Taking Advantage of the Low Season to Travel

Morning coffee in Isla Mujeres (Source: Linda Kurtzweil)

We have officially entered the low season for tourism here in the areas of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The low season begins at the end of August and extends until late November.

During this time of year, there are noticeably fewer people on the beaches and in the restaurants. I fact, many restaurants will even close for a few weeks so their employees can get a well-deserved vacation.

The best thing about the low season — at least from the perspective of two retirees living on a budget — is that the prices for lodging drop considerably. Many hotels/resorts also offer locals-only discounts for residents of Quintana Roo once their occupancy drops below a certain percentage.

From now until almost Thanksgiving, we will be taking advantage of these great deals — and the lack of tourists — to enjoy everything that this part of Mexico has to offer.

Although I plan on bringing my laptop with me and writing about some of the highlights of our trips, there will be many days when I don’t even turn it on. That means that it may take a little longer for us to respond to emails from our readers, but don’t worry — we’ll get to them mañana.

Those readers who are familiar with Mexican culture will understand that last line.

Well, that’s enough writing for today. It’s time to head to the nearest beach and enjoy the day!

About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) is a former lieutenant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida. During his 25-year career, he received numerous commendations to include two of the agency's top honors: a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2015, Paul retired and moved to Mexico with his wife. He now spends his days enjoying the Riviera Maya and blogging from the beach.

34 Comments on "Taking Advantage of the Low Season to Travel"

  1. We’re heading to IM tomorrow- maybe we’ll run into you! Enjoy your travels.

  2. Thanks. I enjoy your blog posts and they have been quite helpful to this new resident of Playa del Carmen.

  3. I ALWAYS enjoy your posts !

  4. Loving the blog Paul. I have so many questions and not sure how to direct them to you.

  5. Hahaha…enjoy the peace

  6. Nice enjoy Sir. Thats my favorite time of year in Mexico. Will be heading to Sayulita in Oct for some surfing.

  7. Hi Paul, I see you’re on my Island ( as I like to call it) This is our planned destination arriving this October. As you may notice prices have risen in the last few years. We will be searching you out this winter to check out Akumal as an alternative for the future. Enjoy Isla it is truly a magical island.

    • The downside to tourist areas is that the prices have a tendency to rise at a faster rate than non-tourist areas. I think you’ll like Akumal — we absolutely love it there.

  8. Ya mismo. And have a great time!

  9. I’m at Secrets Akumal right now for 2 weeks! Loving it. Rented golf cart in Ak. Went to Budha Garden Spa, Kalku lagoon, Buena Vida, LoHa all discounted.

  10. Betsye McDonald | September 1, 2017 at 11:36 am | Reply

    I just arrived on the 28th to Puerto Aventuras and loving my new home!! By the way, manana is a great word especially for us retirees here in Mexico! Looking forward to hearing about your travels!

  11. We literally just left that villa 2 days ago! Caribbean casa? I miss it already! Try mogaguas for breakfast!! Yummm

  12. Hi Paul! I know this is hurricane season – any huge concerns where you are? Love your blog btw – thks for such great and informative writing! Julie

    • We’re originally from Florida so hurricanes and tropical storms are just part of life. In 25+ years in Florida, there was only one year when hurricanes directly affected my area. Even then, we recovered fine.

      Here in Mexico, we watch them closely but we don’t lose any sleep worrying about them.

  13. The best advise I got was, mañana doesn’t mean tomorrow. It just means not today.

  14. Shhh… don’t tell everyone about our secret for the past 13 years! We love Riviera Maya in October!!!

  15. Enjoy your vacay. Looking forward to reading your posts. God b w u

  16. I’m going through withdrawals….

  17. Just liked this page (is that how you say it?!) We have been to IM twice; once in 2009 when dating and again in 2012 after getting married. Both times magical! We are booking Casa Sonrisa for April 2018! Can’t wait to come back. Have been to 4 other tropical islands and still live Isla best. Will be catching up on reading here until then!

    • We just got back from spending a few days in Isla Mujeres. The weather didn’t always cooperate but we still had a great time. It’s a great little island.

  18. Hi Paul (and Linda!) My wife and I have been following your blog for many months now. We always enjoy coming along on your adventures! We are in the process of planning the big move, some time in the next 3-5 years. If it were up to me, it would be THIS year. I want to thank you for all the great information and for bringing the Spanish lessons back!

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