Wondering when’s the best time to visit Mexico City? Stop wondering—it’s right now! Seriously, there are no bad times to travel to Mexico City. But each season does offer something different in terms of weather, holidays, and food. We’ll break it all down for you below.
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The weather in Mexico City is one of its biggest draws. You’ll find temperatures in the high sixties to low eighties all year round (basically: perfect). May is the warmest month of the year, and most travelers aim to visit Mexico City between March and May to take advantage of the hot weather.
Even though it’s warm, Mexico City’s high elevation (roughly 7,400 feet) does mean it can get chilly at night—so layers are the name of the game. Here’s how the weather averages break down by season:
Just remember: these are just averages, and the city’s humidity varies widely. The best advice: chat with a local before you start packing. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your vacation only to find out that you’ve wildly mispacked. Trust us on this one.
The rainy season in Mexico City lasts from June until November—and it’s actually a great time to visit! Since the rain usually hits in the afternoon or evenings, there’s still plenty of time in the morning to get outside. With 150+ museums to choose from (not to mention plenty of mezcal bars), even rain can’t dampen the day. Local trip planners can point you in the direction of the best off-the-beaten-path activities for a rainy afternoon.
Pro tip: The rainy season is when flights and hotels are at their cheapest. And speaking of which…
If you’re looking for a good flight to Mexico City, the rainy season may be your best friend.
Flights and hotels are at their *cheapest* during the rainy season and the chillier-but-drier winter months. Plus, the city is a lot less crowded with travelers at these times.
For the festival-curious, Mexico City travel is fantastic all year round. There are a TON of public holidays and celebrations. From Día de los Muertos in November to Mexican Independence Day in March, there’s always something going on. Most celebrations center in Zocalo, Mexico City’s famed square, but each neighborhood does something spectacular. Talk to a Mexico City local before you plan your trip to make sure you don’t miss out on all the phenomenal revelry. Some of the best fiestas:
No matter where you eat in Mexico City, it’s going to be delicious. Seasonal food is just a bonus! Christmas in Mexico City, for example, offers a ton of seasonal food specialties—from bacalao (fried salted cod) to pineapple upside down cake. But really, the list goes on.
There are also a ton of seasonal fruits and vegetables to try. In the summer you might see the unusual looking tuna fruit (basically a pear that grows on a cactus!). Or if you’re visiting after the rainy seasons you might see a lot more wild mushrooms in the farmer’s markets. Whatever you want to eat (or if you’re looking for recs), get some advice from a local travel expert on how to find it.
Mexico City offers a ton of classic dishes that you can find all year round. Some favorites include tacos al pastor, elote (grilled corn on the cob smothered in toppings), and tamales. Again… it’s Mexico City. It’s a culinary Mecca. We could go on forever.
There are a ton of great activities just outside the city limits. Whether you want to visit nearby towns or check out archeological sites, there’s no bad time of year to explore. During the rainy season, just plan on doing outdoor activities early to miss the afternoon and evening storms. Since the summer months can be hot, traveling to Mexico City between June and November is actually a great time to see outdoor sites like the Pyramids of Teotihuacan.
Some of the most frequent Mexico City FAQs concern safety. No matter what time of year you visit, Mexico City is safe—as long as you use the same precautions you’d use in any big city. Plus, locals can answer any questions about the best practices to keep secure.
Basically, there is no bad time to visit Mexico City. You’ll find great food, fantastic festivals, and warm weather year round. Questions? Send us a message! Or, get in touch with an in-country travel expert to help plan all of part of your trip (it’s like having your own best friend in Mexico City). And don’t forget to check out: