Mexico is one of the most popular tourist countries on earth (over 20 million foreign visitors last year). Much of the tourist industry is centered around the beach resorts as well as the altiplano in the central part of the country. Visiting the northern interior allows visitors to get off the beaten path a bit. American tourists tend to predominate on the Baja peninsula and the more modernized beach resorts (Cancún, Puerto Vallarta), while European tourists congregate around the smaller resort areas in the south likePlaya del Carmen and colonial towns San Cristóbal de las Casas.


Although there is no official language by law, Spanish is the de facto national language. It is used by virtually the whole population and all public communications (signs, documents, media, etc.) are conducted in the language. Bilingual signs in Spanish and English might be available in popular tourist destinations.

English is largely spoken in border cities with the United States as well as some tourist destinations, but much of the country is monolingual. Outside these places, more educated Mexicans (specially among the higher class and young people) will more likely be fluent in the language and/or in other languages. The most popular foreign languages to learn within Mexico after English are French, Italian, German and Japanese. Clerks, policemen, and drivers (outside touristic destinations) are the least likely to know a second language, so a student or a businessman on the street will be a better bet.

(source: Wikitravel)

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