Widely thought of as a party city, Cancun bombards the senses with natural beauty, a boisterous nightlife, and an endless array of dining options. In contrast to the festive atmosphere of the beaches, the downtown area is more subdued, but filled with enough local colour to please the culture-hungry visitor. Cheap flights to Cancun are easy to find, provided you book well in advance.
Best time to go to Cancun
From December to April the city is packed with tourists and it is easy to see why: the temperature is beautifully warm and humidity is low. In addition to the fantastic climate, the city is also filled with fascinating events, like the Mayan Village Show in January and Carnaval in February. This is a tricky time to find inexpensive flights to Cancun, so it is important plan ahead.
The months of May through August make up the shoulder season. The city sees a lull in tourism at this time due in part to the exceedingly humid climate. Despite the moisture in the air, this is still a great time to go as the weather remains pleasantly warm and flights are reasonably-priced. Because the crowd is thinner during this period, the shoulder season is an excellent time to explore the local markets, swim with the whale sharks, or play in the theme parks.
The off season, which falls from September to November, is a quiet time in Cancun, as tourists avoid the city in order to stay out of the rain. Unfortunately, this is also considered hurricane season, so outdoor pastimes are no longer an option. If you are not worried about the change in climate, there are still plenty of great indoor activities to be had such as nightclubs, shopping and an international movie festival that is held in November.
Cancun Airport and transfer information
Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Distance: 14km southwest of the resort and hotel centre
This airport offers numerous options for ground transport, such as shared hotel shuttles and private limousines, local buses and taxi services. By taxi or limousine the trip will take about 25 minutes, but can be pricey. Public and shuttle buses can take significantly longer, but are much cheaper.
Online resources for your travel to Cancun
The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau Website provides everything you need to know to plan a perfect trip, like where to stay, visit and dine, where to shop and play, plus useful travel tips.
The official Cancun International Airport website offers details on flights, ground transportation information and booking, and airport services.