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Traveling to Mexico in December: A Local’s Guide for 2024

Traveling to Mexico in December is a great time of year to plan your trip. This is the start of the “high season” for popular destinations along Mexico’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, and the temperature in these areas is hot, sunny, and perfect for swimming and enjoying the beaches, without being unbearably humid. 

In more central regions of Mexico, things are getting a little cooler, particularly in higher-altitude places like Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, and Guanajuato. As everyone in Mexico starts preparing for the Christmas season and decorations and twinkling lights start to grace every city street and plaza, there is something magical about traveling at this time of year too. 

I have been living in Merida, in the Yucatan for the last two years and I am preparing to spend my third December in Mexico. You are in good hands here 😉 

In this post, we will look at the best places to travel to in Mexico in December, the weather, and what activities are going on. If you then need anything else, you are welcome to drop me a comment or connect with me on social media.

A Christmas tree surrounded by reindeer and nutcracker statues in the Yucatan beach town of Progreso in Mexico in December

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Traveling to Mexico in December 

December in Mexico is a great time of year to travel, whether you are looking for a tropical beach getaway or a cultured weekend city break. However, is important to acknowledge that Mexico is a vast country and that the exact temperatures and climate conditions can vary substantially from one area to another. 

So, it is impossible to give a sweeping generalization about what you should pack and how hot/cold it is going to be. In places like Queretaro and Guanajuato, it will be so cold that you can see your own breath and you will need to wear a thick coat in the evenings. 

In the Yucatan peninsula and the southern part of Jalisco (Puerto Vallarta and its surroundings), it is still going to be around 86°F/30°C. 

The weather in Mexico in December is generally dry and warm across the country. Conditions are somewhat cooler than in November and the rainy season has finally subsided.

However, it is very important to note that Mexico is vast. This is the 13th largest country in the world after all!

Exact temperatures and climate conditions vary drastically from one part of the country to another. The coastal destinations and most of Southern Mexico see very hot, balmy conditions.

Conversely, places like San Cristobal in Chiapas, San Miguel de Allende, and Mexico City are all set at higher altitudes and thus see cooler temperatures. It is important to check the specific temperatures for the part of Mexico that you are traveling to in advance of your trip so that you can pack accordingly.

Mexico in December is the high season for Chichen Itza and the Yucatan

Pros and cons of visiting Mexico in December 

There are pros and cons of traveling to Mexico at any time of year, including in December. The high season in many coastal parts of the country typically runs from November to March each year, during which time thousands of “snowbirds” from the US, Canada, and elsewhere flock south of the border to enjoy their winters in warmer climes in Mexico. 

This means that popular places like Merida, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta are at their most crowded, accommodation needs to be booked in advance, and prices soar across the board. If you need to adhere to a tight budget, it is better to travel to these places in the shoulder or off seasons when you can get more bang for your buck. 

Conversely, more “off the beaten path” destinations like Guanajuato, Hidalgo, and Queretaro are at their quietest. 

The hurricane season affects coastal Mexico between June and November every year, and fortunately, by December, the rain has subsided and things are clearing up. This also makes everywhere a lot less humid which makes it more bearable to explore ruins, hike, or do other outdoor activities. 

11 Best Places to Visit in Mexico in December

Honestly, Mexico is a great year-round travel destination so you will not be disappointed wherever you choose to travel. 

Some of the very best places to travel during this time of year are:

  • Merida, Yucatan – Gorgeous colonial city and a great base for exploring Yucatan Mayan ruins
  • Campeche City – Underrated capital of Campeche state, brimming with Mayan culture and gorgeous colonial architecture
  • Mexico City – Fabulous cosmopolitan city boasting magical Christmas parades, and over 300 charming neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality
  • Chiapas state – Underrated Southeastern Mexican state known for its indigenous cultures, unique villages, and nature
  • Puerto Vallarta – Popular beach town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast known for its excellent international restaurants, pristine beaches, and nightlife
  • Cancun – Resort town known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters that makes a great jump-off point for exploring the wider Yucatan
  • Cabo San Lucas – Tourist favorite in Baja California known for its laidback beaches and whale watching
  • Oaxaca – Foodie capital of western Mexico and the home of mezcal
  • Guadalajara – Mexico’s second city and the cultured capital of Jalisco state  
  • Cozumel – Gorgeous tropical island paradise in Q.R and a perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing
  • The El Chepe train route – One of the “best” railways in the world that leads you through the quaint villages of the snow-capped copper canyon

Visiting El Fuerte, Sinaloa in December 2022

Riding the El Chepe train in December 

Widely regarded as being one of the “most beautiful railways in the world”, the El Chepe train route is a wonderful Mexican adventure to embark on in December. The train runs through Northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon from Los Mochis, Sinaloa to Chihuahua, stopping at charming villages such as El Fuerte and Creel. 

The scenery is breathtaking at any time of year, but in the winter, it is extra special as the hills and mountains in the area are sprinkled with a light dusting of snow. 

You can buy different class tickets on this old-fashioned train and there is a viewing and a bar cart on board with floor to ceiling windows where you can really admire the view and take some great photos. While Chihuahua and Sinaloa are not necessarily known for their safety , the villages and hiking trails in the immediate vicinity of the stations are perfectly fine. 

Los Mochis is no great beauty but it is well deserved of a few days exploration at the start of your trip. It is home to an excellent street food and foodie culture and from here you can take a day trip out to the seaside town of El Maviri and neighboring Topolobampo where you can learn about the famous resident dolphin known as “El Pechocho”. 

Pastel coloured houses line a street in the historic center of Merida, Yucatan

Merida, Mexico in December

The colorful colonial city of Merida is the cultural capital of the Yucatan state. Merida is the safest city in Mexico and it makes a nice introduction to the country if you are apprehensive about visiting Mexico for the first time.

Many incredible Mayan ruins can be visited on day trips from Merida – including the underrated city of Mayapan , the archeological sites of Uxmal, Xcambo, the Ruta Puuc and of course, Chichen Itza, one of the “new” seven wonders of the world.

The city center itself is a photographer’s dream. Once upon a time, during the henequen boom, Merida was one of the richest cities in the world.

This is evidenced in its grand, colonial mansions that still line the cobbled streets and promenades. Calle 59 and the Avenida Del Deportista are particularly scenic. Many of these old buildings have been converted into eclectic coffee shops, sophisticated Merida restaurants , and guesthouses.

Merida is located inland, not on the coast. However, a short 20-minute journey by bus or car takes you to the little beach town of Progreso .

3-4 days is a perfect amount of time for an initial Merida itinerary . You can also visit the city as part of a wider Yucatan road trip . Just like Merida, the Yucatan state is also very safe.

Weather in Merida in December

Nestled in the heart of the Yucatan, encompassed by jungle and ancient Mayan ruins, Merida is also one of the hottest places in the country. The heat and humidity can be almost overbearing here during the summer months but in December, the daily temperature tends to bounce around 82°F to 85°F.

It is hot enough to give you your dose of summer sun and help you escape the winter blues you are feeling in your own country, but it is not too hot that spending long periods outdoors feels unbearable.

Visiting Mexico in December: the Zocalo in Campeche City, Campeche state

Campeche in December

The state of Campeche is the least-visited state in the Yucatan tri-state area. In some ways, this is a shame as the state is bursting at the seams with cultural and historical sites and attractions.

Coastal Campeche city is the state capital and it’s a beautiful one at that. Despite the fact that few people have heard of Campeche internationally, its colonial old town is a UNESCO-protected heritage site.

Its narrow streets, piazzas, and passageways have been so well preserved that venturing here feels like traveling back in time. The city thrived during the 17th century, at which point its strategic location right on the Gulf of Mexico made it an important trading port. Campeche mostly dealt with the trade of dyewood and salt. However, with great economic success came the threat of pirates and attacks.

Several fortresses, fortifications, and bastions still exist in Campeche today. The two defensive fortresses have been converted into museums containing interesting exhibits and boasting incredible panoramas over the Southern Mexican state.

Some of the least visited Mayan ruins can be found in Campeche, including the city of Edzna , remote Calakmul, and Becan. If you like Mexican gastronomy and Yucatecan cuisine , you can also stop by the town of Hecelchakán which is where the beloved dish “cochinita pibil” originates from. (There are also many excellent restaurants in Campeche city that specialise in regional cuisine).

Weather in Campeche in December

You can expect daily averages of around 83°F if you head to Campeche in December. While it doesn’t frequently rain, it can be cloudy or overcast around 30% of the time.

The Torre Latinoamericana in downtown Mexico City

Mexico City in December

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the largest city in North America. It is bursting at the seams with museums, charming barrios , archeological sites and a mouthwatering gastronomy scene that is considered one of the best in the world.

Even dedicating 3-4 days to your first visit is only really enough time to scratch beneath the surface. December is a particularly interesting time to visit because of all of the festive celebrations.

On the 12th December, pilgrims from across Mexico travel to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City to celebrate the Dia de Guadalupe . Parades and processions take place across the city and fireworks illuminate the night sky.

At midnight, locals take to the streets of CDMX to sing Las Mañanitas , the Mexican birthday song, to the virgen. The annual “Christmas Festival” takes place between the 16th and the 30th December, and sees nightly performances and live music hosted at the Plaza de la Constitución.

Christmas in CDMX is a magical time, but of course, there are also many things to do here which can be enjoyed all year round too. Dedicate time to exploring Mexico Citys various neighborhoods, each of which are like little villages in themselves, and each have their own personality.

Dine at world-class restaurants in upscale Polanco, visit Frida Kahlo’s house in leafy Coyoacan , and fall in love with the street art and hipster vibes of Roma Norte.

When choosing where to stay in Mexico City , opt for a relatively central location where you will have everything you need on your doorstep. Polanco , Roma, Anzures, and the historic center are good choices.

Weather in Mexico City in December

Mexico City can actually get quite chilly during the winter months and you can expect daytime averages between 65°F and 71°F in December. While that may be milder than what you are used to, it definitely isnt shorts and tshirt weather so if you are visiting various parts of Mexico in the winter, you need to pack for different climates.

Cancun in December

As one of the most popular travel destinations in the country, Cancun needs no introduction. The Quintana Roo capital is home to a glittering hotel zone filled with ultra-luxurious resorts, world-famous nightclubs and award-winning restaurants.

While Cancun boasts excellent beaches of its own, it also makes a great base for a wider exploration of the Yucatan, gorgeous Riviera Maya beaches and Mayan ruins such as Chacchoben and Coba.

If you are planning on visiting Cancun in December, it is absolutely imperative that you book everything as far in advance as possible. Since this is the peak season, many hotels and hostels are at maximum occupancy at this time.

To escape some of the crowds, consider taking day trips out to calmer, lesser-known destinations in the Mexican Carribean such as the picturesque fishing village of Mahahual , Lake Bacalar and El Cuyo .

December in Cancun weather

December marks the beginning of the dry season in Cancun. The rain and humidity of the hurricane season have subsided, the days are hot and sunny and the nights are warm and pleasant.

Daily temperatures range between 82°F and 85°F and the water visibility at Cancun’s gorgeous beaches is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

A local man strolls down the street in Comitan de Domingez, Chiapas

Chiapas in December

December is a great time to visit the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas . This part of the country is massively underrated and overlooked. Yet, it is one of the best places to travel to if you enjoy hiking, nature and learning about indigenous cultures.

Much of Chiapas state is autonomous, and many of the people that reside in the various towns and villages here belong to the Tzotzil and Zoque indigenous groups.

The gorgeous mountain city of San Cristobal de las Casas is the entire raison dêtre for most people’s visit to Chiapas and is known for its spectacular colonial architecture, artisanal markets and handicrafts.

From here, you can take a trip out to the indigenous villages of Zinacantan and Chamula where you can visit the interesting “San Juan Chamula” church where people visit curanderos (witch doctors) to seek healing from their ailments and illnesses.

Weather in Chiapas in December

The weather conditions in Chiapas vary depending on where you are in the state. San Cristobal de las Casas is nestled within the Sierra Madre mountains where it sits at a high altitude.

In the day time, you can expect averages of between 55°F – 65°F and at night, it is often so chilly that you need to utilise thick blankets and a heater.

By contrast, the capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez, along with the Pueblos Magicos of Chiapa de Corzo and Comitan de Dominguez , are located at ground level and see warmer climates that are more comparable to the Yucatan.

(Think average daily temperatures between 74°F and 82°F).

Snorkeling in Cozumel island in December 

Cozumel is a stunning tropical island paradise that awaits just off the coast of Cancun. Boasting lucious tropical beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine waters, Cozumel is perhaps best known for its diving and snorkelling opportunities. 

The island is part of the Mesoamerican barrier reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier reef and a great place to see colourful fish like angel fish, parrotfish and grouper, as well as larger creatures like turtles, rays and dolphins. 

There are tons of great beaches on this island that, while still somewhat busy in December, see a fraction of the amount of tourists seen in Cancun. Head to Isla de la Passion if you are seeking seclusion, peace and tranquility, Punta Sur Eco beach park for a stunning coastal area surrounded by hiking trails and nature, and Playa Palancar if you want a beach with a ton of restaurants and amenities a stone’s throw away. 

Cabo San Lucas in December

Visiting Cabo San Lucas in December is a great choice, particularly if you are interested in whale-watching and laidback beach vibes.

Every year between December and April, thousands of whales (mostly humpbacks and grey whales) flock to the warm waters of Baja California to mate. Countless tour companies throughout Los Cabos offer whale-watching tours and most of the time, you are guaranteed to see at least a couple of whales swimming alongside your boat.

Dolphin sightings are also very common and add to the experience. Although the likelihood of seeing whales is likely slightly greater in January and February, many tour companies offer refunds (or a repeat trip, as you prefer) if you are not fortunate enough to see whales on one particular boat ride.

December weather in Los Cabos

Los Cabos in December sees mild temperatures and daily averages of around 68°F. Water temperatures tend to be around 72°F-75°F so conditions are warm enough for swimming, even if this is not the hottest part of Mexico.

Mexico in December: Conchas Chinas beach in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta in December

Set on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the west-central state of Jalisco, the beachtown of Puerto Vallarta is one of the popular travel destinations in the country. December is the high season here, so reserving everything advance if you plan to travel at this time of the year is highly recommended. 

While Jalisco’s beaches may not have the same translucent aquamarine waters as the Mexican Carribean, they are naturally beautiful, encompassed by unique rock formations or tucked away in hidden coves. Most locals and tourists tend to stick to city beaches like Playa Camarones and Playa de los Muertos which are busy but fun.

Here you have great views of the Bahia de Banderas, and street vendors wander up and down the sandy coast selling everything from chiccharon (fried pork skins) to shrimp, tequila cocktails and Mexican candies known as “meringue”. 

For something more secluded, head to the pebbled beach of Conchas Chinas, the “Beverly Hills” of Puerto Vallarta, or the upscale coastal areas of Mismaloya and Playa las Gemelas. Though they require a little more effort to reach, you can also pay a few pesos to take a small fishing boat out to the beaches of Yelapa and Colomitos which are seldom crowded and feels as though you have a tropical island paradise all to yourself. 

If you fancy a change of pace, you can rent a car in Vallarta and take a day trip to the pueblo magicos of San Sebastian del Oeste or Mascota. San Sebastian del Oeste is particularly charming. 

This little village in the Sierra Madre mountains was once one of the most important mining towns in Mexico and is characterised by its white stone houses with red tiled gable roofs and terracotta fixtures.

Cobbled streets and white and red houses of San Sebastian del Oeste, Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta in December weather

December daytime temperatures in Puerto Valla range between 77°F and 85°F, offering the perfect conditions for enjoying the beaches and exploring the islands off Mexico’s west coast.

Sculpture of a winged man outside the Contemporary Art Museum, Guadalajara

Guadalajara in December

The Jalisco capital of Guadalajara is Mexicos second city and arguably one of the most underrated destinations in the country. This part of Jalisco state is credited as being the birthplace of numerous Mexican traditions including mariachi, tequila and the charreria (Mexican rodeo).

Some of the most impressive architecture and attractions can be found close to the Guadalajara cathedral and the Zocalo central square. The citys San Juan de Dios market is the largest covered market in Latin America, while Mercado Corona is a great place to indulge in regional delicacies like torta ahogadas (“drowned” sandwiches), and sheep birria. 

In nearby Tlaquepaque , you can experience live mariachi at El Parian square, where some of the very first mariachi performed over 100 years ago. From Guadalajara, you can also take day trips out to Tequila, the birthplace of its namesake beverage, and Lake Chapala, the largest freshwater lake in Mexico. 

Weather in Guadalajara in December

Like Mexico City, Guadalajara is at a higher altitude than coastal regions of Mexico and sees cooler temperatures in December. (Albeit likely still milder than what you may be accustomed to at home).

Expect average daytime temperatures of 61℉, highs of 75℉, and lows of 50℉.

Oaxaca in December

Oaxaca has become an increasingly popular Mexico travel destination in recent years and is widely regarded as being the “foodie capital” of Mexico. In both 2022 AND 2023, Travel and Leisure magazine recognized Oaxaca City as being the best city in the world. That is quite an achievement!

December is a particularly wonderful time to travel to Oaxaca because of all of the Mexican Christmas festivities that are taking place at this time. The Noche de Rábanos (night of the radishes) celebration that takes place at the Plaza de la Constitución on December 23rd is not to be missed.

This obscure tradition dates back to 1897 and sees people carve various items out of radishes and enter competitions to see who has the best design. On Christmas Eve, nativity processions known as calendas take place in Oaxaca City and see floats and parades of people dressed as angels or various figures make their way through the city and to the churches.

Of course, there are many Oaxaca attractions that are wonderful to enjoy all year round. Be sure to organize a tour of one of the mezcal plantations in the region and sample regional foodie specialites like tlayuda, memela, and caldo de piedra (stone soup).

Weather in Oaxaca in December

December is a warm, sunny and dry month in Oaxaca and you can expect average daily temperatures between 78°F and 82°F.

This is warm enough to enjoy the beaches of Puerto Escondido and coastal Oaxaca, but not so overbearingly hot that walking around the city is by any means unpleasant.

Standing in front of the Santa Ana church in Merida, Yucatan

Festivals and Events in Mexico in December 

Across the world, December marks the start of the festive Christmas period and Mexico is no different. From the beginning of the month, you will start to see many towns, cities, and Pueblo Magicos decorate their zocalos (central squares) with Christmas lights and decorations. 

Huge nativity scenes are set up everywhere from Cancun to Monterrey, and local stores and restaurants start decorating their interiors with garlands and bold signs that read “Feliz Navidad!”. Some of the key dates to know in December in Mexico are detailed below.

The Coca Cola Christmas fair in Merida, Yucatan

Key dates and events in Mexico in December 

  • 12th December – Dia de la Virgin de Guadalupe
  • 16th December – Start of the posadas
  • 24th December – Noche Buena (Christmas Eve)
  • 25th December – Christmas Day
  • 28th December – Dia de los Inocentes
  • 31st December – New Year’s Eve 

Dia de Guadalupe (12th December)

While Christmas decorations may start creeping up earlier, the festive season in Mexico officially starts on the 12th of December. This is the Día de Guadalupe, one of Mexico’s most important religious holidays. 

The day commemorates the anniversary of the 12th December 1531 when the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in front of an indigenous peasant named Juan Diego. Across the country, many devout Catholics participate in a candlelit procession to their local churches.

Posadas Navideñas and processions

In the days that follow the Dia de Guadalupe, more and more decorations pop up around towns and cities, and colorful, sparkling piñatas are hung from store fronts and doorways. Many processions are held throughout the town including Posadas Navideña – processions that reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn. There is also the more commercialized desfile Coca-Cola which is a parade sponsored by the softs drinks brand that is hosted on different dates around the country and sees illuminated floats and people dressed like Coca Cola bottles take to the streets.

A fun decoration of Santa Claus climbing onto a balcony window in the Yucatan

Christmas Eve in Mexico

In Mexico, Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) is arguably more important than Christmas Day and people tend to enjoy their Christmas dinner and exchange gifts on this day.

Many churches across Mexico host mass (Misa de Gallo) which foreigners can attend as long as they are respectful. Traditional Christmas foods in Mexico differ to what you may be accustomed to in the west.

A popular delicacy is the Christmas Eve salad (Ensalada de Noche Buena) which is a sweet, unique, fruity salad that is prepared with beetroots, hibiscus flowers, guava fruit, apples, oranges, limes, and other fruits and flavorings.

Every Mexican family likely has a different Ensalada de Noche Buena recipe that has been passed down through the generations. Bacalao (salted codfish) and wrapped cornmeal dumplings (tamales) are also popular things to eat.

Bunuelos (fried pastries sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon) are popular desserts that you will find sold in most bakeries and panaderias.

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Christmas Day in Mexico

Christmas Day in Mexico is a national public holiday and most businesses will be closed. You will find restaurants in many major cities offer Mexican or western Christmas dinner menus but advanced reservations are a must.

There are no major events or parades on this day as in Mexico, it is a day to be spent with family.

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New Year’s Eve in Mexico

New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja or Año Nuevo) is a big celebration in Mexico. Many celebrations, processions, traditional markets, and fireworks displays are hosted in central squares (zocalos) across the country.

A large portion of the evening is often spent having dinner with family. There are also many parties hosted at bars and clubs across the country where people head to see in the New Year.

People are usually drinking and sipping champagne as the clock strikes twelve, after which they greet each other with a “Feliz Año Nuevo!” There is also a whole range of Mexican superstitions that revolve around the holiday too.

For instance, it is supposed to be good luck to eat twelve grapes as the clock strikes twelve. Similarly, if you run through your neighborhood with an empty suitcase on New Year’s Day, it is said to mean that you will enjoy many travels in the near future.

Mexico in December

Mexico in December FAQs

Do you have any more burning questions about traveling to Mexico in December? You will find the answers to some frequently asked questions on the topic here.

Hopefully you will find the answers that you are looking for in this section but if not, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Is December a good time to go to Mexico?

December is a very good time to visit Mexico, particularly if you are planning to visit coastal destinations such as Cancun, Tulum, Yucatan beaches , and Puerto Vallarta. The weather is hot and sunny, but not overbearingly so.

This is the dry season and there is virtually no rain. However, since this is the high season, crowds and costs are at their highest. If you prefer to visit Mexico at a more peaceful time, you may prefer to travel in March or April.

Which part of Mexico is best in December?

December is a great time to visit many parts of Mexico but it really depends on what you are looking for. If you are seeking winter sun and paradisical beaches, you will love Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, or popular destinations in the Yucatan like Cancun, Tulum, Merida, Isla Holbox, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres.

If you prefer to immerse yourself in local culture, places like Chiapas state, Guanajuato state, and Santiago de Queretaro are great year-round destinations which, while being a little chillier at this time, are very quiet and free from tourists at this time of year.

Can you swim in Mexico in December?

Mexico is a vast country with many different climates and water temperatures but since most coastal areas have a hot, tropical climate, it is pleasant to swim in most parts of Mexico in December.

Specifically, the Pacific and Carribean coasts and the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in the Northern Yucatan. Baja California Sur is a little cooler, but still plenty warm enough to go for a swim.

In most places in the Yucatan , you can expect water temperatures of around 80°F to 82°F on average.

How hot is Cancun in December?

Daily temperatures in Cancun in December tend to range between 76°F and 86°F. On average, you can expect it to be around 82°F during the day.

Is Mexico still hot in December?

Many coastal areas of Mexico are still hot in December but cities at higher altitudes (like Guanajuato City, CDMX, Guadalajara and Santiago de Queretaro) are relatively cold.

Are there mosquitoes in Mexico in December?

Mosquitoes are an unfortunate reality of traveling to most tropical parts of Mexico all year round. While everywhere is generally less humid and balmy during the winter months and you are likely to encounter fewer insects, you are never free from the risk of mosquito bites.

If you are traveling to humid, coastal areas, you should always wear insect repellent, especially at night. Mosquitoes love to hang out near bodies of water such as lakes, pools, and beaches.

Carry some insect-relief cream with you, just in case too, and some anti-histamines if like me, you often have bad reactions to bites. Some mosquitoes in Mexico do carry dengue fever or the zika virus so it is important to be aware.

Mexico in December: Visiting the archeological site of Edzna, Campechen state

Final thoughts on traveling to Mexico in December

December in Mexico is a magical time of year and I am about to decorate my house for my second Christmas in Merida as we speak. While traditions and climates may be different in Mexico compared to your usual festive season back at home, Christmas is a really big deal in Mexico and locals go all out with their celebrations. 

You won’t regret your decision to spend any time in Mexico during this festive month, wherever you choose to travel. Do you have any further questions about traveling to Mexico during the winter months? 

Feel free to drop me a comment below if you need something and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. If this is your first time traveling here, you might also enjoy browsing through these Mexico travel tips before you go. 

Until next time, safe travels!

Buen Viaje! Melissa xo

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If you live in a part of the world where the late fall and winter months mean bone-chilling cold, clouds, and days of rain or snow, you've likely dreamed of a warm-weather winter vacation. One problem: You aren't alone. January through April are peak season across the world's sunbelt — especially in Mexico . From Christmas onward, prices for hotels in Los Cabos , Puerto Vallarta , Riviera Nayarit , Cancun , and the Riviera Maya skyrocket. You can expect a similar spike in airfares as well. But we've got a pro tip for you to help you score that necessary vitamin D and keep your finances intact — visit Mexico in December. Read on for why you should go (and where) for a great winter vacation without the crowds.

Author's Note: If you're really looking to avoid the crowds in Mexico at any time of the year, you can also check out the coolest alternatives to Mexico's most popular destinations here.

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The beach view from Secrets The Vine Cancun

The beach view from Secrets The Vine Cancun/Oyster

For many travelers, Cancun epitomizes the ultimate Mexican beach vacation. Why is that? For starters, it’s packed with amazing all-inclusive resorts that cater to your every need. Cancun also has one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean, and is filled with nightlife and restaurants. However, from late December to April, it can be intensely busy. Those pristine white sands are crowded by thousands of people boozing it up, playing volleyball, paragliding, and blasting music. We’ve also heard more than one high-season complaint about cut-throat competition for poolside loungers (and have lived through it ourselves).

You’ll also find that Cancun is subject to tropical rains and hurricane threats in the summer months, making a low-season visit riskier. While you’re likely to find deep discounts on hotels and flights at this time of year, your trip might get washed out. Summer also generally corresponds to the massive seaweed blooms that have plagued the Caribbean region for years now.

December in Cancun is, essentially, perfect. The storms of the summer and fall months have cleared out, meaning you’re far more likely to experience sunny skies. In fact, December is often drier than January, according to U.S. News & World Report . You’ll find temperatures hover in the pleasantly-hot range during the day (generally tapping out in the low 80s), and humidity is lower than June through November.

What does this mean for your wallet? Well, as most travelers are saving up to splurge on hotel rooms from January through April in Cancun, resorts often drastically reduce their nightly rates in December. In fact, according to Oyster’s data, hotels in Cancun can be anywhere from 15 to 30% cheaper in December than peak season. You’ll also benefit from less crowded beaches and pools at your resort. Even though there will be fewer tourists, nearly every restaurant, bar, and nightclub is open, so there’s no need to worry about getting bored either.

Our Hotel Pick in Cancun: Le Blanc Spa Resort

The pools at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

The pools at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun/Oyster

December is the perfect time to post up at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun . This adults-only all-inclusive property doesn’t come cheaply — rates in peak season can soar above $725 per night. However, if you visit in the first three weeks of December, you can find deals as low as $550 a night. From one of the best spas in Cancun to its beautiful pools and spacious rooms, Le Blanc Cancun is one of the most popular hotels in all of Mexico.

Pricing for Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

Riviera Maya in December

Tulum ruins and beach

Tulum ruins and beach/Oyster

Located just south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya is subject to the same patterns in tourism and weather. To be fair, though, this region is much larger than Cancun — including the far-flung towns of Puerto Aventuras , Akumal , Playa del Carmen , Puerto Morelos , and Tulum — and beach crowding tends to be less of an issue in most areas year-round. That’s less true in Playa del Carmen, which has a bustling vibe on par with what you’ll find in Cancun. Even so, you’ll find thinner crowds along the sand in December, and rates are generally lower than January through April. How much cheaper are Riviera Maya hotel prices in December? Our data shows you can save at least 25% per night by visiting just before peak season.

Our Hotel Pick in Riviera Maya: Secrets Maroma Beach

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Swim-Out Suite

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Swim-Out Suite/Oyster

If you’re after a romantic adults-only getaway, you might be thinking Valentine’s Day is the way to go. However, you’ll be paying an insane premium at popular romantic resorts like Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun if you try to visit at that time of year. Opting for an early December visit can score you up to $100 a night in savings. We think it’s worth it to experience Secrets’ posh swim-up rooms, beautiful pools, and top-shelf cocktails — all with a more romantic, quieter vibe.

Pricing for Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Los Cabos in December

Chileno Bay Beach from Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Chileno Bay Beach from Chileno Bay Resort & Residences/Oyster

Having spent many a December traversing Los Cabos — from charming San Jose del Cabo to bustling Cabo San Lucas — we are here to tell you that December is the perfect month to visit. Based on our data, you’ll find Los Cabos hotel and resort prices discounted up to a whopping 60% compared to peak season (though this varies from hotel to hotel).

A December visit also gives you the same amazing weather of a visit during peak season without the crowds and additional costs. At most, you’ll need a very light sweater at night and you can expect clear blue skies. In December 2018, we felt like we had almost every beach to ourselves, never had to fight for pool space, and could roll into any restaurant and bar at any resort and score a table immediately. What’s more? Even the area’s all-inclusive resorts are relatively calm at this time of year, especially in Cabo San Lucas (which draws a mighty spring break crowd in March and April, driving up rates).

Visiting in December also means that the already charming town of San Jose del Cabo comes even more alive. In addition to the town’s weekly Thursday night Art Walk, you’ll find seasonal decorations, performances by local arts groups, and vendors set up on most nights in the town’s main plaza.

Hotel Pick in Los Cabos: One&Only Palmilla

The Adult Pool at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos

The Adult Pool at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos/Oyster

If you’re going to take advantage of discounted hotel rates, you might as well snag a once-in-a-lifetime experience for yourself. The luxurious One&Only Palmilla is one of the most popular hotels in Los Cabos among Oyster.com readers. However, in peak season it can come with an eye-watering four-figure price tag. Save a couple hundred dollars a night by opting to stay here in early December instead. The resort’s massive rooms all have butler service and their own plunge pools, dining is outstanding, and the hotel has one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo.

Pricing for One&Only Palmilla

Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit in December

Sunset over the beach at W Punta Mita

Sunset over the beach at W Punta de Mita/Oyster

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Riviera Nayarit is trending in a big way. This region to the north of Puerto Vallarta — a long-time vacation hub for sun-seekers and gay travelers — is home to a wide range of hotel styles, from quaint boutique properties to big all-inclusive resorts. Our data shows that you’re like to save at least 15% on your nightly hotel rates in December, though that discount is often higher depending on the property.

Riviera Nayarit consists of a string of towns that include the posh gated community of Punta Mita as well as the boho, artsy towns of Sayulita and San Pancho. Puerto Vallarta is where to go for a good time. The beach and marina are lined with hotels and bars, and the town throbs with nightclubs in the evenings (you should definitely catch a drag show while visiting). You’ll find a bit more local culture in Puerto Vallarta than you would in places like Cabo San Lucas , where gringo tastes are the name of the game.

Like most famous beach regions in Mexico, January through April brings a massive influx of tourists. The spring break crowd here shouldn’t be underestimated either, especially in Puerto Vallarta proper. Much like Los Cabos to the northwest, the Puerto Vallarta region is hot and dry for much of the year, though temperatures and humidity are more comfortable during the winter months. Compared to June through October — when hotel rates are often at their lowest — rain is essentially unheard of in December. That makes your prospects of coming home tan and happy all the more likely.

December also marks the start of whale-watching season in Puerto Vallarta, which is another contributor to higher rates in the peak season. Whales are often visible right from shore, though you can also book whale watches from the marina as well.

Our Puerto Vallarta Hotel Pick: Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

View from the Preferred Club Junior Suite at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

View from the Preferred Club Junior Suite at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta/Oyster

The Now Amber Puerto Vallarta is a sharp, modern resort that’s a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Puerto Vallarta. All-inclusive rates here are generous, and three gorgeous pools run right along the beach and sea. Rates tend to rise in the peak winter and early spring months, so a stay here in December scores you all of the cool amenities (like swim-out pool access in some rooms) for less cash.

Pricing for Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

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Planning a trip to Mexico in December?

You’re in the right place because I live in Mexico , and I’m going to share everything I know about traveling to Mexico in December with you!

A year-round destination, you can visit Mexico anytime, but December is ideal for certain places more than others — which you’ll soon discover.

In this article, you’ll learn about the 10 best places to visit in Mexico in December , including Cancun, Mexico City, Tulum and Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos).

You’ll also learn about the weather in Mexico in December , and the Mexico Christmas holiday at the end of the month.

Ready to learn all about visiting Mexico in December? Let’s get to it!

Mexico in December Weather

Typical mexico december weather.

large pink gothic style church in san miguel de allende mexico in front of a well manicured park/garden with trees cut into topiary style circles and colorful buildings in colonial architecture styles surrounding the town square

You’re likely wondering, What is the weather like in Mexico in December? — so you can plan the best trip possible.

You’re in luck because Mexico’s weather in December is amazing! It’s one of the dry season months, and the weather is much cooler than the weather in Mexico in November.

When is the rainy season in Mexico ?

The rainy season Mexico months include May through October.

You have a slim chance of rain in Mexico in December, but there’s always at least some chance of rain on the coast.

Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends November 30, so you likely won’t see any bad storms in December.

When is the Mexico busy season?

The busy season in Mexico runs from November to April. While the high season is perfect weather-wise, if you want cheap Mexico travel deals, you’re not likely to find those in December, or the entire high season.

Average temperatures in Mexico in December

Want to know, How hot is Mexico in December?

There is no set average daily temperature in Mexico in December, as it fluctuates in different parts of the country. In general, expect mild temperatures and low precipitation — but know Mexico is still on the warmer side, even in December. The beaches in Mexico on the coast will be much warmer than the cities in Central Mexico, like Mexico City , Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende .

In fact, the cities are on the colder side, and if you’re visiting the Central or North Mexican cities, pack a light jacket and layers🧣

No matter where you’re headed, check the Mexico December weather for that destination.

There are plenty of weather apps and sites out there, like weather.com from The Weather Channel, Accuweather and Weather Spark , so you can check Mexico temperatures in December.

Mexico December Holidays

Christmas in mexico: december 25.

decorations at christmas in mexico in december

Like everywhere else in the world, Mexico Christmas is on December 25.

However, for Mexicans and many Latins, the actual Christmas celebration takes place on December 24 (Christmas Eve in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond), known as Noche Buena .

Noche Buena: December 24

Traditionally, Mexicans eat the main Christmas dinner on December 24, known as Noche Buena , which means “Good Night.”

While some families open presents at midnight, others only eat the meal on this day, and don’t open presents until Three Kings Day on January 6.

Some of the Mexican Christmas dinner foods include roast turkey, tamales and romeritos con mole , among other traditional Mexican foods .

The exact spread will vary from family to family, but many serve a Mexican drink called ponche , and hojarascas , Mexican Christmas cookies similar to shortbread.

Las Posadas in Mexico

Mexican Posadas (holiday parties) take place throughout December.

The Posadas symbolize the Biblical story in which Joseph and Mary made the month-long journey from the city of Nazareth to the city of Bethlehem, in search of a place to give birth to their baby.

This is one of the oldest Mexican Christmas traditions .

It happens everywhere from private homes to rented halls, to citywide public celebrations and pastorela performances which represent the journey of the shepherds to go worship Jesus.

At a private party, you may end up joining in with the pedir posadas (posada songs). This means “asking for shelter,” as in the Biblical journey when Joseph and Mary sought shelter at the inn.

These songs can be sung at the party, or by going from door to door like Christmas carolers.

Best Places to Celebrate Christmas in Mexico

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Christmas in Mexico City

Mexico City, the largest city in the country, is the best place to see Christmas decorations in Mexico. In fact, some might call it the best Mexican Christmas celebration in the whole country.

The entire Zocalo (Main Square) in Centro Historico Mexico City (downtown) has large-scale decorations, an impressive lights display and large Christmas tree.

Christmas on Mexico beaches

The beaches of Mexico might have a decorated palm tree here and there, but the beaches themselves are the main draw.

Popular with Mexican and international travelers, expect large crowds on Mexico beaches during Christmas week in Mexico, and the week after New Year’s Eve.

Visiting Mexico in December

10 best places to visit in mexico in december.

Wondering where to go in Mexico in December?

While there’s no definitive “best place in Mexico to visit in December,” you have plenty of options to choose from. In reality, you can go anywhere you’d like, as the weather in Mexico in December is near-perfect.

Below, you’ll find the Top 10 most popular places to travel in Mexico in December , with some info about what to expect and things to do.

After reading through the list, you’ll be able to determine your own best place to go in Mexico in December.

1. Cancun in December

blue water in the caribbean sea in cancun mexico

For more information on visiting Cancun Mexico, check out this Cancun Travel Guide .

Cancun is the top travel destination in Mexico all year.

The difference between Cancun in December vs November is that December is much busier . If you want to enjoy a calmer Cancun with smaller crowds, plan for early-November, late-January or February.

Looking for the best things to do in Cancun in December?

Don’t miss swimming in the Cancun cenotes , and the Mayan Ruins in Cancun . If you want to stay at one of the best Cancun all inclusive resorts , book ASAP because December is the busiest month in Cancun, Mexico.

What’s the average humidity in Cancun in December?

The Cancun humidity in December averages about 75% — so put clothing that doesn’t show sweat on your Mexico packing list !

It will be much less muggy when traveling to Cancun in December vs November, but to really escape the heat, plan for water activities in the afternoons.

Wondering, What’s the average temperature in Cancun in December?

You can expect about 85°F (29°C) during the day, and 70°F (21°C). In short: It’s still somewhat hot! Don’t forget to stay hydrated with this Water-To-Go bottle , and even this misting fan to cool your skin.

Does it rain all day in Cancun in December?

Usually, no. If it rains at all, it’s typically for an hour in the afternoon, and then the sun will come back out. It rarely rains in December, but if it does, it should pass quickly.

If you happen to be visiting during a storm, then there is a chance it rains all day.

RELATED ARTICLE 🏖️ Cancun in December: Weather Info and Travel Tips

Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends on November 30 (it runs June 1-November 30), so there’s virtually no chance of a hurricane in Mexico in December.

By no means is December the wettest month in Cancun, but there’s always a chance of rain anywhere on the Mexican coast.

Cancun Weather in December

weather in cancun mexico in December

2. Mexico City in December

Colorful domes in churches of downtown Mexico City

For more information on visiting Mexico City, check out this Mexico City Travel Guide .

Considering a Mexico City December trip?

Not many know this, but the winters in Mexico City are on the colder side. If you don’t like the cold, November is a great month to visit Mexico City because it’s technically still Fall, and won’t be as cold as December, January or February.

December is part of the dry season in Mexico City, which runs from November to April.

There is still a chance of the occasional afternoon shower, but as one of the world’s biggest cities, right up there with New York City, there are plenty of indoor things to do in Mexico City when it rains.

After breakfast, head to the museums in Mexico City in the afternoon. Afterwards, enjoy some tacos at the best restaurants in Mexico City , and by then, the rains should have passed.

Looking for the best things to do in Mexico City at night?! You must see a Lucha Libre wrestling match!

What’s the best time to visit Mexico City?

This will depend on your preferences, but the Mexico City rainy season is from about April to October, so many want to avoid that. It doesn’t usually rain much (if at all) in Mexico City in December, but of course, many prefer the dry season.

If you like cooler weather, Fall and Winter might be the best bet for you.

Nighttime temperatures can drop into the high 40°Fs (about 9°C) in December, and continue to fall month by month all winter long. For warmer nights, Spring and Summer work best.

🦋 Monarch Butterfly Season in Mexico: One of the best experiences is visiting the Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary during the annual butterfly migration in Mexico, from late-November to March.

Book a Mexico butterfly tour to see millions of butterflies in the mountains near Mexico City.

Weather in Mexico City in December

weather in mexico city mexico in December

3. Cabo San Lucas in December

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For more information on visiting Cabo San Lucas, check out this Cabo Travel Guide .

Cabo San Lucas and nearby San Jose del Cabo are located in the Los Cabos Municipality. In Spanish, los cabos means “the capes,” (as cabo means “cape”). These are the top two destinations in Los Cabos Mexico.

Cabo San Lucas is the more popular of the two Cabos, though the airport you’ll fly into is in San Jose del Cabo, about 40 minutes away.

With a more relaxed vibe, San Jose del Cabo offers a nice alternative to lively Cabo San Lucas , so some travelers stay there.

With warmer weather all year, Mexico is great year-round — and Cabo even more so. It averages 300 days of sunshine each year (though some say it gets 350 days of sunshine!) , so you can expect to have a nice trip to Los Cabos in December.

In fact, the Cabo rainy season only runs from about August to September, followed by 8-10 months of sunshine.

December is still warm, and temperatures average about 82°F (27°C), but you can always hop in your Cabo beach resort pool or the ocean for a refreshing swim.

Swim With the Whale sharks in Cabo

woman in long sleeved pink shirt swimming next to a giant spotted whale shark in holbox island, one of the most unique places to visit in mexico

Whale sharks are sharks , but they are a docile and harmless variety, similar to a nurse shark. They are also the largest fish in the sea at about 40- to 50-feet-long (12m-15m)!

Cabo Whale Shark Season runs from about November to April, so if you want to experience this bucket list activity, book your Los Cabos Whale Shark tour ASAP because they do sell out.

Cabo Weather in December

weather in cabo san lucas mexico in December

4. Tulum in December

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For more information on visiting Tulum Mexico, check out this Tulum Travel Guide .

Once a sleepy beach town, Tulum is now one of the most popular and best places to visit in Mexico .

In recent years, it has also become one of the most expensive . Since December is one of the Tulum busy season months, you’ll want to book your Tulum beach resort ASAP!

Weather-wise, it likely won’t rain at all, though a brief afternoon shower isn’t uncommon anywhere on the coast.

Since the Tulum weather in December is so great, this is the busiest month for Tulum travel, so do expect large crowds throughout December in Tulum.

If you were planning to travel to Tulum on a budget , your money will definitely stretch further in the summer months, during the Tulum slow season.

December and January will be pricey, but you can find some good Tulum travel deals in February, and still enjoy the nice weather.

With the money you can save visiting Tulum in November vs December, you may even want to extend your trip beyond Mexico and into Central America.

Just a few hours south of Tulum, you can do a land crossing into Belize near Lake Bacalar, Mexico . 

Tulum Weather in December

weather in tulum mexico in December

5. Oaxaca in December

large agave plant in front of a colonial church

For more information on visiting Oaxaca Mexico, check out this Oaxaca Travel Guide .

🗣 Before we talk about visiting Oaxaca in December, let’s clear up the Oaxaca pronunciation. If you’re wondering, How do you pronounce Oaxaca? , it’s waa-haa-kah.

Oaxaca State is one of the most culturally-rich places in Mexico and all Latin America.

Oaxaca City, the capital of Oaxaca State, is well known as the Foodie Capital of Mexico thanks to its delicious Oaxacan cuisine . There’s also and colorful festivals, like Day of the Dead and the Guelaguetza .

When most people say “Oaxaca,” they are referring to Oaxaca City (AKA Oaxaca de Juarez) , in the central part of the state.

The beaches of Oaxaca , like Puerto Escondido , Mazunte , Zipolite and Huatulco , are also popular, but they are located on the Pacific Coast.

Oaxaca City weather is more of a desert-like climate, versus the beaches that are quite tropical. Though a desert, Oaxaca City does have a rainy season which runs from about May to September, so if you visit in December, you’ll have beautiful weather.

Oaxaca Weather in December

weather in oaxaca mexico in December

6. Riviera Maya in December

tropical beach in riviera maya mexico

The Riviera Maya is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, in the Yucatán Peninsula. It is the most posh area in Yucatan, where you’ll find many of the best resorts in Mexico and even the nicest Mexico overwater bungalows .

Given its location, you can expect similar weather to Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, which is to say it’s on the hotter side .

Of course, you’ll be right on the Caribbean Sea, so you’ll likely have a nice breeze, but you can also jump in the sea to cool off in the afternoons.

🏝 Costa Maya Mexico Weather in December : Located about 3.5 hours south of Riviera Maya, you’ll be in the beach town of Mahahual, Mexico on the Costa Maya. The weather in Riviera Maya and Coast Maya is similar, but the vibe is much more laid back in Costa Maya.

Besides the Caribbean, there are so many other places to cool off and swim near Riviera Maya.

From the cenotes in Tulum and cenotes near Cancun , both close to Riviera Maya, you also have water parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha , and underground rivers, like Rio Secreto .

For a truly memorable experience, head about 40 minutes south to the beach town of Akumal .

It’s just south of Tulum, and one of the more up-and-coming Mexico resort towns. However, the real claim to fame is that you can swim with the turtles in Akumal Beach .

riviera maya weather in December

weather in riviera maya mexico in December

7. Puerto Vallarta in December

mexico travel december

For more information on visiting Puerto Vallarta Mexico, check out this Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide .

Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest cities in Mexico , and best beach towns in Mexico.

It appeals to all types of travelers, from solo travelers to honeymooners, families and LGBTQ+ travelers — as Puerto Vallarta is the gay capital of Mexico, AKA the San Francisco of Mexico.

If you’re looking to go on a cruise to Mexico in December, see if there are any to Puerto Vallarta. A top destination for cruises in Mexico, there’s no shortage of things to do in Puerto Vallarta when you venture off-boat.

🏝 Sayulita in December : Located about one hour from Puerto Vallarta, many visit or even take a day trip to Sayulita, Mexico . This bohemian beach town has the same great weather as Puerto Vallarta in December, and it’s absolutely worth checking out.

On one side of the city, there’s Bahía Banderas (Bay of Banderas), a tranquil inlet off the Pacific Ocean great for swimming, snorkeling , and whale watching (winters only). The Sierra Madre mountains are just behind the beach, so you really get the best of all worlds.

As with all Mexico beaches in December, you can expect hotter, somewhat humid weather, but little rain.

If it does rain, the showers usually pass quickly, and then you can go back to enjoying all the Old World charm, beautiful nature, and best beaches Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Puerto Vallarta Weather in December

weather in puerto vallarta mexico in December

8. Playa del Carmen in December

mexico travel december

For more information on visiting Playa del Carmen Mexico, check out this Playa del Carmen Travel Guide .

Though some call Playa del Carmen the mini-Cancun, it’s a destination in its own right. Now, to get there, you do have to travel from Cancun to Playa del Carmen (or just “Playa,” as the locals call it), but it’s just a one hour drive.

Once you arrive in Playa, it’s much more of a beach town than Cancun, which is a resort town.

Now, there are some beautiful resorts in Playa del Carmen , but it has a small town feel. It’s much more walkable than Cancun, which is great because there’s no Uber in Playa del Carmen .

What these two cities do share, is their weather .

Much like Cancun, you can expect warmer days and cool, breezy nights. There’s not much humidity in winter, but to avoid it entirely when traveling to Playa del Carmen in December plan to be indoors, or in the water, in the afternoons.

If you want to visit the nearby Mayan Ruins in Mexico , arrive early in the morning when they open, and you’ll be done touring the site by midday when the humidity can roll in.

When in the Yucatan Peninsula, don’t miss Chichen Itza Pyramids — one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Playa del Carmen Weather in December

weather in playa del carmen mexico in December

9. Puerto Escondido in December

wide sandy area on Playa Zicatela beach in puerto escondido, mexico | Best Oaxaca Beaches

For more information on visiting Puerto Escondido Mexico and all the best beaches of Oaxaca, check out this Oaxaca Beaches Travel Guide .

Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Puerto Escondido is the most famous of all Oaxaca Beaches.

It is popular with surfers, artists, backpackers, and solo travelers in Mexico , but there’s really something for everyone in “Puerto,” as the locals call it.

🏄‍♀️ Want to learn to surf in Puerto Escondido? Book some surfing lessons now so you can learn how to in one of the best places to surf in Mexico.

Some will start in Oaxaca City , then make the Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido journey, for a complete Oaxaca state trip. There are so many things to do in Puerto Escondido , however, that you can easily spend your whole trip there.

When in town, you’ll want to visit the best beaches in Puerto Escondido , like Playa Carrizalillo, Playa Zicatela, Playa Bacocho, Playa La Punta and Playa Puerto Angel.

December is part of the Mexico whale season, so you may even see some whales from the shore. You can also take a Puerto Escondido boat tour out to see the dolphins that hang out near Puerto.

When the sun is setting, join the baby turtle release experience to send these adorable creatures into the sea for the first time. At night, head to Laguna Manialtepec Lagoon to see the bioluminescence.

Puerto Escondido Weather in December

weather in puerto escondido mexico in December

10. Cozumel in December

cozumel sign | downtown cozumel mexico | cancun to cozume

🚢 Planning to take a Mexico cruise in December? Cozumel Island is one of the best Mexico cruise ports, especially for snorkelers and divers.

Cozumel is a Mexican Caribbean island, located about 30 minutes by ferry from Playa del Carmen . There are also flights to Cozumel, and you can land right on the island at Cozumel International Airport.

It’s also quite easy to travel from Cancun to Cozumel .

Some say Cozumel is the best place for snorkeling in Mexico, and the best place for diving in Mexico as well. Just off-shore, there’s the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef.

There are plenty of ways to see the reef, even if you don’t want to swim.

That’s right, the Cozumel Submarine Tour is an unforgettable experience to see these coral reefs in an actual submarine. Cozumel also has beautiful beaches, and Mayan Ruins as well.

You likely won’t get rain when traveling to Cozumel in December.

However, the vast majority of all the best things to do in Cozumel involve being in, on or near the Caribbean Sea, so that makes the (possible) afternoon showers more tolerable.

Cozumel Weather in December

weather in cozumel mexico in December

Weather in Mexico in December: FAQs

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Does it rain in Mexico in December?

It can, but it’s rare — December weather in Mexico is as close to perfect as it gets.

There is a very slim chance of rain, though Nature does what it wants! If you’re visiting the beaches on the Mexican coast, an afternoon shower is always possible, though it would likely pass quickly.

What’s the typical Mexico Christmas weather?

Weather is never 100% predictable, but Mexican weather in December is somewhat predictable.

While there’s no set Mexico temperature in December, you can expect warm days and cool nights on the beaches, but cold nights in the cities. It’s the dry season, so rain shouldn’t be an issue.

What’s the best time of year to visit Mexico?

Weather-wise, the best time to travel to Mexico is from November to March.

This is during the dry season, when you’ll see very little (if any) rain, low humidity, and few mosquitoes . This is also the high or busy season in Mexico, when most people visit so they get the best weather.

For travelers who want to escape the crowds, the summer months also give you more bang for your buck.

You can still find cheap flight prices and hotel deals in December, but you have to look! If you want to treat yourself to a fancy resort in Mexico, opt for February over December.

When is the shoulder season in Mexico?

colorful buildings along the beach in Mazatlan, one of the Best Mexican Beach Towns

The shoulder season is a magical time when the weather is still nice, but the crowds have died down, and the prices have as well. It takes place just as the busy season is about to begin, and right after it ends.

For my money, this is the best time to visit Mexico! The Mexico shoulder season includes the months of October to November and April to May; though May is the hottest month in Mexico.

You may still find great Mexico travel deals in other months, but you likely won’t find low prices or small crowds anytime during the busy season.

How hot is it in Mexico in December?

You might want to know, Is Mexico warm in December?

Yes — It is still quite warm in Mexico, even in December. If you don’t like tropical weather, plan to visit the cities in Mexico in December, not the beaches, which are considerably warmer than the cities.

❄️ Mexico Fun Fact : The coldest city in Mexico is the small pueblo of Ciudad Madera, Chihuahua, located in North Mexico. Ciudad Madera sees a few inches of snow each year.

Many are surprised that December is still one of the warmer months in Mexico, especially if you’re visiting the Mexico beach towns .

Average temperatures in Mexico in December hover around 80°F (26°C) on the beaches, but it can feel a few degrees hotter because of the humidity.

Is it sunny in Mexico in December?

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Yes — It tends to be sunny in Mexico year-round, even in the Winter season.

Since December is not a Mexico rainy season month, it likely won’t rain at all. In the event it does, just know that even if storms, cloud cover and rainfall rolls in, the sun often comes back in an hour.

What is the average temperature in Mexico in December?

Wondering, Is Mexico hot in December?

It Depends — The average weather in Mexico in December is on the warmer side, but it’s not very humid. If you’re visiting Mexico City and/or Central Mexico, the temperatures cool down considerably at night, but this isn’t the case on Mexican beaches.

For Mexico beaches , you can expect 80°F days (26°C) and 72°F nights (22°C). With the humidity factored in, it might even feel hotter.

Inland, the cities of Mexico are considerably cooler, so plan for 65°F days (18°C) and 45°F nights (7°C).

If you’re debating on when to visit, know it’s usually a bit warmer in November compared to December. For travelers who enjoy the cooler weather, winters in Mexico are perfect, so plan to visit between December to March.

When is Mexico Hurricane Season?

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Mexico has about 5,800 miles (9330 km) of coastline, so there’s a lot of places susceptible to hurricanes.

⛈ Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 , so you’re always better off visiting Mexico beaches in December vs November, just in case!

What are the best beaches in Mexico in December?

I come bearing great news because beaches in Mexico all have great weather in December — sunny, warm (but not hot) , with low humidity.

In fact, December Mexico weather is perfect in both cities and on beaches, so you’re in for a great trip, regardless of when you’re going.

No matter if you’re headed to the Pacific Coast beaches ( Puerto Vallarta , Puerto Escondido and Sayulita ), Caribbean beaches (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum and Playa del Carmen) or Yucatan beaches (Progreso, El Cuyo) — you’re in for a beautiful vacation.

Best time to see whales in Mexico: December to March

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If you are visiting any of the Mexico Pacific beach towns, you must take a boat tour to see some whales.

Several species of whales migrate past the Pacific coast during Mexico whale watching season, but the best place to see them is off the coast of Baja California .

Baja California is a peninsula on Mexico’s west coast. It’s home to many of the best beach towns in Mexico, like Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos), La Paz, Loreto and Rosarito.

If you’re visiting Cabo San Lucas in December, don’t pass up the chance to take some of these Cabo whale tours .

Should I go to Mexico in December?

Yes — Mexico December weather is ideal, and you can expect sunny, cool days.

If you’re traveling at the beginning of December, you will have nice weather and smaller crowds, though the crowd level picks up considerably as it gets closer to Christmas.

Can you go to Mexico in December?

Yes — In fact, it’s the month when the most visitors go to Mexico!

December is a lively month in Mexico, but it’s also an exciting time as cities (especially downtown Mexico City ) get decked out for the Christmas holiday season. You might even see some decorations on Mexico’s beaches.

Are there any major Mexico holidays in December?

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Yes — December 25th is Christmas in Mexico, though many actually use this as a day of rest. The main Christmas event in Mexico is Noche Buena on December 24, as well as the Christmas Posadas , parties that take place throughout the month.

Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12

Christmas is the biggest Mexico holiday in December. However, there are others like Hanukkah for Jewish Mexicans (exact dates change every year), the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, New Year’s Eve on December 31.

There’s also Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe on December 12. One of the central religious figures, images and statues of the Virgen de Guadalupe (Virgin of Guadalupe) can be seen all over Mexico.

For devout Catholics, the Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Virgin of Guadalupe Day) on December 12 is one of the most important holidays.

The main place to experience the holiday is the beautiful Basílica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.

On December 12 each year, millions of devout Catholics (yes — millions!) travel from every corner of Mexico to attend this mass; some even make the trek on foot as a form of pilgrimage.

Are there mosquitoes in Mexico in December?

Yes — Mosquitoes are a way of life everywhere that has tropical weather, from Mexico and Costa Rica, to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The mosquitoes are at their worst in the Mexico rainy season, but you can still get bit in the dry season. You’ll want to pack insect repellent when visiting Mexico, and apply it more than once during the day.

I recommend this eco-friendly mosquito spray from Repel, or this combo reef-safe sunscreen/mosquito repellent from Bullfrog.

Bullfrog Mosquito Coast Bug Spray Insect Repellent + Sunscreen SPF 50, Pump Spray, 4.7 Fl oz 2 pack

Final Thoughts: Traveling to Mexico in December

If you’re going to Mexico in December, you’ll be in good company — as it’s the busiest month for Mexico travel. The weather is sunny, but cool all over the country, and there’s a festive feeling in the air, particularly the cities in Central Mexico.

What’s the best place to visit in Mexico in December? In my opinion, Mexico City, because it’s so beautiful around Christmas time. All the Mexican beaches have perfect weather in December, but if you want to escape the crowds, check out Zihuatanejo or La Paz.

You will definitely encounter crowds and high price tags in December and January, so if that’s not for you, opt for November or February.

These are shoulder season months, so you’ll have nice weather, smaller crowds and reasonable prices — it just might be the best time to visit Mexico!

If Mexico in December isn’t for you…

After reading this, you might not want to visit Mexico in December after all. If so, check out the articles linked below about visiting Mexico during other months of the year.

  • Mexico in January
  • Mexico in February
  • Mexico in March
  • Mexico in April
  • Mexico in May
  • Mexico in June
  • Mexico in July
  • Mexico in August
  • Mexico in September
  • Mexico in October
  • Mexico in November
  • Mexico in December

Mexico Travel Planning Guide

Should i buy mexico travel insurance.

YES — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master , one of the biggest names in travel insurance. ( Read more )

Can you drink the water in Mexico?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle , which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico.

Also, it helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. ( Read more )

Is it safe to rent a car in Mexico?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars , which checks international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. ( Read more )

Will my phone work in Mexico?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card . As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. ( Read more )

What’s the best way to book my Mexico accommodations?

For Mexico hotels, Booking.com is the best site , but for hostels, use Hostel World . If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to check VRBO , which is often cheaper than Airbnb.

What do I pack for Mexico?

Head to the Ultimate Mexico Packing List + FREE Checklist Download to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights?

For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend using Skyscanner .

Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa. Most travelers will get a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa passport stamp a upon arrival.

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Mexico in December: Weather, Things To Do And Travel Tips

Since Mexico is such a large country, the climate here differs from one location to the next. In December , Mexico’s north is characterized by mild temperatures while the country’s south has high temperatures.

It also does not rain in Mexico between December and April , making this period the ideal time to plan a trip to the country.

With this fine weather, you can fill your itinerary with visits to bustling cities, as well as a weekend in a beach town.

Note, however, that the country as a whole experiences cool evenings during this time of year, so don’t forget your favorite jacket or scarf!

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In Mexico, the month of December is mild in the south but chilly in the north.

On the Yucatán Peninsula , the weather is perfect for going to the beach, and in the extreme north, there is even the possibility of snow. The majority of the cold weather occurs during the night and in the evenings in Mexico City and San Cristobal.

Temperatures in Mexico in December are about 70-75 °F by day and drop to 40 °F at night.

The typical sliding 31-day rainfall in Mexico during December is generally steady, averaging roughly 0.2 inches and seldom surpassing 0.6 inches.

In December, the wind in Mexico is usually 8.4 miles per hour (13.6 kph).

Things to Do in Mexico in December

During December in Mexico, you may enjoy a variety of fun events, traditional Mexican celebrations, and even the beach. This early winter month in Mexico is a season for whale watching, relaxing on the beach, and having a good time.

Are you going on a trip to Mexico for yourself as a holiday present? You may check out our list of the most popular destinations and things to do in Mexico in December.

Ajijic, Jalisco

Ajijic is located on the northernmost tip of Mexico’s biggest body of fresh water, Lake Chapala. It is a community that is a part of the municipality of Chapala, which is also known as Lake Chapala.

Ajijic enjoys a mild climate with acceptable temperatures and minimal humidity thanks to its location in the Sierra Madre mountains.

On the weekends, several of the local galleries open their doors to the public for art walks. The city markets are another favorite destination. Make it a point to familiarize yourself with the music of the Mariachi, which was born right here in Jalisco.

To book this tour click here .

Mexican Food

As you explore Mexico in December, make sure to indulge in the exciting flavors of the local cuisine . The culinary landscape of this nation is a true marvel, boasting diversity that is unrivaled anywhere else on the planet.

Each region has its own unique and distinct flavor profile, making for a truly varied gastronomic experience. Mexican gastronomy is renowned for its masterful use of three key ingredients: beans, corn, and chili peppers as well as rice, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocados.

Indulge in delectable dishes such as the savory tamales, hearty pozole, rich mole, crispy chilaquiles, succulent tacos el pastor, crispy tostadas, and flavorful enchiladas.

To truly savor the essence of the moment, be sure to complement your palate with a sip of mezcal or tequila. This will undoubtedly add an authentic and exhilarating touch to your experience.

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Ensenada, Baja California Norte

Ensenada, often known as La Cenicienta del Pacfico (The Cinderella of the Pacific), is Baja Mexico’s third-largest city. There are cruise ships here, a space center in the city, and Mexico’s largest wine-producing region in Todos Santos (The Bay of All Saints).

In December, Ensenada is brimming with exciting events and sights. The Malecon is a part of the Civic Plaza, where you’ll find a huge Mexican flag, as well as sculptures of Mexican national heroes. A wide variety of marinas can be found throughout the bay.

On the east side of Ensenada, Tiangui Los Globos, an open-air food, and flea market are located. Shop for a wide variety of regional goods.

Festival in Mexico

Visiting Mexico in December is a great way to learn about the colorful culture of the country.

Acapulco’s Pierre Mundo Imperial Hotel hosts the three-day Tropico Music Festival. Fashion shows, music, and dancing, as well as exhibits and pool parties, all take place during this seaside festival, which is held during the first week of December each year.

The Feria de la Posada y Pinata, which takes place in the middle of December, is another noteworthy occasion in Acolman in Northern Mexico.

Teotihuacan archaeological site , meanwhile, hosts a traditional Christmas extravaganza every year. There are pinata-making classes, live music performances, and horse racing all available.

Tlaxcala City

The Spanish began erecting structures in the Colonial City of Tlaxcala in the 1520s, making it one of the most interesting and unique places to visit in December in Mexico.

Plaza de la Constitución, the large city center, is home to the Santa Cruz fountain as well as a sizable commercial district.

Popular tourist destinations in Tlaxcala include the historic buildings in Centro Historico de Tlaxcala as well as the murals that can be found in the Government Palace.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan was originally founded as a Franciscan monastery in the middle of the 16th century and is now a popular place for tourists to visit. In addition, the city is home to a significant number of museums.

Cruise in Mexico

How about exploring Mexico this December via cruise? This December, set sail on a luxurious cruise and explore the captivating wonders of the Riviera along the Pacific Ocean’s western coast.

Alternatively, indulge in the mystical charm of the Caribbean’s island mojo on the eastern coast or bask in the breathtaking coastal scenery of Baja.

As you set sail, you can revel in the sheer joy of immersing yourself in the local traditions and customs. Get ready to be swept away by the magic of Mexico, as you soak up the sun, indulge in delicious cuisine, and create unforgettable memories.

The Mexican ports, ranging from the popular tourist spots like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Cozumel to the lesser-known local gems, each bring their own unique and distinct essence to the table.

Indulge in the ultimate Mexican getaway as you sail through the pristine waters and soak in the breathtaking vistas that surround you.

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

Zihuatanejo is located 150 miles north of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast and is protected by a bay.

In Zihuatanejo , about 150 miles north of Acapulco, you’ll find colorful buildings housing galleries, folk art shops, and quaint hotels to stay in while exploring the area. Concerts, art exhibits, and other activities are held at Casa de la Cultura in the plaza.

In addition to seafood restaurants, the Malecon, or “Paseo del Pescador” (Fisherman’s Path), is a path that runs along the city beach. Zihuatanejo is home to a slew of breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Check out the fresh fish tacos and ceviche when you’re in the area.

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, there are plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving spots nearby that can be reached by water taxi. There are several other options for recreation, including swimming, fishing, surfing, horseback riding, birdwatching in local lagoons, and golf.

Travel Tips

  •  The climate in Mexico in December is perfect for walking, so make sure you bring a comfortable pair of shoes to wear on your excursions.
  • In the evening temperatures are lower than expected, so you should also bring a light jacket with you.
  • When you are out and about, it is a good idea to bring a scarf or a pashmina to keep warm. If you don’t already have one, you can buy one at any of Mexico’s many markets.

Travel Insurance: I never leave home without travel insurance. My personal opinion is if you can afford to travel, you can afford to buy a travel insurance. All things can happen while on the road and you can never be too sure. And it's something that you'll be glad to have when you need it. For my preferred travel insurance, I use Safety Wing .

Where To Stay: I personally use Booking.com for all my accommodations. Check out for their latest deals here .

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Hola! Que tal? I'm Christine, a Filipina but in love with Mexico. I used to live in Central America and Mexico is my favorite. Love tacos, tequila, and margarita.

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Where to Vacation in Mexico in December

Author: Jessica S.

October 22, 2012

As December approaches, the vibrant traditions of Mexico come to life in new ways. In a country with strong historical ties, cultural celebrations dating back to colonial times and beyond take the forefront in communities all over Mexico. Everywhere you go, the holiday season is marked by robust flavors, colors and aromas. Seasonal food and goods become available, offering fresh experiences even to veteran travelers. The spirit of Mexico in December is enchanting and an opportunity to enjoy unforgettable festivities.

Mexican Celebrations in December

For nine days stretching from December 16th to the 24th, the Mexican Posadas take place. Singing processions travel the streets with candles, reenacting St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary’s trek through Bethlehem in search of shelter. Residents in nearby homes play the roles of innkeepers who refused to help the travelers until Joseph and Mary are received at a designated area. In many places, the procession is beautifully detailed with angels, pilgrims, shepherds and children carrying poinsettias. The entire scene is performed in song and at the final location the participants share prayers of thanks before enjoying a marvelous feast.

Throughout the month, visitors are sure to see Nativity scenes decorating homes, churches and several public venues. Scenes of Jesus’ birth in a manger are carefully laid out with ceramic figures often representing the Biblical characters. Along the streets of Mexico, these scenes range from simple setups to elaborate designs with breathtaking detail. As December 24th arrives, families gather for a nourishing meal on Christmas Eve, honoring the Nativity scene with prayer and gratitude.

Holiday Markets in Mexico

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If you want to experience the holiday season in Mexico, visit the colonial cities for an up-close look at the rich cultural traditions.

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Just a few towns away, Patzcuaro lies amidst charming artisan communities where visitors can truly dive into the local cultural, from tasting traditional cuisine to checking out the artisan and copper workshops. Or if you prefer to see a UN World Heritage site, travel to nearby Morelia for authentic souvenirs from Michoacan markets and a chance to see the city’s treasured historic center. Wherever you decide to visit, the holiday season is sure to bring impressive festivities that will be remembered for years to come.

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Mexico in December: A Summery Winter

The view of Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico in December.

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The weather in Mexico in December is superb, both for those looking forward to a dream beach vacation and for travelers planning to cover all the top sights of this exciting country. This month is part of the so-called dry season in Mexico, even though winter is not over yet. However, you will hardly feel cold if you are coming from the more northern parts of the hemisphere. This is because most parts of the country experience mild, pleasant weather during this time of year with plenty of things to do . So, laze on beautiful beaches, go surfing in the sea, experience the magical sight of millions of migrating butterflies and enjoy the pre-Christmas festivities (called posadas by locals) during your Mexican vacation .

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  • From England

Mexico Weather in December

Aerial panoramic view of Cancun city hotel zone in Mexico

Rains are over as winter sets in and Mexico’s temperature in December is near-perfect for exploring the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country. While temperatures in coastal areas are mostly mild, the minimum temperature in the interior can hover between 5°C to 6°C at night. The white sandy beaches of Cancun are characterized by the maximum average temperature of around 28°C, while the minimum is still a balmy 21°C. The average highs in Mexico City in December are in the range of 21°C, while the average minimum is 6°C.

For a seasonal overview, browse through our travel guide on the best time to visit Mexico .

Weather in Mexico in December - Rainfall and Temperatures

Why visit mexico in december.

Caribbean white beach in Riviera Maya Mexico

Bright days and pleasant weather conditions are not the only reason to travel to Mexico in December . Below are a few perks of traveling to the country during this time of year.

  • Mexican winter: Unlike winter in the colder parts of the world, Mexican winter is characterized by sunny days and pleasant weather. In other words, December is one of the best months to travel to Mexico.
  • Beach holiday: Hundreds of miles of coastline and some world-class beaches are waiting to be discovered during your trip to Mexico in December. And the weather is near-perfect for relaxing on the beach or taking a dip in the sea.
  • Whale-watching: Hop on a boat and head out into the Pacific to spot these magnificent creatures. Cabo San Lucas is regarded by many as the best place in the country to see these magnificent creatures. Whales pass through this area between mid-December and April every year.
  • Butterfly swarms: Listen to the humming sound of a million monarchs fluttering their tiny wings as you wander among the fir forests of Mexico’s central highlands. These butterflies stay in the country until March when they begin their journey north.
  • History lesson: Given pleasant weather conditions, December is one of the best times to discover Mexico’s Maya and Aztec ruins. This country is home to 3,000 archaeological sites, which means you have plenty to choose from.
  • Festival season: In addition to heady Christmas and new year celebrations, numerous other events are celebrated throughout Mexico in December. These include posadas, a series of pre-Christmas festivities characterized by traditional food, punch, candy, and lots of fun; the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe; the quirky Night of Radishes, an event in Oaxaca where artisans create various shapes out of radishes and sell them; and the Chiapas Fair, which features bullfights, concerts, games and horse races.

Where to go and what to do

Surfer making his way into a blue water barrel in Mexico

Do not miss out on the chance to see millions of butterflies wintering out at Monarch Buttery Biosphere Reserve , a UNESCO World Heritage site. A trip to the charming resort town of Puerto Vallarta , located on the Pacific coast, offers everything from jungle trips and snorkeling to world-class restaurants and an eclectic art scene. If you want to ride the high waves in winter, then head for Zicatela Pipeline in Puerto Escondido, one of the world’s most iconic surf spots. Another popular surfing site is Sayulita.

There are many excellent whale-watching destinations in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta for humpback whales and the Baja Peninsula for gray whales. These places should be part of the itinerary of anyone heading for the country in winter. The somewhat remote island of Cozumel, part of Riviera Maya, makes for an idyllic December destination, with plenty of swimming, diving, and snorkeling opportunities. The waters around the island are home to the world’s second-largest coral reef.

The weather in Mexico City in December is just about right for a walking tour. Go on food and art walks and visit the museum dedicated to Frida Kahlo. You might also want to see Diego Rivera’s masterpiece, the History of Mexico, a grandiose mural housed in the National Palace, and soak up the sensory explosion at La Merced, one of Mexico City’s busiest and liveliest markets.

What to bring

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Mexico’s weather in December is ideal for walking, which means you will need a good pair of walking shoes. A light jacket will also come in handy if temperatures dip in the evening.

December is part of Mexico’s high tourist season, so it is a good idea to plan your trip well in advance to make it glitch-free. Our travel experts in Mexico can design a personalized itinerary based on your requirements so feel free to reach out to them if you are interested. If you are looking for more details, make sure to give our travel guide on  how many days to spend in Mexico  a look. Ideally, we recommend a  10-day stay  but if you have a more restrictive schedule, you could opt for a  7-day itinerary  as well.

So,  book a trip to Mexico in December  and make the most of reduced prices and few travelers. 

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Embark on a fascinating exploration of the weather in Cancun in December. Discover the magic of sunny days, refreshing breezes, and the enchanting charm of a tropical paradise. Dive into our comprehensive guide offering information on the delightful climate that sets the stage for an unforgettable Cancun experience.

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December is a great time to visit Cancun. It marks the beginning of the dry season in Mexico , with clearer skies and minimal rainfall, increasing the chances of sunny and pleasant days. The festive spirit is in full swing this month with holiday decorations, cultural celebrations, and events adding to the charm of the vacation.

Although December is considered a high tourist season, the captivating combination of weather, festivities, and entertainment makes it a highly recommended time to explore all that Cancun has to offer. Whether you're looking to relax, explore or culturally immerse yourself, the weather in Cancun in December promises an unforgettable and fulfilling trip.

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December in Cancun typically brings pleasant warm temperatures, creating a favorable climate for visitors. Average high temperatures range around 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28°C) and average low temperatures around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C).

These temperatures create comfortable conditions for outdoor activities, beach relaxation, and water sports. Warm days and relatively mild evenings make December an ideal time to explore Cancun's gorgeous beaches, engage in water sports such as snorkeling and swimming, and tour nearby attractions.

Make sure to read all about the weather in Mexico in December and the best time to visit Mexico .

The weather in Cancun in December is predominantly warm. This month is characterized by comfortably warm temperatures, making it an attractive destination for travelers looking for a pleasant climate.

The warm and pleasant weather in Cancun in December allows tourists to bask in the sun on beautiful beaches, swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and participate in a variety of outdoor adventures. In addition to the warm days, the evenings also remain relatively mild, creating a comfortable atmosphere for evening strolls and dinners by the sea.

December in Cancun sees an increased influx of tourists, leading to more people at popular attractions, beaches, and resorts. The good weather and festivities attract tourists from all over the world, making this month one of the peak months in Cancun. As a result, you can expect large crowds at popular tourist destinations, long lines, and potentially more crowded beaches.

Due to the high demand in December, prices for accommodation, flights, and entertainment are usually higher than at other times of the year. If you are planning a trip to Cancun in December, it is advisable to plan and book accommodation and activities well in advance. This will help you choose your preferred options and find the best deals before demand leads to a price hike.

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  • Enchanting Mexico: from the capital to the beaches (21 days): Discover Mexico's capital before heading to your first Mexican beach. After some days of relaxing in the sun, head to Cancun and explore the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Marvelous Mexico: From Yucatan to Mexico City (18 days): Your trip starts on the wonderful coast of Yucatan, exploring the beaches and archaeological highlights. From there on continue the exploration to Palenque and Oaxaca before taking a flight to Mexico City.

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In December, Cancún reveals its versatile charms, inviting you to immerse yourself in its warm embrace, discover its diverse offerings and take in the festive atmosphere that reigns in every corner. Whether you are looking for relaxation, cultural enrichment or a thrilling escapade, Cancun in December promises a journey of adventure and discovery.

Enjoy the beaches

When you step onto the sun-drenched shores of Cancun's pristine beaches, a world of possibilities opens up before you. Dip your toes in the powdery sand, indulge in exciting water sports, or simply bask in the beckoning rays of the Caribbean sun.

Immerse yourself in underwater wonders

Dive underwater and discover a colorful underwater realm. Snorkel among the coral reefs of the Mesoamerican Reef, swim alongside majestic whale sharks, or take a leisurely catamaran cruise to explore the turquoise depths of the Caribbean Sea.

Discover Ancient Marvels

Those who love history and culture are enticed by Cancun's ancient wonders. Explore the archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza , where centuries-old Mayan ruins bear witness to a rich and colorful past.

Take a dip in cenotes

Also, take note of the cenotes that dot the Yucatan Peninsula . These natural sinkholes offer an ethereal vacation experience, inviting you to take a dip in their crystal-clear waters or venture into mystical caves.

Embrace the Magic of the Holidays

As December arrives, Cancun puts on its festive attire and happily embraces the holiday spirit. Admire the twinkling lights and colorful decorations that adorn the city and immerse yourself in the joy of Christmas in Cancun. But the celebrations don't end there - welcome the New Year with sparkle: beach parties, colorful fireworks, and lively festivities mark the transition into a new life.

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As the year gracefully winds down, December unfolds its magic, casting a spell that beckons travelers to the embrace of sun-kissed shores . Mexico, a country where time seems to slow down, becomes a tapestry of vibrant colors and warm breezes . Embrace the enchantment of winter in Mexico—a haven where the sun dances on golden shores and warm breezes weave through rich landscapes. Mexico beckons with its tropical embrace as the northern hemisphere embraces winter’s chill, offering an idyllic escape for those seeking sun-kissed adventures and festive warmth. It is the best place for a vacation in December.

Cancun: A Tropical Oasis Awakens

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Cancun, in December, emerges as a tropical haven, shaking off the vestiges of the rainy season. The weather transforms into a symphony of warm breezes , making it one of the best tropical vacation spots in December. The azure waters of the Caribbean Sea invite you for a refreshing dip, and the powdery white beaches stretch out like a welcome mat.

Puerto Vallarta: Where Charm Meets Celebration

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Puerto Vallarta in December is a celebration of contrasts— the festive energy of the season seamlessly blending with the serene beauty of Banderas Bay . It is one of the best places for vacation in December , offering a delightful mix of tradition and tropical allure. The cobblestone streets of the Romantic Zone come alive with twinkling lights, and the scent of local delicacies fills the air. It’s undeniably one of the best places for vacation in December, where the warmth of Mexican hospitality mingles with the gentle ocean breeze.

Los Cabos: A Desert Oasis Transformed

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Los Cabos in December unfolds as a desert landscape bathed in golden sunlight. The weather is mild , making it one of the best family beach vacations in December. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean converge, creating a breathtaking backdrop for leisure and adventure. December is a visual feast where l uxury meets the azure expanse of the Sea of Cortez .

As the sun sets over the ocean, Los Cabos transforms into a cosmic paradise, with the sea waves lulling you to sleep after a delicious day.

Mexico City: New Year’s Revelry in the Cultural Heart

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Experience the pulsating heart of Mexico in Mexico City, adorned with festive decorations and a vibrant tapestry of events, solidifying its status as a top destination for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Tulum: Tranquil December Bliss

For a December vacation embraced by tranquility, Tulum unfurls its serene beaches and a laid-back vibe, complemented by eco-friendly resorts that resonate with a harmonious connection to nature.

Cozumel: A Snorkeler’s Paradise

Cozumel, an island paradise, unfolds its pristine allure, serving as an idyllic escape for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts seeking refuge from the winter’s chill.

Guanajuato: Charming Streets and Festive Markets

Explore the enchanting streets and vibrant Christmas markets of Guanajuato, a colonial city that shines with historical charm in December.

Oaxaca: A Unique Holiday Haven

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Oaxaca beckons travelers with its indigenous culture and culinary prowess , promising a unique and culturally rich holiday experience.

San Miguel de Allende: A Magical Festive Retreat

San Miguel de Allende, adorned with its kaleidoscope of colorful buildings and a jubilant atmosphere, transforms into a magical sanctuary for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Merida: A Warm Cultural Escape

The capital of Yucatan, Merida, where Mayan and colonial heritage converge , extends a warm and culturally rich winter escape.

Zihuatanejo: A Coastal Oasis

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From a humble fishing village to a resort destination, Zihuatanejo provides a serene retreat with its pristine beaches and quaint coastal charm.

Puebla: A Traditional Mexican Christmas

Puebla invites travelers to partake in traditional Mexican Christmas celebrations, where colonial architecture and culinary specialties create a festive tapestry.

Acapulco: A New Year’s Extravaganza

Acapulco, one of Mexico’s timeless beach destinations, entices revelers with its v ibrant nightlife and the allure of beautiful bays , establishing itself as an ideal locale for a New Year’s celebration.

The Best Vacation Spot in December: A Choice for Every Soul

In Mexico, December isn’t just a month; it’s an invitation to indulge, explore, and create lasting memories. Whether you find yourself captivated by the allure of Cancun, the charm of Puerto Vallarta, or the serenity of Los Cabos, the best vacation spot in December is where your soul finds its perfect rhythm.

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Best Time to Visit Mexico: Month by Month Breakdown

Mexico is a vast country and there is a huge range of seasons and climates across the different regions.

The weather can be roughly split into a wet and a dry season, although this mostly counts in the tropical regions south of Mexico City.

The north has a more arid, desert-like climate, while the central regions are at high altitude and enjoy much cooler weather than the rest of Mexico. 

Mexico also has distinct low and high seasons when it comes to tourism, especially in touristy destinations like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. These generally coincide with the wet and dry seasons too. 

To inspire your next trip, here’s our guide on the best time to visit Mexico!

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Mexico Dry Season 

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The dry season is the best time to visit Mexico, and it falls between November and April.

This is peak season, so you can expect things to be busy, especially over Christmas, but Mexico is such a vast country that you can always find a way to escape the crowds.

Here’s our month by month breakdown for Mexico’s dry season. 

Novem b er  in Mexico

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November is the start of the dry season, and for travelers, this could be the best time to visit Mexico. 

Prices are still low and tourist numbers are still small compared to what’s going to hit the top destinations in December. This is a good time to visit popular destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta, as you’ll find some great deals on flights and accommodation. 

As the rainy season has only just ended, it’s not the best time for diving yet, but head to Baja California and you’ll catch the start of the Whale Shark season. 

Tropical Yucatan is getting much cooler and a lot less humid, so now is the time to explore the jungles and to visit those lost Mayan Ruins without working up too much of a sweat. 

December in Mexico

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Weather-wise, December is easily the best time to visit Mexico. However, everyone else has the same idea too, and December is the worst time to visit Mexico if you’re looking for a quiet vacation away from the crowds! 

In December, especially over Christmas and New Year, the resorts of Cancun and the Maya Riviera are packed out and prices are at their peak. It’s no different in other popular tourist spots either, such as Puerto Vallarta or Baja California. 

The weather is crisp, sunny and dry though, and you’re not likely to have a single rainy day. If you’re not having a beach holiday though, then take a trip to explore the indigenous culture of Oaxaca or Chiapas where you can find beautiful weather. 

January in Mexico

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January is just as busy as December, at least for the first two weeks. This is peak season across Mexico, especially in Cancun and along the Pacific Coast.

Travel to Mexico towards the end of January though and you can start to get a few good deals again, as the crowds start to thin out.

Weather-wise this is a great time to explore the south, so enjoy the dry weather along the coast, and visit Mayan archeological sites like Palenque or Chichen Itza.

Mexico City is lovely in January, as are the central highlands, although it can get chilly at night. 

February in Mexico

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In February the weather starts to get hotter, especially in the tropical south. Up north and in the mountains it’s still very cool, however. 

You can expect the odd rain shower across the country but for the most part, this is still a beautiful time to travel around Mexico .

You’ll get lower prices in Cancun while the diving and snorkeling off the coast of Cozumel Island is glorious, with sparkling clear water. 

This is the perfect time to visit Baja California, on the Pacific Coast, where you’ll be right in the middle of the whale watching season, and you’ll have the chance to swim with Whale Sharks. 

March in Mexico

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March brings a mixed bag when it comes to crowds and the weather. This can be the middle of Spring Break, so it’s a good idea to avoid the big tourist hotspots if this isn’t your scene. If you’re looking to party though, then head straight to Cancun or Tijuana.

Equally, if Easter falls in March then it can be busy everywhere, although this is a great time to soak up the local culture during Semana Santa, the holy week. 

Weatherwise, it can be a little more unpredictable. The south sees more rain while the north is heating up and seeing a few thunderstorms too. 

April in Mexico

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Like March, it can be a little unpredictable in April too, so plan your trip in advance to avoid spring break dates or Easter holidays, which can both fall this time of the year. 

April is the last month of the dry season, although you will see the weather starting to turn. The colder winter months are over and summer is on the way, which means that along with the rain it’s getting much hotter, everywhere. 

This is your last chance to see the whales and Whale Sharks in Baja California before they move on for the summer, and it’s the last chance to get really good visibility and diving conditions around Cozumel Island and along the Maya Riviera. 

As the weather heats up, this is a great time to start exploring those high altitude destinations in Central Mexico, such as Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende, where you can escape the heat. 

Mexico Wet Season

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Mexico’s wet season runs from May through to October, however, this varies across the country. The south sees the most rain, and hurricanes can lash the coastlines.

It’s cooler and drier in the north this time of the year, where the climate isn’t tropical. The wet season is not the best time to visit the south of Mexico, but there are still plenty of great deals and places to explore outside of this traditional tourist hotspot. 

May in Mexico

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May is officially the start of the wet season, and you can guarantee that it’s going to be hot and it’s probably going to be rainy.

This is a good month for shoulder season travel though because you can avoid the high season crowds in places like Cancun or the Pacific Coast.

It’s fine if you don’t mind a little humidity and have a swimming pool to cool off in because you’ll only get a few hours of rain a day at most.

It’s even better in Baja California, where you can enjoy dry weather for most of May, while temperatures soar into the 30s. Mexico City has cooler weather, and it feels like it’s summer, making the capital a great option in May. 

June in Mexico

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June is not the best time to visit Mexico, although you can get some cheap deals on flights and hotels.

The reason it’s cheap though is because it’s the start of hurricane season. While hurricanes are rare, it’s definitely going to rain, although if you don’t mind risking that for a few hours a day it might be worth it 

Instead of going to the coast though, stick to the central highlands, where it’s much cooler and there’s much less rain. 

July in Mexico

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July is just as hot and rainy, and while you can get cheap deals at the resorts and great value flights across the country, it’s really not the best time to visit Mexico. 

Hurricanes can hit the Caribbean and Pacific Coast, while everywhere is hot, stuffy and humid. 

You get the best weather in Baja California, but make sure you have a swimming pool where you can cool off.

The other option is to stay at altitude, as you’ll find that while Central Mexico is hot, it’s not quite as hot as the coast – especially at night time.

August in Mexico

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In August, it’s still going to be uncomfortably hot across Mexico, although temperatures will start to cool off slightly, especially in the higher altitude areas of the country around Mexico City.

This is still very much hurricane season, so be prepared for this if you’re traveling to Cancun or the Pacific Coast in August.

On the plus side, there are few other vacationers around in August and the prices can be very low, on both flights and hotels! 

September in Mexico

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In September, things are starting to look up again when it comes to the weather. This is still the rainy season, but the worst is behind you, and September can be a great time to escape the crowds and score some good deals. 

It’s a good time to be in Mexico City, where the rain is slack anyway and the high altitude means cooler climes.

It’s also Independence day in September, so you can expect plenty of parades and fiestas. 

October in Mexico

October is the best time to visit Mexico because of the Day of the Dead.

In October, it’s the last month of the rainy season and the hurricane season, and actually this can be the best time to visit Mexico.

Rainfall will be minimal, but prices are still low, so head to the beaches and make the most of the deals before the high season crowds arrive in November and December.

As a bonus, the end of October is also when you’ll be able to celebrate Day of the Dead across Mexico.

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The month of December in Mexico is characterized by traditions, color, spectacle, festivities and family gatherings.  Local markets in towns and villages bustle with activity, and in urban areas it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing Christmas trees, singing Santa dolls, and other Christmas-festivity activities taking place.

A time for family gatherings in Mexico

Christmas is one of Mexico’s most important annual events.  It’s a time when families travel —sometimes long distances— to be in each other’s company and, in addition to the influx of foreign tourists who flock here for a Christmas vacation away from home, millions of Mexicans travel, too.

Many Capitalinos use Christmas to take a vacation away from the capital and some Mexicans travel between Christmas and the New Year to visit relatives living abroad.

The holiday season begins on December 12th

In villages, towns, and cities across the country, local people prepare for and celebrate a variety of Christmas and New Year festivities, with festivities starting on December 12th, Día de Guadalupe —kicking-off a period colloquially known in Mexico as the Guadalupe-Reyes holiday season.

There’s a particular emphasis on Posadas — traditional Christmas parties that begin as processions re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn, and continue with a party at someone’s home.  The Posadas Navideñas are held in the eight-day period between December 16th and Christmas Eve.

Shops and markets are very busy this time of year

Supermarkets and shopping centers in big towns and cities fill-up with festive shoppers buying food, presents and decorations for this holiday season.

Town squares across the country become drenched in color as they are adorned with lights and festive decorations; traditional Christmas fairs and markets pop-up in plazas, along streets, and even in local neighborhoods.  Brightly decorated Piñatas appear in earnest: an essential item at any Mexican Christmas party and traditional posada.

By contrast, the week between Christmas and New Year tends to be one of the quietest in Mexico City .  The capital’s infamous traffic congestion dissolves, the air becomes cleaner, and the city feels almost nostalgic for those who remember what the capital felt like several decades ago.  It’s the perfect time to visit if you prefer a quieter, more serene, capital city to wander about in.

Christmas Eve in Mexico

Christmas Eve is more important than Christmas Day in Mexico.  Stores close early on the 24th as everyone leaves their work behind to rest with their families and to take Christmas supper : roast turkey is now a popular dish, although bacalao , (codfish) cooked with a mixture of spices and olives, remains a traditional and tasty Christmas Eve supper meal enjoyed by many.  Christmas Eve festivities tend to linger on into the early hours, making Christmas Day one of rest and recovery.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Families tend to pass New Year’s Eve at their homes in Mexico, although New Year’s celebrations do also take place at central plazas in larger towns and cities as well as all the popular vacation resorts.

The celebrations at Mexico City’s famous Zocalo tend to be the prime focal point for nighttime TV shows that beam a live count down to midnight across the country.

Local churches and plazas become gathering places for people in provincial towns and cities; most churches ring their bells at the stroke of midnight.  You can also expect to hear a torrent of fireworks welcoming-in the New Year.  People passing the event at home often follow the tradition of eating twelve grapes, one for each toll of the midnight bells, in hope of good fortunes throughout the New Year.

Kings’ Day gifts and loaf

Traditionally, Mexicans wait to exchange their gifts on January 6th — Día de Reyes although modern influences have changed routines and today, gifts are more often exchanged on Christmas Eve with children receiving additional gifts on Kings’ Day, when the tasty Rosca de Reyes is also sliced and eaten .

Travel planning during the Christmas period

If you plan to take a Christmas vacation in Mexico at any of the country’s principal beach locations or favored  colonial cities , it’s advisable to book in advance to get the best choice of accommodations.

When you’re traveling in Mexico during the Christmas holiday period, allow plenty of extra time to get to and from airports and bus stations , especially between December 17th and December 24th, and again between December 29th and January 6th.

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When it comes to choosing a holiday destination there are a vast number of options in the world. Mexico is diverse, vast, best of all and always gets stays in our top recommendation. Cultural, warm, friendly, adventurous and exceptionally attractive, Mexico in December carters everything that one can think of experiencing on a holiday, and affordable too. Enjoying an abundance of tourists every year, this Latin American country thrives with rich cultural history, beauty, and energy. It is another world entirely, inviting, full of energy, friendly people and diverse.

When December approaches, the big holiday celebrations, high-season crowds, and excellent wildlife viewing start. It is a great time for water activities and sports like kiteboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling and diving. Mexico in December is quite pleasant and is indeed the best month to explore its beauty.

Weather In Mexico In December

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Mexico is a huge country and the weather here varies region by region. Generally, Mexico in December is cool in the north and warm in the south. December to April is the time when there is no rain in Mexico and is a perfect time to vacation here. Weather in Mexico in December is quite warm, dye and pleasant during the day and cold during the evenings across the country. The average temperature in Mexico in December can be somewhere around 24 to 28-degree Celsius. Mexico in December is fun-packed with suitable weather to enjoy beach activities, sightseeing in the day and lovely walks enjoying local food in the evenings.

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Wondering what to do in Mexico in December? Here is a guide to help you plan your vacation in a better way.

1. Cabo San Lucas: Watch The Sunset On A Cruise

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Love water and sailing? Mexico certainly fits the bill for a nice cruise holiday with family or friends. Experience Mexico’s rich culture, fun and the real thrill of sailing on a cruise to Mexico in December. Each port of Mexico including the top favorites of locals and tourists – Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel – exhibits its own unique local flavor to the mix.

Mexico’s large coastlines on the Sea of Cortez, Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean are apt for a comfortable and rousing cruise holiday. Cruise ships to Mexico depart from Florida, California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and many other cities from the United States. You can take a 3 to 10-day vacation on a cruise to Mexico in December and explore the charm of Pacific west-coast Riviera, east-coast Caribbean’s island mojo or Baja’s coastal scenery. No matter what your preference or cruise style is, you are sure to experience a great vacation.

Recommended cruises: Disney Wonder, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Norwegian Joy, Ruby Princess, and more. You can choose one depending on the type, traveler type, region and best itinerary for you.

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2. Playa Del Carmen: Take A Dip

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Are you a beach baby and water sports are what excites you? Well, Mexico is a destination with an inviting coastline to match your expectations. December is the best time to indulge in a beach retreat and visit some of the best beaches in Mexico in December. The relaxed vibe and clean beaches give you the real taste of this country. Located on the strip of Caribbean shoreline, Playa Del Carmen is not only known for its beaches but for shops, restaurants, and nightspots ranging from dance clubs to laid-back bars. Gaining a sophisticated reputation, Playa del Carmen with coral reefs, Rio Secreto and more jewels is worth visiting.

The saline but warm blue water, sandy shores, seafood, adrenaline-pumping water activities, and exotic locations of the beaches of Mexico with a backdrop of blue skies awaits your arrival. Cozumel, Tulum, Playa Mazunte, Playa Paraiso, Playa Las Gatas, Isla Holbox, Playa Norte, Playa Maroma and Bahia Balandra are a few other best beaches in Mexico in December for visiting.

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3. Try The Tempting Mexican Cuisine

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Your vacation in Mexico in December is incomplete without trying the local Mexican cuisine. Each region of this country is distinct, hence serves distinct variety and flavors of food that make it completely diverse in the globe. No matter which area you travel, Mexican food is made with high-quality and fresh ingredients. The three main staples used in Mexican dishes are beans, corn and hot peppers.

People consume corn in all the possible forms and mainly the tortillas, you should definitely try them. Tomatoes, rice and avocados are also heavily used in Mexican dishes. Tamales, Pozole, Mole, chilaquiles, Tacos el Pastor, Tostadas, and Enchiladas are some of the best dishes that you should try. Also, do not forget to wash it down with mezcal (a rough version of tequila) or tequila for a stimulating and authentic experience.

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4. Be Part Of The Mexican Festivals

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Mexico in December is full of festive vibes and worth watching to know about its vibrant culture. The energetic three-day Tropico Music Festival is held in Pierre Mundo Imperial Hotel in Acapulco. This beachfront festival held in the first week of December is full of fashion events, music and dancing, at displays and pool parties.

Held in mid-December, the Feria de la Posada y Pinata is another fine event in Acolman. It is a traditional festival that is celebrated during the Christmas season every year near Teotihuacan archaeological, Mexico City. You can attend the pinata-making workshops, music shows, and horse races. The most famous play based on the Christmas story is Pastorelas. Other festivals celebrated here include Posadas, Christmas, and New Year.

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The aforementioned things to do in Mexico in December will surely help you plan your trip with ease. This paradise offers an endless array of exciting experiences from sightseeing, activities, food, nightlife, shopping and more that you cannot miss. Just pack and take a trip to mexico for a fun filled holiday experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mexico In December

Is December a good time to go to Mexico?

December to April is the best time to holiday in Mexico, it is dry, warm and not affected by no rain.

Is it warm in Mexico in December?

December is quite warm and serves as perfect beach weather, especially along the Pacific Ocean.

Can you swim in Mexico in December?

Yes, you can definitely swim in Mexico in December, the water is warm and the weather is adequate too.

When should you not go to Mexico?

May to October is generally the rainy season in Mexico and is it advisable to avoid these months. Also, avoid visiting the Caribbean coast from June to November as it can be affected by the hurricane season.

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Puerto Vallarta in December for Weather, Events, and Things to Do

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Would you like to travel to Puerto Vallarta in December ? In this post I will tell you all about it from the weather you will find and the top things to do in this time of the year.

Puerto Vallarta is a dream for many travelers who want to escape the cold and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea.

But what can you expect from this beautiful Mexican town in the last month of the year?

Is the weather going to be warm enough for you to escape the cold and enjoy the best of this town?

In this article, I will give you an overview of Puerto Vallarta’s weather in December, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of visiting this month, the events and activities you can enjoy, and some useful tips to make your trip unforgettable.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

A beach in Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta Weather in December – At a Glance

🌡 temperature in puerto vallarta in december.

Average Temperature in Puerto Vallarta in December.

One of the main attractions of Puerto Vallarta in December is the pleasant temperature that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without feeling too hot or too cold. 

The average temperature in Puerto Vallarta during December is 73°F (23°C), which is slightly cooler than the previous months, but still warm enough for swimming and sunbathing. 

The highest temperature you can expect in this month is 86°F (30°C), which usually occurs around noon, while the lows will hover around 59°F (15°C), which happens at night or early morning. 

During the day, expect averages of 78°F (25.3°C). Things cool off noticeably during the night, with average temps of 70°F (21.3°C). 

These temperatures are ideal for exploring the town, relaxing on the beach, or taking part in various activities and events.

Keep two things in mind though, the sunlight can be quite intense during the day, so make sure you bring your sunscreen. Secondly, bring a jacket or two with you for those chilly nights in December.

🌧 Precipitation in Puerto Vallarta in December

Precipitation in Puerto Vallarta in December.

One of the advantages of visiting Puerto Vallarta in December is that you don’t have to worry about getting wet.

December only has 10-25mm of total precipitation in the whole month, with just 1-2 rainy days. Even on those days, the rain only lasts for 20-30 minutes at most.

With less than an inch of rain in total throughout the month, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get caught in any showers, so there’s no need for you to pack an umbrella, although you might want to just stay on the safe side. 

☀️ Sunshine in Puerto Vallarta in December

Sunshine in Puerto Vallarta in December.

One of the reasons why Puerto Vallarta is such a popular winter destination is its abundant sunshine.

Even though December is the shortest month of the year in terms of daylight hours, Puerto Vallarta still enjoys around 10 hours of sunshine per day.

That’s more than enough time to get out and about in the city as well as soak up the winter sun on the beaches.

Puerto Vallarta’s sunshine is not only plentiful but also consistent.

Low precipitation means that the city has a very low cloud cover in December, with an average of only 16%.

This means that you can expect clear blue skies and bright sunshine most of the time.

🌊 Puerto Vallarta Sea Water Temperature in December

Puerto Vallarta Sea Water Temperature in December.

Puerto Vallarta’s beaches are one of the biggest pulls to the dream destination.

And you’ll be happy to know that Puerto Vallarta has a very enjoyable sea temperature in December. 

The average seawater temperature is around 81°F (27°C) this month, which is very comfortable for swimming, snorkeling, and the variety of watersports on offer along the shoreline. 

You can also enjoy the marine life and coral reefs that thrive in the warm waters of Banderas Bay, making December a perfect month to go scuba diving.

No wonder it’s part of the high season!

Sargassum Seaweed in Puerto Vallarta in December

You may have heard of the notorious sargassum seaweed that plagues some of the beaches in Mexico with its brown color and foul smell.

This seaweed accumulates on the shores of some destinations, affecting the water quality and the tourism industry.

But don’t worry, you won’t find any sargassum seaweed in Puerto Vallarta at any time of the year.

Sargassum seaweed is only a problem on the Caribbean (eastern) coast of Mexico, where it affects places like Tulum and Cancun during the sargassum season, which runs from May to December.

The Pacific (western) coast of Mexico, where Puerto Vallarta is located, has no sargassum seaweed at all.

Events in Puerto Vallarta in December

🎊 the guadalupe processions.

The Guadalupe Processions are a blend of Aztec and Catholic traditions, reflecting the rich and diverse culture of Mexico . 

Hundreds of processions, organized by different shops, groups, and communities, make their way to the Guadalupe Church in the center of the city. 

The processions are colorful and lively, featuring folk dancers, live music, costumes, and floats.

The participants sing and chant as they walk, expressing their devotion and gratitude to the Virgin Mary.

The processions usually start in the afternoon and end after midnight, but as the festival approaches its climax on December 12th, the processions can last for up to twenty hours a day.

The streets are filled with people, lights, and sounds, creating a festive atmosphere. It’s an event you won’t want to miss if you’re in Puerto Vallarta in early December.

Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Puerto Vallarta.

🎊 Christmas Posadas

One of the most festive and colorful traditions in Puerto Vallarta is the celebration of Las Posadas, which means “the inns” in Spanish. 

For nine days leading up to Christmas, from December 16th to 24th, this celebration reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for a place to stay before the birth of Jesus. 

Every night, a group of people dressed as Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, and other characters from the nativity story walk through the streets of Puerto Vallarta, carrying candles and singing songs.

They stop at different houses along the way, asking for shelter

The procession continues until they reach the final destination, where they are received with joy and hospitality.

There, a street party begins with traditional Mexican foods such as tamales, pozole, buñuelos, and a special punch.

Arcs in Puerto Vallarta near the beach.

🎊 New Year’s Eve

Puerto Vallarta offers a fun and festive way to celebrate the end of the year. This charming coastal town offers a variety of events and activities to suit every taste and budget. 

Whether you prefer a romantic dinner, a lively street party, or a spectacular fireworks show, you will find it all in Puerto Vallarta.

One of the main attractions of New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is the free concerts at Los Arcos on the Malecon, the seaside promenade that runs along the downtown area. 

Here you can enjoy live music from local and international artists, as well as traditional folk dances and performances.

The Malecon is also a great spot to admire the colorful decorations and sculptures that adorn the streets and buildings.

Another popular option is to join the street party on Olas Altas in Zona Romantica, the historic and bohemian neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. 

This lively area is filled with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that cater to all kinds of crowds.

You can dance the night away with your friends, mingle with locals and tourists, and sample some of the delicious food and drinks that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Pros of Visiting Puerto Vallarta in December

👍🏼 The best weather: If you want the absolute best weather you can find in Puerto Vallarta, you can’t go wrong with visiting in December.

Average highs during the day are quite comfortable, and you can plan all the activities that Puerto Vallarta has to offer to your heart’s content since there’s very little precipitation throughout the month.

👍🏼 Best time for whale watching: Whale watching is one of those magical experiences that you have to try if you’re going to be visiting in December.

Humpback whales start arriving in the ocean around Puerto Vallarta in November, and December is the best month to have the most active population of adult whales. 

👍🏼 Surfers’ paradise: Surfing in Puerto Vallarta is great almost any time of the year, but it’s at its peak from December to April when the north swells hit the region.

Both beginners and experienced surfers will find waves to their liking in different areas of the city.

👍🏼 Excellent conditions for exploring the jungle: Thanks to the excellent weather, it’s the perfect time for exploring the outdoors and the jungle.

Whether you want to zipline, take ATV rides, or just hike through nature, you won’t have to worry about it raining or getting too hot.

👍🏼 Tons of events: December is a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta , as there are tons of events happening throughout the month that will make your stay even more memorable.

From festivals and concerts to art shows and sports, you will never run out of things to do in Puerto Vallarta in December. 

👍🏼 Lots of sunshine: Sure, the days are shorter compared to summer months, but on average you’ll get about 10 hours of sunshine per day.

Combine that with mild temperatures and you get days that are perfect for watersports and lounging on the beach.

Overview of Puerto Vallarta.

Cons of Visiting Puerto Vallarta in December

👎🏼 Crowds: High season is both a pro and con in my opinion.

On the one hand, you get tons of events and the perfect weather to enjoy them; on the other, this is about as crowded as Puerto Vallarta gets.

If you’re someone like me who doesn’t enjoy the crowds, December may not be the month for you.

You won’t be able to make last-minute bookings either, as almost everything gets booked months in advance.

👎🏼 Can get a bit noisy and chaotic: Puerto Vallarta can be noisy and chaotic in December, especially in the Romantic Zone, which is one of the most popular areas in the city for nightlife, restaurants, and shopping.

You may have to deal with traffic, loud music, and parties until late at night.

👎🏼 High prices: Because of the overwhelming demand for everything, from flights to accommodations to events, be prepared to pay significantly more if you visit during the high season (December to April). 

Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta in December

✔️ go whale watching.

If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Puerto Vallarta, you should definitely consider going whale watching in December. 

This is one of the best months to see the majestic humpback whales that visit the Bay of Banderas every year to mate and give birth.

You will be amazed by their size, grace, and acrobatic skills as they breach, splash, and sing in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

December is a great time to see pregnant females, newborns, and courting males who display their impressive jumps and tail slaps to attract mates.

Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta

✔️ Hike Through the Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to hike through the Vallarta Botanical Gardens .

This is not your typical garden, it’s a wild and wonderful jungle paradise that will delight your senses.

The gardens cover 64 acres of the Mismaloya jungle to the south of the city.

Unlike a typical manicured garden, the landscape here is largely left wild, with several hiking trails winding their way over steep hills and down to the edge of the Los Horcones River.

The trails vary from moderate to difficult, and a good pair of shoes is necessary to navigate over the uneven paths.

✔️ Go Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the best ways to explore the amazing underwater world of Puerto Vallarta.

The seas around this beautiful city are home to a ton of variety in marine life, especially in December, when the water temperature is ideal and the visibility is high. 

You will be amazed by the colors, shapes, and sizes of the fish and other creatures that inhabit the coral reefs, rocks, and caves.

Some of the fish you’ll see are manta rays, dolphins, marlins, mackerels, and much more.

You can also go snorkeling with the whale sharks , which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A mini hut on the beach of Puerto Vallarta.

✔️ Go Surfing

As I covered above, December is one of the best months to catch some waves in this beautiful destination.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will find a great surf spot that suits your level and style.

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, but you can’t actually surf in the city center.

You will need to travel a bit to reach the best surf spots near Puerto Vallarta, which are located along the Riviera Nayarit and south of Bahia de Banderas.

You can easily get there by bus, taxi, car, or even water taxi, and it won’t cost you much.

You can also book a surf lesson or a surf tour online, which will include transportation, equipment, and instruction.

✔️ Take a Walk Along the Malecon

The Malecon is the oceanfront boardwalk that stretches for 12 blocks in the heart of the city. During December, it’s brimming with activity due to the high season. 

During the day, you can admire the stunning views of the bay and the mountains, as well as the impressive bronze sculptures that adorn the boardwalk.

You can also browse the stalls of vendors selling regional handicrafts and traditional sweets, or stop by one of the many oceanfront eateries and tequila bars to sample some local cuisine and drinks.

At night, the Malecon transforms into a lively and festive scene, with street performers, live music, fireworks, and dancing.

You can also visit some of the nearby landmarks, such as the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Main Plaza, and the Cuale Island .

Best of all, it’s a free activity that won’t cost you anything. 

Oceanfront of Puerto Vallarta under a clear sky.

✔️ Discover the Delicious Cuisine

Can you go to Mexico and not enjoy the food? In my humble opinion, that’s impossible. The whole country is a paradise for food lovers.

Whether you are looking for street food , restaurants, or seafood, you will not be disappointed by the flavors and quality of the food in Puerto Vallarta.

One of the best ways to experience authentic Mexican cuisine in the city is to try street food, which is cheap, delicious, and plentiful. 

You can find vendors selling tacos, tortas, quesadillas, tamales, elotes, churros, and more.

Some of the other popular street food dishes are birria (a spicy goat stew), pozole (a corn and meat soup), and tortas ahogadas (sandwiches drowned in tomato sauce). 

If you prefer a more formal setting, you can choose from many restaurants that offer Mexican cuisine with a twist.

Puerto Vallarta has plenty of restaurants that offer dishes that combine traditional Mexican ingredients with Asian, French, or international influences.

The Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta during sunset.

Tips for Visiting Puerto Vallarta in December

📌 Be prepared for the sunlight: December is a great month to enjoy the sun and all the activities great weather offers in Puerto Vallarta, but make sure you also bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

While the temperature stays mild on most days, the sunlight can get intense. 

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📌 Pack according to the weather: During the days, you’ll get by easily with light clothes.

However, there are a few nights in December when the temperature can drop too chilly. So you might want to bring some warm clothing for those evenings.

📌 Carry local cash: Puerto Vallarta being a tourist hub, most places will accept credit cards and USD/GBP/EUR/etc.

However, you’ll get charged extra for that, sometimes as much as 10-20% extra. In order to avoid that, make sure to carry cash in Pesos .

When you’re going out, carry enough local cash for the day.

📌 Brush up on (or learn) some Spanish: While English is commonly spoken in Puerto Vallarta, it doesn’t hurt to learn some common Spanish phrases before you get there.

Learn how to greet and introduce yourself with polite expressions, ask for directions, etc. so you can still get around when you encounter someone who doesn’t speak English or whose English isn’t conversational.

📌 Safety first: Puerto Vallarta is a very safe city , but, like everywhere, petty crime like theft can occur.

You can significantly reduce your chances by taking some basic safety precautions.

Make sure to never leave your belongings unattended, don’t wear flashy jewelry outside, only carry enough cash for the day, and if you’re going out at night, make sure to stick to well-lit and populated parts of town. 

El Malecon Puerto Vallarta.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is december a good month to go to puerto vallarta.

December is easily one of the best months to go to Puerto Vallarta for several reasons. Let’s go over some of those.

First of all, the weather in December is mild and sunny, with average temperatures of 73°F (23°C) and minimal rainfall.

This means you can enjoy the stunning beaches and the warm ocean water without worrying about rain or heat. 

Secondly, December is the start of the whale-watching season in Puerto Vallarta.

You can witness the majestic humpback whales migrating to the Bay of Banderas for their breeding season.

You can join a whale-watching tour or a cruise and get close to these gentle giants of the sea. 

Thirdly, December is a festive time in Puerto Vallarta, as you can experience some of the local traditions and celebrations.

I’ve covered 3 of the most popular events above, but there are many more that happen all around the city. 

Is it Warm Enough to Swim in Puerto Vallarta in December?

Absolutely! The sea temperature in Puerto Vallarta during December is around 81°F (27°C), ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports.

You can also catch some amazing sunsets on the beach or from your balcony.

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What is Puerto Vallarta Like at Christmas?

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place to spend Christmas, as you can enjoy the warm weather, the festive atmosphere, and the rich culture of Mexico.

With events like Christmas Posadas, Christmas itself, and New Year’s Eve happening in the city, the environment is very festive.

How Many Days Do I Need in Puerto Vallarta?

The answer to how many days you need in Puerto Vallarta depends on what you want to see and do in this beautiful city. 

Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer, from stunning beaches and water activities to cultural attractions and festivals, to nature and adventure tours.

You can have a great trip in any amount of time, but here are some suggestions based on different durations.

3 to 5 days is enough time to see most of the highlights of the city. So if you’re traveling on a budget, aim for that duration.

However, if your budget and timeline allow it, you can aim for a longer duration (around 8 days) and also see the neighboring areas. 

You can visit San Sebastian del Oeste, a colonial town in the mountains that has preserved its architecture and traditions.

You can also spend a day in Sayulita, a charming town north of Puerto Vallarta, which is known for its surfing, bohemian vibe, and colorful streets.

The seahorse statue during sunset.

Final Thoughts: Puerto Vallarta in December

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place to visit in December, as you can enjoy the mild and sunny weather, the whale watching season, and the Christmas festivals and traditions.

You can relax on the beach, explore the islands, join the processions, and taste the street food and gourmet cuisine. 

You can also experience the culture and history of Mexico in the nearby towns and villages.

Puerto Vallarta is a destination that offers almost unlimited opportunities for fun and relaxation. So book your vacation in December without any worries.

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Best places to visit in mexico for 2023-2024.

With year-round warm weather and diverse destinations ranging from metropolitan Mexico City to the sands of Tulum, Mexico boasts vacation spots that appeal to all sorts of visitors. To help you determine which locale is best for you, U.S. News compiled this list of the best places to visit in Mexico by factoring in cultural attractions, food options, beaches, water-based activities and nightlife, along with traveler votes and expert opinions. Vote for your favorite vacation spots below to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: The U.S. Department of State advises against traveling to certain Mexican states due to crime; check the  website  for updates before booking your trip, and be cautious if you decide to travel.)

Zihuatanejo

Isla mujeres, isla holbox, mexico city, playa del carmen.

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Located on Mexico's Pacific coast, Zihuatanejo offers travelers an authentic Mexico experience full of brilliant sunsets and laid-back vibes. In this fishing village, shopaholics can buy local handicrafts (think: ceramics and woodcarvings), and foodies can savor fresh fish tacos and ceviche along the beach. The city's Playa La Ropa serves as the main beach and stands out because of its clean, family-friendly atmosphere. Playa Larga, another excellent beach option, is set slightly outside of town, so it offers a quieter atmosphere and plenty of room to sprawl out. Just off the coast, divers and snorkelers can pick from several dive sites brimming with marine life.

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Home to Mexico's most famous waterfront Mayan ruins, Tulum appeals to history buffs and water lovers alike. Positioned along a coastal stretch of the Riviera Maya, about 40 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Tulum offers some of the best hotels in Mexico , ranging from small boutique hotels to wellness retreats to all-inclusive resorts. Regardless of where you stay, you can spend time lounging on some of the world's most beautiful beaches (try traveler-approved Playa Paraíso or Playa Ruinas), exploring ancient ruins (consider booking a daytrip to nearby Chichén Itzá for a larger-scale site) and swimming in secluded cenotes, unique underwater caves located around the Yucatán Peninsula.

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This island is probably best known for two things: coral reefs and cruise ships. Travelers love this destination's brilliant blue water and laid-back beaches, plus its abundance of water sports activities. Numerous outfitters and resorts offer kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear. While you could spend every minute in the water or on the beach with a good book, Cozumel is also a quiet place to learn about Mayan culture. Visit the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio archaeological site for a dose of pre-Hispanic history.

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Ixtapa's curved coastline is packed with hotels, restaurants and nightlife, giving the Pacific coast city (located just north of Zihuatanejo) a bustling vibe. Playa El Palmar, the main beach, often proves better for sunset strolls and people-watching than swimming or snorkeling due to the strong waves. Still, warm, clear and generally gentle water and coral beds farther offshore make Ixtapa one of the best places for beginner scuba enthusiasts. Anyone interested in the area's history should also explore the Archaeological Museum of the Costa Grande, a small museum that details the various cultures and events that make the region unique. 

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A great option for a weekend stay or a quick daytrip tour , Isla Mujeres is set off the coast of Cancún and offers beautiful beaches perfect for relaxation and coral reefs ready for exploration. In fact, it's one of the best places to go snorkeling in the world thanks to a unique underwater museum and one of the world's largest coral reefs (home to all sorts of colorful fish). See marine life from another perspective on a glass bottom boat. When you want to catch some rays, Playa Norte is the most popular beach, framed by white sand, turquoise water and swaying palm trees.

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Quiet beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning crystal-clear water are some of Isla Holbox's standout attributes. This up-and-coming slice of paradise is perfect for travelers looking to truly get away from it all, thanks to its car-free, off-the-beaten-path location. Isla Holbox is situated off the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and only 26 miles long. Expect quaint boutique hotels, stretches of white sand beaches (Playa Punta Cocos and Punta Mosquito are two top spots), opportunities for snorkeling and sailing, and more than 100 species of birds, including vibrantly colored flamingoes.

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About 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a small beach town known for awesome surfing conditions and scenic stretches of sand. If you've never surfed before, sign up for a lesson from a local to learn. Visitors can also go whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding or zip lining, or hop on a relaxing boat tour. After a day of fun in the sun, head into town to check out the local art galleries and grab a bite to eat at one of the tasty restaurants (Sayulita is a burgeoning foodie destination), which feature everything from cheap eats to fine dining.

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Anglers recognize Manzanillo as a world-class deep-sea fishing destination for anyone searching for sailfish and marlin, but many types of travelers will enjoy a trip to this Pacific coast destination, located 170 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. The city's two bays mean there is no shortage of beaches for visitors to swim and sunbathe on: Top spots include Playa la Audiencia and Playa Salagua. Water sports like snorkeling and kayaking are also popular activities to enjoy here. If you have time, visit the small town of Barra de Navidad (about 30 miles northwest) for charming hotels, restaurants and stores along the beach. 

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Dreamy white sand , nightclubs, all-inclusive resorts and inexpensive flights from the U.S. make Cancún a go-to spot for spring breakers and vacationers seeking an easy beach getaway. But this city on the Yucatán Peninsula also sits close to lush jungles and tranquil cenotes, making it an excellent option for nature lovers. Not to mention, travelers will find diverse and cheap street food served from various carts in the downtown area. Visiting in fall or winter will ensure you see this city (one of the most-visited spots in Mexico) in its most tranquil light, but December through April is when the weather is closest to perfect.

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Ornate baroque and neoclassical buildings, busy plazas and colorful homes are everywhere you turn in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Guanajuato, situated about 50 miles west of San Miguel de Allende, is known for its subterranean streets and tunnels, which you can explore on a walking tour or at your own leisure. After admiring the city's cobblestone roadways and charming colonial architecture, grab a souvenir or bite to eat at the bustling Mercado Hidalgo. If you enjoy art, arrive in October when the popular Festival Internacional Cervantino takes place.

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As the capital of Yucatán, Mérida's rich culture is visible around every turn. White stone mansions line Paseo de Montejo (the city's main street), while vibrant Sunday markets provide a taste of old-world Mexico. Those looking for Mayan ruins are also in luck; many ancient archaeological sites are in close proximity, including the famed Chichén Itzá just 75 miles east. Meanwhile, museum and art enthusiasts praise El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida, as well as the city's art galleries and local murals. When it comes to lodging, travelers will have their pick of quaint boutique hotels.

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The most populous city in Mexico is steeped in history and culture. Mexico City boasts delectable cuisine, ancient Aztec sites and world-class hotels – all at fairly low costs – but if you feel like splurging, you'll find an array of high-end shops along the tree-lined Avenida Presidente Masaryk in the Polanco neighborhood. Must-see attractions in Mexico City include the Zócalo, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chapultepec Castle and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And if you want to eat your way through the city, consider signing up for a food tour .

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For a vacation packed with authentic character, head to Puebla. This city, which sits about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City, is filled with colonial architecture and numerous churches, but its main draws are its stunning Talavera pottery, its historical forts and museums, and its sweet and spicy cuisine. Visitors must try mole poblano (made with numerous ingredients, including chiles, meat, chocolate, cinnamon and garlic) and chiles en nogada (chiles stuffed with beef and served with a walnut sauce and fruit like peaches, apples and pomegranate seeds). When the sun sets, venture to Callejón de los Sapos to listen to live music.

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Playa del Carmen boasts an exciting food scene, with eateries dishing out everything from delectable tacos and tostadas to sushi and expertly cooked seafood, plus an even hipper bar culture. What's more, this destination in the Riviera Maya beckons to vacationers with its soft white sand blanketing its beaches and its stunning shoreline views. Visitors can also bike to a nearby cenote for a refreshing dip or hit the links at one of the numerous surrounding golf courses. All-inclusive resorts , vacation rentals and boutique properties abound in Playa del Carmen, too, giving travelers plenty of options to find the best fit for their preferences and budgets.

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This secluded vacation spot is known for its luxurious lodging options (from vacation rentals to high-end hotels like the St. Regis and the Four Seasons), golf courses and charming beaches, such as El Anclote and Playa de Punta Mita. The small resort village of Punta Mita sits on a peninsula in Banderas Bay and most appeals to travelers seeking a relaxing atmosphere. Those interested in scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and surfing will be able to enjoy those activities here as well. If you're visiting between December and March, book a whale watching tour for a chance to see humpback or orca whales.

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Yucatan Adventure: Merida, Tulum & Jungle Swims Tour

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Yucatan Adventure: Merida, Tulum & Jungle Swims

Der Guide, die Gruppe, alles einfach top! Würde ich jederzeit wieder buchen und kann die Tour nur weiterempfehlen.

Mexico Unplugged Tour

Mexico Unplugged

Best of Chiapas and Yucatan Tour

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Best of Chiapas and Yucatan

The tour was excellent! Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The pace of the tour was great and I was very happy with the accomodation they booked for me. Highly recommend!

Premium Mexico Yucatan Highlights Tour

Premium Mexico Yucatan Highlights

Great. Exceeded our expectations Selected experiences were all highlights. Hotels fine - some minor niggles but no worries. Big rave for Alejandro - our guide. Just made the trip so alive and interesting.

Mexico Yucatán Experience Tour

Mexico Yucatán Experience

Extremely well organised and planned tour, we packed so much in to the 10 days and had the best time. The value you get for your money is brilliant, with a lot of activities included in the up front price and options to do extra when you are there. Lau the tour guide was amazing, extremely knowledgeable about the area and give great tips on sight seeing, bars, restaurants etc at every stop on the tour. Also as a girl travelling, I have never felt safer as part of her tour group. Great trip if you want to immerse yourself in the culture while also having time to relax on the beach, highly recommend. Only downside was not all the accommodation had AC and it was extremely hot, especially in Bacalar. Other than that amazing!

Mexico Real Food Adventure Tour

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Mexico Real Food Adventure

Mexico was amazing. Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca were such great places to visit and eat. Huatulco was a bit touristy and cruise ship town for my liking. The food, markets, arts and sightseeing were totally worth it. I would recommend arriving early and staying on after to visit thermal springs or tour bays and waterfalls.

Wonders of the Maya Tour

Wonders of the Maya

This tour was an excellent way of seeing the Wonders of the Maya. What was described in the tour guide happened.

Mexican stroll ( 8 days ) Tour

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Mexican stroll ( 8 days )

An amazing tour with a very experienced tour guide. Maria made it a perfect experience! I really recommend this tour to everyone who wants a first glimpse of Mexico. Next time we're going for the bigger tour all the way to Cancoun!

Mayan Adventure Tour

Mayan Adventure

Extensive 6 day tour of Mexico and the history of the Mayans very good tour guides the hotels were good too! It was very enjoyable as on older couple it was quite a ‘full on’ tour with early starts and long drives but we still had a great time and it was the best way to get a real feel of the country.

Classic Mexico Adventure Tour

Classic Mexico Adventure

Our tour guide was an amazing professional. She was enthusiastic about Mexico and keen to share places to admire, enjoy, and have fun in. The smaller group size, central hotel locations,and mix of sights and options worked super well together. A lot of enjoyable holiday in the tour!

Colonial Mexico ( 9 days ) Tour

Colonial Mexico ( 9 days )

Aztecs & Mayas Tour

Aztecs & Mayas

During the 10 days we had changing guides and also other drivers. Maybe it was because of the time, but except for two days we had private tours- was very cool :) All guides were super friendly and helpful. In addition, they all told a lot about the history of the country and the Maya. Hotels were top and the breakfast was great everywhere. Although it is currently rainy season, we were very lucky with the weather. Except for a shower during the boat tour we stayed dry. You definitely need cash and especially a lot of change. Super trip - highly recommended!

The Mystical Mayan Trail:  A Trip Through Mexico\'s Vibrant Culture and Natural Beauty Tour

The Mystical Mayan Trail: A Trip Through Mexico's Vibrant Culture and Natural Beauty

Die Route und die Dauer der Tour durch das schöne Chiapas war für uns perfekt. Die Abwechslung von Natur und Kultur war optimal. Die Hotels waren bis auf eine Ausnahme (Palenque) gut, das Frühstück überall sehr gut. Der Comfort des Minibusses war ausbaufähig. Bei größerer Körpergröße gibt es eigentlich nur einen Sitzplatz, der in Frage kommt, der insbesondere auf längeren und kurvigen Strecken ungemütlich ist. Die Tourguides und Fahrer waren allesamt äußerst kompetent und freundlich. Insbesondere Hector und Francisco, die uns über mehrere Tage begleitet haben, haben die Reise zu etwas besonderem gemacht. Auch, weil sie uns bei gesundheitlichen Problemen beratschlagt haben. Am Ende der Reise konnten wir uns in Valladolid (statt Cancun) absetzen lassen, was unsere Weiterreise erleichtert hat.

Yucatan & Cancún: Merida, Mayan Ruins, & Beachside Livin\' Tour

Yucatan & Cancún: Merida, Mayan Ruins, & Beachside Livin'

Very happy with the tour! It was the perfect amount of relaxation and excursions. Had a great group. Kevin was the best CEO you could ask for.

Essential Central Mexico Tour

Essential Central Mexico

Kevin was an excellent guide. Hotels in all of the centers were very good with the exception of the hotel in Puerto Vallarta. This Hotel was in a very noisy section of town. Time in Mexico city requires fine tuning for example a brief city tour would be useful.

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Generally very interesting, quite well organized, hotels decent (by general Latin American standards), and food good. Guides a mixed bag - some barely speak, others are a wealth of info. All kept us safe though, which is most important in this area. One guide unfortunately made an offhand racist comment towards the end of his tour, which unfortunately colored our whole perception of his commentary. I spoke with him about this and he did not apologize, but agreed to rethink his opinion. I've traveled to over 60 countries and unfortunately this is just something you encounter every now and then. In general I recommend the tour.

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11 Best Places to Travel in December

These are the best places to visit in December in the U.S. and around the world.

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The end of the year is incredibly busy with gift shopping, decorating for the holidays, and family gatherings. So before you run out of open days, take some time to book that winter vacation — even if it’s just a weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather escape to end the year or a festive destination brimming with holiday cheer, we’ve got you covered. From ski towns to beach resorts, here are 11 of the best places to travel in December.

Lake Tahoe, California

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Snowfall usually begins in late November in Lake Tahoe, so you can be one of the first to hit the slopes when you visit in December. The destination’s sapphire blue lake, pine forests, and snow-covered peaks are gorgeous this time of year. Stay on the south shore at Edgewood Lake Tahoe , which hosts holiday festivities throughout the month; the resort’s new multi-bedroom Villa Suites are perfect for families or groups. On the north shore, Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features ski-in/ski-out access and a mountainside concierge. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Lake Tahoe were both among Travel + Leisure’s Best Resorts in the Western United States in 2022. Nearby Reno Tahoe offers a wide range of winter activities and a convenient airport with flights from many major cities.

Palm Springs, California

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If you’re looking for mild weather, superb restaurants, golf, plush hotels, spas, and great shopping, put Palm Springs on your December must-visit list. And at just two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego, the Greater Palm Springs area is easy to reach. Check the concert and sports events schedule at the new Acrisure Arena , which hosted Cirque du Soleil’s new Corteo this summer — a first for the desert venue. Lodging ranges from expansive resorts like the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort to boutique and adult-only properties. Stay just steps from downtown Palm Springs in a quiet and historic neighborhood at Auric House ; you’ll feel like a local as you stroll to restaurants, shops, and breakfast at nearby Korakia Pensione .

Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston topped the T+L World’s Best Awards list this year for favorite cities in the United States, and it’s a perfect destination for the holidays, with gorgeous decorations adorning historic buildings, streets, and neighborhoods. Christmas markets, tree lightings, parades, and seasonal events inspire the holiday spirit during December. The Charleston Place gets decked out for the season, and other popular Charleston hotels include the Emeline , Planters Inn (a Relais & Châteaux property), and The Vendue , Charleston’s art hotel.

Newport Beach, California

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With weather in the 60s and lots of Southern California sunshine, Newport Beach is a great December destination for hiking, cruising the harbor in a Duffy boat, whale watching, visiting Balboa Island, or strolling along the beach. The city celebrates the holiday season with the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade each night from Dec. 13-17, when more than 100 decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes cruise the waterfront, along with music, fireworks, and glittering lights. Stay near the action at Lido House , an Autograph Collection hotel, or be among the first to stay at the new Pendry Newport Beach . For five-star luxury, two oceanfront golf courses, and stunning views, choose The Resort at Pelican Hill . Accommodation options here include bungalow rooms and suites with fireplaces and private terraces, as well as Mediterranean-style villas with two, three, or four bedrooms.

Branson, Missouri

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In Branson, the two-month-long Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration kicks off in early November, and it’s an incredible way to get into the holiday spirit. Known as “America’s Christmas Tree City” for good reason, Branson features more than 1,500 decorated trees, shows, parades, 6.5 million lights, drive-through displays , and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Throughout December, there’s caroling by the fire, story times, and a candy village displayed in the lobby of the Chateau on the Lake . At Big Cedar Lodge , guests can sip hot cocoa, see twinkling holiday lights, skate at the Winter Wonderland ice rink, make wreaths, and bake gingerbread — and that’s just a few of the property’s annual Home for the Holidays activities.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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December is considered one of the best months to visit Dubai thanks to moderate weather that’s ideal for being outdoors exploring the city. Visitors will find a festive atmosphere and myriad seasonal events , from elaborately decorated Christmas trees and holiday markets to shopping malls decked out for the season. See public art in the Dubai Design District, lounge at the beachfront in La Mer, or visit the historic Al Fahidi District. Stay at the elegant Habtoor Palace , LXR Hotels & Resorts, or the plush Burj Al Arab Jumeirah . Welcoming guests starting Dec. 1, One&Only One Za’abeel is located in the heart of the city near the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Lana , Dorchester Collection, Dubai, will also open in December beside the Dubai Canal.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean, Riviera Maya is 30 minutes south of Cancun and offers calm seas, sandy beaches, sunny weather, and lodging for all tastes, from boutique hotels to lavish resorts. Maya archaeological sites are fascinating to explore, and cenotes — caves or underground holes filled with cool water — are another intriguing feature of the Yucatan. Mayakoba , a private community with nearly 600 acres of lagoons, jungles, and beaches, includes El Camaleón Golf Club , luxury residences, and four resorts: Fairmont Mayakoba , Andaz Mayakoba , Banyan Tree Mayakoba , and Rosewood Mayakoba . Celebrate the new year with legendary Mexican musician Luis Miguel in concert on Dec. 31 at the nearby golf course. Also in Riviera Maya is Maroma , A Belmond Hotel, now open after an extensive renovation and redesign led by Tara Bernerd & Partners . 

Vienna, Austria

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While Vienna is lovely year-round, it is dazzling in December, with holiday decorations, lights, markets, and Christmas trees galore. Delicious Austrian food is part of the celebration, and mugs of Christmas punch (made with rum and/or brandy) keep shoppers warm as they browse or sample wiener schnitzel, sausage, apple strudel, or traditional roasted chestnuts. Or, stop into a café for coffee and Sachertorte, a famous Austrian chocolate cake. T+L readers recently voted for their favorite Vienna hotels , and The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna took the top spot. The Rosewood Vienna , which just opened last year, and The Amauris Vienna , a Relais & Châteaux property, are also fine options. Note that river cruises are a great way to see Europe’s many Christmas markets, and itineraries are offered through several companies, including AmaWaterways , Viking River Cruises , and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises .

Fort Worth, Texas

Think about this lively Texas city for an end-of-year vacation or weekend getaway, when the weather is in the comfortable high 50s and there’s so much to do. The Fort Worth Zoo features holiday decorations, lights, falling snow, and visits from Santa in December. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District , where ranchers once traded cattle and cowboys drove the animals to market, is still in action with a daily longhorn cattle drive, restaurants, rodeo shows, bars, and tours of the original wooden corrals. Stay at Hotel Drover , in the heart of the District, where holiday decor and activities add to the fun. Near the downtown Sundance Square entertainment area, Kimpton Harper Hotel is set in a historic building that was once the tallest in Fort Worth. The Crescent Hotel, Fort Worth opens this autumn and features a Canyon Ranch Wellness Club with a full menu of fitness classes and spa treatments.

U.S. Virgin Islands

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Located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. Whether you travel to the Caribbean for the beaches, water sports, outdoor adventures, shopping, or nightlife, these islands have myriad options. Join the fun at St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival, which begins Dec. 10 and combines Caribbean, African, Spanish, and Dutch influences in traditional carnival events. The closing parade happens on Jan. 6, when thousands of masqueraders fill the streets. Among accommodation options are the waterfront King Christian Hotel in downtown Christiansted, St. Croix and The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas , which hosts holiday activities throughout December. Passports are not required for travel to this United States territory.

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This sunny island in the eastern Caribbean is a perfect December escape, whether you’re traveling with friends or family or looking for a romantic getaway. From relaxing on the beach or by the pool to active adventures like kitesurfing, diving, or playing golf, there are lots of fun things to do on Anguilla. Places to stay include boutique hotels, resorts, villas, and apartments at a range of prices. Consider the family-friendly Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla , Malliouhana Resort , and Frangipani Beach Resort , where there’s fun for everyone. Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel and Altamer offer private villas. Zemi Beach House on Shoal Bay Beach features a spa set in a 306-year-old Thai house.

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US-Mexico border sees decrease in migrant arrests in March, Border Patrol reports

F ewer migrant people were arrested coming over the U.S.-Mexico border in March than in the months before, according to newly released numbers from the Border Patrol.

According to City of Houston statistics, about 586,000 undocumented migrants lived in our city in 2016.

Those numbers have fluctuated ever since, but it's clear that as laws change, there's a lot of confusion.

Yahaira Uribe told ABC13 that she came here from Mexico about 22 years ago.

"My parents were struggling (financially)," Uribe said. "So, they were like, 'Let's make the change. Let's go.'"

She's a DACA recipient, meaning she can live and work legally in the United States.

"(My parents) don't know if they're going to get stopped," she said about her parents, who are undocumented. "They don't know if that will be their last day here."

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Federal border patrol arrests reached record highs in December but are slowly decreasing.

"It's difficult to say that it's an actual trend at this point because we need to see more months in terms of what those months look like," immigration attorney Ross Miller said. "I think that reflects the Biden Administration working with its partners in Mexico. In particular, we see a lot of Venezuelans who were coming up through Mexico and then reaching the U.S. border, claiming asylum. A lot of those numbers have begun to trend downward."

In Texas, Senate Bill 4 has caused confusion and possibly impacted immigration numbers.

The law is currently blocked while courts decide if it's legal. However, it allows local and state police to arrest anyone they suspect is undocumented, which is a jurisdiction that has always been held solely by the federal government.

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"For the last couple of months, we've had a lot of clients calling our firm expressing confusion and concern about the new law, (asking) if it's going to impact them," Miller explained. "That kind of back and forth has caused a lot of confusion. So there's really a lot of fear in the communities that we serve."

The upcoming presidential election could also affect immigration.

"It's largely governed by executive action, so when a new administration comes in, although the federal law doesn't change, the enforcement priorities might change," Miller said.

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2044 solar eclipse path: See where in US totality hits in next eclipse

Compared to this year's eclipse, with a path of totality that will cross over 13 states, the 2044 total solar eclipse won't have as quite as broad of a reach. here's what to know:.

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Millions of Americans are by now eagerly awaiting the next total solar eclipse , which is only hours away from passing over a large swath of the continent .

But when the celestial event comes and goes, the awe-inspiring impression it leaves on skygazers may leave them with one question: "When can we see that again?"

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait awhile – this sort of spectacular astral phenomenon doesn't happen very often . Here's what we know about the next total solar eclipse that will cross over the contiguous U.S.

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When will the next total solar eclipse happen in the U.S?

Only seven years have passed since Americans had the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse, a relatively rare celestial event in which the moon appears to us here on Earth to completely block the sun.

The resulting fleeting moments of darkness can last for minutes or just mere seconds and is known as " totality ," whereby the sun's outermost layer known as the corona makes a rare appearance.

Today's total solar eclipse , the first in North America since 2017, will travel over portions of northern Mexico, thousands of miles of the U.S. and the maritime provinces of Canada, according to NASA . According to astronomers, this eclipse will be brighter, will last longer and will be visible to more people than the last one in North America.

It's also the last one for 20 years in the United States.

After Monday, the next total solar eclipse viewable from the lower 48 states will be on Aug. 23, 2044.

2044 total solar eclipse path of totality

Compared to this year's eclipse, with a path of totality that will cross over 13 states, the 2044 total solar eclipse won't have as quite as broad of a reach .

The Planetary Society, a nonprofit involved in research, public outreach and political space advocacy, says that during the 2044 eclipse, the path of totality will only touch three states.

The eclipse will begin in Greenland, sweep through Canada and end around sunset in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

It's not too early to start thinking about where you want to witness it. According to whenisthenexteclipse.com , Americans may want to make sure their passports up to date.

The place to be will likely be Banff National Park in Alberta and Jasper National Park , with Calgary and Edmonton also within the path of totality.

What to know about the 2033 eclipse in Alaska

Outside of the "lower 48," Alaska is set to experience a total solar eclipse much sooner.

On March 30, 2033, a total solar eclipse will occur in Russia and cross over Alaska, according to nationaleclipse.com . The maximum duration of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Contributing: Mary Walrath-Holdridge and Gabe Hauari

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