Much of the state’s robust growth is thanks to its strong manufacturing sector, with an especially strong automobile industry.
Metals, leather goods and processed foods also make up a significant portion of the state’s GDP, and Guanajuato is also one of Mexico’s top tourism draws.
May is the hottest month, with an average high of 87°F (30°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 73°F (22˚C).
Fly into the Guanajuato International Airport (BJX) in Leon and drive for one hour to San Miguel de Allende, fly into the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO) nonstop from Dallas or Houston and drive for an hour and fifteen minutes, or fly into the Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and drive the 2.5 hours to San Miguel de Allende.
The Rosewood San Miguel takes top marks for its rooftop bar and 67 luxurious rooms and suites, with 5,140 ft² (477 m²) of indoor meeting room space plus pre-function and outdoor space. The Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada in the center of town has 37 rooms and suites and indoor and outdoor spaces for small groups from 10 to 300. The sleekly sophisticated Hotel Matilda has 32 rooms and 2,000 ft² of meeting space.
Don’t miss a stop at La Parroquia Church. Shopping in the many upscale silver, clothing, galleries and leather goods boutiques is fun, as is booking dine-around in the many gourmet restaurants. Golfers can tee off at the Club de Golf Malanquin and the Faldo-designed 18-hole Club de Golf Las Ventanas.
Coming Up: Announced late 2016, plans are underway for a luxurious, state-of-the-art 135-room Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende.