Tulum's weather is tropical, warm, sunny, and mostly pleasant, with temperatures running consistently within 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Peak travel time is November through March, and that’s when Tulum’s weather is at its best. Summer and early fall tend to be hotter, with more rain and humidity than the other seasons, so some people prefer to avoid visiting between June and October (although you may find some great deals that make it worth going that time of year). Read on for more information about the climate and temperatures in Tulum, so you can plan the timing of your trip, what to do while you’re there, and what to pack.
Fast Climate Facts:
- Hottest Month: August (83 F)
- Coldest Month: January (74 F)
- Wettest Month: October (6.99 inches)
- Windiest Month: March (8 mph avg)
- Best Month for Swimming: September (29.5 F avg. sea temperature)
Rainy Season and Hurricanes
Tulum experiences its rainiest weather during June, September, and October. Usually, it only rains for a short time, and then the sun comes out again. It’s rare for it to be overcast and rainy all day, so it’s unlikely that rainy weather will ruin your holiday. In the case of a severe tropical storm or hurricane, though, you may want to re-think the timing of your trip.
Hurricane season in Mexico lasts from June to November, but most hurricanes occur between August and October. It’s doubtful that a hurricane will strike during your holiday, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’ll be traveling that time of year. Hurricanes don’t strike by surprise—meteorologists can forecast the development of a tropical storm and track its growth and trajectory, so keep an eye on the weather forecast in the weeks leading up to your trip, so you can reschedule if necessary.
Spring in Tulum
The weather in Tulum during the springtime can be quite pleasant. Mid-March to late May generally has warm weather. It’s relatively dry, and there’s lots of sunshine. The first thunderstorms usually begin in May. Many Mexican families travel during the Easter break (Mexican students get two weeks off from school), and some travelers come specifically for spring break. Tulum doesn’t see the same huge spring break crowds as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but there may be some surge in visitors looking for a party scene.
What to pack: Pack beachwear and warm weather clothing like shorts, tank tops, and T-shirts, as well as some nicer threads for evenings out. Tulum is quite casual, but clientele at more upscale nightlife spots tend to aim for a boho-chic look.
Summer in Tulum
Summers in Tulum can be sweltering and humid, with averages around 85 degrees F with sporadic bursts of cooling rain. It can be a great time for lazing on the beach or swimming, as water temperatures are very warm. Sea breezes keep it pleasant on the coast, but if you’re planning to do some exploring inland, you may find it unpleasantly hot and muggy. You can always head to a cenote to cool off, though. Tulum experiences some rain during these months, but it will usually only last for an hour or two, and the rest of the day will be clear (unless there’s a tropical storm or hurricane). Since this is low season, you may be able to find good deals on airfare and accommodation.
What to pack: Along with your beachwear, be sure to pack some comfortable, lightweight clothing. Natural fibers are best for the heat. Take a travel umbrella or a rain poncho in case you get caught in a storm. Also, pack some insect repellant, because along with the rain, there may be more mosquitoes.
Fall in Tulum
Temperatures start to come down from the summer months, but September and October are still humid and rainy. By November, the weather is quite pleasant, so this can be a great time to visit before the high season crowds descend upon Tulum. Hurricane season comes to an end, and temperatures drop to the low 80s, a welcome respite from the hot and humid summer days.
What to pack: Be sure to pack your sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. A rain poncho or travel umbrella is still a good idea as there are occasional showers in the fall months. Sunscreen and insect repellant are always good to have on hand.
Winter in Tulum
If you visit Tulum during the winter months, you can expect warm, sunny days and overall great beach weather. It can cool down quite a bit at night, and the occasional cold front may see some cool and windy days with temperatures dropping to the low 50s at night and only going up to the low 20s during the day. This is a great time to explore the jungle, ruins or enjoy the beach without the excessive heat of the other seasons. This is the most popular time to visit, especially in the weeks around Christmas and New Year, so if you’re not a fan of crowds, book your trip for a different season.
What to pack: Along with your warm-weather clothing and swimsuits, be sure to pack a light sweater for cool evenings. Sunscreen is needed throughout the year, so be sure you have some in your suitcase (get the biodegradable kind to protect the coral reefs and other sea life).
|Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours|
|Month||Avg. Temp.||Rainfall||Daylight Hours|
|January||74 F||2.7 inches||11.1 hours|
|February||75 F||1.42 inches||11.5 hours|
|March||77 F||1.13 inches||12 hours|
|April||80 F||1.57 inches||12.6 hours|
|May||82 F||3.18 inches||13.1 hours|
|June||82 F||5.17 inches||13.3 hours|
|July||82 F||4.44 inches||13.2 hours|
|August||83 F||4.62 inches||12.8 hours|
|September||82 F||6.13 inches||12.2 hours|
|October||80 F||6.99 inches||11.7 hours|
|November||77 F||4.27 inches||11.2 hours|
|December||75 F||3.16 inches||10.9 hours|