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Cancun Is The Most Popular Beach Destination On Earth As It Breaks All-Time Visitor Records 

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Some would argue that 2023 has already been a historic year for tourism in Cancun, as it clinches the coveted title of the most popular beach destination in the entire world. 

Quintana Roo has seen huge, transformative investments in infrastructure, welfare and security, and conversation and preservation, which in turn has led to one of the most popular years in history for the location within the tourism sector. 

Cancun beach with tourists

Cancun has always been a go-to for Americans during their vacation time due to its easy accessibility, breathtaking landscapes and coastlines, and stunning resorts, but the number of visitors arriving this year has not only fully recovered from pre-pandemic levels, but has completely surpassed them. 

Cancun International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, welcoming more than 500 flights per day to the stunning destination, with numbers being recorded at 18,272,000 international arrivals in 2023 so far as it enters its second semester.

sunset beach drinks in cancun

The popularity of Cancun is currently unmatched in terms of visitor numbers, as many other parts of the world continue to grapple with recovering pre-pandemic numbers.

Local authorities from Quintana Roo are doing everything within their power to meet the incredible demand, which is undoubtedly having a hugely positive impact on the economy.

So what is the secret sauce behind Cancun’s incredible, growing success, and why do you need to get planning your next trip?

Investment in Security

First off, Cancun is extremely safe.

Though it does not go without its fair share of crime, as any big city is expected to, the resort and tourist zones have reported zero violent incidents this year, with criminal activity rarely ever spilling out into those specific areas.

With Mara Lezama’s agenda to construct peace and security, more than a billion pesos have already been invested into increased patrols and equipment, such as 24-hour CCTV surveillance in busy tourist locations, giving peace of mind to both locals and visitors alike. 

security patrols in cancun

Though it may take a moment to adjust, seeing these extra security measures will become second nature fairly quickly and will certainly not impede on any of the tourist experience.

It is advised that all visitors exercise caution and remain in areas that are popular hotspots for travelers; this sound advice applies to anyone traveling anywhere other than their own hometown/city. 

Investment In Infrastructure

Cancun has seen huge investments in infrastructure ever since recovery began from the pandemic and intends to continue to its growth far into the future. 

Luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels seem to be popping up all over the city, with huge names like Hilton and Hyatt expanding their offerings to meet the needs of wary travelers looking to escape the mundane lifestyle of their every day and experience something completely out of this world. 

stunning ocean view from hotel balcony

All-inclusive hotels are especially soaring in popularity among Americans due to their convenience, their high-security detail, and often bargain deals. 

The infrastructure does not stop with luxury resorts, however, as investments are also being put into the expansion of archeological and historical zones, the renovation of popular tourist hotspots, and even gargantuan projects such as the long-awaited, heavily anticipated Maya train.

tourist taking photograph outside the window of a train

This state-of-the-art transport service will begin operations from Cancun on December 1st, and will connect both locals and tourists to all of the breathtaking areas in the Mexican Caribbean. 

For anyone looking to escape the busy city for something a little different, easy transport links will be available to other amazing areas such as Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, and will give travelers the opportunity to visit iconic locations such as the ruined Mayan city of Chichén Itzá or the colorful location of Valladolid. 

Investment In Connectivity 

Cancun International Airport is undoubtedly one of the busiest airports in the world, so much so that a sister airport is being built in Tulum to take some of the pressure off its visitor capacity. 

It is also the second largest airport in Mexico, with 128 different locations to travel to and from on offer, highlighting just how easy it is to get to the stunning location.

aeroplane ready for take off at the airport

The United States alone has 38 different locations to choose from when traveling to Cancun, which accounts for almost a third of all locations connected to the busy airport, showing just how popular a destination it is for Americans. 

The airport has even implemented e-gate lanes for U.S. citizens, which means getting the sun-soaked beach vacation you have been dreaming of is now easier than ever, with more flights and routes being added to airline itinerary extremely often.


Mara Lezama has gained huge praise among local communities for not only adding to the success of the tourism boom that Quintana Roo is experiencing this year but also for the protection and prioritization of people who live there, in the hope that every single person can prosper and benefit from what this incredible location has to offer. 

In her hope for the future, she stated, “A Quintana Roo, in short, where we all have the possibility of living happily and in peace, which is, after all, the responsibility and the ultimate end of all government.”

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