Are you planning to come to Cancun in March? It would be a good idea to know the weather and the events that will take place there!
Spoiler alert: It will be a month filled with sun and fun!
In this post, you’ll find top-notch information I’ve gathered from locals and the internet regarding Cancun weather in March. So grab your sunglasses, and let’s dive in!
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Cancun Weather in March: The Takeaway
- March is the dry season in Cancun.
- It’s the driest and windiest month of the year, with few rains and minimal cloud cover, allowing the sun to shine most of the day.
- The average temperature is pleasant, and the humidity level is in the lower range. It starts to rise again from mid-March onwards.
- Rejoice! These weather conditions are not suitable for mosquitoes.
- The mild coolness of the nights will enable you to recover from your day trips fully.
- Some might find the sea a bit cold in March, but you’ll enjoy the good visibility for your underwater explorations. Plus, you should escape the Sargasso!
- Good weather and a rather busy festive calendar make March another popular month for tourists.
- Expect high hotel rates and crowds in the main tourist spots.
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How is the Weather in Cancun in March?
Maybe your idea of Cancun weather is blue skies and warm sand. Let’s see if that’s true!
Cancun is in the so-called tropical climate zone. Its characteristics are warm temperatures all year long (the average annual temperature recorded in Cancun is 27.1°C (80.8°F), a low annual thermal amplitude, and intense sunshine. At the warmest times of the day, maximum temperatures don’t exceed 36°C (97°F), thanks to the effect of sea breezes brought by the proximity of the Caribbean Sea.
There are two seasons in a tropical climate.
🌞 The dry season in Cancun lasts from December to April. The climatic conditions are moderate, with an average temperature of less than 28°C/83°F during the day, thanks to the influence of the alizes, which are very present at this time of the year. The sky is mostly clear, it doesn’t rain much, and humidity is at its lowest (65%). With temperatures ranging from 19.5°C/67°F to 27.2°C/81°F, January is the coldest month.
🌧️ The rainy season is from May to the end of November. The weather is sweltering (average daytime temperature above 31°C/88°F), the sky is often overcast, thunderstorms are sudden and intense, and the humidity is very high (up to 100%). July is the hottest month (min 25°C/77°F – max 32°C/90°F).
March is well into the dry season, but occasional rain might occur – such is the malice of the tropical climate! But don’t worry; an average of 4.2 days of rain makes March the driest month of the year. The probability of these four rainy days following each other is almost nil. Plus, if it does rain, the showers will only last for a while. With 30.5 mm (1.2 inches), March has the lowest average rainfall. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the refreshing feeling brought by a few drops.
In March, the sun rises between 6.51 am and 7.01 am, and the day lasts 12 hours and 7 minutes (on March 20th). The average sunshine rate is 8 hours per day. With 74% clear skies, March is the second month of the year with the lowest cloud cover. As you can see, the sun will shine during your stay in Cancun. So, don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!
In March in Cancun, at the warmest time of the day, the maximum temperature is 28.3°C (83°F), and the average temperature is 24.4°C (76°F). I see you smiling – yes, it’s pretty nice! Moreover, it’s almost always windy in March, and the humidity level is quite bearable. With a minimum temperature of 21°C (70°F), the nights are still reasonably cool, perfect for a good night’s sleep. If you’re the chilly type, pack a light cardigan for your morning excursions.
In the middle of March, the so-called “muggy” period begins; it will last until December. The average relative humidity, at 74% on March 16th, rises quite quickly. Towards the end of the month, on some days, you may feel a little oppressive. There are an estimated 23.6 muggy days in the month. In the summer months, there are 31 heavy days, if that makes you feel better. In short, bring your deodorant in March, but no need to spray it on every hour!
Cancun is exposed to hurricanes and other tropical storms that bring heavy rain and strong winds. The hurricane season officially lasts from June to November, with the highest risk months being August to October. So, March is a month spared from the sky’s wrath during the hurricane season. You can relax!
How’s the Sea in Cancun in March?
I bet your swimsuit is the first thing you toss into your suitcase, am I right? Well, after studying the color of the sky, let me fill you in on the marine weather in Cancun in March.
In Cancun, the water is coolest from late December to mid-April. But hey, don’t complain – this is the Caribbean Sea we’re talking about! In March, the average water temperature is a comfortable 26°C (79°F). You might want to bring a light diving suit along with your swimsuit, especially if you plan on exploring the underwater world up close.
Cancun’s ocean water visibility is at its best during the driest months of the year, and March is no exception. With perfect weather conditions for visibility (sun, water temperature), don’t forget your snorkeling gear. You’ll love swimming among the coral reefs.
The wind blows in Cancun almost all year round. The strongest winds occur between October and May (average wind speed over 8.00 mph/13 km/h). During this period, March is the windiest month, with an average wind speed of 9.2 mph (14,8 km/h). The winds come mainly from the East, with some from the South and a smaller proportion from the North. So if you’re into sailing sports, you’re in luck!
Since March is the windiest month of the year in Cancun, expect to see some waves. The middle of the Cancun hotel zone has the highest risk of rough seas with strong currents. So, be cautious or opt for beaches with calmer waters, such as Costa Mujeres in the North of Cancun or Punta Nizuc in the south of the Cancun hotel zone.
What to Wear in Cancun in March?
Now that you know all about Cancun’s weather in March, let me help you decide what to pack for your visit. As you can see, Cancun has pleasant weather in March. The sun shines most of the time so you can leave your umbrella at home! Or pack a light rain jacket if you despise getting wet.
In addition to your stylish swimsuits, pack light and comfortable clothes. If you’re prone to sunburn, bring one or two long-sleeved shirts; you’ll appreciate them while visiting the Mayan ruins. Plus, even if mosquitoes aren’t swarming, long sleeves will offer some protection, especially if you’re their favorite target. If you’re a mosquito magnet, pack some repellent too.
Bring a light sweater if you plan to visit Chichen Itza at sunrise. And of course, remember your hat and sunglasses. Oh, and I just remembered – bring a reusable water bottle. It’s more eco-friendly than plastic bottles.
Festivals & Events in Cancun in March
In Cancun, people love to party and celebrate major events during March. Here’s a taste of the festivities so that you can pick your favorites.
In March, a horde of American students flock to Cancun to celebrate the end of their exams. Expect many of Cancun’s venues to be filled with noisy and excited young people.
During Cancun Spring Break, you can get packages that include travel, accommodation, and VIP passes for live concerts with world-class DJs and other festive events. I advise you to book in advance to make the best deals.
The all-inclusive Grand Oasis Cancun and Krystal Hotel Cancun, known for their crazy afternoon pool parties, are emblematic places of Spring Break. Moreover, artists from all over the world perform in the hottest clubs, such as Coco Bongo in Punta Cancun, and on Cancun’s most festive beaches, such as Playa Forum.
Spring Break is also the time for fantastic bikini contests, like at Mandala Beach Club on Playa Forum.
Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza
If you’re more drawn to Mayan rituals than techno music, head to Chichen Itza on March 20 for the Chichen Itza Spring Equinox. You’ll witness the Snake God descending the steps of El Castillo, the stunning pyramid of the most famous Mayan ancient ruins site in the Riviera Maya. Keep in mind that you won’t be alone watching this incredible event, and the phenomenon can be observed for two or three days. I also advise you to book your ticket in advance, as the number of spectators is limited.
Saint Patrick’s Day
On March 17th, some of Cancun’s bars and restaurants go Irish to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget your green T-shirt!
Holy Week (Easter)
Depending on the year, Holy Week is celebrated in March (in 2024, Semana Santa begins on March 24). This religious event is popular with Mexicans and Americans who like to spend a few days in Cancun during this time.
Tips for Travelers Coming to Cancun in March
If you’re planning to visit Cancun in March, there are some things you should know to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Avoid the Big Waves
March is a windy month in Cancun, which means the sea can be pretty rough with waves and currents, especially on the idyllic beaches of the middle Cancun hotel zone. To avoid any potential danger, swim at Playa Mujeres, north of downtown Cancun, or Punta Nizuc, south of the hotel zone. These places have calmer waters and are perfect for families with kids.
March is the last busy month of the tourist season that started in December, so prices can be high. To get the best deals, make your reservations as early as possible.
March is still a high season for tourism, so be prepared to share the highlights, such as Mayan ruins and the beaches, with other visitors. To avoid crowds, wake up early or book private tours. Alternatively, consider staying in a place with a more family atmosphere, such as Puerto Morelos, a fishing port in the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun.
No Sargassum in March
If you’re worried about the infamous seaweed, the sargassum, don’t be. March is outside the season for sargassum invasions, so you shouldn’t have to deal with this problem.
Don’t Trust Your Weather Forecast
The tropical climate in Cancun changes its mood quickly, so don’t bother checking the weather forecast. The sun shines most of the time in March, and rainy days are rare. Even if it does rain, it won’t last long.
Water temperatures can still be cool in March, so if you like swimming before breakfast, choose a resort with heated swimming pools. Some recommended resorts with nice pools are Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Live Aqua Beach Resort, Nizuc Resort & Spa, and Secrets The Vine Cancun.
Mosquitoes hate Cancun weather conditions in March, so you can enjoy some outdoor activities without worrying about them.
Things to Do if it Rains
Nobody likes to hear the word “rain” when planning a trip, but it’s always good to be prepared. Here are some ideas for things to do if it rains during your visit to Cancun:
Explore an Underground River
- Avoid the crowd
- Amazing cave
- Need to be in good shape
The Riviera Maya is home to an extensive network of underground rivers and caves with fantastic rock formations. One of the best places to explore is Rio Secreto, located south of Playa del Carmen. Here you’ll have the chance to see the beautiful colors of the water and learn about the geology and legends of these fascinating sites. Three types of tours are available, depending on your level of adventure.
Visit a Museum
The Cancun Hotel Zone is home to El Museo Maya de Cancun, a modern museum that provides the perfect opportunity to discover the fascinating Mayan civilization. You can view beautiful collections of objects found during excavations at various archaeological sites in Quintana Roo. In just a couple of hours, you’ll forget about the rain and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region.
For some people, a rainy day means shopping, and Cancun has plenty of options. You can explore the luxury boutiques of Isla Shopping Village by the Nichupté lagoon and enjoy an ice cream while waiting for the rain to stop. Alternatively, you can head to Forum By the Sea, a busy shopping mall in Punta Cancun. For a more authentic experience, check out the Mercado 28 de Noviembre, a popular flea market in downtown Cancun where you can find souvenirs and enjoy a traditional Mexican snack. Don’t forget to bargain – it’s part of the experience!
Don’t let a little rain ruin your Cancun adventure. Try one of these activities and wait for the sun to come back!
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