Averages for Riviera Maya in September
September is one of the hottest times of the year to visit Riviera Maya, Mexico, when the average temperature is 28°C. During this month, highs of up to 32°C are the norm, dropping down to 24°C after dark. Be warned that September falls within the wet season, so you can expect high humidity and around 15 rainy days throughout the month, plus a severe risk of hurricanes. Despite the high rainfall, the resort enjoys nine hours of sunshine...
Daily averages for Riviera Maya
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September is one of the hottest times of the year to visit Riviera Maya, Mexico, when the average temperature is 28°C. During this month, highs of up to 32°C are the norm, dropping down to 24°C after dark. Be warned that September falls within the wet season, so you can expect high humidity and around 15 rainy days throughout the month, plus a severe risk of hurricanes. Despite the high rainfall, the resort enjoys nine hours of sunshine each day and an average sea temperature of 29°C – the highest of the year. You'll no doubt be enjoying several dips if you do visit at this time of year to combat the high humidity, which makes it feel much hotter than it is, indeed, the damp, sauna like conditions can be very uncomfortable.
In terms of hurricanes, be vigilant for any weather warnings displayed at your resort.
Where to stay
Families and couples looking for all-inclusive accommodation in Riviera Maya should consider Excellence Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos. Guests can choose from eight different restaurants, none of which require a reservation in advance. There are plenty of facilities to enjoy, such as white sandy beach, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, bars and fitness centre.
If you’re in search of somewhere to enjoy a romantic retreat, take a look at Nueva Vida de Ramiro in Tulum. Here you’ll find a selection of 30 rooms and suites, all of which enjoy a beachfront location. There is a wealth of facilities to enjoy, including excursion booking, restaurant and water sports.
When it comes to accommodation in Playa del Carmen, Coco's Cabanas is tough to beat. This small complex offers six small cabanas for guests to enjoy, as well as an onsite restaurant. There is plenty to see and do in the area, including Mayan ruins, beaches, water sports, bars and restaurants.
Posada Dos Ceibas in Tulum is perfect for families and couples looking for a relaxing break in Riviera Maya. Here guests can choose from a selection of eight rooms and cabanas – with such a small number of rooms, you’re guaranteed a quiet stay. There is a handful of facilities available to enjoy, including free parking, internet and an onsite restaurant.
Aqualuna Boutique Hotel in Playa del Carmen is another great choice for families and couples looking for holiday accommodation. There are ten standard rooms to choose from, many of which come with great views for guests to enjoy. The list of facilities on offer is extensive and includes bar, restaurant and spa.
Hotel swimming pool, Iberostar Paraiso Lindo in Riviera Maya
Dates for the diary
The autumn Equinox takes place in September, when you’ll have the chance to see the Chichen Itza Serpent of Light. During this fascinating celebration, the Earth’s equator crosses into the centre of the sun’s path, which creates patterns of shadows and light on the temple around dusk. Suitable for the whole family to enjoy, this experience is a must – don’t forget to take your camera with you.
The Nayan-Tibetan Cultural Encounter also takes place in September, when representatives of both cultures come together to enjoy a number of activities. There will be cultural conferences, sacred traditional music and dancing, healing rituals and Mayan and Tibetan art. The monks will also perform their sand mandala which lulls them into a state of tranquillity. Not only a must for culture vultures, this event is a great day out for the whole family and will be held at the Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park in 2013.
El Castillo (The Kukulkan Temple) of Chichen Itza, Riviera Maya
Things to do
If you want to have a go at scuba diving during your holiday in Riviera Maya visit the Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum. Here you can choose from a number of diving trips which are suitable for small groups to enjoy. Dos Ojos is over 60km long, making it one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. The lagoon temperature usually ranges between 24 and 25°C, making it a great place to swim and explore the caverns at any time of the year.
History and art fans won’t want to miss the chance to visit Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church in Playa del Carmen. Overlooking the ocean, this church is a great place to relax and meditate, away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the resort. If you want to take part, you can join in with one of the Sunday masses which take place once in the morning and again on the evening each week.
Nuestra Senora Carmen Catholic Church
Hit the beach
The Sian Ka’an beach is a great place to spend the day if you get some bright and sunny weather. Here you’ll find 1.3 million acres of wildness with miles of remote, uninhabited beaches, providing the ideal place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. The waves can become very dangerous at times, so always stay close to the shore if you plan on swimming. Due to its remoteness, you won’t find many facilities here, but the tranquillity more than makes up for it.
If you’re looking for a quiet beach with a few more amenities, why not spend the day at Soliman Bay? This narrow beach is made up of fine white sand with a few rocks next to a calm, clear ocean. You’ll find a great selection of facilities and services to enjoy, such as kayaking, boat hire, sun loungers, shades, hammocks and restaurants.
A 110-degree panoramic image of the main temple structure and Gulf of Mexico in the ancient Mayan city at Tulum, Mexico
Where to eat & drink
When it comes to dining out in Playa del Carmen, Imprevist is one of the best places to go for breakfast, brunch and dinner. The breakfast set menu includes a selection of local fruits and homemade bread and for brunch diners can opt for a salad, sandwich or small meal. The evening menu is full of tempting dishes, including risottos, salads, meat, vegetarian and fish dishes, ensuring there is something to suit even the fussiest eater.
If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you pay a visit to Ah Cacao Chocolate Cafe in Playa del Carmen, where you’ll find a vast array of chocolate-based food and drinks, such as brownies, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, mocha coffees and hot cocoa. Air conditioning and free WiFi access is available indoors, which makes it a popular place to be during summer.
Open from early morning until late at night, Unico Beach Club in Puerto Morelos is a great place to go to enjoy a drink and some incredible vistas. Here you can recline on comfy chairs or relax on a hammock swing whilst you enjoy one of the cocktails from their extensive menu. Come nightfall, the evening entertainment begins with several DJs, solo artists and live bands performing each night.
Situated within Tulum, Curandero Tulum is one of the best places to go in Riviera Maya for live music. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday a live band performs and every Wednesday and Sunday, visitors can enjoy a DJ set with artists from all over the resort. Here you’ll find a top selection of beer and tequilas to enjoy, as well as cocktails, spirits, wine and soft drinks.
Relax and drink cocktails on a hammock in Riviera Maya