How is the weather in Cancun and Riviera Maya?

March 10, 2021

Nothing will ruin your well-deserved days off! 

The most popular destinations in Mexico for its warm beaches and turquoise colors are in the Mexican Caribbean. If you are planning a vacation to enjoy the beauty of the paradisiacal Caribbean Sea, I’ll help you see how the weather is like in Cancun and the Riviera Maya for you to know what to expect out your trip.

Everyone wants to visit these destinations to enjoy their semi-tropical climate, fill up with energy from the sun, get the ideal tan, and feel the breeze of the beach. That is why the weather becomes the main factor when planning a trip. Although the Mexican Caribbean is not always hot and warm, it is for most of the year.

Maybe you are from a cold and rainy city and what you are looking for is to relax under the sun at the beach, or maybe you’re looking to enjoy of the ocean and the warmth is not your main factor to visit these destinations. Either way, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are ready to welcome you whatever your plan.


The geographical location of Quintana Roo allows the temperature to be around 26° C on average. During the summer, it can reach up to 34° C, and in winter 21° C. You must know that humidity is the main characteristic of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and sometimes it can reach up to 80%.

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Cancun and Riviera Maya, of course, go through the four seasons of the year, but the climate really only divides into summer and winter, and both cover the whole year.

During the summer, you can sunbathe as you planned, and cool off in one of the many options: sea, cenotes, pools, lagoons, rivers. During the winter, the temperature drops at night, and it continues like this in the mornings, but as the hours go by, you will be able to feel the sun and do the activities that Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer you.

Rainy Season

Summer is one of our favorite times, and as I mentioned before, the weather is warm with high temperatures, worthy of a paradisiac destination. The rainy season lasts from May to October, but nothing to worry about it will almost never last for the whole day. You may do your activities and continue enjoying while it is raining, but that will depend on you.

From November to February, you can enjoy the Caribbean winter climate, drier and colder, but the sun will always be our ally. In March and April, the sun shines all day, and the humidity percentage increases to welcome the summer weather.

Natural Phenomena

-Hurricane Season

Hurricane season lasts from June to October and you might think this could affect your vacations, but fortunately, the last record of a strong hurricane was in 2005 with the arrival of Wilma. In recent years, hurricanes have been of lower categories and tropical storms that have not affected the destination.

-Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes

These phenomena do not occur in the Yucatan Peninsula as it is not considered an earthquake zone due to its plain and because of its location in the static part of the tectonic plates.

Don’t worry, there is no natural phenomenon that takes us by surprise!

Frequently asked questions by travelers

What is sargassum?

Sargassum is a macroalga that remains in water all its life and can produce huge masses that move according to ocean currents. The massive arrival of sargassum on the beaches can be caused by multiple factors such as the increase in water temperature, nutrients in the sea, by ocean currents and winds.

It is a 100% natural phenomenon of which there is no control or an exact prediction of when it can reach the coasts of Quintana Roo. Therefore, there is no sargassum season, because it could happen, as it could not happen. In case it does reach the beaches, it is a temporary phenomenon and does not affect all of the beaches in the area.

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If you are going to visit Cancun, I recommend that you contact your hotel to find out how the destination is at the time of your visit. Currently, most hotels have an action plan to keep their beaches sargassum free.

What is the temperature of the water in the cenotes?

The cenote’s water is usually at an average temperature of 24° C. Its temperature is cool and does not rise because they are fed by underground rivers that have little contact with solar energy.

It may seem cold, but in spring and summer, you will enjoy it!

Best time to visit Cancun and the Riviera Maya?

There is no better time to visit Cancun, and Riviera Maya, the climate of these places will allow you to enjoy your well-deserved days of rest on your dream vacation. The only important thing is to consider the time of year you would like to venture to these paradise and be well prepared for what may happen.

There are many activities that you can do outdoors, most of them actually… but there are also shopping centers that offer activities for rainy days as museums or shows in some recreational parks.

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Grupo Xcaret has cultural activities, tours, and adventures that you can do without any concern for the weather. In addition, you’ll develop your senses and emotions and get in touch with nature.


  • Always travel with a biodegradable sunscreen to take care of the environment while taking care of your skin. Our beautiful reefs and marine life will thank you.
  • Your swimsuit is essential in whatever season you decide to travel.
  • Avoid sunbathing for long hours, even if you use sunscreen. It can be harmful to your skin. Remember that you are going to have fun.
  • If you travel in winter, pack a light sweater, it is better to be safe. Although our low temperature will probably make you laugh when you arrive, our Caribbean body recommends it.
  • During the summer, it may also rain. A raincoat is worth it.

Now that you know what the weather is like in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, you have a bigger picture to put your itinerary together and reach the most famous Mexico destination. You are going to have a lot of fun!

Me encanta vivir nuevas experiencias y aprender de los constantes cambios de la vida. Amante de las nubes, los árboles, los animales y el fútbol. Creo que siempre hay algo bueno en cada día.


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