A Visit To Mexico City Airport

13 May

Many people come for their first visit to Mexico by flying into Cancun and staying at an all inclusive. The hotel staff meets you at the airport and you never have to step foot out of the compound. It may be “safe” and convenient but you’ll have a very sterilized visit to an exciting, colorful country. For the adventurer among you, I’m suggesting a more diverse vacation. Fly through Mexico City. 


Flights to and from Mexico City connect the world.

The airport is big, modern and many airlines fly here. US airlines – Southwest, Alaska Air, Jet Blue and United to name a few.  Mexican airlines are Interjet, Avianca and Mexicana. There’s probably a dozen more I’m forgetting.

Restaurant, hotel, taxi? Follow the signs.

All signage is bilingual English/Spanish and there are information kiosks with English-speaking assistance. Surprisingly, the average person has enough English to help you find your way. Everyone is extremely helpful.

Helpful bi-lingual information kiosks.

There are food courts that might look a bit familiar. At the same time, most Mexican restaurants have an English or bilingual menu.

This is Mexico?


Look familiar? All but the cheaper prices.

There are stores with tempting treats to pass the time if you have a layover.

Candied fruit, a local treat.


A gift shop for those last minute purchases.

An IMPORTANT thing to remember, no matter your airport, find an ATM and take out as much money as you think you’ll need for your entire trip. Let your bank know you’re traveling. If you estimate your budget and add 50%, you’ll be good. ATM fees can add up. Although if you never leave Cancun, you can usually pay in dollars.

Make sure your ATM gives pesos. 

From Mexico City you can travel on connecting flights to exciting destinations like Merida, Guadalajara, Oaxaca or Chetumal which is 30 minutes from our house.

Our house is on the north end of Laguna Bacalar. Chetumal is to the south.

However you enter Mexico, by air, car, boat, bicycle or bus, come for a visit. Mexico is the ninth most visited country in the world, and a great place to retire.

4 Responses to “A Visit To Mexico City Airport”

  1. Karen May 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    W did go to Cancun (three times or was it two?), but didn’t stay in the compound. We rode the buses (an adventure in itself), walked into the closest town. I used my pitiful Spanish (LOL) and people were very kind. Remind me to tell you about the two-day tour of the Yucatan in the back of a VW Bus. An amazing experience and the best $500 I ever spent. I really do want to come visit.


    • afish25 May 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

      You must you must, tell the story and come for a visit.


  2. daompatti May 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    Love your posts!

    I am considering expat-ing to Mexico, and wondered what is your take on driving there. I’d like to look at several places over a period of a week or two, and trying to figure out the best way to get around with limited time. Any ideas? How did you find your place to live? Did you use a realtor? Do you have a car now? From the States?

    Thanks, Patti Patti Carey, DAOM, LAc, CLT 2121 W. Spring Creek, Ste 107 Plano, TX 75023 http://www.patticareylac.com careype@gmail.com 972 704 3730 214 909 2114



    • afish25 May 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

      Welcome! I did most of our research online before I zeroed in on Bacalar. I found Mexico Guru, a survey which directed me to southern Yucatan based on our interests. Email me w specific questions afish25@msn.com


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