Cancun is found in the Quintana Roo section of Mexico, sitting on the Yucatan Peninsula way out in the Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. It lies roughly 800 miles east of the capital, Mexico City, and attracts a large number of visitors each year, all eager to experience its unique take on Central American culture.
The city has pretty much zero rainy days each year, as a rainforest lies just to the south of Cancun and nobly sacrifices its dryness for the sake of the tourists, meaning that you couldn’t pick a bad time to visit the Yucatan city!
However, that said, if you are looking for the absolute very best of weather conditions, we’d suggest you come sometime between December and April. This has the added bonus of escaping the cold and dreary British winter weather, so it’s a win on all sides!
Escape to the Island
About six miles off the coast of the city (the city itself is surrounded by the sea, so you’ll have ocean views no matter where you stay) is the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres. You’ll have to get on a ferry to reach it, but it won’t take long as the distance is so short.
The island is small but gorgeous – people choose golf carts as their main form of transportation! The beaches there are divine, and there are a number of amazing restaurants. Mujeres gives a more “real” experience of Mexico than Cancun, so go there for some authenticity.
Make sure you visit the temple – built by the Mayans, it was dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. Isla Mujeres actually means “the island of women”, and there are many female figures on display in the temple.
Sand and Sea (and Sea Creatures)
Head on over to Playa Langosta for the ultimate beach – the sands are pristine, and the water is so clear that you can see for miles. This makes it the perfect spot for a bit of swimming, and fortunately for you, there are a number of remarkable natural swimming tunnels, ripe for some exploration!
While you’re here, pay a visit to El Castillo (“the castle”) – an ancient square-based, stepped pyramid which was recently added to the World Heritage List. It is an awe-inspiring sight; something you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
There’s even an interactive aquarium, where you can not only swim with the dolphins, but also play with the sea lions and step into a shark tank!
Four Wheels of Fun
If you’re looking for some rough and ready action, head to the Cheapflights website for Cancun flight times and book your tickets now – you don’t want to miss the Jeep Adventures!
Despite the name, they offer Humvees as well as the eponymous Jeeps, so you can choose which four wheel drive beastie you want to use then drive off in it yourself! Eschewing all the normal tourist spots, the day-long adventure will have you visiting ruins, swinging down ziplines and snorkelling into sinkholes as well as enjoying the off-road drive!
If you’re looking for something memorable and unusual, get in that Jeep!