Discover Mexico’s Cool Escapes: 8 Best Cities With GREAT Weather

Looking to escape scorching temperatures and find a cool haven in Mexico? Or maybe you are tired of the cold winters in Canada and can’t take one more year of snow!

Look no further!

We’ve curated a list of the top 8 cities where you can enjoy refreshing and sunny weather year-round. From charming colonial towns to vibrant cultural hubs, these destinations offer the perfect blend of temperate climate year-round, rich history, and picturesque landscapes.

So grab your sunglasses and get ready to explore Mexico’s central highlands.

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1. Morelia

  • Nestled in the heart of Michoacán, Morelia boasts mild temperatures and stunning colonial architecture.
  • Explore the city’s UNESCO-listed historic center, filled with beautiful plazas, cathedrals, and palaces.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to sample traditional Michoacán cuisine, known for its rich flavors and unique ingredients.

2. Puebla

  • With its high elevation and mountainous surroundings, Puebla enjoys moderate temperatures throughout the year.
  • Wander through the city’s colorful streets lined with beautiful tiled facades and ornate churches.
  • Indulge in Puebla’s culinary delights, including its famous mole poblano and delicious street food.

3. San Miguel de Allende

  • Renowned for its picturesque streets and artistic community, San Miguel de Allende offers a cool retreat in the Central Highlands.
  • Explore the city’s vibrant art scene, with numerous galleries and studios showcasing local talent.
  • Enjoy leisurely strolls through the cobblestone streets and admire the city’s well-preserved colonial architecture.

4. Guadalajara

  • As Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara offers a diverse array of cultural attractions and a temperate climate.
  • Explore the historic center, home to iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral and the Hospicio Cabañas.
  • Experience the city’s vibrant nightlife and sample traditional dishes like birria and tequila.

5. Oaxaca

  • Surrounded by mountains and valleys, Oaxaca enjoys mild temperatures year-round, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Discover the city’s rich indigenous heritage through its markets, museums, and festivals.
  • Don’t miss the chance to savor Oaxaca’s renowned cuisine, including mole, tlayudas, and mezcal.

6. Chapala

  • Situated on the shores of Lake Chapala, the town of Chapala offers a tranquil escape from the heat with its refreshing climate.
  • Relax on the waterfront promenade and enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
  • Explore the town’s charming streets, lined with colorful buildings and inviting cafes.

7. Querétaro

  • Known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and thriving wine industry, Querétaro boasts a mild climate and picturesque surroundings.
  • Take a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire its beautiful plazas and churches.
  • Visit nearby vineyards and indulge in wine tastings and tours to sample the region’s acclaimed varietals.

8. Guanajuato

  • With its cool mountain climate and picturesque setting, Guanajuato is a UNESCO-listed city famed for its colorful houses and underground tunnels.
  • Explore the city’s historic center, filled with colonial-era buildings, museums, and theaters.
  • Immerse yourself in Guanajuato’s vibrant cultural scene, with live music, art exhibitions, and festivals happening year-round.

Discover These Cities On A Relocation Tour

From the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende to the shores of Lake Chapala, these 8 cities offer a welcome respite from the heat with their refreshing climates and vibrant cultural scenes. Whether you’re seeking colonial charm, outdoor adventure, or culinary delights, Mexico’s coolest escapes have something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready to explore these hidden gems in the heart of Mexico!

Ready to make one of these cool cities your new home? Our private Mexico Relocation Tours are the perfect way to explore your options and find the perfect place to settle down. Get in touch today to book your personalized tour and start your journey to life in Mexico’s Central Highlands!

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. JK MARSHALL says

    Hi Mariana, what do you think about Xalapa? I noticed the weather there seems to be very nice all year long and only about an hour from the Gulf coast. Would it be worthwhile for me to do more research on this city?
    Thank you!

    • Daniel Thompson says

      I´m a long term expat resident in Mexico and Honduras reeeally enjoying living in Xalapa. This little city has so many charms – cafes, galleries, bookstores, cobbled
      alleys, parks and lakewalk but I am not sure weather is its strongest point. Cooler than the port Veracruz for sure – in fact even coldish in winter – Xalapa is infamous for its chipichipi constant drizzle- now is my first May here and I can´t wait for the rains to return in June since the high humidity makes the almost hot weather here feel quite close – uncomfortably muggy when there is no wind. For me, the charms of the city more than make up for living with the wettness- I hope you´ll come and agree.

      • Mariana Lange says

        I’d love your insight Daniel! Would you want to share your story of living in Xalapa with our audience? If so, send me an email so we can chat about it [email protected]
        Thanks- Mariana

  2. Alicia Sanchez says

    Interested in a relocation tour of safest and cooler climate colonial cities with lots of museums, art scene, walkable areas, nature and parks, colonial architecture with good hospital and available health care. Prefer less touristy or expats areas and prefer quiet neighborhoods with less congestion and traffic then Guadalajara or CMX.

    • Mariana Lange says

      Great! We have a variety of private relocation tours across Mexico. See which cities we cover here

      For cities with less expats we would say you should consider Guanajuato, Atlixco, Cuernavaca, Tepoztlan, Xalapa, Valladolid, Aguascalientes, San Cristobal de Las Casas, to name a few. But we suggest making a short list of 3-4 places and visiting as many as you can for an extended period of time.

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