Escaping the Harsh Canadian Winter and Going for the Warm Mexican Weather
Do not burn the heater 24/7 in winter when there is free warmth in Mexico, just some doable kilometers away. Many Canadians have discovered that it is worthwhile spending the winter season in Mexico, where you will not have to deal with the harsh elements of wind chills and heavy snowfalls. So, many Canadians have been timing their holidays to coincide with January to March when winter seems to be at its harshest.
A couple I know have just made their tenth winter holiday in Mexico and they are not about to stop. They have visited Cozumel, an island that is off the coast of Mexico on the eastern side; various resorts in Puerto Vallarta; resorts in Mazatlan; and others in Playa del Carmen. They even had opportunity to rent a house for a whole month within the Colonial San Miguel de Allende. On one occasion, they even rented a condo along the Pacific Coast, very near Manzanillo, a Port City that has beautiful, all-inclusive resorts, yet not much known to Canadians. That is how vast that couple has traveled, not to mention the adventure they have had in between those destinations.
What basics do you need to travel to Mexico?
There is plenty of adventure driving to Mexico. To enjoy the most, have an open mind as to what to expect, from the people of Mexico to the physical features of the land.
Here are some tips you can rely on:
- Take with you some American dollars and also some Mexican pesos. Even as you pay for your tourist visa in dollars, you will need the pesos for toll stations as you drive along the toll roads, and also to transact in the local markets.
- Make sure to drive a well maintained car so that you can be as adventurous as you wish, getting off the highways and toll roads and onto smaller feeder roads to sample the rural life.
- Of greatest importance is your Mexican auto insurance. The government does not give any leeway to tourists or visitors of any kind considering that it is the lives of road users at stake when an accident occurs. The minimum amount of liability to be covered is $300,000. You can purchase your Mexican insurance policy at the border or online but it is way more expensive to buy at the border. You can buy your Mexican insurance policy online at this link.
- For early preparation, you could use an American insurance agent who will sell you a policy from a Mexican insurance company. Some good agents even have a toll free line. The procedure is simple. After completing a standard form online where you also give your contact details, you can expect to receive your policy on e-mail in no time – even in a matter of minutes. Within a few days, you will have your printed copy sent through your postal address, and it is written in both English and Spanish.
- Remember that the only thing that will prove that you are a law abiding Canadian and not some fugitive trying to lie low in Mexico is to produce your identification papers. So, have all your papers together, including your valid Passport and Driving License.
- Once at the border, be prepared to pay some fee for your tourist visa; something like $25, which you will be required to pay in cash.
- Be prepared to pay for your car import permit too. This is the document that will show that you have permission to drive that foreign car in Mexico. You will use the same document to confirm that you have taken the car out of the country after your holiday. The car permit will cost you something like $32 and you will use your Credit Card for that. Do not zoom off without the sticker to show you have the temporary car import permit.
Once you are deep into Mexico, you will not imagine how it is like to be in Canada suffering negative degrees of cold. You will be enjoying clear skies, the breeze from the Pacific, and admiring the beautiful Pelicans and Flamingoes. You will cherish the warm smiles of the local people as you traverse the countryside; friendly people who are lucky to enjoy the beautiful Mexican weather all year round. In fact, for more confidence when venturing far and wide in the country, you could increase your Mexican car insurance cover to $500,000.