Summer Trip to Mexico? Here’s What to Expect

What to Expect from a Summer Trip to Mexico

Mexico is definitely an excellent choice for your summer vacation, or basically any vacation. It is not all that hot some people might think, especially not in all the regions, since this big country has different climate types in different regions.

Also, contrary to what you may expect, summer is not the most popular season for tourists, since many people come to Mexico during the winter to escape the cold. Most people prefer to drive to Mexico, which means that they need a special Mexican insurance policy.

Mexico is also an extremely popular spring break destination, so summer actually isn’t the peak of the season, quite the opposite.

That’s what makes summer vacation in Mexico even more special and unique! Along with the numerous events, specific nature circumstances and more, we are going to give you a brief accounting of what to expect (or not to expect) from Mexico in the summer.

San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas

The Weather

This greatly depends on the part of the country you’re going to, but Mexico in the summer definitely does not necessarily mean scorching heat and insanely high temperatures.

It does get really hot in the north of the country, in most Mexican states which border with the US, such as Chihuahua and Baja California. Temperatures there may hit as high as 100° Fahrenheit in the summer.

Naturally, the coast of Mexico is also quite hot, though not as much. But if you’re looking to avoid high temperatures you may opt for some higher altitude destination in the interior, such as San Cristobal de las Casas.

The usually dry and brown southern and central Mexico come to life in the summer, as this is the rainy season in those regions. However, this doesn’t mean it’s raining all day, so it shouldn’t ruin your holiday. On the contrary, it might freshen it up and make it more manageable, as rain is likely to leave you enough time and allow you to plan the sightseeing and enjoy your vacation since you can make your schedule depending on the usually predictable and short storms and showers.

However, some summer storms in Mexico aren’t so amenable, so you should keep in mind that summer is the hurricane season in Mexico. It starts in June, even though statistically hurricanes are most frequent in the period between August and November. Be it as it may, check hurricane forecasts and the hurricane safety level in your accommodation before you make the final decision about your trip to Mexico.

Sea Turtles, Mexico
Sea Turtle nesting season begins in May

Animals

You must have heard about Mexico’s wildlife diversity and all the lovely species of land and sea animal you can encounter in this country. Well, if you are a nature lover, summer is the best time for you to visit this place, as some animals are most likely to be seen exactly in this period.

Sea turtles lay their eggs in the summer in Mexico, so if you wish to see these lovely creatures up close and personal, this is the right time. This turtle nesting season begins in May when the females start coming to the coastal parts of Mexico to lay the eggs which usually hatch some 40 days after that. You can even take part in this miraculous process of Mother Nature, as the eggs often need protection before hatching, and the little turtles need a bit of guidance and direction to get to the sea.

Isla Holbox
Isla Holbox

But they are not the only ocean residents you might come across in the summer. If you wish to see the well-known whale sharks, again, this is the right season. From July to November, in Cancun or Isla Holbox, you have the opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Also, you can attend the Whale Shark festival which takes place in July in Isla Mujeres.

Guelaguetza Festival
Guelaguetza Festival

Festivals

Besides the already mentioned Shark Festival, the period from June to August is filled with amazing, lively, colorful events of different types. Probably the best known among them is the Guelaguetza which happens every year in July, in Oaxaca City, and it’s one of the most important folk festivals.

Another similar event takes place in Zacatecas. August is usually marked by the renowned chamber music festival which takes place every year in San Miguel de Allende. This same town hosts the festival Dia de los Locos (Day of the Crazy People) in June.

There are many more festivals during the whole summer throughout the whole country. Now you know you can taste some of Mexico’s festival atmosphere even if you don’t come in November and miss the Dia de los Muertos.  

The best part about Mexico in the summer is maybe the lack of foreign tourists. Of course, there are some, but it is normally not that crowed. What’s more, summer being actually the low season, you might even hit some discounts and good offers. Enjoy!

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