The travel experts at Hotwire recently revealed their winter guide on the hottest destinations for 2012-2013. With their guide they also revealed that 72% of Americans prefer to take shorter, more frequent vacations rather than one big trip per year. In calculating affordability, Cancun made the cut as an affordable quick getaway with plenty to offer: warm weather, lively culture and active nightlife.
The average airfare for Denver to Cancun for January-February 2013 is about $483 roundtrip, and Hotwire found that AirTran’s new nonstop service is bumping capacity up over 60%, which means there should be some competitive, good deals this year. They predict that peak weeks will be 2/11-2/17 and 3/18-3/31, with off-peak weeks 2/25-3/17, and after April 1st.
Right now, savings can be around 40% until spring break hits in March. If beach bum isn’t your second calling, there are plenty of activities during the winter months to keep you busy in Cancun.
- Nightlife: Save room in that suitcase for some dancing shoes to hit up the Coco Bongo. Join the dancers in the conga line or take a breather and watch the acrobats fly above, either way you’re bound to have a good time.
- Mayan Ruins: Post a witty Facebook status about how the Mayans miscalculated that calendar, or just soak in the rich history at Chichen Itza or Ek’ Balam that brings over 1.2 million tourists each year.
- Isla Mujeres: Just a 20-minute boat ride away takes you to an island that offers snorkeling, fine dining, great culture, or if you’re the adventurous type, try the “whale shark adventure,” where you swim alongside whale sharks for fun.
- Cozumel: A popular tourist attraction that offers fantastic diving and snorkeling, but also a lively night scene with bars and clubs.
- Cenote Dive: Cenotes – naturally-occurring sinkholes which can be found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, are famous sites for tourists who want to swim or dive in these beautiful formations. Cancun is close to many of these cenotes, including Cenote Dos Ojos and Gran Cenote.