July 26, 2021

The Best Mexico Hotels and Resorts for Fewer Crowds in 2021

FAQ: Mexico hotels

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

The weather differs by region across the country, but generally, September through May is a good time to visit Mexico.

Mexico gets much of its rain throughout the summer, but these may be quick and isolated showers that won’t derail a trip.

The Gulf of Mexico area sees hurricanes from late July through early November. It’s hottest in April and May, and the busiest seasons are during the Christmas holiday and spring break periods. 

What is the best Mexico hotel on the beach to avoid crowds? 

Secluded beaches dot the country’s coastline. The island of Holbox is a small 26-mile island within the protected YUM Balam nature reserve and offers pristine, crowd-free beaches, enjoyed by hotels like Villas Flamingos or the Mystique Holbox by Royalton.

Elsewhere, Four Seasons Punta Mita has the advantage of being located a short drive from Puerto Vallarta airport, but boasts a pair of very quiet beaches all to itself.

Can I drink the water in Mexico?

It’s generally not a good idea to drink water from the tap in Mexico. Opt instead for bottled water, even while brushing your teeth. Be mindful of ice and avoid getting it in your drinks unless you can confirm it’s made from safe water. 

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

While hotels do provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels.

However, no travel is completely risk-free right now and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.

Is Mexico safe for U.S. travelers?

CDC advises that unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Mexico. It currently lists Mexico as a Level 3 (out of 4) COVID level. See the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers and recommendations for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Mexico, including wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others.

What are the best Mexico hotels for couples or families?

As a parent of young children, I’ll always pick a Four Seasons anywhere in the world for top-notch service that accommodates families indulgently and seamlessly, with included kids clubs and incredible all-seasons programming. So, the Four Seasons Punta Mita is my go-to pick in Mexico for families.

And while many of Mexico’s most well-known adults-only resorts for couples are located in popular destinations like Cancun, couples seeking romance might find it a treat to visit a hotel like Casa Salles in less-frequently visited Tequila, where spirits tasting makes for memorable, grown-folks-only fun.