There’s no doubt about it that many of us are dearly missing travel right about now. 2020 has been a long and difficult year for most of the world, and going on vacation is one of the most popular and effective ways that people choose to rebalance, recharge and relax.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way that we travel, and the way that we think about travel. Understandably, many people are still not ready to make the decision to begin travelling again. For those of you who are ready, we’re here to explain why we believe Mexico is a great sunny destination option for you to consider this winter.
A drink in hand, warm sun on your skin, and the sounds of the crashing ocean waves are closer than you think! Read on to learn more about our recommendations for Mexico destinations, why we think they’re fantastic places to vacation to, and COVID-19 safety procedures that have been put in place for each.
Of course, please feel free to contact your TierOne Travel Consultant with any questions you might have, or to book your own sunny Mexico getaway.
Requirements for Canadian Entry to Mexico
Mexico is among a few select nations that have very few health protocols for entry for Canadians. There are currently no quarantine periods for travelers entering Mexico (as of November 2, 2020).
Mexico does not require Covid-19 tests before or after arriving; however, visitors may be subject to a temperature check and general health screening.
Canadian residents’ passports must be valid for the expected duration of your stay in Mexico.
Travelers should have valid travel insurance that covers Covid-19 for the duration of their trip.
What Covid-19 Safety Procedures Does Mexico Have in Place?
Like much of the world, cities in Mexico have made the wearing of face masks in public mandatory. Social distancing should be followed in all public spaces, hotels, restaurants, and beaches, which may be operating at limited capacity as per health and safety guidelines. There may be curfews in place to the region you are looking to travel to.
Contact your TierOne Travel Consultant for detailed information about the particular region you are looking to travel to.
Destinations in Mexico that we Recommend
Imagine boating next to dolphins and spouting whales, watching the sunset on beautiful beaches and enjoying a hot, desert climate that is almost always sunny (Los Cabos enjoys an amazing 320 days of sunshine a year!)
Cabo San Lucas’s sprawling beaches, beautiful waters and iconic arching stone cliffs at the famous Land’s End have become a beautiful setting for Baja’s energetic travellers. In Los Cabos, the options for fun activities are endless: jet-skiing, banana-boating, parasailing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, diving, and horseback riding can all be found just by walking down to the beach! It’s easy to see why travellers choose to return here time and time again.
Cabo San Lucas has been certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a Safe Destination and has already reopened to international tourism. Los Cabos has reopened hotels, beaches, restaurants, and parks at 50% capacity, according to the Government of Baja California Sur. Real-time updates of COVID-19 in Baja California Sur can be found here: https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/
Weather: The cool season lasts for about 3 months, from December 6 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 15°C and high of 26°C.
If this sounds right up your alley, contact your TierOne Travel Consultant to book!
Looking to spend your vacation days both relaxing on a beach while also adventuring in the mountains? Consider beautiful Puerto Vallarta, where classic Mexican charm mingles with the comforts of a premier beach destination.
Stretching around the sparkling blue bay and backed by lush, dramatic palm-covered mountains, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most enticing coastal destinations that we know you’ll love. Each year travellers come to lounge on warm, sandy beaches, browse in quirky shops, indulge in trendy and delicious restaurants, and wander the picturesque central streets and enticing malecón (boardwalk).
There are plenty of activities for those of you who are seeking adventure, including boat trips, horseback riding, diving trips and day trips into the beautiful mountains.
Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta have been certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a Safe Travels destination and have reopened to international tourism. The Government of the State of Nayarit provides the most current COVID-19 travel information here: https://covid19.nayarit.gob.mx/
Sanitary protocols and measures have been implemented by hotels, tour operators and attractions since the last weeks of May, in order to provide guests with as safe and secure of an environment as possible. Restaurants, beaches, shopping areas and the malecon are open in Puerto Vallarta, after being certified with the new health protocols required by international organizations like the WHO.
Weather: The cool season lasts for about 4 months, from December 11 to April 3, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 17°C and high of 27°C.
If Puerto Vallarta is the hot spot for you, contact your TierOne Travel Consultant to book!
Do you consider yourself always up for an adventure? Then you will truly appreciate the plethora of fun activities offered in Cancún! Fantastic diving and snorkeling sites are nearby, including a famous underwater sculpture museum. You can also explore nearby cenotes (limestone sinkholes) and their fascinating underwater cave systems!
If you’re a nature enthusiast, enjoy a day trip from Cancún to Isla Contoy, an uninhabited island that offers great hiking, bird-watching and snorkeling opportunities. And, of course, the white sandy beaches here are stunning, where water activity options range from swimming and kayaking to kiteboarding!
Cancun, dubbed the “Mexican Caribbean” for its amazingly clear, turquoise waters, is a great place to travel if you’re thinking about flying off to Mexico this winter. In fact, the Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun, Cozumel, and Riviera Maya) has not been significantly affected by COVID-19 and it is considered okay for travel by the Government of Canada! Cancun has also recently made a new law that can issue fines to people that refuse to wear a face covering in public. Read about more about COVID-19 in “the Mexican Caribbean” here: https://qroo.gob.mx/sesa/nuevo-coronavirus-covid-19
Weather: The cool season in Cancun lasts for 3 months, from December 3 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of 19°C and high of 27°F.
Does Cancun sound like a place you’d like to spend part of your winter? Contact your TierOne Travel Consultant to get you there safely!
Looking for more of a hidden gem with true touches of luxury? Consider beautiful Playa Mujeres, located about 25 minutes north of Cancun’s airport. This high-end beach destination has managed to stay off many tourists’ radar, while nearby Cancun is very much a popular tourist destination.
The area of Playa Mujeres is completely designed with luxury in mind. If you’re a golfer, you’ll be happy to learn that the area is home to one of the best golf courses in the Cancun area, the Greg Norman-designed Playa Mujeres Golf Club. From the nearly private stretch of beach, hotel guests have a straight view across the water to Isla Mujeres, and many of the hotels offer excursions to the island, whether to relax, snorkel, fish or swim with whale sharks.
Other amazing adventures you can take in Playa Mujeres include visiting islands by boat (such as Isla Contoy and Isla Blanca), kitesurfing, swimming with dolphins, visiting the archaeological site El Meco, ziplining through the jungle, and much more.
Weather: The cool season lasts for about 3 months, from December 4 to March 15, with an average daily high temperature below 28°C. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of 20°C and high of 27°C. These temperatures are perfect for a sunny beach vacation!
Is Playa Mujeres the perfect getaway destination for you? Contact your TierOne Travel Consultant for more info or to book your getaway!
Perhaps you’re an avid traveller who has already visited plenty of Mexico’s hot spots and are looking for a new destination you’ve never been. We highly recommend Mazatlán, which is located on the Pacific Ocean at the lush western edge of the Sierra Madre mountains.
Thanks to its 20km of sandy beaches, Mazatlán has become one of Mexico’s most alluring and inviting beach destinations. This destination has so many amazing things to offer its visitors, from deep sea fishing to paragliding, great clubs and bars, free street concerts and dance performances, and amazing seafood.
Explore outside the city and discover ziplining in the Sierra Madre Mountains, banana boat rides on the sea of Cortez, mountain biking, eco-excursions, and much more. Make sure not to miss the refurbished old town of Mazatlán and its glorious malecón (beach promenade), where you can view magical colorful sunsets from the patios of trendy bars and restaurants.
You can read about COVID-19 stats and safety protocols in the Sinaloa area at this link.
Weather: The cool season lasts for about 3.5 months, from December 11 to March 27, with an average daily high temperature below 27°C. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 13°C and high of 26°F.
Does Mazatlan sound perfect to you this winter? Contact your TierOne Travel Consultant for more info or to book your getaway!
READY TO ADD ONE OR MORE OF THESE MEXICO VACATION DESTINATIONS TO YOUR BUCKET LIST?
If you’re itching to travel with a bad case of the Travel Bug, we hope that our recommendations of beautiful and safe destinations to travel to in Mexico has been helpful in assisting you to plan your winter getaway!
We’re always here to help you plan your trip and answer your travel-related questions. Reach out to your TierOne Travel Consultant if you have any questions to ask, or are ready to book your relaxing sunny getaway!
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START PLANNING YOUR VACAY TODAY
When you’re ready to explore Mexico or another destination and make your travel dreams come true, contact your TierOne Travel agent today! They have extensive experience in life-changing travel and will be able to craft something incredible that is suited to your unique needs. One call; endless experiences!
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