Best Time of Year to Visit Tulum

Updated: November 17, 2016

Tulum – When To Visit

  • The best time to visit Tulum is between December and April when the skies are clear, there’s little rain, and the weather is less humid.
  • Best Time for Good Weather: December to April
  • Best Time for Sightseeing: November to April
  • Best Time for Nightlife: December and January
  • Best Time for Saving Money: September and October
  • Best Time for Surfing: No surfing near Tulum
  • Best Time for Honeymoon: December to May
  • Best Time for Diving: Year round (especially the cenotes where conditions change little with the season)

Tulum Essentials

When is the best time to visit Tulum?

The best time to go to Tulum, Mexico for great beach weather.

  • Any Time is a Great Time to Visit Tulum: Below I try to give some tips on finding that perfect time to visit but Tulum doesn’t see a huge change in weather from one month to the next and with a bit of luck you can get wonderful sunny weather during the wetter summer months. There are times of year when the odds are better stacked in your favor but Tulum can make a great destination any month of the year.
  • Best Time for Swimming and Suntanning: December to April has the sunniest weather with the least amount of rain. Expect some rain for visits from May until October with September being the wettest month. Rain storms usually come for an hour or two and then the sunny skies return – it’s rare to have 2 or 3 days of continual rain without any sun. Hurricanes are not common but most likely in September and October.
  • Best Time for Sightseeing: November to April are the best months to explore the areas wonderful historical and cultural attractions. Humidity and heat are highest during the rainy season from May to October. This isn’t a problem when you’re on the beach and refreshed by breezes off the ocean but inland sightseeing at Coba, Chichen Itza, and Vallodolid can feel overwhelming in the sticky heat.
  • Best Time for Saving Money: To get the cheapest hotel rates visit in April, May, June, September, or October. Food and transportation costs don’t vary much by season but you can save significant money on hotels during the off-season.
  • High Season (December, January): The weather is great and travelers flock here from the cold winter weather up north. If you’re visiting Tulum during the weeks around Christmas and New Years book your hotel months in advance.
  • Shoulder Season (February, March, July, August, November): A busy period but not as crazy as high season. I still recommend booking your hotel as far in advance as possible. Rates don’t change much between high and shoulder season but it is easier to find a room. July and August see more European travelers than at other times of the year.
  • Low Season (April, May, June, September, or October): A great time to save money in Tulum as visitors are noticeably fewer than in the peak months. Be prepared for some rain in September and October but April, May, and June are a perfect mix of good weather and smaller crowds.

Tulum Weather by Month

  • January Weather in Tulum: Great beach weather. Not much rain and humidity is low. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Rainfall: 70mm. Days with Rain: 7)
  • February Weather in Tulum: Even drier than January with lots of sun and warm temperatures. The sea temperature is at its coolest in February but this doesn’t mean much as it’s still comfortable for swimming. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Rainfall: 55mm. Days with Rain: 6)
  • March Weather in Tulum: The driest month of the year. Sunny warm days. Great beach weather. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C. Average Rainfall: 35mm. Days with Rain: 4)
  • April Weather in Tulum: Still dry season and great weather. April has the most hours of sunshine of any month and the fewest number of rainy days. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C. Average Rainfall: 45mm. Days with Rain: 3)
  • May Weather in Tulum: The first month of the wet season but still great beach weather. It’s starting to get hotter and there’s more humidity. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Rainfall: 110mm. Days with Rain: 8)
  • June Weather in Tulum: June is the 3rd rainiest month in Tulum but there are still lots of hours of sunshine. Expect high humidity away from the beach. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Rainfall: 180mm. Days with Rain: 12)
  • July Weather in Tulum: Hot humid weather but noticeably less rain then June. Lots of sun weather for hitting the beach. Sea breezes keep it pleasant at the beach but you’ll feel the humidity when you go inland. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Rainfall: 130mm. Days with Rain: 11)
  • August Weather in Tulum: The hottest month of the year. High humidity and still lots of sunshine. (Average Max Temperature: 32°C. Average Rainfall: 145mm. Days with Rain: 12)
  • September Weather in Tulum: The rainiest and most humid month of the year. It rains about 15 days of the month but it usually lasts only an hour or two and then the sun returns. The sea temperature is at it’s warmest in September. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Rainfall: 220mm. Days with Rain: 15)
  • October Weather in Tulum: The 2nd rainiest month but you’ll still have beautiful weather for the beach on a good amount of days. (Average Max Temperature: 30°C. Average Rainfall: 210mm. Days with Rain: 14)
  • November Weather in Tulum: Noticeably cooler with less rain than October as the dry season returns. Lots of great beach weather is the norm. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C. Average Rainfall: 105mm. Days with Rain: 9)
  • December Weather in Tulum: One of the best months for beach weather. Lots of sun and warm temperatures. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Rainfall: 90mm. Days with Rain: 8)

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40 Questions and Comments

  1. Tulum in Middle of August

    Hi Dave,
    Thinking of vacationing in Tulum mid August 2017.
    Do you expect the water to be cloudy due to the weather, and what do you think the weather will be like.
    Do you think we will see the sun? Does it usually rain and then the sun comes out?
    Will the mosquitos be a problem that time of year?
    Thanks so much for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s rare for the water to get cloudy in Tulum. There is some seaweed in the water recently but it can come and go fairly quickly so it’s hard to know what it will be like in August. In August it will be hot. Typically September and October are rainier but there is a chance for some rain in August. Typically the rain comes in at night and the days are clear. When it rains, it really rains. Being such a tropical climate and surrounded by water and jungle, there are mosquitos however they are more prevalent in the evenings. The restaurants burn copal, a resin that burns similar to incense and that helps keep them away. They’re never much of a problem at the beach.

  2. Tulum in Early August

    Hi Dave,

    I am thinking of visiting Tulum August 2nd-August 6th. Is this a bad time to go in regard to shops, hotels, and restaurants being closed? I know that this is the off-season, but I am wondering how quiet/slow/dead it actually gets. And I know the weather may be an issue, but I am mostly concerned with the liveliness of the surrounding area.

    Please let me know what you think! Thanks a lot.
    Catherine S.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Things in Tulum are definitely much quieter in August, September, October and some restaurants and shops do take their vacations during this time. But, there are so many great restaurants in Tulum now that if one great restaurant is closed, you can simply go to one of the others. There are not a lot of visitors during that time of the year so there will not be big crowds anywhere and the best part is, the beach is very quiet and low key. But, if you want to enjoy a lively atmosphere, things are much much different in the spring and that’s the time everything will be open and lots of people will be around.

  3. Off Season in Tulum

    Hi Dave,

    Great site! About to book a trip for the last week of June, even with the weather being what it is. I’m traveling down with my husband and was looking for a stellar hotel recommendation. We recently visited Bali and he was very put off by the beach at our hotel so a beautiful clean beach is a must! I LOVE that some of these hotels have plunge pools but they are still asking for $500+ which seems a little high for off season. We are willing to spend around the 300 mark a night but definitely need a nice beach (private plunge pool would be a huge bonus!) and close enough to get around town, either by bike or walking or even short cab. Any suggestions for the off season?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Ahau is a beautiful hotel on one of the best stretches of beach in Tulum. They are very close to the nicest restaurants (walking distance) and their restaurant is fantastic too. They rent bikes so that you can explore other areas of town and cabs into Tulum town are less than $5. They do not have plunge pools but their location along the beach and their beautiful rooms more than make up for that. Maria del Mar is a new hotel that has one common pool right outside the rooms. While it isn’t a private plunge pool, the hotel is small so you won’t feel crowded (especially during the offseason). Their section of beach is more rocky but it is a short walk or bike away from other great beach clubs (Papaya Playa is nearby and they have a great bar/restaurant and wonderful beach.).

  4. Hotel with Lively Social Scene

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for this very informative site. Hopefully you receive this message. I’m looking for a recommendation for two 30 something women looking for a hotel with a lively social scene, preferably on the beach. We’re traveling the weekend on the 19-23rd and the hotel we most wanted (Be Tulum) is sold out. I was interested in Mi Amor but it appears to be mostly couples. Is this the case? Anything you can recommend?
    Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If you are looking for a lively social scene, Papaya Playa Project is definitely the hotel for you. They have incredible parties every week. They have a great bar right on the beach with a platform overlooking the ocean, tables set into the sand and a huge stretch of perfect beach just for them. On Saturday nights, all of that is transformed into a huge party with guest DJs from around the world, lights, drinks and dancing. They also have music on the beach every afternoon so you have a very nice vibe while you are out relaxing by the water. Mi Amor is also beautiful but, you’re right – very romantic with lots of couples. And, it is pretty mellow.

  5. Staying in Chemuyil

    Hello, we are thinking of staying in Chemuyil. What are your thoughts on that village?

    Shannon Tithof

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Chemuyil is a small, quiet town. It is however, near many of the top activities in the Riviera Maya (Akumal to swim with the turtles, Xel-ha park, etc.). So, if you are looking to spend much of your time in a quiet town but are renting a car to venture out during the day, Chemuyil is a great, more local and unique experience in the Riviera. There are small restaurants and access to cenotes and lagoons that are off the beaten path but again, a car would be necessary if staying in Chemuyil.

  6. Vegan Restaurants in Tulum

    Hi Dave! We’re looking to visit mid-end of May for six nights. Here’s the concern: We’re both strictly VEGAN (not vegetarian). No dairy, no meat. It’s hard for us to go to All-Inclusives because the food is normally terrible for us and we end up being isolated and always hungry. We eat beans and rice and all kinds of breads. We love food!

    We want as close to luxury on the beach as we can get (sand, water, air conditioning, drinks in hand), but access to as much Vegan food as we can get. This is always our biggest challenge. Hoping you can help us make the right decision. We’re using all of our savings, so it’s a big one for us!

    We collect and share information, so any directions you give us will be posted on vegan sites with a link to you.

    Jud Meyers

    Thank you for what you’re doing for everyone here. Glad we stumbled on your site.


    Jud Meyers

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Tulum is actually a great destination for Vegans. There are a number of restaurants along the hotel zone with a strictly vegan menu. Raw Love is a very popular, fresh, tasty cafe located in the Ahau Hotel which is beautiful. Another totally vegan restaurant is Restaurare. Since the area is very eco-centric and healthy, many restaurants (especially along the beach road) will also have vegan options. If you want quick, easy access to great vegan food and a nice hotel – stay at Ahau. Their rooms are very grand and dramatic with beautiful palapa roofs, their service is great and their beach is among the best.

  7. Tulum Hotel for Single Female with Yoga

    Hi Dave! I’m a 30 year old female looking to go to Tulum solo mid December. I’ve done so much research on hotels but am having a hard time choosing one! Ideally I would like to go on a yoga retreat or stay at a hotel geared toward that but also would like something a little luxurious and within budget (around 200/250$ night)
    Where do you recommend to stay that has a good yoga/boho vibe, beach I can swim in and a true Tulum feel with the luxuries of a higher end hotel?? So far Amansala, PPP, and Kore all sound great.
    Amazing web site! I’ll definitely be using this to check out other places as well!! Sacha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Amansala holds great retreats and has an upscale vibe but is still very nice and luxurious. It is a pampered retreat getaway. They have great personal trainers from all over the world that push you but make sure you are enjoying your getaway and treating it like a vacation. Maya Tulum also has great retreats and events. Their atmosphere is very yoga/zen and calming. They have a beautiful palapa yoga studio off of the beach with great morning classes to start your day right. They aren’t as fancy as Amansala but more of the bohemian Tulum vibe and still very nice. Walking through the grounds makes you feel like you are in a secluded sanctuary. The are located near each other and along a great stretch of the beach so you really can’t go wrong in that way. Papaya Playa is a very fun hotel but a little more rowdy and less retreat-like and Kore is more like an all-inclusive resort which is very different than the true spirit of Tulum and the surrounding area. None the less, both are very nice hotels.

  8. Solo Stay at Amansala

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for all the great info. I’m planning to take a solo trip to Tulum in October and stay at Amansala for the six day package. What can you tell me about the place. Thanks Jackie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Amansala has many amenities that are rare along the beach in Tulum. Their pool is right on the beach so you can relax poolside and still enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and listen to the waves bringing the water in. Their section of beach is also very well maintained, is quite large and really beautiful. Their food is healthy and delicious but expensive (just like almost all food along the beach zone) but if you want to try other restaurants, they are very close to many of the best restaurants in Tulum. Shiva Tulum is great Indian food in a beautiful jungle setting with a grand, open palapa lounge area and within walking distance. Their trainers Katie & Ali will give you a brutal workout so the nice beach and pool will be a wonderful way to escape the heat and get a little R&R.

  9. Weather in Late June in Tulum

    Checking weather from NJ every day is 90% rain. Will we see sun at all? Arriving June 19. Really bummed!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You should still see the sun while you are there. The forecast was exactly the same today and it was sunny and hot (no rain) except for one small burst in a very limited section of town. I would pack a deck of cards and have plans for the rain because in Tulum, when it rains it can really rain and you might be sticking to shelter wherever you are. But, even when the forecast shows full rain, the sun almost always peeks out for a while. If it does rain, check out Gran Cenote. Once you’re in the cenote you’ll be sheltered and able to have basically the same experience as if it wasn’t raining. Gran Cenote has decent parking so you won’t have to worry about muddy dirt roads or anything like that. Dos Ojos is all dirt so not as appealing in a storm.

  10. Weather and Hurricanes in Tulum

    HI Dave! We are heading to Tulum tomorrow!

    I am a mother of two little ones, and we are heading into 80% chance of thunderstorms every day that we are there. Is that something to worry about? My biggest fear is being right next to the beach, and having a hurricane hit.

    It’s hard to find good information, so thought I’d ask!

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hurricane season doesn’t really begin until July and even then, most activity is August through October. I wouldn’t worry too much about a hurricane and rather, plan ahead for indoor activities with the little ones during the rainstorms. Some of the cenotes can be great activities during the rain as they actually provide some shelter from the rain. Dos Ojos is a good one with large overhangs to act as shelter and the cenotes themselves are open and less claustrophobic than some others. (Making it a great one for kids.) You may want to pack some games or a pack of cards to play in your room or at the hotel restaurant to stay busy and have some fun.

  11. Best Grocery Store for Booze in Tulum?

    Random question- San Francisco vs. Chedraui for tequila and mezcal… Which has the better selection, and price? Or is there a better spot for a bottle in Tulum?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Chedraui is hard to beat. They have a strong selection of tequila and mezcal and great prices. Their selection of other food and drinks is much better as well (it’s a huge American-style grocery store) so while you are there picking up your tequila you can grab limes, snacks, sunscreen, etc. too. There is also a specialty store full of different tequila options on main street in Tulum Pueblo. The selection there is the best in town but prices are also higher. If you are looking for Sal de Gusano (the specialty salt traditionally offered with mezcal), you won’t be able to find it at any of the stores in town. Bars do have it and if you befriend your bartender you may be able to get some from them.

      1. J

        Thanks! I found the specialty store on the main street last time and got some nice stuff, but figured the prices were probably higher there than at a proper store. I’ll plan to check out Chedraui- thanks again!

  12. Renting a Car from Cancun Airport

    Hey Dave! Great blog… Heading to Tulum in April and May with two other girls and wondering if you think it’s safe to hire a car and drive from the airport?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s hard to define “safe.” Like anywhere, getting in a car accident, is probably the largest risk you face when traveling in the Yucatan. Is it less safe than driving in the U.S. or Canada? Yeah, probably. Would you be more safe if a local were driving you? Yeah, probably. Is driving yourself a huge risk? No, you’ll more than likely be fine.

      Those are my thoughts. Not sure I’d go so far as to call it an answer.

  13. Tulum to Chichen Itza

    Hi Dave,

    Great site and very informative thank you! Were going in March and this has been really helpful!

    Whats the easiest way to get to Chichen Itza? My fiancée is worried about renting a car and I was wondering if its possible to get a driver for the day? Do you have any idea what that might cost?


    Jonathan Hawthorne

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I think you could hire a driver/taxi for $150 to $200 for Chichen Itza and back. Another option is Coba. Just as interesting as Chichen Itza, closer, and cheaper to get to. Lots of cenotes on the drive from Tulum to Coba so you could combine it with your visit. (The same applies to Chichen Itza too, but since it’s 2 hours both ways it’s already a pretty full day.)

  14. Beach Access for Public

    Hi Dave!

    If we stay in town, will it be an issue to find a spot on the beach? I have heard that the hotels kind of run the beach so it is hard to find public access. Is this true? Thanks!

    Katie W

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The beaches are open to the public and finding a spot is not a problem at all.

  15. Average Cost of a KnickKnack Souvenir

    Can you tell me the average cost of a knickknack souvenir? I am having a hard time finding a straight answer

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere


    2. Dawn

      Funny !

  16. Surfing in Tulum

    Wondering if there’s any surf options near Tulum?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The waves aren’t big enough for surfing. Boogie boarding, kite surfing, and body surfing are popular. This company offers kite surfing and paddle boarding rentals.

  17. Mountain Biking near Tulum

    Hola Dave!!! Best site on Tulum on the internet! Just stumbled upon it and truly don’t need any other guidance now!

    Quick question on biking……is there decent road or mountain biking in the area? I mean beyond city or beach biking?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There are no mountains and few hills in the Tulum area so not a lot of mountain biking. As for road biking there are highways that lead in 3 different directions from Tulum so I suppose you can head out there, not sure if you’d find this enjoyable or not. Certainly there are many cenotes to bike to.

  18. Honeymoon in Tulum in July

    Hi dave, love your website on Tulum. We’re going in July for a week on our honeymoon. Finding it so hard to decide on a hotel. Looking for something on the beach, near restaurants and moderately priced. Any recommendations welcome!!

    Maire Bradshaw

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Read Best Tulum Hotels for my favorite places to stay.

  19. Best Beach Area on Tulum Strip

    What a lot of great information! If we rent a bike for the day in Tulum and bike out to the beach are there palapas and chairs for rent on the beach? Is there one beach in particular to spend the day that is best?

    Thanks again,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The beach at La Zebra is great, they don’t charge for chairs if you order something. Food is great too.

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