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May Is The Cheapest Time To Visit These 5 Mexico Destinations

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Seeing all the jaw-dropping sights and indulgent experiences people post from their trips to Mexico, you’d think that a getaway south of the border would be way out of your budget.

Luckily for those looking to go someplace fun and warm before the summer rush begins, now is the cheapest (and overall best) time to visit 5 of Mexico’s most gorgeous destinations.

View of Cancun from above

And with a healthy mix of world-class hubs and quieter, more authentic towns, you’re guaranteed to find something that works for you.

Using Kayak’s “Best Time To Travel” tool and Skyscanner’s pricing algorithm, we found out that May is the best month to travel to these five Mexican cities if you want to make some serious savings.

Mexico City

Angel of Independence, Mexico City

Let’s start with a place we all know and love since I know you’ll be asking.

Yes, the capital is one of the five cities best visited in May – airfare starts at just $180, while hotel rates average around $84 – if experiencing Mexico City on a budget is a goal of yours, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Beyond the reasonable prices, the city is also promising travelers clear skies, quieter streets, and balmy 18-25°C (64-77°F) temperatures that’ll make those walks through Zócalo, Coyoacán, and Roma feel dreamier than ever.

And it just so happens that this is the month of Mexico’s (arguably) most important national holiday – Cinco de Mayo brings the capital to life with parades, traditional dances, and otherworldly food.

So, if you’re feeling extra festive this time of year, run, don’t walk, to book those plane tickets.


Guadalajara Cathedral

Known as the birthplace of tequila and mariachi music, Guadalajara is the perfect place to go if you want to revel in the rich local culture without missing out on all of the tourist-friendly amenities and modern flair of better-known hubs, either.

And with round-trip tickets starting at just $220 this May, you have no excuse to put off your Guadalajara trip any longer.

Here, the temperatures are a bit higher than in Mexico City, hovering around 17-30°C (63-86°F), so if you want to get into that summer spirit somewhere where most hotels charge just a little over $50 a night, Guadalajara is the perfect place to do just that.


Aerial view of Cancun beach

If you feel like you’re the only person left who hasn’t planned a Cancun trip this year, say goodbye to the FOMO and book those plane tickets right now – after all, prices have never been lower.

With just $180, you can fly to Cancun and back for what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest beach vacations of your life.

Don’t believe me? Why do you think so many people can’t get enough of the city?

Stays here are a bit pricier than in the rest of the country, but you won’t struggle to find a decent place for under $100 a night, always assuming you’re not exclusively looking for one of those bougie all-inclusive resorts (which, by the way, aren’t insanely expensive either).


Beach in Acapulco, Mexico

That said, if you’re trying to steer clear of Cancun’s chaotic crowds while still getting to experience that paradisical Mexican coastline, Acapulco is a fantastic choice.

Return flights between the U.S. and the gorgeous resort town range between $178 and $245, which is cheaper than what you’ll find any other time of the year.

What’s more, temperatures are set to average around 29°C (84.2°F), and the April crowds will have subsided, so chances are you won’t find a better beach experience this time of year.


Aerial view of Veracruz

This port city located on the Gulf of Mexico coast will stun you with its whitewashed buildings, centuries-old historic sights, and movie-like nature. 

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I highly recommend taking advantage of the $330 plane tickets being sold right now to see what I mean firsthand.

Beyond that, with temperatures staying in the 22-30°C (72-86°F) range and hotel prices varying between $37 and $57 a night, there’s really no reason for you to say no to a dreamy Veracruz getaway this May.

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