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These Mexican Caribbean Destinations Just Received A Staggering Number Of Awards

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A mammoth 391 awards and certifications have recently been presented to 77 different companies related to tourism across the Mexican Caribbean.

These recognitions have been chosen by both the national Mexican and state of Quintana Roo tourist boards, which are known for their tough standards.

These Mexican Caribbean Destinations Just Received A Staggering Number Of Awards

Official recognitions of quality and service are extremely important in the tourism industry. With so much competition in the Mexican Caribbean, the line between marketing and fact can sometimes be blurred.

These stamps of approval cut through the polished PR and give travelers a new level of certainty over the quality they can expect while on vacation in the Mexican Caribbean.

The following is a breakdown of awards by destination:

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Solidaridad / Playa Del Carmen

Solidaridad is a name not often familiar to travelers, but it’s the municipality immediately south of Cancun that is home to the super destination Playa del Carmen, as well as the up-and-coming tourism towns of Playa Paraiso, Puerto Aventuras, and Xpu-Ha.

In a sign of the area’s determination to steal travelers from Cancun, Solidaridad claimed a staggering 219 tourism quality awards spread across 33 high-achieving businesses.

Tourism is an industry of keeping up with the Joneses, with the high achievers forcing their competition to straighten up and follow suit or be left in the dust.

In this respect, these 33 companies aren’t just claiming personal glory, even if that is their likely motivation, but helping to raise standards across the board for visitors to Solidaridad.

Aerial shot of Playa del Carmen


This once-quiet corner of the Mexican Caribbean has exploded in popularity, becoming a world-renowned draw for bohemian travelers, as well as those searching for the ultimate Instagram photo dump.

From day one of tourism in Tulum, there has been a focus on offering a resort experience that wows travelers.

And with Cancun and Playa del Carmen just a few hours north, that focus on offering something special is super important to draw travelers south.

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A pristine beach in Tulum

It’s no surprise then that Tulum’s haul of awards is dominated by the resort and hotel sector in the town with accreditations for the following high-achieving resorts:

  • Hotel Conrad Tulum
  • Hotel Hilton Tulum
  • Hotel Kimpton Aluna
  • Hotel La Zebra
  • Hotel Bahía Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an
  • Hotel Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
  • Hotel Elements
  • Hotel Muare
  • Hotel Zenses Wellness & Yoga
  • Mi Amor
  • Mezzanine

Travelers can be safe in the knowledge that these winners aren’t taking tourists’ trust in them for granted.

tulum hotel pool


The Mexican tourism powerhouse, Cancun, has managed to navigate decades of ups and downs in the country while always managing to keep focus on improving the city’s offerings to visitors no matter the situation in other states.

While this year, Solidaridad dominates the awards, which was a title previously held by Cancun for decades, the city still comes away with a solid 55 accreditations across its tourism industry.

Cancun’s local sister destinations still have a long way to go to steal its crown as Mexico’s spearhead in the tourism industry!

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Isla Mujeres

Once believed by the indigenous people to be the sanctuary of the Mayan goddess Ixchel, Isla Mujeres has blossomed into a modern island tourism destination.

More developed than the trendy northern rival of Holbox but less crazy and more tranquil than its ocean neighbor Cancun, Isla Mujeres offers the best of both worlds for travelers.

beach isla mujeres

Tourism here has jumped massively in recent years. In fact, the day trips alone to Isla Mujeres are currently seeing 25,000 people take the 15-minute journey from Cancun each day.

But the island is more than just a day trip from Cancun, with it now being home to resorts that can rival those found on the mainland.

Its 3 accreditations may seem humble, but considering how small the island is, it is well on track to rival other mini-destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.

Aerial View of Costa Mujeres and Isla Mujeres Near Cancun, Mexico

Which Destination Is The Best?

There is no one-size-fits-all destination in the Mexican Caribbean; each offers its own something special.

When choosing which one is right, take the following points into consideration:

  • Budget
  • Interests e.g. Beach vacation versus cultural travel
  • Accessibility – Some destinations can require up to 6 hours of travel from Cancun
  • Time of year – Prices vary drastically depending on seasonal peaks
  • Accommodation e.g. All-inclusive resorts versus budget hotels

By writing down the answer to each of these points, travelers will find it much easier to choose a destination in the Mexican Caribbean that’s right for them.

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