Mexico Local Customs

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Mexico Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Cancún Local Customs

    I generally tip both the maid(on the bed) and the mini fridge server (normally in fridge so obvious for him) a couple of dollars each day, these are separate jobs (always been female for maids and male for bar porter, but this could be different at different resorts but doubt it). This will help you know if the person responsible for filling the...

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  • Local People

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    many mexicans are descended from the spanish who landed in mexico several hundred years ago. however, when the spanish landed, the people they found were indigenous tribes that had been living in mexico for a long time; some of those indigenous tribes still exist, some living in the mountains close to puerto vallarta. it is considered a slur to...

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  • People / Language

    Tijuana Local Customs

    In case you haven't noticed, I love the service I get in Tijuana restaurants. Of course the Servers love me too! I treat them respectfully, they treat me like a queen. I tip generously and they eagerly welcome me back! This picture is of the welcome given to my Slovak cousin by the waiters at the Guadalajara Grill upon our return. They catered to...

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  • Native Animals

    Playa del Carmen Local Customs

    We've seen the large band of coatis on both of our trips to Riu Tequila, in 2009 they were hanging out near the pool and near some of the rooms near the pool waiting for someone to take pity on them and give them a snack. They seem to come out near sundown and don't appear to be particularly frightened of the large international group of sun...

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  • Drinking

    Cabo San Lucas Local Customs

    To have the perfect shot of tequila, you start with ice-cold tequila, kosher salt, and fresh Mexican limes; then you lick your hand and sprinkle the salt, lick the salt onto the tip of your tongue, slam the ice-cold tequila and bite into the lime..... mmmmmmmm....... For a cultural tip on how to do this same activity but as a 'body shot', check out...

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  • Cultural

    Mazatlán Local Customs

    I enjoyed taking the time to talk to the vendors on the beach... Some may think it is a chore but I liked that aspect of my trip. I tried to get to know as many of them by name as I could.. They loved the fact that you remembered their name. This would also stop the harrassment of them trying to sell you something... They began stopping by just to...

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  • Hurricane Damage

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Isla Cozumel, Mexico had been devastated tremendously by hurricanes and the worst was in 2005, which was the Hurricane Katrina. Most of the business establishments in Punta Sur were slammed badly- roofs of retaurants were blown away, walls removed, etc. Some of the business owners there tried to rebuild their hotels, bars and restaurants and...

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  • Dia de los Muertos

    Monterrey Local Customs

    On November 1st Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertes, during which people go tochurchyards to visit their deceased loved ones. They do this quite exstensively, making it into a family outing almost. During these days beautiful painted, earthenware calaveras (skulls) are offered for sale as well as other earthenware products, such as skeletons and...

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  • La Michoacana

    Loreto Local Customs

    Where do the kids go right after school? Home? Naw....they go to to the "Popsicle Shop," only a half block from the mission and city hall. La Michoacana carries many different fruit flavored popsicles, homemade ice cream and gelato. It's typically open from 8:00 AM to mid-night and always has customers. La Michoacana is located just down the...

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  • Learn the lingo

    Cancún Local Customs

    Its always interesting to see the differences in words that are normal in one language, but have a very different connotation in other languages. Here, Sarah is enjoying a leisure stroll in Cancun, and we run into a Bimbo on the road! Luckily, this is just bimbo bread!!!

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  • Financial

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    if you use american DOLLAR BILLS (in any denomination) in puerto vallarta, the people to whom you give them can use them, altho they will have to go to the bank to exchange them for pesos. this is one of the strong reasons why it is more considerate to exchange your dollars for pesos before you do very much shopping, eating out, etc. if you give...

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  • Los Negocios

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Where ever you look while strolling through the streets of Tijuana you will see more than the usual. Sometimes it may be offensive, sometimes it may be a curiosity and sometimes it may even speak to you, it all depends on who you are and it is not enough to keep looking straight ahead. Look past the obvious, look beyond and don't forget to look up!...

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  • Tipping/Financial

    Mazatlán Local Customs

    Tipping... At restaurants, 10 to 15% is standard, but check to ensure a tip has not been included in your bill. Be sure to differentiate between the 15% tax and a tip. Bellmen usually receive about 3 pesos per bag and maids 4 to 5 pesos per day. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers unless they have rendered special services, such as waiting...

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  • Mayans

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    The Mayans are very friendly and very polite. We have met some of the Mayans at the entrance of the Faro Ceralain Ecopark. Some of them are well-educated and spoke English very well. They have prominent noses and darker skin and short. They are very friendly, courteous and polite and are very proud of their culture as shown in the arts and...

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  • Greetings / Courtsey

    Monterrey Local Customs

    These are typical greetings and sultations. The translations are less literal and more "general meaning." Greetings... In person: Buenas Good Buenas (tardes, dias, noches) (afternoon, day, night) Hola... Hello? Que honda? What´s goin´ down? Que pasa? What´s going on? Que tal? What´s up? Que esta arriba? What´s up? Mucho gusto. Pleased to meet...

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  • Local People

    Cancún Local Customs

    In this part of the country, more than I've seen anywhere else in the word, the locals have a wickedly brilliant sense of humour. I discovered this when a hotel worker asked where I was going and I said, "Plaza Dos-Miles." He looked at me confused, "Plaza Dos-Miles?... I never heard of it... Ohhh... you must mean 'Plaza Tabasco'. You have to tell...

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  • Nature

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    The most wonderfu thing about the "Dreams Resort" in Puerto Vallarta, is that the sea turtle conservatory is located on the beach!! We were walking early one morning on a romantic strole & were called over by an attendant, they had just hatched!! We were able to hold them & everything!!! It was such a special moment. For a donation, you can release...

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  • Food / Drink

    Tijuana Local Customs

    On the corner of this side-street off Calle 1 in the Pedestrian section, I saw this fruit cart and thought to share it with you. Many tourist are afraid to eat anything in Tijuana and of course I wouldn't try to change their minds. However, this cart full of fruit and fruit juices is popular with the people who work in and around the area. A...

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  • Food and Drink

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    IT IS OK TO EAT THESE THINGS, really! Also try out other local flavors. Go to the grocery store and pick something out that you can't get at home. The ice, on the other hand, may be questionable. You can request drinks without it. This may be an urban myth, but supposedly lime juice squeezed in your drink should kill some bacteria. Wipe off cans...

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  • Local Foods

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Mostly on the weekends restaurants (and sometimes individuals) will set up grills on the side of the road and roast kid goats, chicken, sausages, etc. Not exactly haute cuisine, but at least you see how and where it's being cooked, and the price is usually right.

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  • Music & Folk Dancing

    Cancún Local Customs

    We saw folk dancing... everywhere. Good! To be honest, I must confess that the best show was at our hotel - a large group, immense variety of dances from pre-Colombian times to Spanish influences, Mariachi, of course, and we ended dancing with them. Well... at least trying to!

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  • Tipping

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    the DAILY wage for hotel/lodging maids is roughly the equivalent of one HOUR of the minimum wage in the united states. for this reason and also because i have found the maids in every place i have stayed to be extraordinarily conscientious, i usually tip the peso equivalent of approx $2-$3 per day. in hotels, where the room might be cleaned by a...

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  • Music / Drinking

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Hey"! Is this woman being attacked by the waiter? No. Someone--me--has ordered her a 'Popper.' A Popper is a shot of tequila with 7-up--not too strong. The waiter holds a napkin under the chin, holds the glass to the lips until all is consumed then--gently?--shakes the head back and forth.

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  • Christmas decorations

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Since we were in Cozumel in early December, I saw a lot of Christmas decorations at the mall in Puerta Maya. I saw a large Nativity Scene at the center of the mall. This is part of the Mexican culture. The dominant religion is Catholicism and the people of different religious domination don't have an issue of putting Christmas trees and Nativity...

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  • Independence Day

    Monterrey Local Customs

    On september you can see a lot of mexican flags vendors, little or big, hats, bugles or anything you will use next 15th septiember night, at 11:00 PM when all mexican people celebrates their independence day. The celebration ocurrs in each central square all over the country, so I think you cant lost the event!!!.

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  • Courtesy

    Cancún Local Customs

    On arrival at Isla Mujeres, we were greeted by the staff of the private resort where we were to spend the afternoon! They put on quite a song and dance show for us as we dis-embarked from our tour boat!

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  • Shopping/Haggling

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    if you do not like the prices offered by a salesperson, just say "not today, thank you." there is no need to harangue the shopkeepers. remember that most mexicans consider all americans rich, and that most americans ARE rich compared to the average mexican family. there is little sense in bargaining over a dollar or two on a $10 purchase, prices of...

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  • Border Culture

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Cuban cigars are prohibited in the USA . So, they can be found in Tijuana. La Casa Del Tabaco changed its name to La Casa Del Habano in an effort to alert visitors that they offer genuine Cuban cigars. There are many other places advertising these hard to get gems, but not all places have the real product. Without thinking much about it I had...

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  • Benito Juarez

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    There are many streets and squares in Mexico named after Benito Juarez, a Zapotec Indian who was President of Mexico from 1861-1863 and from 1867-1872. He is often regarded as Mexico's greatest and most beloved leader. One of the main streets in Cozumel is named after Juarez and the square features the bust in the accompanying picture.

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  • Traditional Dress

    Monterrey Local Customs

    A few old men still use ranch style sombrero, in some case hand made. In this photo the girl is celebrating his 15 aniversary, in Mexico these celebratios is very special because it mark the end of the children and the beginning of the young woman.

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  • Mayans.

    Cancún Local Customs

    The Mayan culture embraces a custom of placing their hand over their heart, giving either a nod of the head or a slight bow. This is their way of greeting, leaving or thanking someone. Interpreted it means "from my heart.) It is such a lovely gesture and one that should be incorporated into all societies. Quote from the Mayan Tribal Elders, "We...

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  • Health/Safety

    Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

    Hopefully you will not need any! But, it is good to know that there are some excellent, English speaking doctors here. There is a brand new hospital here in Vallarta, San Javier and really is as nice or nicer than any I have seen in the US. Located across the street from the terminal marina.

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  • Poverty

    Tijuana Local Customs

    Walking around Tijuana you can find a lot of signs of poverty and first of all you can find beggars but not in Avenida Revolucion (main street of Tijuana) - it's forbidden there, I suppose. But when you go a few hundreds meters away (on main, crowded streets) you can find them even lying on a walkway with a hat for money. Hmm... I wanted to take a...

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  • Learn Spanish

    Isla Cozumel Local Customs

    Picture is a map of an ecological reserve, the Parque Punta Sur. Picture has nothing to do with the tip here. In highschool, it was part of our school curriculum to take Spanish language classes , required studies. In college, it was also part of our G.E. courses (general education) to take Spanish language courses. I had two years of classes in...

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  • Music & Dance

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Regional music is dubbed musica norteña, northern music, which is unique, very lively, kind of Mexican polka, with accordion, guitar and drum, and has lots of groups and fans. It is obviously not only from Monterrey but from all northern Mexico. In some tourist areas, where you can hire a mariachi group, you can also hire a trio norteño to play...

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  • Pay Phones.

    Cancún Local Customs

    Their pay-phones take cards not coins. The only coin phone I had seen was at the airport. You buy a Ladetel/Telmex card from a local shop like Oxxo. The increments are in pesos. Raise phone off hook. Insert the card the way the arrow says. Wait for the machine to accept the card. To call a USA number dial "001+ area code + phone number"

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  • Alameda

    Monterrey Local Customs

    Lesson # 325 to be a good tourist in Mexico: When you come to Monterrey, come to the Alameda (central park) and go to the big fountain to get a picture of you riding one of these wood made horses. As you see depending your height there is a horse for you. Put the mexican hat and said: "Viva Mexico!!!!!"

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  • Slow Pace

    Cancún Local Customs

    Any gringos with little patience for slow service should probably stay away from Cancun. The fact that the city owes it's sheer prominence almost entirely to foreign tourism, combined with the Yucatan Peninsula's staggering humidity, keeps Cancun perhaps a virtual opposite of such places as New York or Osaka, when it comes to a businesslike...

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  • Local People

    Monterrey Local Customs

    People go out of their way to try to speak your native language, even if they really, really don't speak it. Hee. The "backfill turkey" was actually really good. Worth all 165 pesos. Even if your Spanish is pretty lousy, you should definitely use it. Folks are pretty patient if you struggle; using Spanish shows respect; and your dinner will sound...

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  • Army

    Cancún Local Customs

    They are everywhere; on the roads, the highway. One of them got in our bus during our trip to Chi Chen Itza. Since we were on the first seats, my husband bend over the barrier. At the same time, the army guy was climbing in the bus. My husband got the end of the carabin in the face. We laughed and took this picture.

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  • Street Talk

    Cancún Local Customs

    As a woman, be prepared for men to catcall and talk to you on the street. They're completely harmless. It's just a cultural difference. Smile and walk away if you feel uncomfortable. Also everyone wants to sell something to you so people will approach you constantly trying to show you their wares, give you a ride in their taxi, get you into their...

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  • Ask for your bill

    Cancún Local Customs

    In Mexico it is not common practise to bring the bill to your table until it is asked for.When you are ready,just say'La cuenta,por favor'(the bill please),to your waiter.Do not forget the 41$ tax you have to pay when you fly home.Do not forget to keep your tourist card(visa) as you have to hand it in when you fly home.

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  • Toilet paper

    Cancún Local Customs

    In some foreign countries, you may find a little bin in the WC with used toilet paper in it. It may seem a little unsavory, but you should really follow suit. The septic system will not be able to cope with much paper without blocking! I'm sure the cleaners would much prefer emptying a little bin, to having to mop the floor after the toilet...

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  • Independence Day

    September 16th is Independence Day in Mexico, People celebrate on this day the independence from Spain after three hundred years of occupation. They do hat enthusiastically and abundantly throughout the country. On this day lots of people are out in the streets which may complicate traffic. The night before at 11 PM the Grito de Dolores" or Cry of...

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