Averages for Cancun in July

Weather lowdown

July is one of the hottest months of the year for Cancun, Mexico. And even though it falls within hurricane season, hurricanes are most likely to hit the resort between August and November, which makes July a safe month to visit. If you’re still concerned, know that Cancun has only ever been hit by hurricanes twice – once by Gilbert on September 15th 1988 and once by Wilma on October 21st 2005.

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Averages for Cancun in July

  Temperature 28°C

82°F

Low Temperature 25°C

77°F

  High Temperature 33°C

91°F

  Sunshine Hours 11 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 10 %
  Rainfall 115mm
  Rainfall days 5 days
  Chance of Rain 22 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 19 %
  Sea Temperature 29°C

84°F

Chance of Windy Day 5 %
Daily averages for July

Daily averages for July

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 29 28 28 28 29 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 29 28 28 29 29 28 29 28 29 29 29 28
°F 84 82 82 82 84 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 84 84 82 82 84 84 82 84 82 84 84 84 82

Averages for Cancun in July

Weather lowdown

July is one of the hottest months of the year for Cancun, Mexico. And even though it falls within hurricane season, hurricanes are most likely to hit the resort between August and November, which makes July a safe month to visit. If you’re still concerned, know that Cancun has only ever been hit by hurricanes twice – once by Gilbert on September 15th 1988 and once by Wilma on October 21st 2005.

During this month, the average temperature for Cancun is the same as it is in June – 28°C/82°F created by average highs of 33°C/91°F during the heat of the day and average lows of 25°C/77°F in the coolest part of the night. Daily averages fluctuate between 28°C/82°F and 29°C/84°C for the entire month. The final fortnight of July sees a lot more daily averages of 29°C/84°C, making second half of the month the warmest time to visit the resort.

In recent times, the hottest July temperature Cancun has ever seen is 35°C/95°F, whilst the coldest July temperature the resort has ever seen is 20°C/68°C. If you don’t like high temperatures and want to visit Cancun when the resort is cooler, forget about visiting in July and plan your trip for January or December instead, when the resort usually experiences its coolest weather.

Cancun is subject to slightly more rainfall in July than in June. However it still experiences less than in September which is usually the wettest month of the year for the resort. When the rain does fall, it is usually incredibly intense and over just as soon as it begun. The probability of precipitation drops slowly as the month progresses, beginning at 25% on July 1st and dropping down to 20% by July 29th. During this month, the resort receives an average of 115mm/4.5 inches of precipitation which is spread out over eight days. The most common types of precipitation to occur at this time of year are moderate rain (which happens on 41% of days with rainfall), light rain (39%) and thunderstorms (12%).  

Across July, Cancun boasts an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage which drops as the month develops. Cloud coverage begins at 68% on July 1st and falls down slightly to 63% by July 29th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 23% of the time, partly cloudy 29% and cloudy/overcast 39%.

The sea is always warm enough for swimming in Cancun, whichever month you visit. In July, the average sea temperature for the waters around the resort is 29°C/84°F.

Humidity is extreme in Cancun throughout the year, especially in July when temperatures and rainfall are both high. The relative humidity for the resort at this time of year ranges between 60% (mildly humid) and 97% (very humid), rarely falling below 52% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). Such intense humidity can often make temperatures feel even hotter than they already are.

During an average July, typical wind speeds vary between 0 m/s (calm) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around July 1st, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around July 31st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).

Mayan Temple gates Mayan New Year

Mayan temple gate entrance, Mayan New Year July 16th

Where to stay

For an affordable all-inclusive accommodation in Cancun, check out SolyMar. Situated within Cancun’s Hotel Zone, directly on the beach and only a 10-minute drive away from the Cancun International Airport, this white-washed complex offers guests 80 rooms and ten suites with garden, pool and sea views. Each room is decorated with modern neutral tones and features air conditioning and cable TV. Suites can sleep up to four guests and are decorated with bright colours with air conditioning, cable TV and sea views from the terrace. The all-inclusive programme covers La Isla buffet restaurant, Merlin’s beach bar, El Isleño bar, tennis court and swimming pool. If you don’t like the idea of an all-inclusive board basis, SolyMar also offers bed and breakfast board.

Families looking for child-friendly accommodation in Cancun should consider staying at the All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Water Park. This hotel features colourful Mexican décor and is situated just ten minutes away from Cancun’s Hotel Zone on the white sandy beach. There are loads of child-friendly amenities here, including children’s swimming pools, kids’ club, mini golf course and games room. There are also many family-orientated activities, such as zumba and tennis classes, water polo, sandcastle building contests, ping pong tournaments, pedal boat and kayak hire and themed nights. Of course, the highlight of the resort is the water park, with three big slides, three toddlers’ slides and an adventure splash zone for children. There are six onsite restaurants which serve everything from international buffets and Mexican specialities to Caribbean cuisine and Italian delicacies. Accommodation comes in the form of standard and junior suites, each of which is spacious, decorated with bright pinks and blues, and offers garden or hotel ground views. All standard suites include air conditioning, cable TV, coffeemaker, full bathroom with shower and tub, complimentary toiletries and paid WiFi access. Junior suites also have a separate living room with sofa and coffee table.

The all-inclusive Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club is another great choice for families on holiday in Cancun. Surrounded by tropical gardens close to Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, this Mediterranean-style hotel provides free child places for children under 12. There are loads of organised activities included in the hotel’s all-inclusive programme, such as yoga, pool games, sailing and windsurfing lessons, Spanish classes, cooking courses, bartending lessons, dance classes, free bike tours, kayaking excursions, Mexican handicraft workshops and dinner shows every Sunday-Friday at the open-air Lagoon Theatre. Flyboarding, wakeboarding, scuba diving and yacht renting are also available for an extra cost. There’s also the Ya’ax Ché Spa which provides signature rituals, balancing therapies, massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and beauty treatments. Onsite dining options include five a la carte and buffet restaurants, room service and two bars. Accommodation comes in the form of 177 deluxe lagoon suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites, each of which boasts a view of the Nichupté lagoon or the hotel ground’s tropical gardens. All suites feature a kitchenette with microwave, hob, toaster, fridge and utensils, plus air conditioning and cable TV. Two bedroom suites are much larger and also come with a Jacuzzi.

Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa is perfect for travellers looking for the utmost luxury whilst on holiday in Cancun, Mexico. Located along the beach within the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone, this hotel is best known for its ‘Unlimited Luxury’ all-inclusive programme which includes reservation-free dining at six gourmet a la carte restaurants, one buffet, one grill and one ice cream parlour. This programme also includes unlimited international and domestic spirits at five bars and lounges, unlimited fruit juices and soft drinks, swimming pool and beach service, mini bar topped up daily, themed parties, two kids’ clubs, daytime activities and nightly entertainment. There are 438 elegant guestrooms and suites divided between 11 room categories. Each suite features contemporary décor, sea views from huge floor-to-ceiling windows and full bathroom with tub. Family suites can cater for up to four adults or three adults and three children, whilst the honeymoon suite boasts a private terrace with Jacuzzi and Balinese bed.

When it comes to budget accommodation in Cancun, Ambiance Suites is a popular choice. Offering a home away from home atmosphere in the resort’s centre, close to many shopping centres, bars, restaurants and shops, this hotel is made up of 47 suites divided between three categories – suites, junior suites and master suites. Each suite offers minimalist white and red décor, with air conditioning, cable TV with DVD player, coffee maker, small fridge and ceiling fan. Junior suites are larger and come with a separate lounge with seating area, whilst master suites are even larger and also boast a separate dining area and hydromassage bath tub. Onsite services and facilities include complimentary cocktail upon arrival, free WiFi access throughout, free local and USA calls, swimming pool, parking and free continental breakfast. 

Sunset view of a gazebo at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico

Sunset view of a gazebo at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico taken by Brook

Things to do

If the weather takes a turn for the worst, seek shelter at Plaza Isla, set next to the Nichupte Lagoon and protected by a giant canopy. This large shopping mall is found within the Cancun Hotel Zone and boasts more than 150 local and international shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, as well as a cinema, interactive aquarium and museum. Some of the most well-known names include Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Guess, Diesel, Bvlgari, United Colours of Benetton, Omega, TOUS and Swarovski. Some of the most popular restaurants include Hooters, Starbucks and Planet Hollywood. Not only is it a great place to shop, but its Venetian-inspired layout with Mediterranean-styled buildings and winding waterways makes it the perfect place to enjoy a walk, too.

History buffs won’t want to miss the chance to visit El Rey Ruins in the south of Cancun's Hotel Zone, adjacent to the Hilton Resort Golf Course. Known as the place where the past meets the present, this archaeology site is comprised of 47 structures which are estimated to have been inhabited by the Mayans in 900AD. There are also two important temples and platforms which are thought to be the remains of old market areas and ceremonial buildings. This site is small compared to Chichen Itza, making it great for families with children who get bored easily. In addition to the historic attractions, El Rey Ruins is also the home of plenty of fully-grown iguanas which are very friendly if you’ve brought them some food.

El Rey Ruins Cancun

El Rey Ruins

Hit the beach

For a beach with a superb party atmophere, it's tough to beat Playa Linda, the beach in the north of Cancun where the Caribbean Sea meets the freshwater Nichupte Lagoon. Because it's such a popular departure point for charter boats and ferry operations, the waters are often dirty and full of boats here, so it's best not to go in the sea. However, there are several water sport kiosks where you can hire kayaks and jet skis so you can enjoy the water without having to go in it. After you've had enough of sunbathing on the soft golden sands, take a stroll along the beach to El Embarcadero, where you can sign up for fishing trips, dolphin-watching cruises and excursions to Isla Mujeres, or simply sit back and watch the local fishermen return with their catches. Playa Linda is most fmous for being home to La Torre Cancun - a rotating scenic tower in which you can ride to experience panoramic views of the city.

For something a bit quieter, spend the day at Playa Ballenas, the beach in between Cancun Palace and Le Meridian Cancun Resort. Since this beach is located on the eastern coast of Cancun, it experiences more waves than the beaches in the north of the resort, making it perfect for water sports, including jet skiing and parasailing. Here you'll find a wide stretch of powder-like white sand which sharply shelves off to the shallow water. There are loads of all-inclusive hotels locted along this beach and if you're lucky enough to be staying at one of them, you'll benefit from sun lounger and parasol hire, beach service and water sport rental all for free. If you're not staying at any of the hotels, you'll need to relax on the sand and find a standalone beach bar. The name "Playa Ballenas" literally translates as "Whale Beach" and it certainly lives up to its name. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of a whale in the distance from the shore, but if you want to definitely see whales close up, you're better off signing up for an excursion. 

Playa Ballenas water sports

Playa Ballenas, boats taking you out in the water ready for parasailing

Where to eat & drink

When it comes to modern European dining, it’s tough to beat Du Mexique. Popular amongst families and couples alike, this restaurant has very limited seating, which makes reserving a table in advance a must. The chef is also the co-owner of the restaurant and highly recommends the foie gras soufflé, duck confit and chicken in red wine.

Seafood lovers won’t want to pass up the chance to dine at Pescaditos. Boasting the very best fish tacos in Cancun, this small restaurant serves a number of Mexican fish-based delicacies, such as fried white fish, shrimp salad, ceviche and crab tacos. Their homemade salsa comes highly recommended and works wonderfully with everything on the menu.

If you’re looking for a high-octane club in Cancun, stop by Coco Bongo Cancun. Known as the mecca of the resort’s nightlife, this club is popular with the younger crowd and features a team of talented acts who perform incredible shows on stage every 30 minutes. In between the performances, DJs play the best of the classic and latest dance tunes to keep the atmosphere going. 

The Cabana Beach is one of the best beachside clubs in the resort and is open throughout the day until the early hours. Also popular with younger holidaymakers, this club hosts bikini and pool parties throughout the week which are always a hit. If you want the VIP treatment, you can reserve a table and order bottle service, otherwise you can order your drinks from the bar and enjoy the atmosphere on the dance floor.

July events in Cancun

Event

Mayan New Year

16th July 2015

The Mayan New Year is celebrated in July - not December - and marks the beginning of new hopes and surprises. This lively event features theatrical performances, lectures, musical concerts and plenty of dressing up throughout the whole of the resort.

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