country and one of the most beautiful one because it reflects the Spanish colonial architecture. Plus, the weather is never too hot.
Where to Stay: Puebla holds a lot of great hotels, hostels, and houses to rent that will not empty your wallet, and we recommend the Casona Maria Hotel Boutique that has a beautiful courtyard and a great location where you can discover the historic center.
San Miguel De Allende
San Miguel De Allende is as beautiful and sexy as its name, and it is also very safe according to expats. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the middle of Mexico.
There are many great places to explore such as the Spanish colonial churches, cobblestone streets, and many great restaurants.
Furthermore, Sanctuary of Atotonilco is also a World Heritage Site and it is only 10 miles away from San Miguel De Allende. It is a very important pilgrimage site for locals and tourists.
Where to Stay: Casa de la Noche is a great place where you can feel cozy and rest your head.
In order to enjoy the warm weather and the crystal-clear beaches, Tulum is the safest destination since Playa del Carmen has been getting the reputation of “violence” lately. Plus, it is not as touristy as other resort towns, which is perfect.
Tulum Town is located on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico and it offers many activities like snorkeling in a limestone sinkhole, visit the national park (Parque Nacional de Tulum), and explore the well-preserved ruins of the Mayan city walls.
However, Chichen Itza and Tulum Town (only one hour away on the road) were stated to be safe zones by the States Department.
Where to Stay: Posada Luna del Sur offers clean, comfortable rooms with fast Wi-Fi.
It is the time to learn how to pronounce Huatulco because it is the name of a beautiful beach town that is located in Oaxaca. This destination offers plenty of water activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
The State Department claims that it is a safe area, but it still restricts from traveling along highway 200. So it is best if you didn’t wander too far.
Where to Stay: In order to take advantage of your time, you can stay at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa where you can participate in yoga classes and water sports. Additionally, there are many swimming pools, tennis courts, and 7 restaurants to choose from.
If history inspires you, then visiting Merida is a necessity. It is a great location to explore the Spanish colonial history. Merida is a beautiful town that has its own unique style of cuisine, it diverges from what you will see all over the country of Mexico.
Where to Stay: While in Merida, we recommend you to get a poolside room in Luz En Yucatan.
Midway between Cancun and Merida, you will find Valladolid, which is also a Spanish colonial city that is friendly and colorful. You will find everything and anything that can interest you. Obviously, Valladolid is very safe and surprisingly affordable.
Where to Stay: In Valladolid, you won’t regret staying at Hotel Posada San Juan that is located in the center of the city.
Who wouldn’t like spending a vacation in a beautiful place that is still unknown and uncrowded?
Bacalar is one of my favorite secret destinations in Mexico, and here is another secret: the lagoon there is magical. It stretches for 42 km and is fed by rivers in the underground, it is called the lake of Seven Colors. Also, Bacalar is very affordable and one of the safest places in the country.
Where to Stay: To get a beautiful view of the lake from your cabana, we recommend you to stay at the Bacalar Lagoon Resort.
If you are into mummy museums, narrow streets, and Alley of the kiss where couples smooch one another from opposite sides, then you have to book a ticket and fly to Guanajuato right now.
Locals are mostly native Mexicans, which means you will have the opportunity to discover the roots of their culture. However, you can visit it as a day trip because it is near San Miguel de Allende.
Where to Stay: Enjoy the homemade Mexican-style breakfast at Casa Zuniga B&B. it has only eight rooms so you need to book a little early.
Campeche is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located on Yucatan Peninsula’s western coast. It is also a Spanish Colonial city that has kept all of its former glory.
There two things that will get your attention are the walled center that represents a museum piece, and the town’s life that is very interesting. Plus, the city is not crowded and very safe.
Where to Stay: Spoil yourself without hurting your wallet by getting a suite or a balcony room at the affordable Hotel Socaire.