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.
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.
Language: The language spoken throughout the region is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used is the peso.
Local time: Cancun is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Cancun International Airport. Transfers to your hotel in Cancun take 20–30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Cancun is 10.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com/quintana-roo/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.
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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.
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.
For up to date advice on travelling to Cancun, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/safety-and-security