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Our trips to Cancun are something that we always look forward to every year. Spectacular beach resorts line the coast for more than 50 miles south past Playa del Carmen to Tulum. The white beaches are almost like talcum powder and the turquoise blue water is 80+ degrees year round. Whether you like to lounge at the pool, visit the Mayan ruins or enjoy some of the best outdoor adventure parks in the world, Cancun has it all and at a fraction of the cost of comparable vacations in Hawaii or the eastern Caribbean.
The best time to visit is anytime between December and May. Hurricane season starts in June and lasts through November, with an occasional surprise storm in December. If you don't like crowds and lots of teenage kids, avoid spring break in April. May generally sees temperatures in the mid 80s and lows in the 70s with little rain and wind. December temperatures will vary between the 60s at night to usually the high 70s/low 80s during the day. My favorite time is late April to early May, just after spring break but before the summer heat and storms. May is also the least windy month of the year with just enough of a breeze to cool things down.
For more information including current weather conditions plus monthly temperature and rainfall averages, click on our weather page.
Cancun has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. One of the best is the beach along the Hotel Zone that runs for several mile north to south. The waves are usually small and the slope is very gradual as you walk out into the water. Strong currents are kept away due to protective points on both the north and south ends. Water temperatures rarely drop below 80 degrees and often are in the mid-80s. This beach is very wide and provides ample room for activities such as volleyball or lounging on the sand away from others.
There are numerous amazing beach resorts stretching from the Hotel Zone, to some 30 miles or more south. Hint! - For the first time visitor, I highly recommend selecting a resort in the Zona Hotelera, also know as the "Hotel Zone".
The Hotel Zone is a long peninsula strand looping from downtown to the airport. One side of the strand faces the ocean and the
other a lagoon. Staying in this area will allow you to be close to
downtown, great restaurants, high end shopping, night life while being
right on the beach.
There are fun adventures for the entire family with lots to do and see. There are all inclusive day parks that offer zip lines, snorkeling, rafting, swimming the dolphins, underground exploration, cenotes and more. All are within easy driving distance from downtown on a main highway that is in very good condition.
The best are Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xcaret. With a few exceptions, all offer a one time charge that includes all you can drink (alcohol included), food, soda and activities. There are a few activities that are extra, such as swimming with the dolphins at Xel-Ha.
You are also very close to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, each very unique in their own way. Chichen Itza is in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula jungle, Coba is slightly inland and Tulum overlooks the beautiful Caribbean. Learn more about each in detail by visiting our thing to do in Cancun page.
Cancun has some of the best food in the world that includes mouth watering fresh seafood and angus steaks. Since the Hotel Zone runs north and south, with the Caribbean to the east and a lagoon to the west, there is no bad view during dinner, with the lagoon side being the best for a beautiful sunset dining experience. Reservations are recommended if dining near sunset as this is the most popular time. Most restaurants like Puerto Madero, Fred's and La Hibichuela have taken advantage by offering window or outdoor seating. Read in depth reviews of my favorite Mexican restaurants.
Cancun has a beautiful international airport with many direct flight
from major cities both in the United States and other countries and is a two hour flight from Dallas and Houston, Texas.
Hint! - During your flight, you will receive a Customs and Immigration declaration form. It is quite common for the airlines to run out of the form, or at least the ones printed in English. Get one from the boarding area and complete it prior to boarding the flight.
Once on the ground, you will be required to go through Mexico Immigration. You will need a passport and your completed declaration form. IMPORTANT! - The Immigration Agent will give you back the lower portion of your declaration form. You must keep this with your passport as you will need it to leave the country. If you lose it, it will cost you $40 USD to replace and will also require some processing time.
Visit one of our popular webcams for a live view of current weather and beach conditions from several locations on the Yucatan peninsula and nearby Cozumel.
We have provided two interactive maps that show the location of restaurants, resorts and activities that are contained on this website.