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Cute Outfits for Mexico Vacation: What to Wear in Mexico

Wondering what to wear in mexico?

You’re in the right place to get Mexico outfits advice and inspo, as I’ve been living and traveling in Mexico since 2018! I’ve been to half the states and even lived in several places in Mexico — including the Yucatan and Mexico City — and I’m about to share everything I know about Mexico attire with you!

While many consider Mexico as one giant beach with tropical climates year-round, this country is so much more than that. In fact, you’ll even need different outfits for beaches in Mexico in the summer than for Mexico beaches in winter, as you’ll soon see.

In the climate department, there’s everything from deserts to rainforests, and of course, beautiful beaches. Because of that, your Mexico City outfits will look different than both your Tulum outfits and Cabo outfits, and all your Mexico vacation outfits will be different in summer vs. winter.

Before getting overwhelmed, know this article covers nearly-all of the top travel destinations, with Mexico vacation outfit ideas for each. From beach vacations, complete with Mexico vacation dresses and chic bathing suits, to how to dress in Mexico City (and other cities) with colder climates — it’s all here.

🚨 BONUS! Download your FREE Printable Packing List for Mexico to discover the 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed To Pack For Mexico.

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What to Wear in Mexico City (& Other Cities)

Most major cities frequented by visitors are located in Central Mexico. This area of the country includes these places:

Central Mexico is colder than what most associate with Mexico weather. As you’ll see below, temperatures dip into the 40°Fs at night during the winter, and climb to the 80°Fs during the day in the spring and summer months.

Though the weather chart below shows Mexico City weather, this is comparable to what you can expect from most of Central Mexico. Of course, you’ll always want to double check the forecast where you’re headed before picking out outfits or packing for Mexico!

Central Mexico & Mexico City Weather averages

👗 Mexico City weather varies a lot, so always consult the weather report before picking out your cute outfits for Mexico vacation! Remember, this applies to Mexico City, and all cities in Central Mexico cities.

For the most part though, Central Mexico has gorgeous weather all year long. This part of the country has what’s known as an “Eternal Spring” climate, meaning you can expect cooler, crisp, springtime temperatures of about 68°F nearly all year.

When planning Mexico outfits, keep in mind Mexicans tend to be modest dressers. This means that even in the warm summer months, pants/jeans and long sleeve shirts are the norm for Mexico City fashion. If you want to wear dresses for Mexico vacation travel, you may want to wear leggings underneath.

Best shoes for Mexico City (& Other cities)

👟👟 Finally, as Mexico’s sidewalks aren’t always the easiest to walk on, you’ll want to opt for flats over heels and wedges. If you want to wear either heels or wedges for a night night out, you can always Uber around instead of walking. (Make sure you have a Mexico SIM card to be able to call Uber!)

Mexico City Outfits: Spring/Summer

Some great news for Mexico outfit ideas is that the country is quite casual, even at nicer restaurants. Meaning, you can go most places in the same outfit from day to night.

Unless you’re heading to a formal event, a cute dress with pockets (with optional leggings), an infinity/security scarf, cute flats, and a cardigan will take you from day to night.

In the warmer months, you’ll want sneakers with gel inserts during the day, and cute ballet flats or ankle boots at night.

Checklist: Mexico City Outfits for Spring & Summer

  • Sundresses with pockets!
  • Comfy T-shirts
  • Leggings & Jeans
  • Cardigan
  • Dressy top(s)
  • Jumper
  • Security scarf
  • Flat shoes & Sneakers

Mexico City Outfits: Fall/Winter

When selecting vacation clothes for Mexico City in the colder months, opt for sneakers with gel inserts by day, and fuzzy UGG boots by night. A cardigan or chunky sweater and this thin, security scarf will work during the day, but you’ll want a coat or puffer jacket at night.

For both day and night, jeans and thick leggings will do nicely. Don’t forget the warm weather socks, beanie hat and comfy PJs.

Checklist: Mexico City Outfits for Fall & Winter

  • Ugg boots
  • Puffer jacket
  • Fur-lined leggings
  • Long sleeved jumper
  • Long sleeve dresses with pockets!
  • Chunky sweater
  • Security wrap/Scarf
  • Knit beanie hat

outfits for Mexico vacation

What to Wear in Tulum, Cancun & Mexico Beaches

Mexico has some of the top beach destinations in the world, like Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido and Playa del Carmen. (Also, the Baja California beaches, but we’ll get to those!) For any of these places, you can get away with the same vibe of clothes for Mexico vacation style.

If there’s a blanket statement to make about Mexico beach weather — it’s hot and very humid during the summer, and still hot, though less humid in winters. 🚫🦟 With these tropical climates, you can also expect bugs, so don’t forget Eco-Friendly Insect Repellent and Mosquito Repellent Bracelets.

The chart below will give you an idea of Yucatan Peninsula weather, which is what you can expect from all Mexico beach destinations except Cabo and the Baja Peninsula (more on those below). Keep in mind that because of humidity, temperatures can feel 5-10°F hotter, especially in summer months.

Mexico Yucatan Weather

🥵 Mexico Travel Tip: Besides your stylish Cancun and Tulum clothes, don’t forget your Water-To-Go Bottle — which both keeps you hydrated, and filters your water so you don’t get sick in you Mexico.

Sayulita & Tulum Outfits

As you can see above, Mexico’s warmer beach temperatures don’t fluctuate too much; so sundresses, shorts, tank tops and sandals work pretty much all year-long. In the winter months, you may throw on a cardigan at night, but other than that, it’s bathing suits and warm weather wear throughout the year.

Beach towns tend to be less conservative than cities, and in some of the most bohemian beach towns like Tulum and Sayulita, anything goes. As two of the most Instagram worthy Mexico travel destinations, these two places attract fashionistas and influencers who get a bit more dressed up.

Below, you’ll find Sayulita and Tulum outfit ideas to pick up before your trip. These will give you a mental picture of what people mean when they refer to Tulum style clothes to wear to Mexico ⤵

Playa del Carmen & Cancun Outfits

As there’s more families that vacation in Cancun and Playa del Carmen than in Tulum, they tend to be a bit more reserved (at least during the day). Below, you’ll find Cancun outfit ideas that also work as Playa del Carmen beach outfits, and cool-yet-conservative Tulum Mexico outfits.

The outfits below work for day and night. If you’re doing anything special like a fancy dinner in Playa del Carmen, visiting the Yucatan Ruins, or swimming in the nearby Tulum cenotes — pack a nice outfit for dinner, workout clothes for the ruins, and water shoes for the cenotes with your Tulum clothes.

outfits for Mexico vacation

What to Wear in Cabo & Baja California

Baja Mexico beaches — including Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, La Paz, Todos Santos and others — have a climate closer to that of Southern California than the tropical Yucatan beaches. In short, these beaches are more desert than tropical islands, so your Mexico vacation clothes will be a bit different.

If you’re not familiar with desert climates, the temperatures can fluctuate a lot from day to night. As you can see on the Baja weather chart below, in some months temperatures drop 30°F from day to night!

For this reason, your outfits for Mexico when traveling to the Baja Peninsula will look a bit different than on most other Mexico beaches that don’t have such cool (or cold) nights.

Baja Mexico & Cabo Weather

🥶 Mexico Travel Tip: Many don’t know how cold Baja Mexico can be at night, so always double check the weather before picking out your clothes for Mexico vacation on the Baja Peninsula.

Baja & Cabo Outfits to Wear in Mexico

Baja California Mexico, much like California USA, is all about casual cool looks and boho vibes ✌️ There are a lot of U.S. expats that live in Baja, so in terms of what clothes to wear in Mexico, it’s very similar to what you see people wearing in Southern California.

Wondering what to wear in Cabo at night?

Much like California, in Baja you’ll need to plan for both hot days and cool/cold nights. The best way to do this is with layers. A clever way to layer is by wearing a sundress during the day, and then just adding leggings at night (opt for fur-lined leggings in winter).

You’ll also always want to have a cardigan or sweater with you that you can throw on as the sun starts to drop. A security scarf is perfect to store your valuables and keep you warm — but won’t take up too much room in your beach bag during the day.

Checklist: What to wear in cabo at night

  • Security scarf
  • Ugg boots
  • Loose-fitting jumper
  • Fur-lined leggings
  • Long sleeved jumper
  • Sundresses with pockets!
  • Chunky sweater
  • Knit beanie hat
  • Sun hat
  • Jacket for winter months

outfits for Mexico vacation

Mexico Travel FAQ

Do Americans need a visa for Mexico?

No — U.S. Passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to anywhere in Mexico. This no-visa-necessary rule is one of several reasons to travel to Mexico, as it’s one of the best international destinations for U.S. travelers!

When you arrive in Mexico and go through the Immigration line, you’ll receive a 180-day (6 month) FMM tourist card (AKA Mexico tourist visa). This is a small piece of paper that you need to carry on you at all times, and also give back to Immigration at the airport when you leave the country.

Don’t lose your FMM!

There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose yours, there is a charge of about $600 pesos ($30USD) to replace it. You’ll also need to arrive at the airport an extra hour early to fill out paperwork and pay the fine.

🇲🇽 Mexico Travel Tip: Keep track of your FMM by storing it in a secure place like this travel wallet, along with all your other important travel documents.

colorful paper flags and pink flowers in one of the Safest Cities in Mexico

RELATED ARTICLE 🇲🇽 25 Safest Cities in Mexico and Safest Beaches in Mexico

Is Mexico safe for travel?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: Safety is a tricky subject because safety is a feeling, not a fact, and no place on Earth is 100% safe. As a larger country, Mexico has good and bad parts. Since tourism is the country’s biggest industry, the government takes measures to make sure these parts are as safe as possible.

The reality is though, that no place on Earth is totally safe! Answers on Mexico safety vary greatly based on if someone felt safe while traveling or not… meaning those answers are based on the person, and not the country. However, as a general rule, all popular Mexico destinations are, for the most part, safe.

10 General Travel Safety Tips
  1. This should be a no brainer in a post-pandemic world, but get Travel Insurance!
  2. Don’t walk home alone at night; opt for Uber or a taxi instead.
  3. Always listen to your intuition because your intuition is always right.
  4. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
  5. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  6. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  7. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  8. Speaking of bar neighbors, don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended with one.
  9. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  10. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the FREE STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

After you’ve registered, a U.S. Embassy or Consulate can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.

Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

As a general rule, driving in Mexico is considered safe, however, there’s the obvious caveat to that…

Since you will be driving in another country, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws, ask the agent at your car rental company for advice, and head to this article, Renting A Car in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know, for 10 practical Mexico Driving Tips that will help you with how to drive in Mexico.

🚗💨 Need a rental car in Mexico? Discover Cars searches both international companies and local Mexico companies where you’re headed so you get the best price.

🎧 Mexico podcasts: Packing for Mexico


Final Thoughts: 3 Things to Know Before Planning Outfits for Mexico

1. Dress code in Mexico attire

There is, of course, no official Mexico dress code! However, as a general rule — Mexicans tend to be modest, conservative dressers.

In big cities and pueblos (small, rural towns), even when it’s hot outside, jeans and long sleeve shirts are the norm for clothing in Mexico. If you’re headed to the beach, you’ll likely see both Mexican men and women swimming in a T-shirt and shorts.

2. As a foreigner, you’ll get Attention in whatever you wear

Know that no matter what you wear as a foreigner, you will get stares, looks, possibly catcalls, and attention. If you think this will make you uncomfortable, your best defense is to blend in with the more conservative local population by wearing jeans or leggings, with a T-shirt, cardigan or long sleeve shirt.

3. Leave designer labels at home

This conservatism in dress extends to something most U.S. visitors don’t think about: Designer labels. You’ll want to leave anything with a large, obvious label at home — clothes, purses, shoes, sunglasses and high end electronic gadgets. For more info, check out all these tips on What NOT to Take to Mexico.

RELATED ARTICLE 🇲🇽 50 Essential Tips for Mexico Travel from a Long-Term Resident

Have questions about outfits for Mexico?

Still not sure what to wear on vacation in Mexico? Please join the conversation and comment below with anything you’d like to know about picking out outfits for Mexico vacation travel.

FREE Printable Packing List for Mexico

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Download your FREE Printable Packing List for Mexico below — it has everything you need for your Mexico beach vacation packing list, Mexico city packing list, and general Mexico travel packing list. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll also learn what to NOT bring to Mexico!

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