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These Are The Most Popular Hotspots In The Mexican Caribbean According To TripAdvisor

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The Mexican Caribbean, with its stunning destinations in Quintana Roo, has once again captured the hearts of travelers worldwide, as reflected in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2023 awards.

This year, Quintana Roo’s destinations shine with 30 positions across 14 categories in these awards, which recognize the “best of the best” among destinations, hotels, restaurants, and other activities, according to user ratings.

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The Mexican Caribbean stands out in the majority of these categories, securing multiple positions in each of them. 

So, let’s explore the captivating allure of these paradisiacal hotspots and delve into the remarkable achievements they have earned as the very best of the best.


Cancun, the crown jewel of the Mexican Caribbean, continues to shine as a premier destination renowned for its world-class beaches, vibrant atmosphere, and exhilarating nightlife.

This legendary tourist hotspot has not only claimed an impressive position as the 6th best destination among the top 10 worldwide destinations but has also earned the coveted title of the top destination in Mexico.

It looks like travelers can’t get enough of this paradisiacal gem!


Unsurprisingly, Cancun’s pristine beaches are the undeniable highlight for visitors, as reaffirmed by the rankings. Among the world’s best beaches, the stunning Playa Delfines Beach, located in the Hotel Zone, proudly secures the 9th position. 

Yet, the appeal of Cancun extends beyond its legendary beaches. The city is home to a wide selection of first-class resorts, firmly committed to delivering service of unparalleled quality. 

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The Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun hotel takes its place at the 21st position of the ‘Best Hotels’ list, offering travelers a luxurious experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Following closely behind is the Atelier Playa Mujeres, claiming the impressive 22nd spot. 

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, known for its vibrant culture and stunning coastline, claims the 2nd spot as the most popular destination in Mexico –  and it’s easy to see why.

Travelers enjoy Playa del Carmen’s beach town vibe – a stark contrast with Cancun’s bustling energy – and diverse attractions, which range from lavish shopping malls to mesmerizing cenotes.

Playa del Carmen Beach

As one of the fastest-growing towns in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is making a splash in the tourism landscape with its impressive array of newer resorts.

In the list of Trending Hotels, the Secrets Moxche Playa del Carmen shines at number 23, a tropical oasis where guests can expect exceptional service, luxurious amenities, and a memorable stay.


Tulum, with its enchanting natural beauty and bohemian atmosphere, is undeniably the rising star of the Mexican Caribbean.

This picturesque destination has gained significant attention due to its increasing emphasis on wellness and ecotourism, catering to the needs of mindful travelers seeking an authentic and sustainable experience.

Sunny tropical view of a Tulum resort beach

As a testament to its growing popularity, Tulum has proudly secured the fifth position among Mexico’s most sought-after destinations – and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that ranking rise in the near future.


Cozumel is renowned for its stunning beaches, idyllic ambiance, and magnificent scuba diving sites. The enchanting island was recently added to the prestigious “magical towns” list, ranked as the fifth most popular destination in Mexico.

If you were hoping for a list without the inclusion of Cozumel’s awe-inspiring beaches, prepare to be thoroughly disappointed. The island’s beaches are simply too extraordinary to overlook! 

Small Aerial View Cozumel

Among them, El Cielo in Cozumel stands tall, claiming the fourth spot among the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico. 

Finally, the island secures the nineteenth position when it comes to the best nature destinations, highlighting its array of outdoor activities and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, a blissful island paradise located off the coast in Cancun, boasts the Mexican Caribbean’s arguably most coveted award – the best beach.

In the category of ‘Best Beaches,’ Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres ranks 23rd globally, proudly claiming the top spot in Mexico. 

aerial view of isla mujeres

With its idyllic setting, Playa Norte showcases nature’s brilliance in every aspect. Its crystal-clear, turquoise waters gently caressing the powdery white sand shores create a mesmerizing scene straight out of a postcard. 

It’s an absolute must-visit destination for travelers planning a trip to Cancun!

In a nutshell, these accolades from TripAdvisor reinforce the Mexican Caribbean’s status as a premier destination for travelers seeking stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and unforgettable experiences.

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