From Day of the Dead carnivals to sun-kissed beaches, our biggest piece of Mexico travel advice is to book yourself a holiday to this exotic destination right now. Mexico is technically in the Caribbean, so you can expect a tropical climate with warm temperatures all year round. In the summer season, the thermometer hovers between the high-20s and the mid-30s.
April and May tend to be the hottest months of the year, right at the end of the dry season and at the start of the wet season. Don’t worry too much, though, the ‘wet’ season isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds, and even in winter, temperatures can rise to 28°C.
While Mexico enjoys lots of blue skies and sunshine, there’s also a chance of rain. Between June and October, you can expect a little more rain than the rest of the year, but it usually only lasts for one or two hours during the evening. It’s also worth noting that hurricanes can occur between July and October. However, they rarely make landfall in Mexico, and hotels are well prepared to deal with them.
What should I pack?
When it comes to packing your suitcase, it’s best to check the weather forecast before you head off on holiday. Plenty of cool and light clothes are a must. But, even though it’s almost always warm in Mexico, be sure to bring along a light jumper or jacket just in case; it can cool down in the evenings, and the climate tends to be cooler in high-altitude areas.
If you’re planning on hitting the beach or lounging around the pool, bring your swimwear and your sunglasses. Don’t forget your sun cream (and even a hat) to protect yourself from the sunshine. If you’re heading out on a walk or a hike, active clothing, good footwear and a waterproof backpack should see you right.
Do I need a passport?
You’ll need a passport to enter Mexico. Passports need to be valid for the entire length of your stay, but it doesn’t need to be valid for any particular period of time beyond this.
For more Mexico passport information and details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re travelling to Mexico as a tourist, there’s no need to apply for a visa. However, you’ll have to fill out an immigration form, which you’ll be given during your outbound flight. You must have this form with you when you enter Mexico.
You’ll also need to bring your immigration form with you when you leave the country. If you lose it, you can get a replacement at the immigration office located in any of Mexico’s international airports. However, the immigration form can cost 500 Mexican Pesos to replace, so make sure you keep yours safe for the duration of your trip.
For more Mexico visa information, and details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/entry-requirements.
Should I get travel health insurance?
It’s always advisable to have comprehensive travel and health insurance in place when you go on holiday. That way, you’ll be covered for overseas medical expenses if anything happens, such as emergency treatment and even evacuation back to the UK if necessary.
Make sure you check thoroughly what is and isn’t included in your policy beforehand, and that you’re covered for any activities you’ll be doing while you’re away.
Any other tips?
- Don’t lose your immigration form. You should be given one on your flight and you’ll need to hand it to the immigration officer when you enter. Be sure to hold onto this for the duration of your stay as you’ll be asked for it again when you’re flying home. If you lose it, you risk having to pay a hefty fine.
- In most places in Mexico, you put toilet paper in the bin rather than flushing it down the toilet. However, hotels and resorts tend to be the exception.
- Remember, the official currency in Mexico is Mexican Pesos and not US dollars. It’s possible to pay with dollars in most places, but it’s likely that you won’t get a very good exchange rate.
- For more information and Mexico travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/health.