Although visiting Mexico can be a culture shock in a lot of ways, there's no denying it's pretty affordable. In fact, the peso has hit a pretty surprising low lately, which means your US dollars go even farther than usual.
But what can a handful of pesos get you in Mexico? Considering the fact that $100 USD equals over 2,000 MXN, you can get a whole heck of a lot! From affordable all-inclusive resorts to must-see (and free) attractions all over Mexico, your money might be more valuable than you think.
Let's break down how far it'll get you in terms of good food, drinks, entertainment, transportation, and even a night's stay in Mexico.
UPDATE: 2022/05/26 12:00 EST BY LIANNA TEDESCO
Here's How Far $100 USD Will Get You In Mexico
When it comes to the value of the US dollar in Mexico, travelers will still be happy to know that it goes quite a long way. During their visit, they can expect $100 to stretch in any direction - whether it be toward food, dining out, car rentals, excursions, or even car rentals. Mexico is an incredibly affordable vacation for most coming from the U.S. given the currency conversion rate, and we've updated this to reflect just a little more of what travelers can expect when using USD in this beautiful country.
12 A Week's Average Pay In Mexico
First, it's worth noting that at current exchange rates, your $100 will equal upwards of 2,395 pesos in Mexico. That could amount to about a week's worth of wages for a Mexican national, depending on their industry and skill level. Some workers make as little as 3,630 pesos in a month, while others average around 119,000, notes Salary Explorer.
While finding work as an expat might not be tough for Americans in Mexico, it's challenging for the people living there to find lucrative work. Each day can be a struggle, which is a perspective travelers should be aware of going into their spending sprees at all-inclusive resorts.
11 Travel 120 Kilometers In A Taxi
Let's say you've just stepped off the plane in Mexico City, and you need to catch a taxi (or an Uber) to your hotel or all-inclusive resort. According to Mexperience, average taxi fares from the airport to the outskirts of the city could range up to MX$550. With Uber, you can likely expect to pay a little more, but regardless, the trip will be affordable.
In short, you'll be able to make that $100USD stretch for the entire trip's transportation, even if you take cabs to cover every kilometer. In fact, you can probably afford about 120km of travel during your trip for less than a hundred bucks.
10 Enough Beverages To Serve The Entire Bar
One of travelers' favorite things about Mexico is the cheap and readily available beer. There's a ton of variation when it comes to brands, IE domestic versus import, but in general, beer is fairly affordable. You can expect each 16-ounce beer to cost about 20 pesos.
Yes, that means each beer costs only about 85 cents USD. So, with a hundred bucks, you could buy a round of drinks for the whole bar... Multiple times, depending on the size of the bar!
9 20 Pairs Of Authentic Huaraches
Mexico loves its huaraches, and we're not talking about the knockoff versions people in the northern areas tend to favor. Nope, Mexico's handmade huaraches are usually for sale in local markets, and they're a classic souvenir that you really can't pass up.
For most Mexican residents, spending MXN$100 on a pair of huaraches can seem pretty steep. But for travelers with cash to burn, that equates to about 20 pairs of huaraches to bring home to friends... Or to stock your closet with all the different styles.
8 See All The Cenotes (More Than Once)
Mexico has a lot of cenotes, underwater caves filled with sparkling water, and amazing Instagram photo ops. And while tourists tend to flock to these spots, the entry fees are pretty affordable.
Seeing the Gran Cenote in Tulum costs about 180 pesos (or ten bucks in USD), while other spots like Cenote Ik Kil (near Chichen Itza) charge 80 pesos for entry. Basically, you can see all the cenotes you want if your budget is $100 USD (and you can get to and from the far-flung attractions).
7 One Night At An All-Inclusive Resort
In some countries, a hundred bucks wouldn't get you a deposit on a room, let alone a single night in an all-inclusive hotel. And while not every resort is that cheap, there is a handful where you can spend one night for under $100USD.
This might even be the best use of your spare cash since all-inclusives tend to add in your food and beverage costs plus on-site amenities like the pool and even some spa services. It sounds like a pretty affordable deal!
6 Two Nights In A Beach-Adjacent Hotel...
While the stereotypical spring break destinations like Cancun and Acapulco can be pretty cheap, they're not the ideal spots for a more grown-up vacation. If you're part of the more mature set, you might consider Puerto Vallarta as your seaside Mexican destination.
The great thing about Puerto Vallarta is that hotels here start at about $40 per night. So, you can stay two nights near the beach in Puerto Vallarta for less than a hundred bucks. BRB, going to go pack our bags!
5 Or A Week In A Hostel
If your tastes are a bit more basic (or you just want to stretch every peso), staying at a four-star hotel might be too much. In that case, consider a hostel in Puerto Vallarta (or anywhere else in Mexico) for less than 20 bucks USD per night. That means you can stick around Mexico for nearly a week if you catch a multi-night deal.
Staying at hostels isn't for everyone, but for single travelers or couples, they can be a great way to experience a country.
4 Piles Of Delicious Tacos (Of All Types)
The quality and cost of tacos can vary widely across the country, but the price also changes depending on your filling choices. In general, however, a Carne Asada (beef) or al pastor (pork) taco will cost you less than 20 pesos. Fish or shrimp tacos can be more expensive, of course, given the high cost of seafood (even near Mexico's many beaches). Still, about 22 pesos is probably reasonable to expect.
If you roll up to a curbside taco stand practically anywhere in Mexico, you can get about three weeks' worth of lunches with your hundred-dollar bill. That's somewhere around 108 tacos, depending on your filling and whether you grab a beverage to go with your meal.
3 A Handful Of Doctor's Visits (Or A Couple Of Emergencies)
While no one wants to run into an accident while abroad, if you have to get hurt somewhere, Mexico's probably a decent place to do it. In fact, it might cost you less to head straight to the doctor's office (or emergency room, as necessary) than it does to invest in travel insurance.
Seeing a regular doctor for every day issues costs between 600 and 800 pesos, while specialists like cardiologists tend to charge more. Of course, then you have stories like the one from expat family Gringos Locos 6, who blogged about an ER visit involving an X-ray, stitches, antibiotics, pain medicine, and cleaning supplies. The grand total? Just over 1k pesos, or $55USD.
2 Just Over A Week Of Dining Out
At this point, it's no secret that the US dollar goes quite a long way in Mexico. Whereas the average person in the U.S. can expect to spend anywhere from $30 to well over $100 on one dinner depending on the restaurant, the resulting tab in Mexico is very different. There, the average cost of a dinner out is $10 USD - therefore, even at an upscale restaurant, one could afford to dine out at least eight to ten times per week... and possibly even more.
1 A Week Of Car Rentals
The average cost of renting a car in Mexico (with the proper insurance and licenses, of course) is extraordinarily cheap. Compared to the U.S., at least! On average, one can plan to spend about $14 on a car rental/day in Mexico, and sometimes even less than that. Therefore, even paying $14/day, a 7-day rental will cost a traveler only about $98 - which comes in nice and tidy underneath the $100 USD mark.