Advice for Travel to Mexico During Hurricane Season

Are you headed to Mexico soon for vacation and curious about whether hurricane season will cause any issues? Are you headed for a Mexican getaway in Puerto Vallarta? If you are, you will be pleased to know that in the past, the area has remained well protected from powerful storms. The natural barrier of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range and Banderas Bay have protected the region from the worst storms that have hit Mexico in the past. See below to learn more about Mexico’s hurricane season, and advice and tips for vacationers that travel to Mexico during hurricane season this summer and fall. 

Hurricane Season: Summer and Fall in Mexico

The summer and fall seasons are when hurricane season occurs in Mexico. From June through November, there is the possibility of hurricanes making landfall, and the majority of storms form during August, September and October. Weather patterns on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific coast are affected by hurricanes, and inland destinations can be affected by hurricane season a swell. Substantial rains that follow the path of a hurricane have the potential to cause flooding and mudslides that can damage structures, and are potentially dangerous for human life, too. In general, inland areas are less likely to be affected by storms and receive damage than coastal towns.

Travel During Hurricane Season

Are you wondering if you should make travel plans to vacation in Mexico during hurricane season? Of course no one can absolutely guarantee weather conditions ahead of time, travel to Mexico is generally safe despite hurricane season. In fact, there are even some nice bonuses for individuals and families who vacation in Mexico during the summer and fall seasons.  Low season means visitors can expect fewer crowds which many people enjoy.  Also, it is easier to find good deals on airfare and hotel rates during the summer and fall months when there is reduced tourism. Invest time in researching prices online, and you will probably score a great deal on plane tickets and hotels making your vacation in Mexico affordable and fun. Remember, the probability that you will encounter a hurricane during your vacation is quite low, but here are some tips you can take that will help reduce any potential weather related issues.

Mexico Hurricane Advice & Tips:

  • Travel insurance is available to purchase which will give you the proper coverage in case you have to cancel your trip, or end your vacation early because of storm related danger.  
  • Before booking your accommodation, ask if the resort has a hurricane policy or guarantee. If they do, find out the details of how it works so you will understand how their policy will affect your vacation if a storm hits.
  • Register your trip with your country’s embassy because they can offer assistance if needed during a natural emergency. 
  • Watch the weather prior to your trip. Also, check the National Hurricane Center Website for current tropical storm and hurricane conditions before your trip to Mexico.
  • Send a copy of your trip itinerary including flight and hotel details to friends and family back home before you leave for your vacation to Mexico. In addition, scan and email copies of important documents such as passport, drivers license, flight tickets and hotel reservations to yourself so you can easily access them if needed.

Check for Discounted Airfare and Hotel 

Remember to check for discounted airfare and hotel deals online. Many families enjoy trips to Mexico during the summer and fall when low season rates and less crowds make vacation time even better. Hurricanes rarely strike by surprise anymore because technology provides advance warning to allow for the proper preparations in case a storm is approaching. Remember to check weather forecasts before and during your trip, and verify if there are any hurricane warnings issued  In the unlikely event you do encounter a hurricane situation while you are on vacation in Mexico, remember that resort personnel are trained on how to keep their guests safe. Make sure to follow their instructions.  Also, we recommend that you carry your personal documents in a resealable waterproof bag to keep them dry. It is also a good idea to keep your cell phone charged, and conserve power by only using it for essential calls and messages.

Travelling to Mexico during hurricane season? Follow our tips and you are sure to have a great vacation and stay safe, too.

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