Saturday November 30, 2013
This is a great month to visit Mexico. Hurricane season is officially over, and the weather is in general more moderate, though nights can be quite chilly in some places, particularly cities at high altitudes like Mexico City. There are lots of events taking place this month, including cultural and religious festivals like the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the posadas, and other Christmas traditions. You won't run out of things to do in Mexico in December! Check out our list of December Festivals and Events and information about Winter Travel to Mexico.
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Saturday November 30, 2013
In my opinion, there's no bad time to visit Mexico, as each season has something to offer. There are a few things you'll probably want to take into account when planning the timing of your trip, however. If there are any special festivals or events you would like to attend, by all means you should plan your trip accordingly. You'll also want to keep in mind that certain times of the year can be crowded at popular destinations, and you'll also want to have an idea of what the weather will be like during the time of your visit. Check out our Mexico Month-by-Month calendar to have a look at what's happening each month of the year.
For more information about when to visit Mexico, read more here: When Should I Travel to Mexico? or read our reader's opinions - and give your own: What's Your Favorite Time of the Year to Visit Mexico?
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Thursday November 28, 2013
Many visitors to Mexico experience so much joy and pleasure during their stay that they wish for a way to give back to the communities that welcome them so warmly. There are many ways to do so; just the simple act of visiting these places and making purchases from local vendors helps to stimulate the economy, but if you would like to do more, one way you can do so is by bringing some items that may be of use to needy people in Mexico. It's always a good idea to leave a little extra room in your suitcase to bring back handicrafts or souvenirs you might pick up during your trip, and you can put that space to good use on your trip down by filling it up with items you can donate to disadvantaged people, particularly children. There are a few projects that will help make sure your donations get into the right hands.
Pack for a Purpose
This organization operates in several different countries around the world and has as a goal to make it easier for travelers to donate items to people in need in their destinations. In Mexico Pack for a Purpose has teamed up with a few hotels to accept donations of specific items that may be of use. For a list of participating hotels and lists of specific items to pack, check out the organization's website: Pack for a Purpose Mexico.
Kicks for Kids
Michele Kinnon, whose blog "Life's a Beach" was nominated for Favorite Mexico Blog in our Readers' Choice Awards two years in a row, has begun an initiative to collect sneakers for the children of a village outside of Playa del Carmen. Nuevo Noh Bec is a small village with many needs, but since snakebite is the number one health issue of its residents, it was decided that the most pressing need is to make sure the children who live there have proper footwear. The Kicks for Kids project's goal is to collect 400 pairs of new or gently worn sneakers to deliver to the children of Nuevo Noh Bec before Christmas, though the project will be ongoing to provide the children with shoes as they grow. Organizers are asking visitors to the Riviera Maya to pack a pair of new or gently worn sneakers and leave them in one of the project's drop-off locations. Learn more: Kicks for Kids.
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Wednesday November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving, which is called Acción de Gracias in Spanish, is not celebrated in Mexico (see the list of Mexican national holidays). We just had a long weekend for el Día de la Revolución on the 3rd Monday of the month, as well as the Mexican version of Black Friday: el Buen Fin. However, if you're hankering for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, you may be able to find one. Since expats and tourists visiting during the holiday often want to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal, there's a good chance there will be at least one organized in your destination of choice.
Many resorts in Mexico offer their guests a Thanksgiving turkey dinner, and restaurants in tourist areas are getting in on the action. Alternatively you may be able to find a group of expats who are having a dinner and would be happy to have a few more people join their celebration. If you don't come across a traditional turkey dinner like you're accustomed to, remember the most important thing is to feel appreciative of all you have - and there will surely be a lot to be thankful for if you're in Mexico for the holiday. You might consider branching out and trying turkey prepared in a different way, like this turkey with mole sauce, for example.
Here's a list of Thanksgiving dinners being offered in Los Cabos from Los Cabos Guide: Thanksgiving Dinner Options in Los Cabos 2013. If you have access to a kitchen, you might consider preparing your own Thanksgiving dinner. Here's some info about where to buy your supplies and some alternative recipes from the Good Food in Mexico City blog by Nicholas Gilman: Thanksgiving: Doing it Yourself in Mexico City. However you decide to celebrate, I hope you have a very happy one!