All-inclusive resorts are undoubtedly the most popular type of lodging in the Mexican Caribbean, with hundreds of options spread out along the coast, but Airbnbs are popular too.
There are more than 40,000 Airbnb and other vacation rental units available throughout the region, and although that’s less than half of the number of hotel rooms, vacation rentals are the second most popular choice.
Up until now, there hasn’t been as much regulation with Airbnbs as there is with hotels, but now officials will begin inspections of Airbnbs in the Mexican Caribbean to ensure tourist safety.
What Officials Are Looking For
There are several things that officials are going to be looking for when inspecting Airbnbs in the Mexican Caribbean.
First, they will be checking to make sure that the Airbnb renter has the required licenses.
They will also be checking for safety issues, ensuring that all vacation rentals have safety equipment like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.
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Why These Inspections Are So Important
While licenses are more of a way to keep track of Airbnbs than they are a safety issue, it’s still important for vacation rental renters to follow the rules.
More importantly, though, is ensuring the safety of tourists.
Just last year three Americans died in a Mexico City Airbnb due to suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and this isn’t the first case of this in vacation rentals.
Inspecting rentals can help protect against these tragedies.
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Airbnb And Vacation Rental Numbers
Cancun has the most Airbnbs because it is the largest and most popular destination in the Mexican Caribbean.
Tulum, a destination that will likely become even more popular with the arrival of the Tulum Airport and the Maya Train, is up there in Airbnb numbers too.
Playa del Carmen, a popular vacation destination about an hour south of Cancun, as well as the island of Cozumel which is just off of the coast of Playa del Carmen, are also home to a lot of vacation rentals.
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The Appeal Of Airbnbs In The Mexican Caribbean
There are a few reasons some travelers choose Airbnbs over hotels when traveling to the Mexican Caribbean.
The biggest reason is that there is more space, which is particularly beneficial for those traveling in groups.
Additionally, some travelers like having the option of cooking their meals, especially visitors staying for an extended period.
Last but not least, Airbnbs can be an affordable option, which is appealing to many travelers.
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Tips For Picking The Right Airbnb
With so many Airbnbs to choose from in the Mexican Caribbean, it can be difficult making the choice.
A few tips for picking Airbnbs can help you find the right one.
This will help ensure that you have a positive experience while on your Mexican Caribbean vacation.
- Research the area, for safety and logistic reasons.
- Read reviews from other guests.
- Watch TikTok videos so you can see the unit better.
- Beware of scams, especially fake or misrepresented listings.
- Compare prices, because they vary considerably.
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Why All-Inclusives Are Still The Number One Choice
Even though Airbnbs are popular, all-inclusives are still the number one choice in the Mexican Caribbean.
All-inclusive resorts make it easier for travelers to budget for a vacation because food, beverages, entertainment, and other amenities are all included.
While all-inclusives used to get a bad rep for having mediocre food and cheap liquor, they have come a long way, with many offering gourmet dining options and premium beverages.
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The Future Of Airbnbs In The Mexican Caribbean
The number of Airbnbs in the Mexican Caribbean is expected to grow.
Numerous buildings are in the works in the region that are specifically destined to be Airbnb units.
If an Airbnb is your choice for your Mexican Caribbean vacation you can be confident that there are many to choose from, and that soon they will be safer than ever.
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