Have you ever thought of spending the Jewish Holiday in an unusual way at an unusual place? No? What about a Passover, Rosh Hashana, Succot, Shavuot or just a summer holiday? Still no? We think you definitely should. Here is why.
Mexico, one of Central-America’s most exciting and culture-rich destination awaits for you to discover its endless possibilities to make your next kosher travel an extraordinary experience.
From it’s Pacific coastline to the Yucatan Peninsula
From it’s Pacific coastline to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico boasts an exhausting list of activities both on water and on dry, and our dedicated kosher tour operators strive to find the best picks for you.
The country’s climate is at its best during the month of Nisan, with moderately hot and sunny days and pleasant evenings with very low chance of rain, making it a perfect time for getting out and about.
It’s also great to visit at Rosh Hashana and Succot, as the temperature and humidity just drops to a more comfortable level after the scorching summer months.
If you are after the metropolitan vibes, you can visit one (or all) of the buzzing metropolitan cities such as Acapulco or Cancun, or Mexico’s more historic towns like Monterrey and Guadalajara.
Wherever you go, you will find welcoming Jewish communities whom adapted to the life in Mexico, also actively work together to conserve their heritage.
Social, cultural and sporting events are regularly held in these Chabad centres where Jews from young to old meet to celebrate, practice and share their heritage.
The historical neighbourhood of Mexico City
In the historical neighbourhood of Mexico City, on Tacuba street, you’ll find the Marble Palace, Mexico’s biggest and most inspiring Chabad centres, and smaller yet equally important community houses flourish all around Mexico.
The Mexico International Jewish Film Festival is held annually and attracts thousands of movie enthusiast from every corner of Mexico as well as from abroad.
Mexico City isn’t short of synagogues either, with more than twenty of them all around the city you’ll definitely find one in walking distance from your chosen accommodation.
After indulging in the local Jewish cultural life, head to Gaucho Grill, Mexico’s best kosher restaurant inspired my the notes of the Mexican and Argentinian gastronomy.
There is also a plethora of amazing kosher restaurants not only in the capital, but in most major towns from Santa Fe to Valladolid. If you want to combine a great daytime adventure with amazing food, catch a ferry from the port of Playa Del Carmen to the nearby island of Cozumel, and visit the famous Jerusalem restaurant for an incredible kosher dining experience.
Relax and sunbathe
If you just want to hide away from the crowds, on the award winning blue-flag beaches you’ll find a quiet spot to relax and sunbathe, or, if you are looking the fast-paced action, all kinds of watersports are at hand, from snorkeling to parasailing. Okay, snorkeling might not be the most adrenaline-booster of them all…
For archeology enthusiasts and for those interested in the history and culture of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, we got some great news. The tropical rainforests of the Yucatan hides some of the worlds most spectacular ruins, and a trip to is a great reason on its own to pick Mexico as your kosher travel destination.
The most famous of them all, the ancient Mayan city called Chitzen Itza, an enormous historical site with hundreds of magnificent buildings and their remains including ‘El Castillo’ the step-pyramid that also became one of the symbols of Mexico.
It’s very easy and comfortable to visit the site through one of the local tour operators, but if you are after some real adventure, there are rare, hidden ruins deep in the rainforest that can only be visited by private tour-guides and often on foot. Despite it might not be as comfortable, the experience definitely worth a little effort.
A bit of the local people and nature
Regardless of your choice, wherever you go in Mexico, you will be amazed and touched by the incredible friendliness and kindness of the local people, whether you find yourself in a Mayan village or in one of Cancun’s busy streets.
If you visit the jungle, the unmissable and unforgettable attractions are the ‘Xenotes’, the chain of natural cave formations under the rainforests of the Yucatan that are unique to Mexico.
Descending to one of these and swim in the crystal-clear waters is a spectacular experience for the whole family, as many of these sites offer all the modern facilities to make your adventure as comfortable as you deserve.
The perfect Jewish Holiday experience
We make your search for the perfect Jewish Holiday experience easier by comparing dedicated kosher travel operators and programs in Mexico who will do their utmost to accommodate your needs, so you can escape from the hassle of serving the entire family when you celebrate at home.
Instead, enjoy to be served and get treated specially by comparing and choosing with us an expert in Jewish Holiday operator and collect unique memories this year in Mexico.
TOP 5 JEWISH PLACES TO VISIT IN MEXICO & USEFUL RESOURCES
Museo Historico Judeo (Calle Acapulco 70, Mexico City, Entry fee 20 pesos for Adults, 10 pesos for students)
The Mexico International Jewish Film Festival – 3rd Sep 2019 – Multiple cities
Monika Unikel’s visits to the Jewish Cemetary of Mexico City – Jews and the Day of the Dead.
The Polanco Neighbourhood in Mexico City (local kosher shops and cafes)
Historic sites from the ‘Converso’ era, many left undisturbed and can be freely visited
TOP 5 KOSHER RESTAURANTS IN MEXICO
Gaucho Grill Mexico City – The most famous kosher restaurant with Argentinian and Mexican inspirations
Jerusalem Kosher Restaurant & Store – The best kosher food at a spectacular location
PAZ – Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant in the picturesque seaside town of Playa del Carmen
Sinai Deli & Bakery – Family owned kosher place with delicious pastries
Baja Kosher – Undoubtedly the best kosher restaurant in the Californian Peninsula