Is there ever a bad time to visit Tulum? Not really, but there is a best time to visit Tulum depending on what you are going there for. Tulum is many things to many people and in this post, I’m going to break down some of the best times to go to Tulum based on your personal preferences.
When is the best weather in Tulum?
The best weather in Tulum is during the winter. If you are visiting Tulum to spend lazy days on the beach this is the best time of year to visit. Winter for us in Tulum starts in November and goes through until the end of February.
During this time there isn’t much rain, the temperatures drop during the mornings and evenings and the humidity is still high, but nothing like the summer months.
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During the summer from May to September, the weather can be oppressive. It never lets up. You walk outside and you will be glistening in the sweat/ humidity. It’s difficult to walk anywhere and do very much during the day. Although as a tourist it’s not so bad. For us who live here and are trying to work or do normal life stuff, it’s a killer as all you want to do in that kind of weather is lay by the pool sipping Pina Coladas!
The only month I would say to try and avoid is October, this is our rainy month and normally the peak of the hurricane season! October is also the end of hurricane season and there are almost always a few tropical storms. Some of them can last for days. So October is not the best time to go to Tulum!
Just one more thing about the weather in Tulum, please don’t pay any attention to the weather reports about Tulum. They almost always show as thunderstorms and showers. While you may get a small shower of rain during the day for 10 minutes, for the rest of the day there is not a cloud in the sky!
When is the high season in Tulum?
The high season in Tulum is during the winter. From November until mid-January is considered peak season. This is when most visitors from the USA and Canada come to escape the winter! It may be one of the best times to go to Tulum, but it’s also one of the most expensive! The weather is good here and people also get time off for the holiday season.
The other peak times to visit Tulum are during Spring break, Easter, and August. August the weather is very hot, but this is when a lot of Europeans take their vacations and travel to Mexico.
When is the low season in Tulum?
The low season in Tulum is May (because it’s normally the hottest month in Mexico, September, and October because these are generally the months when the weather isn’t great. Plus hurricanes are most likely during these months! So although prices are cheap and it’s generally quieter, it’s not the best time to go to Tulum.
When are the best times to go to Tulum?
In my opinion, the best times to go to Tulum are during the other months of February – April (avoiding spring break and Easter). These are considered shoulder season months and the best months to visit Tulum as the weather is still cooler, it’s less busy, and the prices are less inflated.
During high season prices can rise to triple what they are in low season! So the shoulder season is the best time to visit Tulum on a budget!
When are the best parties in Tulum?
You can ALWAYS find a party in Tulum, always! But if you want to really party then December through to January especially over the new year period is when you will find the biggest and best parties in Tulum.
They take the new year seriously and there are parties almost every night. Parties in cenotes, parties in the jungle, parties at the beach, parties EVERYWHERE.
There are also lots of EDM festivals in Tulum to look out for if that’s your scene.
Spring break is more of a Cancun thing, but you will still find plenty going on if you choose to spend your spring break in Tulum instead of Cancun.
When is there sargassum in Tulum?
I had to include something about the sargassum in Tulum in this post because I know it’s a question a lot of people ask when they are planning the best time to visit Tulum.
The truth is we never really know. Generally speaking the sargassum arrives when the sea gets warmer, so during the summertime. Then when the sea gets cooler it goes away.
Right now we are moving into winter and there is no sargassum. We don’t expect it back until maybe April or May next year. But we are always hopeful that it won’t return. But it can’t be predicted. The sargassum is disgusting. It stinks and Tulum is terrible about cleaning it up, it’s often just left rotting on the beach for days!
But there is so much more to Tulum than the beach. So if you are due to visit and there is sargassum then visit cenotes for swimming. Make sure you have booked accommodation with a pool. And for guaranteed sargassum free beaches take day trips to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres.
Need somewhere to stay in Tulum?
I wrote a whole post to help you decide the best area in Tulum to stay with my recommendations depending on your budget. I also wrote a guide to the top boutique hotels in Tulum, Where to stay in Tulum, and The Best Hostels in Tulum Mexico.
But if you are too lazy to read the full post, here are my top Airbnb picks!
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.