Teotihuacan Travel

Mexico › Visiting Teotihuacan
Updated: March 7, 2022

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Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes some of the world’s tallest pyramids, one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Mexico, and also one of the most easily accessible.

Teotihuacan pyramid of the sun visitors climbing
Visitors are allowed to climb the stairs to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, one of the two largest at Teotihuacan.

Visiting Teotihuacan – Tips & Info

  • The ruins are open daily 9am to 5pm and cost 80 pesos to visit.
  • There are five entry gates (“puertas”), but buses (and most visitors) aim for Puerta 1 or 2.
  • Aim to arrive at Teotihuacan just before opening time at 9am – this is by far the busiest Mesoamerican site in Mexico, so it pays to get an early start
  • Allow around at least half a day to visit the ruins – aim to eat lunch here if possible.
  • Hire an official guide (once inside the entrance), or obtain a comprehensive written guide before touring the site, as there are very few signs in English.
  • Guides charge around 850 pesos for a 1 to 2 hours and 1500 pesos for a 2 to 3 hours. Non-Spanish speakers should make sure the guide’s English is good before paying.
  • Local vendors sell snacks, drinks and handicrafts outside and inside the site – bring peso cash for these.
  • Note that it is permitted to leave the site for lunch and re-enter with your original ticket (see below for eating suggestions).
  • You can climb the Teotihuacan pyramids (only halfway up the Pyramid of the Moon), but numbers are restricted and lines form for the Pyramid of the Sun soon after opening at 9am. It’s a short but energetic hike to the top, aided by support ropes, but visitors with mobility or fitness issues may have problems..

The main attractions at Teotihuacan are the monumental pyramids along the 2 km “Calzada de los Muertos”, the Causeway of the Dead. The Pyramid of the Sun (“Pirámide del Sol”) is a gargantuan, 70-meter high structure with sensational views of the whole site from the top. The similar Pyramid of the Moon (“Pirámide de la Luna”) at the end of the Calzada de los Muertos is slightly smaller but provides the best overview of the site’s overall layout (though it’s only possible to climb as far as the platform half way up).

Other highlights include the Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl, an artfully restored palace with finely carved pillars and original frescoes. Opposite Gate 1 (Puerta 1) is La Ciudadela, a huge sunken square, surrounded by stepped platforms, once serving as the city’s administrative heart. The main attraction here is the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, with its four steps featuring ornate bas-relief sculptures.

Be sure to also visit the two site museums, the Teotihuacan Culture Museum (“Museo de la Cultura Teotihuacana” at Puerta 5) and the Museum of Teotihuacan Murals (the “Museo de Murales Teotihuacanos” at Puerta 3A), crammed with precious artifacts discovered at Teotihuacan, from obsidian tools and ornately decorated ceramics, to burials recovered from under the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The “Ex-Museo” near Puerta 1 is reserved for temporary exhibitions featuring the latest finds at Teotihuacan.

Teotihuacan moon pyramid avenue of the dead
Visitors are allowed to climb half way up the Pyramid of the Moon, which has the best views of the entire complex. ‘The Avenue of the Dead’ is the central spine running through the site.

Frequently Asked Questions about Teotihuacan

Where is Teotihuacan?

Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city in central Mexico, located in the federal State of Mexico, in-between the modern towns of San Juan Teotihuacán and San Martín de las Pirámides. It lies some 50 km northeast of central Mexico City.

How big is Teotihuacan?
Teotihuacan covers around 20 square kilometers (8 square miles), though satellite communities are thought to have existed far beyond these boundaries (up to 30 square kilometers). The main tourist site today covers around 2.6 square kilometers (652 acres). At its peak 100,000 to 200,000 people may have lived here. Today around 47,000 people live in the adjacent community of San Juan Teotihuacán.

What is the history of Teotihuacan?
Teotihuacan was one of the largest and oldest Mesoamerican cities, with early communities forming here around 600 BC. The city proper was established during the “Teotihuacan I” phase (200 BC to 1 BC), while the city grew to be the biggest in the Americas in “Teotihuacan II” (1–350 AD). The famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon were completed in this period. The city reached its peak during “Teotihuacan III” (350–650), when it became the predominant power of ancient Mexico, conquering rivals as far as Copán in modern-day Honduras. “Teotihuacan IV” marks the decline of the city between 650 and 750. The reasons for this are still debated, ranging from internal unrest (civil war), to ecological collapse (droughts). Small communities remained among the ruins however, and during the heyday of the Aztec Empire in the 15th century Teotihuacan was a sacred place of pilgrimage, the place where the sun was born. Major excavations and research began in 1905, and the city became one of the first Mesoamerican sites to be developed for tourism. Discoveries are still being made – excavation of a tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent began in 2010 and took several years.

Teotihuacan Mexico ruins venus pyramid carvings
Amazing stone work and carvings at the Pyramid of Venus.

How do I get to Teotihuacan?
Most tourists visit Teotihuacan on day-trips from Mexico City. Taking an organized tour (with transport by bus included, from around 900 pesos) is the most convenient option and is easy to arrange at hotels in the city, but it’s also relatively straightforward to visit independently – a far cheaper option, and allowing more flexibility. Buses depart Mexico City’s Terminal del Norte (“Autobuses del Norte” metro stop, Line 5), every 20 minutes or so through the day to Teotihuacan via Autobuses Teotihuacan ( It takes around 1 hour and costs around 110 pesos return. It’s usually a little faster to take the Metro to the Indios Verdes station (line 3) and take a bus to “Las Pirámides”.
Regular taxis in Mexico City are likely to charge well over 1000 pesos for the trip to Teotihuacan – take an Uber or the bus.
Amigo Tours is a recommended operator for guided tours of Teotihuacan – they offer early access tours which arrive before most of the other tour groups (

What about Uber?
Uber is available in Mexico City – one-way rides to Teotihuacan from the Zócalo in the center of Mexico City cost around 490 pesos.

Can I drive to Teotihuacan?
It’s relatively straightforward to drive to Mexico City from the US (it’s 590 miles/950 kilometers from Brownsville, Texas), but this not recommended. The Mexican border states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas have been affected by drug cartel violence, and the roads in and around Mexico City are heavily congested and confusing to navigate. It’s also possible to rent a car once here and drive to Teotihuacan from Mexico City, but it’s much easier to take a bus or a guided tour, especially for first-time visitors.

Do I need a car in Teotihuacan?
No. The site itself is pedestrian only and small enough to explore on foot.

When is the best time to go to Teotihuacan?
Teotihuacan is a year-round attraction, but the best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April – nights can be cold, but during the day it’s likely to be sunny and warm (especially March and April). Summers tend to be hotter and rainy. Aim to arrive early to beat the crowds; avoid Sundays and Mexican public holidays altogether, when the site is mobbed with visitors and long lines are common to climb the pyramids.

sun pyramid stone plaza
The massive stone plaza in front of the Pyramid of the Sun.

Where should I stay in Teotihuacan?
Most people visit Teotihuacan on a day-trip from Mexico City. Visit our Best Places to Stay in Mexico City guide for more info. It is possible to stay next to the ruins, which can make it easier to get an early start – our favorite is the Villas Teotihuacan Hotel Spa, within walking distance of Gate 1 (Puerta 1), with basic but adequate rooms and swimming pool.

What are the best things to do in Teotihuacan?
There’s only one reason to come here – the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan (officially “Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan”).

What are the facilities like?
Tickets are sold at each of the five entrances to the site, though toilets are only available at gates 1,2, 3 and 5. Gate 3 is the only accessible entrance (with ramps and walkways for wheelchairs). An official INAH bookstore at Gate 5 sells maps and guidebooks to the site. Souvenir and handicraft shops cluster around each entrance, and official guides are available for hire at all five gates.

Teotihuacan pyramid climbing steps
Climbing the steps of the various pyramids in challenging and fun.

What about food?
It’s worth exiting the site to eat at one of the restaurants just beyond the gates (it’s permitted to re-enter afterwards). Our favorite is La Gruta (200m west of Puerta 5), a fine restaurant charmingly located in an open-sided cave, with traditional dance performances and typical Mexican food. Las Pirámides, the official restaurant at Puerta 1, offers the best views of the pyramids and fairly decent Mexican food, as well as three-course set menus.

What currency is used in Teotihuacan?
The Mexican peso (often pre-fixed with a “$” sign) is the currency of Mexico and used in Teotihuacan – vendors in and around the site will often accept US dollars (albeit at poor exchange rates), though entry to the site itself will be paid in pesos.
Bring lots of peso cash for small purchases like bottled water and snacks.

Is Teotihuacan safe?
Yes. Teotihuacan itself has avoided the drug violence that has affected other parts of Mexico, and is generally free of petty crime.

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Mexico City Restaurants

MexicoMexico City › Best Restaurants
Updated: March 7, 2022

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The 13 Best Restaurants in Mexico City

  1. Pujol • $$$$
    The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list named it the best restaurant in Mexico and all of North America. Its creator, Enrique Olvera, is a rockstar in the world of chefs. His signature dishes offer a fancy reinterpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine. Diners can choose between a seven-course tasting menu and a nine-course taco bar in Japanese omakase-style. Bookings should be made well in advance.


  2. Quintonil • $$$$
    Quintonil regularly competes with Pujol for the first place as the best restaurant in Mexico and sometimes it beats it. Patrons have the option of ordering à la carte or choosing the ten-course tasting menu. The selection of ingredients by Jorge Vallejo, the chef, depends on the harvests of the season, so the menu changes constantly.


  3. Carmela y Sal • $$$
    In the 2019 edition of México Gastronómico, a culinary guide published by Larousse, Gabriela Ruiz was named the best chef in Mexico. The chef was born in Tabasco, a state in the south of the country, and she brings the essence of her childhood cuisine to her restaurant. With a keen ear that makes her a music lover, the chef uses synesthesia to create her dishes and the menu exudes rhythm and cadence. There are also options for vegans and vegetarians.


  4. El Huequito • $$
    If there’s a dish that represents Mexico City, it’s undoubtedly the taco al pastor. El Huequito, first opened in 1959, offers a “gourmet” version that arrives at the diner’s table topped with marinated onion, guacamole, and orange sauce, the house’s secret weapon. This veritable hole-in-the-wall (the literal translation for “huequito” is small hole) started out in a space that occupies a mere 11 square feet, but the restaurant now has branches throughout the city.


  5. Páramo • $$
    This place has no sign indicating its name, it’s open only in the evenings, and in speakeasy style, has gained popularity through word of mouth. Its menu offers a combination of the owners’ homemade recipes influenced by classic canteen fare. The atmosphere is unbeatable and they organize different events all the time, from social gatherings and pulque tastings to sets by famous DJs.


  6. El Cardenal • $$
    This is one of the most representative restaurants of traditional Mexican cuisine. Paying special attention to elaborating raw materials in house, they produce their own tortillas, bread, and chocolate. There are three branches in the historic center, one in the west of the city and one in the south.

    Location – various

  7. Rosetta • $$
    Rosetta is located in a beautiful house in the trendy Roma neighborhood. With chef Elena Reygadas at the helm, the restaurant is a local favorite on account of her creations. The menu is à la carte and changes regularly, depending on the products of the season. Rosetta’s bakery is even more popular than the restaurant, so much so that it even has its own premises in the Juárez neighborhood.


  8. La Esquina del Chilaquil • $
    Literally translated as “the corner of the chilaquiles,” this is one of the most popular street stalls in the city. The waiting time can last up to 40 minutes, which patrons gladly endure in order to get their hands on a torta de chilaquiles. This is nothing other than bread stuffed with beans and fried tortillas with salsa, cream, and cheese. The combination can seem a bit strange but diners are delighted and visit time and time again. “La Güera” and her relatives serve this delicacy to an eclectic crowd that includes office workers, hipsters, and housewives.


  9. Máximo • $$$
    This is one of the most revered restaurants in the city thanks to the creations of its chef, Eduardo García, which vary daily. That’s right, Máximo’s menu is not printed since he cooks something different every day based on seasonal products and whatever the mood strikes. The menu consists of three courses and can be enjoyed from Tuesday to Sunday. Bookings should be made in advance.


  10. Nicos • $$
    Homemade Mexican cuisine reaches new levels at this restaurant that has been seducing palates for over six decades. It starts the day by serving breakfast, and delicacies like Filete Nicolasa, beef in a crust of dried chiles with hibiscus sauce, can be found on the menu. July to September is chiles en nogada season in Mexico as that’s when the nuts used for the iconic sauce are harvested, and this restaurant’s take on the dish is a classic. It’s very popular among locals, so it’s recommended to book in advance.


  11. Dulce Patria • $$$$
    An unforgettable experience awaits locals and travelers in a dining room decorated in red, Mexico’s “primary color”, and gold to evoke the hues attained by corn. The renowned chef Martha Chapa experiments with the essence of Mexico and crowns her creations with flowers and some of the country’s quintessential ingredients. Her flagship cocktails and aguas frescas —flavored water— deserve a special mention. Like the dishes on the menu, they’re made from traditional ingredients.


  12. Azul Histórico • $$$
    Located in the courtyard of a beautiful building in the historic center, this is a restaurant that rescues the traditional flavors of the country and reinvents them through the cuisine of Ricardo Muñoz, known as “the anthropologist of Mexican cuisine”. The menu is à la carte and, in addition, there is a “festival” each month dedicated to a different dish or ingredient. This is a well-known spot among the international crowd, so bookings are essential.


  13. Campobaja • $$
    In this corner of Baja California located in Mexico City’s trendy Roma neighborhood, diners can sample the perfect combination of seafood and traditional Mexican antojitos —snacks or hors d’œuvre— such as sopes, quesadillas or tacos. The cuisine is simple but exquisite, with seasonality at the forefront given that the dishes are prepared with the fresh ingredients that chef Ezequiel Hernández receives every day.


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Mexico City Itinerary

MexicoMexico City › Itinerary
Updated: March 7, 2022

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The Best of Mexico City

Top 5 Mexico City Highlights

1. The Zócalo

The traditional heart of Mexico City is the vast central plaza known as the Zócalo, and any visitor to the city should aim to spend a good chunk of time here. Once the focus of Aztec Tenochtitlán, today it hums with tour groups, drummers, street vendors, buskers, souvenir markets, and political protesters. Dominating it all is the Catedral Metropolitana, the largest church in Latin America and one of the oldest, dating back to the 1570s. Its cavernous interior is crammed with ornate altars and side chapels. Not much remains of the Aztec city, but the nearby Museo del Templo Mayor preserves the remnants of its once great pyramid temple – mostly foundations, but spine-tingling nonetheless. The connected museum adds context and displays artifacts retrieved from the site. The other key attraction here is the Palacio Nacional on the east side of the Zócalo, which is free to enter and contains a series of stunning Diego Rivera murals. Rivera began working here in 1929, his México a Través de los Siglos a vast, multi-colored trip through Mexican history from Quetzalcoatl to Pancho Villa. The best view of the Zócalo can be had from the rooftop restaurant in the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México on the west side of the plaza.

2. Museo Mural Diego Rivera

Mexico City is crammed with fabulous art museums, from the classical Museo Nacional De Arte to the relatively new and space-agey Museo Soumaya, but the Diego Rivera Mural Museum really is a must-see. Rivera’s huge Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda encompasses almost every famous Mexican historical figure (Cortés is depicted with his hands stained with blood).

3. Museo Nacional de Antropología

Anyone even slightly interested in the great civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica should aim to spend at least half a day in Mexico’s top museum. Every Mexican culture is represented here, from the Olmecs to the Maya. Some of the objects on display are truly spectacular, such as the iconic 24-tonne Piedra del Sol, or “Aztec Calendar Stone”. The galleries are arranged chronologically around the central courtyard – it’s advisable to buy a guidebook in the museum shop or rent an English audioguide before you start, to make the most of your visit (most labels are otherwise in Spanish only). The upper floor focuses on the cultures of Mexico’s indigenous groups today.

4. Coyoacán

The affluent southern suburb of Coyoacán makes for an enticing day-trip, its blossom- and tree-lined colonial streets perfect for exploring on foot. The Museo Frida Kahlo is a fitting tribute to the beloved Mexican artist, displaying Kahlo’s signature tehuana dresses and numerous examples of her work – including her famous final painting, Viva la Vida, the inspiration for the Coldplay song of the same name. The museum occupies the “Blue House” where Frida was born and spent most of her life (sometimes with husband Diego Rivera, who also has work displayed here). Soviet exile Leon Trotsky was often a guest here in the 1930s, and his abode has been preserved as the Museo Casa de León Trotsky. This where Stalin had Trotsky assassinated in 1940 – with an ice axe – and the rooms have been preserved as he left them.

5. Xochimilco

Cruising the flower-lined canals and floating gardens in the suburb of Xochimilco is an iconic Mexico City activity, made even more enticing at the weekends when locals come out to eat and drink, creating a festive atmosphere. Renting a candy-colored boat (with captain) is relatively easy and cheap, allowing for a few hours of chugging along the canals, passing vendors in small canoes selling flowers, fruits, and hot snacks, as well as marimba players and entire mariachi bands. The floating gardens themselves – or chinampas – are rafts of mud and reeds anchored to the canal floors by tangles of roots. Xochimilco itself is a great place to sample the city’s pulquerias, traditional bars specializing in pulque, an alcoholic drink produced from agave plants since pre-Hispanic times.

Planning a Mexico City Itinerary

One Day in Mexico City

    • Explore the Zócalo, Mexico City’s huge central square, home to the cathedral, the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor, and the Diego Rivera murals in the Palacio Nacional
    • See Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera
    • Visit Museo Nacional de Antropología, the country’s premier museum, with displays on all of Mexico’s major pre-Hispanic cultures
    • Eat or drink at the historic Bar La Ópera, or Enrique Olvera’s vaunted restaurant Pujol
    • Listen to the roving mariachi bands in Plaza Garibaldi, or see a performance by the Ballet Folklórico de México

Two Days in Mexico City

    • Explore the Zócalo and stroll the streets of the old city
    • Visit Museo Nacional de Antropología and Museo Mural Diego Rivera
    • Eat at the historic Bar La Ópera and Enrique Olvera’s Pujol
    • Check out the roving mariachi bands in Plaza Garibaldi
    • See the Ballet Folklórico de México
    • Explore Mexico City’s largest and most colorful retail market, La Merced
    • Spend time in the upmarket suburb of Coyoacán, visiting the Frida Kahlo and León Trotsky museums, and its art and craft markets

Three Days in Mexico City

    • Take in the views from the Torre Latinoamericana (if it’s smoggy wait till sunset when the lights highlight the city far more clearly)
    • Soak up the history in the Zócalo and old city
    • Visit the stunning Art Deco Palacio de Bellas Artes, home to some of the city‘s most flamboyant murals
    • Peruse La Merced market
    • Eat at Bar La Ópera and check out the mariachi bands in Plaza Garibaldi
    • Explore Coyoacán and San Ángel, home to the studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the historic restaurant San Ángel Inn (housed in a 17th-century Carmelite monastery)
    • Take a cruise around the floating gardens of Xochimilco, and visit local pulquerias (traditional bars) such as Pulqueria El Templo de Diana
    • Visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología and Museo Mural Diego Rivera
    • Dinner at Pujol, with cocktails in the Zona Rosa
    • Devote a half-day to visiting the giant pyramids of Teotihuacán – go early before the crowds arrive (it opens at 9am). Take a organzied tour (Amigo Tours) or go solo with a direct public bus from Terminal Norte
    • Shop for regional crafts and souvenirs from all over Mexico at La Ciudadela market
    • See the Ballet Folklórico de México

One Week in Mexico City

    • Explore the Zócalo and visit all 7 of Mexico City’s big art museums: the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Soumaya, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo Nacional de Arte
    • Lunch at rooftop Terraza restaurant, on the7th floor of Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, with sensational views over the Zócalo
    • Enjoy a few nights out in the Zona Rosa
    • Peruse the shops and top-class restaurants in upmarket Polanco; or grab a gourmet burger at Butcher & Sons
    • Check out the outdoor cafes and bistro-style restaurants of Condesa – and slurp an ice cream at famous Neveria Roxy
    • Spend an afternoon in leafy Chapultepec Park, boating on the lake and visiting the Museo Nacional de Historia
    • Trawl the food stalls and mescal bars at Mercado Roma
    • Spend a day in San Ángel and Coyoacán
    • Soak up the scene in historic cafes and restaurants like Café de Tacuba, Café del Palacio inside Bellas Artes, Hostería de Santo Domingo and El Taquito
    • Pay homage to Mexico City’s wrestling culture with a sandwich at El Cuadrilatero, and some live lucha libre at Arena Coliseo
    • Shop at the Ciudadela market
    • Catch a Mexican soccer match at Estadio Azteca, home to América (“The Eagles”), the nation’s most successful club
    • Ride the ancient waterways of Xochimilco
    • Visit the Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, housing a huge collection of work by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, home to Rivera’s collection of pre-Columbian sculpture
    • Listen to the mariachi bands at Plaza Garibaldi
    • Explore La Merced market
    • Visit the giant pyramids of Teotihuacán
    • Visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexico’s most important religious site

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The Best Time to Visit Mexico City

MexicoMexico City › When to Go
Updated: March 7, 2022

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When is the Best Time to Visit Mexico City?

The best time to visit Mexico City is March-April and October-November for dry and mild weather. The weather during the day is great for being outside, with average temperatures hovering around 24°C-26°C. This is a vibrant city with pleasant daytime temperatures year-round, but September-November sees the highest tourist traffic, so airfares and hotel prices are the highest then.

  • Best Time to See Flowers: Many look forward to the time Jacaranda trees bloom in late February and early March. The broad trees with lavender blooms light up Reforma Avenue. The Chapultepec Botanical gardens are open year-round and be sure to catch the Festival de Flores y Jardines there in April, or head to the neighborhood of San Angel for Feria de las Flores in July.
  • Best Time to Visit Teotihuacan: The spectacular ancient Mesoamerican city, just 30 miles north of Mexico City, is open year-round. If the weather is hot, as it can often be in May and June, you may want to arrive when the site opens at 9 am. You can also get a jump on the crowds that way. Speaking of crowds, the spring equinox at Teotihuacan is a huge happening with hundreds of thousands of white-clad people flocking to the site to take in its energy as it alights with the sun. If your purpose is to see the site and learn about its history, it is best to avoid the days around the equinox.
  • Best Time for Music Fans: March is the month for the Vive Latino Music Festival, a huge event featuring an eclectic array of international and local pop and rock music stars. If your taste leans more towards violins and oboes than electric guitars and synthesizers, you might want to look at the schedule of the Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico. This 2-week-long festival, which begins at the end of March, includes jazz, classical music, and dance performances, as well as children’s events. In November, you can catch another pop extravaganza: the Corona Capital Music Festival.
  • Best Time to Catch a Soccer Game: If you enjoy spectator sports, sitting in the raucous stands of a Mexico City soccer game will be an experience to remember. Mexico City has 3 teams in the Liga MX, the top-level professional league in Mexico. They have 2 seasons, one from July 20 to November 24 and the other from January 5 to late May.
  • Best Time to Ride a Canal Boat in Xochimilco: The best time to set out with a group on one of these colorful canal boats depends on your travel appetite. Do you want to hit the canals with the locals? Then go on a weekend or during the week before and after Easter, when many Mexicans are on holiday. Want to avoid crowds? Weekday mornings are the best bet.
  • Best Time for Visiting Markets: Mexico City has wonderful public markets and weekly open-air farmers markets. They operate year-round, but availability for some items, such as some fruits and traditional crafts, depends on the time of year. The best time for a fresh mango is in June and July. Mamey Sapote, a brown fruit with rich orange flesh and a taste similar to a sweet pumpkin with cherry overtones, is most often found in the winter months. The best time to buy a hand-made piñata is in December, in the 2 weeks before Christmas.
  • Best Time for Bargains: Chilly winter nights keep some visitors out of the city, so hotel bargains may be found from December to February. There may also be some good hotel deals from June to August.

Mexico City Travel Seasons

  • High Season (September to November): Compared to many destinations, Mexico City doesn’t see a big variation in the number of visitors at different times of the year, but September-November is when tourist traffic in Mexico City is the highest. The last weeks of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season mean mild temperatures and a good backdrop for popular festivals such as Day of the Dead. September has frequent rains and warm temperatures. The dry season sets in during October and nights get increasingly cool.
  • Shoulder Season (March to May): Another popular time of year, when nights warm up but before the rainy season starts, are the spring months, which are a great time to explore the outdoors. Be sure and reserve in advance, particularly if you are visiting during the weeks before and after Easter – times when Mexicans go on vacation. Besides the pageantry of holy week, there are quite a few festivals to enjoy this time of year.
  • Low Season (December to February): The coolest and driest months of the year have some of the lowest tourist crowds and pleasures of their own, such as Mexico City’s exuberant celebrations of Christmas, New Year’s, and Epiphany. While daytime temperatures are pleasant, nighttime temperatures can reach near freezing, and it is important to take into account that central heating is unusual in Mexican buildings.
  • Low Season (June to August): The summer months are a little less popular for tourists than spring or fall because it rains almost every day during these months, usually in short, intense bursts. Luckily, Mexico City has no shortage of museums, indoor markets, and other diversions that are out of the weather. Because of the rain, air quality is at its best this time of year. The hottest month of this period is June.

Mexico City Weather by Month

    Year-round, Mexico City has weather that most people would call lovely, with daily highs between 20°C and 30°C. However, many find it more pleasant to visit in the wet season, from June through September, when it does rain every day, usually a heavy tropical burst in the evening. It gets warm during the day and cools off to about 12°C at night. In the dry season, the nighttime lows are colder, averaging 5°C in January. And you may feel these lows more than you might at home because, in Mexico, central heating is uncommon. Also, the dry season is smog season. The smog is worse on warm, dry days.

  • Mexico City Weather in January: January is the coolest month of the year. Daytime temperatures are usually pleasantly warm, while nighttime temperatures can dip to freezing. Smog is a regular occurrence but rain is rare. Wear lots of layers to adjust to the changes in temperature. (Average Max Temperature: 22°C, Average Rainfall: 10mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in February: February has temperatures that are cool by Mexico City standards: pleasant during the day and very cold at night. It’s still the dry season, so rain is rare, but smog might be an issue. Both indoor or outdoor activities are fine in February. Bring layers in either case. Jacaranda trees bloom at the end of the month, signaling that spring is on the way. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C, Average Rainfall: 5mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in March: In March, daytime temperatures start getting warmer, though still pleasant. Nighttime temperatures rise with them, but it gets chilly. Rain is rare. This is usually a smoggy month unless an early Easter cuts down the traffic. (The week before and the week after Easter are holidays in Mexico, and many city residents leave town.) If you are sensitive to air pollution exposure, try to remain indoors during morning and afternoon commute times. (Average Max Temperature: 26°C, Average Rainfall: 6mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in April: April weather is often beautiful. It can get fairly hot during the day while remaining quite cool at night. The 2-week school vacation around Easter usually eases up the traffic for a little while, giving a break from the smog. It rains a little more often than earlier in the year, but it is still very much dry season. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C, Average Rainfall: 14mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in May: With May, Mexico City hits its hottest time of year. It’s even relatively mild at night. The sunny skies at the beginning of the month come with bad air quality, but when the rains get going at the end of the month, the smog eases up. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C, Average Rainfall: 24mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in June: June has hot daytime temperatures, mild nighttime temperatures (lows are about 12°C), and frequent rains. Often, there will be a light shower in the morning and a heavier one, lasting 20 minutes to an hour, sometime after 4 pm. It’s humid but the smoggy days of the dry season are gone. (Average Max Temperature: 26°C, Average Rainfall: 61mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in July: July sees daytime temperatures decrease a little from the highs of May and June, while nighttime temperatures stay mild. It rains a lot, sometimes with a light shower in the morning followed by a proper tropical downpour sometime after 4 pm. The air quality is relatively good this time of year. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C, Average Rainfall: 61mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in August: August weather is much like July: warm during the day, mildly cool at night, and wet, with a period of rain almost every day, often after 4 pm. If a hurricane is in the area, expect some days of steady rain. Things can be soggy but the air quality is good. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C, Average Rainfall: 55mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in September: In September, temperatures may start to cool off while regular rains continue. Most commonly, the rains are short showers in the morning and brief tropical downpours in the afternoon, but sometimes, particularly when hurricanes are about, the rain can go on for longer. Air quality is fine, and when there isn’t rain, it is usually pleasant outside. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C, Average Rainfall: 38mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in October: October sees the weather shift from a wet season pattern of regular downpours to a dry season pattern of very little rain at all. Temperatures are still warm in the daytime, but nights get chillier (a low of 10°C is average). When the rains disappear, smog becomes part of life again. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C, Average Rainfall: 18mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in November: A lovely month, November has comfortable temperatures during the day but starts to get quite chilly at night, which can be noticeable indoors because central heating isn’t a common feature in Mexican buildings. Rain is rare and air quality can be poor. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C, Average Rainfall: 1mm.)
  • Mexico City Weather in December: Dry, sunny days and chilly nights are the norms for December in Mexico City. Rain is rare while smog is a possibility. Once in a while, the nighttime temperature might go below freezing at night. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C, Average Rainfall: 2mm.)

Mexico City Events and Festivals

Mexico City in January

  • New Year’s Day – A public holiday when most businesses and restaurants will be closed, so people can relax with their families and recover from the New Year’s Eve parties the night before.
  • Día de los Reyes/Three Kings’ Day – On January 6, Mexicans commemorate the arrival of the 3 wise men after the birth of Christ by giving kids gifts.

Mexico City in February

  • Día de la Candelaria – On February 2, it is customary for families to dress up a doll of the baby Jesus in fine clothes and take him to church to be blessed.
  • Zona Maco Arte Contemporaneo – For 4 days in February, a gigantic international art fair takes over galleries and museums around the city, and also features lectures and other activities.

Mexico City in March

  • National Pyrotechnic Festival – This spectacular week-long festival takes place in Tultepec, a Mexico city suburb that is the center of Mexico’s artisanal fireworks industry.
  • Benito Juárez’s Birthday – The birthday of Benito Juarez, a 19th-century Mexican president who worked his whole life for democratic reform in the country, is an excuse for a national holiday on the third Monday in March.
  • Spring Equinox Teotihuacan – Hundreds of thousands of people, all wearing white with a red accessory, flock to the pyramids at Teotihuacan to absorb what they believe is energy released by the equinox, which can occur on March 19, 20, or 21.
  • Vive Latino Music Festival – A huge weekend-long music festival that includes popular international bands as well as up-and-comers in an eclectic spectrum of genres.
  • Festival de México en el Centro Histórico – A 2-week showcase of high culture: classical and jazz music and dance, along with literary and children’s events.

Mexico City in April

  • Semana Santa – Beginning with Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, when churches bless palm fronds, and continuing to Easter and the week after, Mexicans mark the most important festival of the Catholic calendar.
  • Passion Play of Iztapalapa – Taking place over 6 days with a cast of over 2,000 locals, 150 with speaking roles, plus thousands of followers carrying wooden crosses through the streets, this spectacular interpretation of the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion draws millions of spectators to Iztapalapa, a hardscrabble suburb of Mexico City.
  • Festival De Flores y Jardines – The Botanical Garden at Chapultepec and the nearby neighborhood of Polanco will pop with color during this festival featuring competitions in floral design.

Mexico City in May

  • Labor Day –  Mexico honors the contributions of working people with a statutory holiday on May 1.
  • Cinco de Mayo – The anniversary of the First Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican forces beat the invading French, is not observed in Mexico, except in Puebla, a beautiful city about 2.5 hours from Mexico City.
  • Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa – For a spring weekend, restaurants, bars, and stores in the hip Roma and Condesa neighborhoods host a tour highlighting design, art, and food.
  • Ambulante Film Festival – This festival stops by Mexico City in May for 2 weeks of documentaries and workshops.

Mexico City in June

Mexico City in July

  • Feria de Las Flores – The neighborhood of San Angel lights up its public spaces with this harvest festival featuring displays, flower sales, tours, dances, and concerts.

Mexico City in August

  • Festival Raices Cubanas – Held for 5 days in August, this very popular music festival features several international artistes, shows, parties, workshops, and competitions.

Mexico City in September

  • El Grito de Dolores/Día de la Independencia – Mexico City’s primary patriotic celebration starts the evening of September 15 when hundreds of thousands of people converge on the Zocalo to hear the bells ring and the President of Mexico read out the famous words of Miguel de Hidalgo, a priest whose cry of independence had set off a revolution.

Mexico City in October

  • Día de la Raza – This unofficial holiday on the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landing was first conceived as a time to celebrate Mexico’s culture. For many, it is also a time to remember the suffering of indigenous peoples.
  • Alebrije Parade – In a celebration of folk art, people propel hundreds of Alebrijes – gigantic, brilliantly-colored, fantastical creatures – down a 3.5-mile route, while acrobats, musicians, and folks in costume add to the festive atmosphere.
  • Feria Nacional del Mole – San Pedro Atocpan, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City, is the world capital of mole, and spends much of October showcasing the spicy and savory wonders of the dish.
  • Dia de Muertos Parade – The annual Day of the Dead Parade through the Centro Historico was inspired by a fictional one, depicted in the opening of the 2015 James Bond movie “Spectre.”

Mexico City in November

  • Día de Muertos – Many public places are filled with families and shrines are elaborately decorated in yellow marigolds. The Zocalo is one place to go (it has a concert stage). More down-to-earth observances take place in the neighborhoods of Coyoacan and Mixquic.
  • Corona Capital Music Festival – For 1 weekend, an auto race track becomes a venue for a variety of pop music performers, many from English-speaking countries, with 4 stages open during the day and after-parties going into the night.
  • MUTEK – The Mexico stop of an international festival of electronic music and digital arts.
  • Día de la Revolución – Public holiday commemorating the 1910 revolution that overthrew President Porfirio Diaz.
  • Fiesta de Santa Cecilia – Mariachi bands can be found in Plaza Garibaldi day and night, year-round, but on this day, the square hosts lots of musicians and dancers who come together for a fiesta honoring the patron saint of music.

Mexico City in December

  • Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Thousands of pilgrims carrying flowers converge on the Basilica of Guadelupe. Outside the basilica there is music, street food (pastries called bunuelos are traditional), and dancing.
  • Christmas – In the weeks leading up to the holiday, Nativity scenes, many life-sized, decorate public spaces and there are holiday lights in the Zocalo, which also hosts a giant ice rink.
  • New Year’s Eve – The big public party is around the Angel de Independencia. Expect live bands and fireworks.

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Los Cabos Restaurants

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Updated: March 7, 2022

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The 6 Best Restaurants in Los Cabos

  1. Los Tamarindos • $$-$$$ • San Jose, Puerto Los Cabos
    Organic dining in Los Cabos
    Casual, Mexican fine dining on a seventeen-acre organic farm. This gorgeous restaurant is hosted in a nineteenth-century farmhouse with vines growing up the brick walls and a rustic palapa roof. Tables are arranged on the wraparound porch overlooking the farm and orchard, which blooms with local produce year-round. Fresh Baja cuisine with a Spanish flair is served in generous portions; succulent meat and hearty vegetarian dishes both feature prominently on the menu. Cooking classes are available twice a week and conclude with a family-style meal. The restaurant is tricky to find, about 2 km inland from the marina and estuary on a dirt road rife with potholes. Free parking. Reservations strongly recommended.


  2. Las Cazuelas del Don • $ • San Jose, Downtown
    Cheap eats in Downtown San Jose del Cabo
    Low-key restaurant run by a husband and wife team, serving a rotating menu based on the Seven Deadly Sins. Decadent meat and veggie stews are slow-cooked in traditional clay pots, with three or four different dishes to choose from nightly. Order “quezuelada” style to have them topped with bubbling cheese. Each dish is served over the diner’s choice of tacos, tortas, potatoes, or tostadas. Pair with a cold beer or frozen tequila. The restaurant sits on a residential street downtown with ample street parking.


  3. Mi Cocina • $$$$ • San Jose, Downtown
    Romantic restaurant San Jose del Cabo
    Romantic, fine dining restaurant, offering a unique Euro-Mexican menu. Mi Cocina is tucked back from the road in the tranquil courtyard of boutique hotel Casa Natalia, lit by candles and fairy lights with flowing fountains muting any street noise. Featuring a creative seasonal menu, a stellar wine selection, and perfectly mixed cocktails, this is easily the best restaurant in Downtown. Do not miss their B.O.B. spoon appetizer, featuring tequila-cured salmon and crab! Centrally located on Plaza Mijares; there is a small parking lot in the main square out front, as well as street parking around the corner on Alvaro Obregon.


  4. The Hangman (aka Taqueria El Ahorcado) • $ • San Jose, Downtown
    Late night restaurant San Jose del Cabo
    This has long been a favorite restaurant for travelers and locals. The Hangman features flavorful tacos with a variety of fillings, from roasted pork pibil or squash blossom to more traditional flavors, such as huitlacoche or beef tongue in mustard. Its eclectic décor is another stand out feature, incorporating old sewing machine tables, with the foot pedals still attached, along with pots and pans, and of course, a hanged man dangling from a noose at the entrance. This late-night spot opens around seven, and its stellar menu, strong drinks, friendly service, and live music keep this place crackin’ until midnight. Ample, free street parking out front.


  5. Restaurante Los Tres Gallos • $$-$$$ • Cabo San Lucas, Downtown
    The best restaurant in Cabo San Lucas
    Hands-down, the best restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. Specializing in authentic Baja cuisine, such as conchinita pibil (slow-roasted pork), along with traditional Mexican favorites, like mole poblano, huitlacoche, and carnitas de Chamorro. Mouthwatering dishes come in shareable sizes, and the bar features a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals. Its atmosphere is casual yet romantic, set in a brick-walled courtyard with fruit trees, string lights, and mariachis. Street parking is easy to find here. Bonus: they’ve just opened a taco bar by the marina.


  6. La Lupita Taco & Mezcal • $$-$$$ • San Jose, Downtown
    Best Cantina in San Jose del Cabo
    Stylish cantina with a wide selection of mezcals and wild variety of tacos. Not just any run-of-the-mill taco bar, creative flavors here include duck mole, miso fish, and pibil suckling pig, alongside classic pastor and barbacoa. Their mezcal menu is extensive, with drinks served in jicaras (hollowed gourd halves) with lime and powdered worm on the side. Tasting flights are available, as is the harder to come by raicilla, an agave-based liquor best described as Mexican moonshine. Décor is shabby chic and artistic, with sculptures of the Virgin of Guadalupe (their namesake), sugar skull wall art, weathered wood, and hot magenta. Live music every weekend night. Street parking can be hard to find.


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The Best Time to Visit Cabo

MexicoLos Cabos › When to Go
Updated: March 7, 2022

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Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo is a great year-round destination. Check out my favorite towns, beaches, and places to stay in Cabo.

The best time to visit Los Cabos is from May to June (after Spring Break and before the rainy season), and in October (after the rains but before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays). Expect sunny warm weather with water temperatures especially pleasant in October. Crowds are smaller and there are often good deals on flights and hotels, except during the October fishing tournaments.

  • Best Time for Good Weather: The best times to visit for sunny days, warm water, and enjoying the best beaches in the Baja are from June through mid-July and from mid-October through mid-December. Los Cabos is dry and warm most of the year, with a short rainy season in late summer and early fall. Most of the rain hits in August and September. April and May are the driest months with almost no rain at all. Temperatures are hottest from July through October, hovering around 30°C during those months. December through February are the coldest months, though still quite comfortable around 23°C. Ocean temperatures are warmest from late July through early November, around 25°C surface temperature; February through April the water is coldest. For peak periods the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas should be booked far in advance.
  • Best Time for Families and Kids: The best times for family travel are May through July, after Spring Break and before the rainy season. Los Cabos has great weather and family-friendly activities going on almost all year long, but there are two times of the year families might want to avoid, the first being the rainy, hot season in August and September. Not only is the weather muggy and rain likely (in addition to the occasional hurricane), but many attractions simply close to the public during these months. The second time to avoid family travel is during Spring Break, which usually falls from March through early April. Spring Break means lots of crowds and lots of noise late at night, especially if your hotel is near Downtown Cabo San Lucas. San Jose and the Corridor are usually mellower over Spring Break than Cabo San Lucas, but they can still get wild especially at hotels with their own nightclubs attached or bars that stay open late.
  • Best Time for Avoiding Crowds: The best time for avoiding crowds is during the rainy season in August and September. These two months see the most number of cloudy days and a slight chance of hurricanes. But with an average of only 18% chance of rain, there are still many sunny days to be had. Beaches will be nearly empty, bars and restaurants will be quieter, and hotels will often have discounts available. May and June are also good months will fewer people around, just after Spring Break and before the rainy season, but not quite as calm as during the August and September, as these are popular months for family travel. Do not visit during March or April, the height of Spring Break season, or during the winter months, December through February, which is the peak season for holidays and snowbirds.
  • Best Time for Great Deals: The best time to find travel deals in Cabo is from May through September, with the absolute best rates coming in May, August, and September. May through mid-July are the best weather months during the summer season, not as hot as late summer and just before the rain comes. August and September will offer the best discounts, even at the most luxe resorts, but there will be rain to consider and the rare possibility of a hurricane.
  • Best Time for Snorkeling and Diving: The best time for snorkeling and diving runs from early October and through early November. The water is warmest from late July through early November, visibility is highest from early October through the end of November, and waves are generally smaller September through November. October and November are some of the best months for encountering whale sharks that begin to flock to the area as winter approaches. Snorkeling and diving in Cabo is great any time of the year, if cooler temperatures are not a deterrent. Flying manta rays are here most in May; December through March is great for spotting whales, guitarfish, and octopuses. Colorful reef fish and sea turtles are here year-round.
  • Best Time for Whales and Whale Sharks: The best time to see whales and whale sharks is from early January through March. Whale Shark season runs from October through March. Most whale shark tour operators are based out of La Paz, around a two-hour drive from Los Cabos, so visitors will need to provide their own transportation there. Whale Shark tours offer freediving and snorkel opportunities to get very close to these huge fish, but scuba tanks are not allowed. Humpback whale season runs from mid-November through April, with most babies born from late December through January. The babies start getting more playful in February. Gray whales have the shortest season in Cabo, from early January through late March. They are less abundant than Humpbacks, though not uncommon. Schedule early morning tours for smaller waves and less chance of seasickness. Afternoon tours find whales at their most active, but the boat ride is usually choppy later in the day.
  • Best Time for Surfing:The best time for surfing in Los Cabos is from June through August. Thanks to Southern Hemisphere swells, waves are consistent at most beaches on both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific sides. Good surfing for Los Cabos’ Sea of Cortez beaches, including Old Man’s, Zippers, and The Rock, can be found anytime between April and October. On the Pacific beaches, such as Todos Santos or Cerritos, the best surf is found in the winter months, from December through February. Great winter surf here, but the water is definitely chilly.
  • Best Time for Exploring the Outdoors: The best time to explore the Los Cabos outdoors is from mid-December through May. High temperatures are between 23- 25°C most of the time and rain is unlikely, with April and May being especially dry. This is the best time for visiting Sierra de la Laguna for hiking and camping, for zip lines and ATVs at the adventure parks, or for cycling through the San Jose Estuary or the San Jose Art Walk, which goes on Thursday nights from November through June.
  • Best Time for Sportfishing: Sportfishing is great all year long, with almost 100% chance of catching something, though different fish bite at different times. September through January is best for all types of marlin. Tuna is most common from June through January, while yellowtail bites from January through April. Grouper and snapper are most abundant from May through September. Several major competitions with huge cash prizes take place here, most notably Bisbee’s Black and Blue. Most tournaments take place in October and early November with a couple of smaller events in the summer months.

Los Cabos Travel Seasons

  • High Season (December-April): Winter and spring are the most popular travel seasons in Los Cabos. The winter season, from December through February, offers lots of sunny days and mild temperatures with highs around 23°C. Humpbacks are calving, while Gray Whales and Whale Sharks are also migrating through the area. This is a popular time for family travel and for snowbirds. March and April usher in the party crowd as U.S. and Canadian students arrive en masse for Spring Break. Expect to contend with large crowds and to pay top dollar for flights, hotels, and tours during these months.
  • Low Season (July-September): Summer is usually a quiet time to visit Los Cabos, excellent for finding outstanding hotel deals and for avoiding crowds. Weather during these months, though, is the hottest, rainiest, and muggiest of the year. Temperatures rise over 30°C most afternoons. Odds of a hurricane are slim, but higher at this time of year than any other. About 20% of the days will have some rain, especially in August and September.
  • Shoulder Season (May-June and October-November): The best times for good weather, fewer people, and fair hotel rates are during May, June, October, and November. May and June are great months for finding discounts post-peak season and before the stormy summer. High temperatures are in the upper 20s, with May being the driest month of the year. October and November also offer great weather and warm ocean temperatures. Fishing tournaments and the arrival of the first whales make this a busier time of the year than May and June, but still not as busy as the coming months. Book early to score the best deals for Fall travel.

Los Cabos Weather by Month

Temperatures in Los Cabos are warm all year long with Cabo San Lucas being slightly hotter and drier than San Jose del Cabo. August is the hottest month, while late January/early February are the coolest. Rain is most common in August and September; April and May are the driest. Water temperatures are warmest from late July through early November, peaking in September. Surf is always rough on the Pacific coast beaches, while the Sea of Cortez side is generally milder, though still with strong currents.

  • Los Cabos Weather in January: January is one of the coolest months of the year, though still quite comfortable with highs usually around 25° and dipping to around 19°C in the night. Rain is unlikely, occurring only once or twice a month. Most days see very few clouds. It’s a good idea to pack a light sweater or jacket for the chilly desert evenings. Water temperatures are on the cold side, though the lower temperatures have the advantage of attracting the first Gray Whales of the season. (Average High 25°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 23°C, Rainfall 12mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in February: February remains fairly cool with highs and lows holding steady from January. Rain occurs once or twice a month, though in a smaller amount and with even less cloud cover than in the previous month. Pack a light jacket or sweater in case of cooler nights. Water temperature falls slightly in February compared to January. Baby Humpback Whales will be active right now. (Average High 25°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 22°C, Rainfall 10mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in March: March begins to warm up and dry out. Temperatures are balmy, around 26° in the late afternoon. Rain is very rare, only happening once a month if at all. Days are mostly clear, even more so than in January or February. While the outside temperatures rise, the ocean surface temperature falls to 21°C, the coldest month of the year, though still swimmable for the brave. This is the last month to snorkel with whale sharks until the next winter season. (Average High 26°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 21°C, Rainfall 1mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in April: Day and nighttime temperatures in April continue to rise. Afternoons continue to remain comfortable, maxing out around 27°C, while nighttime highs reach an average of 20°C. April is one of the driest months of the year, usually with no rain at all and less cloud cover than in previous months. Water temperatures remain chilly this month, the last month of Humpback Whale season. (Average High 27°C, Average Low 20°C, Water Temperature 21°C, Rainfall 0mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in May: May is the driest month of the year, with no rain at all and clear skies. Sunscreen is a necessity! Humidity begins to rise, though most days remain comfortable, especially in the first half of the month. Days are warm and evenings are perfect, no jacket necessary for most nights. Water temperatures begin to rise and the first good surfing days of the year come to the Sea of Cortez. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 21°C, Water Temperature 23°C, Rainfall 0mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in June: Temperatures continue to rise in day and night. This is the last comfortable month before the summer hits. June offers the clearest skies, almost entirely without clouds until the tail end of the month, though the air is a little muggy. Don’t forget your sunscreen! This is one of the drier months, usually without rain. Ocean temperatures begin to rise and swells from the Southern Hemisphere bring consistent good surfing conditions. (Average High 30°C, Average Low 23°C, Water Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 3mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in July: July is the first real month of summer here. Heat becomes oppressive, with highs averaging well above 30°C, and nearly every day is muggy. Rainfall is still infrequent, though more than half of the days are cloudy. While chances of a big storm are slim, July marks the beginning of hurricane season. Water is very comfortable now, and surf is at its peak quality. (Average High 34°, Average Low 26°C, Water Temperature 26°C, Rainfall 15mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in August: August officially kicks off the rainy season, with 44mm of rain on average and about 75% of cloudy days. Los Cabos is still a desert, though, so it only rains about four days on average this month. Muggy days combined with the highest temperatures of the year, around 34°C, makes this the most uncomfortable month. August is squarely in the hurricane season, but big storms are rare. Ocean water is very warm for swimming, and surf is still great, but many tour operators close during this month. It’s a good idea to plan some rainy day activities, just in case. (Average High 35°C, Average Low 27°C, Water Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 48mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in September: This is the rainiest month of the year, with most precipitation falling during its first two or three weeks. September averages four rainy days, the same as August, but with almost double the amount of rainfall. Temperatures and humidity both continue to run high, keeping the outside conditions uncomfortable. Ocean temperatures are the warmest they’ll be all year. This is the last month of the hurricane season, though chances of one landing here are slim. Make some rainy day activity plans, just in case. (Average High 32°C, Average Low 27°C, Water Temperature 29°C, Rainfall 92mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in October: October remains hot and muggy, topping 31°C regularly. But rain showers become increasingly unlikely as the month goes on, usually occurring only once or twice at the beginning of the month. The first couple of weeks are generally cloudy. Ocean temperatures are very warm and visibility is high, making this the best month for snorkeling. The first whale sharks of the season begin to arrive now. (Average High 31°C, Average Low 26°C, Water Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 24mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in November: Weather begins to cool down slightly in November, while humidity drops to a comfortable level most days. Rain is infrequent, with maybe one brief shower this month. Ocean temperatures are still warm very warm and visibility remains high for great snorkeling. The first few Humpback whales show up now. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 24°C, Water Temperature 27°, Rainfall 11mm.)
  • Los Cabos Weather in December: Comfortable day and nighttime temperatures and low humidity return in December, the busiest month for travel here. Rain is rare, usually once this month, though about half of the days will be overcast or partly cloudy. Water temperatures cool down slightly, but the ocean remains very comfortable for swimming. The first few baby Humpbacks will be born at the end of the month. This is the first month for surfing on the Pacific side. (Average High 26°C, Average Low 21°C, Water Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 10mm.)

Los Cabos Events and Festivals

Los Cabos in January

  • Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad: San Antonio de Abad is the patron saint of animals. On this day animals are allowed into churches to receive a blessing. Hundreds of people participate, dressing their pets or working animals in ribbons and bows, for the priest to bless. Expect all types of animals to be in attendance, but especially dogs, cats, horses, and chickens.
  • La Ventana Classic: Five days of competitive kitesurfing, windsurfing, and SUP racing, plus a variety of clinics where participants learn from the pros. Proceeds benefit schools in La Ventana, El Sargento, and Los Planes.

Los Cabos in February

  • San Jose Jazz Weekend: Two evenings of live jazz, featuring local, national, and international artists. This popular and growing concert series takes place at Plaza del Pescador in the San Jose Hotel Zone from 5-11pm. Admission is free.
  • Todos Santos Open Studios Tour: Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos, is best known for its charming, boho style and art galleries. For two days every year, artists of all mediums open their studios to the public and invite them into their creative spaces. It is free to attend with any purchasing proceeds going to support Palapa Society’s Children’s Art Program.
  • Carnaval: This huge six-day celebration is traditionally the last hurrah before the fasting weeks of Lent. Unlike Brazil’s Carnaval or New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, this is a family-friendly event, featuring parade floats, dancing, food stalls, and cultural events. There is a small Carnaval event in downtown Cabo, but the largest celebration in the area is about two hours north in La Paz, attracting crowds in the hundreds of thousands.

Los Cabos in March

  • Festival of San Jose: An eleven day festival in honor of San José, the city’s patron saint. Festivities begin with parties and music, then increase to include parades, carnivals, and rodeos on weekends. Expect a fun street party with amazing food stalls, dancing, and rides.
  • Festival de Cine de Todos Santos: Since 2004, the Todos Santos Film Festival has screened the best new dramas, documentaries, and short films from Mexico and Latin America with a special focus on local, Baja filmmakers. Screening during this six-day event are held at Teatro Marquez de León.
  • Gala de Danza: This annual performing arts event brings together elite dancers, choreographers, and musicians from around the world. Artist collaborations showcase the best in classical ballet and ballroom styles, as well as contemporary Latin Dance. Get ticket early! Tickets have previously sold out in under an hour.

Los Cabos in April

  • Paws ‘n Claws Open Golf Tournament: Annual golf tournament and barbecue benefitting Los Cabos Humane Society. Teams may register to play 18-holes on the Palmilla Golf course, followed by barbecue at Acre, an upscale farm-to-table restaurant, or supporters may choose dining only.
  • Día de los Niños: Celebrated on April 30 every year, this holiday honors the importance of children in society. This is a fun day for kids, who get the day off from school, and are treated to special events, activities, and gifts. Events take place all over town, with music, shows, and magic. Many water parks and amusement parks offer discounts on this day.

Los Cabos in May

  • Cinco de Mayo: This is a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla – not Mexican Independence Day. Outside of Puebla itself, this holiday is not celebrated in Mexico. However, some hotels and bars in Cabo host fiestas aimed at American tourists with drink specials, music, and food.
  • GastroVino Food and Wine Festival: This annual, three-day festival in Todos Santos includes special events at the city’s best restaurants, working alongside Baja’s best wineries. Events include wine tastings, an elegant ball, tapas and wine pairing, and a silent auction benefitting a local charity.

Los Cabos in June

  • Los Cabos Open of Surf: The most prestigious men and women’s surfing competition in Mexico, drawing huge local and global crowds. The six-day event includes free concerts after sunset by major international bands, and an accompanying food festival.
  • Fiesta de la Música: This is a live music festival taking place every year on the solstice, June 21, in 120 countries worldwide. This free event takes place at various locations in San Jose’s Art District. All musical styles and experience levels are welcome to participate.
  • The Stars & Stripes Tournament: Annual deep sea fishing (striped marlin) and golfing tournament combined with music festival. Proceeds benefit seven chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Mexico and California.

Los Cabos in July

  • Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen: This day-long festival celebrates the Virgin Mary as protector of Mexico. The event begins with cultural craft vendors in the morning, followed by an afternoon parade of children, their mothers, and puppeteers. The Cabo San Lucas marina holds a fishing tournament, while bullfights are held near downtown (toned down versions, no animals harmed).
  • Festival of St. James: This festival celebrates St. James, the patron saint of Spain credited with bringing Catholicism to Mexico. The saint is often depicted in art riding a white horse. The festival begins with a parade, including riders on white horses, who reenact battles in the towns’ squares. Street parties continue late into the evening.

Los Cabos in August

  • Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament: A laid-back, five-day fishing competition out of Buenavista, an hour north of San Jose. The event includes three days of deep sea fishing for marlin, tuna, and dorado.
  • Los Cabos Open (Abierto Mexicano de Tenis): This is one of the most prestigious men’s tennis competitions in Mexico. It takes place over 6 days, on outdoor hard courts, with $800,000USD in prize money at stake.
  • Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: This holiday celebrates the ascension of the Virgin Mary to heaven, and is celebrated in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. Churches will be overflowing with flowers, and processions will wind through the downtown areas with floats and live music. There will be many street food stalls, plus buffet feasts at local restaurants. Festivities continue late into the evening.

Los Cabos in September

  • Charro Day: The morning begins with parades of charros, Mexican cowboys, wearing traditional clothing with their horses groomed and decked out, too. Festivities with great food continue throughout the day with rodeos, bullfighting, calf roping, and dancing into the night.
  • Mexican Independence Day: Beginning on September 15th at night, expect huge crowds in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. Cabo has a wilder party vibe, while San Jose has a more traditional fiesta. Celebrations at both locations will see the plazas decked out, mariachi, folk dancing, beer, fireworks, and street food. The “grito,” shout of independence, is called out around 11 that night. The following day is a national holiday with a giant parade and continuing celebrations.

Los Cabos in October

  • Los Cabos Billfish Tournament: A five-day event including three days of competitive deep sea fishing. Boats leave from both the Cabo San Lucas Marina and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San Jose.
  • Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament: This is the largest fishing tournament of the year with millions of dollars up for grabs and drawing huge crowds in Cabo San Lucas. Teams compete for three days, and spectators watching the enormous fish as they’re weighed in on the pier.
  • Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas: This holiday on October 18 celebrates St. Luke, patron saint of Cabo San Lucas. Downtown streets will be closed off to traffic to make way for the parade, food vendors, dancing, and musicians.

Los Cabos in November

  • Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Celebrations are scattered around the Los Cabos area on November 1-2 in remembrance of deceased family and friends. Expect gatherings in the main town squares and in cemeteries, where altars are set up, plus costumes, face painting, music, marigolds, and special candy sugar skulls. Los Cabos’ celebration is not as large as in most central and southern areas; San Jose has more traditional festivities than Cabo San Lucas.
  • Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament: Four-day event with two days of competitive fishing. Evenings include cocktail parties, mariachi, and festivities. Big money jackpots for the winning teams.
  • Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución): Festivities on November 20 celebrate the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Parades in the morning are followed by food, fiestas, and rodeos.

Los Cabos in December

  • Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe): This is an annual Mexican Catholic feast on December 12, celebrating an apparition of the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City. The holiday is celebrated throughout Los Cabos with parades, masses, street fairs, and fireworks, and it marks the start of the Christmas Posadas.
  • Christmas Posadas: A nine-day period from December 16-24 commemorating the Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Candlelit processions and reenactments go from house to house each night with parties, food, and piñatas after guests are allowed entry to the “inn.” This culminates in the biggest celebration on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) with the birth of Christ celebrated at midnight, followed by mass, food, and presents. Many hotels and restaurants will offer special dinners and events for travelers.
  • Sabor a Cabo Restaurant and Food Festival: The area’s largest food festival with over 50 restaurants involved. The annual celebration features local and international chefs, food, wine, music, tequila, and mezcal. Proceeds benefit several local charities.

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Best Things to Do in Los Cabos

MexicoLos Cabos › Best Things to Do
Updated: March 6, 2022

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Top 10 Things to Do in Los Cabos

  1. Kayak to El Arco

    Kayaking and snorkeling at El Arco in Los Cabos
    Highly recommended! El Arco (the arch) is Cabo’s most iconic landmark, a striking rock formation rising from the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Sea of Cortez. The best way to visit El Arco is by kayak; this is the only way to access the cove and get up close to the arch, as larger boats are unable to maneuver the tight space there. Tours last about 3.5 hours, with the price inclusive of hotel transfer, life vests, snorkel gear, and refreshments and snacks. Kid-friendly for swimmers ages 7 and up. The Cabo Half-Day Luxury Sailing Adventure with Snorkeling is also highly recommended.

  2. Snorkel the Sea of Cortez

    Where to snorkel in Los Cabos, Mexico
    Called “The Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez is one of the world’s richest marine environments. Thousands of unique species are found here, from sea lions to sea turtles, from colorful reef fish to mobula rays – a type of manta ray that leaps out of the water. The dazzling blue waters in this gulf are gentle for most of the year, though temperatures vary; the warmest months for snorkeling are June through December. Explorers can snorkel on their own, swimming off the coast at Santa Maria, Chileno Bay, or day tripping up to Cabo Pulmo. For guided tours, try Cabo Trek for the best private trip or Esperanza’s Tours for a fantastic, affordable tour for couples or smaller groups.

  3. Learn to Cook Baja Style

    Cooking class at Los Tamarindos, Los Cabos, Mexico
    A hands-on cooking class is an amazing way to connect with Baja culture. Most classes begin with a trip to the local market or farm, where students will learn about indigenous ingredients and how to choose them. Authentic recipes for ceviche, salsas, mole, tamales, and more are taught in restaurants or home kitchens in classes that usually last around four or five hours, including time to eat your creations. Casa de Colores and Cookin’ Cabo offer home-cooking, family-friendly classes in Cabo San Lucas, while Huerta Los Tamarindos is on a charming organic farm, slightly more upscale, and has amazingly delicious food.

  4. Explore an Oasis at Sierra de la Laguna

    Hiking in the Sierra de la Laguna
    Sierra de la Laguna offers a striking contrast to the deserts of Los Cabos: a lush oasis with waterfalls, cold granite pools, natural waterslides, hot springs, and leafy green trees. To find the best spots in this pristine UNESCO biosphere reserve, travelers will definitely need a guide. Baja Sierra Adventures is the single best tour operator for Sierra de la Laguna. Owner Edgardo Cortes takes guests on multi-sport treks – hiking, biking, and swimming all of the area’s hidden wonders. Day trips, overnights, or multi-day excursions all include intimate dining at working ranches, mingling with the locals, and sometimes tortilla-making lessons over an open fire. Tours are adaptable for each group and can be easy to strenuous, great for families or couples. Available year-round, except for August and September. Travelers will need to rent a car to get to Santiago, the tour’s home base.

  5. Amazing Cabo Bar Crawl

    Best bar crawl in Los Cabos
    Cabo San Lucas is known for its wild nightlife scene, and the best way to learn the hotspots is on a pub crawl. Drink and dash through 4 or 5 bars in about three or four hours, solving puzzles and completing challenges along the way (though every tour can be quite different depending on your guide).

  6. San Jose Art Walk

    Art walk in San Jose del Cabo
    Spend an evening walking through the art galleries in historic downtown San Jose, when the town’s quaint, Spanish colonial streets fill with colorful street performers, food stalls, musicians, and dancers. Superb local artwork here ranges from painting to sculpture to jewelry and beyond, each gallery with its own unique flair. Travelers can sample wine and tequila in the galleries or stop by the local cantinas for tacos, margaritas, and ceviche. The Art Walk is a free, all-ages event that takes place every Thursday evening between 5 and 9 from November through June. The main galleries are located on Obregon, Morelos, Guerrero, and Comonfort streets. Maps are available at any storefront and are helpful for finding the smaller galleries on the side streets. Tours are available but totally unnecessary.

  7. Burrito Safari

    Rancho Carisuva donkey hike, Los Cabos
    Enjoy Rancho Carisuva’s sunset or morning hike with a trusty little donkey (burrito) as companion. In this unique hike, guests will explore the Baja desert landscape, learn about local plants and wildlife, and take a break at a seaside clifftop lookout, where your friendly burro will offer beer and snacks. The hike back to the ranch follows a pristine beach. This is part of a rescue program that helps donkeys who have been abused or abandoned by local farmers and miners due to technological advances. The Burrito Safari is family-friendly and can be combined with ATV tours or horseback riding. Tours last about two hours, and rates include beer, water, and snacks, plus round-trip transportation. Guests may choose to provide their own transportation and get 30% off the tour price.

  8. Swim with Sharks

    Swimming with sharks in Los Cabos
    Cabo Shark Dive’s exhilarating tour offers a rare chance to safely swim, snorkel, or dive in the open water (no cages) with these apex predators. The Sea of Cortez is home to a variety of sharks that can be seen year-round, but this area is especially great for spotting silkies, blues, makos (the world’s fastest), and hammerheads that begin to gather here every March. Though sharks are the main attraction, guests may also get the opportunity to swim with other marine life, such as dolphins, sea lions, whales, and manta rays. Tours last roughly 5 hours, depending on how fast the sharks find the chum; guests will need to wait patiently. Very occasionally, no sharks will come. It’s rare that this happens, but in this case, guests will be offered a second tour at 50% off. Ages 13 and up only; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  9. Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach

    Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach
    These twin beaches jut out into the Sea of Cortez near El Arco, with Lovers Beach facing the calm gulf side and Divorce Beach facing the choppy Pacific. The water on the Lovers side is popular for snorkeling and swimming; the Divorce side is best for lounging, but the water is too rough to swim. Travelers will need to bring their own towels and umbrellas, but there usually are locals selling beer and refreshments. Lovers and Divorce less crowded than the main Medano Beach, because they are harder to get to. Most people take a water taxi to get there. Be advised that there is no dock on the beach side; the captain will pull up as close to shore as they can, and guests will then need to jump out and negotiate their way to the beach. There are locals who will help people ashore and handle their gear, usually for another 80 pesos ($5 USD). Another option is to hike to the beaches from the Grand Solmar, a moderate hike but not for novices. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to scrabble over the rocks. Stick to the inside, and don’t try to get by on the beach side.

  10. San Jose Estuary

    Bird sanctuary in Los Cabos, Mexico
    A marshy, freshwater lagoon and bird sanctuary, the San Jose Estuary is fed by an underwater river and covers about 2000 acres, including a thin strip of beach. Several hundred local and migrating bird species are found here, including Great Blue Herons, White-faced Ibis, and endangered Belding’s Yellowthroats. A little trail cuts through the area for hiking or biking, while kayaking is popular in the lagoon. Be sure to stop by the Wirikuta Cactus Garden just to the west of the Estuary, which houses about 1800 varieties of cacti as well as a sculpture garden. The Estuary is about 10 minutes’ walk from Downtown San Jose or 15 minutes bicycling from the Hotel Zone.

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Los Cabos with Kids

MexicoLos Cabos › For Families
Updated: March 6, 2022

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Top 8 Family Activities in Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico has long been known as a hot getaway for honeymooners, sport fishermen, and spring breakers. The truth of the matter is that this sunny destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula also makes a fantastic getaway for families.

Visitors quickly fall in love with the dramatic natural beauty of white-sand beaches, mysterious desert hills, the mighty Pacific Ocean, and the incredible turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. Just a short flight from most US gateways and home to two distinct cities, Los Cabos offers beautiful resorts, world-class activities, and plenty of charm. Cabo San Lucas (often known simply as “Cabo”) is the bustling heart of the action, with magnificent views of the iconic arch at Land’s End, restaurants, shops, and beautifully swimmable Médano Beach. San José del Cabo is the colonial sister city, with quaint boutiques and a historic plaza. Between the two cities lies the sun-swept 20-mile stretch of beaches known as the Tourist Corridor.

From one end of Los Cabos to the other, families will find plenty of fun both on land and sea. Here are some of our top picks for a fantastic family getaway with the kids:

1. Pirate Ship Cruise

Los Cabo Boat Tour for Kids
The Buccaneer Queen is a magnificent tall ship that has appeared numerous times in film and TV. Boat tours include options for sunset sails, whale watching, swimming, and snorkeling. You’ll admire the postcard-pretty views and kids will love the onboard pirate fight.

2. A day at the Beach

The warm beaches of Los Cabos offer the perfect setting for a sun-drenched day of beachcombing and sandcastles. Because of the strong confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, strong undertows make many beaches unsafe for swimming. However, the gentle waters of Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas are a family favorite and this stretch is fantastic for people-watching. For an added bit of fun, head out on a snorkeling tour to experience the vibrant underwater sea life of what Jacques Cousteau called “the World’s Aquarium.” (The Cabo Half-Day Luxury Sailing Adventure with Snorkeling is excellent.) And, of course, no trip to Cabo San Lucas is complete without a water taxi ride out to scenic Lover’s Beach, located near the famous arch. While the beach offers no services, it’s a great spot to spend a few hours playing in the sunshine. On the Tourist Corridor, Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay are must-sees for their beautifully protected waters.

3. Whale Watching

California gray whales make a remarkable annual migration from Alaska each year to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez to give birth. Whale watching in Los Cabos during the winter months with an experienced guide is a truly unforgettable experience that will move visitors of any age. Whale mothers have been known to bring their young right up to vessels to get a close look at the gawking, awe-struck humans aboard.

4. Work off some steam at the playground

While you won’t find much in the way of children’s play areas in Cabo San Lucas, in the San José del Cabo area there’s a pleasant park (Parque Ballena) with kids’ equipment located between the Mega shopping center and Plaza Garuffi, toward the west end of the hotel zone.

5. Glass Factory

Stop in to see glass-blowing artisans at work in this busy Cabo San Lucas workshop. In operation for over two decades, the glass-blowing factory employs over 30 highly-skilled artists who produce hundreds of pieces every day. Kids will find the process fascinating and there’s an on-site gift shop with unique hand-blown items to browse. While many tour operators offer this as a guided activity, you’re free to show up on your own in your rental or a taxi.

6. Turtle Release

Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Conservation efforts focus on ushering the fragile, tiny hatchlings safely into the sea. Baja Outback Adventures offers a certified naturalist-led program in which participants can “adopt” a hatchling and help them make their way into the Sea of Cortez.

7. Horseback Riding

Explore pristine beaches and beautiful desert scenery as you ride with Cuadra professional horseback riders. Towering desert cacti and sparkling ocean vistas will make this a ride to remember.

8.Zip Lines

The zip-line tours offered by Wild Canyon will have you and the kids soaring over desert arroyos as you admire the dramatic Baja scenery and views. Highly trained guides help ensure a fun-filled experience.

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Isla Mujeres Restaurants

Mexico › Best Isla Mujeres Restaurants
Updated: March 4, 2022

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The 3 Best Restaurants on Isla Mujeres

  1. Casa Rolandi • $$$$
    Best fine dining on Isla Mujeres.
    Oceanfront fine dining, featuring an inspired blend of Northern Italian and local Yucatan cuisines. Located inside the Zoetry Villa Rolandi hotel and open all day, this restaurant is most popular at dinnertime for their breathtaking sunset views and elegant ambiance; breakfast and lunch here are more casual. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, and pastas anchor the gourmet menu. Standout dishes include the octopus or beef carpaccio, lobster ravioli, and tuna tataki – an excellent selection of wines and great desserts rounds out the experience. Servers here are attentive, and the sommeliers are knowledgeable about available wine selections and pairings. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner, but not necessary for breakfast or lunch, unless traveling with a large group.
  2. Polo’s Mango Café • $$-$$$
    Best drinks on Isla Mujeres
    Amazing food, fun atmosphere, and great drinks! Mango Café offers some of the freshest Mexican flavors on the island alongside American favorites. Breakfast is their busiest service, with stuffed peppers, huevos rancheros, and coconut French toast on nearly every table, paired with one of their famous mango or watermelon mimosas. Staff are incredibly friendly, service is prompt, and the owners are on-site daily. Be advised that the green sauce is not tomatillo sauce but habanero sauce instead; mix it with their mango salsa for a perfect sweet-spicy kick. Expect a wait if you arrive for breakfast, but the line moves quickly.
  3. Rooster Café • $$-$$$
    The best brunch spot on Isla Mujeres
    This is a perfect little brunch spot in the North End, specializing in creative spins on eggs benedict; try them with lobster, chorizo, or a pineapple-shrimp combo. All of their breads and bagels are made-from-scratch, and their coffee is phenomenal. The breakfast menu tends toward American favorites, like omelettes, pancakes, and French toast; lunch offerings feature more Mexican options with a variety seafood and steak tortilla dishes. Simple, straightforward cocktails, great smoothies, and perhaps best of all: air conditioning!

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Cancun Restaurants

Mexico › Best Cancun Restaurants
Updated: March 4, 2022

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Cancun

  1. Casitas • $$$$
    Romantic, special occasion dining in Cancun
    Beachfront fine dining at The Ritz with a sumptuous menu of grilled fresh seafood and tender steaks. Specialties include their elevated version of Yucatecan tikin xic, a whole fish coated in spices and citrus and cooked in a banana leaf, as well as their flawlessly prepared steaks. The wine selection is robust, featuring international labels as well as Mexican wines (Mexico is known for their reds, especially cabernets and tempranillos). The romantic ambiance is most profound in their signature private casitas directly on the beach, wrapped in sheer veils with softly illuminated tabletops, though they also have tables on a nearby terrace. Service is impeccable, attentive, and friendly. Reservations are required for the beachfront casitas and there is a surcharge, but it is entirely worth it, especially for special occasions. Reservations are recommended for terrace seating.
  2. La Fonda del Zancudo • $$-$$$
    Date night dining in Cancun
    Atmospheric dining in an old abandoned house, serving gorgeous, Mediterranean-inspired dishes using fresh, local, organic ingredients, some grown onsite in their tiny garden. Standout dishes include their rich tuna tartare, baked figs, and empanadas, along with their refreshing cucumber martini and sangria. They also have a chalkboard menu with daily specials, with a lot of variety, especially for seafood and veggie dishes. Seating is in an open courtyard surrounded by crumbling stucco walls with dramatic vines climbing up the sides and fairy lights strung through the trees. Reservations are not required for small groups, but larger tables may want to reach out via Facebook; they answer very promptly. This Downtown restaurant is open for dinner only.
  3. Les Cepages • $$$$
    The best French restaurant in Cancun
    Contemporary, French cuisine in an elegant setting with rich flavors, exquisite presentation, and fantastic wines. The sophisticated menu changes seasonally, taking inspiration from locally-sourced produce and fine meat cuts, though certain popular items appear regularly, like the brie salad, lamb chops, and chocolate soufflé. The restaurant is helmed by the amiable and talented Chef Sal Luna, who makes sure to personally greet all guests he’s cooking for and to answer any questions or make suggestions, even going off-menu. Table service is always warm, attentive, and personal. Les Cepages is located in Downtown and is open for lunch and dinner.
  4. La Habichuela • $$$$
    Garden patio dining in Cancun
    Flavorful Mexican-Caribbean restaurant, famous for its unique recipes featuring delicious seafood and beef and its tropical garden vibe. Their most popular dish by far is their cocobichuela (so popular it ended up being a $600 question on Jeopardy!): curried lobster and fish over rice served inside a coconut and topped with a grilled pineapple ring. Decorated with Maya statues, dense palm fronds, and strings of lights, the garden patio is the preferred spot for dining. Save room for dessert and order a Mayan coffee to end the night; it comes with a fun tableside fire show. There are two locations, but you definitely need to visit the original one in Downtown, open since 1977, to experience the true Cancun spirit.
  5. Surfin’ Burrito • $
    Cheap eats budget dining in Cancun
    This well-loved hole-in-the-wall has a full menu of California-style comfort food, like coconut shrimp, fish tacos, and ceviche. But they are best known for their massive mahi-shrimp burritos, loaded with grilled veggies, beans, and rice; topped with tamarind and habanero sauce, recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Their build-your-own burrito option is super popular, especially for those who don’t do seafood; their arrachera beef is particularly delicious. Burritos are always finished off on the grill to give a little crunch and a fuller flavor. Go easy on the drinks here; the cocktails are bigger than your head, ice-cold, and strong. Seating is limited to three high-top tables and assorted bar stools, so waiting for a table can take a while; food and cocktails are all available to-go, and they deliver from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. The restaurant is in the middle of the Hotel Zone, near the nightlife and open 24 hours.
  6. Restaurante Margely • $$-$$$
    Traditional Yucatecan cuisine Mexican food in Cancun
    Regional Yucatecan fare and familiar Mexican favorites served with panache at Market 28 in Downtown. This casual restaurant sits in the middle of the popular market but stands out for its excellent selection of local dishes unique to the area, especially their conchinita pibil (slow-cooked pork stew), parrillada yucateca (barbecued meat with puffed tortillas, refried stuffed tortillas, and in a citrus marinade), and sopa de lima (lime soup). Great aguas frescas, margaritas, and micheladas, too! Seating is al fresco and family-style, with several long picnic tables. There is usually a musician playing upbeat, acoustic songs in the square just outside the restaurant, right next to the ice cream stand (grab a coconut ice cream here on your way out!) Open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
  7. El Galeón del Caribe • $
    Best local dining in Cancun
    The only authentic, local-style restaurant in the Hotel Zone, El Galeón serves tasty, affordable seafood dishes under a palapa roof with a dirt floor and picnic tables arranged near the lagoon. The specialty of the house is pescadillas (fish tacos); order 3 or 4 per person. Their mixed ceviche with shrimp and octopus is outstanding and huge; two people can share this one. Pair your meal with a michelada and finish it off with their sweet fried bananas. Service is friendly but very casual, so don’t expect to be doted on. This gem of a restaurant is hidden from the street. At kilometer 19.4, you’ll see their sign and a small parking lot on the lagoon side of the street. The restaurant itself is down a set of wooden steps hidden in the foliage. Hours are loose, from noon-ish to 7:00ish. Cash only.
  8. Los Aguachiles • $$-$$$
    Best Ceviche in Cancun
    Casual, authentic spot for super fresh seafood and ice-cold drinks. The restaurant is best known for its house ceviche, made with shrimp, octopus, or a combo of the two served with their house salsa blends. Other menu highlights include the tuna tostada, grilled octopus, and chilorio tacos (spicy pork) for the non-seafood eaters. Mezcal features heavily on the drink menu, mixed with various aguas frescas, most popularly the pepino fresco (cucumber lime) and the maracuyá (passion fruit). This humble Downtown spot is a favorite among locals, clean, welcoming, and family-friendly. Open for lunch and early dinner, from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
  9. Sushi Go • $$-$$$
    The best sushi in Cancun
    Unassuming local chain serving super fresh and affordable sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese favorites. Rolls are definitely the stars here, with the Dragon Roll (tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and eel sauce) topping the list of favorites, along with the #4 (salmon, mango, cream cheese) and #21 (spicy tuna wrapped in avocado). Their tempura udon, ribeye roll, and gyoza are also top-notch. Diners will also find a few Mexican-inspired appetizers on the menu, like spicy tuna tostadas and salmon taquitos. The atmosphere is casual and clean, with friendly staff table service, a full bar, and killer tempura fried ice cream. They also deliver to anywhere in the Hotel Zone. Open daily from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
  10. Porfirio’s • $$$$
    Upscale Mexican restaurant in Cancun
    Upscale, Mexican restaurant with a lively atmosphere. Porfirio’s serves a wide range of Mexican staples, like tamales, chicharones, and elote (street-style grilled corn with cheese, mayo, and chili powder), along with more traditional, adventurous fare, like chapulines, fried grasshoppers on guacamole. The cocktail menu features unique house recipes, like their chilimango with fresh mango, vodka, chili and peach liqueur, and a robust selection of Josefinas, spicy mezcal cocktails with sweetened lemon and fresh, local fruits. Dinner is accompanied by live mariachi performers dancing among the tables, miming along with the music over the speakers. Yes, it’s cheesy but way fun! Open for lunch and dinner from 1:00 pm -1:00 am in the Hotel Zone.

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