Finally, we’re getting into the fun stuff.
If you follow me on Instagram & Facebook, you might have noticed that I was recently in Mexico. A few months back, I got to spend 2 months in Mexico (for certain reasons), but any spare time that I had, I went out exploring to my favorite destinations.
My favorite location (and one I always say I would love to retire one day) is San Miguel de Allende located within the state of Guanajuato. San Miguel de Allende is “a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands, is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene and cultural festivals.” I never get tired of this place. I will say that it has grown so much! I found there to be more people than in years past, but I think it mostly had to do with the holiday (Independence of Mexico in September) I’ve heard people mention that so many have moved there within the last few years.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to walk, then you will enjoy this place even more. You can easily take a car with you, but the streets can be a bit packed and it’s a challenge to find a parking space. But if you’re thinking of living here one day and don’t feel like having a car, then it will be perfect as everything is near by and at a walking distance.
It is such a quaint town and you will notice that there are a lot of Americans that live there (some are retired) and others have found the same love that I have seen in this town and have decided to begin a life there. You will walk by so many cute businesses/boutiques and will hear a lot of people speaking in English. So, if you are a bit nervous or hesitant because of the language, no need to worry. =)
The main cathedral (Parroquia De San Miguel Arcángel) which is located right in the square (El Jardín Allende), is a bit unique. I always say it reminds me of Dracula’s castle because of its distinct style and it’s one that you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Almost every time I have visited, there seems to be mass or a wedding taking place. No need to keep your wedding private because the doors will be open and anyone can just walk in and be part of the celebration. #WeddingCrashing
What I love most about this town are their homes. Walking through the streets and seeing their beautiful lamp posts, different wall colors, pots of flowers hanging from balcony’s and windows, and of course their market. If you’re looking for souvenirs, you have to stop by at Mercado de Artesanias. It’s only located a few blocks away from the garden.
The nightlife there is like no other. A few years ago, I got to celebrate my birthday there and went to one of my favorite nightclubs, Club Mint. It’s a private club and requires a reservation (almost every place does these days). This time around, we made a reservation there, but also had another reservation at a different location I had never been to before. After asking the locals, almost everyone stated to check out El Grito. So, this is exactly what I did.
El Grito (also requires a reservation and have to arrive by a certain time or else it’s lost), consists of two floors. The dance floor was a bit small and it was crowded, however, the music was really good. Because of the fact that we had arrived at a later time, we were lucky enough to get ourselves squeezed at a spot near the dancefloor. This seems to be a popular spot for locals and visitors. I would say the age group was late teens – early 30’s. It definitely became a crazy and unforgettable night! =D
If you want to really explore the traditional areas of Mexico, make sure to add this location to your list of destinations. It won’t disappoint and I’m sure you will find yourself falling in love with this place. It’s the one piece of Mexico that will forever stay in your heart.