The O.C, Laguna Beach and various Real Housewives would have us all believe that Mexico is a lush travel destination reserved only for the filthy rich. They’d also have us believe that sugar daddies will sort all of life’s problems. Both of which, fellow barrel scrapers and gullible humans, would be wrong.
Done right, you can live like royalty in Mexico without screwing up ya’ life via a dwindling account balance. Yes, you could hit up all of the taco stands for around 60 cents a pop (yep, actually ridiculous) but we want you to treat yo’self, you know?
Mexico’s a bloody big place and you lot have lives to live, but see how to roll like a flashpacker (rather than a smelly backpacker) in one of the world’s cheapest destinations with the affordable, notable mentions below:
PLACES TO LAY YO’ HEAD
Downtown Beds, Mexico City
Photo: Downtown Beds.
As far as hostels go, this one is pretty bloody good. It’s five mins walking distance from Zocalo, has a rooftop terrace and bar / plenty of communal areas for socialising with yo’ travelling peers. If privacy is more your style, there are private rooms as well as dorms, starting at 200 MXN pesos (approx. $14 AUD per night). More info HERE.
We know you lot aren’t living under rocks and are around the perks of Airbnb. It’s the best way to get the local treatment during a holiday. No matter what part of Mexico y’wanna hit up, there’s prob a schmick Airbnb and helpful host to accomodate it. Check the Tulum hut pictured above HERE, which, for example, is around $35 a night if you’ve got a mate by your side.
Hotel Quinta del Sol by Solmar, Cabo San Lucas
Photo: Facebook / Hotel Quinta del Sol by Solmar.
You’re looking at anywhere from 20 Aussie bucks a night for this one, which is probably cheaper than your nightly rent back at home anyway, you know? BUT, LIKE, WITH A POOL AND SUNBEDS AND SOMEONE CLEANING THE FILTH OFF YOUR SHEETS ON THE DAILY. Who could resist? More on their offers HERE. If you want a lusher option for double to quadruple the price, try the chain’s five-star HERE.
You know when you go O/S and you’re all like, “Farrrrk I’mma be paying double rent during this shit“? Well, dear travellers, if you’re seasoned you’ll be renting your at-home baby out, or, alternatively going for a home exchange option. Pls, just look at the above option and tell me you’re not tempted. They’ll need to have an Aussie trip in the works, though, but it’s worth scoping out. Jude Law not incl. More info on that HERE.
WHERE TO FILL YA’ BELLIES
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, Cabo San Lucas
Photo: Facebook / Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.
Eat / drink here for brekky, lunch or dinner. Why? ‘Cause it’s lush AF and won’t cost you more than a mediocre dining experience in Aus. More info HERE.
El Jardin, Playa Del Carmen
This garden restaurant has a delish / diverse menu with an average price of around $6 for a soup, main meal and a bevvy. You know, the same price you pay for, like, a processed AF Boost Juice. Not bad. NOT BAD AT ALL. It’s only open Mon-Thurs 9-5, though, and Fridays til 9pm. No website, but this if the address to tell ya’ Uber lel: Calle 20 Nte LB, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
THINGS TO DO / SEE
Corona Capital, Mexico City
Photo: Instagram / @Katanamx.
There’s always a killer lineup and it’s from around $60 bucks per day (November 19-20) for 25+ bands. Weigh that up against how much you pay for top-tier musicians (we’re talking The Killers, Lana Del Rey) in Aus. Yeah. The vibes, they be good – literally from a place you’d rather be.
“If you want to go to a festival where everyone is there for the music, then this is where you need to be. There’s not a dickhead in sight. Also, tenders walk huge cups of Corona to you in the crowd, so you don’t have to leave your posi. Yes, that’s correct, the beer comes to you,” says PEDESTRIAN.TV Project Manager, Kylie O’Connell.
More info HERE.
Cenotes AKA Lush Sinkholes
Photo: Flickr / Adam Baker.
If you go to Mexico and don’t get your cenote on, then you never truly Mexico’d at all / need to have a serious life reassessment. The natural turquoise pool pits, which result from the collapse on limestone bedrock, are overflowing (but not literally, dw) in the Yucatan Peninsula, and can cost you around 5-10 bucks for entry. But like, #worthit. Notable mentions incl.: Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Samula and so, so many more.
Beaches / National Parks
Photo: DeAgostini / Getty.
The great thing about beaches is that they cost nada, and you can feel like you’re living the high life just by laying on one, while others are slugging out their 9-5s. Luxe beaches are all over the place in Mexico (Mazatlan, Zicatela, Alcapulco and Playa Del Carmen are some good areas for ’em) and the one seen above is in none other than Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas. More info on that baby HERE.
Photo: Flickr / Paul Simpson.
Sah many attractions, be it natural, archeological or otherwise. From Chichén Itzá to Copper Canyon or the vibrant streets of Guanajuato, there’s plenty of super ‘grammable destinations to get amongst AFTER you’re around the historical origins of each place, of course. Albeit some cost money, but it’s never anything too crazy, and the free outweigh the exxy.
Hire cars in Mexico are cheap (around $5 a day from Mexico City) and are probs your cheapest option. Driving is on the right hand side of the road over there so invest in insurance also imo.
Photo: Sex And The City.