North America Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in North America
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean covers a huge area, and with so much to see in this part of the world, where to start? For more on the United States, go here but otherwise start here with my basic North America travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest North America travel blogs.
When to Visit
Since North America (excluding the United States) is such an enormous region that covers many climate zones, the best time to visit largely depends on where exactly you’re going. In Canada, with the vast majority north of the 42nd parallel, winters are unsurprisingly cold and dark, while summers can have extremely long days, and mild weather and in Mexico generally speaking December to April is the optimum time to visit for the best weather. In the south of the country, there is a distinct wet season from May to October, and the Caribbean coast (and similarly, the Caribbean islands) can be affected by hurricanes between June and November.
Favorite North American Destinations
Montréal – The second largest city in Canada, with a population of nearly 4 million people in the metropolitan area, though almost 35% of that population was born outside of Canada and coming from more than 120 different countries! This beautiful place is well-known for its spectacular cuisine, extravagant nightlife, a wide range of incredible festivals, and for its friendly and open population.
Mexico City – This enormous, sprawling city is fast becoming a real hipster heaven with fascinating history, amazing food, cool café culture, great street art and a young, international vibe. There’s tons of cool shopping, cute guys, a really fun nightlife scene and some great museums and art galleries.
Punta Cana – A great place for a resort vacation in the Dominican Republic, it’s surprisingly easy to chat up others, and the resort staff are ridiculously social, funny, and friendly. My weekend was one of casual cocktails, a steady flow where I was neither drunk nor sober for two full days. Sun and sunscreen and a frequent supply of fresh water were essential.
North America Tours
Sometimes taking a tour really makes sense, and often it will save you time and money compared to working everything out yourself! Take a look at this selection of North America tours.
LGBT – Gay North America Travel Guide
North America is now a great part of the world to visit for gay travelers, with most countries in the region recognising marriage equality. There are of course tons of parties, clubs and events going on in North America for LGBT tourists, but here are the top three gay pride events in North America.
Toronto Pride – The largest pride event in Canada, and among the biggest in the world, Toronto’s annual pride is a party not to miss! It happens every year at the end of June.
Guadajalara Pride – Mexico’s second city is perhaps the gayest in the whole country, the pride event here is pretty new but is second to none. It happens in June and almost completely takes over the city – don’t miss it!
Caribbean Pride – Taking place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic every September, the spirt of the Caribbean Pride event is super casual with people moving around the resort alone or in small groups, easy to talk to.
More gay travel resources here.
North America Hotel Deals
You can find literally every kind of accommodation throughout North America. I’ve always found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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