A once marshy island in an almost forgotten region of the Caribbean, Cancun was a string of sand dunes in the shape of a number "7". The coast along the Yucatan peninsula was a mix of marshes, jungle and beaches, but with the Cancun Project in the 1970’s, the area burst onto the radar and started attracting travellers to take flights to Cancun. Today, its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear seas and night life make it a popular destination for spring breakers as well as couples and families.
Cancun is perfectly located for ecotourism and adventure holidays. More than 20% of the land in Quintana Roo is protected making the area ideal for kayaking, hiking, snorkelling with whale sharks, zip lining, rappelling or diving. The resort area may not be all that old but there are traces of the once mighty Mayan civilization nearby. Ruins and archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba are all within easy reach.
Once you step off your cheap flight to Cancun, you’re in paradise. Teeny-weeny bikinis and buff beach boys fill the beaches of Cancun. Trips to Cancun are packed with Spring Break travellers ready to ditch their books for a day on the white sand beaches and a dip in the blue waters. The night scene in Cancun is so exciting, it’s barely talked about the next day. Cancun is the reason people travel to Mexico; just ask the three million people who visit here annually.
Cancun is so welcoming, even the apprehensive traveler will book a cheap flight to Cancun for vacation. English is spoken, U.S. dollars are accepted, malls are filled with dozens of duty-free shops, there are numerous restaurants and nightclubs, and it’s one of the easiest cities to get around. For the tamer traveller booking Cancun flights, downtown is the more “cultural region” of the city. There are Cuban-style restaurants and more locals hang out in this area (mainly because the Hotel Zone is pricey).
From snorkelling to jet-skiing, visiting ancient Maya ruins, or just lounging poolside at one of the five-star beach resorts after a wild night in “the Zone,” this Mexican city has something for everyone. Here are some tips to help you in planning your trip to this happening destination.
What’s the weather like in Cancun?
Cancun’s climate appeals to the year-round traveler. Cheap airline tickets to Cancun are available during the rainy season, which typically runs from late August through early October. Rain is rare however, and travellers can still bet on a few good days of sun and surf, and plenty of warmth, during this season. Flights fill up fast in the spring, but you can’t beat the beach weather in this resort town. The average temperature in Cancun is 80 degrees and there are more than 240 days of sunshine every year. The hottest weather is experienced between mid-May and August, and while the temperature drops in the winter months, they are still quite balmy with temperatures ranging between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
When is the best time to fly to Cancun?
Peak season in Cancun tends to run from December to April. Prices in both airfare and hotel increase dramatically during these times, while dropping in the summer and early autumn months.
If you decide to visit but not to party, then every year on either the 20th of March or the 21st of March is the Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza. It should not be missed as thousands of people gather to witness the ‘serpent of Kukulcan’ engulf a side of the pyramid. Those living in cooler climates also tend to visit the area in December and January in order to escape to warmer temps than what they are experiencing back home, but good deals on flights can be had considering the weather is not as hot as it is in the summer in Cancun.
Off peak Season:
Late November moving up to early February tends to be the quietest time to visit as the weather can be a lot cooler than the rest of the year. That said, you can find the cheapest flights to Cancun and the weather does warm up towards the middle of January. Late April and May are good times to snap up a bargain and book cheap flights to Cancun. Temperatures are in the upper 80’s and Cancun gets humid, but the breezes off the Caribbean should keep the weather manageable. June sees the start of the hurricane season with Cancun usually feeling the brunt of a few hurricanes, although usually they are not large or too damaging. The hurricane season typically runs through November. The weather in Cancun is hot and humid during this time.