Escape the cold weather and head down to Cancun for the winter. Instead of playing in the snow, you’ll be playing in the sand!
Cancun experiences some of the best weather during the winter months, particularly from December – February when there’s typically less rain, gorgeous, balmy weather, and sunny skies. You’ll be able to stay toasty and tan all while mixing in a few holiday events here and there.
We’ve put together a list of the best winter attractions and events for your trip to Cancun, including…
- Xcaret Park
- Romantic Dinner Cruises
- Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park
- Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour
- Shopping Tours
- Chichén Itzá Tours
- Interactive Aquarium Cancun
- Parasailing Adventure
- Tulum Express Tour
Save on Attraction Admission this Winter
Regular admission to a number of these attractions is available on Go Cancun Card®.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special Christmas & holiday events may be separately ticketed and not included on Go Cancun Card.
Posadas at Xcaret Park
Celebrate Posadas, a traditional Mexican holiday celebration, while exploring gorgeous Xcaret Park
Posadas takes place on the nine days leading up to Christmas, honoring the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. It is celebrated with holiday carols, a parade through the park, and breaking of piñatas as a grand finale of sorts.
This eco-archaeological park is just south of Cancun and is truly an oasis of relaxation. Explore over 40 different attractions like Children’s World, the Old Mayan Temple and Village, ride down Paradise River as parrots fly overhead, and lounge by the pool or beach.
Getting in: Xcaret Park tickets are included as a premium attraction on Go Cancun Card.
Romantic Dinner Cruise
If you’re spending some quality time with a loved one on this Cancun trip, definitely hop aboard a romantic dinner cruise to commemorate the holiday season.
Sail around Cancun’s lagoon as the sun sets, soaking in the picturesque views of the Caribbean for 2.5 blissful hours. Dine on an exquisitely-prepared steak or vegetarian meal and enjoy an open bar as you cruise through the water.
Getting in: Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.
Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Take a trip to Garrafon Natural Reef Park, an island located 30 minutes off the coast of Cancun.
Fill up on the continental breakfast provided on the ferry, because you’re in for a long day of fun and exploration. Kayak, snorkel, and splash around in the crystal clear waters off the coast. Kick back and relax at the Beach Club lounge. Even take a trip into downtown Isla Mujeres to explore the shops and local restaurants.
No matter what you do, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views.
Getting in: Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.
Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour
Swim along the shallow waters of the Great Mayan Reef and discover the unique and colorful sea life of Cancun’s waters.
Bioluminescence is the biochemical emission of light by living organisms such as fireflies and deep-sea fishes. In other words, it’s what makes certain fishes and jellies appear to be neon! On this snorkeling tour, you’ll explore three different areas over the span of an hour and a half.
Your guides will direct you to all the best spots where you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for sea turtle, jellyfish, and tropical fish sightings.
Getting in: Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.
Get into the holiday spirit with a shopping spree through Cancun or Playa del Carmen. You can find all your gifts shopping at the craft shops.
In Cancun, you’ll visit Mercado 28 and Plaza Las Americas. Mercado 28 is flea-market style shopping area with booths and restaurants owned and operated by locals. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs. Plaza Las Americas, on the other hand, has all your favorite brands – from Victoria’s Secret to Adidas to Sears.
In Playa del Carmen, you’ll shop famous Fifth Avenue, often called Quinta by residents, a 22-block stretch filled with all types of shops. You can find souvenir shops full of trinkets and jewelry, or you can shop from your favorite brand names. Fifth Avenue has it all, including incredible views of the water and beach as you walk.
While visiting Mexico, make sure to visit some of its famous archaeological sites like Chichén Itzá.
Chichén Itzá, a pre-Colombian city built by the Mayan people, was the largest city of its time and is to believed to be one of the mythical Great Cities referred to in Mesoamerican folklore. Explore the temples and structures at your own pace and take a chance to admire some of the oldest buildings in Mayan history.
Getting in: Chichén Itzá At Your Own Pace tickets are included on Go Cancun Card.
Interactive Aquarium Cancun
This is the perfect place to go with the whole family, especially if you’re tired of the beach or pool (although, how could you be?).
Located in La Isla Shopping Mall, this aquarium is home to over 140 different species of fish, sharks, jellies, and more. The expert animal trainers host shows throughout the day, where you can watch them feed and interact with dolphins.
In addition to live animal shows, you can also catch screenings of ocean-related films in the auditorium.
Getting in: Interactive Aquarium Cancun tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.
Fly right over the beach on a parasailing adventure in the sky.
Soar into the clouds on a 10-12 minute journey over the coast and bright blue waters of Cancun. You’ll be safely strapped in to your parachute and harness, so enjoy the ride and really soak in the view.
As you begin your descent, you’ll have the option to land directly on board or be dunked quickly in the water. On a hot day, we recommend the latter.
Getting in: Parasailing Adventure in Cancun tickets are included on Go Cancun Card.
Tulum Express Tour
Tulum is another great historical site you can visit while in Cancun.
Once thought of as a fortress, the ruins of Tulum once were a busy site of commerce. This was a walled city of laborers, astrologers, farmers and nobility. There are three walls to protect the city from outsiders, the remains of several house type structures, burial sites for the kings. On this tour, you’ll cover the entire grounds and hear about the intricate history of the structures.
Getting in: Tulum Express Tour tickets are included on Go Cancun Card.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
So there’s our brief list of the top things to do in Cancun during the winter.
Remember, many of these options are included on the Go Cancun® Card, which can save you up to 53% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
We hope you’ll consider adding an idea or two from this list to your holiday and wintertime itinerary!