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Riviera Maya Weather: 7 Things You Need to Know (2018)
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(Last Updated On: November 13, 2018)

Riviera Maya Weather: 7 Things You Need to Know (2018)

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You’re coming to the Riviera Maya. The thing you want to know the most? “What’s the weather going to be like…?”

We get it!

You didn’t book your beach vacay to sit inside (unless you’re a vampire).

There are several things you NEED to know about the weather in Quintana Roo before you visit.

It’s always better to be prepared.

Riviera Maya weather – 7 things you need to know:

  1. Heat and humidity in the Riviera Maya
  2. Rain and bad weather forecasts
  3. Mosquitos
  4. Hurricanes
  5. Peak Season
  6. Best time of year to travel
  7. Activities you can do when it rains 

Your knowledge of the weather in the Riviera Maya can make or break your vacation.

Weather in the Riviera Maya


You should know…in the Caribbean conditions are subject to change VERY quickly.

It’s almost IMPOSSIBLE for online weather predictors to keep up with an accurate depiction.

Luckily, we’ve been here years and are acclimatized to the trends and forecasts of this region better than anyone.

Here’s the DL…

1. Riviera Maya weather can be really hot,  and humid!

You can relax, high temperatures are a constant here.

You’re not going to feel the winter chill, let’s put it that way. 😉

Generally, weather in the Riviera Maya is divided into the rainy season and the dry season, which runs from May to October and October to April, respectively.

However, if you look at it from a temperature perspective, the region experiences higher temperatures from around March or April until about October.

The 2 months with the most rain are normally September and October.

hot and humid riviera maya

With cooler temperatures prevailing from around that time up until the heat begins again in the spring.

That said, however, global warming is forging a new reality, and it is becoming harder and harder to define the new normal.

Here are the average low and high temperatures per month (in Fahrenheit):
  • January – 61/82
  • February – 62/86
  • March – 64/88
  • April – 66/89
  • May – 71/93
  • June – 73/90
  • July – 72/90
  • August – 72/90
  • September – 70/89
  • October – 68/88
  • November – 64/84
  • December – 64/84

Average monthly rainfall is less than 2 inches per month, with the exception of May through October, when rainfall averages range from four to six inches monthly.

You should also know that it is very humid, which makes it feel even hotter outside than it is. This is especially true from March/April through September/October.

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2. Rain in the Riviera Maya often goes as quick as it comes…

If the forecast says rain, rain, rain for your visit DON’T PANIC.

A lot of visitors do panic!

I get a TON of messages asking whether they should cancel their trip or what they should do.

Even when it rains in the Mexican Caribbean, the storm usually passes by as quickly as it arrives.

rain in the riviera maya

Unless there is some kind of stationary front hanging over the Caribbean, the winds flowing over the Yucatan Peninsula are sufficient enough to blow the rains away and return you that vitamin D which you came here to get in the first place.

If it rains during your stay it’s like that it will do so heavily for one hour before returning back to glorious sunshine.

 

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3. Mosquitoes obey the weather in the Riviera Maya…

Come armed!

These pesky critters are the bane of my life.

Mosquitoes aren’t nice or fun or friendly, but they’re a part of nature.

And like nature, said blood-sucking vermin have been here long before our arrival.

So what to do?

Whoever came up with the phrase “prevention is the best medicine” was a very wise soul indeed.

First of all, mosquitoes propagate like the plague during the rainy season, but as we’re living in a tropical environment, they’re around to feast on us year round, come rain or shine.

Mosquito

Here are a few things to know to help you prevent being bitten by these ravenous and annoying insects:

Insect Related Tips

  • Always wear insect repellent when you’re out, especially during dawn and dusk as this is when they are at their hungriest.
  • Wear light colors, they are attracted to dark colors as they allow them to hide all the better.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts when possible and necessary.

By doing these three simple things you’ll greatly reduce the risk of being attacked by these heartless creatures.

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4. A hurricane in the Riviera Maya is unlikely but possible…

Your worst fear? Hurricanes. Yup, same here.

Luckily, unlike other natural disasters which can often suddenly develop and leave a path of destruction, hurricanes are much more foreseeable.

Luckily, they’re limited to a certain period of the year.

In fact, hurricane season runs from June through November for the Atlantic/Caribbean region. Weather patterns before and after hinder the development of any serious tropical storms.

hurricanes in the riviera maya

 

In general, meteorologists can forecast the development of a tropical storm and watch its growth and trajectory path.

Watches and warnings are created and steps are taken to make sure local populations remain safe and as protected as possible from the predicted path of the hurricane.

The same is true for the Mexican Caribbean.

Whenever you’re in a region prone to hurricanes, it will always be possible that such acts of nature develop.

The last time a serious hurricane hit the Mexica Caribbean?

10 years ago.

Since that time, the Mexican Caribbean has not been affected by any major hurricane.

In other words, it’s not something to be overly worried about.

When making travel plans during hurricane season, make sure to keep an eye out on the National Hurricane Center‘s weather updates.

The beach in Playa del Carmen

It’s also a good idea to purchase travel insurance, in the rare but possible case you were to need it. That way, you can change your flight dates without being penalized (which is a good idea anyway).

If something were to happen while you’re here, PlayaDelCarmen.com will keep you updated on the situation, and make sure that you have all relevant information for what to expect and how to proceed.

Furthermore, all hotels work in close collaboration with the local authorities and embassies to ensure that the population is protected to the best of their ability.

Put another way, traveling during hurricane season is like any other time of year, with the exception that if something does go wrong, you’ll literally have an army of people there to make sure that nothing happens to you.

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5. When is high season in the Riviera Maya?

With the development of the Mexican Caribbean as an ideal tourist destination for the North American market, the tourist seasons are starting to blend into one another, and the low seasons are not nearly so low as they once were.

That said, however, for purposes of practicality (and perhaps even room rates…), let’s look at the seasons:

The royal rooms

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

Combining your knowledge of Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen weather with the tourist seasons will better help you decide on…

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6. When’s the best time for Riviera Maya travel?

So we know when it rains, we know when it’s a lesser degree of hot, and we know when there might possibly perhaps be a tropical storm and/or hurricane.

And now we know when the high and low seasons are. So when’s the best time to travel to the Riviera Maya?

Playacar beach

Really all year round is a great time to travel.

In the end, you can never fully predict the weather, especially in today’s world.

That said, however, I would avoid traveling in the months of September and October as you are likely to encounter more bad weather than you normally would in this corner of the globe.

Also, the cooler months of November through March can sometimes also come with cold fronts. That doesn’t necessarily make it cold as much as it increases the possibility of gray skies and rain, sometimes for several days on end.

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7. What to do on a rainy day in the Riviera Maya

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).

Even if all you wanted to do was sit at the beach, take advantage of the weather change brought about by the rain god Chac and explore some of the drier areas of the Riviera Maya.

Xplor Riviera Maya in Mexico

Here are some tips on some things you can do on a rainy day in the Riviera Maya:

Most importantly, no matter when you decide to visit us in the Riviera Maya, relax and have fun. Vacations are all about letting loose, letting yourself be pampered, and enjoy a completely different environment far from your everyday routine.

rainy day activities riviera maya

So the next time you come here, feel free to leave your worries with us.

We here at PlayaDelCarmen.com live and work here in this beautiful corner of the world known as the Mexican Caribbean. It’s us every day. We know the region, the people, and the many things to see and do.

Our travel gurus are experts at ensuring that you receive the attention to detail and personalized treatment that will allow you to simply be and enjoy. We price match any offer possible, so we’ll either offer you a better price or tell you that you’re getting a better deal elsewhere.

We’re online and in destination for anything you may need. Come rain or shine!

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Additional Regional Information You May Find Useful:

  1. 10 of the best rainy day activities to do in the Riviera Maya. 
  2. What to do when there is seaweed on the beach in the Riviera Maya.
  3. 6 best beaches to see in Playa del Carmen. 
  4. Live webcam of Playa del Carmen. 

Don’t forget to leave any questions you may have in the comments section below, I would be happy to answer them for you.

How to Get Deals

Have you booked your hotel or activities yet? We, PlayaDelCarmen.com can get you the best rates.

Call our travel consultants toll-free at 1-888-537-9797 or email us to book your next trip to paradise!

Sources: National Hurricane Center, AccuWeather, Weather Channel

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Sarah Sarah is a travel enthusiast from England, who swapped the rainy clouds of Manchester for beachside bliss in Playa Del Carmen. If she’s not salsa dancing by the shore, you’ll find her soaking up the sun in one of her favorite rooftop party pools. Sarah is the content and social media manager here at PlayaDelCarmen.com

Comment(142)

  1. Would planning a wedding for Labor Day weekend (2017), be a bad idea? My daughter is wanting a destination eeeding; but, quickly.

    1. Hi Gail, not at all. There are some pluses and minuses about booking in September. I will have one of our romance gurus send you an email. They will be able to answer all the questions you have plus all the ones you didn’t think to ask. Thanks for reaching out!

  2. Hi there! after reading the page I am wondering if planning holidays for 10th september turns out a good option or not! travel agency says weather should be good but would like more info on the minuses of booking mid september. family with kid.many thanks

    1. Hola!
      Thanks for reaching out. September is one of our rainier months…. Similar to winter in the northern US and Canada, we don’t know when a storm will hit. It is normally hot and sunny during most of the day, with rain daily, mostly late afternoons and evenings, however, if we get a leftover tropical storm from anywhere in the Caribbean, we can have days of rain at this time of year. It is not something we can predict so far in advance. This is why rates and pricing in September tends to be lower than other times of the year. Hope this helps!
      Lisa

      1. Hello, I’m surprising my daughters 22 and 19 for xmas a vacation in playa del carmen Jan 2 -9th 2018. Just wondering how is the weather there and do we pack summer clothes.

        1. Hi Crystena,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Well, December-March the weather is beautiful and a prime time to visit our little slice of paradise. Days are hot and evenings are cool 🙂 Yes, pack summer clothing along with a light sweater for the evenings or those windy sunsets on the beach. One of our fabulous Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with more hint’s and tips for your upcoming family holiday 🙂

    2. Hi, we visit the riviera maya every year in September, for the past years we have only seen hit and miss showers, they come and go within 15mins and its usually hotter after a quick rainfall, we’ve booked again this year for the 10th September, hope this helps

    1. Hi Lynn,
      Looking at the current forecast, it is calling for thundershowers but only 1-3mm of rain per day. In my experience, this will be a passing storm and not all day rain. Enjoy you vacation!
      Lisa

  3. Hello we’re coming out on the 11 June to Riviera Maya and it says rain for the whole 2 weeks were there can this be right thank you

    1. Hola Leanne,
      Thanks for getting in touch. June is a rainier season and normally the forecast will call for rain every day. HOWEVER, normally the rain comes in spurts (late afternoon shower) and is not all day rain. If you want to get a better idea, check the hours of sunshine and amount of precipitation. Anything under 10mm will be a shower, but the days that are forecasted at 30-40mm will likely be most of the day.
      If you do get a few days of rain, check out ourlist of rainy day activities so you can still make the best of it!
      Have a great vacation!

  4. Hi! We will be in the Riviera Maya in October (4-14). I hadnt thought about using a travel agency until I’ve read some of your articles. Please contact me as I’d love to communicate with you on some of our activities we’d like to do. Thanks, Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I will have one of our travel gurus reach out ASAP to see how we can help!
      Lisa

  5. I’ll be in Riviera Maya for my wedding 11/21-11/29 2017, after searching many websites I still dont know what to pack!! How is the weather at the end of November?? Will my wedding get rained out?!?!?

    1. Hi Kathryn,

      Congrats on the upcoming destination wedding! November weather is not bad, rainy season ends end of October. In my experience, the weather at the end of November is in the 80’s (not as hot or humid as summer / fall). There is a chance of rain, but not too much. I would bring a light sweater in case we have chilly evenings (it may drop into the 70’s!) but otherwise, pack summer clothes 🙂
      Hope this helps!
      Please get in touch if any of your guests want tours, we can offer group pricing and have some fabulous options for wedding parties.
      Lisa

  6. Hi Lisa
    We are visiting Playa del Carmen from 4th to 11th July .
    A celebration for my husbands birthday. I see there will be some rain and showers. How would the weather be generally for that week
    Thanks jean

    1. Hi!
      Felicidades – Happy Birthday Jean’s husband 🙂
      Too far in advance to predict the weather, but it is rainy season so expect showers. It is normally hot and humid, and the forecast will predict rain every day. Check the amount of precipitation if you want a better idea if it will be a passing shower/storm (1-10mm), or all day rain (20-30+mm).
      Have a lovely vacation
      Lisa

      1. Hey there! We are planning to come down the 30th of April – 7th of May it is showing rain every day. Do you think it’ll really rain and if so do you think it would rain all day?

  7. I’m coming in September 11 th. I’ve been to cancun in September and it rained a few times but only for 10 mins here and there but was very hot thought I would try the Rivera maya side this time

  8. Hi there!
    Thanks for the lovely tips! I’m very worried as I’m traveling to Riviera Maya the 14th to the 21st! Which is in a day ? the forecast is showing rains mostly every day, will I not be getting any sun? 🙁

    1. It usually rains in the late afternoon for 30min-1h per day. Forcast websites don’t communicate that very well 😉

  9. Are there any necessary vaccines we should get ? We are getting married in November and have already booked our honeymoon there.

    1. Hi Robin,
      Thanks for reaching out and congrats on the honeymoon! You should really speak with your doctor in regards to vaccines as this is a personal decision and will also be based on your medical history.
      Let us know if you have any other questions.
      Lisa

  10. i wanted to plan a 5 day trip to the riviera this upcoming august, is it a bad idea? I heard the weather was quite rainy?

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for reaching out. August can be quite rainy, but unless we have a left over tropical storm, it tends to rain end of afternoon/evening and not throughout the day. I will have one of our travel gurus reach out to see if they can help you with your planning.
      Lisa

  11. Hi

    I’m looking to book a vacation the end of this year. After reading this information, it looks like I should book after October. Would you recommend November or December? I’m looking to minimize my chance of heavy rain but still would like the weather to be beach/pool warm. What do you think is the best month overall to visit??

    1. Hi Alexis,
      September and October are definitely the rainiest months. November is still considered hurricane season, but I have found the weather to be better in November and December. The ocean and pools will still be warm during those months (versus Jan/Feb.) April and May tend to be the best months overall, not very much rain and warmer temperatures. Hope this helps? I will have one of our travel gurus reach out to see if they can help you with the planning 🙂
      Lisa

  12. I M planning to visit Riviera Maya in the 12th-19th September I was wondering if there is much rain around this time if the month. I know it’s the rainy seasons but wondering what’s it has been like at the start of September?

    1. Hi Jay,
      September is probably the peak rainy season for us here in Playa del Carmen so you should expect rain, mostly in the late afternoons and evenings. Unless we are getting the leftover from a tropical storm, all day rain is unlikely. Check the weather forecast close to the dates and make sure to check amount of precipitation as the forecast will call for daily thundershowers. The amount of rain will help you determine how long the rain will last.
      Hope this helps! Have a great vacation.
      Lisa

  13. Hello. Family vacation scheduled for 8/8-8/16 in Playa del Carmen. Some wives planning to be pregnant within the next year. Any updated on the severity of mosquitoes and rain expectation? What is the latest on reported Zika cases?

  14. Hi Lisa, We are visiting Playa del Carmen next week for 16 days, coming from the Netherlands :-). Like everybody i really want to know how the weather is at the moment. We are very much looking forward to our trip and we want to plan some trips. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hola!
      It is HOOOTTTTT and sunny most days. We do get rain almost daily, but later in the afternoons or at night. Please let us know what trips you would like to plan, we have a list of the ones available here or get in touch with our fabulous gurus at customercare@playadelcarmen.com 😀
      Lisa

  15. Me and my Girlfriend are flying over from England on 29th July for 2 weeksand staying at
    The Sensimar Seaside Suits in
    Riviera Maya
    This is are 1st ever trip to Mexico
    I have only ever been on holiday to spain and Ibiza before
    I have looked at the weather forcasts for these dates and doesnt look good weather for us rain rain and more rain and all We wanted was a great tan haha
    Any info on the hotel and area were we are staying and will the weather be good for a decent tan
    Thanks for your help

    1. Hi John,
      July and August are the rainy season here. Generally, it will be very hot and mostly sunny during the day. We mainly get a downpour of rain late afternoon and during the night. The forecast will say to expect thunderstorms every day, but please check the amount of rain and hours of sunshine for a more accurate prediction of whether or not it will rain all day. If you plan on doing any tours whilst here, please check out the activities here as you can get discounts 🙂 Let us know if you have any other questions at all and have a fabulous holiday.
      Lisa

  16. Hi we have a family holiday booked 17th oct – 2nd Nov, was told by travel agent not to worry about the rain as end of rainy season, from reading posts oct looks one of the worst months. What can we expect ?

    1. Hola Lisa!
      Thanks for reaching out. Rain can be expected. Generally, we will get rain at the end of the day or evening/night, not necessarily all day unless we are getting a leftover tropical storm from somewhere in the area. Check the weather closer to the actual date and check the amount of precipitation (5-10mm is only a few hours versus 30+mm will likely last all day). You can also plan for fun in the rain if it happens, we have a list of rainy day activities. Hope this helps!
      Have a great holiday!
      Lisa

  17. Hi Lisa,
    We will be in Playa del Carmen Oct 3rd though the 12th. My boyfriend and I are super excited! This will be my second time to your beautiful part of the world and my boyfriends first. I have read through the comments and understand the weather can be a bit rainy. Do you think rain jackets are necessary to pack? It seems most rain fall comes in and leaves quickly. Is that safe to say? Either way we will have a fabulous time. Just curious what to pack. Any info would be helpful. Thank you!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Thanks for reaching out. You are right, it is normally not all day rain. That said, most all inclusive resorts do have umbrellas for guest use that you can borrow. If you have room for a light rain jacket, it may be worth packing if you are planning to be out in the late afternoons or evenings.
      Have a fabulous vacation
      Lisa

  18. Hi Lisa’s.
    I am flying out on the 15th of October to get married on the 24th…weather has not really been a concern until I’ve looked into it…I know you can’t predict the weather but with it being the later end of October I was told the weather should be ok.?

    1. Hi Craig,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Rain can be expected, but it is normally less at the end of October. Generally, we will get rain at the end of the day or evening/night, not necessarily all day unless we are getting a leftover tropical storm from somewhere in the area. Check the weather closer to the actual date and check the amount of precipitation (5-10mm is only a few hours versus 30+mm will likely last all day). You can also plan for fun in the rain if it happens, we have a list of activities and many are also great for rainier days. Hope this helps!
      Have a great holiday!

  19. Hello! We will be visiting Riviera Maya late September. I have been reading and hearing in the news about “tainted alcohol”. Can you give us ideas on what to drink and not to drink, alcohol wise? Thanks so much for your guidance..I want this to be a worryfree trip and enjoy a few drinks on the beach or polside.

    1. Hi Joanie,
      Thanks for reaching out with your concerns. The media has been portraying an incident that allegedly occurred a couple of years ago. It is a terrible situation and we are appalled of the allegations in regards to the hotel and Mexico in general.

      We (PlayaDelCarmen.com) have hundreds of guests in destination at any given time, and have also send hundreds of guests to that particular hotel chain. Although we have never had any of our clients complain of any issues, we are following up not only with the hotel itself, but also with our tour operator partners. So far, no official statements have been released by the hotel. Mexico’s tourism secretary, Marisol Venegas, said the nation has not received any complaint or criminal cases on the subject. She also said the region receives 11 million tourists a year at more than 98,000 hotel rooms, and adheres to strict quality measures.

      As far as I am aware, there is no ‘tainted’ alcohol. Use common sense and drink water along with alcohol as a long day in the hot sun can dehydrate even further making the alcohol more potent if you are already in a state of dehydration.

      Hope this helps and enjoy your cocktails 🙂
      Lisa

  20. Hello! We are traveling sept 16-22 to Talum. With the rain, how are the mosquitoes/how has your experience been so far this year and the possibility of Zika?

    1. Hi KC,
      During rainy season, there will be more mosquitoes than during the drier parts of the year. Bring repellent, avoid dark clothes and you will notice that there are more at dusk and dawn. We have not had any reports of Zika recently.
      Enjoy Tulum, it is beautiful!
      Lisa

  21. Hi, can you tell me what alcoholic drinks are safe and unsafe to drink? I have been reading of “tainted” alcohol in Mexico and it causing blackouts.

    1. Hi Joanie,

      Thanks for reaching out with your concerns. The media has been portraying an incident that allegedly occurred a couple of years ago. It is a terrible situation and we are appalled of the allegations in regards to the hotel and Mexico in general.

      We (PlayaDelCarmen.com) have hundreds of guests in destination at any given time, and have also send hundreds of guests to that particular hotel chain. Although we have never had any of our clients complain of any issues, we are following up not only with the hotel itself, but also with our tour operator partners. So far, no official statements have been released by the hotel. Mexico’s tourism secretary, Marisol Venegas, said the nation has not received any complaint or criminal cases on the subject. She also said the region receives 11 million tourists a year at more than 98,000 hotel rooms, and adheres to strict quality measures.

      As far as I am aware, there is no ‘tainted’ alcohol. Use common sense and drink water along with alcohol as a long day in the hot sun can dehydrate even further making the alcohol more potent if you are already in a state of dehydration.

      Hope this helps and enjoy your cocktails ?
      Lisa

  22. Joanie,
    The family is coming for vacation this upcoming week (Aug. 6-12th). The weather is showing rain all week and a statement that says “watching the tropics”.
    Is the weather report correct for the gloomy upcoming weather?
    Cause for concern?
    Thank you!
    Dean

    1. Hey Dean,
      Looking at the forecast now, it does look pretty gloomy from Monday through Wednesday. The weather network shows a lot of precipitation (20-35mm) and very little hours of sunshine (1-3). You can keep an eye on the weather and see if there is cause for concern on the National Hurricane Report page.
      Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or if you want to plan any rainy day activities 🙂

  23. Dear Lisa,
    We are looking to book last minute flights on 18th Oct for either a week or 10 days. Prices are a lot cheaper compared to when we came over last year for our honeymoon. Want to bring our children and my parents. We had amazing weather last year but day we left it didn’t stop raining. Any idea on weather for end of oct. No predicted storms or hurricanes this year?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      As of now, it’s tough to predict the weather in October. Normally we begin to get a warning on upcoming storms, 10 days- 1 week before they are prevalent in the area. September and October are supposedly the end of hurricane and storm season, but of course, that is never a guarantee…

      One of our Travel Gurus will be in touch with you shortly with some further information on the weather in Playa Del Carmen, as well as some awesome all inclusive packages for you and your family.

  24. Hi Lisa,

    I’ll be in Riviera Maya August 18-24. As of now, it looks as if it’s going to thunderstorm the entire time I’m there. The only reason I booked this vacation was to lie on the beach in the sun. Is there any chance the forecast is wrong? Will I have any sunshine during my stay?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jenny!

      Thanks for calling in, I am so glad we got to chat on the phone before your arrival!
      So far, it looks like we have had a couple of sunny days since you checked in, with just a 5-10 minute rain shower today.
      It looks like tomorrow the 22nd the storms will not start until after 3 pm…
      Wednesday and Thursday look like they will be similar to today, partly cloudy perhaps with scattered rain showers.
      Let’s hope it stays more dry than wet!
      Enjoy a cold drink in this heat, and have a fabulous time!

  25. Hi Lisa. My husband and I are flying to Riviera Maya (Akumal to be exact) on the 10th of September and now I’m afraid it’s going to rain a lot. The weather says on average 6 hours a day of sunshine and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing for us. Some days it says 1-3mm of rain while others say 10-15mm. What can we expect next week? Thanks

    1. Hi Catalina,
      Thanks for reaching out. Best bet is to check closer to the date and you are right to check hours of sunshine and amount of precipitation. When it rains here, it tends to rain HARD, so we can easily get 10mm in an hour. Anything under 10mm is nothing to worry about. Expect all day rain as of 20mm or more. Most days lately have been sunshine morning / afternoon with rain rolling in late afternoon, evening or during night time. Hope this helps!
      Let us know if you have any other questions or if you would like discounts on any tours.
      Lisa

  26. Hi have just booked for riviera maya 9th may for 2 wks next year I was wondering how busy tourism at this time of year…tha ks

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Thanks for getting in touch. May tends to be a quieter time of year but most hotels still don’t fall under an 80% occupancy. Hope this helps.
      Lisa

    1. Hi Melania,
      Congrats on your upcoming anniversary! So far, we have been very lucky in terms of tropical storms and all hurricanes have been located elsewhere. You can keep an eye on the weather prior to your arrival if you are really worried.
      Hope this helps – have a fabulous anniversary trip.
      Lisa

  27. Hi! My husband and I have booked a trip to Playa del Carmen for our anniversary, October 14-18. With all this hurricane activity, I’m getting nervous about being there now! Any thoughts about the possible weather for those dates? I know that’s moving towards the end of the rainy season. Also, I’m not sure what to pack, other than swim suits and dinner attire. Anything special we should include? Thanks!

    1. Hi Charla,
      Congrats on your anniversary! We have been very fortunate in this area this season in regards to hurricanes. It is too soon to predict for your travel dates, but you can keep an eye on The National Hurricane Center website closer to your travel dates. It still tends to be warmer at that time of year, but you might want to bring a light rain jacket just in case you do get a bit of rain. Have a great trip!
      Lisa

  28. Hi there! I was supposed to go to the Dominican this weekend but had to cancel due to Hurricane Irma. I’m now looking at rebooking for the Riviera Maya for the first week or so of November. I’ve never been there before, would you say it’s a decent time of year? I’m ok with some rain, I just don’t know if there’s any hurricane concerns that you may have heard of, considering the last few weeks. I’d hold off til the busy season but I just can’t afford that much. Any advice would be appreciated! 🙂

    1. Hi Ellen,
      Sorry about your trip cancellation! November is officially the very end of hurricane season / rainy season so you can expect a little bit of rain but normally it is not too much. If you are concerned, you can keep an eye on the National Hurricane Center website. In my last 10 years here, we have not had any issues in November but considering the amount of hurricane activity this year, I can’t make any guarantees 🙂 Hope this helps
      Lisa

  29. Hello! I have a trip booked for November 3rd to the Riviera Maya and people have been asking me if i’m sure it’s safe to go with the earthquakes and hurricanes that have been happening. I know the Hurricanes (luckily) haven’t gone near the Yucatan Peninsula, but do you have any input on whether or not the Earthquakes have been felt?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The earthquakes are no where near the Riviera Maya. In short, we have not been affected by the earthquakes whatsoever. You will have an awesome time here in November. Feel free to check out our tours. Remember by booking now, we can apply the ‘early booking’ discount on each tour 🙂 One of our awesome Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with additional information on holiday activities here in Playa Del Carmen 🙂

  30. I planned a surprise girls trip for my moms 50th birthday in march is going to be 20 of us and I wanted to know has riviera maya been affected?

    1. Hi Tia,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Wow, that sounds like a fun trip 🙂 We have not been affected by the Hurricanes or the Earthquakes.
      We offer an awesome discount on all of our tours
      One of our savvy Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with additional information on holiday activities here in Playa Del Carmen 🙂

  31. Hi, great page! I’m looking to book a holiday in Mexico for the UK in February for us and our two children (1 and 4) but am slightly concerned after reading a couple of reviews saying that at this time of year it can be cold and swimming pools can be chilly! Is this the case as with 2 water loving children we do not want to have the pools too cold to go in! I was looking to avoid the mosquitos but not at the risk of us not being able to use the facilities!

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It is hot all year round in the Riviera Maya. The average in February is 30 degrees Celcius and it remains that way for around 9 hours each day. The low is 20 degrees Celsius which is in the late evenings. February is considered the most popular and beneficial time to visit our region, in regards to weather. The rainy season is during the summer until October. So if you would like to avoid the humidity and increase of mosquito I would say you have from November-May to do so. I will email you a chart that shows the temperature here per month so you can plan you vacation accordingly. We also offer a discount rate on all of the all inclusives in the Riviera Maya and amazing family friendly tours as well. One of our savvy Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with info on all of these topics, and more 🙂

  32. Hi! My family and I are traveling to Riviera Maya Oct 6-9. i been checking the weather and it’s saying thunderstorms all week. Is that all day or just for a few hours?

    1. Hi Sal,

      Thank you for getting in touch!

      The rain here normally lasts a few minutes but I can’t make any promises. Yesterday it rained for 10 minutes. Last week on a rainy day it lasted 2 hours.
      It’s the weather after all, we just go with the flow here 🙂 It’s hot all year round and we welcome a bit of rain. Shops stay open and tours continue on unless it turns into a hurricane and we do not have any hurricane warnings now. Speaking of tours! Did you know you can get an early booking discount when bookings tours ahead of time? You can see a full list of our tours.
      One of our brilliant Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with additional information on holiday activities here in Playa Del Carmen 🙂

  33. Hi, I’m looking to come out next week on Tuesday 3rd of October as a last minute holiday. I’m worried as it says thunderstorms all days. Can you tell me what the weather is like at the moment many thanks

    1. Hi Helen,

      Good morning, and thanks for getting in touch. Right now the sky is blue. Yesterday it was sunny and it rained for about 15 minutes. In the Caribbean we get spurts of rain. The weather is hot and we continue on with our day 🙂 Welcome to the Caribbean! Feel free to check out our amazing list of tours! Remember, by booking ahead of time we can apply an awesome discount!One of our awesome Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with additional information on holiday activities here in Playa Del Carmen 🙂

  34. Hi. We are travelling from the UK on Sunday for 10 days. We’ve heard that a tropical storm is threatening. We know it rains in the Caribbean but wondered what the weather is like at present.

    1. Hi Jenny,

      Good evening! Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 Today is an absolutely sunny day with clear skies. Saturday it rained most of the day. October is still the rainy season, so yes tropical storms are possible but we just never know. Since the weather here is so unpredictable, we ditch the weather channel and simple stick our heads outside the window to get the latest weather update. It could rain for 5 minutes followed by a burst of sun afterwards. When it comes to hurricanes on the other hand, we are given predictions 2 weeks-10 days prior; good news. No hurricane warning. 🙂 Welcome to paradise!

  35. Me & my husband are flying out on Monday for 10 Days to celebrate 20 years of marriage and I’m wondering about the weather. I’ve checked various forecast and they all seem to differ, so I was wondering if a local had a better idea !

    1. Hi Shaz!

      Congrats on 20 years! That’s awesome 🙂 In regards to the weather : When it rains in Playa del Carmen it rarely rains for the entire day. It’s more like one big shower in the late afternoon and after that, the sun comes right back out.

      Check out Google…click on the precipitation tab to see when it might rain throughout the day 😉
      https://www.google.com/search?q=playa%20del%20carmen%20weather

      Don’t forget to check out our awesome tours. We offer a discount on each tour you see on our website. http://www.playadelcarmen.com/activities.
      One of our amazing Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with some more hints and tips before you get here 🙂

  36. Hi.
    I have booked a room at the Ocean Riviera Paradise from Nov. 9th and was wondering if You could recommend airport transfer to/from this hotel for me? I’m planning to stay four weeks this time so if You have suggestions for activities during my stay I would be very grateful.

    Thanks.

    1. Hola from sunny Mexico!
      Thanks for reaching out. One of our travel gurus will send you an email shortly with information for your airport transport and to give you a few tour ideas. Hope you have a wonderful stay!
      Lisa

  37. Hi Lisa. My husband and I leave for Secrets Riveria Maya, one week from today. We went last June. This is our second trip. We r very excited. Thank you for the time u have spent easing travelers minds about their vacations. Can’t wait. Thanks, again. Robert & Roberta…

    1. Hi Roberta!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! We are looking forward to having you here in Paradise 🙂 We are here to put your mind at easy and help make your holiday a spectacular one. Don’t forget to check out our discounted, best selling excursions! Great news, they all provide transportation from The Secrets Riviera Maya!

  38. Hi Lisa,
    We”re coming to Playa del Carmen this week. I was wondering what the weather is like at Chichen Itza? Would it be similar to Playa? Also, what is it like in Tulum?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for getting in touch!
      Tropical weather varies significantly, and may be different from one location to another even if they are right next door to one another. It will be hot in all three locations in you mentioned, but it’s best to check out the weather for that specific location while you are here. We can give you a very nice website to check the daily, hourly and 10-day forecast.

      Weather Underground is a great website. Not only does it give you a daily forecast, it also gives you a 10-day forecast, including the hourly predictions.

      This is key because here in Playa, when it rains, it usually only lasts a short time. So the hourly forecast gives you a better idea of what the weather will be doing on an hourly basis. So instead of just seeing RAIN, you can see that it may rain from 9a-10a, and then be sunny for the rest of the day.

      It’s a great feature that will give you a better idea of what the weather forecast will be.

      https://www.wunderground.com/weather/mx/playa-del-carmen?cm_ven=localwx_today

      One of our awesome Travel Gurus will contact you shortly on how you can visit Tulum and Chichen Itza 🙂

  39. Hi Lisa,
    The wife and I are planning our honeymoon to Riviera Maya at the Barcelo Maya grande. we were married in august 2017 in Cyprus but wanted to spread the holidays out. We are looking at May, June and July but cant make anytime earlier than May unfortunately. We want baking sun and the least chance of rain (I have seen various articles stating different things). can you advise which of these months would be the best and their advantages? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Your answers to the above questions are great.
    Thank you,
    Kind regards,
    Daniel Simpson.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      You would want to visit as early in may as possible, since it would have the least amount of rain. The rainy season is from June-October/November. One of our savvy Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with more info on our lovely seaside town 🙂

  40. Hi there! Thanks for all the info! I’m just wondering how the mosquitos generally are at the end of April beginning of May? We will be bringing our daughter who will only be 16months and I am worried about Zika of course, and whether it is a bad time of year for mosquitos. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Ashley, you’re more than welcome. That’s what we’re here for. 🙂 The mosquitos are less of an issue in the drier months so you definitely have that on your side. It’s the best time of year to come if that’s your primary concern. That said, mosquitos are present all year round, you should be fine in the hotel zones or downtown as this has never been an issue for me. There’s generally mosquitos when you venture into the jungle for tours or close to cenotes, just make sure you come well equipped with the correct protection for you and your baby. Repellent is a MUST! Zika is riskiest to pregnant women and unborn babies and is becoming less and less of an issue in Mexico with every year that goes by.

  41. Hi lisa. You seem to have great insight for riviera maya and I would like your opinion. I was planning a wedding and I wanted to know if it is better weather in February or in March ? Also would March be high season where there are
    Spring breakers around ? I am in my 30’s and avoiding the young party scene

    1. Hey Denisse, the weather is pretty much the same in Feb and March, hot and sunny expect mid-60s. High season runs from November – June, so yes this would be classified as high season. Spring Break usually peaks mid-March but is much more popular in Cancun than the Riviera Maya. Playa del Carmen and surrounding areas are much more lowkey and relaxed away from the booming party scenes in Cancun. Hope that helps. 🙂 If you need help planning your wedding, our expert wedding planners are available completely free of charge! We organize 100s of weddings every year so rest assured you are in good hands, we know every hotel and package like the back of our hand, so we can help you find the right one for YOU. Feel free to reach out to the team at weddings@playadelcarmen.com

  42. Hey Lisa!
    I really enjoy the article, however I have doubts about my vacation plans. Our trip is planned 23.07-06.08.2018. I am aware about the possible weather conditions, but the catch is that we are going with our 1,5 years old twin babies. The choice of the date is conditioned by the free flight for kids 🙂 and we do not want to wait untill dry season, when we would have to pay for them as for adults. Please let me know what do you think about june/july trip with our kids. Is it safe and comfortable to go there? I am asking both about the hurricanes possibility and bad and uncomfortable-to-spend-time-with-child weather :). I hope you understand my doubts and you let me know what you are thinking. looking forward for your answear soon.

    1. Hey there Piotr, I totally understand your concerns. It’s natural 🙂 Although the month you are coming is classified as the rainy season, you shouldn’t worry too much. I’ve lived here decades now and even if you are unlucky enough to have rain during your stay it won’t last long, it will still be extremely warm, and there are lots of things to do indoors and out. https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/things-to-do-in-playa-del-carmen-when-it-rains/ On a rainy day, I like to explore the underground cenotes. It’s the perfect opportunity. It is safe, god forbid any major weather warnings came in the hotels and surrounding accommodations all have the hurricane procedures, however, we’ve not been hit by a bad hurricane in many many years but that’s not to say it won’t ever happen again. Hope that helps. 🙂

  43. Hi Lisa, we are due to fly out this weekend and looking at various weather forecasts there seems to be quite a bit of poor weather around at the moment. Please can you advise what the weather is going to be over next two weeks

    1. Hola Dean, yes the weather has been a little rainy the past few days, and it says it will be for the next few days. However, it is impossible to predict the weather in two weeks in the Caribbean because it changes SO quickly. Not to worry if it does rain during your stay often it doesn’t last too long and is still extremely warm. There are plenty of things to do, and a good use of your time when it rains would be to visit an underground cenote, as you will be undercover marveling at the ancient stalactites and stalagmites. Hope that helps. Here are some ideas to help… https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/things-to-do-in-playa-del-carmen-when-it-rains/

  44. Hi was just wondering. To get best Hotel rates for September, when is best time to make reservations? Also, should we book through hotel or Expedia?

    1. Hi, Andrea thank for reaching out to us! We are actually a local travel agency based here in Playa, we help 1000s of tourists each year save money on their hotel and tours. This is because we have exclusive deals with many of the hotels in the area and can often do special deals where we package the flights + hotels together. One of our expert Travel Gurus will be in touch with you very shortly, based on what you tell her about the trip your planning, she will find the best deals and discuss them with you so you are sure you choose the right one. Hotels and Expedia are biased because the hotel obviously wants to sell itself, and whoever pays the most for advertising on Expedia always comes out ‘on top’, whereas we can offer you non-bias advice. We visit the hotels regularly and know all the hotels like the back of our hand, and we’re HONEST if we don’t like something about the property we tell you because ultimately your experience matters to us. I hope that helps 🙂 If you have any questions whatsoever, please call us at our toll-free number +1 888-537-9797 or contact us via email customercare@playadelcarmen.com

  45. Hi Lisa,
    I am planning to visit Riviera Maya from April 6th to 11th with my husband and 2 kids (5yr old and 2 yr old). We are planning to book a package deal at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda – All-Inclusive. What do you think about the Resort and the activities for 2 yr old and 5 year old. My daughter will turn 5 on April 9th, so is there anything I can plan for her at the resort. How will the weather be during that time. Thank you for your insight and suggestions

    1. Hola Shruthi, the Paradisus is a brilliant world-class resort with exceptional amenities. You can guarantee it’s never a dull day for your kids. If you book the hotel through us we will notify them about your daughters birthday and the hotel will plan something special. 🙂 Perhaps going on a nice excursion that day would be a nice way to celebrate. Let us know if you would like us to send you some ideas across. The weather should be very hot in April so be sure to bring ample amount of sunscreen and after sun. You’re more than welcome, have a great trip.

  46. Hello Lisa…..
    We are planning on coming in April 8 – 16. How is the weather that time of the year?
    Also, hoping to get a last minute deal. Are the deals really any better if we wait to book something closer to that date?

    1. Hola Bonnie! The weather in April is glorious very hot and humid with little rain. No, the prices don’t fluctuate depending on dates. As you are visiting in high season, I wouldn’t recommend leaving until last minute as places will fill up fast. What is it you’re hoping to do? I will see how much money we can save you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch, call us at our toll-free number +1 888-537-9797 or email us at customercare@playadelcarmen.com

  47. Hi Lisa,

    I am thinking about a mid-January wedding. Will it be too cold for pool and beach activities at this time? Can we be comfortably lounging in our bikinis during the day?

    1. Hi Sydney! The sun always shines here in the Caribbean so even in January you can enjoy a very comfortable climate. I would say it’s a smart time of year for a wedding because you won’t be sweating and it’s technically ‘low season’. Yes, it’s bikini season all year round here. 🙂 I hope that helps. One of our expert wedding gurus will be in touch shortly to start discussing your options with you. 🙂

  48. Are family is visiting the last week of May. What do you usually see in the way of rain and temps? Thanks so much

    1. Hey Angela, May is usually sunshine, sunshine, and more sunshine. Rainy season doesn’t begin to June-July so it should be laregly dry and very warm, so tell them to forget that sunscreen. 🙂 I hope that helps and if there’s anything else I can help you with in regards to booking tours or planning the trip of a lifetime, feel free to get back in touch. I would be happy to assist you.

    1. Hey, AnnMaries the weather here in the Caribbean changes very quickly. If it says rain it’s likely it will rain for an hour or so before returning to sunshine. 🙂 I wouldn’t worry too much you will still experience warm weather while you’re here. If you do have a rainy morning or two check out our post on things to do in Playa when it rains. I hope it helps. https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/things-to-do-in-playa-del-carmen-when-it-rains/

  49. Hi, we arrive next week on 10/5 and are staying for ten days, looking at the forecast it looks like rain every day we are there! ? please tell me we will get a tan! So excited, we are staying at Bahia principe akumal, and have never been before

    1. Hey Jo, let me tell you something YOU WILL GET A TAN! The weather here in the Caribbean is subject to change very quickly. If it is forecast rain it will often rain heavy for an hour before returning to glorious sunshine. Don’t worry, be happy, paradise awaits you! 🙂

  50. Hi Lisa
    We are looking at booking a honeymoon next year in very late May – early June. We really have our hearts set on Riviera Maya but we are worried about the fact that June is the start of the rainy season! I’m going to keep my eye on forecasts this year as a guide, but hopefully it’ll just be short showers in the afternoon/overnight? I hate taking risks with weather, especially on our honeymoon! Is it normal for it to rain every day/all day in early June? We’d be looking at a 2 week holiday so hopefully, we’d see plenty of sun in that time!
    Thanks
    Jennie

    1. Hey there Jennie, I completely understand your concern. Yes, it is likely you will experience a few showers, but please note here in the Caribbean it often rains HEAVILY for an hour or two before returning to glorious sunshine. Sometimes it rains in the morning, afternoon, or night there is no way really to predict it as the weather changes so fast here. You would definitely see plenty of sunshine and return home with a glorious tan. Also, if you do think you will have any rainy days there are plenty of activities you can do in the rain such as underground cenotes and so on, I will post a link to my recent ‘what to do when it rains post’ it will definitely help you a lot. Would you like me to have one of our travel gurus reach out to begin discussing your best options for hotels with you? We are privileged to offer exclusive rates as a local agency, plus we visit the hotels regularly and even stay there ourselves, so we can offer, free, unbias, advice, because ultimately we just want you to have a great trip. Let me know. 🙂 If you’d like to begin discussing your options contact me at sarah@playadelcarmen.com I’d be happy to help.

  51. Hi there, we will be travelling to Riviera Maya for 10 days from the 20th May and are being forecast thunderstorms and consistent cloud cover each day throughout our stay – trying to convince my partner that it will hopefully only be for an hour or so a day but starting to doubt myself now! What’s the likelihood of us getting much sun?
    Cheers!

  52. Hi, i am travelling to the Riviera Maya for 11 nights in October, I am cornered as to what the weather will be like while we are out there. I was wondering if you could possibly let me know what it is like generally there during this month. As holiday is booked what is that we could do if the weather is bad while we are there.

    many thanks

    gemma

  53. Hi!
    How is the weather in July?I’m thinking to go from the 9th to the 20th. Know is hot but about the rain?
    Thank you!

    1. Hola Rogerio, it is rainy season during your visit and it’s likely you’ll experience a shower or two but it’s nothing to worry about you will have your fair share of sunshine and warm climates. 🙂

  54. Ill be staying in the Tulum area in July. Not sure if you’re experienced in this area. Looking for a good tour to Sian Ka’an. It’s expensive so want to make sure its a good tour.

    1. Hey Katie, you’ve come to the right place we are the experts 🙂 rest assured we try and test all the tours we sell. With so many providers offering the same ‘experience’ quality of your can differ greatly. Rest assured when you book with us you are getting the best of the best. I will have one of our expert Travel Gurus reach out to you so that you can book and receive our discounts. She will also be able to give you all the information you need. 🙂 Have an amazing time! 🙂

  55. Hi Lisa
    we are looking at booking for our 25th wedding anniversary treat but bringing 16 and 12 year old daughters too it will be 29th July for 2 weeks is it really windy everyday then? as in hurricanes season or just slight winds? -don’t want to pay loads to be sandblasted everyday?? as I detest windy weather! also any hotels you’d recommend to entertain teenagers best??

    1. Hi Anne! How exciting excellent choice for an anniversary. It is never really windy here, to be honest, there is just the odd chance of a shower as it’s technically rainy season but don’t worry you will definitely get your fair share of sun. I will have one of our expert agents reach out to start discussing hotels and to make sure you get the best deal.

  56. Hi. We are looking to book a family holiday in 2019. Which month is the best month to book to avoid rain. Thank you

    1. Hello Paul, a great question! Rainy season is June to October, and the dryest months tend to be March and April 🙂 expect it be very hot and humid ALWAYS. 🙂 Do you need free, unbias advice choosing hotels and tours?

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. The time you are visiting is classified as the end of the rainy season. It’s likely you may see some rain for an hour or two one day while you’re here but fear not it will still be very warm and sunny. 🙂

  57. Hello!
    We will be leaving for the Rivera Maya on Sat October 6th for a week! Very excited, but the forecast says thunderstoms every day we are there with no mention of sun. I am worried I will not be able to enjoy the beach or pools. Is there really a chance of no sun at all while we are there?

    1. Hello Kelli, thank you for reaching out, you’ve come to the right place. Rest assured that when the weather forecast looks like it does. It is sure to rain, however, it usually does so for an hour or two before returning back to glorious sunshine. I wouldn’t worry at all about it. This is the Caribean and it’s subject to change very quickly. I hope that helps. Also, there are plenty of things to do when it rains. Check them out here…https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/things-to-do-in-playa-del-carmen-when-it-rains/

  58. We are traveling there oct 16-20. I have looked at the weather and its showing 80% everyday. Will it likely rain all day or just pop up showers?

    1. Hey Devon, this time of year is particularly known for some heavy showers on the odd day. However, because of Playa del Carmen’s geographical positioning, the weather changes here VERY quickly. If it rains it will likely do so for a short period before returning to glorious sunshine. It’s almost impossible to predict the weather, and pointless checking it until the time of your visit. I hope that helps. Rest assured there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep you busy in the Riviera Maya. Here are some of our top recommendations…https://www.playadelcarmen.com/blog/things-to-do-in-playa-del-carmen-when-it-rains/

  59. Hi Sarah
    We are looking to book an all-inclusive adults only holiday for March next year. It’s my 50th birthday on 17th March and would like to be on holiday to celebrate it. I have seen an offer through Thomson holidays for the tui Sensimar maya riviera which looks good. Would you agree? Also is the weather humid in March as I have bad hair that will frizz in any kind of humidity.

    1. Hey, Debbie, you’ve come to the right place! We are a local agency located right here in the Riviera Maya! We boast exclusive prices with the hotels and know them better than anyone. If you would like us to give you a quote email us at customercare@playadelcarmen.com to see if we can beat your current quote, we will also be able to answer any questions you may have about other hotels. In regards to hair, I’ll be totally honest with you because I’m in the same boat as you. It is humid here all year round. Possibly SLIGHTLY less in March as there is not as much moisture in the air due to low rainfall. Come armed with anti-frizz products you will need them.

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