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4 Reasons Mexico is the Best Place to Visit in the Winter

Mexico makes for a fabulous vacation anytime of the year, but it’s arguably the very best destination to visit in the winter. When everyone else is back home scraping ice off their windshields and digging out of the snow, you’ll be enjoying idyllic weather with bright blue skies and sunshine.

It’s More Affordable Than Many Other Tropical Locales

With Mexico just south of the border, you may even be able to reach it easily with a fun road trip, or a cheap flight. If you live in Los Angeles or San Diego, flights to Cabo San Lucas can often be had for under $200 round trip, or if you’ve recently purchased one of the houses in Colorado Springs you’ll be happy to know you can reach destinations like Cancun for under $200 too.

While there are pricier, high-end all-inclusive resorts, there are also plenty of outstanding budget-friendly hotels that not only make for a more authentic experience, but a more affordable vacation. Venture away from the touristy spots and you can look forward to dining on some of the most mouthwatering gourmet cuisine for a fraction of the price of what you’d pay in the U.S., in places like Todos Santos and La Paz, Oaxaca and San Cristobal.

Beautiful Beaches and Endless Water Sports

Whether you’re looking for beaches to surf, beaches for snorkeling and swimming or secluded beaches to lounge on, you can find them in Mexico. Baja is surrounded by water offering lots of choices, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and places like El Cerritos, just an hour north of Cabo, famous for its outstanding surfing, while nearby Todos Santos is renowned for its endless stretches of often empty golden sands. The peninsula is also bordered by the Sea of Cortez, a body of water renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau referred to as the “World’s Aquarium,” with its turquoise waters filled with all sorts of exotic, colorful fish. You can even go snorkeling with friendly sea lions just off the island of Espiritu Santo Island near La Paz. This area is also home to what’s often called Mexico’s most beautiful beach, Balandra, with its powdery white sands framed by crystal clear blue waters.

If the Caribbean is calling, head to Cancun, the island of Cozumel, or further south to places like Tulum with its wonderful azure waters and striking white beaches lined with palm trees and ancient ruins.

Ancient Ruins

Speaking of ancient ruins, winter is a wonderful time to explore the country’s pyramids, ancient temples and other sites for a glimpse back in time to one of the world’s most sophisticated ancient civilizations. You’ll find them, as mentioned, along the coast at Tulum, as well as Mexico City’s ancient City of Gods at Teotihuacannear and many other destinations, spanning from coastal beaches to soaring mountains.

The People

Wintertime not only brings the opportunity to enjoy the warmer temperatures of Mexico, but the warm and welcoming people. Of course, no matter when you come it’s something you can look forward to. Many major travel magazines have named its cities as some of the world’s friendliest, from Conde Nast Traveler to Travel + Leisure magazines. A survey of 13,000 expats from 188 countries named Mexico the third friendliest place in the world, noting how much easier it was to feel at home while abroad when surrounded by such warm hearted locals.