Year after year, the cold autumn chill sends North American travelers south of the border in search of warm beaches and sunshine. If you’re looking for warm places to visit in November, here are three destinations in Mexico for you to explore or rediscover. Use these travel tips to help you navigate your next vacation and find hidden gems outside the common tourist attractions in Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Cancún, Mexico.
How is the weather?
The average daytime temperatures range from 28°C to 33°C (82°F to 91°F). Evenings are cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 18°C to 22°C (64°F to 72°F).
Lightweight Clothing: Pack breathable, lightweight clothing to keep cool in the tropical weather.
Evening Wear: Bring some smart casual outfits for evenings out, as the town has a vibrant nightlife.
Warm Layer: It’s advisable to have at least one warm layer for cooler evenings.
Sandals/Flip-flops: Ideal for the beach and casual outings.
Comfortable Walking Shoes: For exploring the town and other sightseeing activities.
Sunglasses: To protect your eyes from the bright sun.
Hat: A wide-brimmed hat can provide protection from the sun.
Swimwear: Essential for enjoying the beautiful beaches and your hotel’s pool.
What do do during this month?
Puerto Vallarta, the tropical mecca for expats and tourists alike, sits between the bold Sierra Madre Mountains and tranquil Bahia de Banderas Bay of the Pacific. The tiki-jungle vibe mixed with a bustling city-beat, makes this location our first choice for warm places to visit in November outside the US.
The thriving beach city attracts tourists year-round and boasts a dizzying list of tours, from zip lining and parasailing to dune buggy tours and jungle hiking. It is also ranked as one of the best sights in the world for whale-watching.
With more travelers seeking authentic experiences, you can now book personalized walking tours like this Half-day Private Tour or explore Old Town food culture with tours like the Breakfast Taco Tour with a Local Foodie.
If traveling with the family, Puerto Vallarta has an extensive list of kid-friendly options, from volunteering with the sea turtle release program to horseback riding on the Sierra Madre trails.
Puerto Vallarta also makes our list of best places to travel in November for warm weather through its cultural experiences, where locals and tourists find ways to connect through cooking classes and lessons in dance and traditional art forms.
Finally, you can find great deals at Puerto Vallarta’s Local Markets. From the Downtown Rio Cuale Flea Market to Mercado del Pueblo in the nearby beach town of Sayulita, check out more here and start planning your local market adventure today!
Travelers choose Los Cabos as one of the best places to travel for warm weather due to cheap flights and proximity, located just south of the US border on the Baja California Peninsula.
During November, you can expect a pleasant blend of warm temperatures and decreased humidity
Daytime Temperatures: The daytime temperatures typically range from the mid to high 20s°C (upper 70s to low 80s°F). It’s a time when the scorching summer temperatures have subsided, offering much milder warmth that’s quite enjoyable.
Nighttime Temperatures: As the sun sets, temperatures might drop to the lower 20s or upper 10s°C (60s to low 70s°F), making evenings and nights pleasantly cooler.
Lightweight Clothing: Pack lightweight clothing like T-shirts, shorts, and tank tops for daytime outings.
Warm Layers: Include a couple of warm layers such as light sweaters or jackets for the cooler evenings.
Swimwear: Bring swimwear for enjoying the beautiful beaches and water activities.
Formal Attire: If you plan on dining at upscale restaurants or attending any events, consider packing a formal outfit.
Flip Flops: Suitable for the beach and casual outings.
Walking Shoes: Comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring the area.
Formal Shoes: Depending on your itinerary, a pair of formal shoes might come in handy.
Sunglasses: To protect your eyes from the bright sun.
Sun Hat: A wide-brimmed hat can provide shade and help you stay cool.
Light Scarf: Can be used to cover up when necessary and to protect against the evening chill.
What to do in November
If you’re staying anywhere near the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), you’ll want to make a stop at one of the local Farmer’s Markets. Here you’ll find fresh local food in season and your dollar or peso goes directly to the producer. It’s a great way to get the family out and connect with the local community. Find out more on Los Cabos area organic farmers’ markets here.
San José del Cabo has a thriving local art scene, where you can meander through cobblestone streets to local art galleries and perhaps even meet the artists at work. Artist Patricia Mendoza calls The Gallery District in San José del Cabo “the cultural heart of Los Cabos, a place where you can enjoy the different expressions of many national and international artists.”
Heading south by shuttle bus, taxi, or rental car, you will find the famous Cabo San Lucas, one of the most sought-after places with warm weather in November. Most of Cabo’s tourism is centered around the Marina and Medano Beach, but if you venture just a few blocks away, you will find the local Cabo San Lucas Plaza Amelia Wilkes is a good place to start, with local restaurants nearby you can explore.
To escape the crowds, hop on a water taxi to visit the famous El Arco (The Arch) and Playa del Amor (Lovers’ Beach). Finally, don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime to swim with gentle whale sharks during your stay on the Baja Peninsula.
We saved the best of our warm places to visit in November for last, which is none other than the famous Cancún, Mexico. While many tourists head for the beaches and disco clubs, Downtown Cancún and the greater Yucatán Peninsula offer much more for an authentic Mexico experience.
During November, the average high temperatures hover around 29-31°C (84-88°F), while the average low temperatures are around 21-23°C (70-73°F). The overall temperature experiences a slight dip, making outdoor activities and beach outings comfortable.
Light Clothing: Bring light, breathable clothing for the daytime. Cotton and linen garments are recommended.
Swimwear: Pack swimwear for enjoying the beaches and hotel pools.
Evening Wear: For evenings, it might be a good idea to have a couple of pieces of slightly warmer clothing, such as a light sweater or a wrap, especially if you plan to be out by the waterfront where it can be cooler.
Footwear: Comfortable sandals and flip-flops are essentials. You might also want a pair of closed-toe shoes for evenings or outings.
Sunglasses: A pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright sun.
Hat: A wide-brimmed hat can provide protection from the sun during daytime outings.
Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh sun.
Things to do
Parque de las Palapas was the first main square in Downtown Cancún and is still the central plaza, located just behind Avenida Tulum (main street). Here you will find an array of savory Mexican food bites and artistic performances at sunset. You can take a “Taqueria Crawl” to sample authentic Mexican tacos without paying the tourist prices.
Cancún’s rich cultural history and mysterious legends beg to be explored by booking any of the following day tours: Tulum & Cobo Tour, Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour, or a day trip to Isla Mujeres, where you can explore the island on a golf cart, dine on local cuisine, or unwind on its majestic white sand beaches.
Wherever you decide to escape to, we hope you’ll keep these Mexico destinations in mind for warm places to visit in November. Happy Traveling!