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Mexican Riviera Weather in March: Rainfall and Temperatures

Mexican Riviera temperatures in March

Mexican Riviera weather in March offers cruise and stayover visitors one of the driest months of the year. But temperatures vary quite a bit.

Cruise ships visit many of the ports during March along the Mexican Riviera, which is a stretch of coastline along the Pacific Ocean ranging from Ensenada in the north to Acapulco in the south.

The weather is known for a distinct dry season early in the year followed by a wet hurricane season that officially starts May 15 and ends Nov. 30.

It also is known for warm weather among the southern destinations that attract visitors from late fall to early spring.

Average Rainfall

The average rainfall in March for most of the major destinations approaches zero, according to 30 years of historical data from the Mexico National Water Commission.

The rainfall chart with this article shows two exceptions. Catalina Island on the southern coast of California is a common stop for many Mexican Riviera cruises that embark from San Diego and Los Angeles. It averages about two inches of rain in March.

Ensenada is the northernmost port of call on the Mexican coast, and it averages about one inch of rain during the month.

In contrast, ports along the coast see a spike of rainfall during August and September. Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta average 12 inches or more.

Average Temperatures

Rainfall in March is close to zero, but temperatures vary widely among the major destinations.

The distance between Catalina Island and Acapulco is more than 1,600 miles. Northern destinations will feel the effects of cooler spring weather while southern destinations will be warmer because they are closest to the equator.

The coolest destinations are Catalina Island and Ensenada with an average high temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit each.

Mazatlán reaches the mid to upper 70s Fahrenheit, while Los Cabos makes it to 80 degrees.

The warmest ports of call are Acapulco, Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta with averages in the mid to upper 80s Fahrenheit.

Temperatures will continue to rise in the coming months and hit the highest point in August.

Should We Go in March?

Short cruises in March are best for people who don’t spend time on the beach because they visit the cooler, northernmost destinations on the Mexican Riviera.

For anyone who likes water activities, longer cruises are better because they will go to the warmer, northernmost destinations. They include Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.