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8 “Dont’s” when going on vacation to Mexico

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Don’t ask for a lime for your Corona
Actually, if possible, try a different beer. Mexico has some excellent beers and no, limes don’t enhance their flavor, they make them all taste the same. The “lime thing” began as an urban legend that said that it helped clean the bottles from bacteria, then it became a marketing strategy. So, while in Mexico, give Mexican beers a chance to impress you and say no to limes (however, if you go for tacos, don’t forget to squeeze a lime in each one of them!).

Don’t accept invitations for “Free Breakfasts”
A “Free Breakfast” is code for an insufferable timeshare presentation that will make you feel so bad if you don’t buy something you don’t need or actually want. Many people say “why not? what do I have to lose?”, but these guys are professionals trained to go after your money. You’ll be surprised to know how many people end up buying whatever they sell and regret it even before leaving Mexico.

Don’t drink tap water
For most of the 20th century, Mexicans drank tap water without trouble, until there was an outbreak of cholera in the nineties and ever since everybody drinks bottled water. It’s been a huge business for the companies selling bottled water, and there are suspicions that the quality of Mexican tap water is not that bad, but it’s better not to try it.

Don’t drive away from toll roads
If you are going to drive around Mexico please stay on the toll roads. These highways get to all the main destinations in the country and, more importantly, they are safe. Mexico has its well-documented issues, and although they are in certain parts of the country away from the main tourist spots, it’s better to stay in the main roads to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Don’t spend your whole vacations inside your hotel
Mexico is a magic and wonderful place. Besides the amazing beaches and the perfect weather, it is full of history and culture. Leave the all inclusive for a while and discover some of this magic.

Don’t mention the wall
This one is pretty obvious. If you travel to a country for vacations, it’s because you appreciate what that country has to offer. This is not about politics, but just simply respect for the people you are visiting. You may very well support building a wall at the border, but there is no need to tell your hosts about it.

Don’t forget to tip
Many jobs in Mexico depend exclusively on tips. Yes, that’s right, a lot of the people that serve you while on vacations have no salary whatsoever, they work for the tips. A good way to show your appreciation for the services you receive is to tip around the 15%.

Don’t assume everybody speaks English
On the main tourist destinations, most people do speak English, but it’s always appreciated when visitors make an effort to speak the local language. If anything, you will earn their respect by trying to speak Spanish.

Blog Headline: 8 “Dont’s” when going on vacation to Mexico Blog Description: A “Free Breakfast” is code for an insufferable timeshare presentation that will make you feel so bad if you don’t buy something you don’t need or actually want. Many people say “why not, what do I have to lose?”, but these guys are professionals trained to go after your money. You’ll be surprised to know. Published Date: 2018-08-16T16:30:00 Modified Date: 2018-08-16T16:30:00 Image URL: https://villaexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/mexico.jpg Image Width: 1920 Image Height: 1280 Publisher Name: Oliver Weickardt Logo URL: https://villaexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/logo-villa-experience.png Logo Width: 500 Logo Height: 500
Luis Dominguez
Luis Domínguez is a freelance writer and independent journalist. Interested in travel, art, books, history, philosophy, politics and sports. He has written for Fodor’s, Yahoo!, Sports Illustrated, Telemundo, Villa Experience, MexResorts, ONE Magazine and PV Pulse, among other brands of print and digital media in Europe and North America. Luis has a Master’s Degree in Humanities from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria from Madrid, Spain; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. A global citizen, Luis has lived in some of the largest and most vibrant cities in the world, including London, Madrid and Mexico City. Currently lives in Playa del Carmen, México, where he is the Middle School Director of an International School and writes in English and Spanish for different media around the world. He defines himself as a humanist, liberal and rational.

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