Mexico weather in Summer
|Avg. temperature: 33°C / 91.4°F coast // 24°C / 75.2°F interior||Sun: 183 hours a month|
|Rain: 140.0 mm per month||Avg. Humidity: 63%|
Visiting Mexico in Summer
Mexico in summer is a great time to beat the tourist crowds and escape for a fun beach getaway. This is the time to see all facets of Mexico’s diverse and dynamic culture. Summer is prime time for sightseeing and festivals, water activities, wildlife watching, among many others. From Morelia, to Veracruz, to Guadalajara, You will get the true feeling of local life in Mexico without having to dig through tourist crowds to find it.
You can attend live shows and street performances during the San Pedro Fair, as well as bring your inner-crazy out during the Day of the Crazies in San Miguel de Allende. Immerse yourself in the Folklore of the indigenous population and the festivities, drinks and fare of this upbeat and extremely diverse country.
Summer is high season for the inland areas because they’re actually cooler than the coast. On the other hand, it’s hot rainy along the coast in places like the Riviera Maya. The “wet season” still only sees about 12 days of rain a month, and with fewer crowds, it’s still a great time to visit Tulum, Merida or Playa del Carmen! If you are worried about the rain, do not fret, since the rainy season usually just means a short shower in the late afternoon, which can actually be a welcome cool-off from a hot day. Evenings will tend to be balmy in the evenings as a result. In the Mexican Riviera and the Pacific Coast, it will be hot and humid, while the Mexican interior will be milder.
Things to do in Mexico in Summer
Day of the Saints
A short drive from the bustling city of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque is an attractive city of its own, with no shortage of natural wonders (Barranca de Oblatos, a breathtaking hiking trail) and an extremely quaint sleepy atmosphere. In mid-summer, however, the city wakes up in a grand display of religious celebration as the feast days St. Peter and St. Paul brings the city into a frenzy of music, dance, song and treats! In the Hidalgo Garden, every night, you will find an assortment of activities and live performances, as well as parades down Calle Indepencia with women dressed in traditional clothes dancing and paying tribute to their patron saint! This is a great opportunity to enjoy the festivities and be present in a day of cultural importance to the locals.
Up in the Yucatan Peninsula, you can take a trip to Merida or just an excursion from nearby Cancun. This city is an extremely unique city in Mexico that will be of great interest for architecture enthusiasts and photographers alike! You will find that Merida has the most diverse architecture in the entire country. The town has a heavy local Mayan influence, with Spanish Colonial buildings created by the local Mayan stones. What is most interesting though, is if you take a trip down Paseo de Montejo, you will see the echoes of French taste and the Parisian design. This is because Merida was one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the turn of the 20th Century. Wealthy expatriates from France and Europe as well as the Mexican elite would bring back designs to model the city to a more European taste. Paseo de Montejo was built to echo the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris and other streets will channel Dutch and Italian influences. This is truly a city not to be ignored.
If you’re in Mexico City, and you get caught up in the rain, a good escape is to visit the most iconic Frida Kahlo Museum! Located in Mexico City’s oldest neighbourhoods, you will get the privilege of getting to know Frida Kahlo in a very intimate way, as the famed Blue House, where she was born and where she died, has been made into a museum! The museum preserves her personal possessions and her most prized pieces! You will be able to get a sense of her private universe and the correlations of it in her art, her work and her views.
Illuminate your Insanity
In the city of San Miguel de Allende, the Festival of Fools, or Day of the Crazies descends upon this otherwise benign city. This is where everyone brings out their crazy side that we really all harbour within us. Madness ensues in the city with outfits, music, satire, jokes and pranks. It is the most anticipated event of the year in San Miguel de Allende as the madmen will carry out their parade at 9:00 AM, beginning at the Church of San Antonio and you will witness crowds throwing candies around and admire the creativity that everyone displays with people dressing up as someone on TV, a politician or a folkloric figure. This festival is unparalleled and completely unique to anywhere in Mexico, and people from all over Mexico and Central America attend to bring out their inner madness, so it is a must-go if you are in the area.
Best Places to Visit in Mexico in Summer
The second largest metropolitan area in the country, Guadalajara is packed with things to see and things to do. The cultural life in Guadalajara is unique, and is one of the most important cultural centres in the country. The government invests a vast amount of money into cultural campaigns and events and activities to enrich the cultural significance of the city and the rest of the region, with the University of Guadalajara bringing one of the biggest sponsors for major attractions and events that brings people from all over Mexico to enjoy.
The historical center hosts Spanish Colonial architecture, as it was a religious Roman Catholic and civil centre. What is worth noting about the city centre in Guadalajara is the influence of Southern Spain’s Mozarabic architecture as well as Italian architecture. You will not find a shortage of art galleries, libraries and concert halls in this city. The cathedral serving the archdiocese of Guadalajara dates back to the early Spanish Colonial period in the Sixteenth Century. Take a rest at the shaded plazas of the centre, or you can admire the neoclassical architecture of the Municipal Palace, built in 1774. Enjoy the Mariachi music as Guadalajara has been affectionately named the Mariachi capital of the world, the symbol of Western Mexico. Get a taste of the traditional foods of Guadalajara like Birria, a special meat dish cooked with the local maguey leaves. Best of all, try the famous Tequila which is only allowed to be produced in the state of Jalisco.
A short trip from Mexico City, lies the city of Morelia. A Spanish Colonial city in its truest form, this city has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. With no pre-colonial settlements in the area, Morelia was built from the ground up by Spanish Colonialists. All of Morelia’s best sites lie in its historical centre because the entire city is a historical centre! The original layout from when it was founded in 1541 has been preserved to perfection today. The wide streets and big plazas in the city with the grandest of structures looking over them. Admire the buildings made of pink cantera alone, with various architectural styles reflecting the trends of the passing eras. Admire the flora and fauna at the Orquidario of Morelia. This is an orchid museum that hosts over 3,000 species of the orchid flower. Revel at the historical beauty of the Morelia Aqueduct, which is still used to this day to supply the city with fresh water! If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, and experience a picturesque, European-style city, Morelia awaits you.
Off the beaten path, Veracruz has been promoting itself more and more as a tourist destination. The tree-shaded Zocalo, which once camped a number of foreign armies, is now camped morning to night by locals vending prepared food and drink, playing board games, playing music and dancing. A notable thing about the Zocalo is that every single night, the Danzon is danced. This is a traditional dance brought over by Cubans in the 19th Century. Veracruz houses many dance academies dedicated to keeping the dance alive. The Municipal Palace of Veracruz is the oldest government building in Mexico, with a lookout tower overlooking this prosperous portside town. Take a stroll down the Malecon, which is the oldest boardwalk in the country. The Malecon will open you up to the lively vending culture in the city with many foods, tchatchkis and seashells are sold. You can visit the Fort San Juan de Ulua just off the coast of Veracruz. This island was once a holy land for the god Tezcatlipoca, but eventually became one of the first landing sites in the Spanish Colonial era. For more of Mexican history, visit the Baluarte de Santiago, which is a very well-preserved Bastion. The city used to be walled in as the threat of pirates was imminent. At the Bastion, you can learn about the Mexican Inquisition and the Pirate culture that would hover over the heads of the Colonists. Veracruz’s legacy as one of the first places where modern governance was enforced attracts historians and tourists alike.
Accommodation in Mexico
If you are looking to visit Mexico in Summer, there is great news! There are barely any tourists that visit coastal regions during Summer in Mexico. Since there is the reputation of being the first month of the rainy season, they do not find that it actually rains a lot less than the rest of the season. This is the best time to enjoy a relaxed and a spaced out vacation, whether you want to hole up at the beach or take a journey into the interior. You will be sure to have an enjoyable vacation with you and your family, if they decide to join. With all this said, you can book whenever you please as you will be likely to run into a great hotel and airfare deals! The interior on the other hand can be quite crowded, so it’s best to book Mexico City well in advance.