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Cancun Named The Best Destination In The Caribbean

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Cancun’s reputation as the ultimate Caribbean getaway remains unmatched, as evidenced by its recent recognition as the Best Caribbean Destination during the 2023 Feria de las Américas, held in Rio de Janeiro. 

Cancun beach

This event stands as one of the largest tourism fairs in Latin America, drawing key figures in the tourism industry, including tourism agents, hotels, media, and destination representatives. 

The prestigious award was presented by the magazine Viagem e Turismo, known for its history of recognizing tourist destinations and service providers that showcase high-quality standards and offer travelers exceptional experiences.

And when you consider the massive popularity of other Caribbean destinations such as Aruba, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic, it becomes clear that this achievement is nothing but remarkable.


So, let’s explore why travelers are consistently drawn to this Caribbean paradise and why it is more than deserving of this prestigious recognition.

Some Of The World’s Best Beaches

While you might have anticipated this one, the role of Cancun’s stunning coastlines as a tourism magnet can’t be overstated.

Featuring white, fine-grained sands and turquoise waters, these mesmerizing shores have captivated millions of visitors for decades.

@ecorrealazaro best Cancun beaches, save for later:) 📍Playa Gaviota Azul – soft waves and a kids tide pool on the side 📍Playa Caracol – soft waves, great amenities, i.e showers, shade, delicious tacos 📍Playa Mujeres – remote, private, be prepared since there are no amenities 📍Playa Del fines – beautiful, waves can be rough so be careful 📍Playa Punta Esmeralda – cute beach, a bit of a drive, lots of street vendors #cancun #cancunmexico #zonahoteleracancunmexico #beach #tacos #mexico #tulum #playadelcarmen #rivieramaya #islamujeres #quintanaroo #wanderlust ♬ Me Gustas Tu – Sped Up Version – Manu Chao

Cancun boasts a grand total of 7 Blue Flag-certified beaches, including some of the destination’s most popular beaches, including Playa Delfines, Playa Chac-Mool, and Playa Marlin.

This certification is only awarded to beaches that adhere to rigorous safety and cleanliness standards. So, when you plan your next Cancun getaway, rest assured you’ll be enjoying nothing less than pristine beaches.

Redefining Luxury

It’s true that the drastic increase in the number of luxury developments in the Mexican Caribbean isn’t limited to Cancun.

Nonetheless, Cancun stands out with its consistent opening of new 5-star all-inclusive resorts and substantial luxury investments, especially in emerging areas like Costa Mujeres.

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Home to exclusive resorts such as Excellence Playa Mujeres and Atelier Playa Mujeres, this exclusive resort and residential area is quickly solidifying its status as one of the region’s premier destinations.

Moreover, there are several exciting projects being developed in the area, such as the upcoming Grand Hyatt Cancun Beach Resort.

Set to open in 2024, this beach resort will be located inside Puerto Cancun, a closed-gate community that will also feature ample residential areas, golf courses, a protected natural reserve and a shopping mall.

Tours & Adventure

Sooner or later, even the most hardcore beach and resort lovers will seek something exciting to do during their Cancun getaway.

Fortunately, Cancun delivers exquisitely, offering travelers a truly immense wealth of opportunities for exploration and adventure.

A catamaran tour with people diving in Cancun

You can embark on exciting activities without leaving the Hotel Zone, including boat tours, sailing, snorkeling and diving, catamaran excursions to Isla Mujeres, and whale shark watching.

To cap off your day with a memorable twist, join the Captain Hook ship, one of Cancun’s legendary night tours, promising a night of pirate shows, delicious food, music, and just pure fun.

And if you do happen to leave the Hotel Zone, endless opportunities for adventure await.

For an adrenaline rush like no other, venture to one of the iconic Xcaret Parks, such as Xplor or Xel-Ha, where you’ll find thrilling attractions such as zip-lining, subterranean cavern exploration, and exhilarating ATV rides.

uxmal ruins

And no Cancun experience is complete without a visit to a Mayan archaeological site. 

Not only will you find numerous ruins in Cancun itself, but its proximity to iconic sites makes it exceptionally convenient to explore these fascinating structures, including Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Tulum, and many others.

A Legendary Nightlife 

Can a Caribbean destination truly be called the best without having a thriving nightlife scene?

The answer is a resounding no, as this is precisely one of the things Cancun is most famous for. 

Classic nightclubs such as Coco Bongo The City, and Mandala keep attracting hundreds of partygoers night after night.

Coco Bongo show

Downtown Cancun is the place to go for Latin music, live music, and theatre, while numerous bars and lounges can be found throughout the city for those seeking a more relaxed night.

So, now you know why Cancun has earned the title of the best Caribbean destination, and given that these are only a handful of all the tourist attractions this renowned resort town has to offer, it’s clear to say that the title is well-deserved.

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