The best times to visit Riviera Maya for ideal weather are
November 26th to April 1st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Riviera Maya Travel Guide
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Weather in Riviera Maya
Average temperatures in Riviera Maya vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 32nd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Riviera Maya, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid to late August where highs are regularly around 93°F (33.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.5°F (22.5°C) at night.
Riviera Maya Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Riviera Maya Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Riviera Maya Perceived Temperature (F)
Riviera Maya Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Riviera Maya Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Riviera Maya are March, April, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid September with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of September 10th.
When can you find snow in Riviera Maya? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Riviera Maya.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Riviera Maya (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Riviera Maya has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (70.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (84.2%).
Wind in Riviera Maya is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 7.2 knots (8.3 MPH or 13.4 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 15.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Riviera Maya.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.7||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.1||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.4||Light breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.2||Gentle breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
|May||6||Light breeze||14.1||Significant breeze|
|Jun||4.9||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.1||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.2||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||3.6||Barely noticeable||10.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||4.2||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.3||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||5||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Riviera Maya?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Mexico; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 01, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Riviera Maya, Mexico is January, followed by February and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Riviera Maya in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Riviera Maya Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 93°F (33.9°C) and 87.7°F (30.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Riviera Maya, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 89.5°F (31.9°C) and 82°F (27.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Riviera Maya to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.1°F (31.7°C) and 81.1°F (27.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.