Most flights to Cancun go through Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is the second largest airport in Mexico as far as volume. It has been updated to become a modern facility with plenty of amenities for travelers on Cancun flights. For visitors' convenience, you will find a pharmacy, banking facilities, medical services, and quality car parking. There are also several duty-free shops, restaurants, as well as a food court to pass the time while waiting to board. You can relax in one of the waiting lounges offered in most terminals. Many major carriers fly in and out of CUN, which mainly serves Delta and AirTran from the U.S. and Aeromexico and Interjet from Mexico. Several car rental, taxi, and bus companies wait in the wings for speedy service from the airport to the city in about 20 minutes.
When planning flights to Cancun, it is helpful to know that the hottest time of year is from May until August, when temperatures can hover in the nineties. The rainy season begins in the fall with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Like many cities on the Gulf, hurricane season is from June to November with the highest winds in the autumn months. The ideal time to book your Cancun flights is from December to April when average temperatures are far milder and ticket prices are far cheaper.
Getting Around Cancún
Take either the Greenline train or an airport taxi to get to your lodging once your Cancun flight lands at CUN. Car rentals are widely available if you prefer to drive yourself around this paradise on the Yucatan. If you choose not to drive, you can hire a Cancun taxi to take you around town. Buses are a cheap way to travel, with many lines such as the R1 and R2 going through the "Hotel Zone" and further on to the ferries to access Isla Mujeres. Taxis hailed off the street are always cheaper than those waiting at hotels, so practice that whistle.
Cancun is a city of deep history and fun with Mayan temples and other sites to see. You will also find plenty of water sports and classic bustling nightlife which all can begin the soon after your Cancun flight lands.
- Chitchen Itza, an ancient city site of the Mayan civilization.
- Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village 20 miles south from Cancun featuring exclusive restaurants and simple excursions
- Interactive Aquarium, a place to swim with the dolphins and even see sharks in a safe environment
- Pirate Assault, a private boat journey where several passengers are taken "hostage" by pirates and then released in return for a meal as part of the evening's entertainment
- Jungle Tour with the Barracuda Marina, where you drive your own boat and explore mangroves and go snorkeling along the Punta Nizuc Reef
Cancun When to Go
Prime weather in Cancun matches the worst weather months in most of the U.S.: November through February, with high season from mid-December through April, when temperatures are in the mid-80s and humidity is low. Be prepared to share the beach with plenty of fellow vacationers on school holidays, and to dole out more for hotels and attractions.
Cancun weather is typically warm and humid. Unless you’re really strapped from a budget or time standpoint, avoid hurricane season (August through October) and the rainy season during summer months. May through mid-December is considered low season, when prices drop from 10 to 30 percent. Some hotels charge higher rates in June and July, when Mexican, European, and U.S. families on summer vacations come to town. However, these rates are usually still lower than they are in the winter.
And just because Cancun has one of the craziest spring-break party scenes in the Caribbean doesn't mean it is bereft of cultural events. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in late October/early November celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones and ancestors. This time-honored tradition that’s akin to Halloween dates back to the ancient Azetc and Mayan cultures, and is revered as one of Mexico’s most significant festivals. There are regional variations, with Cancun’s take flashing influences from ancient Mayan customs that have been combined with traditional Mexican ceremonies to create Hanal Pixan (the Mayan ritual of the dead).
Also count on crowds during spring break and Mexican national holidays that are religious (Holy Week and Easter) or freedom focused (Cinco de Mayo in May and Independence Day in September). If you can handle the masses, these are great ways to soak in true local flavor as nationals display their patriotic pride.
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