Best Time to go to Mexico
has two principal travel seasons: high and low. High season
begins around December 20 and continues to Easter, although in some
places high season can begin as early as mid-November. Low season begins the day after Easter and continues to
mid-December; during low season, prices may drop 20% to 40%. In
beach destinations that are popular with Mexican travelers, such as
Mazatlan, and Acapulco, the prices will revert back to shoulder
season during the months of July and August, the traditional
national summer vacation period. Prices in inland cities seldom
fluctuate from high to low season, but may rise dramatically during
the weeks of Easter and
Christmas. Taxco and Pátzcuaro raise prices during Easter week
due to the popularity of their Easter-week celebrations. In Isla
Mujeres and Playa Del Carmen, both on the Yucatán Peninsula, high
season starts earlier than in the rest of the country and includes
the month of August, when many European visitors arrive.
has two main climate seasons as well: rainy
(May to mid-Oct) and dry (mid-Oct through Apr). The rainy
season can be of little consequence in the dry, northern region of
the country. Southern regions typically receive tropical showers,
which begin around 4 or 5pm and last a few hours. Though these rains
can come on suddenly and be quite strong, they usually end just as
fast and cool off the air for the evening. Hurricane
particularly affects the Yucatán Peninsula, especially from August
through October. However, if no hurricanes strike, the light,
cooling winds, especially from September through November, can make
it a perfect time to more comfortably tackle the pre-Hispanic ruins
that dot the interior of the peninsula.
July, and August are unrelentingly hot on the Yucatán Peninsula,
though temperatures rise only into the mid-80s to 90°F. most of
coastal Mexico experience temperatures in the 80s in the hottest
months. Very high summer temperatures are reserved for Mexico's
northern states that border the United States.
is another important factor affecting climate. High-elevation cities
such as Mexico City, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Real de Catorce,
or the joint volcano park of Popo-Ixta east of Mexico City can be
surprisingly cold. Temperatures can drop close to freezing at night
in winter even in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, which are at
lower elevations than those cities mentioned above. In December
1997, snow fell in Guadalajara for the first time in some 80 years.
is made up of several different regions, each with its own type of
seasonal weather, climate, altitude and terrain dictating what you
will need to be prepared and comfortable. Generally, rains fall and
temperatures rise from June through October, leaving November
through May as the more temperate, drier season.
a regional climate overview:
the desert landscape, this region resembles Southern California:
mild winters with a little rain; warm, dry summers. The Sea of
Cortes tends to be warmer than the Pacific side of the peninsula.
Annual average temperature: 68 degrees F or 20 degrees C.
subtropical desert, with over 350 days of sunshine a year, cool
winter evenings, low humidity, sea breezes. Summer temperatures can
be high, Generally cooler on the Pacific side. Annual average
temperature: 77 degrees F or 25 degrees C.
to Northern Baja, but with more rain and some storms. Annual average
temperature: 68 degrees F or 20 degrees C.
as the Mexican Riviera, it has warm tropical weather year round.
Warm, dry days and balmy evenings from November through May. The
rainy season is June through October, with daily rain showers and
warm temperatures. Annual average temperature: 77 degrees F or 27
to higher elevation, it has pleasant spring-like conditions most of
the year. Rain is frequent from June through September. Evenings can
be quite cool in winter. Annual average temperature: 65 degrees F or
18 degrees C.
this region, proximity to the coast determines temperature and
humidity. In summer, Gulf and Caribbean areas stay cooler due to
trade winds, while interior jungles are humid, with higher
temperatures. Rainfall is frequent from April through May and
September through January; temperatures can be higher. September and
October sometimes bring overcast or rainy conditions. Winters are
very pleasant. Annual average temperature: 80 degrees F or 27
Somewhat humid, with warmer temperatures. Rainfall and cool brisk
northerly winds (nortes) from September through February. Annual
average temperature: 72 degrees F or 21 degrees C.