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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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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.

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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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The temperature in Mexico in December

Rain in mexico in december, wind in mexico in december, 1. get to know ajijic, jalisco (near chapala), 2. indulge in mexican food, 3. visit ensenada, baja california norte, 4. take part in holiday festivals, 5. discover tlaxcala city, in the state of tlaxcala (the smallest state in mexico), 6. go on a cruise, 7. spend a weekend in zihuatanejo, guerrero, travel tips and resources.

 MEXICO IN DECEMBER -Weather, Things To Do And Travel Tips

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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 .

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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.

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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

mexico travel december

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

mexico travel december

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

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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

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6. Riviera Maya in December

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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

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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

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8. Playa del Carmen in December

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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

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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

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🚢 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

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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.

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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 both 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 most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa passport stamp upon arrival.

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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.

4 Top Things To Do In Mexico In December

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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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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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

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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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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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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 

Luxury resort pool in the Maya Riviera Mexico

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

Swimming with the Whale Sharks in Mexico

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

Luxury Resort in the Maya Riviera Mexico

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

Mexico City

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

Lina Stock of Divergent Travelers Adventure Travel blog on Isla San Francisco in Baja

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

The Cancun beach strip in Mexico

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

David Stock Jr of Divergent Travelers Adventure Travel blog exploring cenotes in Mexico

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

Mexico colonial city

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

Luxury resort in Manzanillo Mexico

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

chichén itzá, mexico

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

Remote beach in Baja Mexico

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

Puebla Mexico

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

The view from the Pyramid of the Sun - best time to visit Mexico

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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From Mexico City down to the southern state of Oaxaca, this trip packs in all of Mexico's colonial charms and archeological wonders. You'll also get to take to the beach at Playa del Carmen, swim in the Caribbean Sea and under cascading waterfalls and boat along lovely Sumidero Canyon.

Mexico's Churros and Chiapas

7 days  / from 1518 USD

Mexico's Churros and Chiapas

Arrive in exciting Mexico City and get a taste of its surprising charms, imposing plazas and beautiful colonial old town. Then jet off to Chiapas where you'll spend your days exploring canyons, waterfalls and national parks. Then finish with a dose of Mayan culture deep in the jungle at Palenque.

Los Cabos Self Drive

10 days  / from 890 USD

Los Cabos Self Drive

Take your rental car and explore the beaches and islands of Cabo. Located in Baja California Sur, Los Cabos, Todos Santos, and Cabo San Lucas do not only have excellent beaches to offer for your exploration but also a fascinating wildlife.

From Mexico City over Chiapas to Cancun: The Best of Mexico

15 days  / from 1450 USD

From Mexico City over Chiapas to Cancun: The Best of Mexico

This itinerary combines the metropolitan glamour of Mexico City with its fabulous museums and pyramids with an outdoor adventure in Chiapas visiting the Sumidero Canyon and the fascinating wildlife and cultural heritage of the Yucatan. Two weeks showing you the true highlights of Mexico!

Mayan Heritage Tour in Yucatan

9 days  / from 1670 USD

Mayan Heritage Tour in Yucatan

Yucatán is calling you, and this trip is the way to do it; go into the jungle and know it like no one else has ever known it; enjoy incredible food, beautiful sunsets, and the warmth of its communities that will do everything possible to offer you a dream experience. Are you ready?

Mexico City to the Yucatán

8 days  / from 1516 USD

Mexico City to the Yucatán

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of Mexico City, taking in the museums, churches and colonial plazas of Mexico's vibrant capital. Then relax on Playa del Carmen's Caribbean beaches before you take off to explore some of the country's most amazing archeological treasures.

Mexico's Nature and Beaches

10 days  / from 2307 USD

Mexico's Nature and Beaches

Explore the nature and wildlife of Chiapas and Tabasco by visiting the Sumidero Canyon and Agua Azul waterfalls before heading off to the Yucatan Peninsula: Chichen Itza awaits to impress you with its magnificent pyramids before ending the trip at the white beaches of Holbox.

Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan: Explore the Eastern Highlights

14 days  / from 1350 USD

Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan: Explore the Eastern Highlights

Explore the wide depths of Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, the fascinating archaeological site of Palenque in Tabasco before moving on to the Yucatan to explore Merida, Chichen Itza and the peaceful island of Cozumel. This itinerary offers adventure and relaxation in 14 days.

Discovering Central Mexico: from Guanajuato to Oaxaca

20 days  / from 1280 USD

Discovering Central Mexico: from Guanajuato to Oaxaca

With this itinerary, you will get to know the real Mexico: from magic towns to archaeological sites all the way down to the beautiful beaches of Huatulco - this itinerary combines history, cuisine, and relaxation, all compactly available in a 3-week trip.

Enchanting Mexico: from the capital to the beaches

21 days  / from 1490 USD

Enchanting Mexico: from the capital to the beaches

Discover Mexico's capital before heading to your first Mexican beach: Puerto Escondido. After some days relaxing in the sun, head to Cancun to pick up your rental car and explore the Yucatan Peninsula in your own car. From archaeological sites to stunning beaches, the peninsula awaits.

Culture & Jungle in Chiapas

11 days  / from 2415 USD

Culture & Jungle in Chiapas

Get ready for an adventure through Chiapas with hosts who are prepared to welcome you and discover the natural beauty of canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers! The magnificent archaeological sites will amaze you as well as the charming towns.

Mexico City and the Yucatan - from the city to the beaches

16 days  / from 1850 USD

Mexico City and the Yucatan - from the city to the beaches

Take this trip to explore the best of Mexico City: From the museums to the pyramids of Teotihuacán. Afterwards continue to Merida to explore the famous Pink Lake and the Haciendas of the Yucatan. At the ed, take your time relaxing on the beaches in Playa del Carmen and Cancun.

Authentic and unique Mexico City

7 days  / from 925 USD

Authentic and unique Mexico City

Mexico City seems to have it all - over 50 museums, a beautiful historic city center, an extensive city park with a majestic castle, upscale neighborhoods like La Condesa or La Roma, bohemian Coyoacan and mouth-watering cuisine. This trip shows you the best of this mega city.

Mexico City Explored

7 days  / from 590 USD

Mexico City Explored

Mexico City is one of the most fascinating cities in North America. This week-long itinerary grants you an insight to the museums, restaurants, and events in the capital, as well as exploring surrounding cities such as Taxco or Puebla. Get ready for a true Mexican adventure!

Mexico's Tomb Raider Experience

12 days  / from 3405 USD

Mexico's Tomb Raider Experience

Explore the caves, cenotes, pyramids, and beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. Inspired by the famous Tomb Raider video game, this itinerary takes you exploring across the pyramids of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Coba, before relaxing at the white beaches of Cozumel.

Oaxacan Coast Adventure

10 days  / from 1695 USD

Oaxacan Coast Adventure

Adventure awaits you on this trip to the Oaxacan coast, a place as spectacular as the activities you will do. From a boat trip to the beautiful bays of Huatulco to a warm horseback ride on the seashore in Puerto Escondido. Enjoy freedom of traveling with your own rental car.

The Gems of Yucatan - a Self Drive Trip

12 days  / from 850 USD

The Gems of Yucatan - a Self Drive Trip

Go at your own pace and discover the Peninsula de Yucatan with its many archaeological sites, its colonial villages, and stunning beaches. Having your own car allows you the maximum freedom to explore and the easy road access makes driving yourself a breeze.

Amazing Mexico

11 days  / from 2846 USD

Amazing Mexico

This 11-day trip takes you from Mexico City, where you will enjoy the La Merced Market to Merida where you can discover Maya ruins...with more adventure along the way, such as Hierve el agua where nature will surprise you and Oaxaca city a great cosy UNESCO World Heritage City.

Baja: Pacific Coast Paradise

7 days  / from 2251 USD

Baja: Pacific Coast Paradise

Baja California is an off-the-beaten-track unspoiled paradise. The area is home to mountains, deserts and thousands of kilometers of gorgeous Pacific coastline. Come here to explore, snorkel, dive or do a spot of whale watching (in season). Otherwise, sit back and relax on its soft sandy shores.

Taste of Mexico

9 days  / from 1475 USD

Taste of Mexico

Discover the most unique places in Mexico City before heading out to Puebla and Oaxaca, tasting the best Mexico has to offer: mole poblano, chocolate, a corn workshop - this is a hands-on tour, showing the variety Mexico has to offer, both in food and culture wise.

Small Group Tour: Yucatán Off the Beaten Path

8 days  / from 2230 USD

Small Group Tour: Yucatán Off the Beaten Path

This is a trip immersed in Maya culture, considering visits to essential places, accommodations in different Maya communities, and cultural and outdoor sports activities. Trip starts February 1st & April 29, 2024 - prefer to do this trip in private? Send us a request for individual pricing.

Mayan Heritage on the Yucatan Peninsula

9 days  / from 3035 USD

Mayan Heritage on the Yucatan Peninsula

Embark on a Yucatan self-drive adventure, blending renowned treasures like Tulum and Chichen Itza with hidden gems. Wander off the beaten track to discover local communities, engaging in community-based experiences. Delve into Mayan culture, sample authentic cuisine, and explore the region.

Immersive Mexico City

7 days  / from 1800 USD

Immersive Mexico City

Discover the vibrant heart of Mexico City in 7 unforgettable days. A stroll through historic downtown, explore colorful markets, and savor delicious street food. Day trips to Teotihuacan's ancient pyramids and Chapultepec Park's museums offer cultural enrichment.

Flavours of Central Mexico

10 days  / from 3275 USD

Flavours of Central Mexico

Start in Mexico City, exploring its rich history and vibrant markets. Journey to Cholula to uncover ancient pyramids and partake in cooking classes. Conclude in Oaxaca, where you'll dive deep into local markets and culinary traditions, forging unforgettable memories.

Authentic Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula

12 days  / from 3140 USD

Authentic Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula

Start your trip in fascinating Mexico City - special views guaranteed during your hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan. Continue to the Yucatan Peninsula with Merida, Valladolid, the famous Chichen Itza site and then to the dreamy beaches of Puerto Morelos. This trip has it all.

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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Enjoy the weather in Cancun in December with our unforgettable, tailor-made Mexico itineraries . Whether you seek relaxation or exploration, create a customized Cancun vacation that is unmatched anywhere else.

  • Mexico City, Oaxaca & the Yucatan (15 days): Explore Central Mexico with its ever-busy capital Mexico City , and continue to the white beaches of the Yucatan : Cancun and Isla Holbox await.
  • 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.

Big Christmas tree with nativity scene and Three Wise Men or (Three Kings) surrounded by palms on sunny December day in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico © Shutterstock

Nativity scene surrounded by palms on sunny December day in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico © Shutterstock

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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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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Traveling to Cabo in December? Find out about Cabo Weather in December, Events, and Things to do in one of the best months of the year!

Cabo San Lucas is known for its beaches, scuba diving, sport fishing, luxury resorts, and tons more.

Cabo San Lucas has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, due to its beautiful scenery and a seemingly endless list of activities to keep visitors entertained (a list that keeps growing, by the way).

Whether you are looking to relax on the beach or explore the many attractions the city has to offer, Cabo San Lucas is the perfect vacation spot.

Travelling to Cabo San Lucas in December

Before you pack your bags, it’s usually a good idea to do some research on when to visit and whether Cabo would be suitable for you during that month.

For those of you who are considering giving Cabo a visit in December, that’s the info I’ll be providing you today.

Without further ado, let’s cover what kind of weather you can expect if you visit this beautiful town in December.

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Weather in Cabo San Lucas In December – At a Glance

Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful, sunny place to escape the winter weather.

You’ll usually experience the high 82°F  to  low 79°F ,  degrees Fahrenheit and the lowest between 65°F  to  62°F at night usually.

Cabo sees very little rain in December, and the humidity is quite low too, so it is the perfect month to enjoy everything that the area has to offer.

The temperature in Cabo San Lucas in December

Average High and Low Temperature in December in Cabo San Lucas

During the day the temperatures in the city usually hover around 82°F  to 79°F, which is a very pleasant temperature.

There’ll be a few days during which the daytime temperature will exceed 90F, but those few are far in between.

At night time, the temperature hovers around mid-60s-70s degrees F (18-23C), a bit chilly for some, so you might want to pack something slightly warm for those nights.

All in all, December has great temperatures, some of the best that Cabo has to offer, that won’t hinder you at all in enjoying everything that the city has to offer.

The searing temperatures of the hot season are long gone, leaving pleasant weather all around.

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Precipitation in Cabo San Lucas in December

Average Monthly Rainfall in December in Cabo San Lucas

On average throughout the month of December in Cabo, there’s about a 6% chance of rain on any given day.

The average rainfall in the city during this month is around 0.5-1.5 inches, which is barely any and you’ll only see 2-3 days of rainfall at most.

Even on those days, the rain showers don’t last long enough to hinder any plans you might have.

December marks the beginning of the dry season so no hurricane threat should worry you!

Sunshine in Cabo San Lucas in December

Cloud Cover Categories in December in Cabo San Lucas

Sunshine and warm weather are two of the biggest reasons tourists flock to Cabo, and the good news is that you’ll have plenty of both if you visit in December.

Even when it does rain, the showers only last an hour or two.

That means there’ll be all the sunshine you can possibly handle, whether you want outdoor activities, sunbathing, or something else, December has perfect weather for everything.

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December water temperature can get quite cold starting from  78°F  at the beginning of the month, and getting as cold as  74°F by the end of December.

It’s not actually cold for many but if you are planning to do a lot of snorkeling or even more diving, make sure you get a wet suite if you want to resist the cold for a longer time.

Average Water Temperature in December in Cabo San Lucas

Sargassum Seaweed in Cabo San Lucas in December

Lately, all the coastal resort cities in Mexico have been having a problem with sargassum seaweed, which makes the beaches less than enjoyable.

Luckily, it’s not an issue for the Pacific Coast.

On the Caribbean coast instead, including Cancun and the Riviera Maya beaches , the seaweed is a problem during warmer and more humid months like May/June through August.

Cabo San Lucas beach view

Events in Cabo San Lucas in December

December is all about whales, whales, and more whales and all of us wildlife-addicted and nature lovers will be blessed with their presence. In fact, it’s the month when whales start flocking along the coast of Baja California Sur.

They actually start coming in November but it’s more likely to see them in December.

One of the top things to do during this month is join a boat tour to see them even though sometimes you can spot them even from your hotel room.

New Year’s Fireworks – Also watch out for the New Year’s Fireworks in Medano beach where the sky in set on fire to celebrate the new coming year.

Cabo San Lucas downtown

Pros of Visiting Cabo San Lucas in December

✅ Perfect weather: The weather in Cabo during December is absolutely perfect for any type of activity you might want to enjoy. You can be outdoors as often as you like without rain or high humidity interrupting your plans.

✅ Water temperature is cold but still enjoyable and visibility is great for snorkeling and scuba diving .

✅ Not as crowded as the high season : Cabo in December will definitely be noticeably more crowded than the low season, but the first three weeks are still quite calm compared to Christmas and New Year.

✅ Lots of activities to enjoy: From hiking and biking to sailing and surfing, there’s something for everyone in Cabo during December. And don’t forget about the food! The restaurants in the city offer such a variety of options that you’ll never be short of options no matter which type of cuisine you enjoy.

✅ Lower prices compared to the high season: December is still a good time to find good hotel deals before the high season prices are set for the entire winter!

beach and mountain range in Cabo San Lucas

Cons of Visiting Cabo San Lucas in December

👎 More crowded than a low season: Cabo will be quite crowded in December as the high season is approaching and people flock to the resort city.

👎 Slightly Higher prices than a low season: This applies especially if you try to make your bookings on short notice. December is when things start getting quite busy in Cabo, so even when you can find accommodations and activities, the prices will be higher due to popular demand.

Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas in December

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► Go on a whale-watching tour

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► Visit El Arco

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El Arco, also known as Land’s End, is a beautiful natural rock formation that is located at the southernmost tip of Cabo San Lucas.

This area is well-known for its stunning scenery and mild weather, making it a popular tourist destination.

While you’re here, you can also visit the beautiful Lovers’ Beach nearby. Make sure to bring your swimsuit and sunscreen!

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► Swim with Whale Sharks from La Paz

December is also whale shark season but boat tours leave from La Paz.

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► Go on a sailing trip

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Enjoy a trip on a sailing boat tour enjoying the sea breeze while sipping your cocktail and eating a delicious locally made meal, snorkel, and admire the spectacular views of the Baja California coastline.

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► Take a day trip to Todos Santos and San José del Cabo

Todos Santos beach

Don’t limit yourself to just Cabo San Lucas while you’re in the area, especially not when there are excellent options like Todos Santos and San José del Cabo nearby.

Compared to Cabo San Lucas, these two locations, especially Todos Santos, offer a more laid-back atmosphere that’s more relaxing; that’s why San José del Cabo is very popular with couples who are looking for a more intimate retreat.

The best way to visit Todos Santos and other beautiful sites, such as La Paz and Cabo Pulmo is by Renting a Car so that you can cruise around Baja California Sur in your own peace. I recommend checking rates and availability on the Discover Cars platform where you can compare prices and book full car insurance.

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Tips For Visiting Cabo San Lucas in December

✔️ Check the weather forecasts: It is important to check the weather forecast before heading out so that you can dress appropriately and be prepared for any changes in the weather.

✔️ Pack both light and slightly warm clothes : December is actually one of the best times to visit Cabo , as the weather is still warm but not too hot. You’ll need to pack both light and slightly warm clothes though, as the temperature can get a bit chilly on some nights.

✔️ Remember to take sunscreen: While you’re packing your bags, remember to take sunscreen because the sun can be intense. While you’re outside, use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply it every two hours. Be aware that even on cloudy days, you can get sunburnt as the sun’s harmful rays can go through clouds.

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✔️ Carry an insulated water bottle: One of the best ways to stay hydrated while you’re out and adventuring is to carry an insulated water bottle with you. That way you also avoid adding plastic waste to the environment. You can easily get your bottle filled with filtered water at restaurants and your hotel.

✔️ Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path: The recommendations for events and things to do I’ve given here are just general suggestions. It’s important that you also try and explore the area to find out what you like. Cabo is extremely safe so you don’t need to worry about safety here. Make sure to explore the area and try new activities; that’s the fun of going to a new place, after all.

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Cabo San Lucas in December FAQs

Is cabo san lucas worth visiting in december.

Cabo San Lucas is a world-renowned tourist destination for its beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and vibrant nightlife.

December is one of the best months to visit Cabo San Lucas due to the mild weather and many activities that are available to its visitors.

So I’d say that Cabo is absolutely worth visiting in December!

Medano beach and Cabo San Lucas Mexico

What is the weather like in Cabo San Lucas?

The weather in Cabo is sunny and warm year-round, making it a popular destination for travelers, especially during the cold winter months.

However, some months are far better weather-wise when it comes to tourism.

The summer months have noticeably hotter temperatures, a higher humidity on average, and tons of rain.

During the wettest months, Cabo can have as many as 12-15 rainy days. That’s why winter months are much more popular with tourists and the high season occurs from December to April when the weather is perfect.

What is the best time to visit Cabo San Lucas?

There’s no one best time to visit Cabo. It all depends on your budget and what you want from your vacation.

If you want perfect weather with tons of activities and events, then you should visit from December till April.

During this time, you can also swim with whale sharks in Cabo, which is something I highly recommend.

Beach in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

However, be aware of two things if you plan on visiting during these months.

One, the prices for accommodations, travel, events, etc. will be considerably higher compared to low season. Two, Cabo will be quite crowded in these months.

If you’re on a budget and want to save money, you can visit from May through September. May and June are much better in my opinion because July through September sees a lot of rain and high humidity.

If you want the best of both worlds, December is your month. The weather will be perfect, and if you start booking early enough you might even be able to save some money.

Is Cabo San Lucas a safe place to visit?

Absolutely, yes! Cabo San Lucas is a very safe place. If you look at the crime statistics, it’s safer even than a lot of cities in the US.

As long as you follow some basic safety recommendations, there’s no reason to be concerned about safety in Cabo. I have a separate post covering safety recommendations in Cabo .

Do I need travel insurance?

Yep, you probably do! See below why and what?

Traveling to Cabo San Lucas in December – Final thoughts

The best time to visit Cabo San Lucas depends on your budget and what you want from your vacation.

But be aware of the fact that winter and spring are the most popular travel seasons in Los Cabos.

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Reissued after periodic review with general security updates, and the removal of obsolete COVID-19 page links.

Country Summary: Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside the state capital or major cities.

U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to restrictions on U.S. government employee travel. State-specific restrictions are included in the individual state advisories below. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber, and regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except daytime travel within Baja California and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Mexico.

Do Not Travel To:

  • Colima state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Guerrero state  due to  crime .
  • Michoacan state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Sinaloa state due to  crime  and  kidnapping
  • Tamaulipas state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping.
  • Zacatecas  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Baja California  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Chihuahua state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Durango state  due to  crime .
  • Guanajuato state  due to  crime and kidnapping .
  • Jalisco state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Morelos state  due to  crime .
  • Sonora state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .

Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:

  • Aguascalientes  state due to  crime .
  • Baja California Sur state  due to  crime .
  • Chiapas state  due to  crime .
  • Coahuila state  due to  crime .
  • Hidalgo state  due to  crime .
  • Mexico City  due to  crime .
  • Mexico State  due to  crime .
  • Nayarit state  due to  crime.
  • Nuevo Leon  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Oaxaca state  due to  crime .
  • Puebla state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Queretaro state  due to  crime .
  • Quintana Roo state  due to  crime .
  • San Luis Potosi state  due to  crime and kidnapping .
  • Tabasco state  due to  crime .
  • Tlaxcala state due to  crime .
  • Veracruz state  due to  crime .

Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To:

  • Campeche state
  • Yucatan state

Visit our website for  Travel to High-Risk Areas .

If you decide to travel to Mexico:

  • Keep traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text it to a friend.
  • Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
  • Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Mexico.
  • Mariners planning travel to Mexico should check for U.S. maritime  advisories  and  alerts , which include instructions on reporting suspicious activities and attacks to Mexican naval authorities.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your travel. 

Aguascalientes state – Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution due to crime.

Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Aguascalientes state.

Baja California state – Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping.

Transnational criminal organizations compete in the border area to establish narco-trafficking and human smuggling routes. Violent crime and gang activity are common. Travelers should remain on main highways and avoid remote locations. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides in the non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted; however, criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

U.S. government employees must adhere to the noted restrictions:

  • Mexicali Valley:  U.S. government employees should avoid the Mexicali Valley due to the heightened possibility of violence between rival cartel factions.  The boundaries of the restricted area are: to the east, the Baja California/Arizona and Baja California/Sonora borders; to the south, from La Ventana (on Highway 5) due east to the Colorado River; to the west, Highway 5; and to the north, Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas/Highway 92/Highway 1 to Carretera Aeropuerto, from the intersection of Highway 1 and Carretera Aeropuerto due north to the Baja California/California border, and from that point eastward along the Baja California/California border.
  • Travelers may use Highways 2 and 2D to transit between Mexicali, Los Algodones, and San Luis Rio Colorado during daylight hours. Travelers may also use Highways 1 and 8 to transit to and from the Mexicali Airport during daylight hours.  Travel on Highway 5 is permissible during daylight hours.

There are no other travel restrictions for U.S. government employees in Baja California state. These include high-traffic tourism areas of border and coastal communities, such as  Tijuana ,  Ensenada , and  Rosarito .

Baja California Sur state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur state.

Campeche state – Exercise Normal Precautions

Exercise normal precautions.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Campeche state.

Chiapas state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Chiapas state.

Chihuahua state – Reconsider Travel

Violent crime and gang activity are common. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Battles for territory between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees, including restaurants and malls during daylight hours. Bystanders have been injured or killed in shooting incidents. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

U.S. government employee travel is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:

  • Ciudad Juarez:  U.S. government employees may travel to the area of Ciudad Juarez bounded to the east by Bulevar Independencia; to the south by De los Montes Urales/Avenida Manuel J Clouthier/Carretera de Juárez; to the west by Via Juan Gabriel/Avenida de los Insurgentes/Calle Miguel Ahumada/Francisco Javier Mina/Melchor Ocampo; and to the north by the U.S.-Mexico border.  Direct travel to the Ciudad Juarez airport (officially called the Abraham González International Airport) and the factories located along Bulevar Independencia and Las Torres is permitted.  Travel to San Jerónimo is permitted only through the United States via the Santa Teresa U.S. Port of Entry; travel via Anapra is prohibited.

U.S. government employees may only travel from Ciudad Juarez to the city of Chihuahua during daylight hours via Federal Highway 45, with stops permitted only at the Guardia Nacional División Caminos station, the Umbral del Milenio overlook area, the border inspection station at KM 35, and the shops and restaurants on Federal Highway 45 in the city of Ahumada.

  • U.S. government employees may travel between Ciudad Juarez and Ascension via Highway 2.
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes Area (including Nuevo Casas Grandes, Casas Grandes, Mata Ortiz, Colonia Juárez, Colonia LeBaron, Paquimé and San Buenaventura):  U.S. government employees may travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area during daylight hours via Mexico Federal Highway 2, and subsequently Federal Highway 10, to Nuevo Casas Grandes.  Employees are permitted to stay overnight in the cities of Nuevo Casas Grandes and Casas Grandes only.
  • City of Chihuahua:  U.S. government employees may travel at any time to the area of the city of Chihuahua bounded to the north by Avenida Transformación; to the east by Avenida Tecnológico/Manuel Gómez Morín/Highway 16/Blvd.José Fuentes Mares; to the west by the city boundary; and to the south by Periférico Francisco R. Almada.
  • U.S. government employees may travel on Highways 45, 16, and 45D through the city of Chihuahua and to the Chihuahua airport (officially called the General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport). 
  • U.S. government employees may travel to Santa Eulalia to the east of the city of Chihuahua, as well as to Juan Aldama via Highway 16 to the northeast.
  • U.S. government employees may travel south of the city of Chihuahua on Highway 45 to the southern boundary of Parral, including each town directly connected to Highway 45, including Lázaro Cárdenas, Pedro Meoqui, Santa Cruz de Rosales, Delicias, Camargo, Ciudad Jiménez, and Parral itself.
  • U.S. government employees may only travel on official business from the city of Chihuahua on Highway 16 to Ciudad Cuauhtémoc bounded by Highway 21 to the north and east, Highway 5 to the west, and Bulevar Jorge Castillo Cabrera to the south. 
  • Ojinaga:  U.S. government employees must travel to Ojinaga via U.S. Highway 67 and enter through the U.S. Port of Entry in Presidio, Texas.
  • Palomas:  U.S. government employees may travel to Palomas via U.S. highways through the U.S. Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico, or via Highway 2 in Mexico.

U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Chihuahua, including  Copper Canyon .

Coahuila state – Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime and gang activity occur in parts of Coahuila state. 

U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:

  • Zaragoza, Morelos, Allende, Nava, Jimenez, Villa Union, Guerrero, and Hidalgo municipalities : U.S. government employees may not travel to these municipalities.
  • Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña:  U.S. government employees must travel directly from the United States and observe a curfew from midnight to 6:00 a.m. in both cities.

There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Coahuila state.

Colima state – Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.  

Violent crime and gang activity are widespread. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.  

Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with noted restrictions: 

  • Manzanillo:   U.S. government employee travel is limited to the tourist and port areas of Manzanillo.  
  • Employees traveling to Manzanillo from Guadalajara must use Federal Toll Road 54D during daylight hours.  

U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Colima state. 

Durango state – Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel due to crime.

Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Durango state.

  • West and south of Federal Highway 45:  U.S. government employees may not travel to this region of Durango state.

There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Durango state.

Guanajuato state – Reconsider Travel

Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state.  Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

  • Areas south of Federal Highway 45D:  U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.

There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Guanajuato state, which includes tourist areas in:  San Miguel de Allende ,  Guanajuato City , and  surrounding areas.

Guerrero state – Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime.

Crime and violence are widespread. Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping in previous years.

Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following area with the noted restrictions:

  • Taxco:  U.S. government employees must use Federal Highway 95D, which passes through Cuernavaca, Morelos, and stay within downtown tourist areas of Taxco. Employees may visit Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park during the day with a licensed tour operator.

U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Guerrero, including to tourist areas in  Acapulco ,  Zihuatanejo , and  Ixtapa .

Hidalgo state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Hidalgo state.

Jalisco state – Reconsider Travel

Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Jalisco state. In Guadalajara, territorial battles between criminal groups take place in tourist areas. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed innocent bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

  • Jalisco-Michoacan border and Federal Highway 110:  U.S. government employees may not travel to the area between Federal Highway 110 and the Jalisco-Michoacan border, nor travel on Federal Highway 110 between Tuxpan, Jalisco, and the Michoacan border.
  • Federal Highway 80:  U.S. government employees may not travel on Federal Highway 80 south of Cocula.

There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Jalisco state which includes tourist areas in:  Guadalajara Metropolitan Area ,  Puerto Vallarta (including neighboring Riviera Nayarit) ,  Chapala , and  Ajijic .

Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution

Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico City. Use additional caution, particularly at night, outside of the frequented tourist areas where police and security patrol more routinely. Petty crime occurs frequently in both tourist and non-tourist areas.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico City.

Mexico State (Estado de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution

Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico State. Use additional caution in areas outside of the frequented tourist areas, although petty crime occurs frequently in tourist areas as well.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico State.

Michoacan state – Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.

Crime and violence are widespread in Michoacan state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:

  • Federal Highway 15D:   U.S. government employees may travel on Federal Highway 15D to transit the state between Mexico City and Guadalajara.
  • Morelia:  U.S. government employees may travel by air and by land using Federal Highways 43 or 48D from Federal Highway 15D.
  • Lazaro Cardenas:  U.S. government employees must travel by air only and limit activities to the city center or port areas.

U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Michoacan, including the portions of the  Monarch Butterfly Reserve  located in Michoacan.

Morelos state – Reconsider Travel

Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Morelos state.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Morelos state.

Nayarit state – Exercise Increased Caution

Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout Nayarit state.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Nayarit state.

Nuevo Leon state – Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping.

Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Nuevo Leon state.

Oaxaca state – Exercise Increased Caution

Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state.

U.S. travelers are reminded that U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:

  • Isthmus region:  U.S. government employees may not travel to the area of Oaxaca bounded by Federal Highway 185D to the west, Federal Highway 190 to the north, and the Oaxaca-Chiapas border to the east.  This includes the cities of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz, and San Blas Atempa.  
  • Federal Highway 200 northwest of Pinotepa:  U.S. government employees may not use Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and the Oaxaca-Guerrero border.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees to other parts of Oaxaca state, which include tourist areas in:  Oaxaca City ,  Monte Alban ,  Puerto Escondido,  and  Huatulco .

Puebla state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Puebla state.

Queretaro state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Queretaro state.

Quintana Roo state – Exercise Increased Caution

Criminal activity and violence may occur in any location, at any time, including in popular tourist destinations.  Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations. 

While not directed at tourists, shootings between rival gangs have injured innocent bystanders.  Additionally, U.S. citizens have been the victims of both non-violent and violent crimes in tourist and non-tourist areas.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state. However, personnel are advised to exercise increased situational awareness after dark in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, and to remain in well-lit pedestrian streets and tourist zones.

San Luis Potosi state – Exercise Increased Caution

Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state.  U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in San Luis Potosi state.

Sinaloa state – Do Not Travel

Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based in and operating in Sinaloa. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

  • Mazatlan:  U.S. government employees may travel to Mazatlan by air or sea only, are limited to the Zona Dorada and historic town center, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport and sea terminal.
  • Los Mochis and Topolobampo:  U.S. government employees may travel to Los Mochis and Topolobampo by air or sea only, are restricted to the city and the port, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport.

U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Sinaloa state.

Sonora state – Reconsider Travel

Sonora is a key location used by the international drug trade and human trafficking networks. Violent crime is widespread. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping. Travelers should maintain a heightened level of awareness of their surroundings in all their travels in Sonora.  Security incidents may occur in any area of Sonora.

  • Travel between Hermosillo and Nogales:  U.S. government employees may travel between the U.S. Ports of Entry in Nogales and Hermosillo during daylight hours via Federal Highway 15 only. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures. Travelers should exercise caution and avoid unnecessary stops as security incidents, including sporadic, armed carjackings, and shootings have been reported along this highway during daylight hours. Travelers should have a full tank of gas and inform friends or family members of their planned travel.
  • Nogales:  U.S. government employees may not travel in the triangular area north of Avenida Tecnologico, west of Bulevar Luis Donaldo Colosio (Periferico), nor east of Federal Highway 15D (Corredor Fiscal). U.S. government employees also may not travel in the residential and business areas to east of the railroad tracks along Plutarco Elias Calle (HWY 15) and Calle Ruiz Cortino, including the business area around the Morley pedestrian gate port-of-entry. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Nogales due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.  
  • Puerto Peñasco:  U.S. government employees may travel between Puerto Peñasco and the Lukeville-Sonoyta U.S. Port of Entry during daylight hours via Federal Highway 8 only. They may not travel on any other route to Puerto Peñasco. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Puerto Peñasco. due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
  • Triangular region near Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry:  U.S. government employees may not travel into or through the triangular region west of the Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry, east of Sonoyta, and north of Altar municipality.
  • San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea, and Agua Prieta : U.S. government employees may travel directly from the nearest U.S. Port of Entry to San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea (via Douglas Port of Entry), and Agua Prieta, but may not go beyond the city limits. Travel is limited to daylight hours only. Travel between Nogales and Cananea via Imuris is not permitted. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these cities due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
  • Eastern and southern Sonora (including San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos):  U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora east of Federal Highway 17, the road between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, and State Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16. U.S. government employees may travel to San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos; travel to Alamos is only permitted by air and within city limits.  U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora south of Federal Highway 16 and east of Federal Highway 15 (south of Hermosillo), as well as all points south of Guaymas, including Empalme, Guaymas, Obregon, and Navojoa.  U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these areas due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.

U.S. government employees may travel to other parts of Sonora state in compliance with the above restrictions, including tourist areas in: Hermosillo , Bahia de Kino , and Puerto Penasco .

Tabasco state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tabasco state.

Tamaulipas state – Do Not Travel

Organized crime activity – including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault – is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers and demanding ransom payments.

Heavily armed members of criminal groups often patrol areas of the state and operate with impunity particularly along the border region from Reynosa to Nuevo Laredo.  In these areas, local law enforcement has limited capacity to respond to incidents of crime. Law enforcement capacity is greater in the tri-city area of Tampico, Ciudad Madero, and Altamira, which has a lower rate of violent criminal activity compared to the rest of the state.

U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

  • Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo:  U.S. government employees may only travel within a limited radius around and between the U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, their homes, the respective U.S. Ports of Entry, and limited downtown sites, subject to an overnight curfew.
  • Overland travel in Tamaulipas:  U.S. government employees may not travel between cities in Tamaulipas using interior Mexican highways. Travel between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey is limited to Federal Highway 85D during daylight hours with prior authorization.

U.S. government employees may not travel to other parts of Tamaulipas state.

Tlaxcala state – Exercise Increased Caution

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tlaxcala state.

Veracruz state – Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime and gang activity occur with increasing frequency in Veracruz, particularly in the center and south near Cordoba and Coatzacoalcos. While most gang-related violence is targeted, violence perpetrated by criminal organizations can affect bystanders. Impromptu roadblocks requiring payment to pass are common.

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Veracruz state.

Yucatan state – Exercise Normal Precautions

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Yucatan state, which include tourist areas in:  Chichen Itza ,  Merida ,  Uxmal , and  Valladolid .

Zacatecas state – Do Not Travel

Violent crime, extortion, and gang activity are widespread in Zacatecas state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.

  • Zacatecas City : U.S. government employee travel is limited to Zacatecas City proper, and employees may not travel overland to Zacatecas City.
  • U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Zacatecas state.

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Quick Facts

Passport must be valid at time of entry

One page per stamp

Yes, if visiting for more than 180 days

See Travelers’ Health section

Embassies and Consulates

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO From Mexico: 800-681-9374 or 55-8526-2561 From the United States: 1-844-528-6611

U.S. Citizen Services Inquiries: Contact Form

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 305 Colonia Cuauhtémoc 06500 Ciudad de México

U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez

Paseo de la Victoria #3650 Fracc. Partido Senecú 32543 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara

Progreso 175 Colonia Americana 44160 Guadalajara, Jalisco

U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo

Monterey, Esqueda 141 El Centenario 83260 Hermosillo, Sonora

U.S. Consulate General Matamoros

Constitución No. 1 Colonia Jardín 87330 Matamoros, Tamaulipas

U.S. Consulate General Merida

Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31 Colonia Alcalá Martin 97050 Mérida, Yucatán

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey

Avenida Alfonso Reyes 150 Colonia Valle del Poniente 66196 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León

U.S. Consulate General Nogales

Calle San José s/n Fracc. Los Álamos 84065 Nogales, Sonora

U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo

Paseo Colon 1901 Colonia Madero 88260 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana

Paseo de las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay Delegación Centenario 22425 Tijuana, Baja California

Consular Agencies

Acapulco Hotel Continental Emporio Costera M. Alemán 121 – Office 14 39670 Acapulco, Guerrero Cancun

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo

Los Cabos Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular 23406 San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur

Playa Gaviotas 202, Local 10 Zona Dorada 82110 Mazatlán, Sinaloa

Oaxaca Macedonio Alcalá 407, Office 20 68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Piedras Negras Abasolo 211, Local 3, Centro 26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila

Playa del Carmen Plaza Progreso, Local 33 Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez-Chetumal, Mz. 293 Lt. 1. 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

Puerto Vallarta

Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros 85 Sur, Local L-7 63732 Nuevo Nayarit, Nayarit

San Miguel de Allende Plaza La Luciérnaga, Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala 165, Locales 4 y 5 Colonia La Luciérnaga 37745 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Destination Description

See the  State Department’s Fact Sheet on Mexico  for more information on U.S.-Mexico relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

A valid passport book is required to enter Mexico by air, and those attempting to enter at an airport with a U.S. passport card only may be denied admission.

Review the Mexican government’s most current  entry, exit, and visa requirements  ( Spanish only ) or visit the  Embassy of Mexico  in Washington, D.C., for more information.

For travelers entering Mexico by air only, Mexican immigration authorities implemented a process to replace the previous paper Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM with a Forma Migratoria Multiple Digital or FMMD.  The FMMD process is in place at all 66 international airports in Mexico.  Upon arrival at an airport, Mexican immigration authorities will determine a traveler’s authorized length of stay and either place a date stamp in the traveler’s passport or direct the traveler through a self-service electronic gate (E-Gate) that will generate a printed receipt with QR code. Air travelers who wish to download a record of their FMMD or find more information on the FMMD process may visit the National Migration Institute’s (INM) website .

Travelers entering Mexico by land should have a valid passport book or card.  If you enter Mexico by land and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles or 20 kilometers into Mexico), you must stop at an INM office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM), even if not explicitly directed to do so by Mexican officials.  INM may opt to allow tourists entry of up to 180 days without a visa or may limit authorized stays to shorter periods at their discretion; visitors should confirm the specific length of authorized stay written on the entry permit (FMM) or by the stamp in their passport. Mexican immigration authorities could ask you to present both your passport and entry permit if applicable at any point and may detain you while they review your immigration status if you are not carrying your passport and proof of legal status in Mexico, or if you have overstayed your authorized stay. Immigration check points are common in the interior of Mexico, including in popular tourist areas far from the border.  

You will also need a temporary vehicle import permit to bring a U.S.-registered vehicle beyond the border zone. These permits are processed through Banjercito and require a deposit that will be refunded once the vehicle leaves Mexico.  For more information, visit the  Banjercito  website ( Spanish only ).

Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora have a “hassle-free” zone that allows cars traveling without an entry permit or car registration within the zone. 

Mexican authorities can impound a vehicle that enters the country without a valid U.S. registration, a vehicle driven by a Mexican national who is not resident in the United States, or a vehicle found beyond the border zone without the temporary import permit.

Mexican law permits Mexican immigration authorities to deny foreigners entry into Mexico if they have been charged with or convicted of a serious crime in Mexico or elsewhere.

Travelers bringing in goods beyond their personal effects worth $300.00 or more must declare those goods with Mexican customs (SAT) Mexican customs  ( Spanish only ) or risk having them confiscated. This also applies to used goods or clothing, including items for donation. U.S. citizens driving such items into Mexico without declaring them or without sufficient funds to pay duty fees are subject to having their vehicle seized by Mexican customs authorities. For further information about customs regulations, please read our  customs information page .

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents in Mexico.

A parent or legal guardian departing Mexico with minor children should carry a notarized consent letter from the other parent if traveling separately. INM requires at least one parent to complete a  SAM  ( Formato de Salida de Menores, Spanish only ) for all Mexican or foreign minors with Temporary Resident, Temporary Student Resident, or Permanent Resident status departing Mexico alone or with a third party.  Further information about the  prevention of international parental child abduction  is available on our website.

Find information on dual nationality , and customs regulations on our websites. Both Mexico and the United States allow dual nationality.

Safety and Security

Travelers are urged to review the  Mexico Travel Advisory  for information about safety and security concerns affecting the country on a state-by-state basis.

U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Mexico should not expect public health and safety standards like those in the United States. Even where such standards exist, enforcement varies by location. Travelers should mitigate the risk of illness or injury by taking standard health and safety precautions.

The phone number to report emergencies in Mexico is “911.”  Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.

Crime:  Crime in Mexico occurs at a high rate and can be violent, from random street crime to cartel-related attacks. Over the past year, Mission Mexico has assisted U.S. citizens who were victims of armed robbery, carjacking, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, pick-pocketing, and sexual assault. Increased levels of cartel-related violence have resulted in territorial disputes and targeted killings, injuring or killing innocent bystanders. Travelers who find themselves in an active shooter scenario should flee in the opposite direction, if possible, or drop to the ground, preferably behind a hard barrier.

Drivers on roads and highways may encounter government checkpoints, which often include National Guard or military personnel. State and local police also set up checkpoints in and around cities and along the highways to deter criminal activity and enforce traffic laws. In some parts of Mexico, criminal organizations and other non-governmental actors have been known to erect unauthorized checkpoints and have abducted or threatened violence against those who fail to stop and/or pay a “toll.” When approaching a checkpoint, regardless of whether it is official, cooperate and avoid any actions that may appear suspicious or aggressive.

While Mexican authorities endeavor to safeguard the country’s major resort areas and tourist destinations, those areas have not been immune to the types of violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico. In some areas of Mexico, response time of local police is often slow. In addition, filing police reports can be time consuming. See our  Mexico Travel Advisory  for more information.

Demonstrations  occur frequently.  They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.  Protesters in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major thoroughfares, or take control of toll booths on highways.  Travelers who encounter protesters who demand unofficial tolls are generally allowed to pass upon payment.  U.S. citizens should avoid participating in demonstrations or other activities that might be deemed political by authorities, as Mexican law prohibits political activities by foreign citizens and such actions may result in detention or deportation.

  • Demonstrations can be unpredictable, avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.  
  • Past demonstrations have turned violent.
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.  

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.  

Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Mexico. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:   

  • Romance/Online dating 
  • Money transfers 
  • Lucrative sales 
  • Grandparent/Relative targeting 
  • Free Trip/Luggage 
  • Inheritance notices 
  • Bank overpayments 

Mexico’s consumer protection agency,  PROFECO  (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor, Spanish only), can sometimes  provide assistance  (Spanish only) to victims of such scams. In addition, there have been allegations of banking fraud perpetrated by private bankers against U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens who believe they have been victims of fraud can file a police report  file a complaint  (Spanish only) with the Mexican banking regulatory agency, CONDUSEF  (Comision Nacional para la Proteccion y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros, Spanish only), or consult with an attorney.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate for assistance.  Report emergencies to the local police at 911, report crimes already committed to the Ministerio Publico, and contact the Embassy or Consulate at +52-55-85262561.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

U.S. citizen victims of crime should contact the local authorities to file a Mexican police report before departing Mexico. In most instances, victims of crime will file reports with the Ministerio Publico (equivalent to the office of public prosecutor or district attorney in the United States) and not with police first responders. U.S. citizens should also inform the  U.S. Embassy or nearest consulat e . 

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .    We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care,
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police,
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent,
  • provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion, 
  • provide a list of local attorneys,
  • provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States ,
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution,
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home,
  • replace a stolen or lost passport.

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the  U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate  for assistance.

Kidnapping:  Mexico experiences very high rates of kidnapping.  If you believe you or your U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) relative has been kidnapped, please contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately.

Robbery:  Mexico experiences robberies, typically in cities, in which abductors force victims to use their debit or credit card to withdraw money from ATMs in exchange for their release. Perpetrators commonly work in cooperation with, or pose as, taxi drivers. To minimize the risk of such robberies:

  • Only use a reputable taxi company or a trusted ride-sharing app.
  • Book taxis through your hotel or an authorized taxi stand.

Extortion:  Extortion schemes are common in Mexico.  In a typical scheme known as a virtual kidnapping, criminals convince family members that a relative has been abducted, when, in fact, the person is safe but unreachable.  The purported abductors will often use threats to persuade victims to isolate themselves, making communication with family members less likely.  Unable to reach their loved ones, family members often consent to paying the “ransom” demand.  Criminals use various means to gather information about potential victims, including monitoring social media sites, eavesdropping on conversations, or using information taken from a stolen cell phone.  Some of these extortions have been conducted from Mexican prisons.  You can reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of extortion through the following:

  • Do not discuss travel plans, your room number, or any other personal information within earshot of strangers.
  • Do not divulge personal business details to strangers in person or over the phone, especially when using hotel phones.
  • If you are threatened on the phone, hang up immediately.

Sexual Assault:  Rape and sexual assault are serious problems in some resort areas. Many of these incidents occur at night or during the early morning hours, in hotel rooms, on hotel grounds, or on deserted beaches. In some cases, assailants drug the drinks of victims before assaulting them. Pay attention to your surroundings and to who might have handled your drink.

Credit/Debit Card “Skimming:”  There have been instances of fraudulent charges or withdrawals from accounts due to “skimmed” cards. If you choose to use credit or debit cards, you should regularly check your account to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions. Travelers should limit the amount of cash they carry in public, exercise caution when withdrawing cash from ATMs, and avoid ATMs located in isolated or unlit areas.

Alcohol:  If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill. There have been reports of individuals falling ill or blacking out after consuming unregulated alcohol. The Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk,  COFEPRIS  ( Comision Federal para la Proteccion contra Riesgos Sanitarios, Spanish only ), is responsible for inspecting hotels, restaurants, and other establishments for health violations, including reports of unregulated alcohol. Please email COFEPRIS at  [email protected]  for more information or if you wish to file a report. You can file a report online (Spanish only) via the COFEPRIS website, by calling the COFEPRIS call center at 800 033 50 50 (from Mexico) or +52 (55) 5080-5425 (from the United States), or by scheduling an appointment  (Spanish only)  to visit a COFEPRIS office.

There have also been instances of criminals drugging drinks to rob or sexually assault victims. Additionally, if you feel you have been the victim of unregulated alcohol or another serious health violation, you should notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate . You may also contact the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries).

Drug Smuggling:  Mexican criminal organizations are engaged in a violent struggle to control trafficking routes. Criminal organizations smuggling drugs into the United States have targeted unsuspecting individuals who regularly cross the border. Frequent border crossers are advised to vary their routes and travel times and to closely monitor their vehicles to avoid being targeted.

Tourism:  In major cities and resort areas, the tourism industry is generally well-regulated.  Best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced.  Hazardous areas and activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country.  Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and/or provide life-saving assistance.  In smaller towns and areas less commonly frequented by foreign tourists, the tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in or near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Since 2016, Mexico has opened seven multilingual Centers for the Care and Protection of Tourists (CAPTA) and Tourist Assistance Centers (CATTAC) in Los Cabos, La Paz, Acapulco, Playa del Carmen, Mazatlan, Ciudad Madero, and Queretaro. These offices have proven helpful assisting U.S. citizen visitors in resolving disputes with merchants and government entities, filing criminal reports, securing needed services, and locating special needs accommodations. 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

The Mexican government is required by international law to contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate promptly when a U.S. citizen is arrested if the arrestee so requests.  This requirement does not apply to dual nationals.  

Firearms and Other Weapons:  Weapons laws in Mexico vary by state, but it is generally illegal for travelers to carry weapons of any kind including firearms, knives, daggers, brass knuckles, as well as ammunition (even used shells). Illegal firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico is a major concern, and the Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against taking any firearm or ammunition into Mexico. If you are caught entering Mexico with any type of weapon, including firearms or ammunitions, you likely will face severe penalties, including prison time. U.S.-issued permits allowing an individual to carry weapons are not valid in Mexico.  Visit the Department’s  Traveling Abroad with Firearms webpage .

Vessels entering Mexican waters with firearms or ammunition on board must have a permit previously issued by a Mexican embassy or consulate.

Drugs:  Drug possession and use, including medical marijuana, is illegal in Mexico and may result in a lengthy jail sentence or fines.  

Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping Devices):  It is illegal for travelers to bring electronic cigarettes (vaping devices) and all vaping solutions to Mexico. Customs will confiscate vaping devices and solutions and travelers could be fined or arrested. Avoid delays and possible sanctions by not taking these items to Mexico. 

Real Estate and Time Shares:  U.S. citizens should exercise caution when considering time-share investments or purchasing real estate and be aware of the aggressive tactics used by some sales representatives. Before initiating a real estate purchase or time-share investment, U.S. citizens should consult with a Mexican attorney to learn about important regulations and laws that govern real estate property.

Mountain Climbing and Hiking:  The Mexican government has declared the area around the Popocatepetl and the Colima volcanoes off limits. In remote rural areas, there can be limited cell phone coverage and internet connectivity, and it may be difficult for rescue teams and local authorities to reach climbers and hikers in distress.

Potential for Natural Disasters:  Mexico is in an active earthquake zone. Tsunamis may occur following significant earthquakes. Please visit our  disaster and crisis preparedness  webpage for more information. For additional information concerning disasters, see:

  • U.S. Embassy Mexico City website
  • Civil Protection  ( Proteccion Civil, Spanish only ) provides information from the Mexican Government about natural disaster preparedness
  • U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  provides general information about natural disaster preparedness
  • U.S. Geological Survey  provides updates on recent seismic and volcanic activity

Storm Season:  Tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico or along the Caribbean and Pacific Coast between May and November can produce heavy winds and rain. Please visit our disaster and crisis preparedness  webpage for more information.

Spring Break:  Millions of U.S. citizens visit Mexican beach resorts each year, especially during “ spring break ” season. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. See the “Alcohol” section above to learn more about the risks associated with drinking, as well as reports of illnesses associated with the possible consumption of unregulated alcohol.

Resort Areas and Water Activities:  Beaches in Mexico may be dangerous due to strong currents, rip tides, and rogue waves. Warning notices and flags on beaches should be taken seriously. Not all hazardous beaches are clearly marked. If black or red warning flags are up, do not enter the water. Strong currents can lead to dangerous conditions for even the most experienced swimmers. U.S. citizens simply walking along the shore or wading have been swept out to sea by rogue waves, and some citizens have drowned or disappeared at Mexican beaches. Avoid the consumption of alcohol while engaging in water activities and do not swim alone. 

Boats used for excursions may not be covered by accident insurance and sometimes lack adequate life jackets, radios, and tools to make repairs.  Participation in adventure sports may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards.  Visit  our website  and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about adventure travel.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also be subject to fines or forced to relinquish the goods if you bring them back to the United States. See the  U.S. Department of Justice website  for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or on the organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Intersex (LGBTQI+) events in Mexico. However, due to sporadic reports of violence targeting LGBTQI+ individuals, U.S. citizens should exercise discretion in identifying themselves publicly as LGBTQI+. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and Section 6 of the  Department of State’s Human Rights Report for Mexico  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:   Mexican law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities.  Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States.  The most common types of accessibility may include accessible facilities, information, and communication/access to services/ease of movement or access.  Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in more rural and remote parts of the country, and more common in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in major cities.  U.S. citizens with disabilities should consult individual hotels and service providers in advance of travel to ensure they are accessible.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  There were several reports of sexual assault or domestic violence involving U.S. citizen women over the past year. See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Excellent health facilities are available in Mexico City and other major cities. Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi to a health provider. Mexican facilities often require payment “up front” before providing medical care, and most hospitals in Mexico do not accept U.S. health insurance. A list of doctors and hospitals is available on the U.S. Embassy or consulate website.

U.S. citizens have lodged complaints against some private hospitals in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos to include exorbitant prices and inflexible collection measures.  Travelers should obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care in these locations.  Be aware that some resorts have exclusive agreements with medical providers and ambulance services, which may limit your choices in seeking emergency medical attention.  Some hospitals in tourist centers utilize sliding scales, deciding on rates for services based on negotiation and on the patient’s perceived ability to pay.  In some instances, providers have been known to determine the limits of a patient’s credit card or insurance, quickly reach that amount in services rendered, and subsequently discharge the patient or transfer them to a public hospital.

Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  website for information on Medical Tourism.

For emergency services in Mexico, dial  911 .  Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.

Ambulance services are: 

  • widely available in major cities but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards,
  • not present in many remote and rural areas of the country,   
  • not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.  
  • Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.  

We do not pay medical bills:  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.  Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.  

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See  our webpage  for more information on insurance coverage overseas. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas. 

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation as well.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.  Check the Mexican government’s Drug Schedule to ensure the medication is legal in Mexico. 

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information :

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC)

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals .  We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic. 

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery: 

  • U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery.   
  • Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations.  Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on Medical Tourism.  
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.  
  • Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Mexico.  Several foreigners have successfully enlisted the support of  PROFECO  (Spanish only) in order to resolve disputes over medical services.
  • Although Mexico has many elective/cosmetic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies widely.  If you plan to undergo surgery in Mexico, make sure that emergency medical facilities are available and professionals are accredited and qualified.  

Pharmaceuticals

  • Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas.  Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls.  Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients.  Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.  
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency reports counterfeit prescription pills are sold by criminals on both sides of the border. These pills are sometimes represented as OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax, and others, and may contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico along the border and in tourist areas.  U.S. citizens have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States.  Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States.  Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States.  Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.   
  • Visit the  Mexican Health Department  website (Spanish only) or contact the  Embassy of Mexico  in Washington, D.C., for more information about obtaining a permit to import medicine into Mexico.
  • For a list of controlled substances in Mexico, visit the  COFEPRIS  website (Spanish only) and the  Mexican Drug Schedule  (Spanish only). U.S. citizens should carry a copy of their prescription or doctor’s letter, but it is still possible that they may be subject to arrest for arriving in Mexico with substances on these lists. Note that a medicine considered “over the counter” in some U.S. states may be a controlled substance in Mexico. For example, pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Sudafed, is considered a controlled substance in Mexico. For more information, contact the  Embassy of Mexico  in Washington, D.C.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy  

  • If you are considering traveling to Mexico to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page . 
  • Surrogacy is legal for foreigners in most of Mexico, in some states surrogacy is either not legal or is not governed by regulation. 
  • If you decide to pursue parenthood in Mexico via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship. 
  • Make sure you understand Mexican law, which can vary from state to state and is ambiguous in its treatment of non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents. Mexican courts, for example, may fail to enforce surrogacy agreements between non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents and gestational mothers.
  • Gestational mothers are normally treated as the child’s legal parent with full parental rights in most states. The gestational mother’s name is typically listed on the Mexican state-issued birth certificate.  In Mexico City, the intended parents may be listed on the Mexican birth certificate if they can demonstrate a valid surrogacy agreement was in place regarding the child’s birth.
  • Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution.  Mexican authorities have made arrests stemming from surrogacy cases.

Carbon Monoxide

  • Many hotels and other lodgings are not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, even if they contain sources of this potentially lethal gas. U.S. citizens have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning throughout Mexico. If your lodging is not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, consider traveling with a portable one.

Water Quality: 

  • In many areas in Mexico, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks might be made using tap water.

Altitude: 

  • Many cities in Mexico, such as Mexico City, are at high altitude, which can lead to altitude illness. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about  Travel to High Altitudes .

Adventure Travel

  • Participation in adventure sports and activities may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards.  Visit  our website  and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website  for more information about adventure travel.

General Health

The following diseases are prevalent:

  • Typhoid Fever
  • Travelers’ Diarrhea
  • Chikungunya
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Parasitic Infections
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Mexico.   

Air Quality

  • Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in Mexico. Consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary.

For further health information, go to:

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

  Private Residential Treatment Facilities: 

  • These facilities provide care to U.S. citizens throughout Mexico and include child behavior modification facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living centers. 
  • There is a wide range in standards for education, safety, health, sanitation, immigration, and residency.  Staff licensing may not be strictly enforced or meet the standards of similar facilities in the United States.  
  • The State Department has received reports of abuse, negligence, or mismanagement at some of these facilities. U.S. citizens should exercise due diligence and do extensive research before selecting a residential treatment facility.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico. If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“ cuota ”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels ( Spanish only ), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico.  Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.

Avoid driving on Mexican highways at night. Travel with a charged and functional cell phone capable of making calls in Mexico. Travelers should exercise caution at all times and should use toll (“ cuota ”) roads rather than the less secure free (“ libre ”) roads whenever possible. Do not hitchhike or accept rides from or offer rides to strangers anywhere in Mexico. Travelers encountering police or security checkpoints should comply with instructions.

Road conditions and maintenance across Mexico vary with many road surfaces needing repair. Travel in rural areas poses additional risks to include spotty cell phone coverage and delays in receiving roadside or medical assistance.

Vehicular traffic in Mexico City is subject to restriction Monday through Saturday, according to the license plate number, in order to reduce air pollution. For additional information, refer to the  Hoy No Circula website  ( Spanish only ) maintained by the Mexico City government. See our  Road Safety Page  for more information.  Also, visit  Mexico’s national tourist office website , MexOnline, and Mexico’s customs website  Importacion Temporal de Vehiculos  ( Spanish only ) for more information regarding travel and transportation.

Traffic Laws:   U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico. Mexican law requires that only owners drive their vehicles or that the owner be inside the vehicle. Failing to abide by this law may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.

Mexican citizens who are not also U.S. citizens or LPRs may not operate U.S.-registered vehicles in Mexico. Mexican insurance is required for all vehicles, including rental vehicles. Drivers involved in accidents, even minor incidents, may be subject to arrest if they are found to be driving without proper insurance, regardless of whether they were at fault. Driving under the influence of alcohol, using a mobile device while driving, and driving through a yellow light are all illegal in Mexico.

If you drive your vehicle into Mexico beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles into Mexico), you must apply for a temporary vehicle import permit with Mexican customs, Banjercito , or at some Mexican consulates in the United States. The permit requires the presentation of a valid passport and a monetary deposit that will be returned to you upon leaving Mexico before the expiration of the permit. Failing to apply for a temporary vehicle import permit may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle. 

Vehicles crossing into Mexico must have a valid license plate and registration sticker. Mexican authorities will often refuse to admit vehicles with temporary or paper license plates. Vehicles with expired registration or unauthorized plates will likely be confiscated and the operator could be charged with a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.

The Mission Mexico Vehicle Recovery Unit  assists with the return of stolen U.S. vehicles recovered by Mexican authorities.

If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“cuota”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels (Spanish only), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico.  Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.

Public Transportation/Taxis:  Security on public buses varies throughout the country but is considered a relatively safe transportation option in Mexico City and other major tourist centers. Passengers should protect their personal possessions at all times as theft is common. Intercity bus travel should be conducted during daylight hours in preferably first-class buses using toll roads.

Robberies and assaults on passengers in taxis not affiliated with a taxi stand (known as “libre” taxis) are common. Avoid taking any taxi not summoned by telephone or contacted in advance, including “libre” taxis. When in need of a taxi, telephone a radio taxi or “sitio” (regulated taxi stand) and ask the dispatcher for the driver’s name and the taxi’s license plate number. Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another safe alternative to taxis. Official complaints against Uber and other drivers do occur, however, and past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Mexico’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Mexico should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts .  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .

If you enter by sea, review the Mexican boating permit requirements  prior to travel or contact the  Embassy of Mexico  in Washington, D.C., for more information.

Maritime Safety Oversight:  The Mexican maritime industry, including charter fishing and recreational vessels, is subject solely to Mexican safety regulations.  Travelers should be aware that Mexican equipment and vessels may not meet U.S. safety standards or be covered by any accident insurance.

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Mexico . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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Amazing aerial view of Tulum Beach, in the Caribbean Ocean, near Cancun, Mexico

Travel warning issued for Mexico ahead of spring break

The U.S. is encouraging travelers to be aware during the holiday season

Spring break is fast approaching and throngs of visitors are planning vacations in Mexico, a popular spot for rowdy spring break celebrations. In advance of the holiday, the U.S. has issued a travel warning for Mexico to encourage travelers to be safe and aware.

The advisory , issued by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico, does not warn of a specific threat, it serves as a reminder to spring breakers to be smart and aware to avoid crime and other issues in the country.

The embassy warns that “crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations.” The warning calls out popular destinations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, “especially after dark.”

Visitors are reminded that drug possession and use—including medical marijuana—is illegal in Mexico, and that they should be aware of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and unregulated alcohol that may be contaminated. The warning includes other safety tips like limiting the amount of cash you carry, avoiding rip tides when swimming and information about enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts, notify people at home of your plans and make it easier to find you in case of emergency.

Different regions of Mexico are classified under different warning levels by the State Department. Travelers can “exercise normal precautions” when visiting the Campeche and Yucatan states, while visitors to destinations like Baja California Sur, Mexico City and Quintana Roo should “exercise increased caution.” The State Department encourages travelers to reconsider visiting the state of Jalisco, due to widespread crime and kidnapping.

View the full advisory here and find other travel warnings on the State Department website .

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What The U.S. Travel Warning About Mexico Means For Spring Breakers

T he United States Embassy & Consulates in Mexico are warning U.S. springbreakers to be careful during upcoming travels to the country. The message, shared on the consulate’s website, said that thousands of U.S. travelers have safe visits to Mexico , but mentioned several areas of concern to “consider” when planning upcoming travel to or around Mexico. The list of concerns included drugs, crime, unregulated alcohol, sexual assault, and counterfeit medications, among others. 

According to the message, spring breakers are encouraged to exercise caution around drug use and drug possession due to many substances being illegal in Mexico, the “lengthy” jail sentences associated with them, and previous instances of travelers becoming ill or even dying from synthetic and prescription drugs. Regarding pharmaceutical use, it said, “counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients.”

Violent Crime Concerns

Crime, including rape, sexual assault, and other violent crimes can occur anywhere, including resorts and tourist areas. The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico advise spring breakers to “maintain a high level of situational awareness” and avoid areas that could be dangerous, particularly in hot spots like downtown Cancun or downtown Playa Del Carmen and Tulum after dark.

Unregulated alcohol could also be contaminated and result in injury or loss of consciousness. Other areas to note included the illegality of guns and ammunition, drunk and disorderly behavior that can result in arrest, and the potential for drowning at Mexico’s beaches due to rip tide and “strong undercurrents.”

Planning for Spring Break Travels to Mexico

The Feb. 27 message listed several actions to take in preparation:

  • Read the Mexico travel advisory and country information page
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • Drink responsibly
  • Travel in groups
  • Keep loved ones in the U.S. aware of your movements and itinerary throughout the trip
  • Download the “Guest Assist” app (if traveling to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel, or other areas in Quintana Roo)
  • Purchase travel insurance with coverage in Mexico
  • Report suspected unregulated or contaminated alcohol to the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) by calling +52 01-8—033-5050, online, or visiting a COFEPRIS office

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Mexico Travel Warnings to Be Aware of Ahead of Spring Break

Safety and awareness is particularly at the forefront as travelers head out for vacation.

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Even though spring break is in full force, the State Department is warning travelers against heading to the popular destination of Mexico.

The State Department's current travel warnings to several states in Mexico, advise travelers to flat out avoid certain places due to crime and kidnapping and to exercise increased caution when going to more than a dozen more. The warnings have been issued for some of the most popular states, like Quintana Roo where Cancun is located and Baja California Sur where Los Cabos is.

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While warnings around travel to Mexico isn't unheard of, awareness is particularly at the forefront as four Americans on a road trip were caught up in a drug cartel shootout last week resulting in two of the travelers dying and two being kidnapped before being rescued, The Associated Press reported . The Americans were fired upon shortly after they crossed into the border city of Matamoros on Friday, which sits just south of Brownsville, Texas.

Following the shooting, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico issued an alert instructing government employees to avoid the area and reminding “U.S. citizens that Tamaulipas is classified as Level 4: Do Not Travel in the State Department’s travel advisory for Mexico.”

The State Department has issued some kind of warning for most states in the country, but said travelers can “exercise normal precautions when traveling to” the Campeche state and the Yucatan state , where the famous Chichén Itzá ruins are found.

This isn’t the first warning the State Department has issued against travel in Mexico this year. In January, the department warned tourists against taking app-based transportation services like Uber in Quintana Roo amid a rash of incidents that resulted in American travelers getting hurt.

What are the 4 levels of travel advisory? What to know about spring break trips to Mexico

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The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Mexico issued a spring break travel advisory on Feb. 26.

Violent crime is widespread and common in Mexico , according to the U.S. State Department . Crimes such as carjacking, homicide, kidnapping and robbery are prevalent.

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According to the spring break travel advisory , there is list of safety concerns to consider:

  • Arrests: Drunk and disorderly behavior, public urination, and open alcohol containers in vehicles are illegal in Mexico.  If you break Mexican law, you can be arrested.
  • Crime:  Crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations. See the  Mexico Travel Advisory   for specific information for each Mexican state. U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark.
  • Drowning: Some beaches have strong undercurrents and rip tides. Beaches may lack lifeguards, warnings, or signs of unsafe conditions.
  • Drugs: Drug possession and use, including medical marijuana, is illegal in Mexico and may result in a lengthy jail sentence. U.S. citizens have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.
  • Guns and Ammunition:  All guns and even small amounts of ammunition are illegal in Mexico.  Firearms and other weapons violations may result in lengthy jail time.
  • Immigration:   Violating the terms of your stay in Mexico can result in steep fines and detention.
  • Medical Emergencies: An illness or accident could result in the need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico. Private hospital prices can be higher than those in the United States. Many facilities require payment (sometimes only in cash) either before providing treatment or before discharging a patient.
  • Pharmaceuticals:  Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients.  Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
  • Sexual Assault: U.S. citizens have been victims of rape and sexual assault. Perpetrators may target inebriated or isolated individuals or may employ drugs that alter the victim’s physical or mental state.
  • Unregulated Alcohol: Unregulated alcohol may be contaminated, and U.S. citizens have reported losing consciousness or becoming injured after consuming alcohol that was possibly tainted.

Mexico spring break travel advisory 2024

According to the spring break travel advisory , there is a list of actions travelers should take:

  • Avoid strong currents and do not swim after drinking or when warning flags note unsafe conditions.
  • Be aware of your safety and protect your personal possessions when using public transportation. Use radio taxis or those from “sitio” taxi stands. Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another relatively safe alternative to taxis.
  • Call 911 in an emergency. Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.
  • Consider downloading the “Guest Assist” application on your smart phone if traveling to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel, or other areas in the state of Quintana Roo. The Mexican government provides information on emergency services and assistance for tourists via the app and their  website .
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.
  • Drink responsibly and always watch your drink. If you begin to feel ill, seek medical attention immediately. Report cases of suspected unregulated or contaminated alcohol to the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) by  filing a report online   at the COFEPRIS website, call the COFEPRIS call center at +52 01-8—033-5050, or visit a COFEPRIS office.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program   to receive up-to-date information on safety conditions in Mexico and to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.
  • Keep friends and family at home informed of your travel plans, especially if traveling alone.
  • Keep your passport and entry permit (FMM), if applicable, in a safe place. Confirm the date you must depart Mexico.
  • Know your drinking companions and stay in a group of friends who have your safety in mind when you are in clubs and bars, walking in dimly lit areas, or in a taxi at night. Obey Mexican law and remember Mexican laws may differ from U.S. laws.
  • Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage in Mexico, or purchase travel insurance that covers you in Mexico. Seek coverage that includes medical evacuation.  Confirm costs of medical treatment in advance, when possible.
  • Read the  Mexico Travel Advisory  and  Country Information Page  for details on travel throughout Mexico, including entry requirements.
  • Regularly monitor your credit or debit card accounts to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions. Limit the amount of cash you carry in public, exercise caution when withdrawing cash, and avoid ATMs in isolated or unlit areas.
  • See our  advice for cruise passengers  , particularly those with underlying health conditions.

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings for Mexico

Here are the travel warnins from the U.S. State Department :

Do Not Travel To In Mexico

  • Colima state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Guerrero state  due to  crime .
  • Michoacan state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Sinaloa state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping
  • Tamaulipas state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping.
  • Zacatecas  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .

Reconsider Travel To in Mexico:

  • Baja California  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Chihuahua state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Durango state  due to  crime .
  • Guanajuato state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Jalisco state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Morelos state  due to  crime .
  • Sonora state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .

Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To in Mexico

  • Aguascalientes  state due to  crime .
  • Baja California Sur state  due to  crime .
  • Chiapas state  due to  crime .
  • Coahuila state  due to  crime .
  • Hidalgo state  due to  crime .
  • Mexico City  due to  crime .
  • Mexico State  due to  crime .
  • Nayarit state  due to  crime.
  • Nuevo Leon  state due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Oaxaca state  due to  crime .
  • Puebla state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Queretaro state  due to  crime .
  • Quintana Roo state  due to  crime .
  • San Luis Potosi state  due to  crime  and  kidnapping .
  • Tabasco state  due to  crime .
  • Tlaxcala state  due to  crime .
  • Veracruz state  due to  crime .

Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To In Mexico

  • Campeche state
  • Yucatan state

Is Cancun safe in Mexico?

The Quintana Roo state − where Cancun is located − is under a Level 2 travel advisory, warning travelers to exercise increased caution due to crime.

According to the State Department, criminal activity and violence may occur at any time in any location, including in popular tourist spots. Maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations. 

Travel advisory tips for Mexico trips

According to the State Department, consider these things when traveling to Mexico:

If you decide to travel to Mexico:

  • Keep traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text it to a friend.
  • Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
  • Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Mexico.
  • Mariners planning travel to Mexico should check for U.S. maritime  advisories  and  alerts , which include instructions on reporting suspicious activities and attacks to Mexican naval authorities.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the  CDC page  for the latest travel health information related to your travel. 

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What are the 4 levels of travel advisory?

Here are the four levels of travel advisory , according to the U.S. State Department:

Travel Advisory Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions

  • This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.

Travel Advisory Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution

  • Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Departments of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.

Travel Advisory Level 3 - Reconsider Travel

  • Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.

Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel  

  • This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.

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What countries have a Level 4 travel warning?

  • Afghanistan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • North Korea
  • South Sudan

What countries have a Level 3 travel warning?

  • El Salvador
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Papau New Guinea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Trinidad & Tobago

Travel advisory tips for high-risk areas

The State Department recommends three websites for information on travel safety tips :

  • Bureau of Consular Affairs  
  • The Overseas Security Advisory Council  
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation

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What Tennessee's spring break travelers should know about Mexico amid travel warning

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The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico has issued a travel warning for travelers ahead of the 2024 spring break season.

Posted on Feb. 26, the statement highlighted various safety threats including crime, drugs and unregulated alcohol. The embassy and consulates encouraged travelers to stay informed and travel smart. While the vast majority of people travel safely, visitors should consider taking safety precautions when planning their vacation or traveling in Mexico, they said.

While many Tennesseans are spending their spring breaks in the sunshine state of Florida, international travel is also up. According to AAA travel, 30% more Americans are flying internationally.

"Crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations.  Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations," said the advisory. "U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark."

The advisory also warned of drowning as some beaches have strong undercurrents and rip tides. Some beaches may lack lifeguards, warnings or signs of unsafe conditions. Illnesses or accidents could result in needing medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico with private hospital visits being more costly than in the United States in some instances.

Looking to spend spring break in Mexico? The U.S. Embassy and Consulates recommends the following.

How to stay safe while in Mexico during spring break

  • Keep friends and family at home informed of your travel plans, especially if traveling alone.
  • Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage in Mexico, or purchase travel insurance that covers you in Mexico.  Seek coverage that includes medical evacuation and confirm costs of medical treatment in advance, when possible.
  • Avoid strong currents and do not swim after drinking or when warning flags note unsafe conditions.
  • Know your drinking companions and stay in a group of friends who have your safety in mind when you are in clubs and bars, walking in dimly lit areas or in a taxi at night.  Obey Mexican law and remember Mexican laws may differ from U.S. laws.
  • Regularly monitor your credit or debit card accounts to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions.  Limit the amount of cash you carry in public, exercise caution when withdrawing cash and avoid ATMs in isolated or unlit areas.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program   to receive up-to-date information on safety conditions in Mexico and to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

To read the advisory in full or to see the U.S. Embassy and Consulates' full list of safety tips, visit mx.usembassy.gov.

Diana Leyva covers trending news and service for The Tennessean. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter at @_leyvadiana

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Hotel boutique hacienda del gobernador colima.

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To my wonderful guests, I would highly recommend staying at this beautiful hotel which is the first Boutique Hotel in the center of Colima, my hometown. If I were going to choose any place to give you a chance to experience a taste of why this City is my favorite place in the world, it's here! You will be right in Downtown near tons of incredible restaurants and an alley full of vendors, souvenirs, churros and so much more!

Distance from:

Church - 2.0 miles. 10 min drive

Wedding Venue - 4.0 miles, 15 min drive

Cross Border Xpress

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Cross Border Xpress is a convenient pedestrian bridge connecting the Tijuana airport to a terminal in San Diego, allowing you to bypass long border wait times.

You can purchase your CBX roundtrip crossing tickets ahead of time via the Volaris website while booking your flights or in person the day of travel.

Reserved parking at CBX offers secure and convenient parking for travelers.

Volaris Carga Tijuana

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We would recommend flying from Tijuana to Colima Friday, Dec 6th and returning Monday, Dec 9th.

Please plan in advance to take advantage of the great sales with roundtrip flights as low as $430.

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