When to go to Mexico?

The best time to visit Mexico is from December to April. This period coincides with the ‘dry season’ and has the best weather for the Mexican beaches and resorts. Inland or higher altitude destinations can have different ‘best time to visit’ recommendations, see the remainder of this page.

When you are flexible in traveling dates, it can be advisable to avoid traveling to Mexico from June to October. This is both the ‘hurricane’ and the ‘wet season’ period. Some parts of the country can be hit by hurricanes and temperatures and humidity are high during this period. For some inland or higher altitude areas however, this period can be the ‘best time to visit’.

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The best time to visit Mexico

Mexico is such a large and diverse country that it can be visited year-round, however timing is extremely important. Generally spoken, the best time to visit Mexico is from December to April, when there is hardly any rain and the weather conditions are ideal for the Mexican beaches. Inland areas are best visited in the Mexican summer (May to October).

Below you find an overview of some popular Mexican sights or areas and the best time to visit:

  •  Mexican beaches and resorts: the best time to visit the Mexican beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coast is from December to April. This is the time when the ‘rainy season’ and the ‘hurricane season’ are over and the temperatures are the best to visit the beaches. If you want to avoid the crowds, but benefit from the best beach weather, the ideal time to visit the beaches is early December or early January.
  •  Inland destinations: the inland destinations of Mexico are generally best visited in the summer (May to October). Since inland areas tend to be cooler than the coastal areas. Note that some inland and high altitude areas (e.g. the Northern part of Mexico) can be cold in the winter. Keep in mind that the Northern part of Mexico can become very hot from June to August.
  •  Pre Hispanic ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula: September to November (take notice of hurricanes in advance).
  •  Mexico City: no extreme weather difference is seen during the year, the best time to go to Mexico City is during the ‘dry season’ from October to April. Note that high-elevation cities like Mexico City and San Cristóbal de las Casas can become cold (near freezing) at night in the winter.

The 'high season' lasts from half of December to Easter, this is obviously the most expensive time to travel to Mexico. The 'low season' lasts from Easter to mid November, prices are significantly lower (and negotiable) during this time of the year, except for the popular tourist spots (e.g. Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen) in July and August. This is the main holiday season for Americans, European and also for domestic visitors.

Please, note that prices in ‘inland’ cities and tourist spots are less impacted by the seasonal pattern (except for Easter and Christmas).

The neutral months to visit Mexico

The ‘shoulder season’ is the period around the month May and around the month November. The country is in the transition from the ‘dry season’ to the ‘wet season’, or vice versa. This can be a good time to visit the country for travelers aiming to visit both the coastal areas and the inland areas of Mexico.

Better not to go to Mexico

It can be advisable to avoid traveling to Mexican beaches and lower altitude areas during the months June to October. This is the time when some parts of the country are suffering from the rainy season and some parts also from the hurricane season.

The Caribbean coast and the Yucatán Peninsula can be hit by hurricanes from June to November. It can be wise to either avoid traveling to these regions, or have yourself well informed about the actual weather conditions.

The ‘rainy season’ is from May to October and starts in the South of Mexico. These are the hottest and most humid months of the year. However, it usually rains for no more than a couple of hours. The ‘rainy’ season has the most impact on the ‘coastal’ and lower altitude areas of Mexico.

If you can’t stand the heat: try to avoid the Yucatán Peninsula and the most of ‘coastal’ Mexico in June, July and August. High temperatures are expected during these months. The same is applicable to the Northern part of the country.

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Weather and seasons of Mexico

Mexico has two distinctive seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.
The rainy season is hot and can (obviously) be wet, the dry season is dry and more temperate.

  •  Dry season: November to April
  •  Rainy season: May to October

The rainy season has little impact on the dry regions in the North of the country. The regions in the South receive tropical showers that start late in the afternoon and can last for a couple of hours.

The Yucatán Peninsula and the most of ‘coastal’ Mexico experience high temperatures during the months June, July and August. The same is applicable to the Northern part of the country.

Below you find an easy overview of the average temperature (low and high) and the average precipitation of each month for Mexico. Note that the temperature is an average, inland and higher altitude areas are normally cooler, than the coastal and lower altitude areas.

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Weather of Mexico (°F) Weather of Mexico (°C)

The hurricane season is from June to October and has most impact on the southern Pacific coast and the Yucatán Peninsula.

Map of Mexico and current weather

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Mexico holidays

Below you find 2 recommended travel adventures in Mexico, organized by G Adventures.

Taste of Mexico Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins
Taste of Mexico Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

People who want to leave shortly, can find good last minute deals here: save up to 25% on Last Minute Adventure Travel Packages

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Skiing in Mexico

Skiing is possible in Mexico! There is a small skiing center in the North of Mexico, named ‘Bosques de Monterreal’. Mexico also has a couple of ‘mountaineering’ options: Iztaccihuatl and Pico De Orizaba. Normally the end of the ‘wet season’ (around October and November) is the best time for skiing in Mexico.


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  • Spring-break: it can be advisable to avoid Cancun in the months March and April, if you are looking for a quite holiday. During this time of the year, American youth is celebrating their holiday in Cancun.
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