When is the best/cheapest time to visit Ciudad Juarez?
Although it is situated in the Chihuahua Desert, the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez has an arid climate with four separate seasons. Cool spring from March to April, and autumn periods from October to November are tempered by cold winters from December to February and hot summers from May to September. The peak season for flights to Ciudad Juarez is from March to June when it is not stiflingly hot and days are pleasant and warm. Average temperatures of 20°C in March rise to 30°C by June and by the hottest month of July daily averages are around 35°C and it can be humid due to seasonal rainfall.
The shoulder season is from July to September when the city is hottest, and flights to Ciudad Juarez are slightly cheaper than during the peak times. It's also the rainy season in Ciudad Juarez with fairly heavy showers almost every day. Finding the lowest priced flights to Ciudad Juarez is easier if you decide to visit in low season months of December to February when the city is not so busy and temperatures have dropped to 13°C in January. There can be occasional snowfall between November and March but in general it is the driest period of the year and pleasant in Ciudad Juarez for anyone who prefers cooler conditions.
Why visit Ciudad Juarez?
Ciudad Juarez has thrown off its dubious reputation of the past few years, and is emerging as a prosperous border town that has a wide range of events and attractions. Ciudad Juarez is also a popular business destination and as it is possible to find cheap flights throughout the year more people are being attracted to the city. Those who want to see more of the authentic nature and culture of northern Mexico will adore Ciudad Juarez where you're more likely to meet real vaqueros or cowboys and locals than in the coastal tourist resorts.
The city of Ciudad Juarez lies on the banks of the Rio Grande River, across from El Paso, Texas in the USA. There are 4 bridges linking the two cities so Ciudad Juarez has become a favourite with shoppers who want to pick up original Mexican crafts at competitive prices.
Be sure to visit the Kentucky Bar in Ciudad Juarez. Known as the birthplace of the margarita, the iconic bar has been frequented by famous names like John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Steve McQueen and Jack Dempsey in its heyday. Younger visitors to Ciudad Juarez can also catch a host of top international bands and acts. Bands play regularly at venues like the Sun Bowl and Tricky Falls in Ciudad Juarez itself and across the river in El Paso.
Ciudad Juarez is a real treat for history fans and an essential stop is the Guadalupe Mission which was founded in 1659 and is known for its beautiful altar. The Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe is next to the Mission in the centre of Ciudad Juarez, and worth a visit for its magnificent neo-classical facade and stained glass windows.
If you prefer a little more action while in Ciudad Juarez, head to the Samalayuca Dunes where you can try sandboarding or off road dune driving.
You can't miss the famous X or la equis monument in Ciudad Juarez and the Benito Juarez monument is another highlight of a city that is packed with things to do. Visit the Art & History Museum, spend the day shopping for Mexican souvenirs at the famous market or simply relax with a cold drink and watch the world pass by in Ciudad Juarez.
Getting around Ciudad Juarez
The historic centre of Ciudad Juarez is easy to navigate on foot, while the market is just a short walk from the border bridges. There are local bus services but they can be difficult for visitors to use and you should exercise caution. However, there are always plenty of taxis to be found and as long as you agree a fare before getting in they are an inexpensive way to get around in Ciudad Juarez.
Getting from the Airport to Cuidad Juarez
Abraham González Airport (CJS) is a short taxi ride from the centre of Ciudad Juarez. When taking a taxi from the airport into Ciudad Juarez it is best to agree on fares first, and maybe ask two or three different drivers to get the best price. Many hotels offer shuttle services for guests but you should check in advance to be sure that they coincide with your flight times.