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Capital : Mexico City
Currency : Mexican peso
Driver's License : Must be 21 years old and have credit card
Electricity : 110 volts, 60Hz
Language : Spanish, basic English in resort areas
Population : 106,202,903 approx
Religion : Majority roman catholic
Tourist Season : Year round. High season from October through May

Weather

Mexico has a varied climate depending on the regions. The rainy season runs from May through October with the west coast vulnerable to hurricanes in August, September and October. While the north western region of Mexico is arid, the climate of the south eastern coast is tropical due to surrounding warm waters. Higher elevations (the central plateau) enjoy spring like weather almost year round.

Mexico Vacation Tips

Tipping is customary for bellmen, doormen, porters, tour guides and washroom assistant. Tipping your maid daily or all in advance assures special attention. Also the 15% rule applies to restaurants. To avoid stomach illness, drink bottled water and wash your hands often. Canadian and American Currency is readily exchanged at banks and hotels. Some ATM cards work with interac ATM machines.

Top 5 reasons to visit Mexico

1) Very inexpensive and easy to get to from Canada (many non-stop flights)

2) Great beaches on the Caribbean side and the Pacific side

3) Accommodation for everyone from 1 star to 5+ star (villas to All inclusive mega resorts)

4) Food and culture

5) Adventures galore with eco-tours, ancient ruins, water sports and more

There are many popular destinations within Mexico

Cancun (East Coast)

Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico and the world. Its superb Caribbean location makes it the perfect place for everything from ecotourism, snorkeling, golf and fishing...

Cozumel (South of Cancun)
Cozumel is an ideal Caribbean destination for all types of travellers. It is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known as the plunging paradise for divers from all over the world.

Huatulco (West Coast)
One of Mexico's newer resort havens, Huatulco (pronounced wha-TOOL-koh) has everything that makes for a perfect vacation: modern hotels, a great variety of activities, and a sunny, dry climate.

Ixtapa (West Coast)
In an beautiful site, in the heart of the Mexican Pacific, surrounded by mountains covered with tropical forest that come down to the coast, lies the peaceful, picturesque destination of Ixtapa.

Los Cabos (Baja Peninsula)
Los Cabos means "the Capes" and refers to the resort area at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, are joined by the 20-mile Corridor.

Manzanillo (West Coast)
Manzanillo is one of Mexico's major ports, where visitors can admire ships both large and small that come from all over the world. The 16 km of beaches in the city and its surroundings are the envy of the country.

Mayan Riviera (South of Cancun)
The Riviera Maya offers an endless list of fabulous attractions, including the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chitzen Itza, the world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling of Cozumel, and the charming town of Playa del Carmen with its many boutique shops and laid back Mexican atmosphere.

Mazatlan (West Coast)
Just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlán is the most important port on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Full of contrasts, this city is one of the country's oldest tourist resorts and the site of one of the world's three major carnivals, comparable only to those in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro.

Puerto Vallarta (West Coast)
Visitors from around the world are charmed by the old town with its steep cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies draped with colorful bougainvillea plants, and traditional restaurants.

Riviera Nayarit (North of Puerto Vallarta)
This Pacific coast destination, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, tropical jungle areas and the Sierra Madre mountains, has developed into an important tourist resort over a relatively short period of time.