The best time to visit the Yucatan


In the end, it’s up to you. We should start by noting that, as far as prices, crowds, and weather are concerned, the best time to visit is around November/early December, while the period between January and April is the most expensive.

As in the rest of the Caribbean, the weather doesn’t vary a whole lot on the Yucatan Peninsula, regardless of the season. Even in the winter, it’s usually over 77 degrees during the day, which explains the huge number of European and (especially) American tourists during these months. Summers are hot and humid, and the chance of rain is the greatest.

This is undoubtedly the biggest difference between the peak season and the offseason, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly! If you want to enjoy your stay without being constantly surrounded by other tourists, you would do well to come at a time when they won’t bother you too much. On the other hand, service is at its best during the peak season. Restaurant owners, hoteliers, and tour guides are highly motivated. Unfortunately, they also tend to raise their prices, which must be taken into account.

By contrast, the offseason is no doubt the best time to discover authentic Mexican culture. Except for Cancun, which is hopping 365 days a year, the rest of the peninsula is much quieter, and that can be a big plus. You can choose what you prefer: the crazy pace of the peak season or the relaxed atmosphere of the offseason.

Events and celebrations
Many people plan their Caribbean vacations around certain events. During the peak season, the major celebration is Revolution Day, which takes place on November 20. This gives you the chance to attend countless parades, concerts, speeches and more. In February, Carnival is another major event that has nothing in common with its modern European counterparts.

In late May, jazz fans can treat themselves to the Cancun Jazz Festival. Mexican Independence Day and Columbus Day also take place in the offseason.
No matter what the season, there is always a celebration somewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. You can choose whatever suits you best!