Magnificent beaches, amazing nightlife, ageless treasures, luxury resorts, private islands, and top-notch shopping. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that lively Cancun thrives as one of the hottest leisure destinations anywhere.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, the warm seaside setting and stretches of gorgeous beaches are what originally drew visitors from all over the world to Cancun. It is known internationally for its tropical beauty and fantastically preserved archaeological treasures, and is characterized by rows of resort hotels and beautiful beaches, where the sand is particularly fine and brilliantly white due to its coral origin. Cancun is stunning, with seas that sparkle in every imaginable shade of emerald and turquoise while sheltering a wealth of reef life.

Cancun masterfully mixes the exotic with the familiar, so Americans can experience a completely different way of life without the struggle of trying to adapt to the unknown. English is spoken everywhere, the U.S. dollar is valid currency, and familiar names in hotels, restaurants, and shopping ensure that as soon as you land, you are off and ready to have fun!



When to visit

Peak season is winter (Dec–Apr), becoming busiest during U.S. university students’ spring break (Mar–Apr, dates vary). Summer (Jun–Aug) is very hot and humid. Fall (Sep–Nov) is warm, with a chance of hurricanes. Visits from mid-Jun–late Aug offer the opportunity to snorkel with giant whale sharks off the coast of Isla Holbox, while sea turtle nesting season is Jun–Aug. Key events and holidays include Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and the Cancún Jazz Festival (Sep).

Travelers from your area typically stay up to a week.


Approximate flight times

  • NYC/Newark 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia 4 hours
  • Boston 4 hours
  • Miami 2 hours
  • Los Angeles 4 hours, 30 minutes

Entry requirements

All U.S. citizens are required to present a passport valid for at least six months, with a blank page for an entry stamp. If staying in Mexico for over 72 hours, a Mexico tourist card is needed (single entry up to 180 days). A departure tax of $18-29 (depending on airport) is generally included in airfare. 


Tropical climate with hot weather year-round. Average high temperature is 86°F

Official language

Spanish (English widely spoken; Mayan spoken by many local indigenous people)

Official currency

Mexican Peso (U.S. dollar widely accepted)