The best time to travel to Mexico
As one of CNN’s top travel destinations, Mexico is a vibrant country. Its beautiful, natural landscapes are every nature lover’s dream. Let’s not forget about the world-renowned holidays and events celebrated throughout the country that attract millions of international tourists year-round. If you’re planning your next vacation here, this article will answer your top FAQs about the best time to travel to Mexico.
Do I need a Covid test to fly to Mexico?
A negative Covid-19 test isn’t required for entry into Mexico. However, upon arrival at an airport or via land, travelers may be subject to a health screening such as a temperature check.
How many states does Mexico have?
Mexico has 31 states plus the federal district of Mexico City. Among the most popular tourist destinations are the states of Quintana Roo, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Jalisco, Guanajuato, and Mexico City.
The best time to travel to Mexico will depend on the weather conditions and activities, which vary state-to-state. We recommend you research these two points before visting.
What is the weather in Mexico in December?
If you’re planning a holiday trip to Mexico, December is a good time to travel. During this month, the northern part of the country is typically cold and dry with average temperatures of 69F-35F. The southern part has temperatures ranging between 89F-62F.
What is the weather in Mexico year round?
The weather will depend on the time of the year and the part of the country you’re visiting.
The best time to visit the coast
To the west and to the east, Mexico is surrounded by coastline. Some of the country’s prime beach destinations include Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Cancun.
The best time to visit these locations is after hurricane season between November-April. Coastlines are gorgeous, humidity levels are lower, days are warm (and not scorching hot) and nights are cooler.
The best time to visit the mountains
The Mexican Sierra Madre mountain range runs from northwestern and western Mexico to the Gulf of California. It covers the northern states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Durango, among many others. The best time to visit is between October-April when temperatures are more pleasant.
The best time to visit the lowlands
The Mexican lowland jungles run from the states of Campeche and Chiapas to the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala. The best time to visit the region is in the winter months of December-February when the weather is still hot and humid but less so than in the spring or summer.
The best time to visit the desert of the Baja Peninsula and the Northwest
The deserts of the Baja Peninsula and the mountainous plateau of the Northwest (including the states of Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Sinaloa) have similar climates.
August-October are the best months to visit since the weather is less hot and humid during the day and cooler at night.
What are the best times to visit Mexico to avoid big crowds?
If you want to avoid big crowds while traveling to Mexico, check out a complete list of public holidays here. Make sure you don’t book your flights and accommodations around popular vacation breaks.
When to visit Mexico for seasonal events
Three Kings Day, January 6th
While Christmas is a holiday we celebrate in Mexico, Three Kings Day is a special tradition. On this day, children receive presents and families come together to eat tamales, the classic Rosca de Reyes, and sip on creamy hot chocolate.
If you’re in Mexico City, be sure to stop by any of the city’s family-friendly festivals. Join in on the games, bring your kids to meet Gaspar, Melchor, and Balthasar and dig into the King’s cake.
New Year’s Eve, December 31
When you spend New Year’s Eve in Playa del Carmen, you’re guaranteed a night full of fun. On December 31, all of the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs on the Quinta Avenida and 12th Street are ready to receive tourists.
Once the clock hits midnight, ring in the new year while you enjoy a fireworks spectacle over the ocean and dance to the rhythm of electronic music on the beach.
Spring & Summer Events
Mexico’s warm climate, beautiful sandy beaches, and proximity to the U.S. and Canada make it the quintessential Spring Break destination.
Tulum is a much healthier alternative to the party and booze-filled action of other traditional Spring Break beach locations. In this tropical paradise, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and relish in some wellness and rejuvenation. During the day you can take a yoga class, book a spa day, or swim in a cenote, and at night have fun at a beach party.
Cinco de Mayo, May 5th
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day! It commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While this isn’t a major holiday, you’ll still find plenty to celebrate when visiting the state of Puebla.
Every year, locals dress up as French and Mexican soldiers and reenact the iconic battle. Once the Mexican army wins, a miles long parade with brightly colored floats and excited children populate the streets. Stay for the International Festival of Puebla where international artists and traditional Mexican dancers and musicians perform their melodies. Did we mention the delicious regional dishes you can try?
Mexican Independence Day, September 16
The best place to celebrate Mexican Independence Day is in the nation’s capital, Mexico City. On the night of September 15, the president performs the “Grito de Independencia” from the National Palace. The Grito is a tribute to the battle cry that ignited the fight for independence in 1860.
During this event, a national artist performs for the large crowds gathered around the Plaza de la Constitution, and once the Grito concludes, a stunning fireworks display ignites the sky. If you’re here, don’t forget to indulge in typical Mexican dishes and sing and dance in a cantina.
Day of the Dead, November 1 and 2
If you’re looking to experience authentic Mexican culture, you’ll want to travel to Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebrations. During this holiday, Mexicans honor their deceased loved ones through delicious food, creating altars with food offerings, and telling stories.
Playa del Carmen is a great place to celebrate this event. Xcaret park’s Festival of Life and Death educates attendees through traditional food tastings, dance performances, theater plays, and workshops.
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