With powder-white sand, desert plains, lush jungles and rocky peninsulas; Mexico is a diverse paradise just waiting to be explored. Whether you want to experience the excitement in Cancun, culture and history in Riviera Maya or whale watch in Acapulco, there’s something for everyone.
So, if you’re drawn in by its tropical allure, but still unsure when to visit, this guide will help you distinguish the best time to travel. There are three main seasons in Mexico that you need to know about when planning your holiday:
The high season typically runs from December through to April where conditions are dry, skies are clear and the weather is hot. This is great if you want to escape the UK’s chilly weather for azure seas and the powdery white sand found in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
During January to March, it’s not just tourists making their way to Mexico for warmer conditions. Different species of whale including humpback, blue and grey whales have all previously been spotted among the Pacific waves. This means there’s the opportunity to join a whale watching boat tour to see these majestic mammals in their natural habitat. However, because of the glorious weather, it’s the busiest time of year for the main resorts across both the Pacific and Gulf coasts with accommodation booking up fast.
The shoulder seasons usually occur during our usual summer holiday periods in July and August. The weather is warm across the country with coastal and sea temperatures typically reaching highs of 29°C.
This is also the rainy season, especially along the Pacific west coast of Mexico. So, if you’re planning on visiting the palm tree embellished Puerto Vallarta, you can expect wet conditions during this time, especially closer to September. Because of this, you are also at risk of having a brisk shower or two on the Gulf Coast as conditions change each day. This is not always a bad thing as a quick shower in the afternoon can cool conditions down, which is great when visiting monuments such as the ancient ruins of Tulum.
There are two low seasons in Mexico. The first is May through to June and the second typically happens from September through to November. During May and June temperatures have been known to reach their highest, above 30°C. But, May is where the wetter weather tends to creep in slowly from the south.
September is the month to watch as it’s notoriously the middle of the hurricane season. Although this doesn’t necessarily guarantee hurricanes, it can mean turbulent conditions with heavy rainfall on the Pacific and Gulf Coasts. This means you’re more than likely to see some showers during September to November if you’re visiting the main resorts along the Riviera Maya and Acapulco. However, it’s positive to note that rain in Mexico usually happens in short, heavy bursts, especially outside of September which decreases greatly as you approach November.
As the low seasons are controlled by a rise in sea temperatures, if you want to visit inland cities such as its capital, the bustling Mexico City, this is a good time to do so.