Even neighborhood dogs know they're safe crossing the street in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The city doesn't need stop signs or traffic lights to control the flow―just speed bumps and courtesy.
That polite and welcoming attitude is one of many reasons why San Miguel has become a favored travel destination. "San Miguel is like a Mexican Mayberrya cosmopolitan Mayberry," says one local gallery manager. That's why many Southerners and other norteamericanos have chosen to skip Mexico's lively beach scene and dive into the cultural and artistic life of this jewel about 170 miles north of Mexico City.
photo: The Parroquia de San Miguel dates back to 1683 and anchors the town's plaza.