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The Best Time to Visit Mexico

The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season between October and April. While Mexico is a year-round destination, it has two seasons. 

The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the dry season is between the middle of October and April. During the wet season, showers usually only last a few hours in the afternoon, but hurricanes keep in mind traveling during June and October on the coast.

The different regions of the country have much to offer. The Yucatan Peninsula has ancient ruins, long stretches of beach, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and colonial cities to explore. Oaxaca’s state has beach towns to explore, mountain ranges to hike, and Oaxaca City, home to some of the country’s best food. 

Mexico City is the country’s cultural melting pot, where there is something for everyone in the busy streets and plazas. Mexico cruises explore Baja and the Sea of Cortez, while Cooper Canyon offers trekking, camping, and trail adventures in North America’s most giant canyon.

The Dry Season
Something to be aware of is that the dry season isn’t always that dry. Cold air from the United States and Canada blows down from the Gulf of Mexico from November to January. The ‘Norte’ can cause sudden drops in temperature, wind, choppy waters, and rain. 

Northern Mexico is generally hot and dry, but the North American winter winds can cause temperatures to drop. Southern Mexico can get hot and humid, but the rains during the wet season cool things down. In the elevated areas, things are generally temperate. 

For those who want to explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico, the dry season is the best time to go. Sites like Tulum on the eastern coast are ideally explored between October and December when the hurricane season is over, the summer heat hasn’t set in, and most of the crowds haven’t arrived. November to February are the best months to visit Uxmal and Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula as the humidity is lower and the heat isn’t overbearing. 

In the southern Chiapas region, the sites of the Yaxchilan Maya Ruins and Bonampak on the jungle’s Usumacinta River are best explored between November to April, with December and January being the coolest months for less rain, blue skies, and pleasant temperatures. 

The Wet Season
Rains during the wet season usually start in the afternoon with big storms with thunder and lightning lasting for a few hours before blowing over. 

December through May sees the best weather in the Yucatan Peninsula, and Baja’s primary rainy month is September. For active travelers who want big water sports and marine life, May and June are the best months to surf. May and September bring whale sharks in numbers to the waters off of the coast. Mexico has almost 6000 miles of beach to explore, including popular surf spots in the country’s e southern region. The best month for rafting is October, but rivers are easily accessible year-round. 

For more information about Mexico tours that explore the different regions of the country, contact one of our travel experts to start planning your getaway. 


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