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About Cancún

Cancún is a gorgeous, beach-front city located on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Known for its white beaches, turquoise waters and incredible parties, Cancún is the ideal paradise getaway. In addition to the near 4 million tourists it welcomes each year, Cancún is also home to half a million local and expat residents.

Cheap flights to Cancún are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be dazzled by this city’s iconic beaches and natural beauty! Cancún is home to Cancún International Airport (CUN) located 20 minutes from the city centre by car. Cancún International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Delta Airlines, American Airlines and COPA Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Cancún but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Why visit Cancún

natural beauty

Natural Beauty

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as tropical green jungle, Cancun is a scenic treat for nature lovers.

enteraintment

Entertainment

With a host of outdoor activities and attractions like cave exploring, diving and swimming with dolphins, Cancun is a proudly family-friendly holiday destination.

food and drink

Mexican Cuisine

Enjoy the finest local Mexican cuisine in Cancun’s restaurants and sip on authentic margaritas as you watch the sun go down, before hitting the town for a night out.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mexico
Currency Mexican Peso
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1.53 MXN
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Cancún International Airport (CUN)
Airline Aeromexico
Time Zone GMT - 5
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Cancún

Cancún’s tropical climate results in it being warm all year round. Peak tourist season occurs from December to March, when the weather is at its best. The beaches are usually crowded which can be unpleasant. Hurricane season runs from June to November, and it is advised to thoroughly check weather conditions during this time before making a final booking. The ideal time to visit Cancún is the period between April and May. This is low-season in Cancún, and the tourist crowds will have dispersed by then. Temperatures are not as hot as during November to March, but are still pleasantly warm.

Weather & Climate in Cancún

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 21°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 23°C 21°C
High °C 28°C 29°C 30°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 33°C 34°C 33°C 31°C 30°C 28°C
Rainfall (mm) 43 46 40 27 28 109 115 181 270 177 104 87

Overview

Situated on the Yucatan Peninsula and boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cancún is truly a paradise retreat for holidaymakers. With warm weather all year round and crystal clear turquoise water, it is little wonder that Cancún is one of the premier holiday destinations in Mexico.

A destination that is proudly family-friendly, Cancún offers plenty of exciting activities for adults and children, including snorkelling, swimming with dolphins and cave exploration. An underwater coral-reef museum, interactive aquarium and nearby Mayan ruins will keep curious minds well-entertained. Of course, the most popular Cancún pastime is relaxing on the incredible beaches, soaking up some sun or swimming in the perfect, blue waters.

Cancún also offers plenty of nightlife for adult travellers. Enjoy a margarita and local cuisine in one of the many restaurants, and party it up afterwards to rhythmic Latin tunes in a local club.

Visa & Customs

South Africans travelling to Mexico do require a visa to enter the country. Leave plenty of time for visa application and processing before finalising your trip. Ensure your passport is valid at least six months after your intended duration of stay. For more information on requirements for a Mexican visa, please contact the South African Embassy in Mexico at the following address:

Andres Bello 10 Forum Building, 9th Floor Colonia Polanco C.P. 11560 Mexico DF

The official telephone number of the South African Embassy to Mexico is + 521 55 1100 4970

Health & Safety

Cancun is one of the busiest, most tourist-frequented cities in Mexico, and thus enjoys a high police presence and relatively low crime rate. Most tourists do not venture further than the busy downtown area unless accompanied by local friends or family. Petty crime can occur in the city and on the beach, so remain vigilant of your possessions and do not leave handbags and expensive accessories unattended. Do not leave drinks unattended in restaurants and bars.

Be wary of scammers at the airport offering “free accommodation” or “free transportation” to arriving tourists.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG CANCUN
Meal inexpensive restaurant R100 R100 R65
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R13
Cappuccino R22 R22 R25
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10 R10 R20
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37 R37 R23

Where to stay?

Most visitors coming to Cancun are coming for the incredible weather and beaches, and will no doubt want to be within walking distance to the beach. Tourists wishing to do so should look for accommodation in Cancun’s “Hotel Zone”, located along the beachfront strip, and within walking distance to restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

Visitors working on a stricter budget, or simply wanting a quieter, less busy stay, should avoid the Hotel Zone and look for accommodation in Downtown Cancun. Located just twenty minutes from the beach front, this less-touristy side of Cancun offers accommodation at more affordable rates, and is no less exciting, filled with plenty of restaurants and clubs.

Getting Around

The cheapest method of transportation in Cancun is by public bus. The bus system follows routes all around the city, and operates 24/7.

Taxis are a faster, alternative option for getting around. Note that you will be charged more if you stand outside your hotel and flag down a taxi, than if you walk down the street and do so. Taxi rates are posted in most hotels for visitors to see. If you are unsure and don’t want to get overcharged, ask your local hotel for their estimation of your destination fare.

Other options for quick transportation include bike hire, car rental and moped rental (not recommended for safety reasons due to Cancun’s bustling traffic).

Main attractions in Cancún

Ik Kil Cave

Ik Kil Cave

Coba City Ruins

Coba City Ruins

Xcaret Waterfront Park

Xcaret Waterfront Park

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