Best of Mexico in October

For a lot of travelers, Mexico is synonymous with hot, sunny beaches. However, the early fall is also a great time to catch some authentic spirit by partaking in some exciting local events.

October ushers in both local and country-wide celebrations.  Here are a few worth checking out.

Annual Tulum Seat Turtle Festival

If you are taking in the mystical sites of the Tulum Ruins, about an hour away from Playa Carmen, head over to Quintana Roo from October 26 through October 28 for the annual Tulum Sea Turtle Festival. The festival is a free event featuring art and cultural activities while showcasing sea turtle conservation activities.

Fiestas de Octubre

Farther inland, visitors can take in Fiestas de Octubre – also known as Octoberfest – in Guadelajara. The festival is an international display of cultural exhibits and performers, food, music and dance. The festival is a bit of a drive – about four or five hours – from Puerto Vallarta, but it runs all month long, from September 30 to November 2 so it is a great excursion if you have a spare day or two to fill.

Cabo Food Festival

Closer to the beach, The Art of Taste Wine and Food Festival in Cabo San Lucas brings fine cuisine to the beach. The four-day festival runs from October 26 through October 29 and features five-course dinners prepared by chefs and beach parties outfitted with fine food, wine, and cheese.

Day of the Dead

No list of fall activities in Mexico can possibly be complete without mentioning Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. Locals and visitors alike head out from October 31 through November 2 to take part in this uniquely Mexican celebration of deceased relatives that has its roots in an ancient Aztec celebration. Festivities can be found throughout the country including Xcarat, the ecological theme park in Cancun.

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