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What are the best beaches in Cancun?
Known for its stunning ocean views and white sandy shores, beach holidays in Cancun are hard to top.
What are the top hotels in Cancun?
Cancun holidays will normally see sunseekers staying in the Hotel Zone in Riviera Maya - a long stretch of land that surrounds the mesmerising Nichupte Lagoon. Can't decide where to stay? Here are some of our favourite Cancun hotels:
What’s the food like in Cancun?
Cancun knows exactly how to celebrate its fruit and veg, often combined with meat for some truly delicious dishes. When it comes to Mexican grub, keep an eye out for these specialties:
That's the menu sorted, but what about that dreaded question - where to eat? Luckily, we've got you covered with these top dining spots:
Where's the best nightlife in Cancun?
What’s a summer holiday without exploring the local bar scene? In Cancun, not only do you have access to some of the best nightspots that Mexico has to offer, but you’re also guaranteed that summer feeling all year round.
What events can I go to in Cancun?
Holidays to Cancun offer endless opportunities to celebrate Mexico’s rich history and culture throughout the year. With such a variety of entertainment, it's hard to know exactly what to look out for. Here are a few of our favourites to keep on your radar:
Things to do in Cancun
Dive into Cancun’s culture
Below the surface of Cancun’s waters, you’re likely to find more than just dolphins. You won't want to miss the Underwater Museum of Art, an installation of sculptures and exhibits displayed along the ocean floor. The attraction aims to protect the nearby coral reef by giving snorkellers and divers an alternative hotspot to visit.
Walk in the shoes of history
Take a walk through the jungle before catching a show in Mayan Village for a true taste of the Mayan lifestyle. This journey is a real trip to the past - who said time travel can't be done?
Zip through the jungle
Take a leaf from the Jungle Book and experience how it feels to soar above the trees with one of Mexico’s favourite pastimes. Thrill-seekers can find zipline parks all over Cancun.
Be tickled pink
We’ve seen our fair share of vibrant blue ocean, but pink? In Las Coloradas, a private salt processing factory allows salt to naturally accumulate and turn the water pink, or sometimes a deep shade of lavender. Camera at the ready!
What's the weather like in Cancun?
While winter never comes to Cancun, the temperature can sometimes dip during the holiday season. But since the surrounding ocean keeps warm all year round, there’s always an excuse to head to the beach - and we're never ones to complain about that!
Hours of sunshine per day
|Jan||23 °c||26 °c||6 h|
|Feb||24 °c||26 °c||7 h|
|Mar||25 °c||26 °c||8 h|
|Apr||26 °c||27 °c||8 h|
|May||27 °c||28 °c||8 h|
|Jun||28 °c||28 °c||7 h|
|Jul||28 °c||29 °c||7 h|
|Aug||28 °c||29 °c||7 h|
|Sep||28 °c||29 °c||6 h|
|Oct||26 °c||29 °c||7 h|
|Nov||24 °c||28 °c||6 h|
|Dec||24 °c||27 °c||6 h|
Important Information about travelling to Cancun
How long does it take to fly to Cancun?
Flights from the UK to Cancun take around 11 hours.
What’s the time difference between the UK and Cancun?
The local time in Cancun is five hours behind the UK.
What currency do they use in Cancun?
The official currency used in Cancun is the Peso.
What language do they speak in Cancun?
The official language of Cancun is Spanish.
Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Cancun?
We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the Mexico on the FCDO website.
Do I need any vaccinations to visit Cancun?
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.
Do I need a visa to travel to Cancun?
You don’t need a visa to enter Mexico, but you will be required to fill out an immigration form before your arrival.
Here are some other destinations you might be interested in...
- Playa del Carmen
- Puerto Vallarta
- Riviera Maya
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Cancun WeatherA hot, tropical paradise, Cancun is a true year-round destination. With highs of 33 and 34C, May to September is the hottest time to visit Cancun, whilst visiting in winter months will see average temperatures of 23C. The driest months are April and May whereas September sees the most rainfall.
Things To Do on Cancun HolidaysExplore Chichen ItzaImmerse yourself in true Mexican culture with a visit to Chichen Itza. This pre-Columbian city was built by the Mayans around 600AD and stands amazingly preserved to this day. Believed to be one of the oldest Mayan cities, this site is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a definite must-see if you’re off to Cancun. Xcaret Adventure ParkInspired by nature and fuelled by ecotourism, Xcaret Adventure Park is a one-stop-shop for all things nature, culture and adventure. Spend time swimming in cenotes and underwater rivers, meet a variety of different animals, visit a replica of a traditional Mayan village, zipline through the jungle and then hit one of the best wine cellars in Mexico – and that’s just a few of the attractions on offer!Visit a Sea Turtle sanctuaryIf you’re an animal lover, then this is for you. A working turtle conservation farm, Tortugranja offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Top tip: nesting season is roughly May to October so a visit then means you might even get to see the turtles hatch on the private beach area.Catch a Lucha Libra ShowLucha Libre is the Mexican sport of wrestling. Defined by the colourful masks worn by each wrestler, Lucha Libre has been a huge part of Mexican culture since the early 20th Century. Wrestlers will go to extreme lengths to conceal their identity and some may never been seen in public without it.
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Mexico can offer you everything you could ever want in a holiday and Cancun is the ideal place to go for your first trip there. The tourism developments mean you'll have all the amenities you'd expect from a holiday while the city still retains much of it's authentic culture and atmosphere. And all this with a fantastic nightlife to boot, what more could you want? Book your cheap Cancun holiday now with On the Beach!