7 Things You Should Know About The Weather in Playa del Carmen

Understandably,  just before any traveler embarks on their trip the last thing they do is check the weather in Playa del Carmen.

Weather forecasts are one of Google’s most popular searches, however, the results are definitely more accurate in some parts of the world than others.

When booking any tropical vacation you pray that the weather will be good because for many people it makes or breaks the vacation.

While that is almost guaranteed to some extent here in Playa del Carmen, it’s always good to brush up on the facts before visiting so you can plan ahead.

Cancun and Playa del Carmen Beaches

Rest assured that when you come to Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya you’ll have your fair share of sun, ocean breeze, tropical heat, and perhaps the occasional shower.

The average figure for this region of Mexico is 300 days of glorious sunshine a year!

Not bad. ūüėČ

That’s why depending on your personal preferences, there may be better times to book your vacation than others.

Because of the Caribbean’s global positioning, the weather here is subject to change very quickly that’s why we feel there are some things you need to know about the weather in Playa del Carmen to help you plan your next trip more efficiently.

1. The Weather in Playa del Carmen is VERY Hot and Humid.

The tropical Caribbean is a highly popular vacation destination because of the warm balmy temperatures that are apparent all year around.

Be sure to bring ample amounts of sunscreen, you’re going to need it!

Generally, the year is divided up into two seasons. Rainy season (October to April), and dry season (May to October).

However, the highest temperatures often occur anywhere between March or April until October.

Snorkeling in the Playa Del Carmen beaches

The months with the most rainfall are usually September and October with cooler temperatures becoming more noticeable particularly in the morning and evenings around that time.

However, in recent years it’s becoming harder and harder to define the new normal, particularly in the Caribbean.

Many researchers believe that this is largely due to global warming.

Average Low and High Temperatures in Playa del Carmen per Month (in Fahrenheit):

  • January¬†¬Ė 61/82
  • February¬†¬Ė 62/86
  • March¬†¬Ė 64/88
  • April¬†¬Ė 66/89
  • May¬†¬Ė 71/93
  • June¬†¬Ė 73/90
  • July¬†¬Ė 72/90
  • August¬†¬Ė 72/90
  • September¬†¬Ė 70/89
  • October¬†¬Ė 68/88
  • November¬†¬Ė 64/84
  • December¬†¬Ė 64/84

The monthly rainfall is less than 2 inches per month except during the month of May through to October where it can be anywhere between 6-8 inches.

Playa del Carmen is almost always humid, this makes it feel even hotter than it already is particularly from March/April through September/October.

Playa Del Carmen Beach Club

Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water each day, particularly if you have had a heavy night drinking.

2. When it Rains it Pours

Yes, a ‘shower’ in Playa del Carmen usually does mean a heavy downpour.

Fear not!

When the dramatic skies appear and gloomy clouds hang over our beautiful shorelines, 9 times out of 10 it is extremely fleeting.

Due to the favorable winds in this region, a storm usually passes by as quickly as it arrives.

weather forecast playa del carmen


If the forecast predicts it’s going to be raining the entire time during your vacation, do not be fooled, it will likely return to glorious sunshine very quickly after a shower.

Which mean that you can quickly get back to topping your tan up.

3. What to Do When it Rains or There is Seaweed

Rain are seaweed are the least desirable elements for a beach vacation.

However, mother nature is a force to be reckoned with and we can’t control it. What we can control is the quality of your vacation regardless of these factors.

Seeweed in the caribbean beaches

The truth is, however, no matter what time of year you come it’s always possible that you have a bad beach day (or two or three).

Luckily, Playa del Carmen is home to an array of other fascinating eco-systems that you can enjoy come rain or sun!

These include the jungle, and the wondrous underground cenotes unique to this part of the world.

On a rainy day our top recommendations would be:

1. Selvatica

Tripadvisor’s number 1 outdoor activity is an adventure that can be enjoyed whenever the weather.

In my experience, I would argue that it is even more enjoyable in the rain!

Ziplining while it rains in Playa del Carmen


What’s more fun than gripping and ripping it with a kickass Polaris ATV?

Racing in the rain, that’s what!

Prepare to get down and dirty because when it rains here in Playa del Carmen that’s not enough to stop us!

When you’re behind the wheel of an exhilarating Polaris ATV it makes the experience even more memorable.

These state-of-the-art vehicles were specifically designed for this terrain!

Riding a Polaris or ATV in Playa Del Carmen

Petrol heads should rejoice at the sight of rain but we bet you’ve never experienced suspension this good.

Selvatica is encapsulated by wild jungle, so sling some mud, let loose, you’re on vacation after all!

The Mayan jungle was made for this!

Not only is the rain the perfect antidote to the hot sticky weather, you can enjoy the way it feels on your skin as you fly like a bird down the parks 10 circuit zip lines.

Forget your conventional ziplines Selvatica boasts some of the most thrilling and innovative engineering designs in the world.

At the attraction, you get to enjoy not 1 but 5 types of zip line! 

These include:

  1. Tarzania РAKA the human rollercoaster.
  2. Superflight Рfly like a superhero!
  3. Glove Control Рcontrol your own speed with your hand.
  4. Upside Down  Рsee the jungle from a completely new perspective.
  5. Cenote Splash Рplunge yourself into the water and prepare to make a splash!

Dip into a cenote


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2. Visit a Wellness Spa / Get a Massage

When on vacation you should be relaxing and enjoying life as much as possible and the rain shouldn’t interfere with this.

Bric Spa is a favorite of both locals and tourists for a reason.

All their products are 100% natural. 

They use ingredients from their very own garden that have been infused with aromatic oils.

Get a massage in Playa Del Carmen

Therapists here also use ancient techniques straight from Mayan culture, resulting in a totally unique massage menu.

Try a Mayan herbal massage,  Shirodhara head massage or work out all those stubborn knots with a traditional deep tissue massage.

Location –¬†Calle 28 & 10 Avenue

3. Go See a Movie

A child-friendly option would be to go and see a movie.

Believe it or not, most movies screened in Mexico are in their original version and subtitled.

Sometimes there is nothing better than getting cozy in the cinema with all your favorite munchie and watching a great film.

The chances are that by the time it’s finished the rain will be gone! Win, win.

What to do in Playa del Carmen if it is raining

There are plenty of films to watch in either of the two movie theatres found in Playa del Carmen: Cinemex in Centro Maya, or Cinepolis in Plaza las Americas.

The options are endless, so think outside the box, do your homework, and embrace the rain!

4. Come Armed With Mosquito Repellent.

Nobody enjoys being bitten by these pesky insects.

The effects are extremely irritable and very annoying.

Thankfully, there are some very effective means to avoid and prevent them from coming into contact with your skin.

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to deterring these blood-sucking vermin.

Get mosquitos repellent


During the rainy season in Playa del Carmen, you will find that there are much more mosquitos than normal.

You will particularly notice this if your hotel is surrounded by lush tropical jungle.

In downtown Playa del Carmen, they are apparent, but not as much.

Here are our top tips to avoid being bitten:

  • Always wear insect repellent, when you’re out. Especially during dawn and dusk,¬† and reapply¬†after leaving the water.

If you plan on visiting a cenote or want to go snorkeling amongst coral reefs it’s absolutely paramount that you choose a BIODEGRADABLE repellent.

The chemicals in normal repellent cause irreversible damage to the rock formations and coral reefs, not only that, but they can have ghastly effects on the marine life that live there.

As you can imagine millions of people visit Playa del Carmen every year, with so many bodies in the water over time, you can understand why this is of huge importance.

We urge you to be more eco-friendly if you care about sustaining the beautiful marine life in this area of the world.

  • Wear light colors, mosquitos have been known to be more attracted to darker colored clothing.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts when possible. Obviously, it is very hot here in Mexico so that may not be the most appealing option but mosquitos are known to target areas such as the ankles and arms.

5. Hurricanes

A natural disaster that people all over the world dread.

Yes, of course, because of the tropical conditions in this area of the world hurricanes are possible, but they are not likely. 

Another reassurance is that these days hurricanes are much more foreseeable and the advancements in technology mean that we can prevent the devastating effects much better.

Hurricane touches land in playa del carmen


Hurricane season runs from June to November for the Atlantic/Caribbean regions.

Weather patterns before and after this time hinder the development of any serious tropical storms.

We are lucky enough to live in a time where meteorologists can forecast the development of a tropical storm.

They do this by studying its growth and trajectory.

This gives time for local warnings to be issued and protection tactics to be implemented to minimize the damage.

The last time a serious hurricane happened in this region was 10 years ago. 

If you are planning to travel during hurricane season and you are a little worried just keep an eye on the¬†National Hurricane Center¬Ďs weather updates.

You should always purchase travel insurance but ESPECIALLY during these times as you can change your flight dates without being penalized.

Many hotels and establishments are protected with hurricane shutters and you can rest assured that the authorities and embassies will do whatever they can to ensure your safety.

Hurricane season shouldn’t be a deterrent to your travels it is just like choosing to visit at any other time of year, you will always be protected from the dangers of bad weather¬†if you need shelter.

6. High Season in Playa del Carmen

When coming to Playa del Carmen we should note there are times of the year when it is much much busier than other.

However, due to the popularity of this city, the gap between low and high season is gradually plateauing.

That said prices do differ greatly for hotel room rates and even for some tours during the low and high seasons.

Crowd on the Playa Del Carmen 5th Avenue

So, you may want to keep this mind before booking.

  • High season: March/April, July/August and Christmas/New Year¬ís
  • Shoulder season: January, February, May, June
  • Low season: September, October

7. The Best Time to Visit Playa del Carmen

With a better understanding of the weather here in Playa del Carmen, you’re probably now wondering when the best time to visit is?

The truth?

All year round is a great time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

In today’s current global climate it’s virtually impossible to predict the weather.

The only thing we are certain of is that the climate is warm and balmy all year around.  

Playa Del Carmen wheater

However, if you really do want to avoid rain as much as possible avoid traveling between the months of September and October as you are likely to encounter more bad weather than normal.

Although we did note that the cooler months of November and March can sometimes see a drop in temperature, we should note that the climate will still be more than satisfactory. It’s just that gray skies and rain may occur on some of the days.

We hope you feel more informed on what to expect when you visit Playa del Carmen. Paradise awaits you!

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Top Ten Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

(Author’s Note: If you want to read the updated + improved 2017 version “Top 20 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya” (including pictures + videos) click here.)

Everyone wants to know where the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya are.

Each cenote has its own distinct personality that lures you into it. I have yet to travel to any two cenote’s that were completely identical. Let’s take a look at the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya to find out what makes each of them unique:

(For a better understanding of what a cenote is, and why tourists love it, check out our previous “What is a Cenote” explanatory article here)

 1. Cenote Selvatica (Playa del Carmen/Cancun)     

Here your chance to chase adventure and get rough and dirty at Latin America’s number one, tourist rated adventure park, Selvatica.

  • Fly face-front on a zipline
  • Rip through the jungle on tough Polaris ATV
  • Bungee Swing off a ledge
  • Check your sense of balance on our wobbling, hanging aerial bridges

Your reward at the end of this great series of challenging adventures? Your chance to refresh and reset at Cenote Selvatica. You¬íll feel reborn with vigor and ready to head to whatever’s next.


2. Casa Cenote (Tulum)

This cenote is separated from the ocean by a small strip of land. Instead of the many circled cenotes, Casa Cenote features a long canal that winds away from the ocean.

When the sun is shining, its crystal clear waters allow you to see—with impressive clarity—all the way to the bottom. Many times, the bottom looks so near, it appears to be in near reach of your toes. When you attempt to touch with your hands, you’re amazed to realize its actually twice as deep as your eyes perceive it to be.

3. Cenote Azul (Playa del Carmen)

This is a small and cozy cenote. It has a cave, but it’s not large. Above the cave, people can dive off an approximately 12-foot ledge into the deep cenote. Even though it’s in a somewhat of a confined area, it¬ís the perfect place to entertain the whole family.

4. Cenote Azul (Bacalar)

From an aerial perspective, this cenote looks very similar to Belize’ world famous, blue hole. It’s an impressively massive cenote in diameter. Despite its enormity, however, most people tend to congregate together near the entrance’s shore.

5. Cenote Zacil-ha (Tulum)

This small cenote has a lot of open space surrounding it. This leaves room for permanent chairs, tables, and shade-providing umbrellas. The most unique aspect of this cenote, however, is the short zipline they installed over it. Have the lifeguard clear the way for you, put on a lifejacket, jump off and hold on to the handle. Fly the through the air before letting go at a predetermined spot in the cenote. Rinse and repeat as many times as you wish.

6. Ek Balam Cenote (Valladolid)

After visiting the Mayan Ruins of Ek Balam, go visit its eponymous and beautiful cenote, Ek Balam Cenote. One feature you won’t elsewhere is the impressively tall wooden staircase along the cenotes side. If you dare, climb up and jump several yards down into the cenote.

7. Cenote Ik Kil (Chichen Itza/Valladolid)

First, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. Then, travel about a mile and half toward Cenote Ik Kil. Revitalize yourself in a majestic cenote idolized by the Mayans.

8. Gran Cenote (Tulum)

As the name suggests (in Spanish), this is a large and popular cenote. Google the diving pictures taken there, and be prepared to be awestruck. You can be sure, the pictures are so spectacularly majestic they’re enough motivation to visit in and of themselves.

9. Cenote Dos Ojos (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)

Cenote Dos Ojos (meaning two eyes in Spanish) is connected to one of the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world. It contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with a depth of nearly 400 feet.
It was featured in the IMAX film of 2002, Journey Into Amazing Caves.

10. Cenote Samula (Valladolid)

In what appears to be a scene from James Cameron’s Avatar, Cenote Samula has an Alamo tree extending its roots from several yards above, into the cenote for hydration. The rare and impressive vista of hanging roots entering into the cenote is a sight to behold.

There you have it! That’s our guide to enjoying the top ten cenotes in the Riviera Maya! Have fun!