The weather in Mexico varies throughout the country and is dictated not only by latitude, but by altitude. Due to the diverse landscapes found in the country, from tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains, the climate is also extremely varied, with a wet and dry season. The country’s warmest temperatures are found on the Pacific coast, where averages range from 70°F to 90°F.

The coastal areas tend to be nice throughout the year, but the temperature drops slightly at night. In arid Baja California, the climate remains fairly dry year-round, while in the Sierra mountain range there is more rain, with temperatures from 46°F to 79°F. Further inland in the north of the country, the climate is dry and very hot in the summer when the temperature reaches 95°F. However, a chill picks up during the winter months and snowfall is not uncommon. In central Mexico, the warmest months are April and May, reaching 79°F, followed by the rainy season which lasts until October, with December and January being the coldest months and seeing temperatures plummet to 45°F.

Best Time to Visit Mexico

The best time to visit obviously depends on what you plan on doing and where you intend to go. The coastal areas tend to be warm throughout the year, making them ideal destinations during the winter months when the temperature may be miserable at home. However, places at higher altitudes get cold during this time, making these a better option during the summer.

If you want a traditional Mexican experience, check out the dates of the country’s colorful festivals, or fiestas, and plan your trip accordingly. You may find, however, that prices for accommodation during these peak periods are considerably higher, and you may need to book rooms far in advance. Most of Mexico’s beach destinations are bombarded by youngsters during Spring Break and families during winter vacation, so it’s usually a good time to avoid the coast during these holiday periods.