This is the best time to go to Cancun for perfect weather

Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to its scenic beaches and the region’s rich history. Is there ever a bad time to leave? There’s no specific “worst time” to travel to Cancun, but there are some things you should keep in mind when preparing to book your trip here.

Between the region’s weather conditions and fluctuating airline and hotel prices, it can seem overwhelming to figure out the perfect time to travel to Cancun. Let’s clear the air and figure out when you really want to book that next trip to Mexico’s ultimate coastal paradise.

What is the weather like in Cancun all year round?

Photo by Dronepicr, under Creative Commons license and made available by Wikimedia

Although Cancun’s tropical climate is similar to Puerto Vallarta’s and means abundant heat year-round, Cancun’s geography makes it vulnerable during hurricane season. Although major hurricanes rarely directly impact Cancún, Hurricane Gilbert notoriously landed here as a Category 5 hurricane in 1988, followed by Hurricane Dean as another Category 5 storm in 2007, and the Hurricane Wilma moved dangerously close to Cancún when it hit the Yucatán Peninsula as a category four storm in 2005.

Even if no hurricanes appear in local forecasts, remember that Cancun usually receives the most rain in September and October. On the other hand, February, March and April tend to be the driest months of the year. Cancun is always prone to heavy rain during the winter holiday season, but at least the hurricanes are all gone by then. Moving towards the water, Cancun’s beaches tend to receive the most seaweed in the summer, while the beaches have slightly cooler but much clearer water in the winter.

If you don’t mind spending quality time inside your hotel, or if you don’t mind stepping out in the rain, you might be fine with a late summer trip or in early fall. But if you prefer sun and fun days at the beach, you’ll probably be safer with a late winter or early spring trip to Cancun.

What is high season in Cancun?

A sculpture group at the Museum of Underwater Art (MUSA) off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.
Photo by Andy Blackledge, under Creative Commons license and made available by Flickr

Cancun’s peak season for travel runs from December to March: large crowds usually start pouring in for winter break, and there’s usually a final wave of maddening crowds for spring break. On the other hand, Cancun’s low season with the thinnest crowds runs from June to October, as this is most of the Atlantic and Caribbean hurricane season (see above) . April, May and November tend to be Cancun’s shoulder seasons, when tourist crowds are still visible but not too hot and heavy.

As a rule, high season means high prices. As a result, hotel rooms and flights to Cancun are almost always most expensive during winter break, the spring break season, and the winter weeks in between. On the other end, flights and hotel rooms are generally cheapest during the summer and most of the fall, when Cancun receives the most rainfall and humid heat.

The best time to visit Cancun

If you’re looking for a “Goldilocks Time” of good weather, more manageable crowds, and lower prices, you’ll probably want to aim for a trip between Halloween and Thanksgiving, or a trip in April or May. If you insist on the best weather for outdoor activities, go in the winter, but be prepared to pay more. If you want to save the most money, take a summer trip, but pack your umbrellas and raincoats, and be prepared to change your plans in case the weather forecast gets wetter. Whenever you decide to go, enjoy your trip and check out some fun off-the-beaten-track towns that you might want to add to your itinerary.

The cover photo was taken by Michelle Raponi, under a Creative Commons license, and made available by Pixabay.

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