How to Spend Summer in Mexico

Mexico is often celebrated as a winter escape, but savvy travelers know its summer allure is just as captivating. In this article, we’re sharing why Mexico shines in the off-season, from lower rates to vibrant nature and seasonal wildlife. Expect insights on what to love about summer here, what to know before traveling and our favorite summer travel ideas to make your Mexican getaway unforgettable.  

 

Why Mexico in Summer?

The summer months offer a wealth of perks for seasoned travelers. Take advantage of promotions and offers at some of our favorite hotels – everyone loves a deal! Enjoy a complimentary fifth night at Andaz Mayakoba, free nights, 30% off, and thousands of USD in resort credits at One&Only Mandarina, and special rates with breakfast at Chablé Yucatán, Chablé Maroma, and Casa Chablé 

With fewer visitors during the off-season, you’ll have less competition for these resorts’ dreamy facilities, like Mandarina’s spa set in a volcanic rock garden with a hydrotherapy circuit overlooking the jungle, a round of golf at Andaz Mayakoba’s legendary Camaleón PGA course, or secluded yoga sessions by Chablé Yucatán’s mystical on-site cenote.  

Aside from special offers, rates generally tend to be lower in Mexico over the summer, so you can enjoy the same luxurious hospitality for less than during high season. 

Fewer guests also mean fewer crowds at popular sites, allowing you to explore museums, art galleries, archaeological sites, and markets with ease.  

Embracing off-season travel aligns with our responsible approach to luxury travel, as it helps mitigate over-tourism and protect the destinations we all cherish. 

Chable Yucatan Wellness and Yoga at Cenote

Andaz Mayakoba golf

 

What About the Rainy Season?

Hurricane season, from July to October, tends to affect Mexico’s coastal destinations like the Riviera Maya, Pacific Coast, and Los Cabos. Historically, Los Cabos sees most of its rainfall towards the end of the season. In the Riviera Maya and cities like Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita, expect near-daily evening rain, especially from July to October. While Mother Nature is unpredictable, this has been the trend in recent years. If you’re comfortable with some rain and humidity, you’ll experience a side of Mexico that few get to see—wild, lush, and green, with spectacular lightning shows. It’s a chance to connect with the power of nature, feel the relief when rain breaks through the humidity, and enjoy the earthy aromas after a purifying downpour. 

For those concerned about the sargassum phenomena that has affected Caribbean beaches in recent years, we’ve got everything you need to know sargassum seaweed in Mexico here, plus a list of gorgeous Mexican beach destinations that are seaweed-free

view of shoreline at one and only mandarina
 
treetop restaurant one and only mandarina

 

Wildlife Encounters

Summer is a season of extraordinary natural encounters with some of Mexico’s water dwellers. From swimming alongside gentle whale sharks to participating in sea turtle hatchling releases, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring experiences awaiting travelers. 

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico is a remarkable adventure, best enjoyed from July to August when these majestic creatures gather off the Riviera Maya coast. Due to strict capacity limits, it’s essential to book this adventure well in advance to secure your spot.  

In addition to whale sharks, Mexico’s coastlines come alive during sea turtle nesting season. From Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, to Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, and along the Mexican Caribbean’s beaches like Tulum, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen, travelers have the chance to witness these ancient creatures laying their eggs. Participating in a sea turtle hatchling release is not only a memorable experience but also a meaningful contribution to the conservation of these endangered species. Most coastal hotels train staff to follow official protocols, allowing guests to get involved in hatchling releases if they’re lucky enough to be there on hatching day! Remember, whether interacting with turtles, whale sharks, or any other wildlife, always follow the instructions provided by guides to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals. 

Whale Shark Blog

Nature Discover Baja Sea Turtles

 

Seasonal Events

In addition to natural phenomena, mid-year sees vibrant festivals hosted in an array of destinations. Wine enthusiasts flock to Mexico’s renowned wine regions for the annual vendimia celebrations, where vineyards in places like Valle de Guadalupe and Querétaro come alive with tastings, gourmet dinners, and cultural events.  

Meanwhile, in Oaxaca, the Guelaguetza takes center stage, showcasing the state’s rich cultural heritage through traditional dances, music, and cuisine. This colorful festival, held in July, is a must-see for those seeking an authentic taste of indigenous Mexican culture.  

As summer transitions into September, Mexico gears up for Independence Day fiestas, with cities across the country erupting in patriotic fervor. From the lively streets of Mexico City to the historic squares of San Miguel de Allende, travelers can join locals in honoring Mexico’s independence from Spain with fireworks, music, and street parties. Whether savoring fine wines, immersing yourself in pre-Hispanic traditions, or joining in the party spirit, summer in Mexico promises a unique getaway. 

oaxaca guelaguetza faces

Cuna de Tierra

 

Packing List

You’ll want to stay cool and comfortable on your summer holidays in Mexico, here are our packing essentials: lightweight, breathable clothing to balance the heat, swimming gear for pools and beaches, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and sandals, and a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings or air-conditioned spaces. Pack reef-safe sunscreen to protect both your skin and the environment, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and reduce single-use plastic, and bring insect repellent, especially when visiting tropical areas. 

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Summer Travel Ideas in Mexico

Summer is the perfect time for family adventures in Mexico – kids with extended breaks mean it’s prime time to create unforgettable memories! Check out our sample itinerary to see what summer adventures can look like in the Riviera Maya, filled with fun, action, and discovery.  

Each of our sample itineraries can be customized to your specific needs and desires, just tell us how to make it yours! Dive into more of our travel itineraries that are great for summer:
– explore the Riviera Nayarit’s tropical playground
– unveil cultural heritage and wellness in the Yucatán Peninsula
– get to know the charming central highlands around San Miguel de Allende
–  sink into the relaxed essence of Tulum and Holbox.
These destinations offer diverse experiences, from beach days and cultural exchange to nature excursions and culinary delights. 

 

Ready to Plan Your Summer Adventure?

Get the ideas flowing by browsing our curated trip suggestions, then get in touch with our gifted travel planners to start creating your perfect trip. We’re here to ensure your family’s summer in Mexico is nothing short of spectacular. Our bespoke journeys start from $1,000 USD per day for two travelers in interior Mexico, and $1,800 per day for two travelers in beach destinations.