You’ve likely heard of—and perhaps even been to—many of Mexico’s beach destinations like Los Cabos, Real del Mar, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and more. While all of these are stunning places to vacation, we’re stepping off the beaten path to a explore a few of Mexico’s lesser-traveled-to locales. Let’s trek further into Mexico and explore Valle de Bravo, San Miguel de Allende, and Merida to see Mexico in a brand new way.
Valle de Bravo
Situated 94 miles west of Mexico City, Valle de Bravo is a charming 16th-century village that’s been called the “Switzerland of Mexico.” Set near a beautiful lake, Valle—as it’s known—is surrounded by thickly wooded forests and misty hills perfect for hiking and exploring. Sailing, fishing, and windsurfing are very popular on the lake with both locals and tourists. The town’s intact colonial center is the real draw of Valle, with cozy restaurants, hotels, and spas lining the cobblestone streets. Valle de Bravo is an authentic, yet luxurious retreat that’s off the typical tourist path.
San Miguel de Allende
This 500-year-old city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, feels like a step back in time. Superbly preserved Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, colorful stucco structures, and alleys filled with authentic Mexican wares are just a few of San Miguel de Allende’s charming appeals. The small city has that intoxicating mix of small-town living and cosmopolitan attractions like cafés, jazz clubs, and galleries. With its pleasant spring-like climate, San Miguel is constantly holding festivals and parades. Don’t miss this cultural gem—stay at the luxe Rosewood in the heart of the city, perfect for easy exploring.
The capital of the Yucatan state has a rich Mayan and colonial history and has long been a popular travel destination among Europeans. Mérida offers stunning architecture, colonial history, museums, excellent cuisine, and energetic markets offering the best of the region’s specialties for purchase, such as hand-woven hammocks and Panama hats. This modern yet historic city is also a great jumping-off point to visiting nearby ancient ruins and sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches. In recent years, Mérida has experienced a cultural explosion, drawing expats of all ages. Exciting festivals and events happening all over the city’s broad central plazas are always close by.