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These Are The Busiest Resort Destinations In The Mexican Caribbean This Spring

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Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean continue their lead as the most sought-after resort destinations in Mexico this year amid skyrocketing arrival figures according to the Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo.

a white sand beach in cancun with few travelers and blue water

That’s according to new statistics that point to surging occupancy rates across numerous resort hotspots in the sunny region, with up to 80% of hotel rooms sold out in places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen this month.

The ongoing travel frenzy is expected to last until mid-April, after which the Mexican Caribbean will see slightly lower arrival figures until the start of the busy summer. 

a boat amid crystal clear water in cancun

As one of the busiest times for travel in the Mexican Caribbean approaches, here’s a look at the most popular destinations in the sunny region this spring.

Over 500,000 Weekly Visitors Help Fill Up Mexican Caribbean Resorts

Despite being significantly quieter than the hectic winter travel period, spring is one of the most popular times to visit Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

That’s all the more so this year amid the launching of the new Maya Train railway system and the improved aerial connectivity provided by Tulum’s new Felipe Carrillo International Airport. 

New statistics show that the Mexican Caribbean welcomed over 500,000 travelers last week alone, proving the region’s ever-lasting appeal among visitors. 

View from the balcony on the hotel resort with palm trees, pools and the lagoon in the background, Cancun

That’s according to Quintana Roo’s Secretariat for Tourism, which published fresh statistics on the most popular hotspots in the sunny region this month.

According to the public agency, resort destinations in the north of the Mexican Caribbean state continent to top the charts as some of the most popular locations for travelers. 

CancunPuerto Morelos, and Playa del Carmen all saw occupancy rates of up to 90% last week.

aerial image of puerto morelos coastline with resorts

That means that just one in ten rooms are currently available for booking in these destinations, as thousands of Spring Break travelers, as well as those celebrating Easter, flock to the Mexican Caribbean. 

Resort destinations in southern Quintana Roo, such as Tulum, Bacalar, and Chetumal, saw slightly lower occupancy rates compared to their northern counterparts.

This makes these locations ideal for travelers seeking to avoid large crowds.

Maya Train station and railway under construction

Home to the largest international airport in the region, Cancun remains by far the most popular destination in the state of Quintana Roo.

And with the brand-new Section 5 North of the Maya Train officially up and running, connecting Cancun to Playa del Carmen, this part of the region is likely to see even more bookings this spring. 

According to Bernardo Riestra, the head of the regional tourism authority, coastal hotspots in Quintana Roo will continue to see nearly fully booked hotels until mid-April.

Until then, travelers can expect packed beaches, fully booked restaurants, and sold-out tours, especially water-based activities.

A crowded beach in Tulum national park

The shoulder season – a period of lower occupancy rates and travel flows – will begin in mid-April, and last through May.

It’s an excellent time to visit Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, with nightly rates and airfare tending to drop during that time. 

But with the Maya Train expected to begin operating sometime this summer, travelers should prepare themselves for record arrival numbers as more visitors seek to explore the region’s countless Mayan ruins and natural wonders. 

spirit airline fleet in cancun

Meanwhile, Tulum’s new International Airport will also begin receiving more direct flights from the United States, with airlines like United and Spirit set to launch nonstop routes this month.

As demand for the historic destination surges, more airlines are likely to announce new connections to Tulum.

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