Millions of travelers are expected to fly to Cancun over the summer in search of impeccable white-sand beaches and world-class luxury.
Although the sun-soaked resort hotspot is busiest in winter, summer sees a huge influx of travelers, with Cancun’s resorts projecting some of the highest occupancy rates on record this year.
With that in mind, here’s an overview of when Cancun will be the busiest for travel this year and what tourists can do to cope with the crowds.
Cancun To See Record-Shattering Summer For Travel
Summer is one of the best – and hottest – times to visit Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. The period between June to August sees some of the highest average temperatures, with highs of up to 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
While not everyone is a fan of the city’s intense heat, many are drawn to it and enjoy spending countless hours under the sun by the pool or beach.
And this year, even more travelers will be flocking to the Mexican Caribbean as the city’s resorts gear up for record-breaking arrivals. Cancun is currently transitioning from spring to summer, with more travelers gradually beginning to flock to the coastal destination. With endless activities to enjoy on vacation, it’s no wonder summer is becoming even more popular for Cancun travels.
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While July officially marks the beginning of Cancun’s summer season, this year, June is already projected to be a busy month. According to local hospitality organizations, occupancy rates are currently hovering at around 70% – an impressive feat considering the season hasn’t officially kicked off yet.
This number is projected to rise by 15% come July, sending average rates soaring as resorts fill to near maximum occupancy. May has seen fewer flights and fewer crowds, but as summer approaches, airlines begin increasing frequencies as travelers flock to Cancun from all corners of the world.
The city is projected to remain busy throughout the summer, with July and August seeing occupancy rates of around 90% in Cancun’s hotel zone. June, meanwhile, is forecast to be slightly quieter, meaning travelers seeking a peaceful retreat should do so before the crowds arrive.
In the past, many travelers would choose to visit Cancun during the summer, which generally isn’t as busy as winter. However, experts have noted the city’s skyrocketing popularity is making the concept of a distinctively affordable and calmer low season obsolete, leaving many travelers to seek quieter alternatives.
Locations like Costa Mujeres and Puerto Morelos are all the rage this summer, especially as alternatives to Cancun’s packed resorts. Although those destinations are also gearing up for an intense season, they offer excellent nature-based activities to beat the heat, and the crowds.
According to Miguel Ruíz, head of Puerto Morelos sustainable tourism organization, the locale’s Cenote route and culinary scene are expected to be a hit among travelers. “We are promoting our cenotes as well as new ‘gastronomic routes’ to attract new visitors, with Americans and Canadians being our largest market,” Mr. Ruíz said in an interview.
Travelers seeking calmer alternatives to Cancun this summer are also exploring options like Holbox, an island that might soon become one of Mexico’s newest Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns), as well as Cozumel and destinations in the Riviera Maya.
Officials and businesses in Cancun still have well over a month before the busiest summer period for travel kicks off. In doing so, they are preparing the city’s beaches by training lifeguards, improving security, and investing in new anti-sargassum technology.
Cancun is fully prepared to provide an exceptional summer experience, allowing travelers to embark on a journey filled with enchanting moments.
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