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Weather and climate

Temperature: Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, though it gets cooler the further up north towards the US you go.

Best time to visit Mexico: Between November and April.

Weather in the coastal areas of Mexico is hot and dry between November and April, with temperatures blazing up to the mid-20s (°C) and without dropping below the 20s, even at night. The humidity level during these months is also quite high, but then drops around May time when the wet season begins (May to October).

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Mexico is best for...

Adventure lovers: A holiday to Mexico wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Xel-Ha Park. From courage-testing high dives, to safe and supervised snorkelling activities for young children, Xel-Ha Park gives you the chance to discover new activities and challenge yourself.

Party animals: Put on your party sombrero and experience Spring Break in Cancún. You’ll find everything from all-out raves and pool parties, to sophisticated shindigs and clubs with casinos.

History fans: Step back in time at Chichen Itza and explore the dramatic Mayan ruins. Pronounced ‘chee-chen eet-zah', this is one of the most spectacular and fascinating examples of Mayan architecture.

Fast facts

Language: There are more than 60 indigenous languages spoken around Mexico (including Mayan dialects), but Spanish is the language spoken most widely.

Currency: The currency used is Mexican Peso (Mex$).

Local time: Mexico is 5–8 hours behind GMT/UK time, depending on location. Cancun is 5 hours behind.

Fly to: Cancun International Airport. Transfers to the main resorts take just 25 minutes for Cancun or up to 2 hours for Playa del Carmen and Playacar.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Mexico is 10.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com.

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


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Getting around

By bus: Buses are the most comfortable and cost-effective way to get around. You can even take your pick of travel class, so why not go VIP with first-class reclining seats and a television, as well as drinks and snacks?

By train: For a special trip, hop on Mexico’s only train service, the El Chepe. This will take you on a tour around the magnificent Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Combre), which is even bigger and deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.


Day of the Dead: While some like to call it the Mexican Halloween, it’s actually a 3,000-year-old religious festival held (31 October to 02 November) in honour of celebrating life and mocking death. Fantastical parades, sugar skulls, and mystical altars make up an unforgettably atmospheric treat for the kids.

Spring Break concerts: From Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk to Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida, Cancún will treat you to performances by the biggest music names in the world (mid-February to mid-April). Look out for Inception Music Festival, which is 30 days and nights of sheer partying and supreme electronic dance music DJs.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Mexico, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/safety-and-security