Weather in Isla Mujeres in December:
Since our traveling time was limited to the first two weeks of December, we had to accept whatever weather was awaiting us. As I’ve mentioned in the planning section, I had succumbed to the ultra-anal voice in my head telling me to check the weather every chance I got prior to our departure. It’s my own fault for subjecting myself to such torture, but at least I was able to prepare myself somewhat for the less-than-perfect weather. See below for a detailed account of weather during our trip (please note that the temperature is taken from accuweather.com’s record, as I did not record the temperature while on the island, and that the temperature is in Fahrenheit).
Day 1 (December 7, 2016):
- Accuweather’s temperature (high/low): 86/75.2
When we finally got to step out of the airport around 5 PM, the weather was warm and humid, but not unbearable. There was a bit of an overcast and clouds could be seen over the ocean during the ferry ride.
Day 2 (December 8, 2016):
- Accuweather’s temperature (high/low): 84.2/75.2
The overall weather was warm, humid, but pleasant, with some clouds visible over the ocean. The pool and the ocean felt a bit chilly and it took some time and a lot of deep breaths for me to feel comfortable swimming in them.
Day 3 (December 9, 2016):
- Accuweather’s temperature (high/low): 84.2/68
Since we spent all day in the Yucatan region, I cannot say how the weather was on the island while we were gone. Yucatan was very hot and humid, with very little breeze, but we were told that the weather was on the milder side when we were visiting. At night, it started to rain in both Cancun and Isla Mujeres, and it was pretty chilly at Puerto Juarez while waiting for the ferry. When we returned to the island, we were caught in a pretty heavy shower, which did not let up at all after dinner. We had to run back to our resort in the rain as we had not had a chance to rent a golf cart yet.
Day 4 (December 10, 2016):
- Accuweather’s temperature (high/low): 82.4/69.8
This was the rainiest day of on the island for us. The early morning walk on the beach was beautiful, but the weather soon turned and there were intermittent showers (pretty hard too!) throughout the day. We didn’t let the rain stop us with our itinerary of exploring the island in a golf cart and had one of the best times on the trip on this rainy day.
One of the benefits of obsessing over the weather was that I had prepared for all types of weather and brought rain ponchos for my husband and me. They certainly sell rain ponchos on the island as well, if you forget to pack them or choose not to bother. But the ones I brought were of pretty good quality and instilled poncho envy in other tourists (we were asked several times where we had gotten our ponchos). Other things we packed in our backpack for driving around the island: 1 large towel (for ourselves in case we decided to take a dip somewhere), 1 small towel (to wipe down the seats in case they get wet), water, sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent, and selfie stick. We also brought an umbrella from the resort, which proved to be useless, as it was broken and did not shield us from the rain at all.
The weather, besides the intermittent rain and the cloudiness, was not terrible and we had no issues stopping by the attractions throughout the day. It just meant that we were in our ponchos all day, making it a bit difficult to look chic in pictures. Another thing we noticed was that certain areas of the island seemed to get more rain than others at different times. We had to go back and forth a few times to try to avoid the rain at different spots, which was not a big deal since everything was pretty close by.
The highlight of our day was the drive back to our resort from dinner. We decided to eat at Basto’s Grill, which is about 3 miles away from Privilege Aluxes. We came prepared with our ponchos and towel, but we were not prepared for driving through flooded streets and rain pouring down on us. It was sprinkling a little bit by the time we reached the restaurant, but the sprinkles turned into full-fledged downpour as our dinner neared its end. We waited a little bit to see if the rain would slow down, but when there was no sign of slowing down and we realized that the street was beginning to flood pretty badly, we decided to just brave the elements and head back. The flooding was significant enough that our golf cart was about a quarter to a third way covered, and my husband had to drive pretty slowly (as if the golf cart wasn’t slow enough already) through the hugely flooded streets. We hung to the right side of the road as much as we could to let other drivers go ahead of us. At one point, we noticed that a police car was driving behind us, as if to protect us and make sure that we weren’t stuck. The police escorted us all the way until we got to the less flooded part of El Centro. Having read a lot of warnings about the crooked cops in Mexico, this was such a surprisingly laudable and kind gesture from the Isla Mujeres police. ¡Gracias señores!
Day 5 (December 11, 2016):
- Accuweather’s temperature (high/low): 82.4/68
The weather on our departure day was the best and how you’d imagine a tropical island to be—sunny, hot, humid, and less cloudy. Of course that’s how it is on the day we leave. 🙁 We tried to make the best of the few hours we had and took a morning walk along the beach and take some last minute pictures. The water was still a bit too chilly to take a dip in, so we just put our feet in the water. By the time afternoon rolled around and it was time to leave, it became very warm and humid (felt hotter than 82.4 degrees for sure). Due to my propensity for becoming seasick, we usually have to sit on the top deck, but I took my chances and stayed inside the ferry to take advantage of the air conditioner and respite from the hot sun.
Tip: Bring a poncho and/or a waterproof anorak or light jacket for nighttime during the colder months.