BACKPACKER INDEX: US$43.76
Cancun hotel prices
Hotels in Cancun are at their peak in price and activity during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks, as well as during the Easter vacation weeks in late March and April. The rest of the period from December through April is considered the high season, so starting in May bargains can be had, and during summer you can often get great deals at some of the nicer hotels.
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Cancun has exploded in popularity in the recent decade, and it’s now among the most popular winter-travel destinations in the world. It didn’t even exist until the early 1970s, and now it’s lined with hotels and very crowded in season.
While Cancun is definitely cheaper than cities like Los Angeles or Miami, it’s not really the bargain that many people are hoping for. The nicer hotels charge prices that aren’t too far from similar hotels in Hawaii, and hotels lower down the quality range can be disappointing. On the other hand, you can get excellent rates at many of the all-inclusive hotels, especially in the low season, but even during peak periods if you book early enough.
If you are planning on just sitting on the beach during the day and drinking at night then Cancun can fit into a lower budget, but if you are planning on doing water activities where you are renting equipment and such then you’ll discover prices to be quite high.
Food and drink prices can be reasonable though, and especially if you take advantage of the special deals or head into the downtown area.
Cancun attraction prices
|Swimming with dolphins||A 45-minute swim with the dolphins is very popular here, and expensive as well.||adults||86.75|
|Cancun Jungle Tour||Rent your own private 2-person speedboat with snorkeling gear for a voyage through mangroves.||adults||63.52|
Cancun Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to hotel zone||34.08 - 44.15|
|Shuttle van from airport to hotel zone||8.91 - 11.62|
|Bus from airport to hotel zone||3.87 - 5.89|
|3km taxi ride in Cancun||1.55 - 3.10|
|Bus ride in Cancun||0.46|
|Bus to Playa del Carmen||2.48|
Cancun food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||These prices are for cheap meals in the Hotel Zone. If you go Downtown you can eat for far less.||4.65 - 9.30|
|Budget lunch||In the Hotel Zone your choices are mostly limited to hotels and chain restaurants, charging US prices.||6.20 - 11.62|
|Budget dinner||You might have to look around for reasonably priced places unless you head Downtown, which is probably not worth the savings.||7.75 - 15.49|
|Beer (pint)||Look out for happy hours and similar specials to avoid paying the highest prices.||2.71 - 5.81|
|McDonald's Big Mac||People will criticize you if you say you want a Big Mac in Cancun.||3.02|
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|Airports||Cancún International Airport (CUN)|
Avg temps & precip
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Cancun has extremely pleasant weather for most of the period from November through March, although it can rain in downpours at almost any time of year. The rainy season runs from May through October, though summers aren’t nearly as rainy as many other tropical places. Ocean breezes keep things nice most of the time, though expect fairly high humidity even during the dry months.
Sunrise and sunset