Is it necessary to book in advance in July in the Yukatan ?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 4:20 AM Last Post By: davidmarsh
Nov 29, 2012 4:27 AM
Is it necessary to book in advance in July in the Yukatan ?I'm planning a trip to the Yuakatan; specifically Cancun, Valladolid, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Calakmul and maybe Palenque. Looking for cheap hotels but not dormitories - around £10 UK sterling per night if possible.
The trip will be in July which is high season. Is it adviseable to book in advance (assuming emails are answered) and does anyone have recommendations for cheap hotels in these areas ?
Nov 29, 2012 5:08 AM
1That time of year we don't book ahead unless we plan on arriving at our destination later at night - then we occassionally do reserve at least one night in advance. There are always more options for accomodation than listed in any guidebook and July, though considered "high season", isn't a big holiday time like Christmas or semana santa (during which you WOULD need to reserve rooms).
Budget: Today, pounds sterling are trading at £1 to1.6 dollars usd. So, your daily accomodation budget of £10 budget = $16 usd. You may find a hostel or two along the way at that price, but generally that's too low. I'd allow up to £25 per night for a decent budget hotel.
Out of curiosity, how long do you plan to travel (2-weeks, 3-weeks)?
Nov 29, 2012 6:47 AM
Nov 29, 2012 6:52 AM
Nov 29, 2012 7:29 AM
Nov 30, 2012 6:33 AM
5Just to clarify something in advance, Cancún and Tulum are not in the Yucatán, but in the state of Quintana Roo. Despite the summer holiday seaon for Mexicans, you will not have any problem finding hotel accommodations on that coast in July. By western standards, the weather is miserable in July. It is hot and very humid, and becomes outright unbearable, I am told, inland in places like Mérida, which is in the Yucatán. I generally do enjoy somewhat humd and warm weather, but when I was in PDC in July one year, it rained heavily every day that I was there, starting at around midday, with soggy temperatures well up into the 90s and made worse when the sun did break out. Tulum and other "Riviera Maya" places will have reduced their prices, but not by much, during that steamy month. I will admit that I have met people who were there in the summer and did not experience much rain, but there is still a moderately high risk that you will have a good amount of rain and very high humidity.
Nov 30, 2012 4:53 PM
6#5 is 100% on the mark. The Riviera Maya is usually starting the rainy season in July and we begin to see those lovely humidity in % = temperature in degrees F. In other works 90% humidity and 90oF. It's not always that bad but it can be and the tourists stay away for the most part. In that respect it can be nice, not sooooo many people. I personally do not find it unbearable, go to the beach and jump in the water. Got work to do, drink lots of water and go slower and start earlier. I beats the midwest of the US in the winter IMHO.
Remember it is also the front edge of the hurricane season as well, so you may find yourself heading inland if one is one the way.
Nov 30, 2012 5:44 PM
7Re post #5: Yucatan is not just the name for a state. The Yucatan Peninsula is, well, the entire peninsula. Grade school geography.
It was many years ago, but I was in the Yucatan in August and don't remember it being too hot, and I don't remember any rain whatsoever. I guess it can vary a lot. I do remember the rain in Mexico City and the Pacific coast in August, though. Merida in March, however, was unbearable...
Dec 1, 2012 11:51 AM
8Yucatan is not at high season in July. High Season will start in August. It will however be very HOT. So it is a good time to be at the beach and not touring Maya Ruins. Since it will be hot and very humid be ready for that and get up early to get to places and then have sun screen, water and a hat always. Photos of Yucatan see my website wolfcalls.com. Places to stay will be easy to find and always see the room first and then dicker on the price.
Dec 1, 2012 5:58 PM
9#3 and #4 are correct. I don't think summer is that crowded, it is Christmas Holidays and Spring Break that brings the crowds. Dorm beds in Tulum will run about $10 USD a night. Hotels run from $60 USD and up. You may want to check out a new hostel in Tulum that just opened a few weeks ago - Hostel Sheck. Set in a lush garden, it has great beds, provides linens and lots of hot water. The bar has the best Mojitos! Although not on the beach, is is not far but it is near lots of restaurants and stores and a short walk from the bus terminal.
Dec 2, 2012 4:15 AM
10Thanks everyone. I am going to rethink my plans. I was thinking of around two weeks, CascadeBob, and in July because it is the peak season for whaleshark in Isla Mujeres. But in the light of the concencus on rains, heat and humidity, I'm not feeling sanguine. As to costs- it sounds expensive.
Dec 2, 2012 4:20 AM
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