- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- St. Barthelemy (St. Barts)
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Maarten (St. Martin)
- St. Vincent and The Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Central America
- Czech Republic
- Middle East
- South America
- South Pacific
- Branson, MO
- Chicago, IL
- Corolla, NC
- Disney Parks and Resorts
- Glacier National Park, MT
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Lake Tahoe
- Las Vegas, NV
- Martha's Vineyard, MA
- Nashville, TN
- New Mexico
- New Orleans, LA
- New York
- North Carolina
- Poconos, PA
- San Juan Islands
- Santa Fe, NM
- Savannah, GA
- South Carolina
- South Padre Island, TX
- Winthrop, WA
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry. A Mexican government tourist card (tarjeta de turista) must be obtained. When you arrive in Mexico, your first stop will be Mexican Immigration (Migracion). Mexican Immigration will inspect your proof of citizenship and validate your tourist card. The inspector will give you a blue copy - don't lose it! The copy must be returned upon departure.
Health InformationNo vaccinations required for entry.
TimeMost of Mexico is on Central Standard Time (EST - 1 hour). Baja California Sur and several other states in the northwest are on Mountain Standard Time (EST-2 hours) and Baja California Norte is on Pacific Standard Time (EST - 3 hours).
Electricity110V, 60 Hz
Gratuity TipsA 15% gratuity is customary for most services. In general, tip those service people (hotel maids, bellhops, waiters) that you normally would when traveling elsewhere. Also, it is customary to tip your gas station attendant. It is common practice to wait for the serving staff to return the "customer copy" of the credit card sales slip. Usually, you are not expected to tip a taxi driver.
Taxes and VATS
Mexico has a 15% value-added tax but by law this tax must be included in quoted prices. Often this tax is "buried" in the total cost of restaurant bills, store purchases, and excursions. This tax also applies to the purchase of airline tickets within Mexico for travel commencing in Mexico (10% for domestic travel and 2.5% for international travel). Prepaid tickets often need to include these taxes. Consult the airlines for details.
Domestic air travel within Mexico has a departure tax of approximately $8.50 U.S. per person. The peso equivalent changes periodically. This tax cannot be collected in advance and must be paid in Mexico. Note that this tax is not collected for domestic portions of international journeys, and applies only to tickets that are purchased in Mexico for travel within Mexico. International air travel from Mexico carries a departure tax of $11.50 U.S. This tax is paid in Mexico, and under some circumstances may be included on tickets issued outside of Mexico (ask your airline for details). This tax is not paid by infants, but children two and over pay the full amount.
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMs
Mexican bank hours are normally from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekdays only. Some branches are open in the afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on weekends. Please check at your hotel for the hours of the nearest branch office.
Visitors are likely to find easy access to ATM's throughout the country. Some machines will dispense pesos or dollars.
Credit cards are widely accepted, with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express being the most widely accepted. When checking into hotels, guests are often asked for a charge card for incidental charges, and asked to sign a blank charge slip. This is a common practice and should not be viewed with suspicion.
Clothing RequirementsCasual dress is appropriate for nearly all occasions in Mexico. However, Mexico has some particular customs regarding appropriate dress for certain situations:
- Bathing suits (particularly for women) are not to be worn away from swimming pools and beach areas
- Flashy or suggestive clothing is inappropriate in smaller resorts and inland cities
- Shorts should never be worn when entering a church
- In bigger cities, evening attire tends to be dressy, while casual dress is generally appropriate for beach resort dining
Tourism InformationEstimated 16.5 million visitors per year.
Mexican Government Tourist Office, 800-446-3942
A honeymoon in Mexico offers some of the most diverse travel experiences on the planet and the United States and Canada are fortunate to share the continent with such a great and culturally rich country. The people are wonderful, the food varied and superb, and the country's storied history has left significant architectural and cultural imprints throughout the land. Ancient historical sites throughout the country, beaches beyond belief and a rich cultural smorgasbord that provides something for every sensibility is Mexico's great allure. Perfect for honeymoon couples that want everything that excites; or, nothing but relaxation.
Mexico has also become one of the top locations US and Canadian couples go for destination weddings. All inclusive resorts abound, many with their own wedding coordinators on site. Between your travel agent and the resort wedding coordinator, you have two experts that will give you the peace of mind that your wedding will be as beautiful as you would like.
It's impossible to list all the cultural highlights of Mexico here. The best advice is to decide on which part of the country you would like to visit and choose from the available cultural activities in that area.
Climate and Weather
Important Information & Resources
Drug-related violence within various parts of Mexico have prompted the US State Department to re-issue a travel warning. Please read the Mexico Travel Warning carefully. Mexico is a big country and the warning applies to certain areas more than others.
Destination Wedding Information
- Waiting period: 2 days (no minimum stay for Cozumel)
- Passport and birth certificate
- A copy of tourist card or visa
- Proof of divorce or death certificate
- Citizens under age 18 need parent or guardian's consent
- Names, addresses, ages, nationalities & tourist card numbers of four witnesses
- A blood test is also required
by Clay Saunders last updated on 04/22/2010
by Sheree Powers last updated on 09/16/2009