Just because youâ€™re in a foreign country doesnâ€™t mean that you can do things on a Mexico vacation that you wouldnâ€™t do at home! Laws are in place to protect you and the nationals of Mexico so please be sure that you stay within the law if you want to have a safe, happy and legal vacation.
Here are 5 things you should avoid on a Mexico vacation:
Leave a restaurant without tipping
This is, of course, is not illegal but is rude and is frowned upon. As people from the USA and Canada might understand, people in the service industry in Mexico get low wages and are reliant on tips. As such itâ€™s good practice to leave something when dining in a restaurant; anywhere between 15% and 20% is usual for your Mexico vacation budget.
Swim in the sea when the red flag is up
The majority of beaches in tourist areas in Mexico are safe for swimming, but on occasion authorities may deem that they are not and will let you know by raising a red flag. If you see this red flag then stay out the water; it says that the currents are too strong. Likewise, if you know there is a hurricane somewhere in the area, you might find that the tides are high and currents are dangerous.
Never eat turtle eggs
There are so many wonderful delicacy to try on your Mexico vacation, that there really is no need to eat turtle eggs. In Mexico turtles are protected animals and, as such, the eggs are collected by the local authorities and removed to a sanctuary. Though some locals will try to sell you them, keep in mind that eating turtle eggs is illegal in Mexico.
Sunbathe nude or topless
Mexico is not only a very traditional, but a very Catholic country in which it is illegal to sunbathe without a bathing suit or to go topless. If you do so then youâ€™ll find yourself in serious trouble with the local authorities and police service. There are, however, some designated beaches where topless and nude bathing is permitted, but there are very rare.
Never say you donâ€™t like Mexican food or tequila
Telling your hosts that you donâ€™t like their national cuisine or beverages is likely to offend. If you donâ€™t like the food then seek alternatives, but donâ€™t tell people you hate Mexican cuisine. In general, Mexicans are very proud of their culture.
Urinate in a public place
Although this will land you in legal trouble no matter where you do it the tourist areas and more stringent about the enforcement of this policy. If you get caught in the middle of this unpleasant act on your Mexico vacation youâ€™ll find yourself the recipient of a large fine!