Averages for Cancun in October

What's the weather like in Cancun in October

Average Temperatures

After a hot and humid summer, Cancun in Mexico begins to cool down during October, when temperatures drop slightly and the probability of rainfall increases. During this month, the average temperature for Cancun is 27°C/81°F, with average highs of 31°C/88°F during the day and average lows of 24°C/75°F after ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 81°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 31°C 88°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 177 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 11 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 29°C 84°F

Daily averages for Cancun

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What's the weather like in Cancun in October

Average Temperatures

After a hot and humid summer, Cancun in Mexico begins to cool down during October, when temperatures drop slightly and the probability of rainfall increases. During this month, the average temperature for Cancun is 27°C/81°F, with average highs of 31°C/88°F during the day and average lows of 24°C/75°F after dark.

Daily Average Temperature

In October, the daily averages are fairly constant throughout the month. During the first three weeks, average temperatures fluctuate between 27°C/81°F and 28°C/82°F. In the final portion of the month, average temperatures drop down to 26°C/79°F. This makes the first and second weeks the warmest times of the month to visit Cancun.

Highs and Lows

On average, seven days of the month see temperatures exceeding 32°C/90°F, and these days are usually within the first fortnight. At the other end of the scale, there's only one day of the month when temperatures will not reach 27°C/81°F, and this will usually happen at the end of the month. In recent times, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Cancun in October is 35°C/95°F, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered in the resort during this month is 14°C/57°F.

Peak Hurricane Season

One thing you'll need to keep in mind about Cancun in October is that it's the peak month for hurricanes. During this month, the sea temperatures are at their highest and the probability of hurricanes forming in the Atlantic and travelling over to the Caribbean is relatively high. The biggest hurricane to affect Cancun in recent times is Hurricane Wilma, which hit the resort on October 20th-21st 2005 and caused extreme devastation.

However, in order for a hurricane to affect the resort and cause severe damage, it needs to make a direct hit. Hurricanes generally have a small zone of influence – around 161km/100 miles across – and the Caribbean is huge – much bigger than this. Therefore the chances of a major hurricane affecting Cancun is relatively small, but it is still something you should think about before you travel.

Rainfall

During October in Cancun, the resort is subject to an average of 177mm/7 inches of rainfall, which is spread out over 11 wet days. This makes October the second wettest month of the year, falling just behind September. The probability of rainfall occurring slightly drops as the month develops, beginning at 36% on October 1st and dropping down to 31% by October 31st.

The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to experience in Cancun in October is moderate rain (which occurs on 44% of days with rainfall), light rain (36%) and thunderstorms (10%).

Hours of Sunshine

Across this month, Cancun boasts an average of 8 daily hours of sunshine, alongside median cloud coverage which slowly drops as the month progresses. Median cloud coverage starts off at 68% on October 1st and drops down to 63% by October 31st.

Sea Temperature

Even though this month falls within the autumn/ season in Cancun, the sea is still definitely warm enough for swimming in at this time of year, when the average sea temperature is a pleasant 29°C.

Wind and Breeze

During a typical October in Cancun, regular wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around October 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).

Cancun Hotels in October

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is one of the most popular all-inclusive spa resorts in Cancun. Located just steps away from a huge beach, this luxury resort boasts a world-class spa with massages, water therapies, facials and body scrubs.

These spa treatments take place in the 39 treatment rooms and the three couples' massage rooms with golf course and lake views, plus the two master spa suites. If you take out a spa package when you book your stay, you'll be treated to complimentary use of the hydrotherapy facilities on the day you arrive.

Another highlight of the resort is the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and accompanying golf academy. Other popular facilities and services include the flow rider surfing pool, two lagoon-style swimming pools, state-of-the-art gym, kids' club with play area and activities organised for children of all ages.

There are seven categories of suite, ranging from deluxe resort view rooms (the cheapest) up to family connection luxury suite (the most expensive). All suites are decorated in a stylish, sophisticated way, with panoramic views from the balcony, double whirlpool bath tub, smart TV and luxury amenities. The all-inclusive package includes food at 15 international restaurants specialising in everything from vegetarian food and Asian cuisine to Brazilian dishes and Mexican specialities, and drinks at 12 bars across the resort.

Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa

Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa is a great choice for adults looking for a quiet break in the sun. This adults-only resort is situated on a secluded sandbar tucked in between the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon, making it much quieter and calmer than the other hotels you'll find in the main Hotel Zone.

At this five-star resort you can choose between five categories of rooms, most of which have ocean or lagoon views. All rooms are appointed with cool coastal décor and offer cable TV, 24-hour room service, one king or two double beds and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests can dine at six international onsite restaurants or chill out whilst enjoying a drink at one of the four bars.

To keep you entertained, there is a lagoon-style swimming pool and solarium just a stone's throw away from the beach, non-motorised water sports, volley ball, water polo, tennis court and fitness centre with sauna and steam room. If you'd prefer something more relaxing, head to the ocean-front spa where you can enjoy massages, body wraps, facials, hydrotherapy treatments and beauty salon services.

Flamingo Cancun Resort

For something more affordable, check out Flamingo Cancun Resort. Situated in the centre of the Hotel Zone, just 20 minutes away from Downtown Cancun and the Cancun International Airport, this hotel is ideally located for partying.

Accommodation comes in the form of 260 fully air-conditioned rooms, all brightly decorated in orange hues. Standard rooms, junior suites and deluxe suites are available, each of which includes an ocean or lagoon view from the balcony and satellite TV. The junior suite is similar to the standard room, except the bed is more elaborately decorated. Deluxe rooms are the largest type of room and also include free WiFi access, access to the hospitality room on the executive floor and iron with ironing board.

Dining options include La Fuente Restaurant and Albatross Restaurant Bar which serve international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Palenque Lobby Bar where you can sip cocktails whilst listening to music and the poolside Las Palmas Bar which serves American and Mexican snacks.

There is also an oceanfront swimming pool and sun deck with loungers and hot tub, gym with cardio and weight training equipment and children's play area onsite.

Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun Hotel

Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun Hotel is another great pick for travellers who want to be in the midst of it all. This complex is well-situated in the Hotel Zone, just a short walk away from the main shopping malls, restaurants and bars of the resort. Popular tourist sites, such as Chichen Itza and Tulum are also just a couple of hours' drive away. The décor of the public areas and rooms at this hotel is Mexican-inspired, with warm colours and dark woods running throughout.

Accommodation comes in the form of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, divided between deluxe, junior suite and master suite categories. Each guestroom boasts a private balcony with beach views, air conditioning, cable TV, microwave, coffeemaker, mini fridge and dining table – although there is no stove or grill.

If you don't want to eat in your room, head to La Palapa beachside restaurant which serves Caribbean and international dishes, or the Lobby Bar where you can enjoy a drink alongside Mexican snacks and light bites.

For children, there's the Fiesta Kids' Club with a detailed activity programme, beach games, supervised swimming pool and loads of games. Whilst the kids are having fun, parents can retire to the spa which boasts a huge treatment menu of hairdressing, waxing, hands and feet treatments, tattoos, massages, facials, exfoliations, body wraps and hydrotherapy.

Park Royal Cancun

Families looking for child-friendly accommodation in Cancun highly rate Park Royal Cancun. This beachside hotel features 288 luxury guest rooms decorated in serene blues, turquoises and greens to reflect the Caribbean Sea which you can see from all the balconies. Each guestroom offers two double beds, air conditioning, full bathroom with shower and tub, cable TV and coffeemaker upon request. For a more luxurious experience, the huge Ambassador Suite and the even larger Presidential Suite are also available to book.

The all-inclusive programme includes unlimited food and drinks at La Veranda (international buffet) and El Mirador (a la carte Italian) restaurants, three bars, one of which is swim-up, and two open-air snack bars.

The programme also covers an activity programme with beach and pool volleyball, bingo, live entertainment, pool DJ and games coordinator, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and other non-motorised water sports at the nearby beach. Other services and facilities include swimming pools, children's play park, gym, free WiFi access and free parking.

Cancun Beaches in October

Playa Delfines Beach

Make the most of the hot Caribbean sunshine by spending a day at Playa Delfines. Located on the eastern coast of Cancun, this white sandy beach is popular with surfers and body boarders who use the large waves to their advantage. However, the typically breezy conditions, riptides and sometimes rough currents can make swimming dangerous, so be cautious if you decide to go swimming.

Here you'll find all the usual services and facilities – sun loungers and parasols available to hire, public toilets and showers – but there aren't any bars or restaurants, which makes this beach a lot quieter than others in the area. Playa Delfines also stands out from the others since it's one of the very few to offer free public parking, it has a beautiful 'Cancun' sign at the front and there are some Mayan ruins nearby.

Playa Gaviota Azul Beach

Families with little ones will love Playa Gaviota Azul. Located on the northern side of the resort, this beach features bright, clean sand – but that's not its major appeal. The crystal-clear waters allow for beautiful swimming, whilst non swimmers can enjoy the bars and restaurants which line the sand. You'll find various water sports on offer here, too – such as kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling – as well as sun loungers and shades available to hire, plus life guards.

Restaurants and Bars

Wazaaabi is one of the best places to go in Cancun for authentic Japanese sushi. Open every day from 1.30pm, this restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes, covering Asian specialities such as maki, sashimi, sushi, domburi and California rolls. If you're dining with someone who prefers their fish cooked, Wazaaabi also serves a selection of noodle, teppanyaki and tempura dishes.

Carnivores seeking out the best steak in Cancun should take a trip to Super Carnes Jr del Norte. This restaurant boasts a huge number of quality cuts, including cowboy, New York strip, T bone, sirloin, national rib eye and kobe rib eye, each of which is served with a delicious homemade sauce. There is also a number of family platters available with enough meat, sides and salads to serve a small group.

If you're in the mood for some karaoke, head to Captain's Cove. This popular bar hosts karaoke sessions every night after sunset, when visitors aged 18+ can choose from more than 8,000 songs, with everything from the 1950s through until today.

Dos Equis XX Bar and Terrace offers some of the best music, entertainment and service in the whole of Cancun. Decorated in a Caribbean style, this bar features live acts in the form of DJs, MCs, bands, dancers and solo artists, with a selection of electronic, hip hop, disco and rock music played in between.

Things to do in Cancun in October

If you're visiting Cancun as part of a golfing holiday, make time for a round at Riviera Cancun Golf Club. Set in the heart of an eco reserve, this golf course was designed in 2008 by Jack Nicklaus who created it to merge with the natural contours of the terrain, with strategically-placed bunkers, well-maintained greens, wooden bridges, sand dunes, mangrove trees, lakes and 18 challenging holes with a par 72. On holes 14 and 15, golfers can also enjoy clear sea views. In addition to the main golf course, Riviera Cancun Golf Club also boasts a Mexican-Contemporary Club House, with club and cart rental, pro shop and golf academy with a professional teacher.

Tequila-lovers won't want to pass on the chance to visit the Tequila Herradura Sensorial Museum. This museum showcases both the modern and traditional methods of making tequila – Mexico's national spirit – and shows you just how hard and complex the process is. Here you'll also have the chance to learn about the legacy and history of Hacienda San Jose del Refugio at Amatlan, which is home to one of the country's best tequilas. For most, the highlight of a visit to the museum is the opportunity to sample some locally-produced tequila at the end of the tour.

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