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Cozumel Weather in February: Rain, Temperatures

Cozumel weather in February
Average high temperature and rainfall for Cozumel in February. © 2023 Scott S. Bateman

Cozumel weather in February is misleading because of warm days in the 80s Fahrenheit but cool nights that drop into the 60s. At least it’s usually dry.

The largest island of Mexico, Cozumel is a hugely popular destination for western Caribbean cruises. It’s also popular with people staying for an entire vacation because of its beaches, great snorkeling, Mayan ruins and day trips for shopping and dining to Playa del Carmen across the water.

Although the daytime temperatures are quite warm, the nighttime temperatures are a bit cool compared to most Caribbean destinations in February. The wind chill factor also is a bit discouraging at times for anyone who likes to spend time in the water or on the beaches.

The following averages come from a 30-year history from Mexico’s government meteorology service. They will vary somewhat from year to year, but in general they offer guidance on what to expect each month.

Temperatures in February

Cozumel temperatures in February have an average high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 Celsius, according to Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, the government’s national weather service. It’s a warm month compared to the cold winter days in the north, but it’s also the second lowest average of the year in Cozumel after January.

The average low temperature (mostly at night) is 67 degrees Fahrenheit or 19 Celsius—about the same as January.

The nighttime temperatures matter because of their impact on seawater temperatures. Seawater temperatures usually average about halfway between the highs and lows of the day.  They will be at their lowest point in the morning hours.

Coupled with the Caribbean’s trade winds, they may make swimming uncomfortable at times in the mornings and sometimes throughout the entire day.

Otherwise, daytime temperatures are warm enough for most outdoor activities.

Caribbean weather in February: all destinations

Rainfall

The first consideration for anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean should be the average rainfall during the month.

The region has an annual hurricane season that dumps a great deal of rain on many of the major destinations, especially in September and October.

Other months may have spikes in rainfall, but not Cozumel in February. The average rainfall in Cozumel during February is only about 2.4 inches, according to Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, which is low for an island that sees as much as six inches a month in the fall.

February rainfall is the lowest for Cozumel except for March and April, which also happen to be peak months for cruise visitors.

The average number of days it rains is 6.5, which again is the lowest except for March and April.

Cozumel weather in: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Whether to Go

February weather in Cozumel is above average because of the low risk of rain, but it’s not the best of the year. It’s clear that anyone wanting to go there will probably have warmer weather in March or April.

But for that reason, prices for cruises and hotels will likely be higher in March or April. So consider a February trip in particular if better discounts are available.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
January 13, 2024

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