Flight Time: Approximately 9 (east coast) to 11.5 (west coast) hours direct from the UK.
Time: There are 4 time zones in Mexico from GMT - 5 to -7 and BST -6 to -8
Passport and Visas: For most nationalities (including EU countries), no visa is required but you must hold a passport which is valid for least six months after your arrival date in Mexico.
Language: Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken in touristic areas.
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN) and can be bought from all major banks and exchange offices. You will approximately get 20.91 MXN for 1 GBP (Nov 2012). US dollars are widely accepted. ATM machines are plentiful at the airport, around the ports or in town.
Electricity: The voltage is 127 volts and they use two types of plugs: the most common is the plug with 2 parallel flat pins and you will sometimes find the plug that has 2 parallel flat pins with a third round one.
Telephone: Mexico has very good phone and mobile coverage. However, the remote islands where the liveaboard will take you will have no service. The country code is +52 or 0052. Dial +44 or 0044 and remove the first 0 from the area code of the number required to direct dial the UK.
Weather: Mexico is a large country and its weather can vary greatly from one destination to another. In Mexico there are normally two main seasons: the rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season through most of the country falls roughly from May through September/October and also includes the hurricane season (June to November with most of them occurring between August and October). During the rest of the year there is little or no rain. Your liveaboard will take you along the peninsula of Baja and this part of the country has some of the best weather. It's located just far enough north in latitude to avoid the extreme heat and humidity and it is far enough south to avoid the harsh winters. The temperature varies from 16C to 35C with warm days and balmy nights. Cozumel, on the other side of the country, offers great weather year-round with the hottest and most humid time taking place during the summer months. The temperature will vary from 24C to 27C.
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