Mexico Travel Guide › When To Go
Updated: August 6, 2020
When to go to Mexico (summary): The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season between December and April when there is little rain and lots of sun. The coolest months are December, January, and February, although it’s usually still warm enough for swimming and sunbathing. The wet season begins in May and lasts until October on the West Coast and November on the East Coast.
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When is the Best Time to Visit Mexico?
- Best Time to Visit Mexico for the Beaches and Good Weather: The best time to visit Mexico’s beaches for warm weather, comfortable sea temperatures for swimming and smaller crowds, is generally December to May. On the Pacific side (Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta), the rainy season comes to an end around mid-October, but tourists won’t start arriving in droves for at least another month or so, which means good weather and thin crowds through early December. The Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum) is still pretty wet until late November, but good bargains and pleasant weather can generally be found around the last couple of weeks of November and into early December. Travelers who prefer balmy days and cooler nights would do best to visit in January or February.
- Best Time to Visit Mexico for the Bargains: If you’re searching for the very best deals, the best time to visit most areas of Mexico is during the heart of the hurricane or wet season: July through mid-November in the Yucatan, and August/September along the Pacific Coast; in some areas, like Baja, you might find good discounts beginning in mid-June with the onset of searing summer heat. During this time, everything from hotels and airfare to excursions will be at their cheapest prices of the year and you can potentially save hundreds of dollars. Mexico City and the interior is the exception, with the best bargains typically found during the colder months of the year, from November through mid-February, outside of the holiday period around Christmas through New Year’s.
- Best Time to Visit Mexico for Whale Watching: Whale watching is popular along the Pacific coast of Mexico in places like Puerto Vallarta, where humpback whales begin to arrive in November, though peak time is in January and February, when you’re likely to see the humpback whale babies that are born in the area. The Baja Peninsula sees many whales during this time as well, and is especially known for gray whales, referred to as “friendlies,” as they frequently come close to boats to get a look at the passengers inside. Other whales that may be spotted include the humpbacks as well as minke, blue, long-finned pilot, fin, northern Pacific right and sperm whales.
- Best Time to Visit Mexico to Party: The biggest party crowds come to Mexico, mainly to places like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta around spring break, which can fall during various weeks mostly throughout the month of March, though sometimes into early April. This is when you’ll find the most happening nightlife and have the opportunity to meet up with college-age visitors. There’s often another spike in partygoers around late May through early July, when many high school graduates arrive, particularly in Cancun.
Mexico Travel Seasons
- High Season (mid-December through Easter): High season in most regions other than Mexico City and the interior, begins just before the Christmas holiday and extends through Easter. This is when the crowds are at their peak, room rates and airfare tend to be higher, and the weather is generally the best of the year, bringing an abundance of sunshine and little rain in most areas, with highs in the mid- to upper-20s and lows around a mild 21°C. Destinations that are inland and above 6000 feet, however, can get quite cool this time of year, and high elevation mountain peaks usually see at least a dusting of snow.
- Shoulder Season (November and May): Mexico doesn’t have much of a shoulder season, though November is somewhat of a transition between the low and high season; you may see a few more tourists, and there is some risk of a late hurricane or tropical storm (though these are more likely to occur between August and October). While it’s likely to be warm at any time of the year across Mexico, it’s often just right in November and May, with highs around 30°C, and sea temperatures a pleasant 28°C, ideal for swimming. In either month, there is likely to be some rain, but it often comes only in short spurts, with plenty of sun in between.
- Low Season (June through October): Low season is generally hurricane season, with its peak in August, September and October – other than in the interior of Mexico, which experiences its busy season in the summer months. The rain can be intense, but it’s typically over as quickly as it begun, which means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy soaking up the sunshine on the beach. This is the best time of the year for avoiding the crowds and saving money, as properties are eager to fill up empty rooms and airfares are often at their lowest.
Mexico Weather by Month
- Yucatan Weather in January: The Yucatan Peninsula enjoys a tropical climate and warm weather with fairly consistent temperatures year-round, though January is the coolest month of the year. It’s also one of the driest, a time where you’ll see plenty of sunshine and only a minimal amount of rain. You won’t have to worry about sea temperatures either, as the water averages a warm 27°C. The high temperature hovers around 28°C, and it generally won’t get any cooler than 21°C, even at night. You’ll avoid the hottest time of the year, but you’ll still need plenty of sunscreen, along with lightweight clothing, like shorts, skirts, tank tops, short-sleeved t-shirts and a swimsuit, as you would any time of year. You may also want to bring a light sweater or long-sleeved shirt and long pants, if you’re coming from a warm climate, as it might feel a bit cool in the evening. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C. Average Precipitation: 43mm.)
- Baja Weather in January: January is the coldest month of the year in Baja, though it still enjoys pleasant average temperatures of 23°C, and afternoon highs may climb to 26°C. Expect an abundance of sunshine during the day for enjoying all of those outdoor activities, and little to no chance of rain, with just 13mm of precipitation this month. If you’re coming from a warm climate, you might find it a little too chilly for taking a dip in the water. Nights can get rather cool, even though the temperature only drops a few degrees, it can feel a lot colder when a breeze blows in. When visiting this month, pack lightweight clothing for warm days, as well as a light jacket or sweater for those cooler evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 26°C. Average Precipitation: 43mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in January: January on Mexico’s Pacific coast is one of the coldest months of the year like most other destinations in the country, but it still boasts fairly warm temperatures and abundant sunshine, due to its location near the equator. Afternoons reach an average high temperature of 29°C, and there is little chance for rain with just 23mm falling over two days this month. Nights will be cool, however, with temperatures dropping as low as 14°C. It’s a great time to visit for warm winter sun – which is why many other people are likely to be joining you. Pack for warm, sunny days and cool nights, by bringing sun protection, lightweight clothing and a light jacket or sweater. (Average Max Temperature: 26°C. Average Precipitation: 43mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in January: January is the second coldest month of the year in the interior region of Mexico, including Mexico City, but if you’re coming from a northern climate it’s likely to feel quite pleasant. While the average temperature hovers around 13°C, afternoons usually get quite warm, with high temperatures climbing to 21°C, and occasionally a few degrees higher. As this is the dry season and the sun is almost always shining, it often feels much warmer than what temperature reads. Nights, and especially early mornings, are likely to be quite brisk, as lows dip down to just 5°C, and frost is common. Pack a mix of clothing, including both short- and long-sleeve shirts along with a jacket and perhaps a couple of sweaters for those chilly mornings and late evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 10mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in February: There isn’t a noticeable change between January and February. Precipitation is just 3mm more at 46mm on average, and temperature increases only a degree to 29°C. There will be plenty of sunshine and warm water for swimming, which is why this month is another very popular time for tourists to arrive. Pack as you would for January, with perhaps an item or two for cooler evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C. Average Precipitation: 46mm.)
- Baja Weather in February: Although January and February are quite similar, temperatures do warm several degrees this month. The high climbs to 29°C, while the average still hovers around a comfortable 20°C. There is even less of a chance of rain interrupting your activities with just 4mm of precipitation on average, thanks to Baja’s desert climate. Pack for lots of sun, and throw in a sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler evenings, or boat excursions, as this is the peak time for whale watching, Many people do enjoy swimming now, though some may find it a little too cool for their liking. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C. Average Precipitation: 4mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in February: There is very little change in February, in fact that high temperature remains the same as it was in January, at 29°C and lows dip down to 14°C. There is even less of a chance for rain with 10mm falling on just one day this month. This is t-shirts, tank tops and shorts weather, and it usually feels warm enough for ocean swimming too, with sea temperatures around 25°C. With the big difference between daytime and nighttime temps, don’t forget that sweatshirt or light jacket. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C. Average Precipitation: 10mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in February: The trend of mild, comfortably warm days and cold nights continues in Mexico’s interior region this month, with the average high temperature climbing a bit to 22°C, though some years it can get as warm as 30°C. It’s still the dry season with just 20mm of precipitation falling over three days in February, so you can look forward to an abundance of sunshine and blue skies. Pack as you would for January, with a mix of clothing, and don’t forget the sunscreen, especially in high elevation areas where the sun can get quite intense. (Average Max Temperature: 22°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in March: Temperatures are slightly increasing with the arrival of March. Afternoons may reach 30°C, while the average temperature has risen two degrees to 25°C. This month is even drier than February, seeing just 40mm of precipitation over four days. March is the most popular time to visit, especially in places like Cancun that tend to draw students who come to party during their spring break. With the low temperature at 22°C, you’re unlikely to need any cool weather clothing, but if you plan on going sailing, it might be a good idea to toss in a sweatshirt. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
- Baja Weather in March: There isn’t much of a change over February, with afternoon highs now reaching 30°C and only 2mm of precipitation throughout the entire month. This is another very popular time to be in Baja, so don’t expect to find too many crowd-free spots unless you venture into the smaller towns up north or into the mountains. Pack as you would for last month, with mostly lightweight clothing and a few items for cooler nights and jaunts out on the water. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 2mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in March: Things are starting to heat up now even more now, with afternoon highs averaging 30°C, and occasionally a few degrees hotter, though nights are still cold, with the low remaining 14°C. Rain is unlikely with just 4mm of precipitation on average. The clubs and bars are likely to be packed with tourists, and beaches filled with lots of visitors too. Pack as you would anytime during the winter season, with a mix of mostly lightweight clothing, plenty of sunscreen and a sweatshirt or two for nighttime. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 4mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in March: It’s warming even more noticeably now, with the arrival of spring this month. Not only can you expect to enjoy very pleasant temperatures, with highs now reaching 24°C and occasional afternoons close to 30°C, but the beautiful flowering jacarandas will be in bloom. Late nights and early mornings will still be quite cold, however, with lows down to 7°C. Bring a mix of clothing, with a focus on warm weather items and sun protection, and be sure to toss in a sweatshirt, sweater or jacket too. With just 10mm of precipitation this month, there’s no need to worry about rain. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 10mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in April: April is the driest month on the Yucatan Peninsula, with just 27mm of rainfall over three days. The weather is noticeably warming now, with afternoons climbing to 32°C. Expect lots of heat and endless sunshine, which means you’ll need to really lather on the sunscreen and bring a wide-brimmed hat for protection too. Think shorts, tank tops, breezy dresses, sandals and beachwear now. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 27mm.)
- Baja Weather in April: April can be a sweet spot, with the biggest crowds beginning to dissipate, the weather still pleasantly warm, and the average high the same as last month at 30°C. Rain is still basically non-existent with just 4mm this month, and, as always, sunshine is plentiful. Because of the dry desert climate, you will still need to pack a sweater, sweatshirt or light jacket for evenings that can dip down to 15°C. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 4mm.)
- Pacific Coast in April: April is noticeably warmer, with temperatures often rising to 32°C or even higher this month and lows have now increased two degrees to 16°C. The tourist season is beginning to wind down, though there are likely to still be quite a few visitors this month. Those who are there will enjoy cooling off in the ocean, with temperatures usually just slightly lower than what they are on land, at around 25°C. Bring that sun protection, as you’ll definitely need it, along with the mix of mostly lightweight clothing, swimwear and a sweater or light jacket for evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 5mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in April: April is another very pleasant month, with very little chance for rain and frequently bright, sunny skies. In fact, this month, along with May are actually the warmest of the year in central Mexico. Look forward to afternoon temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, and slightly warmer nights, with the low now at 10°C. With just 20mm of precipitation over 11 days this month, if it does rain it probably be very light and pass quickly. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat may be a good idea too, for protection against that intense sunshine, and you’ll still need a jacket or warm sweater for chilly evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in May: May is generally the last month of the dry season, and weather will be hot, with the average high now creeping up to 33°C. There is just 28mm of rainfall on average, and more endless sunshine as well as warm evenings, with even the low temperatures a rather balmy 24°C. With the heat and humidity now getting rather intense, you may want to bring lots of lightweight clothing, some of which includes dry-wicking material to keep from feeling too sticky. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 28mm.)
- Baja Weather in May: The average high temperature in May now climbs two degrees to 32°C, and there is almost no chance for rain, with an average of zero precipitation this month. Expect sunny, hot, dry days and relatively cool nights, with temperatures dropping to 16°C. This is a great time to be in Baja, with few crowds and often discounted rates, and temperatures plenty warm enough for swimming. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and some sun protection, along with that lightweight summery clothing and a sweater or sweatshirt. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 0mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in May: May is a great time to visit the Pacific coast, with the tourist crowds thinning, temperatures rising, but not miserably hot. The daily average is 26°C, though afternoon highs can climb to 33°C or a bit above. The nights are warmer too, with temperatures generally not dipping lower than 18°C. Though the rain increases a bit to 18mm in May, you’re unlikely to see much in the way of precipitation. You’ll still need to pack as you would for the previous months, with mostly warm weather, summery clothing for days and a couple of long-sleeve shirts or a light sweater for after dark. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 0mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in May: May is more like summer than the official summer months, bringing warm temperatures with highs in the mid to upper 20s, making it an ideal time to visit. The chance of rain increases slightly, with 30mm falling over 16 days in May, though much of it is likely to come during the latter part of the month and you’ll still see an abundance of sunshine. With the low temperature at 11°C, you will need something to keep you warm at night, along with lightweight, summery clothing for daytime. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in June: The rain makes its comeback in June, which marks the start of the hurricane season. Precipitation increases 81mm to 109mm, which falls over eight days. That means you’re likely to still enjoy an abundance of sunshine, but there is a greater chance for rain too. A hurricane this month is rare, so it may be a good time to visit while enjoying mostly pleasant weather and discounts too. When the rain comes, it’s usually in short bursts. Humidity can be really intense though, as high as 96% and sometimes even 100%, so be prepared to feel hot and sticky, no matter what you wear or don’t wear. A wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen is an absolute must for avoiding a sunburn. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 109mm.)
- Baja Weather in June: There is little difference between May and June in Baja. Though it may get slightly warmer, the average high temperature remains 32°C and there is little chance for rain. The average low does creep up a couple of degrees now, to 18°C, making evenings quite comfortable. Still, just as you would in May, plan to bring plenty of sunscreen, lightweight clothing, a bathing suit and a sweater for those cooler evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 0mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in June: June marks the beginning of the rainy season, as well as the low season, which means few tourists and the chance to find some good bargains on hotels and airfare too. It will be warm, with afternoon highs climbing to 33°C, sometimes reaching a few degrees higher. With 227mm of precipitation this month, the odds of encountering rainfall are high, though you can expect plenty of sun breaks in between showers as well. With the low temperature now 21°C, nights are fairly warm, so you may want to skip tossing in that sweater or jacket, and instead focus on sun protection, lightweight summer clothing and perhaps something for the rain – or, just plan to enjoy an afternoon snooze when it hits. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 227mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in June: Unlike many areas of Mexico, the high temperature actually dips a degree in June, to 24°C. This is also the start of both the busy season and the rainy season, though rainfall is typically confined to an hour or so in late afternoon. This month averages 61mm of precipitation over 18 days, so you can expect plenty of sunshine too. Nights will be a bit warmer than last month, though not by much with lows at 12°C, so you’ll still need to bring a jacket or warm sweater for outdoor activities after dark, and you may want to toss in a portable umbrella too. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 61mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in July: While July also falls within hurricane season, hurricanes aren’t near as likely to hit until September or October, so it’s still a relatively safe month to visit, and you’re likely to find bargains galore, but it will be sizzling hot. The average high temperature is the same as June, at 33°C, but it generally doesn’t get cooler than 25°C at night, which means booking an air-conditioned room this time of year is really a must. You may have some rain to contend with, as it slightly increases at 115mm over five days, but again, it’s typically in short bursts with plenty of sunshine to enjoy swimming and lounging on the beach. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 115mm.)
- Baja Weather in July: July is the second hottest month of the year in Baja, with the average high temperature reaching 34°C, and it’s not unheard of for it to climb over 40°C, and the humidity makes those numbers feel even hotter. Still, if you want to spend lots of time in the water, this is one of the cheapest times to visit and crowds will be few. Just plan on bringing loads of sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat, as well as that lightweight summer clothing. It doesn’t usually get cooler than 24°C, even in the middle of the night now, so you won’t need a sweater or jacket, but you will want to book an air-conditioned room. (Average Max Temperature: 34°C. Average Precipitation: 12mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in July: Temperatures in July are similar to June, but the big difference is the rain. The rain increases even more to 362mm on average, though the city empties out, with tourists avoiding the wet weather, making it a good time to come for bargains as well as to enjoy cultural attractions without the crowds. The average high remains 33°C and the low at 21°C, so plan to pack as you would for June, there’s no need for cool weather clothing now, though you might want to toss in a portable umbrella. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 362mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in July: July is the peak of both the busy season and the rainy season, but mornings are nearly always pleasant and sunny, or at worst, partly cloudy. Typically, on any given day this month, you’ll see rain in the late afternoon, making it easy to plan outdoor activities around it. The average high temperature remains a rather pleasant 24°C. Pack as you would for June, and be sure to book accommodations well ahead of time due to the high amount of visitors that are likely to be here now. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in August: August is the hottest month of the year in the Yucatan, with average highs now at 34°C. There are big discounts now, and even though it’s closer to peak hurricane season, there have only been two major hurricanes to hit this region in nearly 30 years – the most recent was in October of 2005 and the other was in September of 1988. This is the time when you’ll want to spend lots of time in the water when the sun is hot, as those high temperatures combined with high humidity makes it feel even hotter. Heavy rain is likely to come to help provide some relief, with an average of 181mm over six days in August. Bring your lightweight clothing, some with dry-wicking material, beachwear and sun protection. (Average Max Temperature: 34°C. Average Precipitation: 181mm.)
- Baja Weather in August: The hottest month of the year in Baja, highs average 35°C in August, and it can sometimes reach as high as 44°C, while lows remain a fairly warm: 24°C. The hurricane season arrives in mid-August, though odds are still fairly low, the first known landfall of a tropical cyclone in this region was on August 15th. If you want to avoid the risk and don’t mind the searing heat, plan to come during the first half of the month. Rain is more likely from mid-month on as well, with an average of 52mm of precipitation, though typically coming in short bursts. (Average Max Temperature: 35°C. Average Precipitation: 52mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in August: It’s the heart of the rainy season now, with a whopping 380mm of rainfall on average this month. It will still be hot, however, with temperatures remaining just as they were in June and July, highs reaching 33°C or slightly higher, and evenings mild with lows at 21°C. Days are typically characterized by tropical downpours that come in between intense sunshine. This is also a great time to visit for avoiding crowds and enjoying discounted airfare and hotel rates. If you don’t want to get caught in the rain, be sure to bring a portable umbrella. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 380mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in August: There is very little change in the weather from July, with afternoon highs hovering around 24°C and nights dropping down to 12°C. Some days the temperature may climb into the upper 20s, but once the clouds and rain come it cools off instantly. The rain does decrease a bit with 50mm of precipitation over 19 days, most, again, falling in late afternoons with more during the first half of the month. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in September: Things are gradually beginning to cool, though only slightly, with high temperatures still averaging 33°C and the humidity remains high. If you plan to visit this month, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the weather forecast, as it is now peak hurricane season, and it’s also the wettest month in the region, with some 279mm of precipitation over 10 days. As it so often does, the rain usually falls in short, intense bursts, providing some cool relief before the sun returns. The best news of all? Accommodation rates are typically at the lowest, and crowds are few. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 270mm.)
- Baja Weather in September: Visiting in September will put you smack dab in the middle of the storm season. It was September of 2014 when Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabo, and tropical storms have become increasingly common this time of year. If you go, expect to find big discounts and few tourists, along with sizzling heat as the average high temperature drops just a degree to 34°C, and temperatures of 44°C have been recorded this month as well. Precipitation increases significantly to 116mm, and a rain jacket is likely to feel much too warm with those high temps, so bring an umbrella, plan to get wet or be prepared to spend some time inside, though you should still see quite a bit of sunshine in between showers. (Average Max Temperature: 34°C. Average Precipitation: 116mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in September: September is one of the hottest and wettest months on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, but the good news is that unlike some other areas of the country, hurricanes are rare. To compare, Cancun sees one about every seven years, whereas Puerto Vallarta along the Pacific coast is closer to once every 35 years. The afternoon high does dip slightly this month to 32°C, though the low actually increases to 22°C and precipitation is still very heavy at 358mm on average. If you go during this time, you won’t have to worry about bumping elbows with tourists, and you can expect to find some good discounts too. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 358mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in September: If you plan to visit Mexico’s interior in September, prepare for some rain and cool evenings. Like last month, rainfall mostly comes in the afternoon, so you can usually avoid it by planning outdoor activities in the morning. As September 15 and 16th bring Independence Day celebrations, be sure to book early if you plan to visit then, and be aware that many shops and restaurants will be closed. Pack as you would for the summer rainy season, bringing a portable umbrella and a mix of clothing for both warm days and cool nights. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in October: October brings more noticeably cooler temperatures, with the average high now a bit more comfortable at 31°C. As mentioned, this is peak hurricane season, however, and it’s also the second wettest month, with an average of 177mm of precipitation that falls over 11 days. The latter half of the month generally experiences less rain, but throughout October, and really year-round, you can still expect lots of sunshine. If you plan to do a lot of swimming, be aware that during the monsoon season, beaches may close when the surf is too dangerous. The tradeoff is cheaper hotel rates, and a generally low number of tourists. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 177mm.)
- Baja Weather in October: Mid-October marks the end of the hurricane season, and the second half of the month can be an ideal time to visit Baja, with few crowds and often discounts too. The average high temperature drops another degree to 33°C, and the later in the month you arrive, the more pleasant it’s likely to be. While there is a chance for rain, it’s fairly minimal now, with just 30mm on average, and plenty of sunshine for enjoying those outdoor activities, including ocean swimming. Sea temperatures are still quite warm at 27°C. (Average Max Temperature: 33°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in October: October brings a slight change to the Pacific coast, with temperatures beginning to fall, even if it’s ever so slightly with the mercury creeping to 32°C during the hottest part of the day. Rainfall is diminishing, with the rainy season coming to an end, although there is still quite a bit this month with an average of 131mm. Most will come during the first half of October, so if you hope to avoid the crowds, visit from mid-month on, when temperatures are pleasant, sunshine is abundant, and there are still relatively few tourists too. Even after dark it’s quite mild with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C. Pack your summer clothes, including lots of lightweight clothing and sunscreen, you’re unlikely to need a jacket or sweater unless you plan on taking a sunset cruise as it can get a little chilly out on the water. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Precipitation: 131mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in October: October sees the end of the rainy season, with precipitation dropping significantly to an average of just 20mm this month. Temperatures are pleasantly warm, with afternoon highs still around the mid-20s. There are fewer visitors here now as well, so you might find some discounted hotel rates and attractions are likely to be less busy too. The nights are getting quite cold, dropping down to at 10°C, so be sure and pack a warm jacket or sweater for those cold evenings outdoors. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in November: November officially marks the end of the hurricane season, and the amount of rain is beginning to decrease with an average of 104mm of precipitation. The high temperature averages a relatively pleasant 30°C, and the sea will still be warm enough to swim – in fact, during this month it may even feel warmer than it does on land. As this is somewhat of a shoulder season, transition from the low to high season, you can still expect rates to be lower than what they will be at their peak, and big crowds are unlikely. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 104mm.)
- Baja Weather in November: November is the transition into the busier season, slightly cooler temperatures, and the sea begins to lose its warmth. Still much of this month can be a fabulous time for a Baja visit, with little chance of rain, abundant sunshine and not as many tourists to bump elbows with as there will be next month. The average high is now a pleasant 30°C and nights have gotten much cooler, at 17°C. This is still a time for plenty of sunscreen and summery clothing, but now you may need that light jacket or sweater for evenings outside. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 11mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in November: November marks the beginning of the dry season, though earlier in the month heat and humidity may still be quite high. There’s likely to be little, if any rain, especially if you come from mid-November on, with just 24mm of precipitation on average this month. You may still find some good deals, but as November progresses, the crowds begin to thicken and you’ll start to see more action at the beach and attractions are busier too. The average high temperature is still fairly warm at 31°C, just a degree lower than last month, and evenings are mild too, with lows at 18°C. As the sun will be out in force much of the time, bring plenty of sunscreen and summery clothing, including swimwear, with ocean temperatures hovering around 28°C. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 24mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in November: November marks the start of the low season, cooler weather, and little rain. Mornings and evenings will feel crisp and cool, with low temperatures falling to just 7°C, though afternoons are likely to feel especially pleasant with highs averaging 22°C and sunshine abundant. Rain is fairly rare, with an average of less than 20mm falling over just five days this month. Plan to bring a few items for warmer weather like short-sleeve shirts, focusing more on clothing like long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters. While you won’t need an umbrella, you will need sunglasses. Average Max Temperature: 22°C. Average Precipitation: 19mm.)
- Yucatan Weather in December: By mid-December, the busy season will be in full swing, though the first half of month can still be a good time to visit the Yucatan for avoiding sizzling heat and the biggest crowds. There will be plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, as well as warm water for swimming. The average high temperature is at its lowest of the year at 28°C, and precipitation averages 87mm. Just be aware that as the holidays get closer, the prices increase along with the tourist crowds. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
- Baja Weather in December: The increase in tourists is noticeable now, as is the dip in temperature, with highs dropping to 27°C and lows a chilly 14°C, though some afternoons may get quite warm, occasionally hitting the mid-30s. It may still be possible to enjoy a dip in the ocean, with sea temperatures at 25°C, so be sure to bring your bathing suit. Pack as you would for last month, making sure to plan for the cooler weather after dark. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 15mm.)
- Pacific Coast Weather in December: Although December ushers winter in, it won’t feel like it along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The weather is still quite warm this month, with afternoon highs around 30°C, and sometimes a bit higher. Nights are now cool enough, with lows dipping to 15°C that you’ll definitely want to bring a sweater, sweatshirt or light jacket for evenings. During the day, expect lots of sunshine and virtually no rain, which makes December a very popular time to visit, particularly around the holidays. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 21mm.)
- Mexico City and Interior Mexico Weather in December: December is the coldest month of the year in this region, but it’s likely to feel quite mild to those who are used to northern climates. Afternoon highs average 20°C, but there are usually few days that climb closer to 25°C, as well as days where it doesn’t get warmer than 10°C. Nights and mornings, again, will be cold, and there is a strong possibly of frost with lows down to just 5°C. While earlier in the month can bring discounted hotel rates, as it progresses closer to the holidays, expect bigger crowds and a spike in prices too. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Precipitation: 21mm.)
Mexico Events and Festivals
Mexico in January
- New Year’s Day – New Year’s Day, referred to as Ano Nuevo in Mexico, is a national holiday, and a time where most businesses will be closed, though there are usually at least a few restaurants and other places that remain open for tourists. Most people stay home, resting and recovering from New Year’s Eve festivities, though in traditional indigenous communities, new tribal leaders will be inaugurated with colorful ceremonies that can be fascinating to watch.
- Día de los Reyes/Three Kings’ Day – This day is commemorated nationwide, a time when children receive gifts and friends and family gather to share a special cake that is baked with a small doll inside the represents the Christ Child. The recipient must then host a party that includes tamales and hot chocolate on February 2, known as Candlemas.
- Mérida Fest – This festival hosted in the Yucatan’s city of Merida, a destination renowned for its rich year-round cultural scene, takes place for over two weeks in early January. It includes a wide range of concerts, art exhibits and cultural events.
- León, Guanajuato Regional Fair/Feria de León – This three-week fair celebrates the founding of León, a leather-craft and shoemaking city. It runs throughout most of the month of January, features some of the year’s most famous entertainment, bullfights, games, concerts, parades, craft exhibits and more.
Mexico in February
- Día De La Candelaria – Celebrated nationwide during the first week of February, this holiday brings music and dancing, processions, feasts and other festivities that culminate in a blessing of seed and candles in a ceremony mixing pre-Hispanic and European traditions to mark the end of winter. Those who attended Día de los Reyes, reunite to share the hot chocolate and tamales at a party hosted by the recipient of the doll found in the cake. The colonial riverside city of Tlacotalpan hosts a music festival simultaneously during this time which showcases traditional Veracruz-style music.
- Carnaval – Carnaval is hosted in many cities throughout Mexico over the weekend before Lent, typically in early February. It’s a big event that mixes Easter images with traditions from pre-Columbia times. The elaborate festivities include parades, floats, costumes, music and dancing in the streets. Mazatlan and Veracruz are the most popular Carnaval destinations, though you’ll find numerous smaller celebrations hosted across Mexico.
- Festival Sayulita – From February 1st to the 5th, the bohemian surf town of Sayulita on Riviera Nayarit hosts a film festival that includes beachfront and private screenings of films, live music, a lecture series, master tastings, as well as tequila and food pairings.
Mexico in March
- Night of the Witches/Noche de Brujas – Hosted on the first Friday of March annually in Catemaco, Veracruz, this event features fortune tellers, healers and shamans, providing the opportunity to have your palms or cards read as well to learn more about non-conventional healing methods.
- Wine and Food Festival Cancun-Riviera Maya – This festival, held alternatively at Cancun and Riviera Maya venues in mid-March, celebrates star chefs and Mexican gastronomy. It includes winemaker and celebrity chef dinners; wine and spirit tastings with offerings from Mexico and well beyond, as well as cooking demonstrations, after-dark cocktail parties and more.
- Guadalajara International Film Festival – The oldest and most important film festival in the country is hosted for a week in mid-March and includes the top Mexican and Latin American films of the year.
- Inception Music Festival, Cancun – This massive music festival is held throughout March for spring breakers. It’s nonstop partying with 30 days and 30 nights of headlining talent hosted at some of the top clubs and resorts in Cancun.
- Mexico City Festival/Festival de México en el Centro Historico – This event is considered one of the most vibrant celebrations of art and culture in all of Mexico. It runs for two weeks in mid- to late-March and includes a wide range of events like theater, concerts, opera, dance productions, art exhibits and lots of gourmet cuisine.
Mexico in April
- Holy Week/Semana Santa – Holy Week is celebrated nationwide, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, which typically falls in early to mid-April. During this time, you may see reenactments of biblical events, food and craft fairs and some somber religious processions. The most important thing is to be aware that you’ll need to book your reservations well ahead of time if you plan to here now.
- San Marcos National Fair, Aguascalientes – The largest fair in the nation, the San Marcos National Fair takes place 22 days in mid-April and includes rodeos and bullfights, mariachis, dancing and music. There are also markets, craft exhibits and fireworks.
- Festival de San Luis, San Luis Potosí – Held for a week in early April each year, this cultural festival features performances in all fine arts disciplines, including theater, opera, music and dance. There are a wide range of activities, workshops, exhibitions and conferences as well.
Mexico in May
- Día de la Santa Cruz/Day of the Holy Cross – This celebration that dates back to colonial times is a nationwide event in which construction workers throughout the country decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings that are under constructions. That’s followed by a picnic at the site, and then fireworks.
- Cinco de Mayo – Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is a national holiday that commemorates the country’s defeat of the French in the Battle of Pueblo on May 5, 1862, though you won’t see much in the way of celebrations here like there are in the U.S.
- Festival Cultural de Mayo/May Cultural Festival – Held throughout most of May in Jalisco state, including Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, this event includes film screenings, exhibits, concerts, dance performances and food tastings.
- International Gay Festival, Cancun – Held for 5 days in mid-May, Cancun welcomes gay and lesbian visitors from across the globe to celebrate peace and freedom. It includes a welcome mariachi party, beach barbecue festivals, plenty of bar-hopping and a Caribbean cruise.
- Pride Vallarta – Held for two weeks during the second half of May, Pride Vallarta is an annual LGBT event hosted in Puerto Vallarta which includes beach parties, music festivals, fashion shows, a mass commitment ceremony and more.
Mexico in June
- Día de la Marina – Mexico’s Navy Day is celebrated on June 1 with fireworks and military parades in all coastal towns throughout Mexico to acknowledge the country’s maritime service men and women.
- National Ceramics Fair and Fiesta, Guadalajara – This artisan festival hosted over four days in mid-June showcases Mexican pottery and features competitions and parades. It’s an ideal time to pick up a beautiful handmade object made by the locals.
- Día de San Pedro y San Pablo/ Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Day – June 29th is feast day and is celebrated throughout Mexico, wherever St. Peter is the patron Saint. The biggest festivities tend to be at San Pedro Tlaquepaque, and includes parades, mariachi bands and folk dancers.
Mexico in July
- Guelaguetza Dance Festival, Oaxaca – One of the most popular events in Mexico, this festival hosted in late July draws visitors from across the globe to see the villagers who come from seven different regions in the surrounding area to gather in Oaxaca’s amphitheater donning traditional costumes and often colorful masks too.
- Durango National Fair – This fair held for three weeks starting in mid-July celebrates the ranching and agricultural roots of Durango with equestrian events, pop music concerts and a variety of other cultural events.
- Guanajuato Film Festival – Hosted over a week in late July this is the biggest film festival in the country, celebrating and promoting film in Mexico and throughout Latin America.
Mexico in August
- Fiesta de la Vendimia/Grape Harvest Festival, Ensenada, Baja– For two weeks in August, the grape festival celebrates all things grape, and wine. It includes winery visits, wine tasting, concerts and fine dining.
- Assumption of the Virgin Mary – Celebrated nationwide in mid-August, there are special masses held throughout the country, with some cities hosting processions.
- International Chamber Music Festival, San Miguel de Allende – This festival showcases international, award-winning classical music ensembles throughout the first half of August.
- Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charrería/Mariachi Festival – Beginning in late August and running for 10 days, this is the most important cultural event in Guadalajara. It includes musicians from across the globe who come to audition and compete, with performances in the streets and in multiple venues around the city.
Mexico in September
- Feria Nacional Zacatecas – This fair held for two weeks during the first half of September features big-name musical performances, theater performances, amusement rides and lots of regional fare.
- Independence Day – On September 15 and 16, the liberation of Mexico from Spain is celebrated throughout the country. It includes parades, picnics and locals gathering at midnight to ring the bell of freedom and shout “Viva Mexico” over and over. A dance and other festivities follow late into the night and early morning hours of the next day.
Mexico in October
- Fiestas de Octubre/Octoberfest, Guadalajara – Held throughout the month of October, this event includes concerts, dances, food and cultural exhibits.
- Festival Internacional Cervantino/International Cervantes Festival – This festival held for nearly three weeks in October, has become one of the foremost arts extravaganzas in Latin America, and one of the most important cultural events in Mexico. The streets of the colonial town of Cervantino are filled with performers as well as visitors from all corners of the world, which means you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance if you plan to visit this area in October.
- Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) – This holiday celebrated nationwide on October 12 commemorates the fusion of the Spanish and Mexican peoples. In many cities, there are colorful parades.
- Halloween/Eve of All Saints Day – Traditionally on this day, residents bring flowers and candles to the graves of loved ones on the evening of October 31. Today, in many places throughout Mexico, especially destinations popular with tourists, it’s celebrated like it is in the U.S., with bars and clubs hosting costume parties as well as children trick-or-treating.
Mexico in November
- Día de los Muertos – Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the most colorful annual festival of the year in Mexico, commemorating departed loved ones. The living welcome the souls of those who’ve passed with offerings that incorporate favorite foods and drink. You’ll see shops selling candles and skull pastries, and often there are all-night fiestas.
- Feria Nacional del Tequila/National Tequila Fair – Held for two weeks during the second half of November in Tequila, Jalisco each year, this fair celebrates the nation’s drink with demonstrations, rodeos, cockfights, mariachi serenades and fireworks.
- Día de la Revolución Mexicana/Mexican Revolution Day – November 20 commemorates the anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with parades, rodeos and other festivities throughout Mexico.
- León International Balloon Festival – The largest festival of its kind in Latin America features some 200 hot air balloons and pilots from 15 different countries in late November.
Mexico in December
- Feast of the Virgin Guadalupe – This nationwide celebration honors the patroness of Mexico with street fairs, religious processions, dancing and fireworks. Some of the biggest festivities are hosted in Mexico City with thousands of pilgrims converging on the Basilica de Guadalupe, and the square in the front featuring dancing, singing and other festivities. Puerto Vallarta, hosts festivities starting December 1 and extending through December 12, with the final days featuring processions around the clock and a massive fireworks display on December 12.
- Las Posadas – Every night between December 16 and Christmas Eve there are street processions throughout Mexico which culminate in house parties, or posadas.
- Noche Buena/Holy Night – The most important day during the Christmas holidays isn’t December 25 in Mexico, it’s Nochebuena, or Holy Night on December 24. This is when most families gather to eat a traditional midnight dinner.
- New Year’s Eve – On December 31, there are New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout Mexico. Most are just like they are in the rest of the world, with parties and fireworks at midnight. There are special festivities in Tlacolula, including commemorative mock battles, and in Santa Clara del Cobre, which is known for its candlelit procession of Christ.