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Holidays in Cancun
The vibrant city of Cancun sits on Mexico’s alluring Riviera Maya, known for its gleaming white beaches and upbeat atmosphere. The city’s glorious coastline invites everything from lazy days spent sunbathing to diving, sailing and even swimming with dolphins. Cancun has fun things for kids including the popular Interactive Aquarium, and fun things for adults like its championship golf courses and a full-on party scene.
The early summer months for slightly cooler temperatures.
Cancun International Airport (CUN).
Book an all inclusive Thomas Cook holiday to Cancun for the palm-fringed beaches of the Riviera Maya, swimming with dolphins in the turquoise sea and experiencing the thrilling nightlife.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Cancun for the palm-fringed beaches of the Riviera Maya, swimming with dolphins in the turquoise sea and experiencing the thrilling nightlife.
Cancun’s coast is a sweep of powdery white sand, dotted with palm trees and shelving gently into pale blue waters. Quiet spots like Turtle Beach are the ideal place to pull up a lounger and sunbathe, or if you’re up for something more adventurous, the water sports activities in Cancun are fantastic. Race across the water on jet skis, try water skiing or have a paddle around in a sea kayak. Cancun is the ideal place to learn to snorkel and scuba dive, with crystal clear waters filled with reefs and colourful fishes. For the experienced divers, you can visit the mysterious Caves of the Sleeping Sharks.
Cancun is a superb golfing destination, with several championship golf courses set in the city’s glorious coastal scenery. The vast Riviera Maya Golf Clubs lies in over 700 acres of manicured land, with 36 holes and a top-class clubhouse. If you’re looking for things for kids to do in Cancun, a popular attraction is the city’s Interactive Aquarium, where you can see dolphins up close, feed the sharks and play with sea lions. The nightlife in Cancun is legendary, from glitzy Mexican fiesta nights in the ‘hotel zone’ to an energetic clubbing scene. The waterfront bars are the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a cocktail.
Sailing trips are the best way to enjoy Cancun’s dazzling coast. Take a speedboat excursion around the lagoon, head off on a deep-sea fishing trip or make it a leisurely pleasure boat cruise, where you can drop anchor for swimming and dine right on the deck. One of the favourite attractions in Cancun swimming with dolphins, where special trainers will teach you everything you need to know about dolphins before letting you splash around with them. Back on dry land, Cancun is renowned as a diverse shopping destination, with huge malls as well as vibrant outdoor craft markets selling jewellery, handicrafts and trinkets.
Beach lovers: Cancun has a choice of beaches, each with idyllic white sand backed with palm trees and offering top water sports.
Families: Kids will love Cancun’s beautiful beaches, Interactive Aquarium and the chance of a lifetime, swimming with dolphins.
Golfers: Cancun’s numerous golf courses each enjoy breathtaking locations, where you can play all day and relax on the waterfront in the evenings.
Language: The language spoken in Cancun is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Cancun is the peso
Local time: Cancun is 6 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 10 hours
Tourist Information: Further Cancun tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com/en/cancun
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cancun
Temperature: Average high of 28°C in summer.
Best time to visit: The early summer months for slightly cooler temperatures.
Cancun has a tropical climate, with long, hot summers and very mild winters. The temperature starts to climb around April, often reaching the 30s (°C) in June and July, which experience 11 hours of sunshine a day.
By bus: Buses are the cheapest way to get around in Cancun, running very frequently all over the city. The buses also cover the main strip until late at night. There are services connecting Cancun to other resorts along the Riviera Maya, like Playa del Carmen. Bus tickets cost approximately 7 pesos.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Cancun. They are always on hand at the airport and in Cancun’s ‘hotel zone.’ Taxis generally don’t have a meter, and will operate on fixed fares, so it’s a good idea to check the price before you go – many people haggle.
Spring break: Cancun’s Inception Music Festival is the biggest event of Spring Break, taking place around April. For 30 days and nights, the city comes alive with top DJs from the world of electronic dance music. Festival nights take place in some of the biggest clubs in Cancun.
Dia de Muertos: Day of the Dead is a traditional Mayan festival celebrated throughout Latin American. The original meaning of the festival is to welcome home the souls of those lost to you, and today it appears similar to Halloween. You’ll see locals dressed up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and chowing down at the food festival.