Averages for Riviera Maya in May
The weather continues to improve in May in Riviera Maya, when the average temperature is 27°C. At this time of year, highs of up to 31°C are expected during the hottest part of the day, cooling down to around 25°C on an evening after sunset. The resort enjoys ten hours of sunshine each day, but with the wet season just around the corner, ...
Daily averages for Riviera Maya
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The weather continues to improve in May in Riviera Maya, when the average temperature is 27°C. At this time of year, highs of up to 31°C are expected during the hottest part of the day, cooling down to around 25°C on an evening after sunset. The resort enjoys ten hours of sunshine each day, but with the wet season just around the corner, the number of rainy days increases to seven and it is prety humid. The average sea temperature is a pleasant 28°C, making May a great time to visit the beach.
Where to Stay
Pueblito Luxury Condo Hotel in Playa del Carmen is the ideal place for families and couples to spend their holiday in Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find a selection of rooms, suites and penthouses, all of which come with a fully-equipped kitchen. There are plenty of amenities and services for guests to enjoy, including 24-hour reception, excursion booking, gym and free parking.
When it comes to accommodation in Tulum, Posada Yum Kin is a great choice for couples and families. Guests can choose from a number of spacious suites and have access to a number of facilities, including freshwater pool, sundeck, Jacuzzi and spa.
Also situated in Tulum, Posada Lamar is a popular place for holidaymakers to stay during their time in Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find a selection of beachfront cabanas decorated with local handicrafts and art. There aren’t many onsite facilities, but there is a number of bars, restaurants, shops and mini markets in the area.
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday should consider the Xibalba Hotel in Tulum. Accommodation comes in the form double rooms and family rooms, both of which are spacious and well-equipped. There is a selection of amenities for guests to take advantage of, including swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, laundry service and internet access.
Hotel Quinto Sol in Playa del Carmen is another great choice when it comes to accommodation in Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find a selection of standard, balcony and superior rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning, WiFi access and plasma TV. Onsite amenities include Jacuzzi, 24-hour reception, room service, gym and spa treatments.
Luxurious hotel lobby, Bahia Principe in Riviera Maya
Dates for the diary
May marks the beginning of the sea turtle season in Riviera Maya, when you’ll have the opportunity to join the Marine Turtles Observation Night tour organised by the natural wildlife reserve Sian Ka’an Biosphere. On these tours you’ll have the chance to watch the turtles lay their eggs on the beaches, in what is sure to be a one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Soul Siesta is a popular event which takes throughout various venues Playa del Carmen every year. This music festival attracts mature audiences which travel to the resort to watch the DJs, stand-up comedians and Latin dancers which make this event one of the most popular of the year.
Watch these turtles come to lay their eggs at the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Riviera Maya
Things to do
Whether you’re travelling as an individual, couple, or a family, the Centro Ecologico Akumal in Akumal is a great place to spend the day. The entrance fee you pay goes toward the environment programme which is in place to keep the sea and the beach clean, as well as help people learn how to protect the environment. There are several tours you can take at the centre, the most popular of which is the snorkel trip which allows you to catch a glimpse of marine life and rock formations. There are also plenty of turtle-themed lectures held throughout the year suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
With so many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding an excursion in Riviera Maya. The Akumal Tour Centre in Akumal offers a large number of tours, including Mayan ruin visits, ATV tours, Jeep safaris, swimming with dolphins, boat trips, days out to theme parks, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. Whether the weather is bright and sunny or cloudy and rainy, you’re bound to find the perfect excursion to suit your group.
Visit ancient Tulum Mayan ruins on your stay in Riviera Maya
Hit the beach
If you want to have a go at diving or snorkelling, make sure you visit the Xpu-ha beach. Almost all of the ground beneath the water here is soft, so you won’t need any protective footwear to enter the sea. There is a small selection of facilities on offer, including sun loungers parasols and a number of water sports. You’ll usually find plenty of families at this beach, due to the clean sand which is regularly raked and the clear, calm waters.
X’cacel beach is favoured by sea turtles, which are attracted by the deep sand, minimal outer reef and lack of people. If you visit during May and you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a sea turtle coming onto the beach to lay her eggs. The small mounds of sand you’ll find are where the turtles have buried their eggs, so be careful not to trample on them. Although there are no facilities offered here, the clear, gentle waters provide the ideal conditions for swimming and snorkelling.
Spot sea turtles like this one whilst snorkelling in Riviera Maya
Where to eat & drink
If you’re looking for somewhere to have breakfast or lunch, be sure to visit El Nicho in Puerto Morelos. This small café overlooks the park and offers a selection of filled baguettes, sandwiches, salads and omelettes, as well as several traditional Mexican breakfast and lunch choices.
BROchetas in Playa del Carmen is a great place to go for some high quality fast food. At this restaurant you’ll find a number of kebabs made of different vegetables, meat, fish and seafood. Due to the restaurant’s unique way of cooking it, the broccoli is one of the most popular side dishes and is a must-try.
Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen in Playa del Carmen is the place to go if you’re looking for evening entertainment. This bar holds a nightly performance which offers a fusion of music, choreography and state-of-the-art entertainment technology as singers, dancers and acrobats take to the stage. The ticket you purchase includes unlimited drinks, but you’ll have to pay for VIP seating if you want a table and chairs.
Senor Frogs in Playa del Carmen is a combination of a restaurant, bar and souvenir shop. Open until the early hours, this venue is a great place to go for a pre-dinner drink, to catch a live band or to dance until the sun comes up. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir as a reminder of your visit.
BROchetas is a popular restaurant bar in Riviera Maya