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Bring light ponchos for rain gear. These can be purchased from most camping stores. Many stadiums also carry a light poncho to sell to fans of local football teams. These work great as well. They are small and light and easy to carry anywhere you go as a rain cloud can come in no time and dump a monsoon on your head.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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SEASONS - WEATHER

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INTRODUCTION

As far as we are concerned there are no bad times of the year to go to Mexico however many would disagree with us. There are rainy seasons and the summer is extremely hot. During the rainy season it can rain every day and there is the chance of hurricanes and other natural disasters that affect the Yucatan.

Playa del Carmen and Chetumal have been completely wiped out in the past and what you presently see are rebuilt cities. If you wonder why you see dilapidated buildings that nobody seems inclined to repair or demolish consider the circumstances. The hurricanes will return some day.

Flying to the Yucatan depends largely on the weather. Not in that it affects actual flying there any more than the weather affects flying anywhere, it is simply that charters do not fly into Cancun during the off seasons. Flying to anywhere else in the Yucatan most likely means flying to Mexico City or Cancun first.

Some flights from Canada in the off season must fly to a USA city first, then transfer to a flight bound for Cancun or Mexico City on an American airline. Flying from a city in the USA means first flying to a city on the flight path to Mexico then transferring. The cost of flying is also higher in the off-seasons because you are not taking a charter flight.



BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO

The best time of the year to travel to the Yucatan is September 8 - 30. The reason for this is that it is the end of summer and the rains start in October. Kids are back in school and all destinations become less crowded. It is hot but not unbearably so. It generally does not rain and it is usually not windy. The water in the Caribbean Sea is not warm, it is HOT! Swimming can be like taking a hot bath on some days. It has been our experience that you see a greater abundance of aquatic life snorkeling when the water is warmer. Also it can be less expensive to stay in some resorts/hotels because the summer boom is over and vacancies are up.



YUCATAN PENINSULA RAINY SEASONS

If you are on the Caribbean Sea coast during the rainy season then it can rain everyday, all day. Sometimes you can get lucky and it just rains part of the day and if you are really lucky it may not rain at all. The likelihood is that it will rain, after all it is the rainy season. Inland however it is a different story and although it may rain almost everyday it tends to rain at the same time of the day for a short period. In June and July this can actually be a refreshing experience that enhances your expedition.

Rainy seasons occour:

  • October - January
  • April - July



YUCATAN PENINSULA WEATHER REVIEWS

Each indepth Weather Review contains:
[For each month of the year]

    Average Temperature
    Average High Temperature
    Average Low Temperature
    Average Relative Humidity
    And much more…

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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