It’s a Great Time to Come to Mexico
Posted by Tony & Cheri on November 3, 2008
Despite the economic issues around the world, right now is the best time to plan a trip to Mexico that we’ve seen in years. Why, you might ask???
First off, all of the major airlines are having sales at the moment, although they don’t appear to be too well publicized. We’ve seen one way fares from San Francisco to Cancun on American Airlines for $94 and $99 fares (each way) on USA3000 to Cancun from Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Other airlines are having similar sales. These are some of the best rates we’ve seen in years!!
Secondly, the rate of exchange between the US dollar and the peso is higher now than it has been in a very, very long time (as long as we can remember). Right now one US dollar equals anywhere between 11.5 and 14 pesos! That’s a HUGE increase over the “normal” rate of about 10.5 that has been in existence for several years. That means a savings of about 20% to 40% on everything in Mexico. And if you’re planning an upcoming trip and want to take advantage of these good rates (in case they fall back down again, which we’re guessing is going to happen), check with your local bank and ask if they can exchange some dollars for pesos and at what rate. Buy them now & sock them away for your next trip. You can’t lose.
Third, this is low season here in Playa. Hotel rates are very good across the board from now until right before Christmas, when the extra high holiday rates kick in for a few weeks before we settle into the high season months of January through April. November and early December are excellent times to come to this part of Mexico. The weather is not as scorching hot as the summer months, and temperatures are generally in the 80s during the day & the 70s at night (with occasional cool nights, like we’re having now, which are heavenly, in our opinion!).
And except for the busy time around the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s generally not hard to find hotel rooms at this time of year. Our own Luna Blue Hotel still has quite a bit of availability during the next week or so and then again in early to mid December.
Even if you plan on making a trip to Playa del Carmen or the Mayan Riviera during the holiday or high season, now’s the time to make those plans. The gorgeous blue Caribbean awaits.