What To Bring

Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate, which means it’s almost always warm. Or hot. The annual average temperature is about 27C or 80F. Temperature is not the only consideration when in a tropical climate. All year around the humidity level is very high, often around 90 per cent. Weather here is pretty reliable, but there can be exceptions, as always the case when it comes to weather. Regardless of what time of year you get here, you will have great beach days and the ocean is always warm enough to swim in. Here are the guidelines for Playa during the year.

February to May

Spring is a beautiful time of year here, with very little rain and flowers everywhere. The ocean gets calmer and warmer, as temperature rises. Nights can still be a little cooler, but sweaters are rarely called for. May is the final month of the “high” tourism season and tends to be warmer than the winter months.

Average May Temperature: 80-90 degrees and humid!

  • Sunscreen
  • Shorts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sun Dresses
  • Hats
  • Flip Flops
  • Beach wear
  • Walking shoes
  • Outdoor wear for the adventurous!

What Shall I Wear?

Logically the next subject is what to wear. Cotton and other natural fibers are the most comfortable in a hot and humid climate. Especially in the summer, you don’t want to have anything to do with polyester or nylon. A cap or a hat is crucial and will greatly increase your comfort in the strong Caribbean sun. A sweater/jacket and jeans/slacks will come in handy if you’re planning your trip for the winter. Most of the year shorts and a t-shirt/top (or a little dress for the ladies) is all you want. Only on a cool winter night, you will want shoes that cover your feet, but most of the year you’ll want to wiggle your toes in a pair of sandals. Don’t forget some comfortable footwear for those ruin visits. A rain jacket is a handy item most of the year.

Furthermore, Playa is very casual. You’ll have no use for a suit and tie, nor for that YSL cocktail dress. Although a lot less so than a few years ago, Playa still has a certain hippie flair. Now it’s more modern and chic, but still very laid back. When there are lots of Italians and Argentineans in town (in August) the average beauty factor increases significantly. But in general – anything goes!