San Miguel de Allende Ranked No. 1 Best City in the World and No. 1 Best City in Mexico, Central and South America for 2017

Travel + Leisure’s Annual World’s Best Awards has ranked San Miguel de Allende as the No. 1 Best City in the World and No. 1 Best City in Mexico, Central and South America for 2017.
Every year, the readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies and more in the World’s Best Awards survey. This year’s 22nd edition of the survey attracted record participation, according to its publishers. Results will appear in the August 2017 issue of Travel + Leisure and online at

“Over the past few years, our readers have anointed destinations as varied as Kyoto, Charleston, and Bangkok as the World’s Best city. In 2017, for the first time ever, San Miguel de Allende has won this coveted title. It’s clear that T+L readers are drawn to the city’s artistic, historic, and culinary heritage, as well as its beauty and hospitality,” said Nathan Lump, Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief. “San Miguel is more than a place to go to relax—it’s a place that delivers a rich experience that our world travelers are finding especially compelling now.”

San Miguel de Allende outperformed other destinations in the categories of Sights/Landmarks, Arts/Culture, Restaurants/Food, People/Friendliness, Shopping and Value to earn the No. 1 spot. Its ranking this year repeats its performance in the regional category, and bests its third-place finish worldwide, in last year’s survey.

In addition to San Miguel de Allende being named the No. 1 Best City in the World and No. 1 Best City in Mexico, Central and South America for 2017, the properties Hotel Matilda and Rosewood San Miguel de Allende were named #1 and #2 Top City Hotels in Mexico, respectively.

“Accolades such as this, which Travel+Leisure readers bestowed today on our city, are of great importance to all of San Miguel de Allende because it rewards our dedication, hospitality and friendliness and the great work each of us does to ensure that our visitors feel they are at home,” said Ricardo Villarreal García, mayor of San Miguel de Allende. “We are fully committed to our city and its infrastructure, its past, present and future, and this type of award confirms that we are on the right path.”

San Miguel de Allende, located in the Bajio region of Mexico’s Guanajuato state, is home to a melting-pot population comprised of friendly locals and hundreds of expat residents of some 63 nationalities. Renowned for its picturesque cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and perfect natural lighting, the city is a popular playground for artists of all stripes. Its colonial-era traditions, both religious and secular, provide the perfect setting to experience authentic and vibrant Mexican culture.

The city’s cultural significance, its architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque art and architecture movement, and the historical role it played in the fight for Mexican independence led to its being included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list as the “Protective town of San Miguel el Grande and the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco” in 2008.

 A delegation from the San Miguel Allende and Mexico tourism boards, as well as city and state officials, will attend a special cocktail celebration in New York to honor both the city and this year’s other winners in the second half of July. While in New York, the state of Guanajuato will also celebrate the awards with a special presentation on San Miguel de Allende to media and travel and trade industry members.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

3 comments for “San Miguel de Allende Ranked No. 1 Best City in the World and No. 1 Best City in Mexico, Central and South America for 2017

  1. Marinomar
    2017-07-16 at 5:40 am

    Interesting, Mexico is neither in Central or South America!

    • 2017-07-27 at 6:52 am

      Hi Marino – the survey included a category of Mexico, Central American and South America altogether.

  2. Chris B
    2017-07-14 at 4:31 pm

    Love this city/town, but not sure of what the requirements were for this survey but SMA is not in the top 100 cities. Love it and great to visit…Chris

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