In Mexico the perfect outfit depends on the destination: During city touring you can find yourself doing a lot of walking so bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes. There are plenty of bars and restaurants so pack for evenings out too. For safety keep your belongings close to you, a messenger bag is a good idea. Visitors at the coast and of the tropical regions should pack summer clothes and of course swimmers. It’s always useful to carry a small first aid kit which includes insect repellent and sunscreen.

The climate of Mexico varies according to altitude. From desert-like regions on the northwest part of the country, the low-lying coastal areas are typically tropical, hot and humid. The weather in Mexico City, which is sited at an altitude of 2,300 metres above sea level, is far more moderate. Mexico City has pleasant summers and mild winters, with an annual average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Also, northern Mexico gets very hot during the summer with sudden violent storms in the afternoon, with heavy rain and hail, also an isolated tornado can occur with these storm.

Seasonal variations in temperature are small, but May is the warmest month of the year, and January the coldest, when night frosts are possible. Mexico City has a high average annual monthly rainfall, most falling in summer, the wettest month being July, and the driest month February. During hurricane season, hurricanes are common in the coastal cities specially those near the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Travel Time

December to April are the driest months over most of Mexico and the hot sunny days are the most popular time of year for tourism. During these months Christmas and Easter are Mexican holiday times, with transportation and coastal accommodations very busy.

July and August are holiday times for many Mexicans and foreigners. Temperatures are hot almost everywhere and very wet on the Pacific coast.

May, June, September and October are the least popular months to travel. September is the heart of the hurricane season, which doesn’t always bring hurricanes but does bring heavy rains on the Gulf and Pacific coasts.

Shopping hours in big towns and cities start at around 10 or 11 am, and continues through to between 8 and 10 pm. Shops in cities and big towns are open 7 days a week; smaller places may close on Sundays, except tourist spots at high season. Christmas & Easter public holidays are observed; on other public holidays you’ll find most things open in cities and bigger towns and tourist spots. Smaller towns will have more limited opening hours, and in hotter, non-tourist regions may close between 2 and 4pm; check locally.

220V alternating current, it is recommendable to bring a multi-adapter.

Typhoid: Strongly recommended.

Malaria Tablets: Strongly recommended.

Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio: If you have not had these vaccinations within the last 10 years they should be updated.

Hepatitis A: Strongly recommended.

Rabies: Strongly considered.

Please contact your doctor for up to date requirements.

Australian passport holders are not required to purchase a visa for entry into Mexico for a stay of up to 180 days. The traveller must:

– Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with two blank visa pages

– Hold proof of sufficient funds

– Hold proof of onward/return flights

– Hold all documents required for the next destination

– Confirm with their airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa