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Best and Worst Times to Visit Acapulco

Acapulco beach. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Acapulco beach. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Discovering the best and worst times to visit Acapulco is easy. Just look at this Mexican city's wild annual weather.

Acapulco on the southwest coast of Mexican is famous as both a resort and cruise destination. It is popular as a resort destination because of warm weather year round. It is popular as a cruise destination, most often on Panama Canal cruises.

The temperatures are consistent throughout the year, but the rainfall is not.

Best Times to Visit


The best months to visit Acapulco are November through May every year when the average monthly rainfall is only about one inch per month or less, according to historical data from Mexico's government meteorological service. This is the city's dry season.

The average daytime temperature is stays between 87 and 89 degrees Fahrenheit or about 30 degrees Celsius each month.

These rainfall and temperature numbers are historical averages. Actual weather may vary day by day. But the averages give anyone planning to visit Acapulco a guide in knowing what to expect and when to go.

Worst Times to Visit


The worst months to visit Acapulco are June through October during the annual Pacific hurricane season. The season officially begins May 15 and ends Nov. 30 every year, but it hits Acapulco especially hard from June through October. November is a transition month between the end of the hurricane season and the beginning of the dry season.

Average monthly rainfall jumps to 10 inches in June and July, 11 inches in August and 12 inches in September.

Even though Acapulo rarely gets a direct hit from a Pacific hurricane or tropical storm, it does get plenty of rainfall from them when they pass through the area.

But at least it's warm. Average daytime temperatures hover around 90 degrees Fahrenheit or about 32 Celsius.

High Season and Value Season


Acapulco monthly rainfall
© 2019 Scott S. Bateman
The winter months of December to March are easily Acapulco's “high" or peak travel season. During this season, the city is crowded with visitors from all over the word.

As expected, rates are heightened and access to various amenities including accommodation is limited and competitive. However, though winter, the days are often warm with consistent sunshine.

Summer is Acapulco's low season. During this period, crowds are generally small and prices are fairly low.

But expect sweltering heat, high humidity and bouts of rain. As such, the low prices and small crowds may not be worth it during this period after all.

Additionally, while the wet season begins in June, it may sometimes last all the way to October.

Rest of The Year


During other times of the year, Acapulco generally sees good weather. Warm with bursts of sunshine, these periods (spring and autumn) are often great for those looking to spend much time outdoors.

Additionally, during these periods, airfare is relatively cheap and the city is much less crowded except for prime resorts. These seasons are for the laid back and easy going traveller who is just looking to relax.

In particular, April and May offers visitors desirable weather and low prices. Still, those visiting in October or November will avoid the rowdy spring breakers who often flock the area as soon as they possibly can.

Festivities


Festivals are an important factor to consider when deciding when to visit Acapulco. The Virgin Guadalupe and Acapulco Carnival are of particular importance.

The Virgin of Guadalupe Festival (Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe) takes place in mid-December. This festival often includes street parties, flower decoration, live music, costume play, etc. As a tradition, the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is placed underwater at Caleta beach and can be viewed on this day through glass-bottom boats.

The Carnival is held during mid-February and sees colourful processions and revelry filling the streets of the city. Costumes, performances, good food and drink are the hallmarks of Acapulco carnival.

For those looking to have a good time and experience the people and culture, visiting during a celebration may be a great idea.

In general, a decision of when to visit Acapulco will depend, as seen above, on several factors. Visitors should consider carefully what they want out of their trip as well as what they do not desire and plan tactically and carefully before purchasing that ticket.
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