Planning Your Mexican Vacation
Here are a couple of things to think about:
- When would you like to visit?
- What would you like to do?
Prices and availability for vacation rentals vary with the tourist season. Be sure to book at least 6 months in advance to get the best choice of beachfront condos. (Properties in XamanHa, El Faro and Corto Maltes are in high demand in March and April!)
Keep in mind that you’ll get the best weather Nov—April, and the lowest prices May—Nov. (Click here for more info on High Season and Low Season.)
What floats your boat? Do you want to pack in a lot of adventurous activities or lounge on the beach for a week and get a glorious tan? Some activities are time-sensitive, while others are not. These ones require a little more foresight:
Swimming with Whale Sharks (June—Sept)
Turtle Hatching (May—Oct)
Equinox at Mayan Ruins (generally March 20 & Sept 22)
Music, food & wine festivals (varies)
Snorkelling, diving, deep-sea fishing and other water sports are good any time of year! Most tours can be arranged right on the spot, day of. Stroll the beach or side streets around 5th Avenue to scout for the best deals. (Websites and travel apps can save you some cash and stress too!)
Keep packing simple and summery! Rentals Your Way condos usually provide extras like pool toys, books, bath robes, thermos/cooler, snorkel gear, etc. Make sure your passport is current (has at least 6 months on it). Bring some pesos or American dollars just to get you started. (Ask your bank—this may require a few days’ notice—or use a currency exchange office.)
It’s worth it to brush up on your Spanish. The locals will appreciate it and you’ll feel more comfortable! Definitely bring a pocket dictionary or download a language app to help you out.
P.S. The bilingual staff at Rentals Your Way will happily answer any questions you might have about your visit to Mexico!
Once you arrive, remember…you’re in a foreign country. Although the Mayan Riviera is well-developed, it still has growing pains from time to time! You’ll enjoy your trip more if you don’t expect the same standards or efficiency as in your home country. Relax and enjoy the differences in pace and culture. It’s all part of the charm!
Written by Kelly G.