Best time to visit Cancun

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Best time of year to visit Cancun

Best time to visit Cancun runs from December through early March. Winter usually gets crowded, but it also boasts the near-perfect weather, so don't miss a chance to sunbathe and get lost in the Mayan Jungles. Late March is the party time as spring breakers take over the city. May–June is the time to spot sea turtles nesting on shore and see golden stingrays and whale sharks offshore. Summers in Cancun are usually hot and humid, but you are more likely to find great deals. By the way, June to August are months to taste seasonal delicacies like Chapulines and Cactus ice-cream. If you plan your journey from September to November, you can be easily caught flat-footed by the storms as fall is the hurricane season. However, during this time, you have an opportunity celebrate Equinox at Chichén Itzá or Day of the Dead as well as see baby turtles and enjoy exotic fresh fruits.

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Flamingos

Flamingos

December–April • nature

The best pink encounter is possible when 40,000 flamingos gather in one place to bring up their chicks

Baby Turtle Release

Baby Turtle Release

July–mid-November (Atlantic Coast) | December–March (Pacific Coast) • nature

Have you ever held a baby sea turtle in your hands? This is a great occasion to carry a whole dozen

Bullfights

Bullfights

November–March • event

Mexico remains one of few countries where this traditional entertainment is still legal, but it feels like it's to be banned soon

Mayan Jungles

Mayan Jungles

December–May • activity

Snorkelling, ziplining, horseback riding, boating, and other fun in the jungle—an action-packed weekend​ is guaranteed

Crocodiles

Crocodiles

December–May • nature

An encounter with a real crocodile is an amusing and awe-inspiring experience ​but requires caution

Piñata

Piñata

late December–early January • activity

Would you break a colourful doll to get sweets hidden inside? This funny ritual is a part of many Mexican celebrations

Christmas (Navidad)

Christmas (Navidad)

December 16–February 02 • event

With las posadas, los pastorales, and other seasonal fun, Mexican Christmas is so much more than food and presents. It extends much further than New Years to Día de la Candelaria

Beach Season

Beach Season

December–March • activity

Enjoy an excellent beach holiday and explore the world's largest natural aquarium

Iguanas at El Rey Ruins

Iguanas at El Rey Ruins

December–May • nature

Thousands years ago Mayan tribes were the main residents of the area, today hundreds iguanas occupy their place​

Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes

December 25–January 06 • food

Slices of the sweet bread include baby figurines. If you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Atole

Atole

late October–December • food

A hot savoury corn drink with fruit, nuts, and chocolate flavours is of the favourites during holiday season

Mole Poblano

Mole Poblano

October 31–November 02 | December 25 • food

This spicy chocolate sauce made of over 20 ingredients is believed to have a divine origin

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

September–December • food

You might have heard some cacti yield edible fruit, but have you ever tried grilled cactus leaves?

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

November–May • activity

A kitesurfing paradise, just half an hour drive north of Cancun

Sailing

Sailing

November–May • activity

Discover mini-paradises hidden in the Carribean while sailing around Cancun

Guayaba (Guava)

Guayaba (Guava)

August–April • food

This exotic fruit is eaten whole along with the skin and seeds, and its specific piquant flavour makes for refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails

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Golden Stingray Migration

Golden Stingray Migration

May | November • nature

Do you feel like sharing the company of 10,000 deadly, poisonous stingrays? Watching them from the distance might be a better idea

Cactus Ice Cream

Cactus Ice Cream

June–August • food

Locals call it tuna ice-cream, which often confuses customers, yet tuna is a cactus flower and smells like a cucumber rather than fish

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

June–October • food

Insect invasion doesn't pose a threat to Mexico, as long as crispy grasshoppers are actually a local favourite snack

Swimming with Whale Sharks

Swimming with Whale Sharks

mid-June–August • activity

Who would miss the opportunity to swim and snorkel with these harmless and surprisingly gentle sharks?

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

June–August • food

Besides tequila, expert Mexican brewers make perfect drinks from fermented corn dough, corn kernels, and pineapple skins

Granadas or Pomegranates

Granadas or Pomegranates

August–September • food

Enjoy red juicy pomegranate seeds alone, or topped over chiles en nogata

Turtle Nesting and Hatching

Turtle Nesting and Hatching

May–mid-October • nature

Dozens of sea turtles crawling to and from the sea means nesting season is on Cancun

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

September 15–September 16 • event

A midnight cry for freedom, day-long reenactments, and at last the independence declaration—Mexico literally lives it over again and again

Diving and Snorkelling​

Diving and Snorkelling​

March–August • activity

Life size statues, starfish, turtles, sharks, manta rays, and schools of multicoloured fish—what isn't there at the bottom?

Sport Fishing

Sport Fishing

March–June • activity

Fisherman rejoice! Cancun is a fantastic fishing destination!

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

October 30–November 02 • event

Mexicans indulge in traditional foods and their favourite tequila to show respect​ for their ancestors, leaving a few glasses for the visiting souls

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

Dragon Fruit or Pitaya

May–June • food

This watery and moderately sweet fruit is refreshing by itself and is a great ingredient for desserts

Mango

Mango

May–September • food

The affordable price and abundance allow you to eat as many of these sweet fruits as you want. Also try mango-based drinks, desserts, and salsas!

Equinox at Chichén Itzá

Equinox at Chichén Itzá

March 21 | September 21 • nature

Ancient Mayan architects​ calculated everything precisely to the very sunlight reflections and shadows

Tamales

Tamales

late January–February 02 • food

A vast variety of stuffed cornmeal dumplings crown the feast of Candlemas

Lime Season

Lime Season

June–August • food

A lime complements every dish and beverage available in traditional Mexican menus, the only exception is coffee

Spring Break

Spring Break

late February–early April • activity

30 days and nights of Cancun's non-stop partying draws thousands and thousands young souls seeking fun and relief

Dia de la Raza

Dia de la Raza

October 12 • event

The festival provides another occasion for flamboyant public parades and scholarly debates about Mexican roots

Rambutans

Rambutans

June–August • food

Good looking, nice tasting, easily peeled, and long-lasting in the sun—rambutans deserve the highest praise!