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Cancun Comes Out On Top: 5 Reasons Why It’s Among The Most Visited Destinations On Earth 

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There’s no denying that Cancun is a popular vacation destination; you can see it in the tourism numbers that keep growing year after year.   

The destination went from having 12.7 million tourist arrivals in 2019 to more than 21 million in 2023.   

Now Cancun has come out on top again, landing in the number 9 spot on the Euromonitor International Top 100 City Destinations Index.

Let’s go over 5 reasons why it’s among the most visited destinations on earth.   

Aerial View of Beaches and Hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone

White Sand Perfection 

When it comes to beaches, Cancun is home to some of the best in the world, e.g. Playa Norte, which sits across from Cancun on the island of Isla Mujeres.   

Playa Norte has been rated among the world’s top beaches several years in a row by Lonely Planet.

Cancun itself also has over 14 miles of perfect white sand beaches with crystal-clear turquoise water, which are the top attraction for tourists visiting the destination.   

Perfect White Sand Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Enchanting Underground Swimming 

The beaches aren’t the only places in Cancun where you can take a swim.   

Some places have lakes, others have rivers, but Cancun has underground swimming holes called cenotes.   

Cenotes are formed when limestone sinkholes collapse in on themselves and fill with rain and groundwater.   

These swimming holes have crystal-clear water and are typically surrounded by lush vegetation, making for enchanting scenery.   

Tourists Swimming in a Cenote in the Mexican Caribbean

Fascinating Mayan History 

Cancun isn’t just beaches, parties, and jungle….  

It’s also the perfect place to explore the fascinating history of the Mayan people and their culture.   

Along with several museums located throughout the region, one of which is right in the Cancun Hotel Zone, there are also numerous archeological sites to explore.   

The most famous, Chichen Itza, is located just over two hours from Cancun and makes for a perfect day trip.   

Tourist Walking in Front of the Main Pyramid at Chichen Itza

Amazing Accommodations  

Few vacation destinations in Mexico have as many amazing accommodations to choose from as Cancun.   

Chain hotels, hostels, boutique hotels, and, most importantly, beautiful sprawling all-inclusive resorts offering all kinds of amazing amenities are distributed throughout the city.   

The wide range of accommodations gives every traveler who visits the destination the opportunity to find exactly what they’re looking for. 

Beautiful All-Inclusive in Cancun, Mexico

Extensive Connectivity  

What’s better than a vacation destination with great accommodations and plenty of amazing things to do?   

How about a vacation destination with all of that that is also easy to get to?   

Cancun International Airport is connected by direct flight to 121 airports around the world.   

This makes it one of the most connected airports worldwide. 

Busy Cancun Airport in December 2022

Who Flies To Cancun The Most 

Half of all international tourists who visit Mexico go to Cancun.   

Of the 121 airports with direct flights to Cancun, 42 of them are in the U.S.   

In total, more than half of all travelers who visit Cancun are American tourists, proving just how popular the destination is among travelers from the United States.   

American Airlines Planes Parked on a Tarmac at Cancun Airport

Why Cancun Is Set To Become Even More Popular In The Future 

Cancun’s popularity isn’t going to decline anytime soon; in fact, it’s likely to become even more popular in the future.   

The arrival of the Maya Train, which already has several routes between Cancun and other Mexican cities with the Yucatan Peninsula in operation, will likely spur even more growth as all of the sections become operable.   

This will allow visitors to not only visit Cancun but easily explore the entire region, which is just one more reason for travelers to love Cancun.

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