March is something of a hit and miss month in the UK. Sometimes we get a subtle glimpse of spring and other times we shiver right into April with freezing cold temperatures. But in Mexico, March is simply delightful for sun worshippers and there’s plenty going on to keep holidaymakers entertained when they’ve had enough of bathing on the beach too.
So, if you’re considering a Mexico holiday in March 2018, here’s what you can expect from the weather and a rundown of the festivals, fiestas and the things going on over the course of the month.
Mexico Weather in March
Mexico is warm (some might consider it hot) in March. And certainly by comparison to the UK, it’s positively summery! But as you would expect, temperatures do vary across the country from North to South and West to East.
Here are the average temperatures for some of the main holiday spots in Mexico in March:
Average temperatures in March in Mexico are around 25 to 26 degrees Celsius, but it’s not uncommon for them to soar into the 30s at this time of year, so it’s perfect for sun worshipping types.
The wetter Caribbean coast is not as dry as other parts of the country. So Cozumel and Cancun (along with other resorts along the Mayan Riviera) will probably see rain on at least some of the days during your holiday in March. However, it’s typically light, drizzly rain.
The whole country wide, Cancun and Cozumel included, March is the driest month of the year in Mexico.
So to summarise, March is a stunning month for weather in Mexico. If you’re considering holidays to Mexico in March, you should be expecting hot, relatively dry weather. It’s great for the beach or pool!
Festivals, Fiesta and Other Happenings in Mexico in March 2018
One thing to bear in mind for Brits heading to Mexico on holiday in March is that this is the US spring break season. So if you head to one of the popular Mexican beach resorts, don’t be surprised to come across American students making the most of the sunshine in their spring breaks. Yes, they can be rowdy! 😉 But simply check with your hotel when you book whether they expect large spring break groups. There are some resorts in the beach areas that don’t attract/accept those types of bookings.
In terms of other things going on in Mexico in March:
- Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival is taking place in the Ixtapa resort (Pacific Coast) usually in March each year. This is a festival attended and enjoyed by tourists and locals alike and it’s one big huge celebration of guitar music. This includes concerts on the beach, bands and artists playing in the bars and all sorts of other things. So if you’re on holiday in Mexico and you’re anywhere nearby, it’s worth a visit without a doubt.
- The Vallarta Bird Festival is scheduled to take place in March in Puerto Vallarta (Pacific Coast). Wildlife and nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy this one.
- Noche de Brujas (or ‘Night of the Witches) takes place on the first Friday in March. In 2016 this falls on 4th March in Catemaco. Now, Catemaco is almost a 6 hour drive from Mexico City. It sits in Veracruz, not an area known for its touristy resorts. But many make the trip to Catemaco to witness this festival each year. This takes place on a hill just outside the town (Cerro Mono Blanco). It’s less of a “scary” festival and more a celebration of the witchcraft history of this area of the country and there’s nothing else quite like it in the world. So if you can make a trip to this part of the country it with your holiday in March, it’s certainly worth doing so.
- The Riviera Maya film festival takes place in March in various locations on the Mayan Riviera. This means there’ll be venues and events located within incredibly easy reach for people on holiday in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and other areas nearby.
- The Mexico City Festival is a huge celebration of arts and the heritage of Mexico City. It has a real celebratory feel about it and for culture vultures and casual arts and heritage appreciators alike, it’s well worth a trip.
- The Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine festival is great for people taking holidays to Cancun or the Mayan Riviera in March. Find out more about it here.
- Benito Juarez’s birthday is celebrated each March in Mexico with a national holiday. The day itself is 21st March but it’s observed on the 3rd Monday of the month. There are celebrations in particular in the Oaxaca region.
- Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza. Now if you plan to go and visit Chichen Itza at all (which you definitely should!) the Spring Equinox is an incredible time to do so. Thousands of tourists visit then to watch the incredible way in which the equinox sunlight casts seemingly magical shadows at the Kulkulkan temple. It appears as though a giant serpent is slithering up the steps of the temple – something many believe was deliberately achieved by the Mayans to mark equinox. It’s an incredible thing to witness.
- The Guadalajara International Film Festival is another event taking place in March. So if you’re on holiday in Guadalajara in March 2016, check out the dates and consider a trip.
Mexico Holidays in March 2018 – Deals
Again, if you manage to give the school holidays a miss, you can pick up some relatively decent deals on holidays to Mexico in March 2018. At the time of writing, you can get good all inclusive deals with First Choice from £750 (7 nights) and book flights hotels together through On the Beach from about £600.