February can be, let’s be honest, a bit grim. It’s cold in the UK. The festive celebrations are a distant memory and it seems like forever until the longer days and brighter Spring arrives. So it’s the perfect time for a getaway if you’re feeling the winter blues.
Holidays to Mexico in February offer sunshine, warmth and a general escape for the British February blues. And if you’re planning a holiday to Mexico in February 2018, here’s what you can expect weather wise and in terms of what might be happening in the country while you’re there.
Weather in Mexico in February
There’s different climates in different parts of the country. The Yucatan province (where you’ll find a number of popular Caribbean coast holiday resorts in Mexico) is typically wetter. But the one thing you can be sure of in Mexico in February wherever you go is that you will escape the f-f-f-freezing weather we’re having back home.
- In the Cancun and Playa del Carmen areas, you can expect average temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius in February
- In Mexico city, you can expect an average of 23 degrees Celsius too
- Meanwhile, in Acapulco on the Pacific Coast you’ll enjoy an average temperature of a very summery 26 degrees Celsius
In terms of rainfall in Mexico in February (nobody wants a holiday completely dogged by rain, afterall):
- February is one of the driest months of the year in Cancun with around 56 mm rain expected (compared to 89 in January and, say, 117 in May). You may find there’s some light rainfall on many days but February isn’t associated with heavy rain in Cancun
- In Mexico City, it’s drier than in Cancun. And in February, it’s very possible you won’t see rain at all, with just about 10mm expected
- In Acapulco, on the Pacific coast, it’s much drier than the Caribbean coast. The average rainfall in Acapulco for February is just 10mm and if you’re there on holiday for a couple of weeks in February, it’s highly likely that you won’t see rain at all
So while the days might be a little shorter, Mexico holidays in February offer up warm to hot temperatures and relatively dry conditions. A lovely winter escape.
Mexico February Celebrations and Festivals
Holidays in Mexico in February could very easily coincide with one a number of special events.
- 5th February is Constitution Day in Mexico and it’s observed with a public holiday for everyone falling on the first Monday in February (so if you’re going to Mexico in February 2016, that will be Monday 1st
- Also on the 2nd February is Candlemas – Día de la Candelaría. This marks the end of the Christmas period in the Church calendar. As a largely Catholic country, this day is often marked by people dressing up images of the baby Jesus and taking them to church to be blessed.
- The Mexicans do celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. In Mexico, they refer to this day more commonly as ‘El Día Del Amor y la Amistad,’ (Day of Love and Friendship). As in the UK, there’s no public holiday or anything like that, but it’s perfectly possible that, wherever you are on holiday in Mexico, if your stay includes the 14th, you may see certain events/parties or special celebrations of the day in bars, restaurants and hotels.
- The Zona Maco art festival in Mexico City. This is a huge art festival celebrating contemporary art but it’s as popular with die hard contemporary art fans as with casual tourists just looking for a nosey! So if you’re anywhere near Mexico City on holiday in February 2016, it’s well worth a visit
- February is Carnival time!! It’s not just the Brazilians who know how to put on a good carnival. Each location will vary in terms of which day of that period it holds carnival on, but this is a true celebration taking place in the run up to Ash Wednesday. We recommend checking out this guide to the best places to catch the Carnival atmosphere in Mexico.
- 24th February – Flag Day (or ‘Día de la Bandera,’ as you’ll hear it referred to in Mexico). This is a day dedicated to celebrating Mexico’s flag and there’ll be civic ceremonies taking place throughout the country. This does include a civic ceremony in Cancun, where there’s a huge flag that you really can’t miss!
So Mexico holidays in February 2016 have weather and enough going on to keep you occupied if you decide you fancy a change of scenery from sunbathing on the beach. It’s a good time of year to travel to Mexico and if you can escape the British February freeze in order to do so, then good for you (and I’m a bit jealous)!
Mexico Holidays – February 2018 Deals
I’ve had a quick nosey (because I just can’t help myself) and you can pick up a Mexico holiday deal from about £550 per person in February 2018 (outside of the school half term dates) at the time of writing. That’s in Cancun on a half board basis. Obviously going all inclusive and for more luxury accoommodation will impact the price.