It goes without saying that Cancun is one of the most beloved beach destinations in the world. More than a spring break hot spot, Cancun is home to some amazing art, cuisine, and Caribbean waves. Whether this is your first visit or your thirty-first, we have all the Cancun travel tips you need to have an unforgettable trip.
When is the best time to go to Cancun?
The best time to visit Cancun is December through May. January sees some rainfall, but it’s not stormy. As you plan for your trip to Cancun, keep in mind:
Weather is warm year-round, and winter and spring are sun-kissed with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s F.
Hotel rates and airfare are higher during the dry season, but Cancun is generally more affordable than other international destinations.
March tends to see some great spring break parties, but Cancun is still a kid-friendly city. Avoid that month if you want a quieter experience.
Do you need a passport to go to Cancun?
Yes, most travelers need a valid passport to go to Cancun. This includes U.S., Canadian, and other North American nationals, as well as intercontinental travelers. Americans can opt for a passport card, which is less expensive than a passport book and is valid for entry to Mexico, Canada, and some Caribbean countries.
Where are the best places to stay in Cancun?
Punta Cancun: For panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and lots of access to beach parties, watersports, and shopping—this neighborhood on the north end of Hotel Zone (aka Zona Hotel) has it all and doesn’t slow down.
Punta Nizuc: At the southernmost point of Hotel Zone, Punta Nizuc is much quieter than other beachfront neighborhoods, and it’s considered one of the best places in Cancun for diving. This is a great choice if you want to explore the local culture at the Underwater Museum of Art and float atop Nichupte Lagoon.
Downtown: Away from the beach towels and snorkel excursions of Hotel Zone, downtown Cancun is both historical and urban. Join locals for yoga or trail running at Kabah Park and wander the open-air stalls at Mercado 28.