Travel Planning
Travel Planning

Cancun at a Glance

Imagine your hair being ruffled by the soft breezes of the Caribbean. You dig your toes through fine white sand down to where it becomes cool and wet. In front of you, you can see snorkelers bobbing in the water, exploring some unknown beauties beneath the water's surface. Nearby, vacationers set up beach umbrellas and the scent of sunscreen wafts on the breeze. Kids laugh and play in the surf. Welcome to Cancun where the pleasures of the beach are mixed in with convenient dining, clubbing and entertainment opportunities.  

Beach life, snorkeling and cruise tours are Cancun's big draws, but you could just as easily be walking around Mayan ruins or immersing yourself in a native handicrafts market. Off the beaten path and away from the hotel zone, you'll find churches, markets and ordinary bars and restaurants that are definitely worth exploring.

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
Related Articles
Travel Basics
Current Time
Difference from
Unknown Location
Update Your Location
Exchange Rate
United States Dollar
Conversion rate supplied by European Central Bank
Language: Spanish
Traveler photos

Submit your travel photos of Cancun

Top Forum Questions about Cancun

Have a question about Cancun? Ask our travel forum.

Where to Eat Yelp
    Where to Stay Yelp
      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Cancún International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Playa Express Buses
      • Ferry Puerto Juarez Dock
      • Bus Cancun Bus Terminal
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Cancun can receive hurricanes and tropical storms. During the summer, thunderstorms might empty the beach. 

      Safety Concerns Watch out for petty thieves, especially on the beaches. Don't leave your things unattended when you hop in the water for a dip.

      Health Concerns The current on some of the beaches can be quite strong, so be cautious and ask if you aren't sure about conditions. Additionally, tourists need to drink filtered water while in Cancun and should be careful to stay hydrated.