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Cancun High Season Coming Early This Year As Beaches Fill With Tourists

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It’s been a busy slow season in Cancun this year.

According to officials with the Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone in Cancun, more than 60,000 beachgoers have already made their way to the sun, sand, and surf in the beach resort destination this month alone.

A Busy Slow Season

It’s too early to make forecasts for the upcoming peak fall and winter travel season in Cancun.

Aerial View of Cancun's Marlin Beach in October

But, if October is any indicator, it’s going to really busy in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean in just a couple of weeks.

According to official data from the Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone in Cancun, more than 60,660 sun worshipers have already made their way to the beautiful beaches of the area so far this month.

It’s estimated to be a more than five percent increase in beach visitors over the same period in 2022.

Tourists enjoying a beach in Cancun

If international travelers did not know it was not the peak travel season, they would definitely think it was by looking at the number of visitors lounging in the sand, enjoying themselves at beachfront bars, and shopping at the waterfront shops.

People at Playa Delfines

If a traveler is coming to Cancun to enjoy spending time on a popular beach with many visitors, Playa Delfines is the place with more than 38% of the entire total.

Playa Deflines in Cancun with a straw parasol and beautiful water

Located just south of the hotel zone in Cancun, Playa Delfines features miles of soft white sand beaches with gentle waves and turquoise waters.

Tourists love to head to Playa Delfines to enjoy a beach setting without touring resorts and hotels nearby and its rare free parking.

For those not looking to spend the day on the sand, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including scenic views of the Caribbean Sea and a chance to even see marine animals swimming by.

Beautiful Day at Playa Delfines

Heading to the Beach

While Playa Delfines was definitely the most popular beach in Cancun during the month of October, several other beaches were popular as well.

Playa del Niño and Playa Marlin were the next popular beaches in the area with more than 11,000 visitors each during the month of October.

Playa Marlin

They were followed by Playa las Perlas with 2,677 visitors and Playa Ballenas with a total of 1,805 tourists so far in October.

If a traveler prefers a beach that is a little less crowded, at least with people, they may want to head to Playa Coral, a beach that is actually adapted for pets and their owners.

Pets can enter the water, play in the sand and even eat at Playa Coral. While their owners are encouraged to pick up after their animals, it is very understandable why that beach may be the least visited by tourists to a beach resort destination.

Playa Coral

What Visitors Need to Know

It’s already shaping up to be a busy peak fall and winter travel season in Cancun if the number of travelers visiting local beaches and using Cancun International Airport in the month of October holds true.

Therefore, tourists coming to the Mexican Caribbean should be prepared for many travelers to visit the area and crowded areas such as the local beaches.

Crowded beach in Cancun

Because of the apparently strong demand in the upcoming heavy travel period, visitors to Cancun should expect higher than normal prices for resorts and hotels in the area, as well as possibly limited choice availability.

Tourists will want to be sure to make their reservations well in advance for the season, especially if they have a preferred resort hotel or location in mind.

There could be a situation where some of the most upscale hotels, along with those targeted towards budget-oriented tourists, may be the first to sell out.

Travelers should also plan their day trips and activities, such as boat trips to Isla Mujeres, in advance due to the fact that reservations are already being made for those activities for the peak travel season.

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Tuesday 31st of October 2023

In Cancun now and will never come back. The taxis are Extortion $180 for a 20min ride!!! I read if you rent a car you can get pulled over and have to hand out a $200-500 bribe. It seems like a nice place to visit but not worth being shaken down to visit.