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Cancun And The Mexican Caribbean Expected To Shatter All Tourism Records This Winter

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Last year, the Mexican Caribbean, led by Cancun, triumphantly broke pre-pandemic tourism records, with a total of 30 million passengers arriving at Cancun International Airport by year-end.

Now, the region is expected to outshine last year’s success, with the upcoming winter high season (December to March) projected to experience 18% growth compared to 2022.

Beautiful Mexican Caribbean beach with palm trees, dock, and fishing boats

U.S. and Canadian travelers remain the key markets contributing to this growth, with 18% and 32% increases, respectively.

While much of the Mexican Caribbean’s appeal has to do with its lavish resorts, vibrant nightlife, and natural beauty, a combination of the usual winter high season and recent developments have also greatly contributed to the region’s soaring popularity. 

The Best Time To Enjoy The Stunning Mexican Caribbean Beaches

There are hundreds of spectacular beaches in Mexico, but few can match the Mexican Caribbean ones in terms of sheer beauty.

But their impressive reputation as the country’s best goes beyond aesthetics.

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From the country’s 46 Blue Flag-certified beaches, the Mexican Caribbean currently boasts a staggering 22 on the list, earning their spot for exceptional cleanliness, safety, and environmental records.

Blue Flag-certified beaches like Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, Playa Delfines Beach in Cancun, and Playa Paraiso in Tulum keep captivating visitors with their crystal-clear, turquoise waters and soft sandy shores.

It’s no surprise that these gems, alongside other Mexican Caribbean beaches, consistently secure top spots among Mexico’s best.

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The winter season’s temperate climate, lack of sargassum, and lack of risk of hurricanes provide the perfect opportunity to relax, enjoy exciting water sports, and much more at these stunning coastlines.

Emerging Cultural Tourism Hotspots

Travelers are increasingly seeking new and exciting experiences, especially those related to cultural exploration, wellness, and adventure.

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While Cancun is a relatively young city, as it’s only been around since the 70’s, the Mexican Caribbean is a place with a fascinating and rich history.

Towns in the state of Yucatán, like Valladolid and Izamal, continue to attract visitors drawn to their unique colonial charm, traditions, and festivities, while Riviera Maya destinations like Bacalar and Cozumel stand out due to their turbulent yet fascinating history with pirate sieges.

However, the main cultural attractions of the Yucatan Península are undoubtedly the scores of enigmatic Mayan archeological sites, including world heritage sites such as Chichen Itzá and Uxmal.

Young woman looking at Uxmal

The Mayan presence in the region still runs deep, and its mixture with European and Caribbean influences permeates the region’s culture, from the local delicacies to art, dance, music, and festivities.

Even traditional healing methods and treatments have been incorporated into the region’s thriving wellness scene, as temazcal ceremonies and other ancient Mayan rituals are gaining popularity among travelers.

The Maya Train & Tulum Airport

Finally, let’s take a look at two of the most eagerly anticipated developments in the Mexican Caribbean tourism scene that are set to begin operations soon.

Despite a fair share of setbacks and controversies, The Maya Train is on track – no pun intended – to open its doors on December 15th. 

Aerial View of Part of the Maya Train Route in Mexico

While facing these concerns, the expectations for The Maya Train are high, as it is anticipated to revolutionize tourism in the Mexican Caribbean by boosting regional connectivity and introducing an array of fascinating opportunities for travelers.

The Tulum Airport will undoubtedly be a game-changer for the region as well, as it is expected to welcome about 5.5 million passengers annually. 

Currently, carriers like American Airlines, Delta, and Aeromexico have already confirmed flights, with domestic flights starting on December 1st and international flights in March 2024.

Not only will Tulum Airport help take some of the workload off the highly busy Cancun Airport, but it’s also expected to provide a more convenient and affordable way for travelers to reach this trendy Mexican Caribbean gem.

Tulum Airport Could Go Ahead As Planned - What We Know About The Project So Far

As the Mexican Caribbean prepares to welcome a surge of visitors this winter, its winning blend of pristine beaches, cultural richness, and transformative developments is poised to break all tourism records once again.

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Michael harbaugh

Friday 1st of December 2023

Visited tulum 2021, 2nd day there saw young man gunned down in front of all the fancy hotels, no one helped him as he lay dieing in street, shop owners closed up shops instead fearing reprisals… so not go!


Friday 1st of December 2023

Sorry, but Mexico will not receive one penny from me. I used to go to Cancun for years, but now since I can no longer enjoy a premium cigar on the beach, I'll go somewhere else that will take my money eagerly.

Phillip Smith

Friday 1st of December 2023

Don't forget your Kevlar!


Friday 1st of December 2023

@Phillip Smith, visiting a public school i see


Friday 1st of December 2023

Why of course!!!!! With this booming economy all over the world and money falling out of everybody's pockets why wouldn't you have a surge of people going??????

G. Russo

Friday 1st of December 2023

Let's face it, Florida has become way too expensive and crowded! The recent wild growth in FL has overwhelmed the highway systems, leading to grid lock in way too many areas. Going to the beaches is the same over crowed and lack of parking, time to move on.