Cancun

Cancun Travel Guide

Cancun’s postcard-perfect beaches, with white, powder-soft sand and crystal-clear water, have made it one of Mexico–and the world’s–favorite tropical destinations. The draw has always been the region’s natural assets—that sky, those waves—but don’t mistake this 40-year-old for a city with no heritage. Cancun travel brings together gorgeous natural settings with first-class accommodations, and the rich, mysterious world of the Mayans. Families, groups of friends and couples from all across the globe choose to travel to Cancun because of its perfect balance between relaxation and endless entertainment options. It’s easier than ever to visit Cancun, with direct flights to and from places like New York, London and Paris.

Things Not to Miss in Cancun

• Visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum
 • Rappelling into a cenote, a subterranean pool of temperate water.
 • Party the night away at clubs like CocoBongo and Daddy ‘O
 • Shopping and dining at La Isla Shopping Village
 • Take a bird watching tour
 • Swim with dolphins and spot seat turtles at Xcaret ecological park
 • Climbing Cobá’s 1,500-year-old Nohuch Mul, the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid.

When to Go to Cancun

Cancun’s location gives it sunny, warm weather throughout most of the year, with temperatures reaching the nineties in the summer, and staying around the eighties the rest of the year. May brings the beginning of the rainy season, with showers and thunderstorms in the evenings all the way through October. Hurricane season usually runs from June to November, and March and April bring a different kind of threat: spring breakers.

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