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Cancun Was The Most Popular Beach Destination In Mexico For 2020

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Cancun officially finished 2020 as the most popular beach destination in Mexico. The resort city in the Mexican Caribbean was able to attract million of visitors despite the ongoing pandemic.

Being the first destination to receive the The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, the city was also one of the first in the world to reopen for tourism back in June.

Cancun Beach

With great flight connectivity from almost every city in North America, Cancun became one of the top destinations for Canadian and Americans. Relaxed entry requirements including no Covid-19 testing or quarantines and a high standard of protocols at resorts drove tourists back to Cancun.

Cancun landed in first place out of the top 4 beach destinations in Mexico for 2020.

Cancun All-inclusive Resort

Cancun – 6.8 Million International Arrivals

Cancun received a total of 12.3 million passengers in 2020 with 6.8 being international visitors. Cancun is well known for being one of the top tourist destinations for Americans and the gateway to the entire Mexican Caribbean. Travelers arriving in Cancun are either staying in the city to enjoy luxury all inclusive resorts or headed to the nearby tourist hotspots of Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel. 

Overall international visitors were down 58.8% from 2019. 

Cancun Bay Hotel Zone

Los Cabos – 1.8 Million International Arrivals

Los Cabos recorded a total of 3 million passengers in 2020 with 1.8 million being international visitors. The majority of international visitors who visit the resort city are from the United States. 

Overall international visitors were down 49.9% from 2019.

Los Cabos Arch

Tijuana 1.7 Million International Arrivals

Tijuana recorded a total of 6.3 million passengers in 2020 with 1.7 million being international visitors. 

Passengers who use the CBX to arrive in Tijuana are classified as international visitors. The CBX (Cross Border Express) is a pedestrian bridge linking San Diego and Tijuana.

Overall international visitors were down 41.6% from 2019.

Tijuana surfers in wetsuits at beach

Puerto Vallarta 1.6 Million International Arrivals

Puerto Vallarta recorded 2.5 million total passengers through its gates in 2020 with 1.6 million of them being international visitors. The resort city has been a popular destination for Americans and Canadian tourists for decades. 

International arrivals to Puerto Vallarta were down 50.7% from 2019. 


Although international arrivals to popular destinations in Mexico were down between 40%-60% in 2020, the country has recovered more of its passenger traffic than most countries around the world. 

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