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The fantastic Cancun weather makes this all-round destination on the northeast coast of Mexico a popular choice for winter sun holidays. If you're wondering where is hot in January, this huge resort is laced with beautiful white sandy beaches and luxury all-inclusive hotels, which are buzzing all year long. Cancun weather in January is dry and warm, perfect for beach holidays.

Cancun holidays offer a mix of old and new, with everything from chic shopping malls to ancient Mayan ruins, check out our cheap holiday deals and flights to Cancun today and discover its famous beaches, colourful coral reefs and lively resorts. 

Small secluded beach with tropical trees and sun beds with hay umbrellas

Cancun holidays offer a mix of old and new, with everything from chic shopping malls to ancient Mayan ruins, check out our cheap holiday deals  and flights to Cancun today and discover its famous beaches, colourful coral reefs and lively resorts. 


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White sand beach and calm sea in cloudy weather during sunset

Cancun's dry period runs from November to April, meaning it’s perfect for sunshine holidays in January. Crystal-clear Caribbean waters and miles of powdery white sand is what you can expect to find when you visit this tropical resort. It's balmy year-round temperatures average at 23ºC (73F) in January, reaching highs of 27ºC (81F) and lows of 19ºC (66F) - the perfect excuse to escape grey skies in the UK. The range of hotels in Cancun is vast, however, great-value all inclusive and  luxury hotels  offer some of the best deals year-round, even compared with the Caribbean.  

We've rounded up 15 things to do during your holidays in Cancun  so you can explore further. 



With awesome weather and beautiful beaches, Mexico is one of the top hot countries in January. Cancun weather in January is ideal for sitting on the beach. With approximately 8 hours of sunshine a day and sea temperatures averaging 27ºC (81F) – even with Cancun’s humidity, you’ll forget about the chilly temperatures back home as quickly as you’ll down a mojito on the beach! The white sandy beaches are a popular pastime and with a 22km stretch running along the lively Hotel Zone, you'll always have somewhere to lay your towel down - Turtle Beach and Beach of the Pearls are firm favourites when it comes to fun on family holidays.



The beaches aren't the only cause for celebration though, with El Día de los Reyes (also known as Epiphany) held on the 6th January - a Spanish Christmas tradition in honour of the Three Wise Men, marked by fantastic street parades and parties. If that's not enough, towards the end of January, Cancun also celebrates the annual Handline Barracuda Tournament - so if you're a fishing enthusiast, join the locals and visiting fisherman in Isla Mujeres and compete to catch the largest fish of the day!


If you want to know more about when's best to travel to Cancun, our holiday guide has the answers.



The seaside atlantic ocean view of the Mayan castle ruins at Tulum Mexico

There's an abundance of world-class attractions worth seeing during your  holidays in Mexico. If you're keen on culture, as well as the magnificent Mayan Ruins you have popular Chichen Itza, an awe-inspiring pyramid in one of the most important Mayan sites on the Yucatán  Peninsula. But you don't have to travel too far to find more ancient Mayan history with the superb site of El Ray located in the very centre of the Hotel Zone - ideal!

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Different colourful fish and star fish at the bottom of the great mesomerican reef in cancun

If adventure's more your thing, explore Cancun's fantastic Eco parks including Xcaret and Xplor, where you can whizz through the skies on zip wires, swim through stalactite caves and admire the natural surroundings. Cancun also serves up spectacular areas for diving and snorkelling, especially along the Great Mesoamerican Reef and near the sunken ships. Puerto Morales is considered one of the best diving locations near Cancun as the water is lovely and calm - so grab your flippers and go! 


Whether it's the tasty cocktails, romantic sunsets, fully-loaded shopping malls, stunning dive sites or Mayan ruins that you're most excited about, it’s hard to think of a better place to spend the beginning of the new year. Take a look at our 2019 holidays  and check out flights to Cancun in January.


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