The country of Mexico is situated on the continent of North America, bordering the United States, and has a population of more than 110 million people. Aside from its contributions to the service and production industries, tourism is particularly important to Mexico and it is one of the most visited countries in the world. With its beautiful beaches and many attractions, it is easy to see why.
The rainy or 'monsoon' season in Mexico runs from May to September and sometimes into October in regions located south of the Tropic of Cancer. These regions are exposed to heavy rainfall in the mid-afternoon which lasts for roughly a couple of hours before leaving the evenings cooler and dry.
Atlantic hurricane season in Mexico occurs between the start of June and the end of November. The highest risk of hurricanes is between September and October, as they become more frequent due to sea temperatures being at their hottest. Though the risk of hurricanes directly striking a particular location is small it is worth being aware and keeping an eye on weather forecasts throughout your stay.
Getting to your destination should be trouble-free as Mexico has more than 1,800 airports, ensuring convenience and haste for travellers inside and outside the country. The road network of Mexico is fairly well-developed so travelling around the country is relatively easy, whether on two wheels or four. There are plenty of public transport options open too for those who wish to see the sights.
Mexico hosts many festivals throughout the year which celebrate its culture and history; including the Festival de Mexico which sees more than 50 venues around Mexico City playing host to various acts, from music and dance to theatre and opera. There are many carnival celebrations too, with colourful parades and partying like the Carnival in Veracruz that runs for nine days every March.
The most popular sports in the country are soccer and boxing. Other favourites include basketball, baseball and bullfighting. Tourists are attracted to the white beaches and amazing coral reefs to try out the water sports on offer; Mexico offers visitors the chance to try out snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving among other pursuits. The most well-known sporting venue in Mexico is called the Aztec Stadium, which is home to the Mexico national football team - and is the only venue in the world to have staged two of football's World Cup Finals. Singers and bands such as U2, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney have also performed at Estadio Azteca over the years.
If you are visiting the island with family then let the children cool off in the Wet 'N' Wild water park in Cancun or take them to see the animals at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. Take a trip to the Museo Nacional de Antropología, also in Mexico City,where you can discover all about the country's rich and diverse culture and history.
There are earthquake risks in Mexico and between the months of June to October there are also chances of hurricanes which can result in some flash flooding and landslides. Within view of Mexico City, there is the active Popocatepetl Volcano and the dormant Iztaccíhuatl volcano also.
Last updated: 21 July 2016
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