December Weather Averages for Cancun, Mexico

What's the Weather Like in Cancun in December

If you aren't a fan of sweltering heat but you still want to experience the sunshine, warmth and beauty of a tropical destination, December is a good time to visit Cancun – and who knows, you may even spend Christmas Day on the beach!


High temperatures are reduced to their annual lowest at 28°C whilst daytime averages are much more bearable at this time of year, around 24°C. Low temperatu...

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  • Temperature Temperature 24°C 75°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 87 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 7 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 27°C 81°F

Daily December Averages for Cancun

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°F 73 75 75 79 77 77 77 73 73 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 77 77 79 77 77 77 75 77 77 79 77 77 77

What's the Weather Like in Cancun in December

If you aren't a fan of sweltering heat but you still want to experience the sunshine, warmth and beauty of a tropical destination, December is a good time to visit Cancun – and who knows, you may even spend Christmas Day on the beach!


High temperatures are reduced to their annual lowest at 28°C whilst daytime averages are much more bearable at this time of year, around 24°C. Low temperatures even dip as far as 21°C which will still feel lovely and mild, but makes the weather less humid and sticky than other months in this resort.


Your days can certainly be enjoyed with 8 hours of sunshine per day. This may be the least this resort sees across a year, but it is far higher than experienced in winter in other destinations. This is matched by a glorious sea temperature of 27°C which makes days at the beaches possible instead of days at home wrapped up in a coat.


Just 87mm of rain across 7 days means you are unlikely to encounter any – this combined with the other factors means Christmas is a very popular time to visit Cancun and prices will be higher. There is not much chance of a white Christmas here, but the sunshine should make up for it! 

Hotels for Cancun in December

Cancun Bay Resort

Families and couples searching for beachside accommodation should consider staying at Cancun Bay Resort, where you can choose from a variety of standard rooms and suites, many of which come with ocean views. The list of onsite amenities is extensive and covers Jacuzzi, swimming pools, bars, restaurants, parking, shuttle bus service and free WiFi access.

Presidente Cancun Resort

If a romantic retreat sounds just like what you're looking for, take a look at Presidente Cancun Resort. This complex offers a selection of single and double rooms as well as suites, each of which comes with incredible views. There are plenty of facilities available for guests to enjoy, including housekeeping, swimming pool, cocktail lounge, restaurants, spa, 24-hour fitness centre and WiFi access.

Oasis Sens

Another popular choice when it comes to romantic holidays, Oasis Sens is an all-inclusive adults-only hotel in the centre of Cancun. Here guests can choose from a variety of rooms and suites, all of which come with air conditioning, WiFi access and cable TV. Onsite facilities are numerous and include bars, restaurants, swimming pools, nightclubs, spa, gym and entertainment.

Sunset Royal Beach Resort

Sunset Royal Beach Resort is perfect for couples and adults searching for an all-inclusive hotel in Cancun. This complex provides accommodation in the form of rooms and suites which come with everything you'll need to enjoy your holiday. There is a wealth of amenities available for guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, bars, restaurants, fitness classes, sports activities, Mexican handicraft workshops and entertainment programmes.

Barcelo Costa Cancun

Couples and families looking for luxury accommodation in Cancun should check out Barceló Costa Cancun, where you'll find a number of comfortable double rooms and junior suites. Guests are invited to take advantage of the numerous facilities which include swimming pools, spa, bars, restaurants, beauty salon, kids' club and entertainment programme.

Beaches for Cancun for December

Playa Chac Mool

If the weather is bright and sunny during your holiday, why not spend the day at Playa Chac Mool? This popular beach is divided into two sections – seemingly never-ending white sand in the south and a world of fascinating caves and rocks in the north.

Here you can enjoy large waves which create the ideal conditions for surfing, body boarding or simply splashing about and having fun. Visitors can enjoy a number of onsite facilities, including sun lounger and shade rental, restaurants, bars, lifeguards and water sports.

Playa Las Perlas

Families looking for somewhere to spend the day together should consider going to Playa Las Perlas. Children will have a great time playing in the sand or swimming in the calm waters where waves are almost unheard of. There are plenty of services and facilities for adults to enjoy, too, such as sun loungers, shades, volleyball court, restaurants, bars, waters ports and lifeguards.

Restaurants and Bars for Cancun in December

Thai Lounge

Thai Lounge is one of the most popular Asian restaurants in Cancun. Boasting views over the Nichupte Lagoon and the dolphinarium, this eatery serves a selection of dishes, including starters, soups, salads, curries, meat, chicken, seafood and noodles, all of which can be tailored to suit your palate.

La Almeja Borracha Marisqueria & Bar

Seafood lovers won't want to miss the chance to dine at La Almeja Borracha Marisquería & Bar, where you'll find a variety of ceviche, fish tacos, shrimp, mussels and calamari available for low prices. The drinks menu is famous throughout the resort for is variety of quality beverages, in particular the "Almejazo" which is a shot of tequila with oysters or clams.

La Capilla Argentina

Another quality restaurant you should visit is La Capilla Argentina. Located conveniently in downtown Cancun, this eatery brings the best of Latin cuisine to the table, serving mouth-watering steaks and seafood. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine cellar which stocks the finest red wines from Argentina. 

Champions Sports Bar Cancun

Champions Sports Bar Cancun is a must-visit for any sports fan on holiday in Cancun. This bar-restaurant provides one huge screen, in addition to a large number of 40" flat screens which are able to show several games and matches at any one time. Open every day from 12pm until 2am, Champions Sports Bar Cancun serves a top selection of drinks available for affordable prices.

Roots Jazz Club

Jazz fans looking for some evening entertainment should head to Roots Jazz Club. Known as the only jazz club in Cancun, this bar is a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike. Entertainment is provided every night in the form of traditional and contemporary jazz, blues and funk, as well as flamenco jazz fusion.

Things to Do in Cancun in December

TPC Cancun at Cancun Country Club

Golfers won't want to miss the chance to play a game at the TPC Cancun at Cancun Country Club. Only a short drive away from the hotel zone, this golf club is made up of two 18-hole courses, each of which features challenging bunkers and lakes.

In addition to the spectacular courses, the club also provides a golf shop with clothes, accessories  gloves and golf balls, as well as a restaurant, bar, driving range, golf academy and practice facilities.

Dubai Palace Casino

If you're looking for somewhere to spend an evening, how about trying your luck at Dubai Palace Casino? Boasting over 350 slot machines with ever-popular games such as Williams and Cadillac Jack, ICT and Bally, this casino also offers a number of several electronic bingo machines which are great fun. If you're starting to get hungry, visit the onsite restaurant which is open all day every day.

December events in Cancun


Christmas Day

25th December 2018

Christmas Day in Cancun is celebrated in various locations throughout the resort. Most all-inclusive hotels throw huge parties with buffets, free-flowing drinks and live entertainment (the Ritz-Carlton is famed for its amazing buffet) and the Kukulcan Plaza Shopping Centre hosts live entertainment between December 20th and December 21st each night at 6pm.


Day of the Innocents

28th December 2018

Day of the Innocents is Mexico's take on the UK's April Fool's Day. On this day, locals turn into jokers so don't believe everything you see, hear or read - especially in the local media!

New Year’s Eve

31st December 2018

On New Year’s Eve, almost every bar and club throughout Cancun is full of people ready to party. As well as the nightlife hot spots, the beaches, such as Playa Caracol and Punta Cancun, are also popular locations for parties and are where the firework displays are held. It’s traditional in Cancun to eat 12 grapes at midnight – one for every time the clock strikes.

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