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When is the best time to visit Mexico?

The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season between December and April, when there is virtually no rain. The coolest months are between December and February, although temperatures can still reach averages of 82°F during the dry season.

The wet season begins in the south in May and lasts until October. A heavy shower during this period usually clears the increased humidity before it builds up again. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

Mexico is a huge country, and the weather varies by season and by region. It’s worth checking the local forecast for your chosen destination.

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Mexico Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Baja California 79°F 1" 79°F 0" 81°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 90°F 0" 91°F 1" 91°F 2" 91°F 3" 90°F 1" 86°F 0" 81°F 1"
Cerocahui 66°F 2" 68°F 1" 72°F 1" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 4" 82°F 12" 82°F 10" 82°F 6" 79°F 3" 73°F 1" 68°F 2"
Chichén Itzá 86°F 1" 88°F 1" 91°F 1" 95°F 2" 95°F 4" 93°F 7" 93°F 7" 93°F 7" 91°F 8" 90°F 6" 88°F 2" 86°F 2"
Merida & Around 82°F 1" 84°F 1" 90°F 1" 91°F 1" 91°F 3" 91°F 6" 90°F 6" 91°F 6" 90°F 7" 86°F 4" 84°F 2" 82°F 1"
Mexico City 72°F 0" 75°F 0" 79°F 0" 81°F 1" 81°F 2" 79°F 4" 75°F 5" 77°F 5" 75°F 4" 73°F 2" 73°F 0" 72°F 0"
Oaxaca 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 86°F 0" 88°F 1" 88°F 3" 84°F 6" 82°F 4" 82°F 4" 81°F 5" 81°F 2" 81°F 0" 79°F 0"
Pacific Coast 91°F 0" 91°F 0" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 93°F 1" 93°F 9" 93°F 8" 93°F 10" 91°F 12" 91°F 5" 91°F 1" 91°F 0"
Palenque 82°F 5" 88°F 4" 90°F 3" 93°F 3" 97°F 6" 95°F 11" 91°F 9" 93°F 12" 91°F 18" 88°F 13" 86°F 7" 84°F 6"
San Cristóbal de las Casas 70°F 1" 70°F 1" 73°F 1" 73°F 2" 73°F 4" 72°F 8" 72°F 6" 72°F 7" 70°F 8" 70°F 5" 70°F 2" 68°F 1"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Mexico

Humpback whale breaching, Baja

Visiting Mexico in January - February

January and February are part of the dry season across most of Mexico. Although this time of year is technically mid-winter, they are still warm months across the country - ideal for exploring or for time on the beach. January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales.

Events & Festivals

  • Butterfly migration (January and February): Millions of beautiful monarch butterflies which have settled in Mexico's central areas begin their journey north to Canada - a magnificent sight for any wildlife lover.
  • Whale watching (January to March): This is the best time to spot the whales that migrate to Mexico's coast, with humpbacks, blue and gray whales all making an appearance at this time of year.
Taxco's rooftops, Mexico

Visiting Mexico in March - April

Usually the last months of the dry season, temperatures in March and April are picking up and they can be excellent choices for some relaxation on the hot and sunny Yucutan Peninsula. Mexico City and the surrounding colonial towns and villages are also becoming pleasantly warm.

Events & Festivals

  • Whale watching (January to March): This is the best time to spot the whales that migrate to Mexico's coast, with humpbacks, blue and gray whales all making an appearance at this time of year.
Palenque, Mexico

Visiting Mexico in May

A hot month to visit Mexico, May is also the start of the country's rainy season, although rains tend to make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.

Tres Virgenes volcano, Baja California

Visiting Mexico in June

The rains make their presence known in June, although often only in the form of an afternoon storm, which can be timed with a 'siesta'. Temperatures and humidity levels are high across the country.

Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Visiting Mexico in July

July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, although showers often only arrive in the afternoon and shouldn't affect touring plans. It's a hot month - ideal for those seeking a beach stay. The Mayan Riviera is ideal at this time of year. The hot days are cooled by rain showers late in the afternoon, and the temperatures in the evenings drop to a more pleasant level. Inland areas around Mexico City remain cooler.

Queretaro

Visiting Mexico in August - September

Considered low season across the country, rains in August and September do become heavier; particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. This is the middle of hurricane season. Temperatures are generally high across the country, although the central interior is cooler.

Events & Festivals

  • Independence Day (15th and 16th September): Mexico celebrates its Independence Day with crowds across the country gathering to eat, drink, dance, and shout 'Viva Mexico' while enjoy military parades and firework shows.
Copper Canyon

Visiting Mexico in October

Officially the last month of the rainy season, with rains starting to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.

Cactus garden, Santo Domingo Church, Oaxaca

Visiting Mexico in November

A good month for a visit to most destinations within Mexico. The rains have generally eased (although haven't completely disappeared), days are hot, and the crowds that appear later in December are yet to arrive.

Events & Festivals

  • Day of the Dead (1st November): Mexico's 'Day of the Dead' celebrations sees festivities take place in central and southern Mexico to honor friends and relatives who have died. Expect candles, elaborately decorated skull-shaped masks and music.
Tulum Ruins

Visiting Mexico in December

December is a popular month for travel to Mexico, with the weather generally warm and dry across the country. It can get particularly busy around Christmas and New Year, so plan your travel well in advance. 

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