Insider Info from Mexico Scouting Trip, from Baja California Sur to Guanajuato

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Insider Info from Mexico Scouting Trip, from Baja California Sur to Guanajuato
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Sharing insider intel from a recent scouting tour of 4 Mexico designations — both popular and under the radar. With no shortage of great destination options in Mexico, how is one to choose where to go? Here's a guide to help you choose — or reach out and I will help match you to your perfect spot in Mexico!

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1. LOS CABOS

Why visit Los Cabos?

A perennial favorite, chock-full of stunning oceanfront hotels, Los Cabos is an easy escape for West Coasters. Come here for panoramic ocean views, the sound of crashing waves, excellent resort pools, golf, fresh seafood and inspired cocktails.

Favorite Properties:

Waldorf Astoria Pedgregal - Contemporary decor with traditional elements where the ocean is the ultimate backdrop for everything. Best for romance and sophisticated adult time to relax, milestone celebrations, destination-worthy dining and curated tequila & mezcal experiences.

Chileno Bay Resort, Auberge - Modern, fresh, colorful decor in a lush setting that invites chilling out for a while. Tiered oceanfront pools that you will never want to leave with dedicated areas for families or adults only. Creative dining, golf, and uniquely located next to a swimmable beach.

Charming cobblestone streets in the UNESCO historic district in San Miguel de Allende

Image 1: Charming cobblestone streets in the UNESCO historic district in San Miguel de Allende; Image 2: The jaw-dropping indoor pool at Sofitel Mexico City, Reforma

2. SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

Why visit San Miguel?

Culturally rich and endlessly interesting, San Miguel de Allende is an excellent snapshot of old world Mexico. It's a 3.5 hour drive from Mexico City, or hop on a direct flight from Texas or elsewhere in Mexico to discover this beautiful small, walkable city.

Favorite Properties:

Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel - Located in the center of San Miguel's historically preserved UNESCO city center, this old world hotel is part of the fabric of the town. Come for 5-star service, elevated but unfussy dining, authentic curated experiences and sumptuous beds. I especially loved the sunsets at the rooftop bar, the generous daily coffee service, decadent breakfasts and a Mexican cooking class - ask me about my new Cochinita Pibil (bbq pork) skills!

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende - Located in a quiet park in an adjacent neighborhood and a 15-minute walk from the center of town. Stay here for a picture perfect resort pool to escape the San Miguel heat and a full service spa. The decor expertly blends old world San Miguel with new world luxury and all the upscale twists you'd expect from Rosewood. A sprawling rooftop bar and restaurant is where you'll amble after your afternoon nap - just in time to catch the golden hour.

Unspoiled beach at Hotel San Cristobal, shared only by local fishermen

Image 1: Unspoiled beach at Hotel San Cristobal, shared only by local fisherman; Image 2: Cliffside dining at El Farallon at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Los Cabos

3. MEXICO CITY

Why visit CDMX?

This leafy green, sophisticated, culturally rich city has a major food scene that is much closer to the U.S. (and more affordable!) than anywhere in Europe. Come to Mexico City to eat well and wander through lush green spaces, museums, and cafe and boutique-filled neighborhoods.

Favorite Properties:

La Valise Mexico City - I especially love the location of this urban oasis in the heart of the walkable, vibrant Roma Norte neighborhood. Boutique sized, La Valise has character, a sense of place and feels like you are staying at your wealthy friend's trendy apartment in Mexico City.

Sofitel Mexico City - Chic, super modern, superior hospitality and a great location. On a recent stay, I loved the gorgeous indoor pool, the rooftop bar with panoramic views of the massive city and that I could walk to dinner or go grab a coffee and a churro as needed.

4. TODOS SANTOS

Why visit Todos Santos?

Just 45 minutes northwest of buzzy Los Cabos, coastal Todos Santos is a respite for tranquility, the simple life, inspired cuisine and the nicest people.

My favorite properties:

Hotel San Cristobal - This laid back beachfront gem is for friend groups, couples, or families with older children who want to go somewhere with soul that is still under the radar - but won't be for long. Rest assured you'll be well taken care of here and can spend your days exploring the undeveloped beach, lounging poolside, perched by the oceanfront bar enjoying live music, or hiking to rewarding sapphire blue ocean views. You'll want to return the moment you leave.

Paradero - Set in the middle of the desert, this adults-only property evokes a sense of space and is tailored for disconnecting from the world (or intentionally reconnecting with yourself or each other). Picture a nature-driven minimalist environment with brutalist design and expansive landscapes. Join their curated daily activities like surfing or sailing, zen out by the pool or explore town nearby. They are also about to unveil a family-focused property that shares its mission for wellness.

Need to Know

There really is something for everyone in Mexico with it's rich diversity of offerings. As a travel advisor, I can make choosing your perfect Mexican spot stress-free & handle all the booking details to ensure you also receive extras and upgrades (THINK: complementary daily breakfast, resort credits, spa credits, room upgrades, and early check-in's!)!

And if none of these call to you, we can look at Punta Mita, the Mayan Riviera, or more off-the-beaten path options like Tamarindo or Zihuatanejo. You might even take advantage of direct flights to the new Tulum airport! The possibilities are endless...

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Mexico. In need of further inspiration? Check out Taylor Frost’s guide, Long Weekend in Mexico Wine Country.

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