On Mexico’s Gulf Coast is the beautiful city of Tulum. Nestled in Quintana Roo, Tulum is a popular tourist attraction and an excellent spot for digital nomads. But when is the best time to visit Tulum to get great weather and the least crowds?
Tulum has beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants, and unique archeological attractions that you can’t miss if you’re visiting.
If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Tulum, you’ll need to decide when to go. The weather in Mexico is warm almost all year round, but there are certain times of the year to visit Tulum that are better than others.
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Weather in Tulum
Most people base their travels on the weather in the area they’re going to. One of the best parts about Tulum is that the weather is warm all year round. To help you choose the best time to go to Tulum, here are the average temperatures for the year:
- January: High of 82°F and a low of 69°F
- February: High of 83°F and a low of 69°F
- March: High of 85°F and a low of 70°F
- April: High of 88°F and a low of 74°F
- May: High of 90°F and a low of 75°F
- June: High of 91°F and a low of 77°F
- July: High of 92°F and a low of 77°F
- August: High of 92°F and a low of 76°F
- September: High of 90°F and a low of 76°F
- October: High of 87°F and a low of 74°F
- November: High of 85°F and a low of 72°F
- December: High of 82°F and a low of 70°F
Hurricane Season in Tulum
Since Tulum rests on the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll want to plan your trip accordingly around Hurricane Season. The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th every year.
While there’s nothing wrong with traveling to Tulum during these months, you may have to deal with a tropical storm or hurricane if one comes along. The good news is that we can predict hurricanes, and even if there is one in the Gulf or Atlantic, there’s a good chance it won’t hit Tulum.
Visiting Tulum During Off-Season
Every city has a time of year that they consider the off-season and high season. For Tulum, the off-season is from May through September. This time of year is when the temperatures are the hottest, and it’s also the rainy season.
Not only does the region see a higher than normal rain average during these months, but you also run the risk of being hit by a tropical storm or hurricane during your stay. Nothing will ruin your beach day or day exploring the ruins like tropical-storm-force winds and rain.
The positive side here is that Tulum rarely gets severe hurricanes, but you will have some traditional rain during these months. The rain tends to pass quickly, so you can quickly get back to your plans. If you don’t mind the higher temperatures and potential rainfall, you’ll have fewer crowds at the major tourist attractions.
Besides having fewer crowds at the beaches and tourist attractions, you can snag some fantastic deals on accommodations. Hotels and other lodging tend to lower their prices to entice travelers to visit during these months. The vibe here is much less hectic during these months.
Visiting Tulum During High Season
The high season in Tulum is from October through April. These months of the year have some of the best weather, with temperatures in the 80s and low 70s. October is one of the rainiest months, but overall, the rainy season has calmed down, and you shouldn’t have to worry about much, if any, rain during your stay.
October and through the end of November is technically still in hurricane season, but it’s starting to calm down by then. Like we previously said, Tulum rarely sees any severe storms anyway.
The high season is when Tulum is the busiest, and you’ll want to book your trip well in advance. Most people from the north are trying to escape the cold weather, so many of the best accommodations will fill up quickly. There are still many options to choose from, but if you’re booking your trip at the last minute, you may not get a spot close to town or one you prefer.
In addition to the limited lodging accommodations during this time, all their beaches and top tourist attractions such as the cenotes and ruins will be much more crowded. You’ll still be able to do everything you want to while in Tulum, but be prepared to have more people around and wait times for certain attractions to be longer.
Another thing to keep in mind when visiting Tulum in the high season, specifically March, is that this is spring break. You’ll see an influx of spring breakers in the area.
Tulum Festivals and Events Throughout the Year
Suppose you’re looking for things to do in Tulum besides the beaches, ruins, and other major tourist attractions. In that case, there are several festivals and events throughout the year you may be interested in.
Depending on what you’re looking for, the best time of year may be different for you than other people. Here are some famous festivals and events, and when they’re happening in Tulum.
- January: El Dia de Los Reyes (Kings’ Day)
- February: Carnaval Tulum
- March: Alborada Maya (a celebration with a mixture of Catholic and Maya traditions)
- April: Children’s Day
- May: Festival de Cultura del Caribe
- June: La Fete de la Musique
- July: N/A
- August: ZoukMX
- September: Autumn Equinox at Chichen Itza
- October: Halloween
- November: Tulum Food, Spirits, and Wine Festival
- December: New Year’s Eve celebrations
So, When’s the Best Time To Visit Tulum?
The best time to visit Tulum is in November and December. You’re at the end of hurricane season, and the rainy season has calmed down, allowing you to experience everything Tulum has to offer. The next best time of year to visit is from December through April.
Even if you can’t make it to Tulum in November or December, you can still enjoy your time in this beautiful Mexican city at other times of the year.
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