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Riviera Maya: December Weather Averages

Daily averages for December
  Temperature 75°F


Low Temperature 72°F


  High Temperature 82°F


  Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 17 %
  Rainfall 36mm
  Rainfall days 5 days
  Chance of Rain 27 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 14 %
  Sea Temperature 81°F


Chance of Windy Day 8 %

Daily averages for December

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
°C 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 25 24 24
°F 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 77 75 75
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
25 23 24 24 23 23 24 24 24 23 23 23 23 23 24 25
77 73 75 75 73 73 75 75 75 73 73 73 73 73 75 77

Averages for Riviera Maya in December

Weather lowdown

Temperatures continue to drop in Riviera Maya, Mexico in December, when the average temperature is a pleasant 24°C, created by highs of up to 28°C and lows down to 21°C. Even though the resort experiences seven rainy days, there are eight hours of sunshine each day. The average sea temperature during November is a pleasant 27°C, making it an ideal month to enjoy a dip in the sea.

As December is in the dry season, the humidity is low, meaning the heat is dry and much less intense than the sweltering highs that can be experienced from May to October. As well as this, wet weather is rare and showers tend to be brief and clear quickly, giving you more time to spend on the beach.

Dates for the diary

Many people celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Riviera Maya. At this time of year, almost all hotels, bars and restaurants hold special dinners to celebrate the events. Although Christmas day is usually a quiet time spent with family, the days before are full of theatrical performances, music concerts and festive spirit. Head to one of the many beaches at the resort on New Year’s Eve around midnight to watch the incredible firework displays as you ring in the New Year.

Christmas time at the beach Riviera Maya

Celebrate Christmas on the beach, Riviera Maya.

Things to do

Make the most of the fantastic weather by enjoying a round or two of golf at Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Playa Paraiso. Popular with experienced golfers, this golf club features an 18-hole par-72 beachfront course, as well as a driving range, putting greens, golf shop and club house.

Dolphin Discovery is one of the most popular attractions in Puerto Aventuras. A great day out that the whole family can enjoy, this park gives you the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins in a number of programmes. As well as being able to swim with dolphins, you’ll also have the option of swimming with manatees. All programmes can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and include a hamburger or snack for lunch.

Sand bunker at the golf course Riviera Maya

Sand bunker at the Playa Paraiso Golf club, Riviera Maya.

Hit the beach

With so many great beaches to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your holiday in Riviera Maya. The Yal-ku Lagoon in North Akumal is a great place to spend the day if you’re not too keen on sand. Made of solid limestone, this lagoon is protected from all waves, making it a great place to swim. It’s also a very popular snorkelling location, due to the number of tropical fish which live within it.

Stretching on for more than 540 feet, Ziggy Beach is one of the most popular bays in Riviera Maya. Here you can relax and soak up the sun on a comfy lounger next to gently swaying palm trees. If you’ve had enough of sunbathing, head to the sea for a swim or try out the selection of water sports. There is also a large beach bar available which serves a selection of food and drink throughout the day.

Riviera Maya's beach

Riviera Maya's beach.

Where to eat & drink

If you’re in the mood for Asian food, be sure to head to Asiana Restaurant in Playa del Carmen, where you’ll find a top selection of authentic dishes, such as curry, sushi and teppanyaki. The open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs as they prepare your food in front of your very eyes.

Also based in Playa del Carmen, La Portena is a great place to go to try some Argentinean cuisine. This low-cost eatery cooks every dish to order, so be prepared for a short wait before your food turns up. Most of the menu is made up of meat-based dishes which are cooked on a charcoal grill at the front of the restaurant.

Captain Dan's Bar in Playa del Carmen is one of the best places to go in Riviera Maya for a freshly prepared cocktail. The barman here creates amazing kiwi margaritas that have people returning time and time again. Located next to the marina, Captain Dan's Bar is perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.

If you’re looking for a unique venue where you can enjoy a drink, head to El Alux in Playa del Carmen. This romantic bar is set inside a cave, which creates an atmosphere unlike any other bar in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With such a great choice of beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Oriental Kitchen

Asiana Restaurant, Playa del Carmen.

Where to stay

When it comes to accommodation in Tulum, it doesn’t get much better than Ahau Tulum. This beachfront hotel offers a number of cabanas for guests to stay in, as well as onsite yoga sessions, massage treatments and restaurant.

Vista del Mar Hotel in Akumal is ideal for families and couples who want to be close to the beach during their holiday in Riviera Maya. Here guests can choose between double rooms and queen suites, both of which include free WiFi and air-conditioning. There is a handful of facilities for guests to enjoy, such as restaurant, excursion booking and 24-hour reception.

Situated in Playa del Carmen, Hacienda Vista Real is a popular choice for golfers who want to stay close to the course. This hotel features a great choice of rooms and suites available, as well as a vast array of amenities, including swimming pools, bars, restaurant, fitness centre, free parking and WiFi.

Also found within Playa del Carmen, Be Playa Hotel is ideal for couples and families searching for a boutique hotel in Riviera Maya. The list of onsite facilities is extensive and includes pool bar lounge, restaurant and swimming pools.

Holidaymakers searching for low-cost accommodation in Playa del Carmen should take a look at Hotel Banana, where accommodation comes in the form of standard units, king rooms and twin apartments. There are plenty of facilities for guests to enjoy, such as free WiFi, library, swimming pool and discounted beach club access.


Swimming pool in luxury mexican resort

Swimming pool in the luxurious resort Bahia Princpe, Riviera Maya Mexico.

December events in Riviera Maya


Scuba Fest

9th December 2015

Cozumel Island is a big scuba diving destination for Americans and in December a scuba diving festival takes place which attracts scuba divers from across the world to Cozumel.




30th December 2015 to 4th January 2016

The perfect place for new years eve with your soul mate. Desire Resort & spa is an adults only resort so it would be nice and relaxing for the both of you.




31st December 2015

Winterbeach brings music, fashion and entertainment to Mamitas beach club to wave the old year goodbye and say hello to the new one. This event includes concerts, catwalks from famous Latin designers, DJ's and other parties.


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