The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season, between October and April due to the considerably better weather patterns when compared to the wet season. While Mexico is a year-round destination, it has two distinct seasons, the dry season and the wet season.
The wet season lasts from May to October and the dry season is between the middle of October and April. During the wet season, showers normally only last a few hours in the afternoon but hurricanes are something to watch out for if traveling to Mexico, especially between June and October, and if your vacation is primarily 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. The state of Oaxaca has beach towns to explore, mountain ranges to hike, and Oaxaca City: home to some of the best food in the country.
Mexico City is the cultural melting pot of the country, 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 plenty of outdoor recreation like trekking, camping, and trail adventures in the biggest canyon in North America.
The Dry Season- Mid-October and April
Something to be aware of is that the dry season isn’t always completely dry. Cold air from the United States and Canada blows down to Mexico from the Gulf of Mexico between November and January. The ‘Norte,’ (north wind) can cause sudden drops in temperature, wind, choppy waters, and sometimes even 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 the majority of the crowds haven’t arrived. Between November and 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 Yaxchitlan Maya Ruins and Bonampak on the jungle’s Usumacinta River are best explored between November and April, with December and January being the most ideal months for less rain, blue skies, and pleasant temperatures.
The Wet Season- May to early October
Rains during the wet season normally start in the afternoon, with big storms that include thunder and lightning generally lasting for a few hours before blowing over.
December through May sees the best weather in the Yucatan Peninsula, and Baja’s major 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 large numbers to the waters off of the coast; which can be an excellent sight to see off of the bow of a cruise ship. Mexico has almost 6,000 miles of coast to explore including popular surf spots in the southern region of the country. The best month for rafting is October, due to it being at the end of the rainy season, but rivers are easily accessible year-round.