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Best time to visit Mexico

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Mexico

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A month by month guide of when to visit Mexico

Mexico welcomes visitors throughout the year, offering diverse experiences depending on the season.

Although it is a year-round destination, you should consider the regional variations in weather when planning your visit.

The dry season is from December to April and this is a wonderful time to visit coastal areas and participate in water sports.

The rainy season in Mexico typically occurs between May and the end of October. During this time, mornings are usually pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities. However, be prepared for heavy rainfalls in the afternoons, which can impact outdoor plans. If you don't mind the rain and wish to experience Mexico's natural beauty at its peak, visiting between June and September is ideal. This period is the hottest and wettest, and it's a great time for eco-adventures, exploring natural reserves, and witnessing Mexico's diverse wildlife.

Late September and October mark the hurricane season along the Gulf of Mexico and the south/central Pacific Coast. While hurricanes are relatively rare, it's important to stay informed about weather updates and be prepared for possible disruptions, especially in coastal areas.

From November to February, the inland northern regions can become particularly chilly, with temperatures dropping to freezing levels. This period is perfect for exploring picturesque colonial cities, enjoying cozy evenings by the fire, and even partaking in winter sports in some areas.

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January

In January, the weather across Mexico is generally dry and mild, with cooler temperatures in the northern regions. It’s a great time to enjoy whale-watching in Baja California, or explore the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua. Visit Mexico City for cultural events and festivities, or explore ancient Mayan ruins in Yucatan.

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February

In February, pleasant temperatures continue across most regions, ideal for outdoor activities. Celebrate Carnival in Mazatlán or Veracruz, or go snorkelling in the Riviera Maya. Witness the Monarch Butterfly migration in Michoacán, or explore the colonial charm of San Miguel de Allende.

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March

March also sees mild and dry weather, perfect for exploring both coastal and inland regions. Attend Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in various cities, or enjoy water sports in Los Cabos. A good time to discover the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan or the colonial architecture of Guanajuato.

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April

In April, warm temperatures persist across the country, ideal for beach vacations. Experience the vibrant Feria Nacional de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, or hike in Copper Canyon. Enjoy the beaches of Cancún and Tulum, or visit the magical town of Taxco.

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May

In May, the weather begins to change, as warm temperatures mix with occasional rain showers, especially in the south. Participate in the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, or explore the cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Also a good time to discover the beauty of Palenque's ancient ruins or the natural wonders of Chiapas.

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June

It starts get more humid in June, with more rain in the southern regions. Head to the Pacific coast for surfing and beach activities, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Playa del Carmen. Explore the stunning Copper Canyon or visit the colourful Puebla City.

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July

July is usually the wettest month in the year for Mexico, making it the best time for spotting wildlife. The rain generally only comes in short bursts meaning a beach holiday is still absolutely possible. Dive in Cozumel's vibrant coral reefs, visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Ideal time to explore the stunning waterfalls of Huasteca Potosina.

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August

Still warm, wet and humid in August, with occasional rainfall emphasising the thriving flora and fauna of Mexico. Take a whale shark tour in Isla Holbox or the Riviera Maya, or hike the Sierra Norte mountains in Oaxaca. Enjoy the beaches of Playa del Carmen or explore the colonial beauty of Guadalajara.

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September

September is very wet, with some areas, like Baja California, prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. Head to Mexico City for the Independence Day celebrations or explore the caves of Cacahuamilpa. Discover the charming town of San Cristobal de las Casas or explore the cenotes of Cuzama.

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October

In October the rainy season begins to wind down, with temperatures cooling off in some regions. Head to Oaxaca or Pátzcuaro for the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Visit the picturesque town of Valle de Bravo or explore the biosphere reserves in Sian Ka'an.

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November

November sees cool temperatures in the northern regions, milder temperatures in the south. Explore the wine regions of Baja California or enjoy the cultural attractions of Mexico City. Discover the underwater art museum, MUSA, in Cancún, or visit the ancient city of Tulum for historical adventure.

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December

December is the beginning of the dry season, with cooler temperatures in the northern regions. Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in lively cities like Mexico City or Puerto Vallarta. Explore the charming town of Guanajuato or visit the archaeological site of Uxmal in Yucatan.

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