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Mexico Travel Resources

Guidebooks and other references:

There's no shortage of guidebook choices for Mexico. Almost every travel publisher offers at least one guide, and most put out three or four regional editions. Here are a few other notable books that are not part of a regular guidebook series.

The People's Guide to Mexico . One of my favorite guidebooks ever, covering any region. It's a joy to read and a breath of fresh air. Get this one first.

Eat Smart in Mexico. is worth carrying along for every trip to a restaurant or market stall. Lonely Planet also puts out a useful World Food Mexico guide.

The Treasures and Pleasures of Mexico. is probably the best guide for serious shopping advice.

• Espadaña Press publishes colonial architecture guides to specific locations. See www.colonial-mexico.com for a listing.

Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide. is a thorough resource listing 60 hospitals and 220 physicians in 50 of Mexico's tourism locations. It also contains health advice and pharmaceutical translations.

The Unofficial Guide to Mexico's Best Beach Resorts. is the best resource for researching beach hotels.

There are specialist Mexico guides to traveling by RV, hiking, diving, kayaking, and many other activities: Search www.amazon.com if you have a specific interest.

Some dozen guides address moving to or retiring in Mexico. These include Head for Mexico , The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico, Choose Mexico for Retirement, Live Better South of the Border in Mexico, and Living Abroad in Mexico. The best for figuring out the culture and the importance of certain language elements is There's a Word for It in Mexico.

There are too many novels and historical-fiction books set in Mexico to do justice to here. See The People's Guide to Mexico and The Rough Guide to Mexico for extensive lists. Some popular favorites include Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, James Michener's Mexico, B. Traven's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Juan Rulfo's Pedro Pá ramo, and Carlos Fuentes's The Death of Artemio Cruz. Good anthologies include Travelers' Tales Mexico and Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion.

Web sites:

The official Mexico tourism site is www.visitmexico.com (with links to official sites for state and city tourism organizations).

The People's Guide to Mexico ( www.peoplesguide.com ) is an extension of the irreverent and highly recommended book of the same name.

Mexico Connect ( www.mexconnect.com ) is a subscription-based site ($30 per year) that has been online since 1996. It is probably the most thorough resource on the Internet for info about traveling or living in Mexico.

MEXonline ( www.mexonline.com ) is one of the most popular and comprehensive guides to the country.

Moving to Mexico? See www.mexpatriate.net

Our Mexico ( www.ourmexico.com) has lots of stories, news, and links.

Travelers Guide to Mexico is an online guidebook: www.travelguidemexico.com

Gay Mexico ( www.gaymexico.com.mx) covers the scene in different locales.

Mexico Boutique Hotels ( www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com) and Luxury Latin America ( www.luxurylatinamerica.com) are the best sites for detailed information on upscale lodging.

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