When Is The Best Time to Move to Mexico?

You know, I think a question that doesn’t get asked very often is “When is the best time to move to Mexico?”

I started thinking about this earlier this week for a few reasons and I want to share them with you. Now, keep in mind that there really isn’t a perfect time like your time to move. But, in some cases, if you are flexible and have the ability to schedule things in advance I do think April and May and even getting into early June are the best months to move to Mexico. At the very least they’re a great time to plan a scouting tour.

Here’s why

All The Snowbirds Have Left

Many people choose to live in Mexico for a few months out of the year. Especially people coming from the colder parts of the world like Canada and the Northern US. And when that happens, there’s a sudden surge of people renting homes and not a lot of inventory on the market.

So what ends up happening?

rental in Ajijic Mexico

A lot of landlords will raise their prices to meet the demand, and you’ll end up paying a higher rate for a long-term rental In some cases, this is negotiable. But it all depends on what part of Mexico you are renting in, the inventory in that area, and what time of the season it is. The high season tends to go from November through April. December, January, and February are usually the busiest months.

And it makes sense, these are also the coldest months up north. And when you have places in Mexico like the central highlands with 80-degree weather, it’s very appealing. And for those who love the beach, the beaches are also not as hot and not as crowded as the summer months.

With all this in mind, April and May are the best months to find rentals because many snowbirds leave, and there’s a sudden increase in rentals available again. And if you know anything about markets, when demand is down, so are prices. 😉

But don’t worry if you cannot move in April, May, or June- If you find yourself moving in January or November, it doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get the short end of the stick. But I would recommend renting for 6 months instead of a year to try and negotiate a lower rate if you live in a very touristy area.

If You Like Me At My Worst, You’ll Love Me At My Best

I’m not personally talking about me- don’t worry!

I’m talking about the weather in Mexico.

April, May, and June are the months right before the rainy season. And these tend to be the hottest months in many parts of Mexico. Especially the central highlands where the appeal is the perpetual spring-like weather.

The temperatures can be around 88-90 degrees during the day. And with the lack of air conditioners in homes in the central highlands of Mexico, it can feel very hot. Luckily, if you open up your windows, have a fan going, and sip on some cold water it is bearable. But you can also get a mini-split air conditioner installed if you are very sensitive to the heat.

And that’s why April and May can be some of the best months to try out Mexico. If you like it at its hottest, then you’ll love it when it cools down!

For the coastal towns of Mexico, it’s a bit different. For starters, it’s more common to have air conditioning in at least one room of the house. And if you plan to live on a beach in Mexico, then you’re probably looking forward to the heat.

Hope this helps you plan ahead. At the very least, even if you don’t end up moving in April or May, you can at least have these things in mind. There may be seasonality in rentals wherever you move. And you may experience different weather depending on when you come.

What are your thoughts? What is your timeline for moving to Mexico?

I’d love to know. 😉

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Derek says

    From my very limited experience there are three rental categories: short term that can be booked anytime, seasonal and year round. Pricing and availability for the first two categories is better during the summer months.
    We were in Ajijic this April and it was not possible to view any Winter season rentals (Nov 1 to April 30) because the rental agreements don’t finish until April 30. The local rental agencies suggested September as the best month to look for this rental category.

    • Mariana Lange says

      That’s why May is a good month- all the rentals that were not available will once again be back on the market. September is another good month

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