San Miguel de Allende practically bursts with color. From the city’s impressive colonial architecture to its winding cobblestone streets, the atmosphere in this charming town is truly one of a kind. In addition, the San Miguel weather is reliably gorgeous throughout most of the year – with over 300 days of sunshine. Because of this, there’s never really a bad time to visit.
Unlike, say, Europe or parts of the U.S., there are no unbearably cold or hot seasons here – making this one of the best places to retire in Mexico. The climate is fairly pleasant year-round; May is the hottest month, with daytime temperatures sometimes climbing into the upper 80s (30°C) and low 90s (33°C). June through October is the rainy season, though it rarely rains all day. If you’re visiting during December and January, do expect temperatures to drop considerably at night; bringing a jacket is crucial. But even so, the weather still tends to be sunny and warm during the day throughout much of the year.
As a result of this, there is always something to do here. Not far from the center of town, you’ll find the massive nature reserve of Cañada de La Virgen. The highlight of a visit to this archaeological site is being able to explore the many pyramids. But there is a lot more to do here than meets the eye, including camping and astronomy tours. While it’s possible to visit on your own, you’re better off signing up for a tour to come out here.
However, far and away one of the most popular local activities is canyon horseback riding. There are several different options available, including short rides through town, up to overnight excursions out on a ranch.
Elsewhere, if you’ve already hiked up to the mirador or enjoyed some rooftop drinks, and you’re looking for an even better view and one of the coolest things to do in San Miguel de Allende, why not look into some hot air balloon flights? You’ll be able to fly high above town in what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
It’s easy to see why the city is such a huge draw for tourists and expats alike. Despite its recent fame and rising popularity, the city still retains much of its charm that put it on the map with travellers many years ago. If you’re taking a trip to Mexico soon, be sure to add this beautiful, sunshine-drenched town to your itinerary.