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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Cancun

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Cancún each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 6 : Epiphany (Día de los Santos Reyes, celebrated nationwide)

For the feast of the three kings, Mexicans get together with their families to share the Rosca de Reyes, a sweetbread baked in the shape of an oval ring, with a plastic figure of the baby Jesus concealed inside.

February/March: Spring Break (local event)

After their exams, huge numbers of American students come to party in the major Mexican seaside resorts: Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancún

February 5 : Constitution Day (national holiday)

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

May 5 : Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo, national holiday)

Celebrated as a holiday throughout Mexico, commemorating the victory of the Mexican militia over the forces of Napoleon III in 1862.

September 16 : Independence Day (Grito de Dolores, national holiday)

This celebration commemorates the call to sedition issued by Priest Manuel Hidalgo y Costilla, on this day in 1810. Each year on the night of September 15, the Mexican president delivers a speech from its balcony. When he waves the nation's tricoloured flag, thousands of spectators cry out in unison, “Viva Mexico!”

November 1 and 2 : Días de los Muertos (celebrated nationwide)

With festivities that combine Christian and native traditions, this two-day celebration is a very important event for Mexicans. They evoke and pay tribute to the memory of their dearly departed with a festive celebration through prayer, song, music and dance.

December 31 : Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Cancun

Cancún enjoys a tropical climate year-round. The dry season runs from November to May while the rainy (hurricane) season stretches from June to October. Temperatures remain relatively stable, ranging from average lows of 20°C to 25°C (68°F–77°F) to average highs of 26°C to 33°C (79°F–91°F).

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 20/68 26/79 81/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
February 20/68 27/81 25/1.0 Good period to go Good period to go
March 20/68 28/82 30/1.2 Good period to go Good period to go
April 22/72 28/82 36/1.4 Good period to go Good period to go
May 23/72 30/86 104/4.1 Not the best period to go
June 24/75 31/88 185/7.3 Not the best period to go
July 25/77 32/90 124/4.9 Not the best period to go
August 25/77 33/91 97/3.8 Not the best period to go
September 23/73 30/86 119/4.7 Not the best period to go
October 22/72 30/86 188/7.4 Not the best period to go
November 22/72 28/82 104/4.0 Good period to go Good period to go
December 21/70 28/82 104/4.0 Good period to go Good period to go
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Cancún International Airport

Cancún International Airport is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city centre.

    • Four terminals
      • Terminal 1
      • Terminal 2
      • Terminal 3
      • Terminal 4 (Air France)
        Getting from the airport to Cancún and back:
    • By car
      • Accessible via motorway 307, about 20 minutes to the city centre.
      • There are several parking lots opposite the terminals: about MXN 30 for 1 hour; less than MXN 200 for 24 hours.
      • Several car rental companies have counters in Terminal 3.
    • By shuttle
      • A free shuttle service operates every 10 minutes between terminals.
    • By bus
      • ADO operates airport buses to the city centre every 30 minutes, with a stop in front of each terminal. Travel time is about 30 minutes and the fare is MXN 64 each way.
    • By taxi
      • Taxi ranks are located outside the arrival halls in Terminals 2 and 3. Fares to Cancún start at MXN 650.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +52 998 848 7200
  • Website: http://www.cancun-airport.net

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GETTING AROUND Cancun

Buses are the recommended way of getting around Cancún, as they are convenient, reliable and inexpensive. To explore the area around the city, the best options are taxis or rental cars.

By bus

Buses are the most popular mode of transport in Cancún. For less than MXN 10, you can reach just about any part of the city:

Bus lines include:

  • R1 / R27 circulating in the Hotel Zone
  • R2 / R15 to several Centro destinations
  • R1 to Puerto Juárez, the ferry port for travel to Isla Mujeres
  • R27 to the Plaza Las Americas shopping centre

By taxi

Taxis are available throughout the city. To take a taxi, you just need to hail one. You can also take one of the taxis waiting just outside your hotel or restaurant, but this will be a little more expensive. Fares are calculated on the basis of established fare zones. Make sure you agree on the price before getting into the taxi.

By car and scooter

To travel with complete autonomy and explore areas outside the city, you can rent a car or scooter. Several rental companies have counters in the airport and branch offices in the centre of Cancún.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Cancún, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Cancún Visitors Bureau

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

1 EUR = 22,31 MXN

1 MXN = 0,04 EUR

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Vaccinations

Visitors arriving from countries where yellow fever is endemic must show proof of yellow fever vaccination, usually documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). Obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio is recommended. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is not safe to drink. Favour bottled mineral water instead.

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Administrative formalities

Travellers visiting Mexico for tourism purposes and carrying proof of permanent residence in various countries do not need a visa if they will be staying for less than 180 days. For more information, please check the Mexican Government portal:  view information for travellers to Mexico

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Cancún, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Good day / Good morning: ¡Buenos días!

Good afternoon / Good evening: ¡Buenas tardes!

Good night: Buenas noches

Good-bye: Adiós

See you (later): ¡Hasta luego!

Yes:

No: No

No, thank you: No, gracias

Thank you very much: Muchas gracias

I don't understand: No entiendo.

Could you repeat that?: ¿Puede repetir?

Please: Por favor

What time is it?: ¿Que hora es?

Excuse me: Disculpe (to say sorry) / Con permiso (to get past) / ¡Por favor! (to get attention).

Airport: Aeropuerto

Train station: Estación de trenes

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone: Teléfono

I'm (…): Yo soy (…).

I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…).

How much is it?: ¿Cuánto es?

Do you have (…)?: ¿Tiene (…)?

Where can I find (…)?: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar (…)?

Where can I buy (…)?: ¿Dónde puedo comprar (…)?

I'd like (…): Quisiera (…).

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Good to know

00 52
+ phone number
-7 : 00
of time difference with
Sofia
Start of daylight saving time: second Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: first Sunday in November

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
127 V / 60 Hz

Tipping
Like in the United States, leaving a tip, called a propina, is expected in Mexico. In bars and restaurants, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15 percent. However, before leaving a tip, check the bill to make sure that a gratuity or service charge is not already included.