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Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen - Cancun - Tulum.

The beautiful weather is just one of the many reasons that the Riviera Maya is so popular as a tourist destination. The Riviera Maya is located in a humid subtropical climate area, which means that it enjoys warm temperatures all year long, with humidity levels that hover around 90% most of the time. Its annual average temperature is between 75 and 82°F (24 and 28°C), which is perfect for both sunbathing and swimming since the Caribbean Sea always stays warm.

Winter

If you come from a snowy climate, then you probably won’t agree that the weather in Riviera Maya from November through February deserves to be called “winter”. While temperatures fall to their coolest levels during these months, it’s still quite comfortable to stroll through the city and take part in all the exciting activities it offers. In the evenings, you’ll probably want to trade your sandals in for closed-toe shoes and grab a light sweater to wear, as temperatures can reach as low as 65°F (18°C).

Spring

Springtime is gorgeous due to the flowers that bloom everywhere. Between March and May, the weather warms up to the point that you’ll rarely need a sweater in the evenings. The sea also gets calmer and warmer, which makes swimming even more enjoyable than it is in the winter.

Summer

It should come as no surprise that summers are hot!!! You won’t mind though, since the crystal clear water is gloriously warm, meaning you can swim and dive all day long under its spectacular blue skies. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common between June and August, but they generally only last for an hour or two. Come prepared for the sun – you’ll want a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.

Autumn

September and October are the windiest and rainiest times of the year in the Riviera Maya, though the temperature stays warm. If you’re planning a visit this time of year, you’ll want to keep up to date with weather information by using forecasts from meteorological services, since this is the season when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to pass through the area. You can stay safe by following the recommendations provided in local travel advisories.

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Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

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Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

When visiting the Riviera Maya, it’s important to remember that you can only use natural sunscreen and insect repellent in order to maintain natural wonders like our reefs and cenotes.
We highly recommend swimming in a long-sleeved shirt or rash guard when snorkeling, or we can provide you with a wetsuit to use on our tours. All of these options help to protect your skin from the sun and also keep the environment free of harmful chemicals.
Another option is to purchase a biodegradable sunblock or repellent, which means that it will break down naturally in the environment over time instead of leaving unnatural chemicals in the water that harm the ecosystem.
If you’re worried about purchasing the wrong product or don’t have access to biodegradable products, just let us know when you reserve your tour and we can get it for you!

Safety

You can rest assured that Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya as a whole are known to be very safe places. As long as you use common sense and follow the same safety precautions you would when visiting any other new location, you shouldn’t have any problems.
It’s also very easy to get around Playa del Carmen and travel between the many fascinating cities, archaeological sites, and recreation areas in the Riviera Maya. You’ll be in good company – according to The Playa Times, over 4 million visitors came to the area last year from all over the world, particularly the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, and other parts of Mexico.

Taxis

One of the easiest ways to get around Playa del Carmen is by taking advantage of its extensive network of taxis. Not only can you find taxis all over the city, but they are also usually an affordable way to get around town. You can find available taxis in the streets or at one of the city’s designated taxi stations, though prices are slightly higher when you get a taxi from a station.
Playa del Carmen’s taxis aren’t metered, and instead calculate fares using a zone chart. When you depart from your hotel, first ask to check the official price list so that you know what you can expect to pay. Before you get into a taxi, always ask the driver what the ride will cost and compare it to the official price list – that way you won’t have to worry about being overcharged. However, you should keep in mind that taxi fares in Playa del Carmen are more expensive late at night when people are returning home from nightclubs.
Finally, we always recommend that you make a note of your taxi number – that way you can more easily retrieve any lost or forgotten items or file any necessary claims.

Currency

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso, but the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted at establishments in the Riviera Maya. However, most businesses determine their own exchange rates, which can sometimes be quite high, so it’s generally a good idea to exchange your currency and pay for everything using pesos throughout your stay.
If you decide to wait until you arrive in Playa del Carmen to exchange your currency, you can do this at a “casa de cambio”, or exchange booth. Many hotels also provide currency exchange services.
Another option is to withdraw money from an ATM. If you’re from another country, you will probably have to pay a bank fee for international withdrawals as well as an ATM fee, so it’s generally best to withdraw large sums of money that you can use over a few days in order to avoid repeatedly paying these fees.
Finally, keep in mind that Mexico does have a tipping culture, so be sure to reward anyone who provides you with good service.

Electricity

If you’re planning to use your phone, laptop or other electrical appliances during your stay in the Riviera Maya, you may need to bring along an adapter. Electrical sockets in Mexico use 110-120 volts, which is the same as those found in the United States and Canada. However, if you’re from these countries you may still need an adapter if your appliance is designed for grounding (has a third round pin on the plug) or polarization (the left vertical blade on the plug is bigger), since such plugs will not fit into Mexican sockets. Visitors from other areas of the world, including Europe and Asia, will definitely require an adapter.

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6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun

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6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun.

Sunshine holidays in Cancun offer plenty of things to do in and around your resort. However, you won’t want to miss the “real” Cancun by booking some fun tours and activities beyond “The Strip”.

1. Downtown Cancun Activities

Hop on the local bus and head to downtown Cancun for some retail therapy in the charming old town. Hang out for dinner and drinks at very affordable prices. You can also visit local archaeological ruins at El Rey in the Hotel Zone or El Meco in North Cancun.

2. Visit Isla Mujeres

Cancun is just a short boat ride from Isla Mujeres, a peaceful traffic-free island with beaches, shops and a mayan temple. It’s a perfect day trip from Cancun.

3. See the Famous Pink Lakes at Rio Lagartos

Book an all-inclusive tour to Rio Lagartos National Parks. Relax on the van, eat lunch and take a boat trip with a fun local guide. Learn what makes the extraordinary Las Coloradas Salt Lakes so pink, and take stunning photos of the flocks of flamingos that live there.

4. Swim with Whale Sharks!

During the summer, one of the most unusual things to do in Cancun is swim with whale sharks. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is part of a small group tour as you swim with the biggest fish in the ocean.

5. Explore Mayan Ruins near Cancun

Take a tour to Chichen Itza or the Tulum Ruins direct from your Cancun resort. These unique Mayan sites include remarkable pyramids, temples and other structures. Your English-speaking tour guide will explain Mayan culture and the extraordinary purposes of the temples, observatory, ball court and pyramids built by these advanced people.

6. Cool Off in a Cenote

Combine your Mayan Ruins Tour with a visit to a nearby cenote. Enjoy a unique swimming and diving experience in these rare limestone sinkholes.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do in Cancun for all ages and interests!

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6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen.

The town offers some unique attractions.

Whether you are visiting Playa del Carmen as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, Playa del Carmen has plenty of activities for all ages. Beyond the beach and downtown, the area around Playa del Carmen offers some unique attractions.

1. Enjoy Beach Activities and Watersports

Most people book a vacation in Riviera Maya for the stunning sandy beaches and warm Caribbean Sea. It’s a great destination for snorkeling and scuba diving tours. The nearby reef offers amazing opportunities to see shoals of brightly colored fish, huge sea turtles, anemones and coral in their natural environment. Closer to shore, you can sunbathe, parasail, kitesurf and paddleboard. You’ll find equipment rentals and watersports tuition right on the beach.

2. Explore Downtown Playa del Carmen

You may be surprised to find yourself shopping on Fifth Avenue! The downtown area is a great place for drinks, Mexican dining and nightclubs. More cultural attractions in Playa del Carmen include the new Frida Kahlo Museum and the 3D Museum of Wonders.

3. Tour Mayan Ruins

Playa del Carmen is well located for visiting the world-famous Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. Check out tours to the Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins or Chichen Itza with its famous El Castillo pyramid.

4. Swim - Snorkel in a Cenote

Snorkeling or scuba diving in a limestone sinkhole known as a cenote is another unique thing to do near Playa del Carmen. The clear waters provide a surreal experience in amazing surroundings.

5. Explore the Jungle

The warm tropical climate means that the Yucatan is covered in lush rainforest. Jungle tours from Playa del Carmen include ATV rides, jungle ziplining and other adventure activities.

6. Visit National Parks

Finally, one of the best national parks to visit is Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. Floating through the mangroves along Mayan Canals is a relaxing way to cool off while spotting birds and wildlife.

Which things to do in Playa del carmen will you try first?

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Things to do with kids in the Riviera Maya

Which things to do with kids during your holidays in the Riviera Maya?

When you are traveling with your family, you are surely looking for some tours or excursions where your kids could spend a wonderful day, have fun and waste all the energy they have!

There are several activities that can fit perfectly for kids and teens. For example the teens would love to fly on a zip line or to ride on an ATV while younger kids will enjoy less adventurous trips where they can start to explore the world.

At Absolute Adventure, because we love kids, we have made a selection of private tours that could fit perfectly for your siblings.

Excursions for young kids:

They are full of energy and ready for exploring Mexico. Of course we keep in mind that we should bring them to the safest and most accessible locations!

Snorkeling or swimming in a cenote could be a perfect tour for them. The cenotes have an easy access and most of them have some shallow areas. Without waves, and with crystal clear water, it is the perfect place to practice swimming and snorkeling skills.

For the littles ones who could be scared by going into a cave, no worries, there are a lot of “open cenotes” natural pool type cenotes that are ideal to start the journey. Some cenotes even allow your loved ones to conquer their fear by jumping from several platforms into the water! A cenote tour is a half day tour, so not a too long trip for young kids, they spend most fo the time in the water and less in transportation.

 

Another good option for young children is to swim in the protected bay of Yalku. It could be an exciting experience to start to discover the wonders of the ocean in a safe and calm lagoon. Indeed, our guides will be happy to show your kids many small and colourful fishes, crabs and maybe some birds.

Excursions for teenagers:

We know that teens do not always appreciate to go on tour with their parents… they can sleep or get their earphones on in the van… but no worries, the Riviera Maya offers unique and cool activities that they will enjoy for sure!

Some of these activities could be snorkeling in the adventurous underwater rivers (cave cenotes), or snorkeling in the ocean next to sea turtles, sting rays and many fishes.

Jungle has a lot of activities to offer as well: flying on top of the jungle though zip lines, riding ATVs, canoeing in lagoon, or rappeling in hidden cenotes…

Some mayan ruins visits are also very fun for teens, to mix culture history and adventure. For example Coba Ruins are located in the middle of the jungle, we ride bikes to visit them and can climb to the top of the the biggest mayan pyramid of Mexico.

Choose a Private Tour!

We received many testimonials in our Trip Advisor reviews that going private is the best option when touring with kids and teens. Private transportation means no time wasted to pick up other families. We go early.. so we avoid the heat that could be very painful for kids while at the same time we enjoy the places we visit for ourselves! Getting a private guide ensures that he will be fully dedicated to your family and kids needs.

Absolute Adventure, a kid friendly agency!

Because we know that the best equipment they have the greatest experience they will get, we provide high quality equipment designed for kids and teens: full masks snorkeling, small sizes masks and snorkel, quality life jackets according to their weight, small wetsuits (so cute!) for them not to get cold in the water…

So don’t hesitate to contact us, let us know how many kids you have and their age and we will be happy to design the perfect custom tour for you. (And of course we offer kid discounts!).

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Why choosing a private tour agency?

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Why should I choose a private tour agency for my holidays in the Riviera Maya?

If you’re feeling unsure about booking a private tour in the Riviera Maya with us, we’re guessing it’s because the word “private” has you convinced that our tours are going to be too expensive for your budget. While our prices may be slightly higher than those of the big tour operators in the area, we also provide far more value for your money. Not convinced? Let us explain how our high-quality private tours are better than the average group tour:

All-Inclusive Prices:

One thing to keep in mind is that our private tour prices include everything: transportation, admission to historic sites with archeological guide, entrance fees, high-quality equipment for snorkeling, food and drinks, and your own personal tour guide. Big tour operators may advertise lower prices, but they don’t include everything you need, which means you’ll end up paying more on the day of your tour. In addition, each and every cent you pay for one of our tours will be used to pay for our high-quality services and amenities instead of going to intermediaries.

No Uncomfortable Buses:

Instead of being crammed onto a bus with dozens of other people to tour Chichen Itza, for example, you’ll have your very own van! In addition to being far more comfortable since we pick you up directly from your hotel, you also won’t have your time wasted by picking up other people, which allows you to spend more time on activities like exploring ancient ruins.

No Waiting Around:

With a traditional tour operator, you’d end up wasting a lot of your precious vacation time waiting around for strangers to get on and off of buses, find meeting points, and so on. By taking a private tour in Playa del Carmen with us, you can avoid this nuisance!

More Intimate Experiences:

All our private tours in the Riviera Maya are ideal for families and groups of friends who want to relax and enjoy their holidays, and also look back on them with fond memories. This isn’t always possible when you choose large tour groups due to the many problems that can come up when dealing with large groups of strangers.

Beat the Crowds:

A key advantage of taking a private tour with us is that we can help you avoid the crowds! We know the best times to visit popular attractions like Chichen Itza and Tulum, and due to our flexible schedules we can take you there so that you can enjoy them in a more peaceful environment.

Exclusive Locations:

As a small private tour agency, we’re also able to take you to more exclusive locations. We’ll take you to swim and snorkel in cenotes that big tour operators don’t visit, and instead of having to eat at a sprawling buffet-style restaurant, we’ll take you to a nicer locale where you can enjoy a delicious meal with your group.

Private Tour Guides:

Another great reason to choose our private tours from Playa del Carmen is that we provide you with a private tour guide who can share their extensive local knowledge with you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. For example, if you want to go swimming with turtles in Akumal, we’ll provide you with a trained professional who will teach you all of the snorkeling skills you need, even if you’re a beginner. Better still, you won’t have to fight for their attention since they’ll be there just to help you and your group instead of dozens of other people.

 

We hope you can see that our high-quality, high-value private tours are well worth the price. So what are you waiting for? Book your adventure-filled holiday today with Absolute Adventure - Private Tour agency!

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Be ready for your Riviera Maya holidays

What to pack?

Once you’ve booked your holidays in the Riviera Maya, the next step will be to pack your suitcase for your exciting Mexican vacation! We know how hard it can be to keep track of everything you need to bring along on a trip, so we’ve come up with a handy list of recommended items to help ensure you don’t leave anything important at home.

If you use this list, you should be well-prepared for your upcoming Riviera Maya Holiday and your private with us. If you have any other questions about our tours, you can consult our FAQ.

Clothing

When you start going through your closet to choose clothing to bring along, keep in mind that the Riviera Maya’s annual average temperatures are between 77 and 90°F (25 and 32°C), with lows of 60°F (15°C) during the night in the winter. Most of the year, it’s hot and humid, so you’ll want light clothing that breathes well. One item we recommend during fall or winter is a lightweight windbreaker that you can use when it’s raining or on a chilly night.

Footwear

While you may think you only need sandals for a tropical vacation, think again! If your tour includes visiting archaeological sites like Coba, Tulum, or Chichen Itza, or other activities in the jungle, you’ll definitely need to bring along a pair of tennis shoes. Flip flops or water shoes are also necessary for tours that include water-based activities, such as snorkeling in a cenote or swimming in the Caribbean Sea. If you’re planning to enjoy the region’s vibrant nightlife, ladies should also bring along a nice pair of sandals.

Outdoor Necessities

This might seem obvious, but don’t forget your swimsuit and towel! Women may also want to consider bringing along a cover-up or pareo to wear. The Riviera Maya is known for its sunshine, so you’ll also want to have sunglasses, a hat, and biodegradable sunscreen with you! It is very important that you only use biodegradable products in our delicate ecosystem, since regular sunscreen contains chemicals that harm our world-famous coral reefs.

Another important item to bring along is biodegradable insect repellent to protect you from pesky mosquitoes, especially if you’re visiting jungle areas. It’s also a good idea to bring along a small backpack or bag that you can use to carry throughout the day.

Electronics

Mexico uses the same voltage (110V) as the United States and Canada, so if you’re from outside of North America, make sure to bring along a plug adapter unless you want to fry your electronics! WiFi is available almost everywhere, so you don’t have to worry about checking your email.

In terms of devices, we definitely recommend bringing along a camera in order to document your trip, or even better, an underwater camera or GoPro! Other popular devices include tablets or e-readers to use in your free time, although you can always go for a traditional book instead.

Money

Last but certainly not least, you should bring along money! It’s generally easiest to use Mexican pesos when making purchases in shops and restaurants, but U.S. dollars are also widely accepted. If you want to avoid high ATM fees, we recommend exchanging your currency at a bank or official exchange shops.