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Traveling to Tulum in February for Weather, Events, and Things to Do

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Tulum weather in February is great for everything this small town has to offer. But is a February trip worth it?

That depends mostly on your preferences, but if you don’t know what to expect, it can be hard to decide even with some solid personal preferences in mind already.

But worry not, this article will help you find out exactly that. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about a Tulum trip in February.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about Tulum, Mexico itself.

Tulum is a small town located on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is a couple of hours south of Cancun and is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches with white sands and clear blue waters, stunning nature, Mayan ruins, luxury resorts, yoga, shopping, and of course delicious-slash-healthy food.

white sand beach of Tulum Mexico - Tulum in February
White sand beach of Tulum, Mexico – Photo © Canva

Visitors to Tulum can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, exploring the ruins, and relaxing on the beach. If you are not staying in one of the spectacular hotels on Tulum beach you can always pay for a beach club and still enjoy the fancy facilities without paying big bucks.

In short, Tulum is one of the best places in Mexico for a beach vacation in a boho community surrounded by lots of nature, authentic charm, and culture.

February is a great month to visit here for nice weather, but there’s also much more else. I’ll tell you about the weather in February before moving on to stuff like events, things to do, and some helpful tips.

So let’s get started!

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Weather in Tulum in February – At a Glance

If you’re looking to escape the cold weather and enjoy some sunny days and warmth, Tulum is the perfect place to travel to in February.

With average high and low temperatures ranging between 63-86°F and plenty of sunshine, you’ll be able to enjoy all that this Mexican destination has to offer.

The temperature in Tulum in February

Average High and Low Temperature in February in Tulum
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The average monthly temperature in Tulum in February is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.5 degrees Celsius).

The average maximum temperature is 86°F (30°C) and the average minimum temperature is 63°F (17°C). It is warm enough to enjoy the beach and the water is still relatively calm.

The humidity is also not as bad as it is during the summer months. In fact, the average relative humidity of Tulum is its lowest in the month of February.

Overall, February is a great time to visit Tulum if you are looking for good weather. Just keep in mind that the sun can still be intense when you’re out on excursions, so it’s always a good idea to bring some sunscreen along and stay hydrated at all times.

Precipitation in Tulum in February

Average Monthly Rainfall in February in Tulum
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February is part of the winter months known for its dry, sunny weather, clear skies, and little to no rain.

The month has an average of 6 rainy days, but the average rainfall is less than 2 inches. You can expect some rain showers, but they are typically short-lived.

Just check the weather forecast beforehand and your plans should still go just as expected.

Sunshine in Tulum in February

February in Tulum is even drier than the previous month, so you can expect tons of sunshine to enjoy everything this destination has to offer.

This includes dreamy beach days, exploring the surrounding nature, cenotes, Maya ruins, and much more!

With the average daylight time increasing to almost 12 hours a day as the month goes by, and very few cloudy days, you can expect around 8 hours of sunshine every day.

These come with clear skies, pleasantly warm temperatures, and little chance of rain or cloud cover.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February in Tulum
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Sea water temperature

Ocean temperatures are their coolest this time of year, but still great for water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

The average seawater temperature in February is around 78°F (26°C), and underwater visibility is also great.

Average Water Temperature in February in Tulum
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Sargassum Seaweed In Tulum in February

Sargassum seaweed is prevalent on many beaches on the Caribbean Sea coastline of Mexico, and Tulum is one of them as well.

This seaweed is an annual visitor to the shores of Tulum. But February is not part of the seaweed season, so it won’t affect your beach vacation.

tropical beach Tulum Mexico

Even during the seaweed season (April through mid-September), the government takes precautions to prevent sargassum from showing up on the beaches, and many hotels have also hired extra staff to clean the seaweed from the beach every day.

So, despite the nuisance factor, you will have a great beach vacation in Tulum year-round. Alternatively, you can try one of the many other beach destinations in Mexico with the Pacific coast and Sea of Cortez beaches, as seaweed is not a problem in the Pacific Ocean.

Events in Tulum in February

🕯️ Candlemas

Celebrated exactly 40 days after Christmas in Tulum, Candlemas (or El Dia de Candelaria) is a religious holiday when people dress up baby Jesus figures and bring them to the church along with candles.

The church blessings are followed by family gatherings with tamales as the main dish, which is why this day is also called Tamale Day.

🎉🎭 Carnaval

Candlemas is an intimate event in Tulum, but Carnival is the exact opposite. The entire week prior to Ash Wednesday is filled with lots of parties, live music, and dance.

The final party before Ash Wednesday is one of the biggest in Tulum, and involves parades, costumes, food, dance, and drinks!

Pros of Visiting Tulum in February

Caribbean beach at Mayan ruins of Tulum Mexico

👍 The high season months (late December through March) are known for their pleasant temperatures, low average humidity, and excellent activities, and February is one of the best among them.

👍 Water temperatures are their coolest this time of year, but they’re still perfect for water sports and activities, and visibility is also great during February.

👍 February is the peak month of Tulum’s dry season, so you won’t have to worry about rain showers ruining your plans.

👍 The pleasant temperatures of February make excursions like exploring the Mayan ruins, cenotes, and nature of Tulum an enjoyable experience. Attractions, adventure parks, and various activities are also best enjoyed in the high season.

👍 Day trips to places like Chichen Itza, Coba, and Sian Ka’an are great in February as well.

👍 Tulum weather might be similar to Cancun weather, but the party atmosphere here is way more laid-back. February is when the party atmosphere gets more vibrant in Tulum, especially when Carnaval is just around the corner, so don’t miss out on it.

Cons of Visiting Tulum in February

👎 The high season months come with higher prices, and February is no exception to that. Make sure to book your flight and lodgings as early as possible to find better rates and possibly some good discounts. But if you’re looking for lower hotel prices, discounts, and great deals, the low season and shoulder season are a better time for it.

👎 Because of the exceptional weather this time of year, you will encounter more tourists flocking to the beaches of Tulum. Expect more crowds if you’re visiting during February, especially toward the end of the month when Spring Break is closer.

👎 Availability is another problem during the peak season months, so you may find many hotels and attractions booked to capacity if you didn’t already make a reservation month ahead.

👎 If you want to snorkel with whale sharks, the month of February is not a good time for it. May is when these gentle giants start making their first appearance in Tulum.

boats on the beach in Tulum Mexico

Things to Do in Tulum in February

► Spend time on the breathtaking beaches

February is one of the best times for some quality beach time in Tulum, so make sure to enjoy the great beach weather by including lots of water sports on your bucket list.

Or you can also just grab a refreshing drink and relax on the white sand, enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and the breathtaking views of the Caribbean.

► Explore the Tulum Mayan ruins perched atop a cliff

Mayan Ruins Tulum Mexico
Mayan ruins of Tulum

Speaking of breathtaking Caribbean views, the Mayan ruins of Tulum are famous because of their well-preserved structures as well as views.

I highly recommend visiting them to experience the unique charm of Tulum backdropped by the stunning blues of the ocean and know more about the Mayan culture.

► Take a refreshing swim in a cenote

Cenotes are one of the truly magical natural phenomenons of this region, and taking a swim in them is one of the must-do things in Tulum!

Also, visiting the cenotes inland makes for a great adventure into the thriving nature and greenery of Tulum.

Casa Cenote Tulum Mexico
Casa Cenote

► Go snorkeling

Snorkeling with marine creatures is another unforgettable experience offered in Tulum. There are so many amazing creatures swimming near the shores of Tulum, and whale sharks, humpbacks, and sea turtles also make their appearance during the year here.

► Visit downtown Tulum

Tulum’s downtown (pueblo) is a great place to hit if you want to immerse in the authentic charm of the town.

The atmosphere here is very different from the beach side of Tulum. This is where you will find delicious local food, bars, and clubs with great nightlife, and an overall lively vibe.

► Take a day trip to Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve
Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve

The Sian Ka’an is the largest designated biosphere reserve in the Riviera Maya, and Tulum is one of the best places to visit it from. Its name means ‘Gate of Heaven’, and if you love nature and wildlife, Sian Ka’an is just the place for you to get in touch with it. You will get to see many lagoons, mangroves, and exotic species of wildlife here.

Tips For Visiting Tulum in February

✔️ Book your accommodation in advance. Hotels fill up quickly during February, so it’s important to book ahead of time.

✔️ Pack light clothing. The average temperature in February is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won’t need anything too heavy (but do bring a light jacket or sweater for the occasional chilly evenings).

✔️ Don’t forget your sunscreen! The sun is strong year-round in Tulum, so be sure to pack plenty of broad-spectrum SPF sunblock.

✔️ Also, bring headgear and footwear to protect your skin and feet. A pair of sunglasses, a hat, and some comfy walking shoes are good to have with you on your Tulum trip.

✔️ Stay hydrated. Make sure to bring along a bottle of water—ideally, an insulated one—to keep you hydrated while out on excursions.

✔️ Check the weather forecast. February is one of the best months weather-wise, but you should still check the weather forecast just in case.

✔️ Enjoy your stay! Tulum is full of so many incredible things to do and see, so be sure to make the most of your trip by not missing out on those.

Tulum packing list for the beach

Where to Stay in Tulum

Here below is my top hotel list in Tulum. If you want to learn more you can check out my post on the best Tulum All-inclusive resorts and the coolest Tulum Mexico Resorts for every budget.

Best Tulum Hotel on the Beach: Habitas
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Best Tulum Hotel for healthy-conscious travelers: Sanara
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Best Tulum Co-living for Digital Nomads: Selinas Tulum
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Best Tulum Hotel in Downtown: Zenses Wellness and Spa
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Best Tulum Hotel for a romantic escape: La Valise
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Best All-inclusive Hotel in Tulum: Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort (adult only)
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Best Tulum Hotel for Families: La Zebra Tulum
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► Best cheap hotel in Tulum: Hotel Santiago

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Tulum in February FAQs

Is February a good time to go to Tulum?

February is part of the best season for good weather in Tulum, so definitely yes. The average temperature ranges in the 70s and mid-80s and there’s lots of sunshine during the day.

You can enjoy the beaches, various activities, and exploration in the warm weather of this month.

What is the best time of year to visit Tulum?

palm trees Tulum Mexico

Tulum is a year-round destination, so any time can be a good time to visit here. Just make sure to plan around the hurricane season (June to November), which has some of the rainiest months.

That said, the best time for you mostly depends on what you’re looking for.

If you want to experience the best weather of the year, the high-season months are perfect for you. This is when some of the coldest months bring pleasant daytime temperatures, fewer rainy days, lots of sunshine, and great beach weather.

But this is also when the new year crowds, spring breakers, and beachgoers show up in Tulum, which means more crowds and higher prices.

Then there are also the shoulder season months (April-May and November-early-December) for those looking to avoid the crowds and still enjoy some excellent weather.

The low-season summer months are also great if you’re looking for fewer crowds along with a budget vacation (if you don’t mind slightly high temperatures and high humidity).

Just keep in mind that the period between May through October has the hottest months with humid weather.

June through October is the rainy season. September is the wettest month, and March is the windiest month with an average wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.

Is it sunny in Tulum in February?

February is just before the driest month of the year in Tulum, so yes, it’s pretty sunny during this month.

There’s little rain in February and plenty of sunshine throughout the entire month. If you’re visiting this time of year, you will have lots of sunny days to enjoy everything this town has to offer.

How many days in Tulum is enough?

I recommend staying for at least three days to enjoy Tulum’s stunning beaches, experience the charming culture, and visit the famous attractions and cenotes.

But Tulum has a lot to see and do, so you can spend as much time as you like here. 🙂

Traveling to Tulum in February – Final thoughts

With average high and low temperatures ranging between 63-86°F and plenty of sunshine, you’ll be able to enjoy all that this Mexican destination has to offer.

There’s little rain in February and plenty of sunshine throughout the entire month.

Because of the exceptional weather this time of year, you will encounter more tourists flocking to the beaches of Tulum.

Also, have in mind that high-season months come with higher prices, and February is no exception to that.

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