The Afar Guide to

Of course you've done it before (everyone has): You let your mind wander from the gray, dull light of your office desk to an ideal Mexico beach vacation—hammock swaying softly in the warm breeze on a white-sand, turquoise-water, palm-fringed stretch of paradise. And who can blame you? Mexico has some of the finest beaches in the world, and you could spend the rest of your life exploring the hidden coves and wild resorts of the country’s thousands of miles of coastline. But Mexico is so much more. You’ve got ancient Maya ruins and cool, clear cenotes (sinkhole ponds); snowcapped volcanoes and misty mountain pueblos; railroad trips through desert canyons and people-watching in the plazas of magical colonial towns. With very little pre-planning, you can enjoy all these adventures and more—and still have time for doing nothing on the beach.

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Catherine Craddock-CarrilloMexico Local Expert

Catherine Craddock-Carrillo has always been a Mexicophile, which led her to move to Mexico City in her 20s to work as an arts & entertainment reporter and business magazine editor. During that time, she traveled around the country, met and married a charming chilango, covered the historic 2000 presidential elections, and lived, breathed, and ate all things Mexico. After moving back to the US, she worked for several years as Lonely Planet's commissioning editor for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Nowadays, she's a college textbook editor living in the San Francisco East Bay with her husband and son. They make it to Mexico at least once a year in order to visit family and friends and eat proper tacos al pastor.