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5 Reasons Why Americans Are Flocking To Cancun Right Now

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Mexico continues to be the destination of choice for many tourists in 2023, with Cancun being one of the country’s biggest draws.

According to statistics from the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur), almost 20 million international tourists traveled to and from Mexico in the first quarter of 2023, and Americans make up the majority.

woman lying on a beach

Over the same period, 40% of all international flights in Mexico were to and from Cancun, proving its dominance as a tourism powerhouse. So, why are so many tourists, especially Americans, flocking to Cancun?

Here are 5 of the major reasons Cancun remains Mexico’s premier tourist destination:


Cancun’s location in the Mexican Caribbean makes it an ideal destination for North Americans looking for a tropical escape.

palm tree and beach

Mexico is not the only country known for filling its stunning beaches with international tourists. However, there is a reason why Americans prefer Cancun above all others.

While there may be beautiful beaches across the world, Americans can find themselves on a world-class beach in the Mexican Caribbean in a matter of hours.

Beaches in Greece or Brazil may also be breathtaking, but long and expensive flights make them far more difficult to get to.

However, getting to Cancun is no problem, thanks to a wide array of quick and affordable flights.

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tulum beach and ruins


Cancun is very accessible to those living in the United States and Canada, with direct flights from many major North American cities.

Every week, there are 50 direct flights to Cancun from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport alone.

American Airlines recently added direct flights to Cancun from Columbus, OH, Kansas City, MO, and St. Louis, MO.

It will only get easier to get to the Riviera Maya for tourists from the United States.

tulum beach

While the Cancun International Airport is state of the art, it does get busy with so much traffic. Nevertheless, help is on the way.

The Tulum International Airport is expected to open in 2024, which will take some pressure off the Cancun International Airport.

On average, there are expected to be about 500 flights operating each day at the new airport.


When it comes to dreamy beach getaways, Cancun’s breathtaking coastline is second to none.

Renowned for its pristine beaches, Cancun’s warm water and year-round sun make it one of the world’s best getaways.

Tourists on a Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Whether travelers are seeking a tranquil escape or a lively atmosphere, Cancun’s beaches have it all.

Those that want to enjoy the buzz of local culture and commerce should not miss Playa del Carmen’s beaches. After enjoying the sun, many tourists enjoy bustling beachside restaurants and shops.

After dark, those looking to enjoy the party scene can enjoy the nightlife along the very same coast.

For those looking for something a little more relaxing, hidden gems, like Secret Beach, across the Mexican Caribbean, are great places to escape crowds.

Cultural Tourism

In addition to pristine beaches, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Tourists looking at chichen itza ruins

Incredible temples and pyramids from Mayan civilization can be seen across the Yucatan peninsula.

The most visited archaeological site in Mexico, Chichen Itza, is a must-see for any traveler in the region.

Noteworthy structures such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Ball Game Court are marvels of Mesoamerican architecture.

In addition, Chichen Itza will soon be home to a new museum that will showcase Mayan artifacts discovered across the Riviera Maya.

In addition, in Tulum, it is possible to see the wonders of Mayan civilization and enjoy the beach at the same time.

The Tulum Archaeological Zone offers picturesque views of Mayan structures against the backdrop of the Mexican Caribbean, providing some of the best photo opportunities in the Mexican Caribbean.

sunny day Tulum ruins by the beach.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Part of what makes Cancun such an easy and convenient travel destination is the all-inclusive resorts.

While booking with an all-inclusive, tourists can completely relax, knowing that everything will be taken care of for them once they arrive at their hotel.

Now, tourists do not even have to wait until they arrive at their hotel for the all-inclusive experience to begin.

Many people are booking their transport to their hotels as part of their all-inclusive package.

All-inclusive packages make it easy to enjoy the Riviera Maya without worrying about the hassles of travel.

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