If you plan to head to Mexico for your upcoming holidays, you must be prepared and stay informed about how you will spend your days there and what are the best things to do. This is critical because Mexico can provide you with many options and activities that would overwhelm you.

I know it way too well because I’ve lived in Playa Del Carmen for three beautiful and unforgettable years among the locals, and I know firsthand how many things you can do in Mexico!

With its alluring culture, white sandy beaches, ancient ruins, colonial architecture, vibrant and historical cities, and sumptuous cuisine, Mexico is a destination that has something to offer to everyone. 

Here are The Best Things To Do & Must-Try Experiences In Mexico!

An Excursion with Whale Sharks in Cancun


If you are looking for an experience that can give you an adrenaline rush, how about having an up close and personal trip to meet the whale shark? While the sheer size of these amazing creatures might terrify you, the whale sharks are completely harmless.

When you are in Mexico, you can find various local tourism businesses that offer ecotourism trips, including a sea excursion where you can explore the underwater world and witness whale sharks in their territory. 

Want to try more experiences around the Cancun area? check out my experience at the MUSA Underwater Museum Cancun

Unwind at the Beaches in the Riviera Maya

My video of a day spent in Akumal, swimming with the turtles!

Mexican Caribbean offers you some of the best beautiful beaches you can find in Mexico. With 120 miles of coastline, you can make the most of your time at Holbox, Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Xcalacoco Beach, Cancun, Akumal, Punta Maroma, Xpu-Ha, and Mamitas Beach to name a few of the places where you can enjoy the sun and sand combination.

Explore Chichen Itza and Swim in a Cenote


Witness history as you explore the ruined city of Chichen Itza. It is certainly one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, where you can see the El Castillo pyramid, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan. When you explore this complex, take a dip in one of the cenotes in and around the city. 

Spend A Day at Isla Contoy


Located at the confluence of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, Parque Nacional Isla Contoy is a wildlife sanctuary like no other.

Isla Contoy has a dense area of mangroves and lagoons that offer shelter and nesting opportunities to more than 170 species of birds, like brown pelicans, brown boobies, white herons, red flamingos, and many others.

It also has a diverse range of marine wildlife with more than 240 species of fish, crustaceans, and eight manta rays. 

Experience Culinary Bliss in Oaxaca City

The food scene in Oaxaca has grown considerably in the past few decades, and it has become one of the popular destinations in Mexico for foodies.

While you can find plenty of traditional Mexican food items here, you need to look out for the Mole Oaxaqueno and Oaxaca cheese that has gained an international reputation.

Oaxaca is also quite popular for its insect-eating culture.

Walk the Mexico City

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Walking the Mexico City is an experience in itself. You can walk by the murals, explore historical monuments, and admire the colonial architecture that is still an integral part of the local culture and lifestyle.

You can go for some shopping down the streets or take a trip to the local Mexico Zoo. You can relish the street food you can come across and enjoy the nightlife in Mexico City.

Experience Temazcal Ceremony


While it looks like a sauna, but temazcal ceremony is nothing like it. This 3000-year-old practice combines the knowledge of medicine as you sit inside a dome.

Various local tour guides can provide you with real Temazcal experiences as part of their eco-tours.

You will be able to experience a cleansing process for your body, mind, and soul while thanking Mother Nature and acknowledging our connection with nature around us.

There are so many more amazing experiences like the Day of the dead festival, other holistic ceremonies, and food and cultural travel. Mexico is a melting pot and has something for everyone. 

I lived there for three amazing years and miss it every single day!

Further Reading: Mexico Cenotes You Can’t Miss!

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