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Mexico Travel Guide

Mexico embodies the spirit of a true ‘fiesta’, and nowhere else in the world knows how to party with the same gusto as this Latin American nation. Eating your way through flavoursome cuisine, sipping tequila and taking in the colourful traditions are just some of the many unforgettable experiences to be found in every corner of Mexico. You just have to get there to see for yourself.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    December to April

    Over the months of December to April is when Mexico receives a greater number of visitors escaping the cold temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, and these are the driest months. During the first week of January is when coastal towns will be particularly busy, as many locals travel during this time. For nature enthusiasts, this is the season for when migratory birds make their journey along Mexico’s Pacific coast and you may also spot whales between February to March. While you’re there, embrace the spirit of Festival de México in March, another one of the biggest celebrations in Mexico.

  2. Low Season

    May to July


    Travellers planning a visit to Mexico anytime between May to July should be aware that this is when hurricanes are most likely to strike on the Gulf and Pacific coasts. While hurricanes are not guaranteed, most parts of Mexico will be subject to increased rainfall. As for climate during the low season, in some parts of Mexico the temperatures soar to average highs of  35°C in some parts, but if you’re not averted to searing heart, you can capitalise on cheaper accommodation across the country.

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FAQs about Mexico

  • Do you tip in Mexico?

    A tip (called a propina in Mexico), is the best way to show your gratitude for good service or quality food. It is recommended that you leave 10-20% of the total cost of the bill for meals. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    You will have no issues logging on to the internet in Mexico. WiFi hotspots are widely available across Mexico, and even in some of the country's more rural areas and are available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free. 
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    As a general rule, it is best to stick to bottled water in Mexico as the water is not completely safe to drink.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Mexico, and most ATMs will accept your Visa or MasterCard. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Aside from Christmas, Good Friday and New Year’s Day, public holidays in Mexico include Constitution Day on the first Monday in February, Benito Juárez's birthday on the third Monday in March and Independence Day on September 16. Expect some disruptions during Day of the Dead celebrations.
  • Is Mexico safe for travellers?

    Yes,  Mexico is generally safe and with so many visitors that travel to Mexico each year means there is a wide network of friendly backpacking hostels or social guesthouses. However, some areas are prone to violence. Travel in a group to avoid trouble.
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