Cancun is open and thriving all year round as a tourist destination but each month is different in weather and events, things to do, and even hotel rates. Find out when is the best time to visit Cancun for weather and hotel deals.
So you should check out when is the best time to visit Cancun before booking your flights and hotels, and I will help you find the right answer.
In this post, I am listing what’s going on each month in terms of weather events, things to do, when to find hotel deals in Cancun, and many other tips so that you can decide when it’s the best time for you to travel to Cancun.
When is the best time to visit Cancun?
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. If you love luxury, but you don’t like to spend your travel budget on hotel expenses, you should travel in the shoulder season 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. Sometimes you can find up to 50% discounts. This is the time of the year when it’s hotter and more humid and with more risk of hurricanes, but chances to experience a hurricane are meager.
Use this practical map to find the perfect home or hotel deal in Cancun
Best time to visit Cancun for good weather
Cancun has amazing weather all year round. However, summers are hotter and humid, with more rain and hurricanes, even though these are rare. 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.
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.
Best time to go to Cancun for avoiding hurricanes
Hurricane season is officially from June through October. 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 bad hurricanes to keep things in perspective. All the others were just tropical storms with little to no damage.
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 waters are 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 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 home town.
For further reading on safety
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 humidity 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 to go 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. The parts where it’s best for swimming are, around Punta Cancun, the beach stretch from Krystal Resort to the Hard rock cafe beach club, and the area around Presidente Intercontinental.
Also, the area in Puerto Juarez has become a favorite one. It’s less expensive and less glamorous but still by the sea.
You can check out my favorite Cancun Airbnb in the box below.
What should I avoid in Cancun?
- Exchanging money at the airport or your hotel. Always do it in banks or “Caja de Cambio.”
- Taking a taxi to the airport. It’s much more convenient if you prebook a transport service.
- Drinking tap water. Never do that.
- Throw toilet paper into the toilet.
- Booking tours on the beach or the street. It’s more likely to get scammed.
- Visiting during Spring Break. March, June, and July, is where you will find crowds of drunk teenagers screaming and shouting all day long. If you are anything like me, you will want to avoid those months.
- Never leave your hotel. Cancun is surrounded by amazing places of unimaginable beauty. It would be a shame to spend all your time there shut in your hotel. Follow the below guides to find out more.
- Book your transfers between destinations on the trusted booking platform Bookaway
- Store your bags in the main cities and walk around freely hands and weight free with Bounce
- Check if you need a visa and get help processing it with iVisa
- Never ever leave without
travel insurance. Get complete coverage from World Nomads or long term insurance from Safety Wing
- I find all of my flights on Skyscanner, Kiwi.com, Google flights, Scott’s Cheap Flights, and always remember to compare
- Book your daily tours locally to support local businesses, or if you don’t find any reliable company, or you prefer to book in advance, check out GetYourGuide or Viator. Some of their tours are refundable up to 24h in advance.
- I rent my long and mid-term apartments on VRBO
- Book hotels with Booking.com or Hotels.com
- Compare car rental prices at Auto Europe, Discover Car Rentals
- Check out my travel planning guide if you are planning your trip and feeling overwhelmed