San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I have wanted to visit this prominent city in Mexico for a long time. We left the Arizona February snow to find 80 degree days even at 6,000 plus feet of elevation.

This is old world colonial Mexico, cobblestone streets, caballeros, and fresh fruit vendors. Staying in the old town is walkable and it feels safe.

My favorite thing about this visit to San Miguel de Allende (SMA) was our vacation rental house. I was in heaven. It was a walled compound with a tranquil courtyard of birds, blooming bougainvillea, and a fountain. The outdoor living area with a fireplace was a garden of Eden.

Vacation rental courtyard

I love the feeling of life in the slow lane here. We did a lot of walking. At night we took cabs, or Uber to be on the safe side. The restaurants were superb and busy. My favorite things to do when traveling are visiting the outdoor fresh food markets and cemeteries. The town is loaded with art galleries and cute stores, but I’m not big on shopping.

We also spent a few days in Mexico City in the Reforma area across from Alameda Square. Again, great restaurants and museums. We found out that almost all of the museums are closed on Mondays so we missed out on some in Chapultepec Park. Every Sunday the main Paseo de la Reforma is closed for bikes and rollerblades only. It is fun to see families enjoy the park with live music and foodstands.

Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City

More photos of Mexico

San Juan Mercado, Mexico City
Street Life San Miguel de Allende, photo by Peter Gassner

San Miguel de Allende, photo by Peter Gassner

Our Mexico Trip Info Bullets

Our Trip Information Bullets, Feb 2019

Closest airports to San Miguel de Allende (SMA), Del Bajio Airport, Leon/Guanajuato, and (QRO) Queretaro Airport, MX

We had a private driver from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende. The drive was about 3 hrs and cost $279 usd for 4 people. Bajio Transportation

Ubers are nice, clean, very reasonably priced, and everywhere in Mex City and in SMA. They are hard to get on weekends in SMA when town is busy.

Baked goods, churros, and ice cream are wonderful!

We used Uber driver for round-trip to Guanajuato for about $80 usd

Every Sunday the San Miguel Library has a Home and Garden tour conducted by library volunteers

We were there for “Carnival” weekend in Feb. It was loud and busy. Fireworks start at around 4:30 am. Lots of costumes and kids breaking eggs filled with colorful confetti over each others’ heads

Church bells are always ringing in SMA

We used a private driver for 5 hrs ($110 usd) in Mexico City to take us to Teotihuacan Pyramids and to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (equivalent to Vatican City in Rome)

Mexico Resorts 2017 revisited

14 Resorts in 3-days!
In April 2017 I took an AmResorts “Fam Trip” a travel agent tour of several all-inclusive resorts in– Cancun, Cozumel, and Mayan Riviera, Mexico. I love these tours– a great way to see, eat, sleep, photograph, and meet the managers of some beautiful resorts. Here I will share some of the new and fun things going on at the resorts.
Seen one resort and you think you’ve seen them all? I don’t think so!

Dreams Playa Mujeres

 

Walkway to the beach Dreams Playa Mujeres

 

Dreams Playa Mujeres Beach

 

Cozumel Sunscape Sabor– Divers heading out

 

Cozumel Sunscape Sabor– Dining beach side

 

Room at Breathless Riviera Cancun. A glass shower in the center of the room (with some curtains of course)

 

Dreams Sands Cancun, a family resort with a loaded activities board/screen

 

Dreams Sands Cancun, a white sand and clear blue water beach

 

Dreams Tulum Spa

 

Dreams Tulum pool next to the beach

 

Dreams Riviera Cancun Hookah Nights…. what?

 

Now Sapphire Resort, setting up for a beach side wedding

 

Secrets Akumal, adult only resort, a porch swing bar

 

Secrets the Vine Cancun, a wine themed resort

 

Secrets the Vine Cancun… exercise with a view

 

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, over the water bungalows

 

Secrets Silversands, friendly staff

 

Secrets Maroma Beach, lunch in the water?

 

Secrets Maroma, how about ping pong in the water?

 

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, dining room Portofino

 

Secrets Capri, beach side dining