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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Travel Guide

This year, I celebrated my birthday in the world’s “Best City” according to Travel and Leisure. I first learned about San Miguel de Allende from my parents several years ago. With its cobblestone streets, small town feel, cute boutique shops and a city center, this town had everything I needed for my birthday.

Facts about San Miguel de Allende

“Central San Miguel de Allende is also known for its churches and numerous colonial buildings and is a national historical monument; in 2008 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.” Source: Britanicca

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ENJOY LIFE NOW. THIS
IS NOT A REHEARSAL.
~ UNKNOWN

Airports
There are two airports that you can fly into. The closest is Leon, Bajio (BJX), which is about 30 min. away.

The other option is flying into Mexico City’s airport then taking a bus ride or car to San Miguel de Allende. This will take at least 4-5 hrs. drive by bus and 3 1/2 hours by car.

Transportation
We had a shuttle reservation called Bajio Go Shuttle that picked us up and dropped us off at the airport. It is a shared van ride similar to SuperShuttle and I highly recommend them for service and comfort. The cost is $100 roundtrip/pp not including tip.

You can also take a personal car service of your choice. Uber, I believe, is not a common transportation at the airport.

Language
Most tourist areas such as restaurants and stores speak English but, Spanish can get you a long way.

Cash and ATM
Cash is king in this town. Most places requires cash only. There’s a Santander and a Citibanamex bank at the city center. We used the Citibanamex atm that was located inside a bank and never had issues.

Health & Safety
The area is relatively safe. In comparison to Mexico City, this place has a much calmer lifestyle. Additionally, it is a popular retirement destination for Americans, Canadians, and Europeans. It is therefore common to see solo travelers in town. Nevertheless, one should always remain alert. Make sure you never flash your jewelry, money, or other valuables.

Our first few days of the trip were a little rough when it came to sickness. My boyfriend and I got stomach aches. However, we felt better after we bought tums from the pharmacy.

Accommodation
There are a ton of options from boutique hotels and airbnbs. During our stay, we rented an airbnb with a rooftop and good wifi that was two blocks from the city center. We were very pleased with the outcome. 

Tourism
During the weekdays, it wasn’t too crowded due to the hot weather. The weekend, however, was a completely different story. Aside from tourists, the city is packed with out-of-towners from cities like Mexico City. Dinner reservations are highly recommended as most restaurants are fully booked.

Weather
The summer heat hit us in June, so it was hot during the day and cold during the night. As we came during shoulder season, we also had one night of rain while walking around town. Otherwise, it was hot and sunny.

The peak of the heat was between 3 and 5pm, so we wore our hats during the day and stayed indoors (working a bit) during that time.

Places to Eat in San Miguel de Allende

You can find plenty of restaurants and cafes in San Miguel de Allende. Reservations are recommended for dinner especially on weekends to ensure seating.

Things to See and Do in San Miguel de Allende

The quaint town is brimming with things to do for those who enjoy small town life, colorful streets, and local markets. 

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