What Is The Best Time To Visit Cozumel?
Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It’s home to a variety of natural beaches with soft white sands – and is a destination for both adventure and romance. The island is largely underdeveloped with large expanses of jungle – and the snorkelling and scuba diving is truly incredible. What is the best time to visit Cozumel? Read on…
The Dry Season
The temperature in Cozumel from February through to April is warm but not too hot – reaching about 25 degrees Celsius, so much more comfortable than the searing heat during the summer months. If you’re a nature enthusiast you may get to the see the droves of sea turtles making their nests on the islands during the short summer season of March through to June.
March and April have both daytime and nighttime temperatures that are often suitable for both water and land activities. Both months have the lowest rainfall and fewest rainy days combined with warming temperatures making them ideal months for your vacation.
Throughout the year the average temperatures actually vary very little with the humidity making it feel hot for about six months and otherwise pleasant with a very low chance of rain. So if you’re looking for the warmest time the hottest months are July and August where temperatures may reach up to 33 degrees Celsius.
The Rainy Season
Late summer and early autumn mark the rainy season – and there’s a chance of hurricanes which can wreak havoc on the island. The hurricane itself may not hit the island but tropical storms affect the weather for hundreds of miles around them causing massive spikes in rainfall.
Rainfall drenches the island especially during September and October – and often in June. The Caribbean hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. The high point of heavy rainfall averages 10 inches in October, and nine inches in September.
Some Monthly Temperature and Rainfall Facts and Figures
Cozumel weather in January is part of the dry season with average rainfall of three inches and temperatures of around 29 degrees Celsius – low nighttime temperatures make the sea cool in the morning.
Cozumel weather in February is similar to January with rainfall declining to just over two inches and temperatures around 29 degrees – still not a great month for swimming
Cozumel weather in March offers the best climate of the year with the average rainfall of just one inch. The average temperature is 31 degrees – making sea water temperatures cool in the morning and comfortable in the afternoon.
The weather in Cozumel in April sees about an inch of rain with the average high temperature reaching 32 degrees Celsius – making it a really good month for beach lovers
Cozumel weather in August brings an average of nearly six inches of rain and up to 13 days of it. It’s still hot with temperatures of around 33 degrees Celsius
The weather in Cozumel in November sees the transition between the wet and dry seasons – the average rainfall is less than five inches and temperatures drop slightly to about 30 degrees
Cozumel weather in December continues the drying trend with rainfall of about four inches and temperatures that reach the low point of the year of around the high 20 degrees– not friendly enough for beaches or swimming
Cozumel water temperature varies with the cool water currents and strong trade winds that can make swimming in the sea too uncomfortable for some. The warmest sea is in May with a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius and the lowest temperatures often in December through to March with lows of 25 degrees.
December to February
This peak season is the most expensive time to visit and prices during the Christmas period spike even higher than normal – but as the weather is drier and there are events such as the Carnival happening it may make the high prices worth it.
July to November
You may be deterred by the high temperatures and the constant threat of rain – but you’re likely to find excellent deals on accommodation with very cheap rates. Make sure you keep an eye on the hurricane warnings!
The Best Things to Do
There are so many things to do in Cozumel – from relaxing on quiet sands and calm shores to diving along the shallow reefs or exploring the Mayan ruins. If you’re a lover of wildlife the Faro Celerain Eco Park is a must. The park shelters exotic birds, crocodiles, and sea turtles. From here you’ll be able to visit the El Caracol Mayan ruins and the Faro Celerain Lighthouse where there’s a small maritime museum.
Paradise Beach has soft sands, blue waters, a pool, restaurant, and shopping facilities. You can get a fun pass to use all of the inflatable water toys, water trampolines, kayaks, and snorkelling gear – with beachside food and drinks offered.
The San Gervasio Ruins include a shrine where Mayan women used to pay tribute to their goddess of love and fertility, Ixchel. You can wander around the grounds for free but if you pay for a guided tour you’ll learn a lot more. There are small lizards and larger iguanas on site – and you’ll need footwear suitable for sandy ground.
Reef Diving Around Tulum
Cozumel reef snorkelling is one of the most exciting types of underwater excursions as the beautiful coral reefs are abundant in fish and marine animals. Koox diving instructors will make sure that these trips to the sea are safe even for beginners.
The diving team know all the best places to dive locally and beyond to provide you with a unique coral reef snorkelling experience – and the price of your adventure includes equipment rental of diving gear, tanks, wetsuits, boots, and torches.
You’ll need to have an Open Water certification or equivalent – and if you don’t then the Koox diving instructors will guide you through that course too. You’ll be able to get all the skills required to enjoy reef diving safely from a full range of courses and training programmes.