Known as the ‘Mexican Caribbean’, the coastal city of Cancun is the place to find luxurious All Inclusive resorts and some of the world’s most beautiful white sandy beaches. It’s also the gateway to the Mayan world, so follow our Cancun travel advice to book your trip to this stunning destination today. With its tropical climate, Cancun is hot and sunny all year round, with the sea the perfect temperature for swimming.
The most popular time of year to visit Cancun is from December to April, when the weather is near-perfect, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 32°C during the day and, rarely dropping below 21°C at night. From June to August, humidity is high and the hottest temperatures of around 34°C can be experienced, so you’ll need to pack your sun cream and a hat.
If you prefer cooler temperatures, why not visit between September to November? It’s a little less hot and humid but it’s worth noting that this is hurricane season, with stormy weather and rain likely. Although hurricanes rarely make landfall here, they do happen occasionally, so make sure you have travel insurance in place and keep an eye on the weather forecast before your trip.
What should I pack?
Chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time on Cancun’s beaches or lazing around the pool at your All Inclusive resort, so don’t forget your swimwear and sunglasses. Sun cream is also a must, as well as a hat and a light layer to protect yourself from the scorching sun in peak season. Make sure you pack plenty of light, cool clothes as well as a light jacket or waterproof layer for rain showers or cooler evenings. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you jet off, too.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
You’ll need a passport for your holiday to Cancun. Although your passport will need to be valid for the entire length of your stay, it doesn’t need to be valid for any specific period of time beyond this.
For more information on Cancun passport rules and details of Mexico’s entry requirements, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re travelling to Mexico as a tourist, there’s no need to apply for a visa. You will have to fill out an immigration form, which you’ll be given during your outbound flight. You must have this form with you when you enter and leave Mexico.
If you lose your immigration form, don’t worry as you can get a replacement at the immigration office located in any of Mexico’s international airports. However, it will cost you 500 Mexican pesos to get a replacement, so it’s best to ensure you keep your form safe during your trip.
For more Cancun visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
We always recommend taking out comprehensive health and travel insurance before you set off on holiday. This will ensure you’re covered in case you need emergency medical treatment while you’re abroad. It’s a good idea to check your policy thoroughly before you head off to make sure you’re aware of what is and what isn’t included. You should also check you’ll be covered for any activities you’re planning for your trip, such as watersports.
Any other tips?
- It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport and your immigration form with you at all times, as Mexican police are allowed to ask you for these.
- At hotels and resorts in Cancun, you can normally flush toilet paper down the toilet. However, be aware that in most places in Mexico, toilet paper goes in the bin next to the toilet.
- The official currency in Mexico is Mexican pesos. It is possible to pay with US dollars in most resorts, shops and restaurants in Cancun, but it’s likely that you won’t get a very good exchange rate.
- For more information and Mexico travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico.