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When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Many millions of tourists visit Mexico every year. They come to find beautiful Pacific and Caribbean beaches, to enjoy delicious food and drinks, to learn about history and take in the culture, and simply to escape the everyday.

Generally speaking, peak tourist season for Mexico runs from December to April. These dates coincide with the country’s dry season and because Americans tend to flock to Mexico when they have time off from school or work—think Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. Mexico’s resort destinations also tend to be crowded during holidays like Cinco de Mayo, Semana Santa (the week surrounding Easter), and spring break.

Mexico’s shoulder season (just before or after the peak season) can be a great time to visit, as the crowds are fewer, but the weather is still enjoyable.

However, it’s important to note that Mexico is a big country and, just like the United States, has a varied topography and distinct climates. The country has more than 5,800 miles of beaches, but also desert, jungle, mountains, and more. Always plan your trip keeping in mind the climate of the specific destination you’ll be visiting.

Here’s a quick guide on when to travel to Mexico.

Best time to visit the Baja Peninsula

Mexico’s Baja Peninsula has an extremely dry climate and summers can get seriously hot. That’s why many travelers head to Baja towns like San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas (together they’re commonly called Los Cabos) in the winter months. Not only is this region a convenient flight away from the winter weather of many US cities, but the late winter and early spring are peak times for whale watching.

From mid-December to April, humpback whales head from Alaska to Mexico to breed, and visitors in December and January are virtually guaranteed to see whales around the Baja California Peninsula.

Best time to visit Puerto Vallarta

Known as one of the safest parts of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a popular vacation destination for American travelers, no matter the time of year. This Pacific resort destination is busiest during the winter, thanks to temperatures in the mid-70s and very little rain. You’ll find fewer crowds, more affordable accommodations, and warmer water for ocean activities in the shoulder seasons of April to June and October to December.

Hurricane season occurs in summer and fall, but since it’s located on a bay, Puerto Vallarta is usually safe from hurricanes. The last time a hurricane ran directly through town was in 2002. If you like things hot (and you appreciate good deals), head to Puerto Vallarta during the summer. Average daily highs are in the 90s and humidity is high, but you just might have the whole place to yourself.

Best time to visit Mexico City

Many first-time visitors to Mexico City don’t know that the city sits at a dramatically high altitude; 7,382 feet above sea level, to be exact. That means that Mexico’s capital city is rarely as warm as its coastal counterparts. The best times to visit Mexico City are between March and May, when you can avoid the winter chill and the summer rain. September is the rainiest month, with average precipitation totaling 3.5 inches.

Best time to visit Cancun & the Caribbean beaches

Mexico’s Caribbean coast is another sought-after destination for travelers from the United States. After all, you can’t beat white-sand beaches and warm Caribbean waters. Known as the Riviera Maya, the region that stretches from Cancun to Tulum (and includes the island of Cozumel) is known for its picture-perfect beaches and beautiful year-round weather. Plus, you’re just a short drive from some of Mexico’s most impressive archeological sites, Chichen Itza and Tulum.

So when is the best time to visit? The peak time to visit the beaches of Quintana Roo (the state where Cancun is located) is December to April. While the crowds are heavy, you’ll enjoy idyllic weather and avoid the threat of hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June to October, with the bulk of storms happening from late spring to late autumn. While many travelers still vacation on the Yucatan Peninsula during hurricane season, it’s wise to get a travel insurance policy—hurricanes can really wreak havoc on your vacation plans!

Protect your trip with travel insurance

No matter what time of year you choose to visit or which part of Mexico beckons, it’s important to have travel insurance to protect you in case the unexpected happens—whether that’s a hurricane, lost luggage, or a medical emergency.

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Trip Interruption 2,000
Emergency Medical Expenses, Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains 10,000,000 (excess 250)
Hospital Benefit 25 per day, maximum 100
Personal Accident up to 5,000
Baggage Loss or Delay up to 2,000 (excess 250 or 50)
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Benefits Limits
Cancellation up to $20,000
Trip Interruption $1,000
Medical and Emergency Expenses $5,000,000 (deductible $250)
Hospital Benefit $25 per day, maximum $100
Personal Accident up to $50,000
Baggage $2,000 (deductible $250)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to $250 in respect of cash $500 (deductible $250)
Personal Liability $500,000
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Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to $750 (deductible $50 or $100)

Travel Medical Insurance

Some benefits are subject to an excess (aka, the deductible, or what you have to pay before we pay), as stated in the Policy Schedule, and are per Policy Period.

Benefits Limits
Cancellation and Curtailment 5,000
Emergency Medical Expenses, Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains 10,000,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Hospital Benefit 25 per day, maximum 100
Personal Accident up to 250,000
Baggage Loss or Delay up to 5,000 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Money and Passport, limited to 250 in respect of cash 500 (excess 250 or 50)
Personal Liability 500,000
Travel Delay 500
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Business Extension up to 1,000 (excess 100)
Winter Sports (Ski Equipment) up to 750 (excess 50 or 100)