The white sandy shores and lively cities of Mexico have always been a top holiday destination. There are endless attractions to visit and activities to join in on, you just need to know when the best time to visit is.
But deciding when to travel to Mexico depends on what type of a holiday you want to have, whether you’re interested in adrenaline-fuelled outdoor sports, or relaxing on a quiet couples’ getaway. Have a look through our best time to visit guide and decide when you’d most like to holiday in Mexico.
For the weather
Mexico is a very large country, but even though it’s vast it still has similar weather patterns across its regions. Mexico on a whole has two seasons, wet and dry, and benefits from year-round warm temperatures.
If you want to stay away from the rainy seasons and really bask in that Mexican heat, you’ll want to travel between November and April. This is the country’s dry season. The temperatures here are slightly cooler than in the summer but still hot enough to relax on the beach and work on your tan.
One thing to keep in mind is that winter is also traditionally tourist season in Mexico, meaning the beaches will be full and restaurants buzzing.
For the festivals
Mexico is famed for its festivals, in fact they basically invented the word ‘fiesta’. These over the top celebrations are full of parades, street theatre and music, masks and colourful costumes, fireworks and mouth-watering traditional food.
If you’re holidaying in Mexico a great way to experience the culture is by visiting over one of these grand events.
The Day of the Dead is probably the most famous Mexican festival, which takes place between October 31 and November 2nd across the country. Over three days, families remember their past loved ones and celebrate them by setting up alters, holding feasts, decorating tombstones, making and eating sugar skulls and dressing up children in costumes.
If you want to experience a traditional Mexican Independence Day make sure to visit Mexico around September 15th. This day celebrates the independence of Mexico from the Spanish ruling class and involves military and civic parades, fireworks, food and music.
Lent is another major holiday and celebration within Mexico. This takes place at the start of the Easter season and is called Carnival, a similar experience to the more famous Mardi Gras. Here you’ll get to enjoy raucous parades, colourful floats, music and dancing in the streets.
For a quiet getaway
It probably goes without saying, but if you’re looking for a quiet trip to Mexico you don’t want to visit over the festival season. May to October is Mexico’s off season, mostly due to its extreme heat. This is also the time when you’ll see the most rain and possible thunderstorms. But it does mean that hotels and beaches are quieter, and you can wander the markets and shops with the locals.
The summer months are when Mexico’s vegetation and trees really begin to take life, and you’ll be in awe of the lush backdrop that surrounds you. Watersport enthusiasts will also want to visit then, when the water is choppy and the conditions are ideal for windsurfing and para-sailing.
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