The land of tacos, tortillas and tequila is definitely one of the top destinations in the North America, if not the whole world. Mexico boasts a wide diversity of spectacular natural sights, powdery white sand beaches, and mariachi bands.
The country is usually associated with bright sunny weather all year round, which might not be the case. It is important to be mindful of the best time to visit Mexico. When planning a trip, you should know whether it is low or high season to suit your pocket. Most importantly, you should know what to expect in terms of weather and the festivals you can attend there. Before we discuss the best time to visit Mexico, let us first briefly scan through the top destinations frequented by tourists in this beautiful country.
Mexico’s capital city, the gateway to this country, is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The low season is good for budget travelers, and it typically runs from around April to December. From the U.S., ticket prices are generally uniform across the year, and finding a cheap plane ticket may not be too difficult. Even though the low season lasts nine months, hotel prices are significantly higher during Easter and Christmas. You can avoid the rainy season, lasting from May to October in Mexico City. Keeping all these factors in mind, November is the best month to visit. If you go earlier in the month, you can also witness the Day of the Dead celebrations.
The place is synonymous with the spring break, when throngs of students descend upon this place famous for its notorious party culture. A firm favorite of the visitors from the U.S., this Caribbean coastal town offers hot and humid weather through the year. Cancun follows the same high and low seasons as Mexico City. However, unlike the capital city, the rates go up during the summer months of July and August. If the high prices are not a deterrent, the crowds could be a reason to avoid this beach destination. As mentioned earlier, March and April can also be avoided if you are not a student and want to avoid spring break shenanigans. But if that is what you are looking for, then just go ahead and plan your trip.
What was once a sleepy seaside town of Puerto Vallarta now attracts tourists from within Mexico and abroad. There is a steady flow of tourists from March to November, the high season for Cancun. Taking all the factors in to account like the weather, low prices, crowds etc., the best time to visit Cancun is October. You can avoid the crowds, rains, and high prices.
Situated at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, it is rated as one of the favorite tourist destinations in Mexico. The high season for the resort city runs from around December until the end of April. The Los Cabos Corridor is one of the most popular vacation destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The waters around Cabo are home to marine wildlife, including rays, sharks, mahi-mahi (dorado) and striped marlin. You can hunt for bargain hotel deals and offers between May and September. It is best to stay away during the hurricane season, which lasts from August to September. A popular activity in Cabo is to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Gray Whale, which migrate down from the Arctic.
San Cristóbal de las Casas
This colonial town, is part of the Pueblos Mágicos, or the Magical Towns of Mexico. It is known for its incredible architectural beauty. Tourists interested in architecture and history flock to the place to view the Historical Center and its houses with wide patios and flowery balconies. The mysterious city is high in the mountains, in the southern state of Chiapas. The elevation means the evenings are chilly, the region becoming quite cold during the winter months, from November through January. Though the hotels in southern Mexico are much cheaper, prices shoot up during the Festival of San Cristóbal, which runs from July 17 through July 25.
To know when to travel to Mexico, the first thing you need to bear in mind is that the country only has two main seasons. Due to its geographical situation, Mexico has a dry season and a wet season, although the rains tend to be most plentiful in summer.
Best Time to Travel to Mexico
The best time to visit Mexico is from November to April, the dry season. During the rainy season, between June and October, travel and exploration is difficult, and it is hard to enjoy the beaches and the outdoors. Though we mentioned May as the best time to visit Mexico, the country is really hot and dry then, and so travel could be avoided then.
Still, not all places have the same climate, and the weather depends on the altitude. It can get quite cold in the mountains, though the south of the country is warm throughout the year. Again, it is best to travel over during the dry months, which are from November to April.