Post contributed by Thomas Boyd
Mexico is an ideal summer vacation destination for most US citizens because it’s so close and is easy on your wallet. Have you ever considered visiting Mexico during the winter? Here are a few exciting reasons that you should consider Mexico as your next winter destination.
Getting There from the U.S.
Flights arrive and depart from several airports all across Mexico. Each destination has something unique to offer. You can also get there by boat or even simply by driving across the border. Of course, if you plan on taking your car, you have to make sure you have a Mexican Insurance policy, as your U.S. (as well as many other countries) insurance may not cover you while in Mexico. You can find out more about it here.
Mexico During the Winter Holidays
The holiday season in Mexico is a beautiful and magical time, and just the right occasion to experience all the traditional food, drinks and breathe in the lively, festive atmosphere spread throughout streets and squares. If you visit during December you can expect to see fireworks, live music, and dance, but if you want to experience something truly Mexican you should visit festivals, parades and fairs and all the other interesting stuff you can find just by going out.
Celebrations start around December 12th, which marks the Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe that spans all the way to February. There are at least 7 religious holidays in that period. Christmas is a time for family and loved ones, so you will find many businesses closed at that time.
The holiday mood culminates when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Welcoming a New Year in Mexico is a truly magical and heart-filling experience. Nothing compares to seeing all those people in the streets celebrating and having fun. It most certainly is a perfect opportunity to taste Christmas foods and see Mexican traditions in the most authentic and organic way possible.
If urban holiday activities and local traditions are not really your thing, Mexico offers a variety of other different activities you can try and places you can visit. Every year Acapulco, Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos located by the ocean are brimming with tourists and dedicated events are created just for them.
Weather and Beaches
The weather is much nicer down south at this time of the year, it is not as cold as you would expect. Winters are pretty mild if you compare them to the northern part of the USA or Canada. However, temperatures can sometimes still be low, especially during the night and early in the morning particularly in locations on higher altitudes like Mexico City. But overall be prepared for a pleasant and comfy winter.
Beaches are warm, nice and postcardesque with all sorts of fancy selfie opportunities for your Instagram followers to like and envy. Mexican beaches are a real eye candy and we encourage you to explore them by driving, either by your car, a car rental or with an affordable driver you can hire in the hotel you are staying at. We recommend exploring an enormous stretch of beautiful beaches that spread 50 miles north of the town of Todos Santos, untouched by tourists or everyday life.
Hospitality and kindness of the Mexican people also deserve to be mentioned here. All stereotypes about drug cartels and criminals are instantly dismissed as soon as you arrive and realize that the Mexicans are among the nicest and most welcoming people in the world.
Winter is a time when many animal species migrate across the border in search of the Sun and warmth. We recommend you visit Mexico during the whale watching the season from December to March, it is something you just can’t see every day and these majestic creatures are a sight to behold.
About the Author:
Thomas is an academic who is always looking to expand his knowledge. An avid reader and podcast listener, he believes that a day when you don’t learn anything new is a day wasted. He is interested in technology and sustainable energy, but his true passion and hobby is bookbinding and books in general.