Underrated Escapes: 8 Resort-Free Destinations in Mexico

Underrated Escapes: 8 Resort-Free Destinations in Mexico

Mexico has so much more to offer than just beautiful resorts.  Perhaps you have done the resort experience one too many times? Excited to step away from the convenience, sterility, and luxury of the big resort experience and step out into the great unknown?  Then pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime to any one of these incredible resort free destinations.  Sure, you’ll have to put a little extra effort into mapping out your itinerary, meals, and accommodations, but at the end of the day, you’ll have created a unique trip that has been tailor made to your desires, specifications, dreams, and goals.  Whether you are fascinated by ancient ruins, find thrills surfing gigantic waves, or simply yearning to sprawl out with a good book in the sun on a pristine beach – these 8 beautiful underrated escapes have exactly what you need to fulfill your dreams.

1. Campeche, Campeche

Campeche is a gorgeous port city on the Gulf of Mexico.  At around 250 000 people, this fast growing small city showcases carefully preserved history and manages to maintain a laid back, easy to navigate kind of vibe that will keep you coming back for more.  For a mid-range option, consider Hotel Socaire, and for affordable options, consider staying at Viatger Inn or Hotel Castelmar. When you get into the city, walk along the Malecon – a 2 mile path along the sea wall to check out the big attractions – you will come across the cathedral, public square, museums, and lots of restaurants. Visit the nearby Ednza ruins (about 45 minutes away) and head to the close towns of Seybaplaya and Champoton for some beautiful beaches.  Take advantage of the coastal location and stock up on seafood at La Pigua, Faro Del Morro, or Los Delfines, and then grab some coffee and dessert at Cafeteria Luna Caramelo, Italian Coffee Company, or Chocolato Café.  For the ultimate dessert experience, stop by Chocol Ha – you can blame your chocolate consumption on ‘learning about Mexican history’.

Campeche Mexico

2. San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

Visiting the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas is a one of a kind experience. Rich with Mayan culture, the city’s colonial architecture is in stark juxtaposition with the neighboring countryside and villages.  Flower lovers will adore the Orquideas Moxviquil where they will learn all about the natural flora of Chiapas.  Museum buffs will love this city – check out Na Bolom Cultural Centre, the Museo de Trajes Regionales, and the Museo del Ambar to name a few. Architect lovers will enjoy the Templo Del Carmen, the Guadalupe Church, Templo de Santo Domingo, and of course – the famous and iconic Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas. If you are after an adrenaline rush, check out the local tours for the opportunity to hike, bike, and zip line nearby.  After your busy days, grab a drink at El Cocodrilo and refuel at one of the many amazing restaurants – vegetarian at Te Quiero Verde, coffee and snacks at Frontera Artisan Food & Coffee, Mexican at Funky Burritos, or enjoy French at El Chalet Frances.

San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
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