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5 Reasons Travelers Are Falling In Love With This Destination North Of Cancun

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As travel to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean skyrockets to new records in 2023, one destination just north of the resort hotspot is all the rage with tourists this year. 

Offering quaint beaches that are far quieter than those of Cancun, stunning high-end resorts with some of the world’s best culinary offerings, and convenient access to some of the region’s best Mayan sites, Costa Mujeres is often dubbed the new Cancun.

a tropical view from costa mujeres with palm trees

With more travelers keen to explore beautiful detonations outside of Cancun, here are 5 reasons why Costa Mujeres should be at the top of everyone’s travel bucket list.

Picturesque White-Sand Beaches

beautiful white sand beach in playa mujeres

Costa Mujeres is located just several minutes north of Cancun. Despite their close proximity, the coastal hotspot feels like a different world to Cancun. Instead of towering resort complexes and boisterous nightclubs, Costa Mujeres offers unparalleled access to the soft white sands of the Mexican Caribbean.

Stylish resorts adorn Costa Mujeres’ miles-long coastline, and travelers can access both public and private stretches of paradisiacal tropical beaches. 

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Award-Winning Resorts

Costa Mujeres is home to several dozen award-winning 5-star resorts and a growing number of brand-new properties that offer the latest in high-end travel. Travelers can find everything from family-friendly resorts to exclusive adult-only getaways in this thriving hotspot.

Some of the most popular properties in Costa Mujeres currently include the Catalonia Grand Costa Mujeres All Suite & Spa. Featuring a massive layout encompassing a large variety of modern rooms and lavish amenities, this resort ticks all the right boxes. 

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Its most impressive feature is Quinta Avenida, a vibrant promenade reminiscent of Playa del Carmen’s main avenue. 

Other popular choices include the 5-star Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort, which is famous for its award-winning Zentropia Spa. 

Culinary Delights

Another reason that so many travelers choose Costa Mujeres for their Mexican Caribbean getaway is the destination’s trending foodie culture. Many of Costa Mujeres’ renowned resorts are increasingly focusing on showcasing the best of Mexican classics delivered in style.

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But travelers can also savor an assortment of international flavors in this growing resort hotspot. Some of the best resorts for foodie travelers include ATELIER Playa Mujeres, where guests can dine in the reservations-only María Dolores By Edgar Ninez, which serves up modern, immersive dining experiences. 

Rich Mayan History

Experiencing Mayan history & culture is one of the top reasons travelers are choosing to visit & stay in Costa Mujeres. 

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The El Meco Mayan ruins are just a stone’s throw from most Costa Mujeres resorts. What makes the site so popular is the fact that travelers can admire the location’s rich history and beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea – effectively killing two birds with one stone.

And for those that want to venture deeper into the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum’s famous Archeological Zone is just several hours away, perfect for a quick day trip. And with the upcoming Maya Train, it’ll be easier than ever to discover everything the Mexican Caribbean has to offer. 

Fun For The Whole Family 

Despite its reputation as an adults-only paradise, Costa Mujeres is a great choice for families. Boasting a handful of family-friendly properties, travelers of all ages are welcome in Costa Mujeres.

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The tropical destination is also a safe choice for families thanks to its low crime rate, owing to new law enforcement deployments and around-the-clock security across its stunning resorts.

The top-rated family resorts include, among others, the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres, which boasts an exclusive family section.

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