When to go
It’s hot and humid all the year round. Most rain falls Jun-Sep when the vegetation wakes up in a carpet of lush verdure. The landscape is pretty parched by March. The high season for tourism is mid-Dec to mid-Jan and Jul-Aug.
Getting local currency
Mexican peso. Notes can be withdrawn from the ATMs in the major resorts using a UK credit or debit card. You may have ask your bank to authorise withdrawals before you leave the UK, and amounts may be lower than in the UK.
GMT -6 hrs.
There are short flights from Mexico City or from Oaxaca (40mins)to Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Puerto Escondido and Huatulco.
The luxury hotels around Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo In the southeast, west of Mexico City, are within easy reach of the colonial cities of Guadalajara, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende; the low-key resorts around Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are easily accessible from Oaxaca by air (40mins) or winding road (3.5hrs).
Fiesta del Mar: Huatulco, first week of Apr.
Festival Costeño de la Danza: Puerto Escondido, mid-Nov. Folk dancing. There are other events in the town in the same month including a surfing tournament.