Hotels and resorts throughout the Mexican Caribbean are expected to be approaching full capacity at the beginning of April, as the region’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down with both domestic and international travelers.
While it’s great news for Cancun and those who prefer a livelier atmosphere on their vacations, it represents much worse news for travelers with plans of booking a late getaway to Cancun in the coming months, who may now find it extremely difficult to find space in a resort of their choice.
With resorts across the entire Mexican Caribbean coastline – from Tulum up to Cancun and beyond – and in the neighboring state of Yucatan set to benefit from the surge in hotel occupancy rates, travelers who haven’t yet reserved a place to stay will need to do so as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Here’s a look at why the region is set to see a boom in travelers in April, plus a look at what else travelers should know about projected travel statistics for Cancun this year.
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For most destinations in the world, waiting until the last minute in the hope of finding a resort for a knockdown price can still be risky, but it isn’t usually a bad idea. However, those thinking of employing the same trick for a trip to the world’s hottest destination, Cancun, are playing with fire.
Despite the Mexican Caribbean heading towards the typical out-of-season months, it’s proving to be just as popular as ever – and, in the case of the early weeks of April, it’s looking increasingly likely that most top resorts could sell out.
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That’s because the start of April isn’t just any time of the year to visit, but the start of Holy Week, the Easter celebrations that will see many domestic travelers take advantage of their public holidays and head off for a break.
With the holiday set to last from April 2nd to April 8th, resorts across the Mexican Caribbean are approaching sell-out territory, with the average hotel occupancy levels hovering between 80-85% – making finding a beachside resort a tricky task for even the most experienced of travelers.
While this period is always busier than the weeks immediately preceding and following it, this year, it’s looking like it will reach a new level.
According to the hoteliers Abelardo Vara Rivera and Francisco Cordova, it’s looking increasingly likely that new records will be set for arrivals into the Mexican Caribbean this April, as both North American travelers and domestic travelers continue to favor the region for their vacations.
However, this wasn’t the only interesting travel tidbit to be revealed at the hands of the two businessmen. According to Cordova, the explosion of arrivals in April points to a wider trend of Quintana Roo no longer having a low season as we’ve come to expect.
Given the region’s huge popularity over the past year or so – which saw new passenger arrivals records set for 2022 – the days of traveler lulls and low resort occupancy rates seem to be a thing of the past.
Though it may be true that the next few months are unlikely to be as busy as the months that we saw at the end of 2022, they are still set to be busier than ever before.
Recent findings published by Cirium revealed that Cancun was the fastest-growing airport in the world, with projected seat totals for the upcoming fiscal quarter a staggering 37% more than the figures the airport experienced over the same period in 2019.
If you’re looking to find a place to stay in the Mexican Caribbean at the start of April, finding your dream hotel isn’t impossible, but it might just require a little bit of research and a generous helping of luck. If you do struggle to find what you’re looking for – don’t worry!
The region is full of quaint hidden gems that will prove a more than worthy alternative to staying in the thick of the action in Cancun’s hotel zone.
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