Playa del Carmen has a subtropical climate, so weather ranges from warm to hot most of the year. The average temperature is around 80 degrees, and humidity is usually high. As a result, the sea is almost always warm enough for a swim.
Daytime temperatures are comfy and warm between November and January, but the air cools at night. And while some showers try to dampen the fun, they’re generally not overwhelming. These primo months are in the middle of peak tourist season, spanning October to March, so prices tend to be higher, especially over Christmas break, from December 15 through January 1.
The most pleasant weather outside of tourist high season runs from February to May. The sea is calm for swimming, and rain is sparse. As expected, prices kick up a notch during spring break and Easter. But if you can squeeze in after Easter, during April or May, you’ll find much more elbow room to enjoy amiable weather.
It you don’t have tolerance for heat, and your holiday schedule isn’t defined by your budget, avoid low season from June to August. While the sea is calm and the air remains warm even through the night, the period is prone to precipitation. If you do find yourself there during summer, July’s Taste of Playa food festival celebrates the chefs and restaurateurs who have established the Riviera Maya as a culinary hot spot.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin is from June through November, with a spike in activity usually around early to mid-September. If you’re willing to take the risk, you’ll be rewarded with special rates on hotels.