My article title may come off as a bit callous. Hear me out: The Mexican peso is weak right now for many reasons; yes, one of them is the U.S. political climate (global price of oil is a larger factor, though).
It is my opinion that despite grim economic news, traveling there this year should be seen as a wonderful opportunity. It is important for Americans to build a good relationship with our neighbors to the south and take the chance to explore a beautiful, diverse country.
An added bonus is the favorable (to us) exchange rate: the U.S. dollar will go much further, about 20 pesos to the dollar, compared to prior rates of 15 or lower. We can spread our dollars around more, and in a small way help the small businesses and local economy.
I first started weekending in Tijuana and Rosarito last year. As a San Diego local, it is a really easy, fun, and close way to explore a new place and have unique experiences. Tijuana, the coast, and the Valle de Guadalupe are more than just Americans partying on Friday and Saturday nights. That is still a draw for many people, but more importantly there is a real food and craft renaissance going on down there as well: dinner, brunch, craft beer, and craft coffee are all very easy to find. For reference: we had a lovely brunch for six for about $55 USD. That’s easily brunch for two in San Diego.
Last December, a few friends and I finished out 2016 in the beautiful capital, Mexico City. Extensive reviews coming soon, but first let me tell you that flying to the Ciudad was cheap and easy out of Tijuana. The city itself was fun, varied, and easy to navigate. To me, Mexico City seemed to be a “city made of of neighborhoods” much like my hometown, San Diego. We bounced around the city a bit but for food and drink we more or less stuck around our “home turf” of Cuautémoc and Juárez neighborhoods (near the famous Ángel de la Independencia statue). Next time I’d like to stay in hip La Condesa neighborhood, although it will be hard to foresake the wonderful airbnb we rented in Cuautémoc.
I’ve never been to a beachfront all-inclusive resort in Mexico; I am more of a city explorer than a beachfront lounger, so I’m not sure how the exchange rate affects those types of vacations. The best way to take advantage of the favorable rate is to find a way to book your hotel/room/flight in pesos using your US credit card. If you book through a site that charges you dollars, you won’t find a dramatic discount.
Tell me: Are you planning on heading south this year? Have you recently visited and loved it? Leave a comment and share this article with your friends!
All photos by Staci Jackson for The Voyageer.