Your First Time to Mexico
Before my first time to Mexico, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that I would be interacting with people that spoke a different language and were raised in a different culture, which was both exciting and nerve-wrecking. To make your trip to Mexico run smoother, here are some things I wish I knew the first time I went:
- English is widely spoken at most spots, but take a cheat sheet with commonly used phrases just in case.
- Carry a copy of your prescription with you on your trip if you take prescription medication.
- If you are looking to get away from the tourist areas, head south to Tulum where little local shops and restaurants are still the norm.
- If going to Chichen Itza, book a tour that arrives early in cool mornings, it’ll be less crowded.
- Under new currency laws, you can only spend $100 US cash to pay for something in Mexico. The rest will have to be in pesos or credit card.
- Negotiate taxi fares prior to getting in and going anywhere. Don’t pay anything more than the agreed upon price.
- Tipping is not required at all-inclusive resorts, but it is appreciated. A little tip goes a long way in Mexico.
- While much of the water at resorts is purified, do not drink the tap water. Water provided in resort restaurants is safe to drink.
- When arriving in the airport- know the name of your transportation provider and find them directly. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, and especially don’t talk with the timeshare salespeople right outside of baggage claim.
- Get lots of singles or small pesos from your bank for tipping on your trip. US dollars are acceptable but tipping in pesos is preferred.