Best time to visit Mexico

Boating in Mexico

Check out ancient Mayan settlements on river banks, islands with castles, ports, and the Land's End—a boat trip can reveal the best of Mexico

Best time: September–May


Cruising in Mexico is praised due to picturesque ports that annually host six million visitors. However, besides the ports, there are many other lovely places in Mexico one can access only by a boat. These hidden spots include the ancient Mayan city Yaxchilan located on the Usumacinta River banks in Champa. Another secret spot accessible only via water is the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, also known as the Land's End. The second name probably comes from the fact that this limestone formation stands right on the point where the Gulf of California merges with the Pacific Ocean. The site is beautiful to take pictures, yet swimming under the arch is discouraged as it's not safe.

Besides the marvellous scenery, you will be stunned by local wildlife, particularly the nearby waters are a famous gathering point of sea lions. If you are fond of romantic boat trips, don't hesitate to take your time to explore Mexico's largest freshwater lake Chapala and its island nestled in the middle of the water with a fine castle. Though boats and cruises are generally available year-round, the most convenient time for an enjoyable cruise is the dry season from September through May.

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What are some unique boating spots to visit in Mexico?

Mexico has various delightful aquatic locations to explore, inaccessible by other means than a boat, including Yaxchilan, an ancient Mayan city standing on the banks of the Usumacinta River, the Land's End, a rock formation marking the tip of Baja California Peninsula and an island in Chapala Lake. This castle-adorned island is picturesque and well worth exploring. Show more

When is the best time to go boating in Mexico?

Boats and cruises are usually available year-round, but September through May is the best time to go boating in Mexico. This period is characterised by optimal and sunny weather conditions, providing the perfect boating experience you could ask for. Cruising in the mexican waters is ideal and weather-friendly during this time. Show more

Are there any safety concerns to be aware of when visiting the Arch of Cabo San Lucas?

Caution should be taken when swimming underneath the Arch of Cabo in order to avoid accidents caused by the strong currents and waves. Following safety guidelines and respecting the rules guarantees a pleasant and safe boating experience. Photography, without breaking any safety protocols, is allowed near this iconic destination. Show more

Where can I see sea lions in Mexico during a boat trip?

Common sightings near Mexican shores are sea lions, making them not so hard to spot during a boating excursion. A few recommended locations for sea lion sightings include Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Gulf of California islands and Los Frailes beach within Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Your boating experience will surely surpass expectations with the company of these lovely creatures. Show more

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