Rainy Day Guide: 6 Great Activities to do in Cancun when it Rains

The most common concern that travelers have when planning their vacation to Cancun is regarding the weather. Will it rain? What is there to do on rainy days in Cancun?

If your vacation dates are between December and April, you won’t have much to worry about. This is not hurricane season and these are the driest months of the year. When it does rain, it is usually at night or for a brief afternoon shower. Rain will rarely interrupt plans during this time of year.

We start seeing more rainfall in May and more full days of rain instead of just a quick shower. Hurricane season (June to November) sees the highest amount of rainfall and tropical depressions can increase these amounts.

Rainfall data courtesy of CancunMap.com

So…what is there to do in this sunshine-dependent vacation spot when it is raining? Here are some of my favorite things.

1. Visit a cenote.

Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan peninsula and there are many in the Mayan Riviera to see. They are similar to sink holes or caverns with fresh, cold water and stalactite and stalagmite formations. the weather really doesn’t affect you while you are swimming or exploring in a cenote, but when you exit you’ll be cold so be prepared with towels and dry clothes.

2. Snorkeling.


Yes, snorkeling in the ocean. You are already wet, why not jump in the warm ocean? The visibility will be less then when the sun is shining, however on the plus side, there will be far fewer people. Of course this is not recommended if it is storming with lightning.

3. SubSee Submarines.

Subsee Cancun and CozumelThere is one in Cancun and one in Cozumel. These are great for the whole family to be able to see the ocean floor from the safety of the submarine. Again, visibility may be slightly diminished. Discounts on SubSee Cancun and SubSee Cozumel.

4. Museum.

Mayan-Museum30Cancun now has a Mayan Museum in the hotel zone. It is only about $5 per person and a great way to learn about the culture. Read more about the “Museo Maya” here.

5. Aquarium. Inside of Plaza La Isla Shopping Center at KM 12.5 in the hotel zone is the Interactive Aquarium. For only $10 USD you can tour the 13 aquarium tanks and see rays, pirahnas, moray eels, jellyfish, seahorses, scorpion fish and coral. It’s not a large aquarium but it is fun to see.

6. Shopping.  Cancun has several malls for you to get your shopping fix. In the hotel zone be prepared for higher prices and high-end stores. See more info about each mall here.

  • Kukulcan Plaza at KM 13 Higher-end stores like Hugo Boss, Harley Davidson & Oakley. On one end of the mall is Luxury Avenue and containsBurberry, Coach, Fendi, Cartier & Louis Vuitton.
  • Plaza La Isla Shopping Center at KM 12.5. This is one of my favorites because the stores are more trendy and there is more to see and do here. Stores include Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Guess, Diesel, Envy. Here you can also take in a movie or go through the Interactive Aquarium (see #5 above).
  • Forum by the Sea at KM 9 is a large multilevel plaza with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment which transforms into the Party Center hub at night.
  • Plaza Las Americas & Malecon Americas Mall in downtown Cancun. This is a large mall filled with trendy and affordable stores. It is quite close to the hotel zone and very modern.

CARM offers a shopping trip you can buy by the hour here. You can see the full list of by tours offered by CARM Tours & Transfers here.

Tip: Avoid going further into downtown Cancun if it is a full day of rain. The flooding in downtown is extreme and the driving techniques are terrible.

April 2013 Weather in Cancun

April is a beautiful and busy time in Cancun. The Spring Breakers are gone. The pools are not frigid. The weather is warm, but not blazing hot like in the summer. April is Cancun’s driest month with just an average of 2 rain days, however this year has been extraordinarily dry.

High temps average 88.7 F (31.5 C) with low temperatures at 74 F (23.4 C) which is a pleasant temperature for anything you want to do outdoors. The water temp is a perfect 80 F (27 C).

April Weather in Cancun

January 2013 Weather in Cancun

January is the coolest month of the year in Cancun, yet still perfect beach weather. You can swim in the ocean and sunbath in the warm Caribbean sunshine. The average high temperature is 81F (27C) and the average low at night is 67F (19C). The water temperature is 81F (27C).

It is coolest in the early morning and we reach our peak highest temps in the early afternoon.

There are a few days where long pants or light jackets are appropriate, however t-shirt and shorts are worn most days.

January 2013 weather in Cancun
Courtesy of www.AccuWeather.com

November 18 weather – hour by hour

This morning started off cool and cloudy. At 7 AM it was drizzling rain, but that changed quickly. By 9:30 AM the clouds had broken up and it was mostly clear.

At 10:30 AM it was 75F (24C) and clear.
Wind is 8 MPH from the north.
Humidity 69%

11:30A AM – spitting rain just a tiny bit. Partly cloudy.
79F (26C)

1 PM – Cloudy again. No rain yet, but it looks like it might rain soon.
77F (25C)

2 PM – very cloudy but has not rained any.
77F (25C)

3:30 PM – very cloudy, windy.
73F (23C)

5 PM – starting to get dark early because of the cloud cover. I took my dogs on a 30 min walk and when we got about 3 blocks from home it POURED on us. We ran home, soaking wet. No fun at all. The downpour lasted about 20 min.

6 PM – fully dark now, clear and cool. It is still t-shirt and shorts weather, but some folks might like a light jacket.

November 14 weather

Well, not a great day for laying out. It rained on and off all day. Cloudy, cool and drizzling rain. We did not have any flooding however. Most times when in rains in Cancun it pours for 30 minutes flooding all the streets, then stops. That was not the case this time.

This has inspired me to post about Things To Do On Vacation When It Rains – Your Plan B.

It was still shorts and t-shirt weather, even with the rain. I understand further inland at Chichen Itza it was not raining at all and the cooler day made touring the ruins a delight.

November 11 – Weather Stats

Here’s my first Weather Stats Post. Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

November 11, 2012
Temperature High: 82F (27.7C) at 10:47 AM
Temperature Low: 69F (20.5C)
Chance of Rain: 10%
Wind: East at 9MPH
Humidity: 76%
Sunset: 5:07PM

It did rain last night, but by early morning (6AM) it was totally clear, warm and lovely. Beautiful day in Cancun!

November 7 weather

Today we had a high of 84F (28.8C) and it was clear most of the day. From 9AM – 9:30AM it rained a nice little shower; and it stopped raining by 10AM. After that it was clear and sunny. Binikis and shorts weather.  Tonight low will be in the low 60’s (17.2C) so it is best to have a light jacket.