The tropical paradise of Cancun is the perfect spot for vacationers looking to enjoy the pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean, mouthwatering cuisine, and exploring ancient Mayan ruins amidst lush green jungle mangroves. Known for its glorious beaches and rejuvenating warm weather, it’s easy to say that the best time to travel to Cancun is anytime!
That being said, considering whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family bonding time, a luxurious chill out and crowd free vacation, or looking to delve into Cancun’s exciting nightlife, the best time to travel to Cancun will depend on your preferences.
Cancun is a year-round destination enjoyed by all, but you can maximize your fun and time in Cancun if you pick the right time to visit based on your preference, whether that’s high season with ideal weather, larger crowds, and higher prices or the rainy and hot season during the summer months with a more tranquil vibe and great deals for flights and hotels.
No matter when you come, there’s plenty to see and do, and a lot to love about Cancun.
Peak Season: December to April
December to April are the busiest months in Cancun with visitors coming from all over the world to vacation in one of the most beautiful spots in Mexico. Cancun’s most ideal weather is from December to February with temperatures in the low 80s, sunny days, and low humidity. The pleasant temperatures and climate are perfect for chilling out, sightseeing, and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean with the perfect ocean temperature.
Many travelers looking to swap their cold and dark winters for a slice of paradise, consider December through April the best time to visit Cancun. While the weather is at its best, crowds peak during these months and prices for flights and hotels are at their highest, so plan on booking in advance for all your travel arrangements.
Also keep in mind peak travel times include: Christmas, New Year’s, Spring Break (March – early April) and Semana Santa Holy Week (Easter Week). Mexico is lively and fabulous and loves to celebrate, but don’t let the spring breakers stop you from coming. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, there are plenty of areas in Cancun that are less crowded and peaceful even during peak season.
Shoulder Season: April-May and October-November
Shoulder season in Cancun, the period between peak and off-peak seasons, is from April to May and October to November. Cancun’s weather is more humid from April to May and temperatures can climb to the low 90s. Temperatures in October and November are in the mid 80s, but humidity can get quite high due to frequent rain showers, though much less than in September, which is the rainiest month of the year. But on the bright side, there are fewer crowds and great flight and hotel deals can be found, which makes spring and fall in Cancun a popular time to visit.
You can enjoy visiting the amazing ruins around Cancun and explore underwater scenery as well as mangroves and cenotes to get a glimpse of the Yucatan’s natural beauty without all the crowds.
It’s also a great time to enjoy the peaceful beaches and fun water activities in the stunning Caribbean Sea. The water temperature is perfectly suited for snorkeling and swimming during these months.
Low Season: June to November
June and September are the wettest months with humidity at its highest, about 80%. During this time, Cancun gets far fewer international tourists. Beach areas are still busy with domestic tourists over the summer holidays, but around August-September, the crowds really thin out. If you are looking to find a good deal for visiting Cancun with discounted airline tickets and hotel rates as well as avoiding crowds, low season is the best time to travel to Cancun.
Getting a great deal means visiting Cancun in the rainy summer season, with even better deals and discounts in September, October, and November, as these 3 months coincide with the hurricane season. Many restaurants and clubs close down during these slower months and schedules for sightseeing tours may be less frequent.
If you do decide to travel to Cancun during rainy season, be prepared for days that are humid, hot, dry, and rainy all at once. Temperatures reach into the 90s with high humidity due to frequent rain showers and tropical storms, especially in August and September. But the benefit is that beaches and attractions throughout the season will be mostly empty, so this is an ideal time to come if you don’t mind planning around a few rain showers.
While it does tend to rain a lot and with heavy downpours during rainy season, the good news is that they happen in short bursts and before too long, the skies are clear again and the sun starts to shine. It is only really during tropical storms when these heavy downpours can last all day.
When they do happen for a short time, they are actually refreshing and offer cool relief from the hot sun. Between showers, you can still fit in fun water activities and explore nature, just be sure to bring a rain jacket and umbrella with you wherever you go and pay close attention to the weather forecast, which is generally pretty accurate even down to the hour it will rain.
When it does rain, you can retreat to the luxury and comfort of your resort hotel room, especially if you choose an upscale resort like Garza Blanca Cancun, while you wait for the sun to come back out.
In June and July, you’ll be able to swim with whale sharks in addition to the sea turtles which nest throughout the summer, with babies heading to the sea at night. If you love marine life and nature, this is the perfect time for families and nature lovers to visit.
Weather in Cancun in November starts to mellow out, making November one of the best months of the year to visit. It isn’t as rainy as the other fall and summer months, you’ll find inexpensive flights and hotel accommodation, light crowds and beautiful Cancun weather to set the stage for a fun and relaxing holiday.
During the rainy season you will have a more authentic Cancun experience, seeing more of the day-to-day life of the locals and enjoying the Mexican culture at a slower pace.
Cancun is a tropical paradise that has so much to offer and explore. It’s rich history, exotic and natural beauty, amazing archeological sites, friendly hospitality and mouthwatering cuisine make it much more than a place to chill on the beach. Whichever time of the year you decide to travel to Cancun, make the most of your experience by taking time to discover all this stunning destination has to offer!