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Situated on the sun-soaked eastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the coastal city of Cancun is one of the country’s most renowned beach resorts. With pristine sands overlooking the glittering Caribbean Sea, Cancun is all about luxury, indulgence and relaxation.
Located in the Tropics, Cancun enjoys fine weather all year round. Most tourists tend to visit from December to April, or in May when the Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival takes place.
If you’re hoping to secure cheap flights to Cancun, we recommend avoiding these dates. It’s also best to avoid major holidays in the USA and Canada, since Cancun is popular with many North Americans.
The cheapest time to book is from June to October, but this is also Mexico’s hurricane season. Although the chance of storms is greater, the weather remains pleasant and there are fewer crowds.
Besides avoiding high season, the best way to secure cheap flights to Mexico is to be flexible on dates. After running your initial search for flights, you should find the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option located just above the search results. Clicking here will allow you to compare prices on flights on different days.
You can also select the ‘Nearby Airports’ button, situated beneath the departure location. This allows you to explore deals from airlines departing form other airports close by. Likewise, if searching for flights to Cancun from London, choose ‘All London Airports’. This may turn up lower price deals from across the capital.
If you want to book a direct flight to Cancun, be aware that you will need to depart from London. Even then, direct flights are not always available, especially out of season.
Most flights require at least one connection, either at Mexico City International Airport, or somewhere in the United States.
Direct flights take around 11 hours, although the return journey can be faster thanks to tailwinds.
Average flight times from locations around the UK include:
All flights to Cancun land at Mexico’s second busiest airport, Cancun International. Situated less than 30 minutes outside the city, Cancun International has won awards for its customer service. It is currently undergoing expansion, thanks to increased tourism in recent years.
Many UK airlines operate in and out of Cancun.
Upon arrival, the airport taxi system is very efficient, making getting into Cancun easy. There’s no meter system here, but instead consistent pricing based on how many ‘zones’ you pass through – ideal, if you want to know how much you’ll be paying up front.
Once you’re in Cancun, the tourist area is small enough to explore on foot, although most visitors come to relax on the beach. Nevertheless, if you get itchy feet, you can always hire a car. This is a great way to explore the wider Yucatan Peninsula.
Cancun primarily attracts tourists for its blue skies, beaches and practically perfect weather, but there’s more here than just rest and relaxation.
Culture vultures should head to the ancient Mayan city of Coba. Located about two hours southwest of Cancun, it’s worth the road trip to see this stoic Mayan pyramid emerging from overgrown forests.
If the idea of venturing so far in hot weather doesn’t appeal, you can also visit the Cancun underwater museum. Nearly 500 statues lie submerged in the sapphire waters of the Caribbean, offering the perfect magical moment for keen snorkelers and scuba divers.
While Cancun is generally geared towards tourism, there are a few things to be aware of when visiting. The first is that you should always carry a copy of your passport or other ID. Mexican police may ask for proof of identity and on rare occasions have arrested British visitors who cannot provide it.