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Best Time to Go to Cancun [2023]: Avoid traveling these months!

Updated on:  
November 21, 2022
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Sarah Hartness
Sarah Hartness
Want to visit Cancun but don't know when to go? Everyone has different travel needs and expectations, so the best times to visit are different for everyone. Use this guide to plan your next trip to Cancun, Mexico.

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best places to go if you love the sun, drinks, and a good time. I have been to Cancun countless times, and at different times of the year, so I consider myself a seasoned Cancun traveler. 

Travel experiences are often dictated by the time you choose to visit. Going to the right place at the right time can really make or break your trip. So when is the best time to go to Cancun?

If you're anything like me, you're looking to save money and get a good tan, and there are certain times of year that are best for this. But, if you have limited time off work or are not willing to risk a hurricane ruining your time on the beach, you might consider a different time to visit.

Despite reports from the media, Cancun is safe, and it is a great place to visit in conjunction with Tulum, Mexico.

So when should you go to Cancun? I don't think there's a bad time to go to Mexico, but there are certainly better times than others. The best time to go to Cancun depends on your budget, weather expectations, and availability. 

The best time is different for everyone so I've written this guide on the best times to go to Cancun and the reasons why. 

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When is The Best Time to Go to Cancun?

Lucky for you and everyone who loves Cancun, there is no "bad" time to visit Cancun. There are a few months when the weather is not the best, such as hurricane season, but a visit during these months is often more affordable for the budget traveler. 

If your travel availability is limited, you'll want to make the most of your trip by increasing your chances of good weather. But if you want to save some money and have a flexible travel schedule, you can book during riskier seasons for a chance at a really good deal.

Cancun Weather

Cancun generally has great weather all year long, but temperatures do fluctuate at different times of the year. Extra sunscreen is a necessity during the summer months, while a light sweater is advised for the winter season. Unheated pools are not ideal during the colder months and nights tend to get a bit chilly. 

Between March and August is the prime time for good weather in Cancun. You are unlikely to have bad weather, and the weather is hot, hot, HOT. Did someone say time to tan? 

September or October is when hurricane season is at its peak. These are the most affordable times but also the riskiest. Book with caution and try to leave some flexibility in your plans in case of bad weather. 

Thankfully, Cancun's weather is relatively consistent and predictable. So be sure to check the average weather in Cancun during your travel dates ahead of your trip.

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Popular Time to Visit

Cancun is a popular place to visit over the holidays and summer. Many people, especially families, and college students, often visit Mexico when they have time off school and work. This makes November, December, and March Cancun's peak travel months. 

These time frames coincide with the holiday season and spring break, which is when most people take time off for traveling. These times are especially popular for people from the north as they want to escape the cold and spend some time on the beach. 

Summer is another popular time to visit Cancun since kids and students are off school. But the months between June and August are also the hottest months in Cancun. A deterrent for some people, but it still draws in a steady crowd every year.

If your idea of a Mexican getaway is not suntanning on the beach every day, there are many  other fun things to do in Cancun that you likely don't know about. There are always new things to explore in Canun at any time of the year.

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Find the cheapest flights to Cancun!

If you're still looking for the cheapest flights to Cancun, make sure you look on Skyscanner for the best deals!

SkyScanner helps you find the cheapest flights available so that you don't have to pay more for flight tickets. That means you can spend your money on more important things like seeing top attractions or eating delicious local food.

If you'd like other options as well, check out of review of Skiplagged or Scott's Cheap Flights, two flight deal services that travelers are in love with!

The Worst Months to Go to Cancun

As I mentioned before, there isn't a bad time to visit Cancun, just less favorable times.

If you're looking to soak in the sun, then you probably won't go during hurricane season. While budget travelers should steer clear of the busy summer months and aim to strike a deal during hurricane season.

Hurricane Season in Cancun

Visiting somewhere during hurricane season sounds scary, right? But I promise it is not, especially if you want to save some money. 

Hurricane season in Cancun goes from June to November, but the most likely time for a hurricane to hit is in September and October. However, I visited Cancun a few times in October, and I still had a very enjoyable trip. 

If you visit during these times, just book something you can easily cancel or change. If you're flexible with your dates, it is worth visiting during these riskier months to save some money. Plus, when there isn't a hurricane, the weather is perfect.

I once went just one week after a hurricane hit, and you couldn't even tell. The sun was shining, and everything was still standing. But if you do happen to be in Cancun when a hurricane hits, the staff at your accommodation will have a plan in place and will make sure you stay safe. After all, this probably isn't their first rodeo.

Staying in Cancun

Resorts aren't the only option for places to stay in Cancun.

There are hostels all over Mexico that are much more affordable and arguably offer a better experience.

Consider staying at Mayan Monkey Cancun or Nomads Hotel Hostel & Rooftop Pool, both highly rated and affordable accommodation options! 

When Is the Best Time to Go to Cancun, Mexico?

There is no bad time of year to visit Cancun. The best time to visit depends on your budget, weather expectations, and your schedule. If you are in school or have a strict work schedule, you can visit in the summer or during the holidays, but you might have to pay a little more. 

If you want to save the most money, go during hurricane season in September and October, but book something flexible. Don't be hard set on travel dates in case there is a hurricane, and you need to move your trip by a week or so.

You can also save some money by visiting in the winter, outside the holiday season. But the pool might be cold if you are not at a heated one, and nights by the water will be chilly. 

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Published on:  
November 17, 2022

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