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Cancun tourism continues to boom throughout the summer as North Americans head to the beach to beat the heat.

According to the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR), Cancun is once again Mexico’s leader in hotel occupancy.

Woman in cancun

Despite a 3% decrease in occupancy compared to the previous year, Cancun still had an 81.5% filled room rate to close July, the highest mark in the country.

The average occupancy rate across the country was 66.8%.

It is estimated that around 500,000 tourists arrive in the Maya Riviera each week.

Couple walks on beach during sunset

Why has Cancun remained so busy throughout the summer?

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons tourism is still booming in the Riviera Maya.

Family Fun

With summer vacations coming to an end, now is the last chance for families to enjoy everything Cancun has to offer. 

The Maya Riviera has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what their age.

Children will love the many opportunities for adventure tourism at eco-parks and nature reserves across the Mexican Caribbean. Nature tourism and activities such as zip lining and snorkeling can be fun for the whole family.

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Starfish on beach

For young adults, clubs and bars in Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen are great places to let loose while on vacation. 

For adults who want to live in luxury while they take a break, all-inclusive resorts include spas and other opportunities to live the good life.

Many all-inclusive resorts have their own private beaches and enclosed pools, so parents can let their children enjoy more freedom while they relax.

And, of course, no matter what age, everyone loves a day at the beach.


Of course, the beach remains the premier draw in the Mexican Caribbean year-round.


Popular beaches in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are must-visits during any trip to the Maya Riviera.

At these major attractions, restaurants and shopping are additional activities available for beachgoers.

In addition, islands such as Cozumel and Holbox are great places for people who want to get off the beaten path.

Of course, the waters will be warm all summer long.


The Maya Riviera is the perfect place for history buffs or anyone who is interested in human heritage.

chichen itza

It is the cradle of Mayan civilization, with unique archaeological sites hidden deep in the jungle.

The most famous of all, Chichén Itzá, is a popular day trip from Cancun. 

Chichén Itzá is home to the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the ball game court, and more archaeological ruins.

In addition, a new museum is set to open, showcasing Mayan artifacts from across the Yucatán peninsula.

It’s no wonder that Chichén Itzá is consistently the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

The Cancun Mayan Museum, one of the most visited museums in Mexico, is a great place for history lovers to see Mayan artifacts this summer.

Ancient Mayan temple in Tulum's archaeological zone

In addition, the Tulum Archaeological Zone is another popular Mayan ruin in the Maya Riviera.

Located on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the Tulum ruins are one of the most photogenic places in Mexico.

Below the ruins, tourists can enjoy a day at the beach and cool off after exploring in the summer sun. 

With so much history surrounding tourists, it is easy for travelers with children to make sure their kids keep learning during their break from school.

Cheaper Prices and Smaller Crowds

Summer is traditionally a low tourism season in Cancun.

Since people tend to flock to Cancun during the cold winter and spring seasons in North America, beaches and tourist areas can be crowded during these times.

Tourists on a Resort Beach in Cancun, Mexico

However, in the summer, less tourism means smaller crowds in popular beach spots.

In addition, prices are lower in the summer than in other seasons. 

Many travel agencies and resorts may even have special promotions to attract tourists during the slower season.

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Amy January

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

At 5 beach resources, be prepared to have a rather warm room in the middle of the hot season. They regulate the temperature to be at 73 degrees, and there's nothing you can do about it. Everything else is very nice, and was a great summer getaway with the all inclusive package.