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Wouldn't Mexico be a dream?

Mexico was 10/10. It was incredibly beautiful and so diverse. We enjoyed every part of our five weeks there, our only regret was wanting more time.

Both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines are beautiful. The Caribbean side we spent relaxed on the beach with lots of margaritas, warm water, whale sharks and an underwater museum. Unfortunately, quite a lot of the coastline is affected by sargassum, it is a major environmental problem that is occurring more and more frequently. It is a type of algae that over produces and covers beaches and coral reefs in dense seaweed harming the reef itself and marine life.

The Pacific coast is where you'll find me again. Although Baja California was 'touristy' in areas the diving was just too good. The tiny town of Cabo Pulmo and it's marine reserve were incredible. Driving into the tiny town was like going back in time; sand roads, huge cacti and only a few dive centres and guest houses. I can't wait to explore some more of this rugged peninsular.

If you're planning a trip to Mexico then here's

OUR LITTLE MEXICO GUIDE


Stay: We favoured Airbnbs and guest houses. They were cheap, comfortable and often out of the busy town centres. They are owned by locals, so you get first hand advice on things to do in the area. We chose accommodation with a kitchen so we could cook breakfasts and snacks, so we didn't have to always eat out. Local markets and even supermarkets had beautiful fresh produce; tropical fruit, avocados to make guacamole and lots of eggs and beans (the best breakfast). We would buy 1kg packets of tortillas and would eat them within a few days, they are delicious and so cheap.

(we stayed in a few backpackers as well, where we met some cool people. We also stayed in villas when we were a group at the start of our trip, which was nice to spend some time with my family. We also stayed in tents and 'glamped' by a cenote in the bush).

Eat: Local food is best. Market stalls and street vendors had good, quick, cheap food. We were a little sceptical at first but once tying a simple taco with loads of salsa, we were hooked. Chatting to the locals was hilarious, our tiny bit of spanish and their english kind of got us through but a smile or laugh definitely went a long way. Every region has their own unique dish/es. Tortas Ahogadas in Guadalajara was so good, Shrimp tacos in Baja and churros EVERYWHERE.

Drink: Margaritas, beer and fresh juice. Margaritas in Mexico are a must. When they came frozen, it was a bonus (and happy hour went by too quickly). Refreshing, salty and sipping them on the beach was paradise. We used the word cerveza (spanish word for beer) a lot. Sugar cane and pineapple juice were super popular and a good energy boost whilst walking through city markets.


Dive: Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Cenotes, Baja Peninsular (Cabo Pulmo).

Fun: There's so much to do in Mexico. The country is incredibly diverse and I believe there's something for everyone. Obviously beaches were a priority for us and we spent a day at one of the top beaches in the world; Balandra Beach.

We hiked to waterfalls, toured tequila distilleries, swam in cenotes, explored ancient ruins, walked through cities and found markets and hidden restaurants/ bars.

image 1: Isla Mujeres port

image 2: Whale shark snorkelling with Seahawk Divers

image 3: Kaan Luum Lagoon, Tulum

image 4: our beautiful villa in Isla Mujeres

image 5: bougainvillea growing

image 6: vegan tacos in La Paz

image 7: Tortas Ahogadas in Guadalajara

image 8: juice cart in Tulum

image 9: schooling Jacks at Cabo Pulmo

image 10: street art in Sayulita

image 11: houses in Puerto Vallarta

image 12: Balandra Beach viewpoint

image 13: snorkelling cenotes, Tulum

image 14: turquoise waters of Cozumel