Averages for Cancun in January

Cancun is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Central America for British families and couples alike. Located on the eastern coast of Mexico, the resort enjoys a tropical climate, with pleasantly warm weather throughout the year, alongside very distinct wet and dry seasons.

The wet season falls between May and October, when the resort experiences an average of 167mm of rainfall every month. November to April is the dry season, when the rainfall is much lower, alt...

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  • Temperature Temperature 23°C 73°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 28°C 82°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 70°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 43 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 7 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 27°C 81°F

Daily averages for Cancun

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Cancun is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Central America for British families and couples alike. Located on the eastern coast of Mexico, the resort enjoys a tropical climate, with pleasantly warm weather throughout the year, alongside very distinct wet and dry seasons.

The wet season falls between May and October, when the resort experiences an average of 167mm of rainfall every month. November to April is the dry season, when the rainfall is much lower, although the average daily hours of sunshine is also lower at nine, in comparison to ten in the wet season.

Cancun attracts all sorts of holidaymakers who want to explore the heady nightlife hotspots packed with bars, restaurants and nightclubs on an evening and re-energise by relaxing on white sandy beaches during the day.

On top of all this, the resort also offers a wide variety of tourist accommodation, a wealth of family-friendly attractions and a fantastic number of excursions which make a resort that appeals to everyone.

What's the Weather Like in Cancun in January?

Temperature

January is the coolest time of the year to visit Cancun, Mexico, although this is not saying much in comparison to the winter weather experienced elsewhere in the world! The resort has a lovely average temperature of 23°C, with highs of up to 28°C and lows of a mild 21°C.

This is perfect weather for getting out and about – and more importantly, packing light layers, but it has the added positive of avoiding the even hotter temperatures found later in the year.

Average Sea Temperature

During this month, the average sea temperature is also very warm at 27°C, which is normal across the year in this tropical country.

Average Sunshine Hours

With an average 8 hours of sunshine each day these conditions makes it a popular time to spend an afternoon at the beach, escaping chilly UK winter-rain! However, be warned, this will be peak tourist time with higher prices and larger crowds.

Humidity and Rain

The average humidity is very high throughout January, at 81% but with just 43mm of rainfall, this is one of the driest months of the year. Still, with around 7 rainy days, you might experience a light shower or two during your holiday. To be absolutely sure, check the up-to-date forecast before you visit. 

Cancun Hotels in January

Couples and families searching for budget accommodation in Cancun, Mexico should consider staying at Suites Costa Blanca. Found in the centre of the hotel zone, this complex is made up of 21 air-conditioned rooms.

There are plenty of onsite amenities for guests to enjoy, including currency exchange, maid service, parking, gift shop and sun deck, with a variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants in the immediate area.

If you're looking for a little bit of luxury during your holiday, take a look at Casa Magna Marriott Cancun Resort. Also located in the heart of the hotel zone, this complex offers a selection of rooms and suites, many of which come with fantastic views.

The list of onsite facilities is comprehensive and covers spa, sports facilities, fitness centre, swimming pool, WiFi access, bars, restaurants and kids' club.

Only a short distance away from Pok Ta Pok Golf Course and Cancun International AirportCourtyard Cancun is perfect for golfers who don't want to venture far from the course during their holiday. This hotel features a wide variety of rooms and suites, as well as a wealth of facilities, such as free WiFi access, restaurant, gym, babysitting services, swimming pool and whirlpool.

Nizuc Resort & Spa is ideal for couples who want to enjoy a romantic spa break in Cancun, Mexico. This complex offers a selection of spacious suites and villas, each of which is equipped with everything you'll need to enjoy your holiday.

Onsite facilities are numerous and include spa, swimming pools, restaurants, 24-hour concierge and kids' club, with a golf course and several boutiques in the area.

When it comes to all-inclusive accommodation, it doesn't get much better than Live Aqua Cancun. This four-star beachfront complex features accommodation in the form of rooms and suites, each of which comes with mini bar, air conditioning and free WiFi access.

There are plenty of facilities for guests to enjoy, such as numerous bars and restaurants, swimming pools, spa, fitness centre, gift shop and beauty salon.

Cancun Beach for January

Even though it's the coldest month of the year, January is still a fantastic time to hit the beach. Forum Beach is located in the centre of Cancun, close to a world of restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops, providing plenty of options when it comes to lunch. There are plenty of facilities and services available for visitors, including parasols, sun beds, restaurants, bars, showers, lifeguards and children's play area.

Playa Ballenas is found on the eastern coast of the resort close to several bus stops, making it easily accessible. Here you'll find soft white sands alongside clean blue waters with small waves which are fun to splash about in. Although the amenities are very limited, the beach is a fantastic place to try out water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing.

Bars and Restaurants 

When it comes to traditional Mexican food, Blue Gecko Cantina is the place to go. One of the many open-air casual restaurants in the resort, this small eatery serves a wide variety of fajitas, tacos, salads, enchiladas and burritos available in fish, meat and vegetarian options. In addition to the food, Blue Gecko Cantina also serves a selection of cocktails made onsite with fresh fruit.

If you find yourself craving a curry whilst on holiday in Cancun, Mexico, stop by Elefanta. Here diners can choose from a number of authentic Indian starters, followed by a selection of traditional curry-based main courses served alongside rice, naan bread and vegetables. If you've left room for dessert, there are several options available, such as ice cream, gulab jamun, carrot halva and kulfi.

Hard Rock Café Cancun is the perfect place for families to spend a night out together. Decorated with interesting rock 'n' roll memorabilia, this bar is open from 11am until 2am and serves a vast array of food and drinks throughout the day. Children are well catered for at this establishment with a large play zone watched over by qualified and experienced child minders.

Sports fans who want to keep track of their team should head to Sidelines, where you'll find two giant flat screen TVs and plenty of other TVs capable of showing a number of different matches at any one time. Sidelines is only open to guests aged 18+ and also offers karaoke nights, pool tables and a wealth of sports memorabilia to admire.

Things to do in Cancun in January 

If the weather takes a turn for the worst, seek shelter at the Interactive Aquarium. The ideal place for families to spend the day, this attraction features a number of large tanks and enclosures full of interesting species such as moray eels, jellyfish, piranhas and seahorses, some of which you can touch. In addition to the animal displays, the aquarium also gives you the chance to swim with sharks, dolphins and sea lions.

Car enthusiasts and thrill seekers won't want to miss the chance to drive a luxury car with Exotic Rides Mexico. This group owns a number of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mercedes Benz, Audis, Camaro, Corvettes and Lotus Elises, which you can drive as part of a track day programme, road tour, hot lap or drifting trip. Not just an attraction for car lovers, Exotic Rides Mexico also organises go kart races and speedboat jungle tours.

January events in Cancun

Event

Día de los Reyes

6th January 2018

El Día de los Reyes (Kings' Day) takes place at the beginning of January each year and coincides with the Feast of the Epiphany celebration. During this event, most restaurants throughout Cancun serve up traditional food usually reserved for this time of year (such as the Rosca de Reyes cake) whilst many all-inclusive hotels put on Three King performances for children to enjoy. Special religious services are also held in various churches throughout Cancun, such as the Iglesias Presbiteriana Puerta al Cielo.

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