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The Best Time To Visit Cancun

A Month By Month Guide

Updated March 2024

Beaches of Cancun
Beaches of Cancun

Welcome to Cancun

On the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula lies the gorgeous resort town of Cancun, Mexico. This vibrant destination is known for its stunning beaches, nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. Cancun’s proximity to ancient Mayan ruins and other attractions has made it an excellent vacation destination for visitors from all over the world. Cancun’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination with its warm temperatures. However, it does have distinct dry and wet seasons and fun events and festivities throughout the year. Here is our Cancun month-to-month guide to better help you decide when to visit this tropical paradise!

On the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula lies the gorgeous resort town of Cancun, Mexico. This vibrant destination is known for its stunning beaches, nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. Cancun’s proximity to ancient Mayan ruins and other attractions has made it an excellent vacation destination for visitors from all over the world.

Cancun’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination with its warm temperatures. However, it does have distinct dry and wet seasons and fun events and festivities throughout the year. Here is our Cancun month-to-month guide to better help you decide when to visit this tropical paradise!

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Boats docked near a beach in Cancun
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Cancun in January
Boats docked near a beach in Cancun
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Cancun in January

January in Cancun means warm and sunny days and cooler nights with little to no rain. Temperatures typically reach a balmy 80°+, making January prime time to hit the beach. You will also find that the water is calm and a vibrant blue, though a little chilly for some. Thanks to cool ocean temperatures, you won’t have to worry about seaweed in Cancun in January.

Visiting Cancun in early January puts you among the Christmas Break visitors who want to soak up the sunshine before returning home to colder weather. You can expect large crowds as this is peak season, and you will also find steep prices at Cancun hotels and Cancun all inclusive resorts.

The biggest festival in Cancun in January is El Dia De Los Reyes or King’s Day. This festival is celebrated on January 6th and marks the 12th day of Christmas. This is when families traditionally exchange presents and eat oval shaped sweet bread.

If you are looking for some fun in the sun you can also attend Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Music Festival January 17-20, with featured artists Luke Bryan and Jelly Roll.

Carnival Celebration in Cancun in February
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Cancun in February
Carnival Celebration in Cancun in February
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Cancun in February

February is a fantastic time to visit Cancun, as you’re between the Christmas and Spring Break crowds. The weather is phenomenal, with bright sunny days and cooler evenings. February can be pretty humid, but the water is cool and refreshing during this month. Seaweed isn’t likely to be a problem in Canun in February. The Caribbean waters are clear, making February optimal for snorkeling and diving.

Keep in mind there are still many tourists in Cancun in February. Make sure you book activities as soon as possible and arrive at the beach early for the best spot because this is still considered peak season.

February in Cancun brings great events. During this month, you can celebrate Candlemas Day (Día de Candelaria), Constitution Day, Valentine’s Day, and the LIV Golf Mayakoba Tournament! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends or your significant other at an amazing beach club, or one of Cancun’s fantastic restaurants. Just make sure you book well in advance because reservations fill up fast!

Constitution Day is the first Monday in February and is a national holiday that commemorates the 1917 approval of the Constitution of Mexico. You can find parades and festivities organized throughout Cancun.

Wine and Food Festival in Cancun in March
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Cancun in March
Wine and Food Festival in Cancun in March
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Cancun in March

March brings the Spring Break crowds to the Caribbean, and Cancun is home to some of the largest parties in the world during Spring Break. If you want to avoid crowds, March is not the best month to visit Cancun. Resorts are brimming with college kids having the time of their lives. Huge parties line the beach constantly during this time of the year.

March is a great time to visit Cancun in terms of weather, however, and you can find warm temperatures, low humidity, and about 9 hours of sunshine each day. Daytime temperatures are typically in the low 80s, with nighttime temperatures in the low 70s. As the water temperatures warm during March in Cancun, seaweed will begin to emerge. 

On March 19, 2024, the Spring Equinox takes place. This is the perfect time for a visit to the famous Mayan historical site Chichen Itza! There are plenty of amazing tours of Chichen Itza if you don’t want to explore the Mayan ruins alone.

Easter eggs on the beach in Cancun
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Cancun in April
Easter eggs on the beach in Cancun
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Cancun in April

April is the beginning of shoulder season in Cancun, which means the crowds start to thin out. While Cancun won’t be completely empty, it’s less packed than in March during Spring Break. You’ll also find that prices drop, making securing reasonable accommodation rates easier.

Cancun in April means amazing weather with hot days and a low chance of rain. With temperatures in the high 80s during the day and dipping into the mid 70s at night, you can enjoy evening strolls on the beach in pure bliss. This is an excellent time of year to hit the beautiful beaches of Cancun as the water is warm and pleasant. However, April in Cancun means you will begin seeing more seaweed on the beaches. Area attractions won’t have long waits, and there is minimal risk of rain to spoil your Cancun adventures.

Cancun’s Anniversary falls in April and is celebrated with music, exhibits, parades, and other festivities. The deeply sacred Semana Santa, or the Catholic Holy Week of Easter, is also generally celebrated during April. You can expect street decorations, parades, and various religious observances. If you are planning to visit Cancun during the Easter holiday make sure to book accommodations early.

The celebration of El Dia del Nino, or Children’s Day, falls on April 30th. Kids are off school, and there are special discounts at many local Cancun attractions.

  ISLAND LIFE TRAVEL TIP : SEAWEED SEASON IS APRIL TO AUGUST

Since 2008, Sargassum (seaweed) has regularly arrived on the Caribbean coast of Mexico (Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc.) from April to August. Many resorts and beaches remove the seaweed from the sand daily, but it can pile up by the water’s edge and be stinky in places where it’s not removed. For this reason, during these months we suggest getting a hotel with a nice pool area for swimming or spending some time on the islands of Cozumel or Isla Mujeres which are largely protected from the seaweed.

Sea turtles in Cancun
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Cancun in May
Sea turtles in Cancun
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Cancun in May

May is a truly magical time in Cancun and one of the best times to visit for a unique experience. Not only is the weather perfect, but this is the top time to spot wildlife in the area. At the end of the month, you can watch in awe as nesting sea turtles begin to appear on nearby beaches. This is also when whale sharks start to migrate near Cancun as well. The best way to experience this time of year is by snorkeling. You can usually see these stunning animals in their natural habitat during May, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Keep in mind that seaweed will begin to be more prevalent in Cancun in May.

May in Cancun is typically one of the hotter months, with daytime temperatures in the 90s. The air is often warm and humid, with nights dipping into the mid 70s. Keep in mind that some restaurants and local businesses close in May. Visiting Cancun during May is a good choice if you are looking for a slower pace of travel.

While Americans may think Cinco de Mayo is the star of the show in May, celebrations in Mexico are small and few. You might find the occasional bar deal or resort party, but it’s not as big as it is in the United States. Music lovers can head over to nearby Isla Mujeres to relax and listen to music in tropical paradise at Island Fest.

Whale shark in the waters of Cancun
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Cancun in June
Whale shark in the waters of Cancun
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Cancun in June

Cancun hurricane season begins in early June and lasts until early November, with the peak occurring between August and October. The odds of a hurricane hitting Cancun are very low (less than half a dozen hurricanes have hit the Yucatan in the past 40 years), but hurricanes traveling near Cancun can still cause inclement weather. Most days in June are still sunny and beautiful, but there is an increased chance of showers and humidity as summer approaches. June is also when whale shark numbers peak! Make sure to check water visibility because seaweed in Cancun typically peaks in June. Most beachfront hotels and resorts clear the beaches of seaweed daily, but there may still be seaweed in the water. Consider visiting Cozumel, which is largely protected from the seaweed and remains clear. 

June brings warmer temperatures to Cancun, with highs in the mid 90s and lows in the high 70s. Since June also marks the end of the school year, you can find many teenagers celebrating the completion of academics. If you’re looking for fewer crowds, great hotel deals, and a relaxed atmosphere, then June is a great time to visit.

June brings Dia de la Marina, Mexico’s Navy Day, celebrated with parades and fireworks on June 1st. With the water visibility being fantastic in June, this is also a great time to take a Whale Shark tour.

Baby sea turtle on Cancun beach
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Cancun in July
Baby sea turtle on Cancun beach
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Cancun in July

July is a special time to visit Cancun as this is the month when you can witness baby sea turtles set off for the ocean. It’s an incredible sight to see in person as these little creatures wander towards the water for the first time. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to get up close and personal with the baby turtles. Otherwise, you can watch from a distance on the beach.

July is low season, and you can get great deals on accommodations and flights. However, if you visit Cancun in July, be prepared for sporadic rain and some hot and humid days. Temperatures are typically in the mid-90s, with lows dipping to the high 70s. Afternoon rains often occur during July as well. The water is at its warmest during this month, but you will find seaweed on most beaches in Cancun in July. Beachfront hotels and resorts clear the beaches of seaweed daily, but there may still be seaweed in the water. Consider visiting Cozumel, which is largely protected from the seaweed and remains clear. 

Storm clouds over a Cancun beach
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Cancun in August
Storm clouds over a Cancun beach
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Cancun in August

Cancun is enchanting during August when it comes to wildlife. The warm water brings more sea turtle nesting, whale sharks in pods, and sea turtle babies continue to make their way to the ocean. However, regarding the weather, August isn’t the best month to visit Cancun. August is peak seaweed season in Cancun, and it’s a good idea to avoid the most affected beaches such as Las Perlas, Playa Coral, and Chacmool. Many beachfront hotels and resorts clear the beaches of seaweed daily, but there may still be seaweed in the water. Consider visiting Cozumel, which is largely protected from the seaweed and remains clear. 

August tends to be rainy and unbelievably humid in Cancun, so crowds are sparse during this time of year. That means there is plenty of room at local attractions, resorts, and restaurants. Since August is the low season, prices will be reasonable, but you must confirm that any tours you are considering are running.

Mexican Independence Day celebration in Cancun
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Cancun in September
Best Time To Visit Cancun
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Cancun in September

After a long and hot Cancun summer, September is when things begin to cool off. This is your last chance to catch whale sharks, as they will migrate by the end of the month. You are likely to see some sea turtles wandering around, especially down in Akumal. While you will still experience a high volume of seaweed in Cancun in September, the beaches are cleared as often as possible. In fact, beachfront hotels and resorts clear the beaches of seaweed daily, but there may still be seaweed in the water. Consider visiting Cozumel, which is largely protected from the seaweed and remains clear. 

With temperatures dropping into the high 80s during the day and mid 70s at night, the weather is a bit hazy in September. You can find some of the best deals on hotels, all inclusive resorts and tours during this month, as it’s the rainiest month of the year. However, for those looking to visit Cancun without the crowds, September is the prime time to take advantage of these great deals and you should still have some sunny days mixed in there.

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in September, with festivities beginning in downtown Cancun around September 15. You can expect incredible food, mariachi bands, and tequila in full force while locals celebrate until late. At 11 PM, you can experience El Grito or the call for independence. Fireworks and fun follow this. Mexican Independence Day is September 16 and is commemorated by massive parades.

White sands and turquoise water beach in Cancun
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Cancun in October
White sands and turquoise water beach in Cancun
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Cancun in October

Budget travelers will love Cancun in October with cooler weather, few tourists, and inexpensive accommodations. During October, it’s still warm enough to hit the beach and the summer rain showers ease up towards the end of the month. October in Cancun brings an end to the seaweed season, and you will notice that the beaches begin to clear. The lack of tourists means you can enjoy the white sand beaches, Mayan ruins, and tours without the crowds!

While rain is still present in Cancun in October, the temperatures remain tropical, with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 70s throughout the month. If you plan on visiting Cancun in October, pack a Halloween costume, as there are plenty of spooky festivities to celebrate the holiday. Keep in mind there are very few places to purchase a costume in Cancun.

If you love music, you may want to check out Cancun’s Jazz Festival in late October at the Moon Palace Resort. The festival offers live performances from jazz musicians from around the world.

Dia de los Muertos celebration in Cancun
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Cancun in November
Dia de los Muertos celebration in Cancun
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Cancun in November

The shoulder season returns in November, making it less rainy and bringing more tourists to Cancun than in the previous months. Sunny days return, but crowds are relatively thin before the holiday season brings the masses to the Yucatan. Late November is an ideal beach time and the beaches are clear of seaweed, making this the perfect time to soak up the sun. It also offers the opportunity to visit the ruins and other Cancun attractions without the threat of heat or rain showers.

November brings near perfect weather to Cancun every single day. You will find highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the low 70s. This also makes November a great time to snorkel, as water visibility is clear.

Travelers are drawn to Cancun in November for the Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. This unique holiday is when respect is paid to ancestors and those who have passed away. The celebrations include offerings, sugar skulls, and decorating family altars to guide spirits home. These traditional experiences are put on in different parks around town, followed by plenty of parties in the Hotel Zone in true Cancun fashion.

New Years fireworks in Cancun
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Cancun in December
New Years fireworks in Cancun
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Cancun in December

December brings the true return of Cancun’s high season. While the beginning of December is chill in Cancun, tourists flock to this tropical paradise to escape cold winter temperatures and celebrate the holidays. You can expect crowded resorts, beaches, restaurants, and much warmer weather if you’re coming from the northern United States.

If you dream of celebrating Christmas on the beach in Cancun, book your accommodations and flights in advance, as thousands of others have the same idea. Temperatures are perfect in the low 80s during the day and in the low 70s in the evenings. Seaweed won’t be a problem during December in Cancun, so it’s the ideal time for a sunset stroll on the beach.

Celebrating Christmas in Cancun is such a unique experience. Las Posadas is an annual Christmas festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. This nine-day celebration takes place from December 16 through 24 and includes a nativity procession that represents Mary and Joseph’s journey to find an inn. Local children typically re-enact the journey by walking through the town holding lit candles, and going door to door singing carols!

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