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Top fun cities in Mexico you'll regret missing while you're there!

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February 19, 2022
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Mexico is rich in culture, history, and traditions, but where should you go to experience all that? If you're just headed to Mexico City, you're going to miss out on a whole lot. Keep reading to find all the fun and unique cities in Mexico that are worth visiting!

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Mexico is such a fun country to visit, which anyone who has been will tell you just as much. But which cities in Mexico should you visit? We listed the six most fun cities in Mexico that you shouldn't miss when you visit. 


Oaxaca fun city in mexico.
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First is the fun and colorful town of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico. 

One of the best parts of visiting Oaxaca is the mezcal. Mezcal is a spirit like tequila, and the agave used to make the mezcal is grown in the region. You can tour a mezcal distillery and do a tasting of some of the world's best mezcal while you're in Oaxaca.

What's so cool about Oaxaca?

Perhaps the most remarkable feature about the city of Oaxaca is the rich history that this city carries. There's also a lot of history in Oaxaca since the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most popular historical attraction is the Monte Albán Archeological Zone. Monte Albán is a massive pre-Columbian site on a hill above Oaxaca. 

There are other historical sites that you shouldn't miss in Oaxaca! One is the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, which has a ton of ancient artifacts and exhibits. And, make sure you visit the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a former monastery. 

Downtown Oaxaca

Finally, you need to spend time in downtown Oaxaca to eat fantastic food and see gorgeous old buildings. The Benito Juarez Market in Oaxaca is a great place to shop for local produce and eat a hot fresh meal. There is also the Mercado 20 de Noviembre, which has homemade crafts, flowers, and food. 


Tulum fun and cool destination in mexico
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Everyone who visits Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula absolutely loves it. It's one of the most fun cities in Mexico, and it's great for young travelers. 

Beaches are a massive part of Tulum. The beaches are beautiful, and tons of resorts you can stay at during your visit. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy, so you don't need to leave the beach to enjoy a fun night in Tulum.

Downtown Tulum

The downtown area of Tulum is a great place to stay if you want to do more than just hang out on the beaches during your visit. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and hotels in the town. Bikes are a fun and easy way to get around Tulum, whether you're in the city, by the beaches, or going between both. 

Tulum is also close to many of Mexico's famous cenotes. One of the most popular in the area is the Gran Cenote which is only a few miles from downtown Tulum. You can swim, dive, and get some amazing pictures here, but you should show up early to beat the crowds.

If you want to throw some history into your trip to Tulum, there is an Archeological Zone. You'll find the Tulum Ruins are an old Mayan area on beachside cliffs here. There is a beach nearby to learn some history then spend the rest of your day relaxing on the beach.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta city in Mexico.
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Puerto Vallarta is another fun beach city in Mexico on the west coast. It has miles of beaches surrounded by mountains and a beautiful town. You can walk along the Malecon Boardwalk, which has food, shops, and art and highlights the city. 

You can do even more shopping in the Marina Vallarta, one of the most relaxing and vibrant areas in Puerto Vallarta. The dock here has yachts and boats, some of which you can charter for a day on the water. There are a lot of hotels here if you want to be in the center of all the fun. 


Sayulita surfing in Mexico
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Just north of Puerto Vallarta is Sayulita, a small town with some of the best beaches in Mexico. You may recognize some of the places in Sayulita from the show Bachelor in Paradise.

What's fun about Sayulita?

Sayulita is a fun city in Mexico if you love smaller towns with a more local vibe. The town has a lot of great places like local fashion stores and restaurants and stands with local food like tacos. 

Sayulita is especially fun for surfing, whether you want to learn to surf or are a seasoned surfer who wants to find the best waves. Sayulita has great waves year-round, and there are lots of hotels and resorts that cater to surfers. They offer proximity to the best surfing beaches and lessons and rentals for newbies. 


Merida city buildings in mexico.
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Merida is a colorful town in the Yucatan Peninsula. It's in the center of the Peninsula, so there are no beaches, but there are plenty of things to see and do while you are there. 

You'll see a lot of the town's best attractions and architecture just by walking around. Merida has a lot of staples of a classic Mexican city like a cathedral, plazas, and tons of restaurants with some of the best food in Mexico.

As for accommodations, you should try staying at a hacienda, which are old houses from the colonial era. They offer amenities as hotels do, and many of them have an old style of architecture, furniture, and a pool.

Mexico City

Mexico City attractions in Mexico.
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Last but definitely not least, Mexico City.

Mexico City is an enjoyable and underrated city in Mexico. It has a fantastic mix of everything you could want in a travel destination, including food, history, nightlife, and architecture. 

What is Mexico City known for?

Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, is well known for its food. You'll never run out of new foods to try, but you shouldn't skip over the popular foods. Tacos, specifically al pastor tacos and huarache, are two of the best foods in Mexico City. 

You can start planning your trip to Mexico City with our guide to breathtaking places to stay in Mexico City. Depending on your travel style, you'll find the best neighborhoods to stay in throughout Mexico City.

We also have a list of the best hostels in Mexico City for parties, sightseeing, and a local experience.

Get Ready to Visit Mexico!

Mexico is an amazing country to visit, and you'll have a ton of fun in these six cities. In order to visit these cities, you'll need a good travel plan to keep you on track. Why not let Pilot help you with that?

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Originally published on:  
February 19, 2022

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