The climate in Mexico: Something for Everyone
Thanks to its geographical location with the Tropic of Cancer running right through the middle, Mexico offers a wide range of climates. Add to that its varied terrain including mountains, deserts, jungles, and everything in between, and you have a country with every type of climate you could ever want.
Much of northern Mexico, the region directly south of the United States, has a dry desert climate with hot summers and chilly winters. But, the northern part of the Baja Peninsula along the Pacific Coast enjoys near-perfect weather similar to that of San Diego, California. The great climate is one of the main reasons why Rosarito and Ensenada on the Pacific Coast, less than an hour from the US border, has been so popular among expats.
Central Mexico brings a temperate climate. The mountainous interior is home to numerous Spanish-colonial cities, most of which sit at elevations between 3,000 and 7,000 feet. For much of the year, temperatures here range from the high 60’s to the low to mid 80’s Fahrenheit. Even in the winter the temperatures rarely drop to freezing and the humidity is low. You usually never need more than a light jacket here.
Along most of Mexico’s coasts, as well as in far-southern Mexico, the weather is semi-tropical: humid and hot. May to October is the rainy season in these areas with hot, sometimes cloudy days punctuated by brief but intense rainstorms. It seldom rains steadily all day. Winter is the dry season with lower humidity, lower temperatures, and sunny days. Along the central Pacific coast, in Puerto Vallarta (pictured) for instance, you can expect average temperatures from the low 70’s in winter to the low 80’s Fahrenheit in summer. In the Yucatán, average temperatures can run 10 or more degrees hotter.
Mexico lies in a hurricane zone. The hurricane and tropical storm season runs from June to December. The Caribbean coast of Mexico is the most hurricane-prone area followed by the Pacific coast the the Gulf coast respectively. —Glynna Prentice
**Taken from Living International. All credits for the article belong to them**
Mexico shares a border of over 2,000 miles with the United States. To this day, many people have strikingly outdated conceptions of Mexico. Since the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico has been, and continues to be, a major contributor in the western hemisphere and world politics and economics. Currently, Mexico has a pro-environmental approach to attract capital. New legal reforms make the country one of the main Latin American markets that grab the attention of international investors.
With a fast-growing economy, Mexican real estate is considered one of the most attractive opportunities for investments and new developments in sectors such as residential, hotel, industrial, and office.
The peso has been buoyed in part by the significant foreign investments in Mexico and also by recent capital flight from Argentina. A strong local currency bodes well if you’re considering to invest in Mexico. You won’t have to contend with the wild swings in property pricing that you might find elsewhere.
Today, Mexico is largely first-world with excellent highways, sleek airports, high-speed telecommunications, as well as first-run films in English with Spanish subtitles and television shows. You’ll find shopping malls and supermarkets that carry many familiar products from home.
There are many benefits to purchasing real estate in Mexico. First of all, the property taxes here are minuscule compared to that of the US and Canada. Usually, property taxes cost just a few hundred dollars each year. It is very easy to be exempted from paying capital gains tax; you just have to prove that you have resided on the property for at least six months. The appreciation in many areas, especially on the coasts, can be very high with 50% or more per annum being a realistic number. Above all, buying Mexican real estate is safe and easy. More and more financing sources are becoming available to US and Canadian residents through both US and Mexican banks.
Mexico is full of overlooked retirement havens where one can retire in luxury without spending a fortune. Mexico’s lower cost of living means that a comfortable, fulfilling life will likely cost you a fraction of what you pay back home. From real estate to groceries and entertainment to healthcare, life in Mexico simply costs less. Here you can still find beautiful homes for under $150,000 USD and pay pennies to the dollar for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. As for healthcare, across the board, healthcare in Mexico costs a quarter to a half of what you would pay in the US, and you will receive treatment from well-trained medical professionals in first-class hospitals and clinics.
You will also enjoy a slower, more relaxed pace of life here where children still play in the streets and neighbors still know each other. You’ll find a rich, strong local culture with traditional markets, colorful indigenous dress, ancient ruins of great civilizations, and regional music, dance, and customs. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in Mexico. The Mexican people are some of the friendliest folks around, and they will be happy to share all of this with you!
Thanks to Mexico’s large size and varied geography, you will be able to find whichever climate and lifestyle you desire. Do you like the beach? Mexico has nearly 6,000 miles of coastline, most of which is white-sand beach. Do you prefer mountain vistas and temperate weather? Mexico’s colonial highlands could be perfect for you. Charming Spanish-colonial cities like San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro, and a host of others offer sophisticated living amidst gorgeous, centuries-old architecture. You can even head south to colonial gems such as Oaxaca with its superb traditional cooking and to San Cristóbal de las Casas, a temperate weather city high above the jungles of Chiapas.
Whichever lifestyle you seek, you are likely to find it in Mexico. No wonder more US expats live in Mexico than in any other country in the world!
- Location: North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the U.S. and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the U.S.
- Area: 758,449 square miles (1,964,375 square kilometers). Slightly less than three times the size of Texas.
- Population: 116,220,947 (July 2013 est.)
- Capital: Mexico City
- Climate: Varies from tropical to desert.
- Telephone system: An adequate telephone service for business and government; improving quality and increasing mobile cellular availability, with mobile subscribers far outnumbering fixed-line subscribers.