|So, how's the weather?
The Yucatan region of Mexico enjoys warmth and sunshine year-round. The moderating effect of the Gulf of Mexico and the breeze off
the water make it a very desirable vacation destination for Mexicans in summertime, when the heat of the city can be unbearable. It's
also sunny and warm in fall, winter and spring too. "El Norte" (that's the north wind from over the Gulf) blows for a day or two each week
in winter, and on those days you really need to hang on to your hat! We recommend those days for sightseeing and shopping, of which
there is an abundance. It is also during December, January and February that the sandy bottom is stirred up and the water's edge is
often lined with seaweed, or sargasso. These three months are not the best months to enjoy the Gulf or the beach.
Month High Temp Low Temp Rainfall Ocean Temp
January 83°F 62°F 1 in. 66°F
February 85°F 63°F 1 in. 66°F
March 90°F 66°F 1 in. 70°F
April 94°F 68°F 1 in. 74°F
May 96°F 71°F 3 in. 79°F
June 93°F 72°F 6 in. 82°F
July 92°F 71°F 6 in. 82°F
August 92°F 72°F 6 in. 81°F
September 90°F 71°F 7 in. 79°F
October 87°F 68°F 4 in. 76°F
November 85°F 65°F 2 in. 74°F
December 84°F 63°F 1 in. 72°F
|This map shows
how many ruins
there are within a
short drive of
|The world-famous ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza are each
an hour and a half's drive away on a modern highway, and
Cancun and the Caribbean are a mere three and a half
The Yucatan also boasts an abundance of crystal clear
cenotes (sen-oh-tays), or sinkholes, where you can swim
and snorkel among brilliantly coloured tropical fish. There
are always some very large iguanas around to be seen, too.
|These photos were taken at the ruin site of Dzibilchaltun, twenty
minutes' drive from the house. Above you can see the sparkling
cenote, perfect for swimming, and climbing the ruins provides a
fascinating encounter with history.
Be sure to take your bathing suit, and mask and snorkel if you have
them, because it is remarkably hot when you go inland and leave the
cool breezes off the gulf, a reminder why the Mexican nationals flock to
the beaches in summertime
Below is one shot from X'Campo, the ruins nearest our house. We
visit every time.
|Each time you drive along the highway to our house,
you pass a flamingo conservatory, where you can
sometimes catch a glimpse of these beautiful birds in
their natural environment.