San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful mountain town nestled in the eastern state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, about 3.5 hours north of Mexico City. Known for it's bohemian artist community, amazing food, and colonial architecture, it's cobblestone streets and bright facades are brimming with history and beauty. It was named "Top City in the World" by Travel + Leisure, 2017 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We first visited San Miguel in 2012 and instantly fell in love with its quaint charm, amazing food, and welcoming atmosphere. We've been back several times together, and could not think of a more perfect place to celebrate our wedding with friends and family. There's a reason it's called "El Corazon de Mexico" (The Heart of Mexico).
For those traveling from the US, you can book your flights to BJX (Leon Del Bajío International Airport), which is about a 90 minute drive outside of the city.
If you're San Diego based and feeling adventurous, it's very easy (and cheaper) to take a flight from Tijuana by using the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) border crossing. If you take an Uber/Lyft there, and then cross the border, it puts you right in the Tijuana airport.
United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Aeromexico, & Volaris all fly into BJX.
For transportation from BJX to San Miguel de Allende, we recommend reserving one of the following options. 1. Shuttle from Leon to San Miguel de Allende--BajioGo We've taken this many times and it's very reliable and easy. Their U.S., english speaking reservation line is (202) 609 - 9905 2. Private transportation--TransportArte Taxis and Ubers are also available throughout the City. Rental cars are not recommended, and are more of a burden than an advantage as there aren't many parking options. You can easily walk around or rent an ATV (most locals have one) if you're looking to be more mobile.
We recommend any of the following hotels. We cannot recommend AirBNB highly enough! The town was practically made for it and there are so many amazing options ranging from entire villas to smaller apartments. We've used this every time we've gone down and it's been great every single time.
Unfortunately the Rosewood is sold out, but the below options are highly recommended for the same price (around $500/night)
San Miguel de Allende is safe day and night, which is one of the many reasons why Americans and Europeans choose this city as their permanent residence or second home. We've explored the city on foot throughout the day and into the late evening and never felt unsafe. That being said, please use common sense when walking around as you would in any destination city and be aware of your belongings and surroundings.
We've never had a bad experience or reaction when dining in San Miguel, however, we realize sometimes it does happen. Some quick tips we stick to would include: 1. Drinking bottled water 2. Asking in restaurants if water is purified (don't forget to ask about ice too!) 3. Wouldn't recommend the little street vendors, stick to established restaurants 4. Caution when eating fresh fruits/vegetables (in restaurants will be fine) 5. Wouldn't recommend raw seafood