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6 Reasons Why Cancun & Riviera Maya Are The Most Popular Destinations In The Caribbean

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Millions of travelers have heard of well-known vacation destinations like Cozumel, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and many other Mexican Caribbean tourist hotspots, because of their popularity.   

Some of these destinations, though, are more popular than others for a number of reasons.   

And Cancun and the Riviera Maya are not just the most popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean but in the Caribbean as a whole.   

Stunning Cancun Beach in the Mexican Caribbean

The Proof Is In The Numbers 

Last year Cancun Airport served more than 30 million passengers.   

The overwhelming majority of these travelers that arrive at the airport are there to visit Cancun, but many leave Cancun for other Riviera Maya destinations as well.   

And there are six main reasons for these destinations breaking records and becoming the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.   

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Pleasant Tropical Weather 

Cancun and the Riviera Maya’s tropical climate can be enjoyed almost anytime throughout the year.   

Average temperatures range from about 82F in January, the coldest month, to around 91F in August, which is the hottest month.   

Although there is a rainy season that might make some activities inaccessible from time to time, from May to September, there really is no bad time to visit if the tropical climate is what you’re looking for.   

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Endless Things To Do 

One of the biggest reasons for Cancun and the Riviera Maya being the most popular destinations in the Caribbean is the endless things there are to do.   

While largely considered tropical beach getaway destinations, there are so many other things to experience in the region.   

Ancient Mayan ruins in nearly every city, hundreds of beautiful natural swimming holes called cenotes, exciting adventure parks in the jungle, and so much more give visitors plenty to explore.   

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Amazing White Sand Beaches 

Of course, while there is plenty to do, a Cancun or Riviera Maya vacation won’t be complete without spending at least a little time on the beach.   

There are so many to choose from, so no matter what kind of beach experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it somewhere in the region.   

Quiet secluded beaches, beaches with beach clubs, busy beaches filled with tourists, beaches with cabana rentals, and more offer unique experiences for your beach vacation.   

Three girls taking pictures in a Cancun Beach with the waves in the background

Huge Variety Of Resorts 

Every traveler has their preference in what style of resort they prefer, and there is something for everyone in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.   

There are literally hundreds of hotels and resorts in the region, from budget-friendly to five-star and everything in between.   

You can book a luxury all-inclusive and never have to leave the resort property, or you can book an affordable hotel to have as a home base to go back to after exploring Cancun and the Riviera Maya; the choice is yours.  

Tourists on the Beach and in the Water In Front of Hotel Krystal Cancun, Mexico

Excellent Connectivity  

Cancun Airport is one of the most connected international airports to U.S. cities.   

Direct flights are available from around 40 different airports in the U.S., with multiple flights from many of them available every week, and flights from some of these cities are fairly inexpensive.   

This makes it easy to visit Cancun and the Riviera Maya any time of the year and for as many or a few days as you want to.   

Planes parked outside of Cancun International Airport

Multiple Cities And Towns 

There are so many different amazing cities and towns to visit in and around Cancun and the Riviera Maya.   

Some are charming little fishing villages, others are bustling cities with vibrant nightlife, and some are fascinating historically and culturally rich towns waiting to be explored.   

With so much to offer in one small area of the world, it’s no wonder that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations.

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