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jennifer rose

Jan 8, 2007, 7:01 AM

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Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Now I'm talking about those who can afford to vacation abroad, so let's not derail this thread with discussing those who can't.

What got me to thinking about this was an article in a Buenos Aires newspaper reporting that Argentines spent the least in Punta del Este, a beach resort in Uruguay. The highest rollers, the paper reported, were the Mexicans, spending $180 USD/day. And they were the third leading nationality staying at the Conrad, a pricey hotel there. A year ago, I'd read in Siete Dias, the Sunday magazine that accompanies many newspapers in Mexico, that only 5,000 Mexicans visited Argentina in the past year, and it suggested that Argentina was a less costly venue for Mexicans than San Antonio, Texas.\

Last week, I mentioned to my orthopod that I planned to vacation in Argentina, and he expressed some surprise, insisting that the US was a much better place to visit. Cheaper, in his mind, and more attractive. A good many of my Mexican friends think it just doesn't get much better than going to the US, Canada, or the traditional favorite, France. And that led me to wondering, where do Mexicans go when they vacation abroad?


Jan 8, 2007, 9:27 AM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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One of our nieces and her husband, and their children, her husbands’ brother and wife, and their children just returned from a one month Christmas vacation to Orlando, Florida. They frequently vacation in The United States; it is their favored foreign vacation and shopping destination.

Most of the members of my wife’s Mexican family that take foreign vacations or trips go to The United States, or Canada. Many members of her family are citizens of those two countries, either by birth, or naturalization. Having a place to stay as a non-paying guest probably influences their choice of destinations.

One of her uncles in Canada had to flee for his life during the dirty war in Mexico. After living in several European, and South American Countries, he ended up in the French speaking area of Canada and loves it there. A sister joined him there after a few years, she is married to a man from Romania, and he is married to a lady from somewhere in Latin America.

When we have a large family gathering, it’s kind of like the tower of Babel, 4 or 5 different languages will be heard being spoken.

One of my wife’s aunts is the widow of a Cuban diplomat. She receives a generous pension from the Cuban government. She owns and lives in a luxurious apartment in Mexico City. The Cuban government also maintains and staffs an apartment for her in Havana. Communism is very rewarding, but not for the common people.

Several family members have gone on vacations to Cuba. All of them that have gone there say that they will never go back. Being native Spanish speakers, they all became aware of things that would fly right over the heads of the average English speaking tourist there, particularly the great number of secret police in the resort, and beach areas.

The secret police are not there to spy on the tourists, but to monitor the hotel, and wait staff serving them, and to keep any common Cuban citizen from talking to them. If anyone that has gone to Cuba noticed an unusual number of unaccompanied young men strolling the beaches, or standing near, and within earshot of dining tables, you have seen what a secret policeman looks like.

Cuba is out as a destination for our family.

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo


Jan 8, 2007, 11:24 AM

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Re: [RexC] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Middle class friends here in QRoo all go (some multiple times) or want to go to the US to Disneyland or Disneyworld with either their kids or their grandkids. They are amazed that I grew up going to Disneyland, went to a high school grad party there and can't stand the place.

Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán


Jan 8, 2007, 2:55 PM

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Re: [sfmacaws] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Las Vegas


Jan 8, 2007, 3:33 PM

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Re: [Brian] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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The friends I know mostly travel to western Europe -- Spain (Barcelona), France, Netherlands, Italy, etc.

I was on cruise in the Greek Islands last year and there were three Mexican couples on board from Aguascalientes and Guadalajara.


Jan 8, 2007, 4:18 PM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Ski vacations to Vail Colorado, no ski resorts in Mexico.



Jan 8, 2007, 11:24 PM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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I have encountered vacationing Mexicans in various places also. Vancouver (the top of Grouse Mountain) sightseeing and throwing snowballs, in a Chinese restaurant near Vancouver, Phoenix and Tucson shopping, cruising in Europe and the Caribbean (Mexicans have great fun in the onboard casinos).....and yes, definitely Disneyland for the children. Cuba intrigues some Mexicans we know, however Argentina doesn't.


Jan 9, 2007, 12:38 AM

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Re: [Marlene] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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The last time I encountered a large group of Mexican tourists was on a bus between airports. The bus started in Seattle, stopped at Bellingham where I got on and then headed to Vancouver, BC where I was flying out of when coming back to Ajijic.

Fully 1/3 of the bus was filled with prep-school students on summer vacation from Monterey, Mexico heading North to Vancouver and I think Whistler. They, of course all spoke English and were shocked that I spoke Spanish, they had a very low opinion about the language abilities of folks in my part of the world NoB. I told them that most folks around Vancouver spoke several languages. I didn't mention that the other language these days was also one spoken in China or India. They of course denied that the only reason that they were going to Vancouver was because of the high quality of the BC bud available there. I had a great time teasing them.

These kids were from very rich parents and a few even had relatives to include their parents with weekend homes along the shores of Lake Chapala. They were shocked that I am a snowbird and also have a home NoB. They incorrectly believed that the typical Gringo who came from NoB, needed to do so because that it was cheaper in Mexico to live and that the majority of us who did so were lower middle to low class.

I, of course exaggerated my wealth and told him that there were a few like that, but that most of us were rich like their parents, and that we had many homes, one of which was lakeside.

They were great kids. It was fun teasing them. But they had very incorrect images of the typical American and Canadian living lakeside, just like many of us have very incorrect images of our Mexican neighbors lakeside or where ever in Mexico.


Jan 9, 2007, 6:19 PM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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The father of a friend of ours was born in Argentina. Our friend taught himself Spanish and has visited Argentina several times to meet family. He now lives in Louisville, KY. I asked him the question of where Mexicans vacation. With his permission I have copied his letter for everyone to read his take on it. Looks like Disneyland or World gets the #1 vote. Here is his answer:
I don't know where the Mexicans or the Central Americas like to go on vacation. If I had to guess about South Americans I'd say number one vacation site (with kids) is Disney World in Orlando. I have Cuban friends with families in Miami (big surprise). These Miami Cubans love to go to Argentina. Great food, great people, great prices and of course, same language. Argentina is cheaper than here for everything, especially food. One exception is gas which cost about $4.00 a gallon. Automobiles are about the same price as here. Overall I don't think it's cheaper than Mexico but it's definitely cheaper than the USA. One reason the South Americans come is because everyone wants to see the USA and the airfares to Miami are very cheap. Everyone wants to see New York, Chicago or San Francisco, but just like for us gringos, those cities requires money. From the people I've talked to in Argentina or Cuban friends in Houston, Spain seems to hold the most interest when it comes to Europe. I guess because of their history with Spain and of course the language. From my own experience, Canada is about equal to the USA, England is more expensive and Argentina is definitely cheaper. In 2001 we went to Italy and it seemed about the same as here. I think that's changed now due to the Euro.


Jan 10, 2007, 6:56 AM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Lots of Mexicans with lower incomes take beach vacations at Padre Island in Texas (I am not sure why). One of the most popular vacations is the "shiopping vacation," where they fly in from Monterey to DFW Airport and head over to Grapevine Mills for a full day of shopping before taking a late plane home. The number of Mexican shoppers there is huge, especially prior to Christmas. And of course, lots of Mexicans, especially the younger ones and grandparents, come to the USA to spend vacations with their cousins and children and grandchildren who live here.


Jan 12, 2007, 12:59 PM

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Re: [jennifer rose] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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In early November I accompanied my daughter on her business trip to Rio de Janeiro (five star hotel in Rio gratis - I could not pass that up ;-) and met a lot of Latino couples on guided tours there. Most were from South America or Spain, but have met a group of Mexican women and several Mexican couples. And in December I met some Mexicans on a flight from Hawaii, so I guess they go anywhere where other people go.
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Jan 21, 2007, 10:14 AM

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Re: [MariaLund] Where do Mexicans vacation?

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Just saw this interesting thread and want to add one more observation. We visited a beautiful beach resort North of Manzanillo (Blue Bay Los Angeles) a year ago November and discovered that we plus one more American couple were the only gringos there at the time. The rest of the people (several hundred at least) were all Mexican. We had a blast and everyone was just super nice to us. It's probably a little cheaper option for some who cannot afford to go abroad.
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