More than twenty million tourists visited Mexico in 2022, of which almost ten million were in Cancun.
Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, Cancun, and Cozumel are some of the places that have been popular tourist destinations for decades.
Still, the popularity of Cancun compared to the others has grown so much in recent years that almost half of the total number of foreign visitors who come to Mexico choose to vacation in Cancun.
More than five hundred planes land at the Cancun airport a day. Many European and South American cities have direct flights to Cancun.
From thirty-eight cities in the United States of America and several Canadian metropolises, non-stop flights have been flown to this magical destination of the Mexican Caribbean since last summer.
From the eighties of the last century, when visitors began to arrive in Cancun on a large scale, until December 28 of last year, exactly thirty million visitors passed through Cancun International Airport.
More than a hundred hotels are in Cancun’s hotel zone, which is constantly increasing.
For example, in the previous two years in Cancun’s hotel zone, eleven more hotels were opened, and by the end of this year, four new ones will offer their services.
January is a hot month in Cancun because it is the middle of the high season. In addition, there have been big crowds since the week before Christmas.
As a result, prices in January reach their highest level, but that’s why everything offered in Cancun during this period is at the highest professional level.
Cancun In January: Weather & Temperature
In Cancun, the temperature differences throughout the year are very small.
For example, temperatures in Cancun on August 1, the hottest day of the year, range from 76°F to 90°F, while temperatures on January 26, the coldest day of the year, range from 67°F to 81° F.
The Yucatan Peninsula is located in a zone of semi-tropical climate, and according to the amount of precipitation, the year is divided into two seasons: dry and wet.
During the dry season in Cancun, from November to April, less rain falls than in other months.
Cancun receives 55.2 inches of rain annually, and the average annual temperature is 78.8 °F.
The average daily temperature in Cancun in January is 81°F. It is very rare for daytime temperatures to fall below 76°F or to rise above 85°F.
Nights are pleasant, with an average temperature of 68°F. Minimum temperatures rarely drop below 58°F or exceed 75°F.
In January, it usually rains in short showers that don’t last more than an hour. On days when it rains, 1.9 inches usually fall.
Compared to December, the cloud cover slowly decreases in January, and the percentage when the weather is mostly cloudy drops from 31% to 25%.
January 30 is the brightest day of the month. The chance that it will be clear or mostly clear on that day is as much as 75%.
For example, on the cloudiest day of the year, June 29, the chance of clear weather is only a modest 21%, and on the clearest day of the year, February 24, that chance is 77%.
A wet day is considered a day with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. In January, during the whole month, the chance of a wet day is 19%.
For example, in September, the rainiest month in Cancun, the daily chance of a wet day is as high as 52%. On the other hand, in March, the driest month, that chance is 12%.
The length of the day during January gradually increases so that the difference from the beginning of the month to the last day is twenty minutes.
January 1 is the shortest and lasts ten hours and five minutes, and the longest is January 31, with eleven hours and twelve minutes.
On January 1, the sun rises at 7:24 a.m. and sets at 6:17 p.m. In January, the sun rises at 7:27 a.m. on January 16 and sets at 6:36 p.m. on January 31 at the latest.
The longest day in Cancun is June 21, which lasts 13 hours and twenty-five minutes. On that day, the sun rises at 6:06 a.m. and sets at 7:31 p.m.
The shortest day in Cancun is December 22, which lasts ten hours and fifty-one minutes. On that day, the sun rises at 7:20 a.m. and sets at 6:11 p.m.
The average sea water temperature in Cancun in January is almost constant throughout the month at 79°F.
Cancun In January: Things To Do
There’s no better way to start the year than partying on one of Cancun’s fantastic beaches.
However, if your schedule is different and you’re in Cancun at the end of January, don’t miss the Annual Barracuda Fishing Tournament.
According to many, this is one of the world’s most exciting sport fishing competitions.
Sailfish can be seen in the open sea near the Yucatan at the end of January.
They come to these waters following huge shoals of sardines.
Sailfish are considered by many to be the fastest fish in the oceans.
They are recognizable by their large dorsal fin that extends along the entire back.
This fin is called a sail. In addition, Sailfish have another characteristic that many compare to swordfish and marlin: an elongated rostrum or bill.
Cancun In January: Beaches to visit
Mexico has nearly 5700 miles of coastline and nearly as many miles of beaches.
The Yucatan beaches, especially in Cancun and along the famous Mayan Riviera, are among the most spectacular.
Beaches in Mexico are usually public, but some are private or reserved only for hotel guests.
There are eleven public beaches in Cancun, and twenty-four miles from Cancun, Puerto Morales is where the Riviera Maya begins.
This riviera stretches over seventy-five miles of beaches in Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, and Puerto Aventuras.
Playa Langosta is one of the longest beaches in Cancun. It is located in the northern hotel zone, next to Blvd. Kukulcan. Wide stretches of calm and shallow waters are characteristic of this beach.
This public beach is very popular with residents, who spend several hours on it. Unlike other Cancun beaches, the atmosphere at Playa Langosta is relaxed even in January.
The city bus service goes to Playa Langosta, and it can also be reached by car, although it should be noted that the parking lot on the beach itself is quite small, and sometimes you have to park a little further.
From the pier next to Playa Langosta, you can easily reach Isla Mujeres, with beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants by ferry.
Near this beach is the Float Fun Cancun water park, and you can also try flyboarding on the beach.
Across the beach is a large public park where you can relax, surrounded by magical tropical greenery and shade.
Near Playa Langosta is the Casa Maya hotel, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon.
The hotel has a swimming pool, a water park, and two restaurants. International dishes are prepared in the La Veranda restaurant, while in addition to international dishes, the Las Brisas restaurant also serves traditional Mexican dishes and seafood.
The Royal Cancun All Suites Resort has two swimming pools, tennis courts, and a gym. In addition, cars, bicycles, or sailboats can be rented at this resort.
Playa Linda is located where the Caribbean Sea meets the freshwater of Nichupte Lagoon.
This beach is not recommended for swimming because there are a lot of boats sailing along the Nichupte canal, but it is a great place to relax.
On this beach is a three-hundred-foot-wide rotating panoramic tower, Torre Cancun, from which you can view Cancun and the entire surrounding area.
Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa – Adults Only – All Inclusive, is located a twelve-minute walk from Playa Linda.
The resort has its own tropical garden, swimming pool, and fitness center, and the restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine.
A special offer is the free use of bicycles.
Playa Tortugas is a public beach located above the northern hotel zone.
On this beach, jumping from the pier into the water is popular. For the adventurous, bungee jumping over the water is provided.
He jumps from a platform that is eighty-two feet high.
Tortugas Beach’s sand is clean and white, and a coral reef is nearby. The conditions for swimming and diving are fantastic.
There are many souvenir shops on this beach. Public toilets are clean and regularly maintained.
Next to Playa Tortugas, there are many restaurants, bars, and cafes, which are also open at night.
Nightlife at Tortugas Beach is part of what’s happening around Blvd. Kukulcan. That part of Cancun is known for its high concentration of nightclubs.
Aquamarina Beach Hotel Cancun is located near Playa Tortugas. This all-inclusive resort has one hundred and sixty-five rooms and a private beach.
Aquamarina Beach Hotel Cancun has two restaurants and three bars right on the beach, and there are many more restaurants and bars throughout the resort.
Playa Ancha is a public beach in the center of the hotel zone.
You can walk around everything you need.
Restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers are across the street from this beach.
Playa Caracol is a public beach, but sometimes the hotels block parts, reserving them for guests.
Nevertheless, there are many excellent restaurants near this beach.
A ten-minute easy walk takes you to Umami restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Tacos Vilanos, Pelicanos, or Limoncello restaurant, whose menu includes dishes from different regions of Italy.
Playa Forum is the most popular public beach in Cancun. It is located in the northern zone of the hotel.
This beach can be reached on foot from many nearby restaurants, and the Forum by the Sea shopping center is in front of the beach.
In addition to numerous stores of world brands in this shopping center, there are souvenir shops, a cinema, discotheques, and Hard Rock Cafe.
Playa Forum is also famous for its nightlife, as two of the most famous nightclubs in Cancun are nearby: Coco Bongo and Mandala Cancun.
Playa Chac Mool
Playa Chac Mool is next to Forum Beach, at the tenth kilometer of Kukulkan Boulevard. It takes only a few minutes to reach it with a light walk. However, unlike Forum beach, Playa Chac Mool is much quieter.
On this beach, the waves are a bit bigger, which makes it favorable for surfing.
However, if you have never surfed and want to learn, you can enroll in one of the surfing schools in Cancun.
Training is conducted by professional instructors.
In addition to surfing on Playa Chac Mool, sailing and water skiing are particularly popular among water sports.
Swimming at this beach can sometimes be difficult due to strong water currents and high waves.
The city bus stops at the entrance to this beach. In addition, several bus lines from Cancun have stops at this beach.
Playa Chac Mool is a public beach and it is one mile long.
Near Playa Chac Mool is the La Patrona Cocina Urbana & Tacos restaurant with traditional Mexican cuisine.
They are known for their fresh fish, enchiladas, and chilaquiles.
Cancun In January: Where to stay
Many of the most luxurious resorts in Cancun are in the Hotel Zone.
The twenty-two-and-a-half-kilometer-long series of hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and amusement parks that stretches along Kukulcan Boulevard is divided into three parts for easier orientation: the Northern, Central, and Southern parts of the Hotel Zone.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach
The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun All-inclusive Spa Resort is located in the northern hotel zone of Cancun.
Each apartment has a private terrace with a view of the ocean and Isla Mujeres. In addition to the fact that the resort is located on the beach, it also has three swimming pools, a water park, and a spa center.
In the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, Le Basilic is one of the thousand best restaurants in the world, according to La Liste. La Basilic serves French and Mediterranean cuisine.
In addition to this restaurant, there is also La Joya, The Table, Isla Contoy, and Vina del Mar.
At the Vina del Mar buffet, you can have breakfast or go for brunch and enjoy the food in an environment with a sea view.
Seafood and cocktails are on the menu of the Isla Contoy restaurant.
The Table and La Joya are restaurants serving traditional Mexican cuisine.
In addition to this excellent offer at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, it should be noted that there are seventy-eight excellent restaurants within a few minutes easy walk.
The closest ones are Sacbe Beach Shack, Abolengo Cancun, and Hacienda el Mortero Restaurant. They can be reached in four minutes.
Sacbe Beach Shack is a Caribbean restaurant where you can have lunch or dinner, and Abolengo Cancun functions as a bar during the day and a restaurant at night.
Hacienda el Mortero Restaurant offers excellent seafood and some traditional Mexican dishes. In addition, they prepare vegetarian and vegan options and specially ordered gluten-free dishes.
Iberostar Selection Cancun
Iberostar Selection Cancun is located in the southern hotel zone.
This all-inclusive family resort includes ten luxury swimming pools, an eighteen-hole golf course, an Aqua Fun water park with slides and a pirate ship, and six buffets and restaurants.
Iberostar Selection Cancun is steps away from the coast and miles of white sand beaches.
Fiesta Americana Condesa
Fiesta Americana Condesa is located on the beach in the central hotel zone.
In this all-inclusive resort, everything is adapted for a family vacation. There is a lifeguard on duty at the children’s pool. Next to this pool, there are two large pools.
There are ten restaurants and four bars at Fiesta Americana Condesa.
The Calmya restaurant offers buffet-style dining.
Kambu is a restaurant beside the swimming pool, with international and Asian dishes.
Argentinian cuisine is on the menu of the San Telmo restaurant.
El Mexicano prepares traditional Mexican dishes.
Seafood, ceviche, fish tacos, and similar delicacies are offered at Cevicheria.
Trattoria and Rosato served Italian-influenced cuisine.
Sushi Corner is a restaurant specializing in sushi.
Live Aqua Beach Resort
Live Aqua Beach Resort, adults-only, is located in the central hotel area of Cancun, near La Isla Shopping Mall. There are three hundred and seventy-one rooms on the nine floors of this hotel.
Live Aqua Beach Resort has excellent access to the beach, seven swimming pools, ten restaurants, and seven bars.
Live Aqua Beach Resort also offers morning beach yoga.
A special offer for couples enables romantic experiences, and there is a room aromatherapy menu in every room.
From Live Aqua Beach Resort, due to its convenient location, five of Cancun’s most attractive beaches can be reached in just a few minutes drive.
The closest is Chac Mool Beach, only six minutes away.
Forum Beach is a seven-minute drive away.
Delfines Beach is just an eight-minute drive away.
Langosta Beach is just a nine-minute drive away.
The farthest is Tortuga Beach, which is only a thirteen-minute drive away.
The Aquaworld marina and adventure sports center are near the Live Aqua Beach Resort. Aquaworld offers tours for fishing, snorkeling, diving, and parasailing.
The Iberostar Cancun Golf Course is just a five-minute drive away, and the El Rey Ruins are seven minutes away.
The ruins of El Rey are the remains of a settlement located on the Maya trade route. The site is named after the “King of the Solar Face” sculpture, which is kept in the Cancun Mayan Museum.
Paradisus Cancun is located in the central hotel zone, with direct access to the beach.
The interiors and exteriors of this all-inclusive luxury resort have been designed and engineered to evoke local traditions and cultural heritage.
Paradisus Cancun has four swimming pools, tennis courts, a children’s area, a luxury spa, swim-up bars, and ten restaurants and bars.
Blue Agava taco bar, Cielo with Mexican specialties, Capella with Italian specialties, and Sal steakhouse are particularly popular among visitors.
In addition to the excellent restaurants in the resort itself due to the exceptional location of Paradisus Cancun, there are as many as thirty-one great restaurants within a one-kilometer radius.
Careyas Restaurant is a one-minute walk from the resort. In this restaurant, they offer excellent seafood as well as some traditional Mexican dishes.
In addition, they prepare vegetarian and vegan options, as well as specially ordered gluten-free dishes.
Carajillo Cancun is a restaurant serving Mexican cuisine and international dishes.
The atmosphere in a pleasant environment is provided by live music.
Sacbe Beach Shack restaurant is a four-minute easy walk away.
Chambao Cancun restaurant can be reached in five minutes on foot.
In this restaurant, you can have lunch or dinner and enjoy the sun on a hammock or swing using the bar on the sandy beach.
Haven Riviera Cancun
Those who have stayed there claim it is a haven of luxury and sophistication for the two hundred and fifty hectares Haven Riviera Cancun occupies.
This resort is located on the ocean coast between Cancun and Rijeka Maya.
Haven Riviera Cancun has four restaurants and five bars.
Restaurant Olis brings the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean. The trademark of this restaurant is the phrase: “Southern Europe on a single plate.”
Agua Bendita is a Mexican Steak House, and Satsu offers Asian specialties.
Vora Mar Restaurant has homemade pasta, delightful salads, and seafood.
The Tahani restaurant offers selected dishes of international cuisine.
This resort has four swimming pools with three swim-up bars and swim-out suites with infinity pools.
Moon Palace Cancun
Moon Palace Cancun is located on the Cancun Riviera, about thirty minutes from the airport.
The hotel offers three thousand hundred and four rooms.
This resort has a private beach, Moon Palace Golf Club, four tennis courts, a fitness center, a nightclub, eleven restaurants, nine bars, five swim-up bars, nineteen pools, and a lazy river.
Of the eleven restaurants in Moon Palace Cancun, the Riviera Maya restaurant, which prepares authentic Yucatan cuisine, and the Agra restaurant, which offers the flavors and aromas of Indian cuisine, have a specific offer.
The Royal Sands Resort and Spa
The Royal Sands Resort and Spa is located on the beach in the central hotel zone.
This resort has three infinity pools, two swimming pools, four tennis courts, a spa center, a landscaped garden for walking, and eight restaurants and bars. On the beach, there are courts for beach volleyball and football.
The Hacienda Sisal restaurant serves traditional Mexican food.
La Veranda is an ocean-view family restaurant serving lunch and dinner.
The Royal Sands Resort and Spa is five minutes from La Isla Mall.
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Excellence Playa Mujeres is a famous Cancun resort that they call “the jewel of Cancun.”
The style of this resort sets high standards for luxury. All apartments have oversized jacuzzis, rooms have dreamy outdoor spaces, and swim-up apartments are also available.
We also offer two-story rooftop terrace suites with a private plunge pool.
Excellence Playa Mujeres features twelve restaurants, ten bars, the Havana Cigar Bar, a stunning spa, seven swimming pools, and easy access to the beach.
You can go kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing tours on this beach.
The Rafa Nadal Tennis Center is near Excellence Playa Mujeres, two miles away.
Wyndham Alltra Cancun
Wyndham Alltra Cancun is located on the beach in the central hotel zone.
This resort includes three swimming pools, one intended for children, seven restaurants, six bars, and a spa center.
One pool overlooks the ocean and has a swim-up bar.
The famous Las Olas Beach Bar is on the beach, serving amazing tropical cocktails. There is also a Salsa taco bar on the beach that offers the possibility of dining on the beach.
The Ventanas restaurant serves international dishes, but a buffet is also available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Casa de Rosa serves Mexican dishes, Viaggio serves rustic Italian fare, and try Asian specialties at Azul.
The Tequila Museum or Museo Sensorial del Tequila is a nineteen-minute easy walk away. This museum is located in the Kukulcan Plaza shopping center.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Hyatt Ziva Cancun is located in the north zone of the hotel and is surrounded by the ocean on three sides.
This all-inclusive resort has three oceanfront infinity pools, a rooftop pool, and swim-up rooms.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun has seven bars and seventeen restaurants, the most popular of which are Habaneros, Casa Cafe, Tradewinds, The Moongate, Chevy’s, El Mercado, Lorenzo’s, and Le Bastille.
Nearby is the Palazzo Cancun, Cancun’s most glamorous nightclub. This nightclub differs from other nightclubs in the thematic parties that are organized there.
For example, Wednesday is Palazzo’s Electric Party! Some DJs performing at Palazzo Cancun are Marshmello, Mak J, Nervo, Paul Van Dyk, and Dash Berlin.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Hyatt Zilara Cancun is located on the beach in the central hotel zone.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun has two pools, one infinity pool, one lap pool, and swim-up rooms.
There are six restaurants and five bars within the resort.
Secrets The Vine
Secrets The Vine all-inclusive resort is in the central hotel zone on Kukulkan Boulevard.
All rooms at this resort are furnished with Italian porcelain and teak. It is designed for a romantic atmosphere with a view of the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon.
Secrets The Vine has two infinity and terrace swimming pools, six restaurants, a spa, and three swimming pools.
There are five beaches near this resort. Playa Ballenas is 200 meters away, San Miguelito Beach is 700 meters away, Playa Marlin is 1.2 kilometers away, El Rey Beach is 2 kilometers away, and Playa Delfines is 2.9 kilometers away.
The Mayan Museum is just 1.9 kilometers away. This museum is designed so that its entire space looks as it looked centuries ago.
The museum is next to the Nichupte lagoon in the middle of the untouched jungle in the hotel’s central area.
Over three thousand five hundred artifacts are exhibited in the Mayan Museum’s permanent collection.
Leblanc Spa and Resort
Leblanc spa and resort is located along one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun.
This all-inclusive resort has three swimming pools, a luxurious spa center, two swim-up bars, two infinity pools, five restaurants, and two bars.
Two excellent beaches are just a minute’s drive from this resort: Chac Mool Beach and Forum Beach.
Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach are a short drive away.
Leblanc spa and resort is only a five-minute drive from the La Isla shopping center, but it can also be reached by walking in about thirty minutes.
Aquaworld and Iberostar Cancun Golf Course can be reached in ten minutes by car.
Of the many restaurants near this resort, Natura, Snack Grand Park, and The Surfin Burrito are the closest within walking distance, as they are five to six minutes away.
Casa de Rosa and Fat Tuesday aren’t any further, which take about ten minutes.
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