Everything you need to know about traveling to Mexico in February: weather, prices, and more!

February is whale season! Apart from that, here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Mexico in February.

Is February a good time to go to Mexico? ABSOLUTELY! There is nothing like it in the world where you get to soak in the sun and be on the beach during February!

As February is the coldest month in the United States, Canada, Europe, and some Asian countries like Japan, China, and South Korea, February is a popular month to go to Mexico.

Mexico in February

Expect your vacation in February to be more expensive than usual, as demands are higher and more travelers are visiting Mexico this month. It’s usually best to book a February vacation in Mexico around September.

It doesn’t necessarily mean you must break the bank to vacation in Mexico in February. This is a big country with many places to visit – you don’t have to go to mandatory tourist spots like Cabo or Cancun.

Here is everything you need to know about visiting Mexico in February: travel tips, budget tips, and fantastic events to attend!

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🐳 Mexico in February is whale season!

February is the peak season of whale-watching in Mexico. This month, you will see these gentle giants roaming around the oceans in all parts of Mexico. However, the best spot is still Baja California Sur.

⛱️ Weather in Mexico in February

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The weather in Mexico in February is warm for North Americans and Europeans, but it is one of the coldest months in Mexico. Of course, if you are used to the winter months of February in your home country, this “cold” doesn’t necessarily apply to you, but for Mexicans and locals, it is pretty cold.

During February, we wear jackets at night in Mexico. The sun is hot but can get cold when you go to the shade.

The average weather in Mexico in February differs by area. It depends on where you are going to visit, so check out the areas below and see which is the best place for you in Mexico in February.

Southern Mexico weather in February

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Southern Mexico is famous because of Cancun and the Quintana Roo area. February in Cancun reaches up to 27° C (82° F), which can drop up to 22° C (72° F) during the evenings.

The state of Chiapas (very south of Mexico near Guatemala) can be colder by 10 degrees more, but note that Chiapas experiences mostly cold weather during the year.

Northern Mexico weather in February

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Northern Mexico comprises the state of Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Coahuila, etc., all of which are also popular destinations for Americans.

Monterrey and Los Cabos weather in February is colder than in the south by 10 degrees. Northern Mexico is an excellent choice if you feel like 27° C (82° F) in Cancun is too hot.

It is important to note that Baja California and Baja California Sur have different weather patterns even if they are in the same peninsula.

Pacific West Mexico weather in February

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Pacific West Mexico goes from Puerto Vallarta up to the coast of Oaxaca. Pacific West Mexico in February’s hottest day is 25° C (77° F).

The state of Guerrero (primarily the resort city of Acapulco) reaches up to 27° C (82° F), so this is probably the hottest area in the country.

Eastern Mexico weather in February

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Those who love to visit Puebla might want to skip February as the hottest day in February in Puebla is 18° C (66° F).

You may want to go next door to Veracruz, where you can enjoy the beautiful Veracruz beaches at daily hot temperatures of 25° C (77° F).


🥵 How hot is it in Mexico in February?

It is not hot at all in Mexico in February. Mexico is a large country with diverse topography and climate zones, so humidity in February can vary significantly depending on where you are.

The Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, including places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta, are usually humid year-round. In February, these places can be less humid than in the summer months, but they still generally experience a moderate to high level of humidity.

Places like Mexico City, which is at a higher altitude, are cooler and less humid in February. The dry season in central Mexico typically runs from November to April, so February usually sees drier conditions.

The northern parts of Mexico, near the U.S. border, are typically drier overall. In February, this region can be cooler and even less humid.

The Yucatan, which includes locations like Merida and Campeche, experiences high humidity year-round. February is no exception, though it might be slightly less humid than the peak summer months.

The southern states like Chiapas and Oaxaca can be quite humid, especially in the lowland areas. In February, the humidity might be a bit lower than in the rainy season, but it’s still generally humid.

📍 Which part of Mexico is best in February?

Cabo in February

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There aren’t any low or high seasons in Cabo. Cabo is visited by tourists all year round because of its weather similarities with California, USA.

The hottest in Cabo in February is about 22° C (72° F), and the coldest is 16° C (-8° F). Rest assured, this isn’t that cold for you, but Cabo is colder in February than in Cancun.

During the day, it is cold when you’re walking in the shade but the sun is still strong. At night, you definitely need a jacket but when dining out, most restaurants in Cabo will have a blanket.

This time of year is ideal for whale watching, as many species migrate to the warm waters of Baja California. Explore the art scene in San José del Cabo, especially during the Art Walk held on Thursday evenings!

Is February a good time to go to Cabo?

ABSOLUTELY! February is one of the best months to go to Cabo. Like Cancun, Cabo is an all-year-round destination because of its close proximity to the United States. There isn’t any wrong month to travel to Cabo!

Puerto Escondido in February

Puerto Escondido is a captivating destination to visit in Mexico in February, where the warm but not overly hot temperatures average around 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). This time of the year is perfect for enjoying the laid-back beaches and vibrant local culture with fewer crowds, offering a more authentic experience.

Take a bioluminescence tour in the nearby Manialtepec Lagoon, where you can swim in water that glows in the dark due to natural phenomena. Activities in Puerto Escondido are diverse, ranging from surfing at the famous Zicatela Beach, known for its massive waves, to watching sea turtles at Playa Bacocho.

The town’s lively atmosphere, combined with its natural beauty, makes it an ideal spot for those looking to explore outdoor adventures and enjoy local gastronomy.

Cancun in February

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Spend February in Cancun with sunny days of 27° F (82° F), perfect for spending your vacation in any Cancun resort. At night, the weather in Cancun can drop up to 13° C (57° F), so you may need to pack thin jackets for cold nights.

One of the best things to do in Cancun in February is to see Chichen Itza, cenotes and Valladolid (for a day). You shouldn’t miss this top activity in Cancun, only for $59 USD!

How warm is Cancun in February?

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The warmest weather in Cancun in February is 27° C (82° F), which can drop up to 22° C (72° F) during the evenings. There aren’t any low or high seasons in Cancun, as it is a favorite Mexican destination all year round.

You don’t have to worry about traveling to Cancun in February – nothing can go wrong (weather-wise)! Cancun is always a great idea!

Oaxaca City in February

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Photo: Frank Coronado

28° C (84° F) is the hottest temperature in Oaxaca in February, but it can get cold during the evenings (10° C / 51° F).

By all means, Oaxaca is a great place to visit all year round (except August, September, and October) when Oaxaca experiences heavy rainfall.

You can visit Hierve El Agua, the petrified waterfalls of Oaxaca, and a famous outdoor destination. You can also go to small towns like Mitla and if you have the time, visit the Oaxacan coastal towns like Mazunte, Puerto Escondido, and Zipolite.

Tulum in February

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Photo: Aaron Ortega

Tulum in February is the same weather as Cancun so you may want to combine Tulum and Cancun for your trip to Mexico in February.

Price-wise, there also isn’t a big difference with Cancun. More often than not, Tulum is ridiculously expensive as it is the most popular destination in Mexico.

Tulum is not only a party town. Through the years, many different types of travelers (not only Spring Breakers) have been drawn to Tulum because of its small-town vibe, amazing Airbnbs, and beautiful beaches.

Puerto Vallarta in February

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Puerto Vallarta is always humid (be it summer or winter), so during February in Puerto Vallarta, expect it to be as hot as 27° C (82° F) while the coldest is 15° C (59° F).

Just like Cancun and Cabo, Puerto Vallarta is also an all-year-round destination and is a popular place for digital nomads and expats who wishes to move to Mexico.

Biking in the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta is one of the best things to do in February. Foodies can enjoy taco tours in PV during February without sweating too much while walking.

You can also go on a day trip to the small magical towns of Sayulita and San Pancho. If you opt for an evening boat cruise with dinner, bring a jacket on the boat!

February is also the best time to see the whales in Puerto Vallarta.

🥶 Cold places in Mexico in February

I’m sure not all of you are looking for warm places to visit in Mexico in February so I also included cold places in this post. Please note that “cold” in Mexico is not like the US, Canada, or Europe.

Mexico City in February (Cool Evenings)

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Visiting Mexico City in February offers a unique blend of pleasant daytime temperatures and cool evenings, with averages ranging from 6°C to 24°C (43°F to 75°F).

This time of year is ideal for exploring the vast cultural and historical offerings of the city without the intense heat of summer months.

I think Mexico City has always been cold for me. But I still enjoy the February weather as many rooftop bars and restaurants are fit for the cold, with heaters and blankets for guests.

Activities in Mexico City are diverse, including visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum, exploring the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, and strolling through the historic center and Chapultepec Park.

Valle de Guadalupe in February

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Valle de Guadalupe, nestled in the Baja California peninsula, is an exquisite destination to visit in Mexico in February, when the region enjoys mild temperatures ranging from 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F).

This cooler climate is ideal for exploring the valley’s renowned wineries and vineyards without the summer heat. Schedule a visit during the local olive oil harvest, which typically takes place around this time, offering a chance to participate in olive oil tastings and tours that highlight the region’s growing culinary diversity.

Activities in Valle de Guadalupe extend beyond wine tasting; you can enjoy gourmet dining experiences at farm-to-table restaurants, take part in horseback riding through the vineyards, and explore the area’s art galleries and craft shops.

San Cristóbal de las Casas in February

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San Cristóbal de las Casas becomes a magical destination in Mexico in February, with temperatures that range from 5°C to 21°C (41°F to 70°F). The cooler climate makes it perfect for enjoying the town’s charming streets, vibrant markets, and local coffee shops.

Take a weaving workshop with local artisans, offering insight into the region’s rich cultural heritage. Activities in San Cristóbal de las Casas in February include exploring the surrounding indigenous villages, hiking in the nearby mountains, and visiting the San Juan Chamula church for a unique blend of indigenous and Christian practices.

Guanajuato in February (Cool Evenings)

Guanajuato is an enchanting city to explore in Mexico in February, with daytime temperatures comfortable for walking around, ranging from 8°C to 25°C (46°F to 77°F), and cooler evenings.

February is great for visiting due to the International Cervantino Festival, which often features events throughout the month. Explore the city’s underground tunnels, a distinctive feature that makes walking this colorful city an adventure.

Activities in Guanajuato in February include visiting the Museo Casa Diego Rivera, taking a mine tour, and enjoying panoramic views from the El Pipila monument.

Puebla in February (Cool Evenings)

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Puebla’s charm is particularly evident in February, with mild daytime temperatures ranging from 5°C to 23°C (41°F to 73°F) and cooler evenings that make for a pleasant atmosphere.

Visiting Puebla in February allows you to enjoy the city’s famous culinary scene, including mole poblano, in a more intimate setting. Explore its Talavera pottery workshops, where you can witness the creation of this UNESCO-recognized craft.

Activities in Puebla in February include visiting the stunning Puebla Cathedral, exploring the Amparo Museum, and taking day trips to nearby volcanoes like Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl for hiking and spectacular views.

🎊 February in Mexico events and festivals

Mexico Carnivals

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Photo: El Expreso Campeche

Mexico is a catholic country so the carnival is a big event here. However, it is not as big as the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but is as colorful and depicts Mexican traditions.

The best carnivals are in La Paz (Baja California Sur), Campeche, Manzanillo, Veracruz, El Oro, and Gunyo. These are the biggest carnivals in Mexico, and all are in non-touristy destinations!

Expect these carnivals to be super local, with only a few tourists or foreigners. Carnivals in Mexico are only big for those who know them, but it is still not as popular with foreign tourists.

Grey Whale Festival

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Photo: @sectur_mx / Twitter

📍 Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur

February in Mexico is whale season, and while I mentioned that Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are spots to see whales, Baja California Sur is the biggest whale sanctuary in the country.

In Puerto San Carlos, you will have a different kind of whale experience since whales behave differently because of their environment.

In touristy places, whales tend to be more aloof, but in San Carlos, the whales will approach your boat, and you will see hundreds of them simultaneously in Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

The whale festival in Puerto San Carlos and Adolfo Lopez Mateos extends to Guerrero Negro and San Ignacio. During this time, there will be activities, fireworks, street dances, and many more.

La Candelaria in San Juan de Los Lagos

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📍 San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco

Celebrated on February 2nd, La Candelaria (day of the Candelaria) is a religious festivity in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco.

It is a feast to honor the virgin of Candelaria; at this time, millions of pilgrims come to San Juan de Los Lagos to visit the Virgin of Candelaria.

Leon Fair in Guanajuato

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The Leon Fair has been celebrated yearly for almost 142 years. | Photo: Mexico News Daily

📍 Leon, Guanajuato

The Leon Fair in the state of Guanajuato starts as early as January and goes through the month of February. Leon Fair is the celebration of the founding anniversary of Leon.

During this time, the streets of Leon will be filled with people, concerts, street food carts, and even magical circuses!

Pilgrimage in honor of San Caralampio in Chiapas

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Photo: Visit Chiapas

📍 Comitan, Chiapas

San Caralampio (Saint Charalampos) is a religious figure and a martyr from the third century AD. This saint is honored every February 10th in Comitan, Chiapas.

The city of Comitan is famous for this celebration as Comitan is one of the most visited pueblos magicos in Mexico.

There are 2 parts of the celebration and is mostly about pilgrimage. Candles, flowers, prayers, and songs fill the whole city of Comitan.

Everyone dresses up on the festival’s second day and puts a character on. Some notable costumes/characters are movie icons, little devils, giants, clowns, and witches.

Taurine Festival in Colima

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Photo: El Sol de Mexico

📍 Colima City, Colima

Probably one of the best festivals in Mexico, Colima holds a Taurine festival every February, and it lasts for 11 days! It usually takes place in the first week.

The Taurine Festival is an event where there will be horses, mojigangos, giant paper dolls, all over the city. This festival is held to honor San Felipe de Jesus.

One thing to watch out for during the Taurine Festival in Colima is the La Petatera, the famous bullfighting stadium.

This tradition has been part of the state of Colima for nearly 160 years so the Colimans take this event seriously!

Patronal festivities of Suchitlán

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📍 Comala, Colima

As part of the celebrations of the Candelaria, the patronal festivities of Suchitlan take place from January to February 2nd. Suchitlan is a small town Colima and is not as popularly visited by tourists.

During this week/month, there will be parades, rodeos, and street dances throughout the region.

🏊‍♀️ Can you swim in Mexico in February? 

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ABSOLUTELY! Swimming in Mexico in February is great but the water temperatures are the coldest during February. The sea temperatures are comfortable, typically ranging from the low to mid-20s°C (mid-70s to low 80s°F), depending on the location.

While the northern parts of the country and higher elevations can be cooler during this month, the beaches along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts offer warm, sunny days ideal for spending time in the water.

February is part of the dry season for many of these areas, meaning less rain and more sunny days. The waters of the Caribbean will also be seaweed-free at this time of the year.

🌀 Is February hurricane season in Mexico? 

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No, February is not part of the hurricane season in Mexico. The hurricane season in Mexico typically runs from June to November, with the peak activity usually occurring between August and October.

February falls within the dry season for most of Mexico, especially in the coastal beach destinations. This period is characterized by less rainfall and more stable weather conditions, making it an excellent time for travel and outdoor activities without the threat of hurricanes.

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