With endless white beaches and a pleasant climate year-round, Mexico is a favorite vacation destination. The most popular time to visit is the spring for dry weather and the summer because of school vacations.
However, visitors can relax under a palm tree or tour a colonial city anytime of year, since the weather is generally warm and accommodating. Weather aside, be aware of travel dates that may coincide with a holiday or spring break because crowds may be a potential hassle.
- high season: December to April, June to August
- low season: September
- shoulder season: May, October to November
Mexico has distinct wet and dry seasons. While the ideal time to visit is during the dry months of November through April, many tourists vacation during the rainy summer months of May through August. Temperatures never drop below freezing at any time of the year. Hurricanes are most likely to touch down between August and October.
The Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Los Cabos draw large numbers of tourists throughout the year, but Cancun produces the densest crowds with millions of visitors annually. Local tourists crowd the beaches during Holy Week (usually the last week in March or one of the first two weeks in April) and the last week in December.
Festivals are also a popular time for tourists, especially the Historic Center Festival of Mexico City in March, Guelaguetza in Oaxaca in July, the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca and Patzcuaro in October and November, and the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City in December.
Hotels, restaurants, and attractions remain open throughout the year. Many shops stay open on holidays.
When to Save
The most expensive times to visit are spring break and from Christmas through New Year's. The least expensive time to visit is September through November.
Information provided by the Mexico Tourism Board.