When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Beach and ruins in Tulum, Mexico
••• Tulum, Mexico. Christian Córdova/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

There really is no bad time to visit Mexico, but certain times of the year may appeal to different people more than others, and some destinations may be better at certain times of the year. There are a few factors that you'll want to take into consideration when planning the timing of your trip to Mexico: you'll want to have an idea of the weather, any festivals and events taking place at the time of your visit, and whether it is high or low season.

Find out what to expect in the different seasons: Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall

The Weather

Although many people associate Mexico with hot weather, it's a big country with a wide range of climatic zones and conditions. The weather at sea-level tends to be warm to hot throughout the year, making for year-round beach weather (how convenient!) whereas at higher elevations the weather can get chilly to downright cold in the winter months, especially from November through January. Rainy season in central and southern Mexico falls during the summer months, but in some areas, particularly in the north, along the border with the United States, and along the Baja California Peninsula, it can go years without raining.

Mexico's beach resorts tend to be most pleasant between October and May (June to September can be very hot and humid) - and you should keep in mind that hurricane season lasts from June to November.

Read more about the weather in Mexico and see the annual high and low temperatures for different areas of Mexico: The Weather in Mexico.

Festivals and Events

If you'd like to experience one of the many fiestas that take place in Mexico, you should definitely time your trip to coincide with one. Some people dream of witnessing one of Mexico's unique celebrations like Day of the Dead, the Radish festival, or witnessing natural events like the annual Monarch butterfly migration, or releasing baby sea turtles on the beach.

If you'd like to take part in one of those events, you'll want to plan the timing of your Mexican vacation accordingly. On the other hand, if your ideal Mexican vacation involves peace, quiet, and relaxation, you may want to plan your trip to avoid any of those other events. Of course, there are some places where you can find peace and quiet year-round - check out Mexico's Secret Beaches (perhaps not so secret anymore, but they'll definitely be less crowded than the more popular resort areas!).

High Season and Low Season

During school holidays at Christmas, Easter and during the summer months, Mexican families like to travel and you may find buses and hotels are crowded, so keep that in mind when planning your trip to Mexico. Consult the list of Mexico's national holidays so you can keep track of what celebrations are going on and when. Beach destinations may be very crowded during spring break. For fewer crowds and good deals, you should travel at other times or to other destinations. See our tips for avoiding Mexico's spring break crowds.

For more about what to expect in terms of the weather and events for each month of the year, check out our Month-by-Month Guide to Mexico.