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Best Time to Visit Mexico

Best Time To Visit Mexico

Colourful Sombreros flail in the wind while spicy Enchiladas maneuver from hand to hand. This vibrant North American country is world-famous for more than just its margaritas and dancing senoritas. Mexico is a cultural haven, with a unique and glorious blend of the past and present. Where else will you discover a fascinating union of beaches, coral reefs, deserts and volcanoes? And as diverse as its nature is, its climate follows at a close second! 

While the assumption is that it’s always hot, this is wholly inaccurate. The weather varies depending upon the time of year and the destination in consideration, determined by latitude and altitude. With tropical jungles, arid deserts, lush valleys and snowy mountains, is it any wonder that the weather is variable? The rainy season and the dry season comprise of the most distinctive periods in the year, with spring, summer, autumn and winter falling under these 2 overarching slots.

While you’re contemplating the best time to visit Mexico, we’re here to guide and usher you in the right direction. Read further for a summary of Mexico’s seasons and all it has to offer.

Low/Wet season – May to November (summer, autumn)

Peak/Dry season – December to April (winter, spring)

Travel Seasons

Min-Max Temperatures

Season

Spring

17-30°C

Warm and rainy

Summer

30-40°C

Hot and rainy

Autumn

20-30°C

Pleasant

Winter

5-23°C

Chilly

 

Mexico in Spring (March to May) 

Temperature – The air temperature during the season of spring fluctuates between 17°C and 30°C. 

Weather – The weather of Mexico in spring varies according to the region and month in question. While north of the border witnesses high temperatures, the highlands enjoy a cool climate, central/southern Mexico are rendered warm and dry and the coastal regions are pleasant. The end of Spring culminates into the beginning of the wet season. 

Significance – The season of spring is a festive one indeed! From greeting the Spring Equinox to experiencing Semana Santa and Easter, there’s much to immerse yourself in. Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico City Festival, International Motorcycle Week and National Hot Air Balloon Festival are some of the thrilling events to look forward too. 

Why you should visit now – Mexico buzzes with colourful celebrations during this period. One can enjoy a relaxing time or an electric one, depending upon the month they opt for. There is a little something for every personality type!  

Things to know before the visit – If you’re planning to visit Mexico during the holy week, you will be greeted with fewer crowds and less traffic. This is simply because most individuals are heading to the beach at this time. However, if your trip coincides with Spring Break, you can be sure to witness the influx of college students galore. 

Tips – Pack for a variety of climates as the weather conditions are variable. Dress in layers so that you may shed or cover up depending upon the time of day. Make sure you include light cotton clothing along with a warm sweater and rain gear too! 

 

Mexico in Summer (June to August) 

Temperature – The air temperature during the season of summer fluctuates between 30°C and 40°C.

Weather – Mexico during summer is a hot and wet affair. While north of the border gets particularly scorching, the coastal regions are significantly more bearable, and the highlands are comfortably cool. This marks the wet season, in all its glory, which sees the landscapes spring to life with many shades of green! 

Significance – One of the most profound folk festivals of this sparkling season, Guelaguetza celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the many communities of Oaxaca! This is an opportunity for travellers to experience Mexico’s unique traditions. Other mesmerizing festivals include Grape Harvest Festival, Cantoya Fest and Day of the Crazy People. 

Why you should visit now – Summer is the most conducive time for exciting eco-adventures and marine activities. From volunteering with sea turtles to swimming with whale sharks, tis’ the season to rendezvous with the wild! Furthermore, if you’re seeking great surfing conditions, there’s no better time.   

Things to know before the visit – Hurricane season officially begins in June, although the probability of it occurring is higher in the month of August. As such, make sure your hotel offers a hurricane guarantee. It is imperative to adhere to all the necessary precautions. 

Tips – Your attire should reflect the blistering climate as well as the wet season. Pack easy-breezy cotton clothing, a warm jacket as well rain gear – umbrella, windcheater, gumboots. Throw in a pair of sunglasses and a hat. Don’t forget that all-important sunscreen lotion as you can get sunburned even on an overcast day.

 

Mexico in Autumn (September to November) 

Temperature – The air temperature during the season of autumn fluctuates between 20°C and 30°C.

Weather – The climate of Mexico in autumn can be described as comfortable and pleasing. The temperatures are friendly, and the landscapes are plus, lush and greener than ever. The latter months witness the end of the wet season, with low to moderate rainfall. 

Significance – Autumn is considered to be the best season to visit Mexico if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your significant other! From its palm-lined beaches to its spicy cuisine and steamy jungles, there’s much to tickle your fancy. This period also coincides with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated with great fervor. 

Why you should visit now – The lovely sepia period of fall is that time of the year when one of Mexico’s national dishes is in season! Chiles en Nogada is a hash consisting of a mixture of meat and dried fruit, which is covered in walnut sauce and garnished with pomegranate seeds and parsley. You must try this one!

Things to know before the visit – Since it’s off season, you’ll be able to enjoy the serenity and calm of this cultural city. Fewer crowds, shorter queues and more attentive service is to be expected. As there are fewer families traveling with children, it's an amazing time to plan an adults-only getaway. Furthermore, better deals on travel and accommodation can be availed of! 

Tips – It is advisable to account for varying climatic conditions, much like the other seasons would caution. Although the wet season will have started to diminish, you must pack some rain gear! You may flaunt outfits such as dresses and jumpsuits but remember to throw in that cardigan/sweater. 

 

Mexico in Winter (December to February) 

Temperature – The air temperature during the season of winter fluctuates between 5°C and 23°C.

Weather – Mexico during winter experiences frosty temperatures in the north, while central and southern regions witness significantly warmer climates. While cities such as San Cristobal de las Casas get quite cold, the beachy regions are sunshine friendly. This is also the best climate to visit Mexico, if you’re craving the snowy backdrop of mountain ranges. 

Significance – If you’re searching for back to back Mexican extravaganzas, the season of winter is the absolutely perfect time. The festivities kickstart on the 12th of December with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is followed by magical Christmas celebrations and other unique galas such as el dia de Reyes and Fiesta de los Parachicos! 

Why you should visit now – The winter months are the most conducive time to glimpse certain exotic species of wildlife. Cuddly whales, elegant migratory birds and graceful insects such as that of the orange winged monarch butterfly are common occurrences! 

Things to know before the visit – This is the busiest time of year in terms of travel and tourism. As such, be prepared for long queues, larger crowds and slower service. Make sure to book airfare and accommodation well in advance. Also, plan your itineraries based on Mexican national holidays!

Tips – Your attire will vary according to the region you’re exploring. Irrespective, account for chilly conditions. Pack long pants, full sleeve shirts, cardigans and sweaters. Throw in those gloves, mufflers and beanies in case you’re traveling to the mountains. If you’re heading to the beach, account for warmer weather. 

 

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