The heat from the summer slowly starts to decrease in October in Tulum, but the rain chances stay high. Compared to September's year-high 220 mm, this month gets around 202 mm of rain. That amount falls over 14 days, so bring along the umbrella to stay dry. You won't have to worry about rain ruining your entire holiday however. Generally, the rain that falls comes in short bursts in the afternoon.
Like the nearby resort of Cancun, the average daily temperature is 27°C (about 81°F), still much warmer than the autumn temperatures the UK sees at this time of the year. The lows drop down to 24°C (about 75°F), making for warm nights to get out and party on the town. In the heat of the daytime, the temperatures jump up to 30°C (around 86°F). As you're packing for your trip, choose cool and lightweight clothing like short-sleeves, shorts, and tank tops to stay comfortable in the heat and humidity.
Bring along a pair of sunglasses and a hat, as the area gets around six hours of sunshine each day. It's also a good idea to have a high SPF sunscreen to avoid a bad sunburn that could ruin your vacation. You can definitely still swim or try watersports this time of the year, with an average sea temperature of 29°C (around 84°F). You might even feel a little chilly getting out of the water because the air temperature is lower than the water temperature.
The highest recorded temperature for this part of the Riviera Maya reached a steamy 34°C (about 93°F). The area has also seen some extreme lows, with the lowest recorded temperature dropping down to 7°C (around 45°F), chilly for this time of the year in this part of Mexico.
Where to Stay
Mezzanine Colibri Botique Hotels
The epitome of luxury in Tulum, Mezzanine Colibri Botique Hotels oozes high-end finishes, lavish décor, and amazing amenities. With only nine rooms, you'll definitely get privacy and dedicated attention during your October stay. Each of the rooms has a king bed, air conditioning, mini-bar, and in-room safe. As a guest, you'll have access to scuba equipment, free Wi-Fi, beach bag with towels and bottled water, yoga mats, and coffee delivered to your room each morning.
Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel
The perfect place for a romantic getaway, Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel has beautiful rooms with wood floors, large windows, and tasteful décor. You can choose a room with a beach, jungle, or pool view and some of the rooms have a private plunge pool. The 24-hour concierge can handle nearly any request, no matter how big or small. Other amenities include a luxurious spa, on-site restaurant and bar, and pool and beach.
Hotels El Pez Colibri Boutique
At Hotels El Pez Colibri Boutique, you'll get your own villa for privacy and intimacy. You'll also get all the high-end amenities of a luxury resort. The villas come with a continental breakfast each morning, beach towels and beach bags, daily turn down service, and free Wi-Fi. Open up the large doors in your room that overlook the beach and let the sound of the waves wash over you. All the windows come with mosquito netting so you can enjoy the outdoors in your room comfortably.
Eating and Drinking Out
Restaurante Las Estrellas
Restaurante Las Estrellas has an exotic dining room that sets the mood for a perfect date night out in Tulum. If you'd rather dine in the warm Riviera Maya air, head out to the large outdoor patio with plenty of seating and dine under the stars. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Mezzanine Thai Restaurant and Martini Bar
If you're tired of Mexican food, Mezzanine Thai Restaurant and Martini Bar fits the bill with its menu full of Thai and Asian cuisines. Along with amazing food, you'll get amazing views of the Caribbean Sea on the restaurant's outdoor deck that sits right on the sand. The menu includes favourites like pad thai, green curry, and spring rolls. Follow up dinner with a round of martinis, specially made by the in-house mixologist.
Ziggy's Beach Club
Part of Ziggy's Beach Club, the restaurant with the same name is the place to see and be seen in Tulum. Throughout the week, you can take part in a variety of theme nights which include Tequila Night, Wine Night, Lobster and Seafood Feast, and Sunday on the Beach. The restaurant also hosts bonfires on the beach with food and drinks. You can eat your meal at the bar with swinging seats or head right out to the sand with several tables and chairs.
Things to Do
If you're looking to unwind during your holiday, Tulum has some excellent spas, including the Maya Spa. Ideal for easing away any stresses and strains that you brought with you on your October holiday, the spa offers a wide variety of treatments. Part of the Azulik Hotel, the spa offers massages, facials, and body wraps and treatments. You can also take part in Mayan rebirth ceremonies or take a relaxing yoga class.
Explore more of Tulum's underground rivers and cenotes at Sac Actun. Here, you can scuba dive and snorkel to view the amazing underwater stalactite and stalagmite formations. Knowledgeable guides lead you through the system of caves and paths, teaching you about the cenotes and how they were formed. The tour cost includes the use of snorkel equipment and an hour long tour.
La Casita de Xaman Tulum
If you love to shop, you definitely need to check out La Casita de Xaman Tulum. Located on the east side of town it's easy to get to when you're in Tulum. The unique shop has a collection of items all handmade using local Mexican products like organic cotton. The merchandise includes everything from clothing to jewelry to household décor. You can get unusual pieces that you won't find anywhere else, perfect for souvenirs to take home.