So, you’ve decided that an escape to Mexico is your idea of hols heaven. We can’t say we’re surprised. With its winning mixture of top-drawer beaches, colourful Colonial towns and historical hotspots – not to mention its natural sights – it’s no wonder that Mexico racks up a tourist count of over 35 million each year. But when’s the best time to go? Well, that depends on what you’re after. If it’s a sun-spangled escape that tickles your fancy, then pick a take-off date between December and April.
Mexico’s got more to offer than just tropical climes, though. If you want some more deets, read on for our breakdown…
Best time for rain haters
Mexico’s rainy season starts in May, and runs until September. You might think that this is a hefty chunk of the year, but unless you’re really rain-shy you shouldn’t let the showers put you off. The rain’s not like our good old British soaks-you-to-the-skin drizzle. Mexico’s warm, quick bursts tend to fall in the afternoon, so they’re easily weathered with a cheeky siesta. The showers do pick up on the Pacific Coast in August and September, though, so steer clear if you’re not a fan. If you’re absolutely set on a bone-dry escape, Mexico’s driest season falls between December and April.
Best time for music fanatics
Music aficionados should make their way to Mexico in March. Why? Because this is when the Inception Music Festival fills Cancun with sound. This event attracts lots of Spring Breakers, as well as a solid line-up of artists, so the atmosphere’s always electric. It runs for 30 days – and 30 nights – so you’ve got lots of wiggle-room on dates. It might be a little late to book your trip for 2018, but it’s been running every year since 2013 so you’ve got plenty of time to plan next year’s getaway.
Best time for nature lovers
Mexico’s one of the world’s top five countries when it comes to biodiversity, so there’s plenty to attract fans of Mother Nature to its shores all year round. But, if you’re a fan of turtles, you’ll want to book a break between May and October. During this time, lots of types of turtle – including green, leatherback, and hawksbills – make their way to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast beaches to lay their eggs. It’s between July and September that the little ones start to hatch. Stay at TUI SENSIMAR El Dorado Seaside Suites, and you can even join in with their programme to help release them – since 2012 the hotel’s helped over 50,000 hatchlings safely make their way to sea.
Best time for party animals
Mexico’s a great place to go if you like to get stuck into a fiesta. Make sure you’re in the country on the 5th May, for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The history behind this festival reaches way back to 1862, when Mexico defeated France in the Battle of Puebla. But these days the focus is on the festivities, with colour-crammed parades making their way down food stall-lined streets. In the second half of the year, the spotlight’s on the Day of the Dead, which takes place between October 31st and November 2nd. Its ornate costumes, distinctive face paint, and candy skulls make for some likes-guaranteed Instagram pics. Both of these festivals are celebrated all over Mexico, but Cancun’s parties are always big hitters.