The Spanish conquistadors arrived off Mexico’s Mayan Riviera in the 16th century to discover a stunning Caribbean coastline of white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Beneath these clear waters and bays, lies the world’s longest barrier reef, running from the border of Belize in the south to the north east tip of the Yucatan peninsula. Some of the world’s finest dive sites are found around these tropical shores. The Mayan Riviera also has an extraordinary network of underground cenotes (limestone sinkholes), which you can dive, swim and snorkel in.
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A tourist card is required, this can be obtained at the border or from a consulate before you travel.
The Mayan Riviera has a subtropical climate, so its weather ranges from warm to hot for most of the year. The average temperature over the year is about 80ºF or 27ºC and the sea is almost always warm enough for a swim.
The coolest time of year falls between November and January. During these months the daytime temperatures are very comfortable and warm, but the air tends to cool off at night.
From February to May the weather is at its most pleasant and the flowers come into bloom. The sea is calm for swimming and there is very little rain.
From June to August the weather becomes very hot. The sea is calm and the air warm even through the night. There may be storms from time to time at this time of year, but usually the afternoon thunderstorms don’t last.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (which accounts for hurricanes on the Caribbean shore of Mexico) starts June 1 and ends November 30. Maximum activity is between August and October.
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