Looking for information on hurricane season in Mexico? In Mexico, hurricane season generally begins in June and lasts through the end of November. The highest number of dangerous storms that form occur during the months of August through October. Some areas of Mexico are more likely to be at risk of damage from these powerful storms than others. Are you headed to Puerto Vallarta for a vacation? If you are, the area is generally well protected from powerful storms due to the surrounding Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range and Banderas Bay. The natural border of mountains and Banderas Bay has kept Puerto Vallarta safe over the years. Read more below to learn more about hurricane season in Mexico, and some tips we have for vacationers that travel this summer and fall.
When Does Hurricane Season in Mexico Occur?
The greatest activity of hurricanes occurs during the months between August and October, but hurricane season lasts from June through November. Hurricanes and tropical storms have an effect on weather patterns on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific coast. Hurricanes are slightly less common on the Pacific Coast where Puerto Vallarta is situated, but as you know the weather is unpredictable. inland destinations can be affected by hurricane season when substantial rains can cause flooding and mudslides after a hurricane has passed by. Flooding and mudslides have the potential to cause damage to structures, and are potentially dangerous for humans, too. On average, inland areas are less likely to be affected by storms than coastal towns.
Is Travel Safe to Mexico during Hurricane Season?
Are you wondering if it is safe to travel to Mexico during hurricane season? While you can never fully predict the weather or natural disasters, travel to Mexico is generally safe all year long. There are even some advantages to vacationing in Mexico in the summer and fall. Since summer is low season for tourism, you can expect fewer crowds which many people enjoy. In addition, airfare and hotel rates are lower during the summer and fall months since there is reduced tourist activity. Research plane tickets and hotels online and you will likely find a great deal so your vacation in Mexico is affordable and fun. The probability that you will encounter a hurricane during your vacation is quite low. Here are some tips and precautions you can take that will help reduce any issues with your trip.
Mexico Hurricane Season Tips:
- Purchase travel insurance so you have the proper coverage in case you need to cancel your trip, or end your trip early because of storm related danger.
- Before booking your hotel, ask if the resort has a hurricane policy or guarantee. If they do, clarify what the terms are so you will understand how their policy will affect your vacation if a storm hits.
- Register your trip with your country’s embassy as they can offer assistance if needed during a natural emergency.
- Keep track of 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. Regularly check weather forecasts in the area you will be visiting.
- Send a copy of your trip itinerary to friends and family back home before you leave for your vacation to Mexico. Also, 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.
Bonus! Cheap Airfare and Hotel Deals
Many families enjoy trips to Mexico during the summer and fall when low season rates and less crowds make vacation time even better. In addition, hurricanes rarely strike by surprise thanks to technology which provides advance warning for individuals to prepare if a storm is approaching. Watch weather forecasts and take note if there are any hurricane warnings. In the unlikely event a hurricane does hit while you are on vacation in Mexico, remember that resort personnel are specially trained to keep you safe. Heed all instruction and direction from the resort staff members. Also, we recommend that you carry your personal documents in a resealable waterproof bag to keep them dry,and keep your cell phone charged and conserve power by only using it for essential calls and messages.
Follow our tips and advice, and you are sure to have a great vacation in Mexico this summer or fall and stay safe, too.