Forget Planning: Let’s Just Go to Mexico!

Forget Planning: Let’s Just Go to Mexico!

If the cold winter months are getting you down or time off in the summer season is about to occur, think “Mexican Fiesta!” There are thousands of planned events in Mexico, but if you want to party anytime, that can also happen. There are areas of Mexico where just the fact that it is Tuesday and the sun is shinning, people are ready to ask you to join in the fun of Mexico. One can always count on music in Mexico. Anywhere you go, indoors and outside, there will be music playing most hours of the day, but after dark: watch out! Then the music really begins. Many parts of Mexico are nearly always sunny, and that seems to have a positive effect on locals and visitors alike. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to join in the fun with an adjacent table in a restaurant, especially an outdoor restaurant. The lifestyle is casual and accepting of everyone. 

Seeking Fun Inland

A friend of mine, Jane, just returned from the Lake Chapala in the Ajijic area. Her last night of her vacation, according to her, was a typical series of events during her stay. Jane was loaned an apartment by Gail to stay during her vacation. A close friend of Gail’s, Mary, befriended Jane, as soon as she arrived.  Mary invited Jane over to sit on the patio and talk about the village. They ate together several times and decided to do so that last night. They walked a short distance to a restaurant (something common in small Mexican towns).

As they were entering they began to talk to a couple they just met. The couple invited them to the same table. That happened several more times. Soon Jane realized that 16 people, aged 40 to 90, where happily eating together. When they later broke into three groups and either went home or on to more nightlife (dancing, listening to music, plays, readings, theater, or movies), Jane and Mary walked the 90-year-old woman home before stopping at one last spot for a short while. The small villages are filled with restaurants and bars. Many have live bands playing. It is common to join people and become a part of the relaxed way of life in Mexico.

Frolic Along the Coast

Down the west coast of Mexico from California, a traveler will find Mazatlan. Mazatlan is a fiesta, every night of the week. There are tour boats that take people out for a day for about half the cost of a meal in the USA. As soon as they leave the shore, there is an open bar. The entire trip the bar is open. Finally, they come to an island on a sandy beach. Each passenger can go horseback riding through the village: jet skiing, on an ATV, or more. All passengers are feed an unlimited buffet, and open bar before returning to the tour boat to return home with an open bar. It is important to keep in mind that a $35 bottle of alcohol in the USA is about $7 in Mexico. Fiestas are far less expensive.

Puerto Vallarta is south of Mazatlan on the Bay of Banderas. The bay is a haven for whales, dolphins, and turtles. The fishing is outrageous as is the power and sail boating. Seven nights a week there is a dusk trip, “Dancing Waters” across the bay – about two hours – to an indigenous village. There are unlimited food and drinks during the trip. At the village, now all in candle light (they do not have electrical power) visitors watch a Las Vegas quality (honestly) show of an Aztec wedding. That if followed by an enormous buffet of fish, shellfish, chicken, pork, beef, with a wide assortment of vegetables, fruit, and desserts. There is wine the entire meal. The trip back is an open bar with entertainment all the way there. It is a delightful experience.


If you only have a few days to get away, do not fret. All over Mexico there are opportunities to create your own fiesta at a moments’ notice. If you see a fiesta occurring, bring something to the host and join in. That is the nature of Mexico. They are hospitality plus. Come see for yourself!

Written by 2Casa Expert:  Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, author, speaker, and social scientist, is author of Empowering Spanish Speakers and other books to help understand the Latino culture. She has a BS and MS in business and an EdS and PhD in bilingual and special education and sociocultural studies. She lives in a native village in Central Mexico where she researches the Mexican culture and remodels a campesino home.