Anytime is a great time to come and enjoy the warm Caribbean waters and friendly, casual beach vibe in Playa del Carmen. However, traveling during the off season can save you a bundle and afford you bonus luxuries that you may not be able to fit in the budget say if you book during the peak seasons.
So if you can arrange to take your holidays in the fall, here are 10 ways you’ll benefit by visiting Playa del Carmen during the autumn months:
1. Fall Into Savings
Seat sales and accommodation discounts abound! It doesn’t take an expert travel agent to find fantastic deals online at this time of year. Resorts all along the pristine Riviera Maya coastline often offer kids stay free promotions. Within Playa del Carmen, posh condo hotels like The Elements, Aldea Thai and El Faro present reduced rates while still providing all of the standard upscale services and amenities.
2. Temperature Begins To Cool
Cooler weather starts to make its way to the Mexican Caribbean come October. While the days remain sunny and warm, the night temperatures fall. You have a perfect balance of sunshine by day and a fresh, comfortable climate at night. As the sultry heat disappears with the setting sun, activities like cocktails on one of the city’s famous rooftop lounges, or dancing the night away become that much more appealing.
The average temperature from September to December in Playa del Carmen is a pleasant 27C or 81F.
3. Golf Discounts
The Riviera Maya is speckled with unbelievably striking golf courses. Most fairways are lined with palms while some holes overlook the Caribbean Sea! If you love to golf, you’ll appreciate the 2 for 1 rate many of the courses like Hard Rock Riviera Maya Golf Club and Grand Coral offer during the low season.
If you are a morning person, reserve an earlier tee time. You’ll be able to hit the links and enjoy the fresh temperature. Moreover, there’s rarely a waiting period due to a caravan of golfers ahead of you at this time of year.
4. The US Dollar Goes A Long Way
Currently, the US Dollar to Mexican Peso exchange rate is fluctuating around 18:1. This means an extravagant dinner out will cost you a fraction of what it would cost for a meal of similar quality in the majority of cities in the United States. Spa services become more affordable as do other luxuries like a dinner with a private chef or a day gliding over the turquoise sea on a private yacht.
Most tours prices are presented in US dollar amounts and your American money is accepted in the majority of the over 300 amazing restaurants on Playa del Carmen’s famous 5th Avenue.
5. Vibrant New Hot Spots In Playa del Carmen
Exciting new businesses are sprouting in up-and-coming areas like Los Olivos Plaza near 115th Avenue and Arco Vial 28 de Julio (the avenue that leads to the new 305 Highway.) Pubs like La Drinkeria y La Inombrable Cantina are serving casual eats, and drinks at reasonable prices, all within upbeat, unpretentious atmospheres.
Carmen Beer Co recently opened and is located across the 307 Highway from the Centro Maya Mall on the south end of town. Beer lovers can sample some fantastic artisanal beer and get a glimpse of the extensive brewing process through the glass wall in their front tasting room and bar area.
Already one of the most popular corners on 5th Avenue for great food and drink, Mimosa Restaurant and Bar will join the list of local favorites like Almirante Pech and El Diez. The grand opening, which will take place early November, is creating quite a stir within the Playa del Carmen social scene.
6. No Crowds
During the fall season, you won’t have to navigate through waves of pedestrians on 5th Avenue. There are typically no waiting lines at popular eateries or in the many incredible nearby adventure parks like Xcaret, Xel Ha, Xenses or Xplor. It’s easy to find parking throughout the city and you have wider spaces to spread your beach blanket out on the sand.
We always recommend a visit to a cenote when in Playa del Carmen. This is an opportune time to see these natural wonders, as often you will have the entire swimming hole to yourself!
7. You Can Still Barbecue
If you happen to be staying in one of the many fabulous vacation home rentals in Playa del Carmen, chances are your terrace will be equipped with a barbecue. T-bone steaks are much cheaper to buy here or try a sumptuous fresh catch of the day from the local fishermen.
Whether you decide to barbecue an enticing meal for yourself or you choose to go out to sample the delicious offerings on one of the patios overlooking 5th, dining al fresco in Playa’s endless summer climate never gets old.
Most of the vacation homes in BRIC Vacation Rentals’ inventory come with fully appointed kitchens and ample outdoor living spaces with grills.
8. Look Into The Real Estate Market
Fall means back to school time and preparations begin for holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. These events typically keep people busy enough so that they aren’t thinking about planning a vacation. Hence, Playa del Carmen enters the low season and travelers can expect more deals and fewer crowds.
Since many properties experience low occupancy rates at this time, it provides those interested in purchasing a second home the ideal opportunity to view a host of incredible properties. If owing your own piece of paradise near the ocean is a dream of yours, now is the perfect time to see what Playa del Carmen has to offer in terms of real estate.
9. Skip The Halloween Dress Up Parties!
If it’s hard for you to get into the spirit of Halloween and you feel pressure to find a creative creepy costume, elude the dress-up party invites by sneaking away to Playa del Carmen! Forget the fake tattoos, face paint and faux spider webs and jet away to savor some fun in the sun!
Although Playa’s most popular street 5th Avenue comes alive with ghouls and goblins, and the odd bar hosts a spooky party, it’s not a highly celebrated event in Mexico. You won’t be frowned upon should you opt to sit out in civilian attire and watch the parade of Halloween fashion on 5th. You can make it back from your holiday in time to prepare the annual Thanksgiving feast before anyone realizes you were gone.
Xcaret Park just outside of Playa del Carmen hosts the Festival of Life and Death each year from October 30-November 2. Taste traditional regional foods; enjoy live music and theatre events and visit elaborately decorated altars erected to honor the lives of loved ones who have passed. It’s a fun family-friendly event (without the 100 pounds of candy). Although this festival takes place annually around the same day as Halloween, the two events differ greatly. While Halloween tends to have an emphasis on terror and the dark side, Dia de los Muertos (the Spanish name for the festival) is as a celebration filled with joy, parades and color.
10. There’s No Snow!
While some of our northern neighbors are waking up to blankets of snow covering their lawns, visitors never have to worry about trudging through a snow bank here in Playa del Carmen. You can forget about having to slip on your bulky winter boots and enjoy the therapeutic feeling of sand between your toes instead.
Rather than huddling inside in an effort to escape the wet precipitation that chills you to the bone, you’ll want to spend every second in the great outdoors here. Your snow shovel won’t be the only one enjoying a break! Come and experience a more welcomed kind of chill while sipping a cool margarita on the sun kissed beaches of Playa del Carmen!
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About the Author
Juanita grew up in a small town in the middle of Canada. Having experienced twenty years of ruggedly cold climate, she had seen enough snow to last her a lifetime. After moving to and working in Vancouver for thirteen years (where she was ecstatic to see the odd palm tree) she jumped at the opportunity to move with her husband and three children to Playa del Carmen. She calls it a ‘dreamy existence’ and cherishes year-round, backyard barbecues with friends, road trips and watching the sunrise over the Caribbean. She writes for Bric Vacation Rentals.