Few Americans seem to brave our neighbor to the south.
In some ways, it’s a good thing. Much of the beauty of Mexico exists in the fact that it is a truly foreign culture, but so close to home. When Americans do get comfortable in some particular area–think Cabo or Cancun–the nuance and authenticity of the place tends to fall to the wayside in favor of a vacation destination “comfortable enough” for English speaking tourists.
But this is a beautiful land, full of diverse people. Many are friendly, and nearly all are willing to help. Most people will greet you in the street. Spend enough time here and you’ll learn to love fish tacos and surfing as much as you’ll eventually grow tired of them. There’s more than just beaches and cheap living here, though. We’ve explored everything from Baja to the Yucutan, and some of the biggest surprises have been the tall, pine tree laden forests of Central Mexico, and exactly how many rumors are so far off base one wonders how they ever got started.
With that, here is everything we’ve ever written about the country.
Featured Articles on Mexico
How to Survive Mexico for Vandwellers
Cruising Mexico via a van, RV or otherwise has its benefits…and quirks. We cover everything from how to avoid Montezuma’s Revenge to staying online to…well…everything else!
An Attempt at a Year in Mexico: 180 Days In
Musings on Mexico, half way through a yearlong adventure starring a bunch of hippies, their kids, and a VW Bus.
Yo Puedo Aprender: The Turbulent Roller Coaster of Learning to Speak Spanish
Emma, traveling in her VW Bus along the PanAm Highway, tells of her pursuit of understanding and speaking Spanish.
A Tour of Baja California: A First Timer’s Guide to Overlanding Baja
Information on getting into Baja, crossing to the mainland via La Paz ferries, and the best places to visit while in Baja California.
Traveling in Search of the Real Mexico
What will it be like? Will it be harder to travel there than in the States? Will it be more dangerous? These questions ran through my head when we were preparing to travel through Mexico. At this point, we had been on the road in our VW bus for nine months already. We had spent the
Crossing Mexico: A Family in a VW Bus via Photos and Stories
Tales from the mountains of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula, breakdowns on the way into Belize and pushing her back over the border. A VW Bus and family…
Ten Hip Towns for Vandwellers to Visit in Mexico
Ten places in Mexico we guarantee you will find interesting. Even if you find you do not exactly love them all, they prove as the perfect places to meander toward as you explore this amazing country for yourself.
Quintana Roo for Vandwellers & RVers
If you’ve ever traveled around Baja California–whether in your Class A Winnebago or 1982 Vanagon–and loved it…Quintana Roo is going to be nothing like that. What’s the difference? It’s expensive. That’s to say, it’s “regular vacation prices” by US standards. Nearly everyone will speak English, particularly near the beach and in restaurants. Everything is a
Where to Find Craft Beer in Mexico
Where to find craft beer, local, handmade Mexican craft beer, from Baja California to Quintana Roo.
What’s it Like Traveling in Baja California, Mexico: Is Baja Safe?
The following is an account by one man, who traveled for a few months to Baja California, with his family, in their 1978 Volkswagen Bus. This man is no expert on Mexico. He has been traveling the continent of North America full-time since 2008, but aside from a cruise to Cozumel and Belize, never been
Seven Men in La Paz: Is Everyone in Mexico a Killer? Or Do they all Just Love Families?
A man and his family visit La Paz for two weeks while traveling around Baja California for a few months. While they tend to prefer secluded beaches and the small campos–miniature towns where one can often camp for next to nothing–Baja’s largest city had the potential to supply many items they were in need of
The Road to Heroica Veracruz
Excitement, outrage and a remembering that you should flow as the flow goes, man.
How We Pack Two Toddlers, a Teenager and their Parents into a VW Bus
Morning can’t come early enough. I rustle around in the mishmash of blankets left over from the previous seven hours of sharing the top bunk of our Bus with my soon-to-be 5 year old son, Winter, and hope the glow of sunrise will illuminate the yellow canvas sides of our pop top. It goes straight
The Bodeswell VW Family Travels the World in Their 1971 Volkswagen Bus
This family of three has traveled from Alaska to Argentina, coast to coast in the US, and who knows where to next!
Blog Posts About Mexico
Saludos from Real de Catorce!
“You’ll like Real de Catorce,” he said. “There are many hippies.” We tried to reach this fabled city, famous for its peyote festivals which some say are illegal for anyone but native indigenous people to partake in, though we can’t say we personally chose to consume such hallucinogens. Something about having kids around that kills
Saludos from Xico, Veracruz!
Our experience with places to stay and what Xico, Veracruz, MX was like to live in for a month while we waited on the incredibly slow postal system in Mexico, once again.
Saludos from Palenque National Park!
Exploring the waterfalls and ruins, people and centro of Palenque National Park, Chiapas, MX.
A Brief Recollection of a Year in Mexico, or Four Seasons with Five People in a VW Bus
We thought we’d go to Baja for a couple of months. A year later, we’re in Quintana Roo. Where to next?
Saluda from Sayulita, Mexico!
From yoga on the beach to craft beers in hipster pizza joints, Sayulita is a fast-growing paradise on the Mexican Pacific.
Saludos from San Miguel de Allende
Finding craft beers and gorgeous dilapidation in this ex-pat haven in the center of Mexico.
And with the Policia Lights Flashing, Saludos from Mazatlan!
The ferry ride from La Paz to the Mexican Mainland was…interesting. And difficult to obtain. But worth it. Woohoo Mainland here we come!
Saludos from Guanajuato, Mexico
A place to stay above it all in Guanajuato, MX.
The Wisest Owls in Mexico
Living in cities with humans.
Saludos from Los Barriles!
This swath of Baja changes things significantly…
Saluda from La Paz in Beautiful Baja California!
Falling in and out of love with La Paz…
Musings on Mexico, Part 1
First impressions of what Mexico, or rather Baja California, is like…
Saludos from Loreto!
We trail behind the Mali Mish mini-Mish for a week of working and hot showers in Loreto, Baja California Sur…
Saludos from Agua Verde Fish Camp!
Ne’er a road as thin, steep, rocky or more beautiful have we driven in this Volkswagen moseyhome on the road of ours…
Saludos from Santa Rosalia!
The working town of Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, and stingray infested waters beyond…
Saludos from Bahia de Concepcion, Paradise Found in Baja California Sur!
We opt for the less likely campground multiple times as we continue skipping down the Baja…and it always seems to work out.
Saludos from Ojo de Liebre, Home of the Grey Whales!
Petting grey whales, clamming and steadying friendships in Baja California…
Saludos from Puertocitos, Baja California!
Our Baja adventure with the Mali Mish family continues as we head south from San Felipe to the hot springs of Puertocitos, Baja California…
Saludos from San Felipe in beautiful Baja California, Mexico!
As we make our way back into our 1978 VW Bus, we join the Mali Mish crew and cross into Baja Mexico for the Winter…