Best time to visit Cancun

Swimming with Whale Sharks

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

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun 2020 - Best Time

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Whale sharks are as beautiful and majestic as they are gentle. They come around Cancun to feed on plankton, which is normally abundant around Isla Mujeres, Holbox, and Contoy—right at the parting of the Carribean Sea and the G​ulf of Mexico.

Local operators offer exotic 7-hour tours during whale shark season that is largely dependent on the amount of plankton. The season may sometimes continue from mid-May to mid-September, but nature isn't that predicta​ble, and in fact, rather changeable​.

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun - Best Season 2020

So, if you want the sure thing, the best time to go for this kind of adventure is between mid-June and August.