Sunny September Days
Low season is a beautifully hot and tranquil time of year for Playa del Carmen. There’s lots of sun and lots of room to relax on the beach all summer long. But things start to get exciting for Independence Day, September 15th and 16th!
It’s a festive time, and spirits are high as locals and visitors alike celebrate the nation’s independence. The city is adorned with colorful lights and decorations in red, white and green. And downtown, the tourist mecca of 5th Avenue is a really fun sight to see at this time of year. It’s not far from your vacation condo!
Take a stroll down 5th Ave and you’ll find discounts and promotions at practically every restaurant. Most specials will run all weekend. (This is a great time to try Chiles en Nogada, a gorgeous dish with stuffed mild poblano peppers draped in walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.) Two for one margaritas? Tequila tastings? Samples of mezcal and pre-Hispanic food? Check!
Here with your family? Check out some of the fun, interactive events that go on at the downtown malls (Quinta Alegría and Calle Corazón). Beachfront restaurants also have costumed musicians, singers and dancers that are all too happy to pose with you for pics.
For the cultural side of things, visit Parque 28 de Julio (behind the Palacio Municipal/City Hall, near Walmart). On Thursday, September 15, the mayor gives the traditional “El Grito,” commemorating Miguel Hidalgo’s cry to the local people to rise up and fight for their rights. All evening there are events in the park, capped off with spectacular fireworks. (They go all out, it’s very fun to watch!)
Looking for a party? Playa del Carmen is a city with a cool, youthful vibe. There’s always something going on at Playa’s well-known beach clubs like Mamita’s and Blue Parrot. Friday night, the party spills out of the night clubs on Calle 12 (between the beach and 10th Ave), and the whole street becomes a celebration!
If you do come visit the Mayan Riviera in September, you won’t need to pack warm clothes. Days are long and sunny and even at night, temperatures rarely drop below 75°F/24°C. Rainy season hasn’t officially begun in September. If there is any rain, it’s short and intense and then the sun comes back out!
Stretch out your summer with a trip to the Riviera Maya’s sun-drenched shores. In September you can have a beautiful vacation with a splash of historical tradition!
– Kelly S.