Traveling to Mexico during shoulder season — the periods between the high and low tourism seasons — is an often-overlooked win for travelers.

Hotel rates and flights tend to be lower than normal, there are fewer crowds, and everything is a little less hectic in general. As a rule of thumb, the high season for travel in Mexico tends to run from mid-December through mid-April — from just before Christmas through spring break to around Semana Santa (the "Holy Week" surrounding the Easter holiday). Of course, there are peaks and valleys during this period for occasions like local festivals or big sporting events. Also, Mexico is large, and specific seasonal timings can vary by region thanks to differences in elevations and climates. This means it's hard to pinpoint a single month or time period for shoulder season that covers the entire country. To help you figure out how you can benefit from a money-saving shoulder-season trip to Mexico, we broke it down by popular destination: Mexico City, Cozumel, Cancun, Veracruz, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, and Cabos San Lucas. Read on to find out when shoulder season is for the Mexican destination you're heading to — and take advantage of major vacation savings.

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