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Cancun Is The Top International December Destination For Americans Fifth Year In A Row, Here’s Why 

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According to a recent study of travel itineraries, Cancun is the top international December destination for Americans for the fifth year in a row.  Allianz Partners reviewed around 2.8 million itineraries for vacationers traveling between the dates of December 17 and December 30 with roundtrip tickets departing from cities in the United States.  Of those itineraries, 11 percent of them were for trips to international destinations, and Cancun is the destination for most of them. 

Cancun Beach with people laying in the sand under umbrellas and turquoise blue water in the background.

This isn’t the first year that Cancun has been the number one destination for Americans traveling in December, and as the popular tourist destination continues to grow in popularity, it likely won’t be the last.  The second most sought-after destination, San Jose del Cabo, is also in Mexico.  But although extremely popular among Americans, due in part to the close proximity to the U.S., the city has remained second to Cancun for the last three years.   

Cancun Resort on the water with the sun setting in the background.

Not surprisingly, for the past two years, Mexican tourist cities have held the top three spots for the most popular December vacation destinations. Time and time again, though, Cancun has proven that it is Americans’ favorite winter getaway destination.  This is because Cancun has so much to offer. Below are several things to do in Cancun so you can decide if Cancun is your ideal destination for a winter vacation too. 

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Busy Cancun Beach with people laying on the sand and resorts in the background with a view of aqua blue waters.

Cancun Weather 

This is probably one of the number one reasons Americans decide to go to Cancun during the winter months, especially those that live in colder areas in the northern part of the country.  Temperatures range between around a comfortable 69 and 84 degrees, and the area doesn’t receive as much rain as it does from late summer through fall.  Also, because it stays warm in Cancun throughout the year, water temperatures are still warm enough for swimming, hovering around a balmy 80 – 82 degrees. 

Beautiful Day in Cancun with white sand and blue water and lounge chairs with umbrellas on the beach.

All-Inclusive Pampering In Cancun

What better way to prepare for the new year ahead than taking a little time for some rest and relaxation?  And in Cancun, you have more than a hundred all-inclusive resorts to choose from where that is exactly what you’ll get.  Choose a place that handles every detail and provides you with all of the necessary amenities to help you relax, like good food and drinks, exciting entertainment, and luxurious accommodations. 

Palladium Resort lunge chairs by the pool for relaxing on a warm evening.

Outdoor Activities 

If the cold winter days in the U.S. are giving you the blues, then a trip to Cancun to enjoy some outdoor activities may be just what you’re looking for.  Since the water maintains a mild temperature, water activities can still be enjoyed, but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy outside as well. It’s the perfect time of year to go visit Mayan ruins like Chichén Itzá, visit an adventure park like Xcaret, or go on a jungle expedition where you can zipline and swim in a cenote.   

Xcaret Underground River with people swimming in the water and standing on the stairs.


If you’re looking to treat yourself or someone special to some nice new things for the holiday season, there are some great shopping options in Cancun too.  In addition to two modern shopping malls loved by tourists, Plaza las Americas and Malecon Americas, there is also a luxury mall in Cancun as well.  Luxury Avenue is located right in the Cancun Hotel Zone and features high-end brands like Rolex, Burberry, and Cartier. 

Shopping mall in the Cancun Hotel Zone as the sun is setting.

There are a lot of warm weather places American tourists can choose to take a winter getaway but over and over again they choose Cancun.  That being said, it may be the perfect winter getaway destination for you too. 

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