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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 28℃ 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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January is one of the best months of the year to visit Mexico. It's in the heart of the dry season, but not quite as busy as December or February when people travel during the school vacations. Relax in warm sunshine on white sand beaches and explore the country’s magnificent ancient ruins and colonial cities against a backdrop of blue skies.

Laura, Central America Senior Specialist

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 grey whales all making an appearance at this time of year.

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