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Cancun Holidays

A holiday to Cancun gives you the chance to go exploring in a vibrant city, set on Mexico’s spectacular 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 and sailing.

While Mexico is famed for its rich history and ancient ruins, Cancun is very much a 21st century city bursting with sleek shopping malls and superb restaurants. So, if you fancy flexing your bargain-hunting muscles or unleashing your inner foodie, you’ll find plenty of places to go. There are plenty of fun things for kids, including the popular Interactive Aquarium, and fun things for adults like championship golf courses and a full-on party scene. 

28-36 °C

With an average temperature of 28 (°C) throughout the year, you can expect hot, clear, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings.

Ten Hours

It takes around 10 hours and 25 minutes to fly to Cancun International Airport (CUN) from the UK.

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. 

Recommended offers in Cancun

Crown Paradise Club

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Kids' Paradise Splash Park
  • Rooms for families of five
  • Family and Adult-Only areas

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Based on 43 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1263

Grand Oasis Sens

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 21+
  • Sensual, adult-centric entertainment
  • Three pools and eight restaurants

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Based on 5205 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1547

Occidental Tucancun Beach

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 24hr all inclusive
  • On the beach
  • Central location

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Based on 5479 reviews

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Based on 5 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1551

Occidental Costa Cancún

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach in Cancun's Hotel-Zone
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • 24hr snack bar

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Based on 5697 reviews

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Based on 26 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1624

Dreams Sands Cancún Resort & Spa

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Unlimited à la carte dining
  • Family suites for up to six
  • Explorers Club for Kids

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Based on 4494 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1649

IBEROSTAR Cancún

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Seven pools and kids' splash park
  • Choice of five restaurants
  • On-site 18-hole golf course

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Based on 4687 reviews

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Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£1663

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Cancun for the palm-fringed beaches of the Riviera Maya, swim with dolphins in the sapphire seas, and experience the buzz of world-class 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 bright reefs and shimmering fish. For 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 a refreshing swim before enjoying dinner, right on the deck. 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. 

CANCUN IS BEST FOR...

Beach lovers: Cancun has a choice of beaches, each with idyllic white sand backed with palm trees, and offering a choice of top water sports. You’ll even find some secluded bays if you want to escape the crowds; check out Punta Bete, between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen.

Families: Beautiful beaches are ideal if you’re taking your holiday to Cancun with little ones. 

Golfers: Cancun’s numerous golf courses each enjoy breathtaking locations, where you can play all day and relax on the waterfront in the evenings. There are courses to suit all levels, whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned pro, and some of the best backdrops in the world.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken throughout the region is Spanish

Currency: The currency used is the peso  

Local time: 6 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Cancun International Airport (CUN) 

Flight time from UK: Approximately 10 hours

Tourist Information: Further 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


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 28-36 (°C) 

This part of Mexico has a tropical climate, with long, hot summers and warm winters. The temperature starts to climb at the beginning of spring, often reaching the mid-30s (°C) by May. Rainfall picks up in the autumn, but the weather remains warm and bright throughout the season. If you’re planning your Cancun holiday around the best weather, head over in the hottest month of June. It’s coldest is January, but even then the temperature only drops to around 23°C. September is the wettest month and tends to be avoided by holidaymakers.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Buses are the cheapest way to get around in Cancun, running regularly all over the city. The buses also cover the main strip until late at night, with some services in the city’s ‘hotel zone’, running 24 hours a day. There are services connecting Cancun to other resorts along the Riviera Maya, like Playa del Carmen.  Bus tickets cost approximately 7 pesos and can be bought from kiosks across the city. You’ll find that buses have their route numbers clearly displayed on the front windscreen, so you’ll always know which bus you’re getting on.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available. They’re always on hand at the airport and in the ‘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, and many people haggle. However, it’s worth noting that Cancun is divided up into zones and fares vary between each. If you’re unsure, most hotels have rates posted outside or, alternatively, you can ask the driver to see his official rates card.


EVENTS

Spring break: Cancun’s Inception Music Festival is the world’s biggest Spring Break event, taking place around April. For 30 days and nights, the city comes alive with some of the best DJs from electronic dance music. You’ll find parties on the beaches by day and Cancun’s vibrant clubs hosting Festival Nights, once the sun goes down. 

Dia de Muertos: The Day of the Dead is a spectacular traditional Mayan festival celebrated throughout Latin American between 31 October and 2 November. The original meaning of the festival is to welcome home the souls of those lost to you, and to celebrate the sheer joy of being alive! Take your Cancun holidays to coincide with this fiesta and you’ll see locals dressed up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and chowing down at the food festival. 


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