Try these out on your adventure south of the border.

Local Lingo: Spanish Tips For a Trip to Mexico

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From Costa Maya to Cozumel, Mexico is brimming with culture, lush jungle landscapes, top-notch snorkeling and scuba diving, and ancient Mayan ruins. Throw in beautiful beaches and incredible, traditional cuisine, and a Mexican cruise has something for any traveler.

Sure, you can get by using English in many of the country’s popular destinations, but it’s fun and useful to learn some of the local lingo—and may even be appreciated by the locals. Plus, if you’re one to venture off the beaten path, you’ll be happy to know more than “hola” and “gracias.” And with so much to explore and plenty of sights, tastes and sounds that will turn your head, you’ll be able to use these sayings time and time again.

To help you prep for your cruise to Mexico, we’ve collected some of the most useful tips to learn before your trip. Ready to practice your español? Come on, vámonos !


Whether it’s guacamole, beer, salsa or tequila, remember these tips when ordering.

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First and foremost, here are some tips for making the most of your authentic Mexican meals:

  • ¿Cuanto cuesta para dos / tres / cuatro / cinco? = How much for two / three / four / five?    Pro tip: You can use this phrase for any number, depending on the size of your group!
  • Voy a pedir una chela. = I’m going to order a beer.
  • ¿Aceptas tarjeta de credito? = Do you take credit cards?
  • Quiero una quesadilla de pollo para llevar porfa. = I want a chicken quesadilla to go, please.    Pro tip: “Porfa” is short for “por favor” and is a quicker way to say please.
  • La cuenta, porfa = The check, please.

General Phrases

Beyond “hola,” you may hear these typical sayings in Mexico:

  • Buenos días. = Good day.
  • ¿Qué onda? / ¿Qué pedo? = What’s up?
  • Mi nombre es ______ . = My name is ______ .
  • ¡Mucho gusto! = Nice to meet you!
  • Soy de los Estados Unidos. = I’m from the United States.
  • Tener dinero / feria = To have money / cash
  • Tengo dinero para salir esta noche. = I have money to go out tonight


When you need to get around town, keep these in your pocket (along with your pesos):

  • ¿Puedo tomar un autobús / camión de pasajeros al aeropuerto? = Can I take a bus to the airport?
  • ¿Donde esta el mercado? = Where is the market?
  • ¿Me puedes llevar al puerto? = Can you take me to the cruise port?
  • ¿Puedes ir a la playa / calle principal / restaurante? = Can you go to the beach / main street / restaurant?


Last but not least, some things you may hear while you’re out and about:

  • Gúey / compa = Mate / pal / dude
  • ¡Que chido/a! = How cool!
  • ¡Que te vaya bien! = Have fun!
  • ¡A ver! = Let’s see / Okay!
  • ¡Salud! = Cheers!


And there you have it. Wherever you’re cruising to in Mexico, these handy phrases should help you along the way. Buen viaje (have a nice trip)!