The Top Road Trips in Mexico
Offering incredible natural wonders, world-renowned food, a deep history, and various attractions across the country, there’s no better way to explore Mexico than via its roads.
Each and every state in Mexico has something different to offer - from beautiful beaches to archaeological sites, awe-inspiring landscapes, and warm and friendly people.
So, to help plan your next road trip, Remitly, who specialize in helping people send money to Mexico, has researched and revealed five epic road trips to fuel your wanderlust in Mexico.
A spokesperson for Remitly said: “Embarking on a road trip is a fantastic way to see a lot of the country and fully immerse yourself in the different cultures you see and experience along the way.
“Road trips also provide the chance to be flexible with your travel plans - and stay longer in the places you enjoy most. When you drive, the options of places to stop are endless, and the opportunity for new adventures are plentiful.”
Interested in exploring Mexico? Here are Remitly’s top picks:
#1 - Explore the Yucatán Peninsula
Despite being one of the most touristy parts of Mexico, Cancun serves as a great starting point for your Mexican Caribbean road trip. Easily accessible via the International Airport, and with lots of rental car options available, this is the beginning of an amazing route showcasing the best of the Yucatán Peninsula.
From jungle ruins to cenotes and white-sand beaches, this road trip will be one for the books. As you travel on from Cancun make your first stop in Valladolid, a provincial town only a stone's throw away from some of the region's best cenotes - Mexico’s natural swimming holes. From there, you can travel on to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá before going south to Cozumel and Puerto Morelos, known for their spectacular reef diving.
#2 - Journey to Oaxaca
If you are a foodie, this is the road trip for you. Starting off in the country’s capital, Mexico City, you’ll be able to experience the excitement of this bustling metropolis before heading on a culinary adventure.
After exploring what’s on offer in the nation's capital, head south to Puebla, known for its delicious moles - a famous Mexican dish and a must-try for anyone visiting, especially in this region. A further 4-hours from there, you’ll find Oaxaca City, a foodies paradise, home to some of the world’s best gastronomy, as well as impressive architecture and ancient ruins.
#3 - Chiapas Loop
Bordering Guatemala and sitting on the Pacific Ocean lies the southern state of Chiapas. Filled with Mayan archaeological sites and Spanish colonial towns, there is a lot to see and do across this state. To start, begin your journey in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the largest city in the state and home to lots of historic spots, such as the Catedral de San Marcos.
Once you’ve explored Tuxtla Gutiérrez, continue your trip through to Yaxchilan, an ancient Maya city located on the banks of the Usumacinta River. On your drive, you’ll be able to see this wonderful part of the country - filled with mountainous and dense rainforest. Other must-visit destinations on this loop include Agua Azul, Sumidero Canyon, and El Chorreadero Falls.
#4 - Baja Peninsula
Stretching from the US border city of Tijuana to the well-known vacation destination of Cabo San Lucas, marks the Baja Peninsula. If you are interested in a road trip with diverse landscapes and jaw-dropping views, this is the trip for you. From dry desert to sandy coastlines, vineyards and forests, this drive is filled with ever-changing, picture postcard scenery.
Starting in Tijuana, this city is easily accessible, particularly for those coming from nearby in the US. After exploring the exciting nightlife of Tijuana, head south to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s biggest wine-producing region. Beyond this lies Ensenada, a delightful port city overlooking the water. Finally, follow Highway 1 south and stop off in La Paz before reaching the exciting city of Cabo San Lucas.
#5 - Central Pacific Coast
If you are looking for a road trip around the Central Pacific Coast, kick start your trip in Mazatlán - one of Mexico’s most inviting coastal cities. With great beaches and a restored historic center, this town is simply picturesque.
As you head south to Puerto Vallarta, it’s worth taking time to stop in Mexcaltitlán, a small island believed to be home to the Aztecs. About an hour beyond here, you will find some outstanding beach towns, including San Francisco and Sayulita, both excellent options for family-friendly activities, like kayaking and swimming.
Before reaching your final destination in the dazzling Puerto Vallarta, stop over on the Punta de Mita peninsula to take in some breathtaking views.