Searching for a destination in Latin America where the sun always shines? Visit Mexico, a country with stunning scenery, historical colonial sites, and endless sunshine. From palm-fringed beaches and lush tropical rainforests to impressive Mayan ruins, the third-largest country in Latin America has it all.
The temperature here increases gradually from north to south and the warmest places in Mexico tend to be on the coast. Cities like Mérida, Cancún, and Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan Peninsula have a tropical climate and stay hot throughout the year. For instance, in the height of summer, it is not uncommon to experience temperatures over 100 F in places like Merida.
To help you decide to go, we’ve rounded up a list of the warmest places in Mexico.
With an average temperature between 42°F to 90°F, Tabasco is undoubtedly the warmest destination in Mexico. Bordering the popular Yucatan peninsula, this Mexican state boasts a tropical savanna climate. The best time to visit Tabasco is from April to June.
Although Tabasco receives fewer travelers than other Mexican states, there is still plenty to do and see here. Visit the capital city of Villahermosa and sample authentic Tabasqueño cuisine, explore the rugged Sierra Huimanguillo mountains, and discover Mayan ruins of Comalcalco where you will find a temple, acropolis, and palaces.
An interesting fact is that there is no Tabasco sauce in this Mexican state. Although the sauce is named after the state, there are no peppers growing around here. Tabasco sauce is actually made from peppers harvested in Louisiana.
Located on the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the state of Campeche boasts a tropical climate. The hottest time of the year here is in April and May when the temperature can reach 108 °F. Keep in mind that from August to October, there is a risk of hurricanes in this Mexican state. So, what is the best time to visit Campeche? We recommend exploring the state in May and June.
What should I expect when visiting Campeche City, the capital of the state? This stunning colonial UNESCO World Heritage site is well-known for its charming mansions and old-world forts. The historic old town of Campeche city is a sight to behold!
Thanks to its coastal setting, Campeche offers some seriously delicious seafood delicacies. Whether you are craving ceviche, want to enjoy freshly-caught fish, or try local delicacies such as breaded shrimp served in a coconut, there is plenty to look forward to when visiting these parts of Mexico. Make sure to visit Calakmul which is home to a fabulous Mayan archeological site.
Next on our list of the warmest places in Mexico is Quintana Roo. With 400 km of white-sand beaches and pristine coral reefs, this is one of the most popular regions in Mexico in the tourist industry. Popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are part of the region. The temperatures here are always high and vary from 63°F to 98°F over the course of the year.
Because the weather in Quintana Roo is fairly predictable, you can visit this great vacation destination throughout the year. It doesn’t really get cold here. For example, the coldest time of the year is in December when the average temperature is about 82°F.
Spending your vacation days in Quintana Roo is a memorable experience. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Playa del Carmen, discover mysterious cenotes, and explore magnificent Mayan temples.
Welcome to Colima, a beautiful state in Mexico which borders north with Jalisco and to the south with Michoacán. Average temperatures in Colima vary very little and the temperature feels hot throughout the year. The hot/dry seasons run from April to June with an average high of 89°F. Based on the tourism score, the best time to visit the state is from November to May.
In its capital city bearing the same name, travelers will find a bunch of attractions ranging from palaces and theatres to picturesque squares dotted with busy cafes and restaurants. See Teatro Hidalgo and explore Palacio de Gobierno (Governmental Palace) in the capital of Colima.
If you wish to enjoy outdoor activities, we recommend checking out Parque Nacional de Nevado de Colima and spending a day at San Gabriel Grottoes. Surfers visiting Colima will definitely want to check out the seaside town of Manzanillo.
Located in the southwestern region of Mexico, the state of Guerrero is a popular vacation destination for both local and international travelers. The state is home to one of the most popular beaches in Mexico, the legendary Acapulco. If you wish to experience a more laid-back vibe, we recommend spending a day at Barra de Potosí and Playa Ventura.
The temperatures in Guerrero are always high. The hot season runs from May to September with an average daily high temperature above 93°F. The coldest month here is January when the temperature can reach 86°F.
Blessed with natural landscapes including archaeological and historical sites, stunning beaches, and postcard-perfect grottoes, Guerrero is one of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico. Spend your vacation days in the capital city of Chilpancingo and explore attractions like Museo Regional de Guerrero and Templo Santa María de la Asunción. Travelers can also sample the mouthwatering cuisine in Guerrero and enjoy popular dishes like Pescado a la Talla, barbacoa, pozole, ceviche, and jumiles.
The southernmost region in Mexico, Chiapas is a great place to spend your vacation days. Expect to see a range of natural attractions including pine-forest highlands, Mayan ruins, rainforest jungles, lakes, beaches, and coffee plantations. The region is one of the warmest destinations in the country with an average daily high temperature of 74°F.
The rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season is from March to May. Experts say how the best time to visit Chiapas is from November to April. Keep in mind that on the hottest days of the year, the temperature can reach 108 in this region.
Chiapas is a hidden gem. Travelers who wish to escape the crowds of Yucatan and have a more authentic and less touristy experience should definitely spend their holidays here. Kick off your travel itinerary with a visit to the charming colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas and explore and cobbled streets, churches, art galleries, and museums. The region is also home to a few natural wonders such as Sima de Las Cotorras and Canyon del Sumidero. History buffs can check out the archeological ruins of Palenque and see structures of the Gran Palacio, the Templo XI, and the temples of la Cruz Foliada. Chiapas is also home to beautiful lakes that you will find at the world-famous Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
The last on our list of the warmest places in Mexico is Riviera Nayarit. This part of Mexico enjoys a mild tropical climate with an average temperature of 77° F. The warmest month here is August with an average maximum temperature of 92°F. It’s a great place to visit for travelers planning a tropical vacation in Mexico.
Nayarit is spectacular in every way! Expect to see endless beautiful golden beaches, emerald mountains, picturesque lagoons, and sleepy fishing villages. The capital city of Nayarit, Tepic is a great destination to visit for culture vultures. See cultural attractions such as Catedral de Tepic and Exconvento de la Cruz. Beaches like Punta de Mita, Bucerías, Flamingos, Corral del Risco, Cruz de Huanacaxtle are also worth a visit.
Wish to enjoy surfing or see surfers in action? Head out to Sayulita! If you want to see majestic waterfalls, we recommend spending a day at Jala where you will find the El Salto waterfall. In Compostela, colonial buildings such as La Hacienda Miravalles and Templo de la Misericordia de San Santiago Apóstol are one of the must-see attractions. Beach-goers should look no further than Bucerias, a small beach town well-known for its boutique beachfront hotels and art galleries. The beach here offers ideal conditions for water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Foodies visiting Nayarit will want to try local delicacies including zarandeado fish and chicharrón de pescado.