If you are planning a trip to Mexico and wondering when it is the best time to visit Cancun, you have landed in the right place. This post will help you decide when to travel to Cancun and when it is the best month for what you are looking for.
Considered, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, it’s always a great time to visit Cancun.
However each month is different in weather and events, things to do, and even hotel rates. In this post, I will try to give you an idea of the best time to go to Cancun, for great deals, fewer crowds, best weather, and events.
This way you can plan your trip accordingly.
When is the best time to visit Cancun?
There is the best time to visit Cancun for different situations and here I am listing each and every one of them.
Best time to visit Cancun for best deals
Let’s start with the most popular question. When can I find good deals for Cancun Hotels?
In Cancun, you can find hotels for any budget, from simple hostels to gorgeous luxury properties. But there are months when you can find even better deals.
Moreover, you love luxury, but you don’t like to spend your travel budget on hotel expenses, the best months to travel are from September through early December and May to June.
In these months, hotels usually experience a low occupancy and therefore are keener on lowering their rates. So you can really find good deals and discounts up to 50%.
This is the time of year when it’s hotter and more humid and with more risk of hurricanes and rainy days.
On the other hand, you will find warm waters, which makes it ideal for swimming and scuba diving.
Best time to visit Cancun for good weather
Cancun has amazing weather with warm temperatures all year round. However, summers are hotter and humid, with more rain and risk of hurricanes, even though these are rare.
Winters can be cool at night, especially in February, which is also the dryest month of the year.
For a reason, the high season is winter when there is the least chance of rains and no hurricanes, while nights and mornings are much cooler, but the average temperature is still around 83ºF/ 28ºC. The water temperature is lower but very much swimmable.
These are the months with sunny days and clear skies. And the best time to go visit archeological sites such as Chichen-Itza, thanks to the lower temperature and level of humidity.
So all in all the best weather in Cancun is definitely in the winter months from December through March/early April.
Normally the Holy week, which, together with New Year is considered peak season, marks the end of winter and the perfect weather.
Best time to travel to Cancun for swimming with the whale sharks
Cancun is one of the best places to find tours to swim with whale sharks.
It’s an amazing experience that I always recommend. However, it’s only available in the summer from June through September. So something to keep in mind when planning.
Best time to visit Cancun for avoiding crowds
The low season is not only the best place to find hotel deals but also to avoid crowds. September through early December (excluding Thanksgiving) and May through June are the months with less tourism.
You can enjoy archeological sites, cenotes, and other beautiful sites without lines and almost empty, especially during weekdays.
However, keep in mind that September is the rainiest month and from September through November you will find high temperatures.
Best time to go to Cancun for avoiding hurricanes
Hurricane season is officially from June through October. The end of November marks the end of Hurricane Season officially. However, August through October are more at risk.
In the past 30 years, there have been only 2 major hurricanes to keep things in perspective.
All the others were just tropical storms with little to no damage but a whole lot of rain and wind.
Keep in mind that the hurricane season hits at the same time of the year Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the entire Riviera Maya as much as the pacific coast.
Best time to visit Cancun for families and kids
The best time in Cancun for families traveling with children is from May through November.
It is the low season when rates are lower, and you can find lots of family deals. Also, all the attractions and beaches are less crowded.
The weather is really hot, and the water temperatures, perfect for swimming and snorkeling with the kids.
From June through September is also the time of the year when you can see whale sharks and sea turtles. The only time to avoid is the week of Thanksgiving, which is usually very crowded.
Best time to visit Cancun for swimming snorkeling and diving
Although Cancun is not the best place for snorkeling, many boat tours take you to the nearby MUSA, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, where the water is calmer.
Visibility is best from November through May, the drier months, especially in January through March. For snorkeling with whale sharks, it is available from June through September, but June is better for visibility.
Best time to visit Cancun for sea turtle hatching
Cancun beach is a favorite one for sea turtles to nest.
Many hotels have their own program to protect them and make sure they are kept safe from predators assisting the whole process from nesting to hatching and the final rush to the newly born sea.
If you happen to be on the beach in the night when they set them free, it’s an interesting experience.
The sea turtle nesting starts at the end of May and finishes in October. The hatching starts at the end of July through December.
Best time in Cancun for the nightlife and avoid spring break
As I mentioned before Cancun is always open for business, including nightlife which is always great all year round.
The nightlife areas are downtown around Plaza de Toros and in the hotel zone, in the Punta Cancun area where you will find the most popular nightclubs.
Depending on which time of the year you go, you will see different kinds of people.
Spring breakers will take over the entire area in March, but this time of the year also attracts the craziest shows and 24hrs parties with international DJs and top entertainment.
If you are not up for it and prefer a more moderate kind of party, you should avoid March and June through mid-July and opt for more uptight nightlife in December through February when the average age is over 30.
Is Cancun safe to visit?
Cancun is relatively safe to visit. It’s a tourist city where tourists are well looked after. A good dose of common sense is due, though, just like anywhere you go, even your hometown.
Read my detailed article on safety in Mexico
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Frequently Asked Questions about when to visit Cancun
What are the hottest months in Cancun?
The hot season, which is also the wet season, is from June to November, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F 31ºC.
There is more chance of rain at this time of the year, and hurricanes are a possibility but very rare.
The cool and dry season starts in December and ends in March, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F/27ºC, cooler nights, and less chance of rain.
The high humidity level will make you feel as if there were still 88°F 31ºC, so don’t worry about feeling “cold” during the day.
What is the best all inclusive Cancun resort?
My favorite all-inclusive resort in Cancun is Le Blanc Spa Resort, followed by the 2 Hyatt hotels, depending on whom you are traveling with.
In these posts, you can find more information on where to stay in Cancun
Which side of Cancun is better?
The best way to enjoy Cancun is by staying in the beach zone without a doubt. Although I always suggest going out and explore, waking up on the beach is the best way to start your day.
However, Cancun beach is about 20km long, and it’s not the same everywhere.
There are some areas where the sea is rougher, and swimming becomes a bit challenging.
Also, the area in Puerto Juarez has become a favorite one. It’s less expensive and less glamorous but still by the sea.
What should I avoid in Cancun?
Check out my post on what happens when you arrive at Cancun airport (and what not to do)
Read more about all the amazing things to do in Cancun.
The best time to go to Cancun: short answers
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