The hidden gems in our top 5 Mexican destinations
You never truly grasp the essence of a place until you explore its hidden gems and haunts. Aside from its fantastic all-inclusive properties, Mexico is a vibrant destination that offers unreal spots for beach and nature lovers, and also possess wonderful array of restaurants for foodies everywhere!
We've curated a list of the best Mexican restaurants, sights and towns that are frequented solely by locals or those in-the-know. Make sure to check out some of these great spots next time you're in these destinations!
Tacos Rigo – A quaint and authentic Mexican restaurant that is starting to become more well known. Expect truly traditional tacos stuffed with eyeballs, tongue, and other unconventionally daring ingredients!
La Hibuchela Sunset – Perfect restaurant if you want to stay in the hotel zone but get away from the resort and have great regional food.
Holbox - This hidden gem of an island is much less frequented than Isla Mujeres. Keep an eye out for pink dolphins, flamingos and vast expanses of beach.
Isla Blanca – A peninsula where the locals go. Renowned for its fishing. Although tourists are starting to discover Isla Blanca, it is still relatively less touristy than surrounding areas.
Cenote de 7 bocas – You need a car to reach these locally-owned cenotes. They don’t have ziplines or other activites but they are incredible to view and lots of locals go here.
Don Mezcal bar in Playa Del Carmen – This local hangout is small and affordable with great drinks.
Coba – When you think ruins, you think Tulum. However, Coba is a Maya city that is a must-see. It’s unique in that you can climb the Nohoch Mul Pyramid located within it. The view from the top is to-die-for.
Nopalito Lagoon – A 20 minute drive south of Tulum, this lagoon has no stores, stands or tourists! Note it is only acessible by rental car or private driver.
Sian Ka’an – This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains mangroves, forests and a barrier reef. Located just south of Tulum, this is a must-see if you’re in the area.
Mama Lucia Tequila Tour – The meager publicity and signage keeps this tequila distillery feeling genuine.
Moro Paraiso – A rustic restaurant on the river that is very well hidden. Expect lots of authentic and delicious local food.
La Tia Mariscos – Don’t be scared away by what is essentially no more than a taco stand. The food is authentic and phenomenal!
San Sebastian – This town is worth the hour and a half drive inland it takes to get there. Nominated by UNESCO as a world heritage site, a visit here is like traveling back in time.
El Torito Del Los Mariscos – One of the best seafood restaurants in the area. This spot is popular with the locals, so much so in fact that the menu comes only in Spanish.
Santa Maria Beach – Whether you’re into snorkeling, diving or kayaking, this horseshoe-shaped beach is a must-see.
J & J Habanos – If you’re in the mood for some premium cigars and rare tequilas, this is the place for you.
Todos Santos – This artsy town is worth the hour and a half drive from Cabo. Expect lots of literary, film and food festivals in addition to the Todos Santos Music Festival, the brainchild of local resident and REM band member Peter Buck.
Playa Zipolite – Far from the heavily developed coastlines of Cancun or Los Cabos, this beach town is known for its surf and hippie population.
Finca De Vaqueros – Long claimed to be one of the best hidden gems in the local restaurant scene, be sure to stop by here and try the arrachero.
La Casa Del Mezcal – Supposedly one of the best cantinas in Mexico, expect a truly Mexican ambiance and delicious, cheap drinks.
Magic Falls – If picture-perfect waterfalls cascading through a forest are your thing, then be sure to check this attraction out.
Iguana Sanctuary – Surviving on local donations, this one-of-a-kind sanctuary is accessible only by boat or raft.
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