The Best Time to Visit the Caribbean
Here’s a question—When is the best time of year to visit the Mexican Caribbean? I’m going to answer this with a question of my own! When isn’t it a good time to visit? I mean, really! Whether you’re looking for a hot getaway to break up your winter, or you want to kick-start your summer, it’s pretty much ALWAYS a good time to vacation in the Mayan Riviera.
Playa del Carmen gets really busy from mid-December through to Spring Break. (High season!) Depending on your personality and what you want in a vacation, visiting Playa during those months could be a ton of fun or just plain overwhelming. Expect crowded beaches and a bustling 5th Avenue! On the plus side, every restaurant and shop is open, in fine form, fully-staffed and eager to serve tourists. Music Festivals, beach concerts, and other events fill the social calendar. Every night of the week you can find live music, comedy acts, art presentations, etc. So if being in the center of the action is your thing, plan a trip in February or March!
The thermometer climbs and things start to relax a little in April/May. Kick-start your summer with a glorious tan that will be the envy of friends back home! This is a great time to go SCUBA diving and snorkelling in the glassy waters of the Caribbean. Visit the island of Cozumel for some of the most spectacular diving in the world!
The summer months are lazy and languorous in the Mayan Riviera. (Low Season) You can find incredible deals on hotels and excursions due to the lack of tourists! Crowds are minimal at Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and at the beautiful eco-parks XCaret, XPlor and XelHa. The steamy summer days offer a good chance to explore the refreshingly cool cenotes (fresh water sink holes) in the area. And August and September are the perfect time to swim with whale sharks as they migrate.
My favorite time of year, when I just adore living in Playa, is October – December. The weather is usually PERFECT—sunny but not too sticky, and cool at night. Only a few tourists trickle in, so it feels like the town belongs to the locals! Hurricane season is winding down, so sometimes there are rainy days. But if I can’t beach it up or go diving, I just visit my favorite coffee shops (Ah Cacao) and bakeries (Chez Celine and Tiramisu) to catch up on my reading!
Really, relaxing beside sparkling turquoise waters and powdery white sand beaches is always a good idea. Book a vacation home and experience the Caribbean lifestyle in Mexico! You’re welcome anytime! When do you feel like dropping by?
Written by Kelly G.