Mexico weather in February
|Avg. temperature: 22.9°C / 73.2°F||Sun: 7 hrs per day (sunshine) / 11.5 hrs per day (daylight)|
|Rain: 51 mm per month||Avg. Humidity: 78%|
Visiting Mexico in February
If you’re thinking about visiting Mexico in February, the weather is likely to be one of the most important factors. With year-round pleasant weather, February is no exception as Mexico’s temperature in February averages at 22.9°C / 73.2°F making it a great escape from the Northern Hemisphere’s wicked winters.
There’ll be plenty of sunshine and very little rain as February falls in the heart of Mexico’s dry season. It’s also high tourist season, though, so make sure to plan ahead to get the best deals on travel and accommodation before flights and hotels become fully booked.
From adrenaline and adventure to rest and relaxation, there is something for everyone in February in Mexico. Take a look at our guides for the top activities.
Best Places to Visit in Mexico in February
Sun, sea and surf on the Yucatan Peninsula
Cancun is the most-visited destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but there are plenty more places to see along this luscious coastline.
For beautiful beaches, Tulum offers gorgeous white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. The beaches here are less-trodden than the typical tourist spots in neighboring Cancun and the town is becoming a favorite with celebrities for its tranquil tropical jungle surroundings and stunning scenery. The weather here is near-perfect in February so it’s a great time to soak up the sun in peaceful surroundings.
Playa del Carmen is at the heart of the Riviera Maya and is a great base for exploring all the coast has to offer. Visit the nearby cenotes – underground swimming holes – such as Cenote Cristalino, a natural swimming hole surrounded by lush jungle, or Cenote Chaak Tun, with a spiral staircase descending into its depths where you can observe stalactites and other cave formations in this natural wonder.
Playa del Carmen is at the heart of the Riviera Maya and is a great base for exploring all the coast has to offer. It has adventure activities, water sports and plenty of other activities on offer and is a really popular tourist destination. If you prefer to relax, Playa del Carmen also has numerous beaches perfect for a restful day on the sand.
Carnival celebrations on the Pacific Coast’s Mazatlan
The Mazatlan carnival is an annual 6-day event leading up to the start of lent each February. The third largest carnival in the world, this event is not to be missed if you’re visiting Mexico in February!
Mazatlan is a port city on the Pacific Coast, and with sunny beaches and a historic downtown area it is the perfect combination of relaxing and cultural. Each year it plays host to the carnival which attracts over a million visitors, who come to engage with the local culture and tradition during this vibrant festival.
Expect big bands, loud music and live performances, plenty of dancing and flamboyant costumes throughout this elaborate and extravagant parade. There’ll be drinking and dancing, socialising and singing and plenty of excitement to keep you entertained!
Things to do in Mexico in February
Visit the Riviera Maya’s cenotes
Near Playa del Carmen, there are plenty of cenotes – underground swimming holes – that are well worth a visit for the chance to explore some of the natural wonders the Mexican landscape has to offer.
Some of the best include Cenote Cristalino, a natural swimming hole surrounded by lush jungle, or Cenote Chaak Tun, with a spiral staircase descending into its depths where you can observe stalactites and other cave formations in this natural wonder.
Parasail in paradise in Cancun
For adrenaline junkies there are plenty of water sports on offer throughout the country, and if you’re visiting Mexico in February the weather will be perfect to get out on the ocean for an enthralling activity. If you choose to parasail you’ll experience the feeling of flight as you get a birds eye view of Caribbean sea, the surrounding resorts and gorgeous tropical islands off the shores of Cancun.
If this is a little much for your taste, there are plenty of other activities on offer; jet-skiing, surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking are amongst those on offer!
Watch the whales in Puerto Vallarta
Whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta runs from mid-December to March, so February is prime time to spot the giant humpbacks that migrate to the Bay of Banderas to give birth and mate. There are plenty of tours on offer, but we recommend doing some research and travelling where possible in a smaller vessel that holds a maximum of 10-15 people. These are less intrusive and you’ll have the opportunity to get a lot closer to these majestic mammals. Plus, it;s bound to be a more authentic experience!
Hotels in Mexico in February
If you’re visiting Mexico in February it’s the height of the tourist season, so you’ll want to plan your trip in advance to secure the best deals.
It’s the American spring break in February, so we recommend doing some research and avoiding those dates to stay away from the crowds and parties and experience a more authentic Mexican vacation, particularly in the coastal resort regions. You’ll likely get more value for money on your hotel stay, too, as the prices tend to increase in line with popular holidays.
Look out for special offers such as ‘stay for 5 nights, pay for 4’ or food and drinks packages at the large resorts!