By Juan Sempere
Okay, here’s a couple of crucial things you must know about springtime in Mexico: First of all, it’s called “primavera” in Spanish – give it a try, it’s fun how it just rolls off the tongue, right?
And second, it’s one of the best times to visit: The cold days of winter make way for balmier weather, rain is still a couple of months away and, best of all, you can have your fill of outdoor activities. Here are some of our favorite options, along with the main reasons why you should fit them into your schedule:
Vive Latino Festival 2018
Where? Mexico City
When? March 17-18
Why? Because it’s one of the country’s biggest and most revered music festivals, featuring top international acts like Queens of the Stone Age, Morrissey, Gorillaz, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, next to local Latin American faves Molotov, Fito Páez, Panteón Rococó, Cartel de Santa, and dozens more. There are always last minute additions and surprise guests, so make sure you stay abreast of the latest news through the official site. And remember, this is a hot ticket, so get your weekend passes now!
Festivals in Cozumel and Los Cabos
Fiesta de La Santa Cruz
Where? Cozumel, Quintana Roo
When? April 26
Why? This traditional celebration commemorates the very founding of contemporary Cozumel back in 1848, and the colorful festivities include live music, regional dances, a vast array of food and drink, arts and crafts, plenty of folklore, and a fun-filled experience that helps you understand the fusion of Mayan and European cultures that ended up as the foundation of modern-day Mexico.
Festival de San José
Where? San José del Cabo, Baja California
When? March 12-19
Why? The festivities in honor of St. Joseph are big all over the country – have you noticed how many Mexicans are named "José?" – but they’re particularly enjoyable in Los Cabos, where concerts, parades, outdoor parties, street fairs, and traditional food and drink keep everyone joyful and convivial. Also, if your name happens to be Joe or Joseph, make sure you let everyone know! Hit the front desk at your resort for the best insider tips on where the action is, you won’t be disappointed.
Mayan Spring and Madness
Where? Tulum, Quintana Roo
When? March 18-21
Why? Here’s something you might not know: The astrological ushering of spring is a pretty big deal in Mexico. Most archeological sites all over the country prepare for the vast number of visitors that descend upon them to “recharge their life energy” atop the pyramids and other publicly accessible monuments.
The ancient sites of Teotihuacán (outside Mexico City), Monte Albán (Oaxaca) and Chichén Itzá (Yucatán) gather the biggest crowds, but few places match the sheer beauty of the ancient port of Tulum, the only seaside pre-Columbian ruins in existence. Palace Resorts staff will gladly suggest the best options for an unforgettable day trip into the Mayan Riviera. Oh, another suggestion: You’ll want to wear some kind of white attire to blend in.
Mayan Madness 2018
Where? Cancun, Quintana Roo
When? March 29
Why? This celebration of electronica is quickly becoming the must-attend event of the season in Cancun, and will be headlined by Dash Berlin, one of the Top 20 DJ’s in the world. Other acts include up-and-coming local talents from the EDM, House and Indie scene like Alan Salomon, Tom & Collins, DJ Chaser, and more.