Last Updated on February 20, 2023 by Janine
Wondering what it’s like to visit Mexico in November? Read on to learn all the best destinations, events, and things to do in Mexico in November!
If you’re wondering if November is a good time to visit Mexico, my answer is YES!
Of course, I’m not very objective because I think the best time to visit Mexico is any chance you get (and the country really is a year-round destination)… but that aside, November does offer some seasonal perks.
November is shoulder season in Mexico, especially in beach destinations. It’s the perfect time to enjoy great weather in Mexico without the boisterous crowds and elevated prices that come with the peak tourist season, which begins in December. In fact, November is the ideal time to enjoy popular destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and the Yucatán peninsula with fewer crowds.
If you’re planning to visit Mexico in November, this guide will help you identify the best areas to see, what kind of weather to expect, and how to pack accordingly.
We’ll also go over some of the best things to do in Mexico during the month of November, including events, holidays, and more!
Weather in Mexico in November
Chances are, if you’re planning a Mexico trip in November, it’s because you’re craving sunny days. Because, let’s be honest, in many places, November is the worst month of the year weather-wise.
Fortunately for you, in Mexico, it’s actually the best month!
November marks the end of the rainy season in Mexico and the end of hurricane season in the Yucatan peninsula. October is typically the wettest month in Mexico, but when November hits, the skies clear, the humidity (and tropical storm threats) decreases, and the comfortable winter weather settles in!
On the coasts, the November temperatures are warm but not excruciatingly hot, and humidity levels drop significantly, making it more comfortable still.
In the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast, the daily high averages around 85°F with a low of 75°F overnight. In the nearby state of Yucatan, daily highs average around 89°F with lows of 69°F. Over on the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta temperatures average about 88°F during the day, with lows around 70°F overnight.
In central Mexico and Mexico City, daytime brings comfortable temperatures, around 70°F, with lots of sunshine and low humidity. However, when the sun sinks, a chill settles in, and the average temperature falls to 48°F overnight.
On the Baja Peninsula, November temperatures average around 86°F during the day and 65°F overnight.
As you can see, there are regional fluctuations, but overall, Mexico’s weather in November is mild, with minimal precipitation.
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November Events & Holidays in Mexico
There are all kinds of enjoyable Mexican holidays and events that take place during November. This list is far from exhaustive, but here are a few of the main events you might be interested in checking out.
Dia de Muertos (Nov 1 – 2)
Dia de Muertos is an annual holiday during which families gather to celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. The holiday takes place over two days, from November first to November 2nd.
Though the main celebrations happen on these two days, there are festivities to experience in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Town squares and other public spaces will come alive with artwork and floral arrangements featuring bright orange cempasuchil flowers (we know them as Marigolds), an iconic symbol of this event.
You will see public ofrendas (altars) decorated with prized items, favorite foods, and photos of the departed individuals. Many towns and cities create public ofrendas honoring historical figures or simply celebrating the region they represent. Businesses and organizations will sometimes create their own ofrendas featuring their branding and products.
Where to celebrate:
Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico, but some places have more elaborate festivities than others. Mexico City hosts a massive Day of the Dead parade along Avenida Reforma. Oaxaca, Merida, and Guanajuato are each known for hosting many public events and art exhibitions in the days surrounding the holiday.
In the Riviera Maya, XCARET park hosts a Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte (Oct 30 – Nov 2), which highlights the rituals and traditions of Dia de Muertos through art, entertainment, and educational exhibitions. Click here to book your ticket!
Dia de la Revolución (Nov 20)
Mexico’s Revolution Day honors the Mexican Revolution, which was a movement to remove President Porfirio Diaz, who had been in power for over 30 years. The revolution started in 1910 and went on for about ten years.
Each year, the revolution is commemorated with parades and celebrations. This day is a national holiday, and you can expect to see festivities of some sort throughout Mexico. Mexico City usually hosts a large event and parade in the Zocalo.
Feria Yucatan, Merida
The Feria Yucatan takes place each year in Merida. This festival celebrates Yucatan culture and pride and features all kinds of awesome performances and exhibitions. You can expect to partake in carnival games, ride a Ferris wheel, and witness lots of music and dance performances! The Feria Yucatan usually goes on for two or three weeks during November. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding the event.
Related Reading: The Best Things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula
Festival Internacional de Jazz & Blues, San Miguel de Allende (Nov 11 – 14)
The San Miguel Jazz & Blues Festival takes place in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in November each year. This event seeks to highlight national and international musicians and attracts an audience from across Mexico and the world. Performances take place in venues throughout San Miguel, offering the opportunity to enjoy different areas of the city, including bars, theatres, and vineyards!
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen (Nov 25 – 27)
The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is a widely renowned event held on the beaches of Playa del Carmen each year. This festival began in 2003 and has welcomed many well-known musicians from around the world, including icons like Chick Corea, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Marcus Miller and Armando Manzanero. The festival takes place at Mamitas Beach Club in the heart of Playa del Carmen, an idyllic location for an outdoor festival.
Festival del Vino Mexicano, Guadalajara (late Nov)
The Festival del Vino Mexicano, colloquially known as FEVINO, is a festival celebrating Mexican wine that takes place in Guadalajara each year. At this festival, you can sample vintages from over 50 vendors representing wines from different regions throughout Mexico. There will also be several food vendors, music, and other entertainment as part of the event!
What to Pack for Mexico in November
You’re exact Mexico packing list will vary depending on where you go and which activities you plan to participate in, but here are a few suggestions that are applicable throughout Mexico.
- Layers: Some areas in Mexico, particularly those with elevation (such as Mexico City), can be pretty chilly in November. Pack some light layers to ensure you don’t suffer. I swear by my light puffer jacket, but a merino base layer, or a light pullover are also good options, depending on your preferences. For beach areas that tend to be much warmer, a pullover or cardigan will suffice.
- Scarf: A light scarf or pashmina is a clever way to add a little extra warmth to an outfit. Best of all, they go with just about anything. An anti-theft scarf is a clever way to stash your valuables when you’re out and about while also staying warm. Otherwise, any pashmina will do. If you don’t have one, pick one up at a market in Mexico!
- Anti-theft purse: I cannot overstate how handy an anti-theft purse is in Mexico. Even though you’re unlikely to get pickpocketed, just knowing you’ve taken precautions against it offers a lot of peace of mind. There are all kinds of different anti-theft purses out there, so you just have to find one that suits your style.
- Sunglasses: Sunnies are essential, there’s no way around it. Splurge for a pair with polarized lenses to cut glare, especially if you’re going to be by the water.
- Sunscreen: You can purchase sunscreen in Mexico, but it’s harder to find biodegradable brands. In many places, especially in the Riviera Maya, you aren’t even permitted to enter the water in cenotes or coral reefs when you’re wearing traditional sunscreen, so pick up a bottle of reef-safe sunscreen before your trip; here are some recommendations.
Related Reading: The Ultimate Packing List for Mexico
Best Places to go in Mexico in November
November is one of the best times to visit Mexico, and it’s really hard to go wrong when choosing a destination. That said, here are a few suggestions of where to go in Mexico in November to help get you started with your trip planning.
November is one of the best months to visit Puerto Vallarta as the weather is really good, and the peak tourism season doesn’t really pick up until after American Thanksgiving at the end of the month. During November, you can expect low precipitation and warm weather. While whale watching season doesn’t pick up until December, November still offers excellent beach weather, affordable prices, and fewer crowds. Check out these awesome things to do in Puerto Vallarta! [coming soon]
Oaxaca City is a popular spot to enjoy the festivities surrounding Dia de Muertos, which takes place at the beginning of the month. On top of that, Oaxaca is a gorgeous, artistic city brimming with exceptional dining experiences, artisan markets, fascinating museums, and several noteworthy historical sites. During November, the weather in Oaxaca is mild and dry, making it perpetually comfortable (and easy to pack). Check out this Oaxaca City itinerary for more ideas on how to spend your time there!
Los Cabos offers incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, and fantastic all-inclusive resorts (and yes, it’s safe!). November is a fantastic time to enjoy the beginning of the dry season in this region without dealing with crowds and high-season prices. If you’re dreaming of a budget-friendly all-inclusive escape, Los Cabos is a great option during November. There may be a few cool days (but you’ll still be fine in a t-shirt, don’t worry), but they’re a worthwhile compromise if you can beat the crowds.
The winter is a fantastic time to enjoy pristine beaches in the Riviera Maya, as the horrible sargassum seaweed usually offers a reprieve at this time. (Though, thanks to climate change, there are no guarantees). This area is less crowded than usual during November while still offering all kinds of exciting activities to enjoy. From the Riviera Maya Jazz Fest to standard attractions like ruins, cenotes, and snorkeling excursions, you’ll love spending time here with room to breathe. Check out these awesome things to do in the area!
Mexico’s capital city is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but November is no exception. While the average temperatures can be quite nippy in CDMX due to the high altitude, packing thoughtfully will ensure you’re comfortable no matter what the weather does. My Mexico City packing guide will help!
Mexico City is often busy in early November, thanks to the festivities around the Day of the Dead which takes place on November 1st and 2nd (definitely make hotel reservations in advance if you plan to be in the city at this time). You’ll see Dia de Muertos decorations throughout the city, and you can catch the impressive parade along Avenida Reforma held in honor of the holiday!
Day of the Dead aside, Mexico City always has a lot to offer travelers. Explore the Historic Center, browse the museums in Chapultepec Park, take a day trip to the Teotihuacan Ruins, and eat your fill of incredible food! For more ideas, check out my recommended Mexico City itinerary.
Best Things to do in Mexico in November
There are endless activities to enjoy as Mexico’s dry season commences in November. Following are a few top suggestions for your Mexico bucket list if you find yourself in the country at this time of year.
There are great waves to be found in Mexico all year round, but certain spots perform better at certain times of year (which you already know if you know anything about surfing). November is an excellent time for beginner surfers in Mexico because many spots typically known for heavy surf are more mellow at this time of year.
Barra de la Cruz and Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca are good places to look for waves in November. Breaks in Guerrero, Michoacan, and Colima are also good in November, as are some spots on the Baja Peninsula.
Thanks to the limited precipitation and reprieve from the heat, November is a fantastic time to do some hiking. There are fantastic hikes to be found all over Mexico, whether you want to scale a mountain, trek through the jungle in search of beaches, or simply enjoy an elevated viewpoint.
Head to central Mexico and explore the Itza-Popo National Park, Nevado de Toluca, or Desierto de los Leones. Scout for native birds and exotic plant species in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz, or trek along the coast near Puerto Vallarta in search of fabulous beaches… The list goes on and on, but the point is there are lots of great hikes in Mexico!
Hit the beach
Mexico’s high season doesn’t kick off until December, so November is a great time to squeeze in a visit to one of Mexico’s beautiful beach towns. If you’re curious about an all-inclusive experience, you can usually score great rates in November since it’s still shoulder season. However, if you’re looking to party, the venues might be a little on the empty side. But, for anyone looking for a laidback, peaceful escape, November is a perfect time!
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