Some people’s idea of how to have fun on vacation has to do with how many sightseeing landmarks you can squeeze into each day of your carefully planned itinerary. And then there are those of us that really know how to hang loose on vacation. When you want to be surrounded with like-minded, relaxed people, get off the beaten track and visit these somewhat undiscovered-by-tourists towns for some chill vibes at these boho hangouts in Mexico.
Hippies know this awesome surf spot as the place to chill out all day and attend a rave on the beach all night. Art galleries lining many of the streets sell pieces by the island’s Huichol indigenous people. Good vibes abound, as do the beginner surfing and advanced partying opportunities. Lots of foreigners live here, so tourists won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Bring your sunscreen and a happy attitude to fit right in.
Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi
This remote village in the Sierra de Catorce was once an operational mining town that underwent an economic depression, leaving behind ruined buildings and the atmosphere of a ghost town. There’s something about a ghost town that enchants adventurers, however, this beautiful but broken village became slowly rebuilt. These quaint, crumbling buildings now house lively restaurants and bars, artists’ studios, jewelry and craft makers, and their shops. Athletes love to come here to train because of the high altitude, and spiritual seekers love to come here and partake in the use of peyote as an exploration tool that is much-used in the town.
San Cristobal de Las Casas
San Cristobal de Las Casas is a 500-year-old town filled with cobblestone streets, secret courtyard gardens, and incredible traditional architecture. Its beauty and intrigue may not be a very well kept secret, as the town sees its fair share of tourists. But with its solid base of ex-pat residents, you will find no shortage of artists, philosophers, backpackers, and mystics to hang out with. Don’t leave without checking out the Museum of Amber, and trying their famous local cheese.