The best time to visit the Riviera Maya is all year around.
Most people visit this gorgeous 60 miles of Mexican Caribbean coastline for the promise of basking in glittering, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. If beaches are your thing, then the best time to visit is during the dry season, which begins in late November and ends in February.
However, there’s so much more to the Riviera Maya than the beach. We also have Maya ruins, cenotes, eco-parks, and picturesque Mexican towns to the west of us that are all within a day’s drive and waiting for you to explore.
Any time is the right time to visit the Riviera Maya. Here is a seasonal look at how to make the most of your next tropical escape.
While the weather in the Riviera Maya cools down in September and October, you can still enjoy warm days in the upper 80’s F/31 C. If you’re worried about rain, a new update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a quieter than average hurricane season for the area.
We think a sweet spot to visit the Riviera Maya is between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, roughly from the second Sunday in October to the third week in November. Flights and vacation rentals tend to be cheaper and local attractions are less busy. Shop owners are more willing to bargain than usual.
Fall is also a great time to visit the many Maya ruins that dot the Riviera Maya coastline like those in Tulum and Coba. There is still plenty of daylight to enjoy and explore the ruins. The temperatures are also cooler, which mean you can come earlier and stay longer. You also don’t have to elbow through crowds climbing on the ruins are taking the perfect selfie.
Winter is a great season to thaw out in the Riviera Maya.
Most visitors long for the tropical beaches of the Riviera Maya, especially after enduring weeks and months of snow, wind, and icy rain. The water is undoubtedly great here during the winter, especially for divers looking for an adventure near the coast of Mahahual. Here, you may see sharks, dolphins, and aquatic life usually found in deeper waters.
Holiday traditions in Mexico center around home and family. It’s a magical, candle-lit time when children dressed in Nativity costumes parade through local streets and re-enact Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in La Posada. At the end of the evening’s journey, there is a party with caroling, feasting, and breaking the piñata.
Cooler weather is also perfect to visit the interior, Yucatecan cities to the west of the Riviera Maya like Merida and Valladolid that usually bake during the summer.
Colonized by the Spanish in 1542, Mérida is the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatán Peninsula. Ruins, cathedrals, and haciendas stand next to art galleries, museums, restaurants, and boutiques.
Valladolid is a small colonial city that will take your breath away. It is also near prominent historical sites that you will love exploring while the temperature remains moderate. Cenotes, museums, cathedrals and beautiful folk art stores are just some of the many things to see and do in Valladolid.
Let the college kids have Florida for spring break.
Consider staying in the Riviera Maya and spending your days lazing away at lesser-known beaches like Maroma and Xpu Ha. Both beaches are an easy day trip from popular Riviera Maya towns and cities like Akumal, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.
Maroma Beach is an exclusive beach located about 30 minutes south of Cancun. It is only accessible by either having lunch at a local restaurant with a reservation or staying in one of the boutique hotels dotting the beachfront.
Rated one of the world’s best beaches by the Discovery and Living Channels, Maroma Beach is known for its stunning stretch of white-sand beach without the beach clubs and busyness of beaches in larger cities.
Xpu Ha Beach is a local favorite. Located just south of Puerto Aventuras, Xpu Ha is an Instagram post come to life with its warm, azure water and casual beachfront restaurants offering fresh fish tacos and cold beers. Like Maroma, Xpu Ha is relatively uncrowded, especially on weekdays when everyone else is at work.
Summer is one of the most popular seasons to visit the Riviera Maya and for many good reasons.
If you are traveling as a family and prefer to stay at a local condo or vacation rental instead of an All Inclusive, you can take advantage of local summer camps that are happy to take visiting kids for a week. Much less expensive than camps at home, Parque la Ceiba, local cultural centers (Casa de Cultura) or libraries have summer kids programs for a reasonable price. Your kids will be immersed in the local culture, make new friends and parents can have a good portion of the day to themselves.
Hotel and vacation rental prices are less expensive in summer than the fall and winter. In some cases, you can save up to 40 percent of Christmas prices if you travel during the summer and early fall months. A beachfront rental that seemed out of reach during the winter can suddenly be within your budget during the summer.
It’s not too late to book your last-minute summer escape. Inquire today about booking your next vacation now or any time during the year.