As someone who lives outside Chicago, IL --definitely cold and snowy during the winter --- I'm always dreaming of warm sandy beaches and turquoise waters!!
If that is the case, follow along with me as I explore traveling to Mexico; when you're comfortable with travel, you'll totally be ready for a relaxing stress free getaway!!!
CURATED TIP: Some countries require that your passport remain valid for three or even six months past the duration of your stay. I recommend starting the renewal process 6 months prior to expiration to allow time for processing delays.
Best time to visit?
Weather tends to be warm to hot throughout the year in Mexico making it a great year-round beach destination. January tends to be Mexico's high season for visitors who want to flee the cold and snowy weather of their home towns for some fun in the sun. I personally had a great experience traveling there during the month of January. The weather was perfection and the beaches were not over crowded. February is another great time of the year to visit for travelers looking to escape the cold (I say this as I'm looking out the window and watching snow come down!)
As mentioned, there is never really a bad time to visit Mexico however if you are hoping to avoid the crowds you may want to avoid Spring break season. Summers tend to be hot and humid but perfect for a relaxing dip in the pool or splash in the sea.
CURATED TIP: Currently, Mexico does not require a COVID test prior to your visit or upon arrival. Always check current travel requirements a few days prior to departure.
Things to do
If your vacation dream is to lay on the beach and do nothing, you can absolutely do that here. However, if you are looking to incorporate some exciting excursions into your vacation I have some great suggestions for you. Here is just a taste of what Mexico has to offer.
Xcaret- Here you'll find an amazing ecological park where you can get close to nature and wildlife. I love the butterfly garden and aviary located within Xcaret. You can also explore tide pools, float through an underground river, snorkel and. more! You'll also get a good taste of Mexican culture here through several exhibits as well as an amazing nighttime show you can experience.
Xel-Ha-This is an all inclusive park where you can relax and reconnect with nature. You'll find snorkeling, river floating, cenotes, water slides, zip line and ropes games, hiking paths and much more!
Xplore - If you're looking for adventure this is the place! Here you'll be able to experience Two circuits with seven zip-lines each (2.4 mi total distance), which include the tallest in Riviera Maya. Amphibious vehicle to drive through the jungle and flooded caves. Paddling with special hand paddles along an underground river. Stalactite River Swim inside ancient caves and spelunking hike. These are just a few of the included activities.
Chichen Itza - is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. In fact, it is. one of the 7 wonders of the world! Here you can experience a taste of Mayan history. It is worth the trip.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving - many vendors offer snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. If you want to swim with sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish this a great opportunity to do this.
Tulum Ruins - The ruins are situated on 39 ft tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. It is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites and therefore very popular with tourists.
CURATED TIP: You can make planning easy by booking your excursions and transportation with your travel advisor. Just ask for more details on how we can help curate your vacation experience.
The best of ALL worlds?!?!
If you would love to visit Mexico, but want to see a bit more of the area -- another fun possibility would be a cruise!! So many cruise lines offer amazing itineraries!!!
What dream do you see in your future--- adult only All Inclusive -- family friendly resort -- all encompassing cruise -- let me know how I can help :)
Monica Clark, your