Mexico is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and has almost 10,000km of coastline. Travellers booking flights to Mexico will find it heaven for almost everybody – surfers, golfers, sun worshippers, party-goers and culture vultures.
Cozumel is consistently named the top dive destination in the Western world; La Paz boasts coral reefs and rocky beds; and the Yucatan Peninsula has “sand falls”, sunken vessels, and the cenotes, to mention just a few. Sport fishing is also a major attraction, and charter boats with expert crews can take you where the fish are.
Mexico has a seemingly endless variety of flora and is one of the five most biologically diverse nations. History buffs can explore archeological sites while Copper Canyon is popular with hikers.
In their celebrations, Mexicans excel. Carnaval (just before Lent) is celebrated with gusto as is Semana Santa (Holy Week before Easter). The Day of the Dead (November) is marked with great reverence while Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (12 December) honours Mexico’s national patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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Mexico City and the rest of Mexico’s higher, inland elevations are temperate and dry, but the coastal plains are hot and humid. Daytime temperatures range between 21 and 32 degrees. It’s hot and humid between May and October, especially on the coasts. During the rest of the year it cools down a bit. Some inland areas can even reach freezing temperatures in the winter.The rainy season lasts from May through September, with some slight variations in different areas. Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta see most of their rain between June and October; in Cancun it’s mid-September through mid-November. Rain usually falls more on the coast than the higher elevations. The hurricane season lasts from late September to early November in Puerto Vallarta and in from May through September in Cancun.
Southern-coast resorts are packed with tourists between July and September, especially since July and August are the peak holiday months for foreign visitors and native Mexicans. This is when the majority of tourists step off their Mexico flights. Semana Santa (the week before Easter) and Christmas week are also very busy.
Right after the rainy season is a good time to take flights to Mexico – smaller crowds, more reasonable prices, and the hills and mountains are green from the rain. However, it can still be very humid in Puerto Vallarta.
For getting around on your own, walking or renting a car or moped are popular options.
Mexico has more 20 airports, which makes getting from one part of the country to another easy. Domestic Mexico flights are cheap and reliable.
Mexican cities and resorts typically have public transport and taxis. Check before you go to find out what is best at your destination. For example: Cancun has a popular city-bus system. There are also private buses, but they charge far more than the city buses. Puerto Vallarta’s city buses are easy to use, inexpensive, and can take you to most locations. However, stay away from buses named Rambo, Terminator, etc. They don’t always stop for pedestrians, and they frequently have accidents that result in fatalities. In Cozumel getting to some of the hotels and the beaches requires transportation. Cozumel has a strong cabbies’ union and the fares are set (there’s no bargaining). Mexico City has an extensive public transportation system, lots of taxis, and a problem with crime.
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