With Mexico open for U.S travelers, now is a great time to look into some of the off the beaten path Mexico locations. Get the culture, adventure, and geographic wonders of this amazing country, without having to surround yourself with crowds. See our list below for the under-the-radar cities in Mexico that we recommend! 

Best Off The Beaten Path Mexico Destinations


located on the Pacific side of Mexico in the state of Colima, this resort and port town is the relaxing seaside escape you are looking for. Boasting 2 bays, the Bahia de Manzanillo and Bahia de Santiago, Manzanillo is great for divers as well as water adventure seekers. 

Guanajuato City

 for culture and romance lovers head inland to Guanajuato. For couples looking for a bit or romance visit the Callejon del Besos or Alley of Kiss where you will find balconies close enough for lovers to steal a smooch. 


If you have enjoyed Puerto Vallarta in the past, but are looking for something a little quieter, Yelapa may be your answer. Located in the Mexican state of Jalisco this small beach village offers unrivaled beaches, stunning views, and the opportunity for some true R&R. 

La Paz 

This city is an art lovers dream. Under-the-radar cities in Mexico like La Paz offer just as much, if not more, culture than large cities. Visit the Nuestra Señora de La Paz Cathedral in the Velasco Garden to take in gorgeous architecture in the city center. 


Staying inland in Mexico might not offer the stunning views of the ocean, but it will provide unrivaled architecture, art, and culture. Puebla is known for the painted Talavera tiles that you can view on many of the buildings throughout the town. 

Bottom Line On Mexico Vacation Destinations

Get off the beaten path in Mexico and experience some of the lesser-known gems this culture-rich country has to offer. Some of these underrated Mexico destinations will have you questioning how you’ve never gotten off the beaten path before. 

MAST’s Essential Packing List For Your Vacation


Getting off the beaten path can mean traveling light. A backpack is the perfect carry all for clothes, electronics and more.


A solid pair of sandals that will take you from long days wandering around town to relaxing at the beach are a must for any adventure seeker. 


Whether you are looking to take a nap on the beach, read a book in a park, or set up camp for the night, a easy to store and set up hammock is a travel must.


Staying dry while traveling is essential. A rain jacket will protect you from any weather and can be an optional light weight jacket for cool nights.

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Amber Zakem

Amber Zakem has worked in the travel industry since 2014. Although, her love of travel began far before that. Amber grew up visiting cousins stationed throughout Europe and worked as an Au Pair in Germany for a year between High School and College. She started working at a local travel agency in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after graduating from Central Michigan University. Amber began working for MAST Travel Network in 2016 and is the Social Media Specialist. She runs the MAST Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat and she teaches twice monthly webinars to travel agents on using social media to promote travel. Amber has continued her passion for travel and social media by also teaching a course at Moraine Valley Community College in their Hospitality program.