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Weather Averages for Riviera Maya in October
Averages for Riviera Maya in October
Riviera Maya, Mexico begins to cool down in October, when the average temperature is slightly lower than the previous months at 28°C. At this time of the year, temperatures can reach as high as 31°C during the warmest part of the day, cooling down to as low as 23°C after dark. October isn’t a very popular time to visit the resort, due to extremely high humidity which hits a staggering 80%, plus the severe risk of hurricanes, accompanied by an average of 13 rainy days.
In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma ravaged the resort, when Riviera Maya, Mexico was battered by a storm for almost three days. In spite of the chance of rain and risk of hurricanes, the resort experiences seven hours of sunshine each day and an average sea temperature of 28°C.
Dates for the diary
Xcaret day of the dead takes place towards the end of the month, usually beginning on October 30th, in an event which is full of things for the whole family to enjoy. Adults and children alike can take part in workshops, crafts, theatrical performances, gift giving, puppetry, storytelling, parades, songs, dancing and games. This event is also packed with cultural activities, making it a great opportunity to learn more about the Mayan people and their ways.
The Turtle Festival also takes place in October to raise awareness about the importance of conserving sea turtles. Held in Akumal and Tulum, this event is full of things to see and do, including lectures, parades, competitions, parades, music and dancing. There are all sorts of activities to entertain children, teenagers and adults, making it a popular family day out.
Things to do
History and culture enthusiasts won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum. You’ll find plenty to see and do here, including exploring royal burial sites, ancient houses and even a pyramid. There is also a tour available for visitors to join, led by a qualified guide, eager to show you the most interesting parts of the ruins. Although there are no leaflets or brochures onsite, there are small signs in front of each ruin offering basic information in a number of languages. If you’d like to pick up a souvenir of your visit, there is a selection of shops and stalls offering handmade Mexican goods, as well as several bars and cafes.
Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal in Akumal is a great place to spend a couple of hours, whatever the weather. Run mainly by donations, this library features a number of Spanish and English books available to both borrow and buy for a small price. This establishment has recently been renovated to include new shelving, colourful murals and a basketball court. One of the most popular sections of the library is the Yucatan Maya zone, where you can study the Mayan language.
Hit the beach
Families and couples looking for somewhere to soak up the sun should head to Tankah Bay. The outer reef breaks down the waves, creating the perfect calm conditions for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. Here facilities are limited to a handful of sun loungers, shades and kayak hire. There are also two restaurants nearby which serve a selection of drinks and food throughout the day for affordable prices.
Close to Tankah Bay you’ll find Manatee Cenote – a fantastic spot for snorkelling. This lagoon is made up of a river of clear water which has carved its way through a mangrove forest on its way to the sea. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, including many species of birds in the trees and tropical fish in the ocean. The trees also provide shelter from the sunshine, which is very useful during the strong afternoon heat.
Where to eat & drink
Oh Lala, one of the smallest restaurants in Playa del Carmen, is a must-visit during your holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Here you’ll find a top selection of traditional European dishes, each with a unique twist which brings it straight into the 21st century. Due to the small size of this restaurant – there are only 20 tables – making a reservation is highly recommended.
Also located within Playa del Carmen, Kaxapa Factory is one of the best places in the resort for Venezuelan food. This family-run restaurant serves a selection of traditional meals, such as empanadas, arepas and tostones, as well as a large number of freshly-squeezed fruit juices. The staff here are incredibly friendly and are more than happy to explain any dishes on the menu that you’re unsure of.
If you’re in the mood for an exotic cocktail, head to Mint Cocktail Bar in Tulum. Located within the heart of the resort, this bar has a fantastic party atmosphere which ensures you’ll always have a great night. Once each week, Mint Cocktail Bar hosts a pool tournament which anyone can enter. Here you can choose to dance the night away on the dance floor or take it easy in the chill out zone.
Coco Maya Beach Club and Lounge in Playa del Carmen is one of the biggest and best nightclubs in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The resident DJ plays a top selection of the latest tunes and is often accompanied by professional DJs who are known throughout the whole of the resort. The best time to hit this club is around 11pm or midnight, when the party really gets started.
Where to stay
Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa Paraiso is perfect for couples and families looking for all-inclusive accommodation during their holiday. This hotel boasts the largest swimming pool in the whole of Riviera Maya, as well as several restaurants, bars, sports facilities, spa, kids’ club and WiFi access.
When it comes to accommodation in Tulum, it doesn’t get much better than Cabanas La Luna. Here you’ll find a number of cabanas to choose from, as well as several massage services, yoga sessions, restaurants and island tours.
Hotel El Punto in Playa del Carmen is another top pick when it comes to accommodation in Riviera Maya. Close to many attractions, including the Playa del Carmen beach and Nuesta Señora del Carmen Catholic Church, this complex offers free WiFi, restaurant, bar and massage services.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Playa del Carmen you should take a look at BRIC Hotel. Located in the centre of the resort, this boutique hotel offers 14 rooms, each with en suite bathroom and air conditioning. There are plenty of amenities and services for guests to enjoy, including swimming pool, restaurant, bar, complimentary breakfast and excursion booking.
Also situated in Playa del Carmen, Hotel Casa de las Flores is ideal for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Riviera Maya. Guests can choose from standard, plus and premium rooms, all of which have access to swimming pool, tropical gardens, concierge services and free WiFi.