Of the 40,000 plus Airbnbs and other vacation rentals in the Mexican Caribbean, the majority are located in the region’s most popular vacation destination, Cancun.
Although luxury all-inclusives still remain the number one accommodation for Cancun tourists, the popularity of Airbnb is on the rise.
Due to the growing number of Airbnbs, the need for security, and complaints from guests, Cancun is starting to regulate the industry.
As such, there are a few things Cancun is doing to make Airbnbs safer for tourists, so let’s take a look at what they are.
Implementing A Registration System To Keep Track Of Owners/Hosts
One of the things that Cancun officials are working on to improve the safety of Airbnbs is a registration system.
It will be designed to keep track of owners and hosts of Airbnb properties.
This provides a reference of who to hold accountable should something happen, whether an accident or a crime, in an Airbnb property.
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Requiring The Collection Of Guest Information
Another method of improving safety that will be implemented is the requirement for Airbnbs to collect guest information.
Furthermore, Airbnb will be required to share that information with authorities if necessary.
Keeping track of guests, all guests, not just the renter booking the unit, will allow authorities to better address complaints and reports of criminal activity.
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Ensuring Quality And Safety By Keeping A Record Of Rental Properties
Last but not least, officials will start keeping a record of vacation rental properties that are registered.
This will allow authorities to weed out those operating illegally.
Illegally operating Airbnbs may not only be unsafe but can be misrepresented or even be a scam altogether.
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Why Some Cancun Tourists Prefer Airbnbs
For some travelers, renting an Airbnb over a hotel makes sense.
For groups the space is beneficial, for some being able to cook meals is a reason to book an Airbnb, and for others, especially those on extended vacations, simply feeling at home while visiting Cancun is the attraction.
Additionally, Airbnbs range in price, with plenty of affordable options, sometimes as low as $50 a night.
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Common Complaints From Cancun Airbnb Guests
One of the reasons regulation of the vacation rental industry is necessary is so that hosts can be held accountable for not keeping properties up to standard or for providing bad service.
One common complaint from guests who have stayed at Cancun Airbnbs has to do with misrepresentation of the property or its location.
Unresponsive hosts are another frequent complaint from guests. With regulation, hosts not keeping up to par can be weeded out.
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Tips For Booking A Cancun Airbnb
As regulation of the vacation rental industry gets underway in Cancun you can take steps to protect yourself when booking an Airbnb for the time being.
There are several things you can do to ensure that you don’t get scammed by an Airbnb host.
These tips will help:
- Pay attention to the host rating and how many times they’ve rented a property.
- Read and watch reviews, several of them.
- Verify the location is where you want to be.
- Only send money through the Airbnb platform.
- Communicate with your host up until your vacation.
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Three Reasons You Might Want To Book An All-Inclusive Instead
While Airbnbs do offer several benefits, all-inclusives provide some benefits of their own.
Specifically, they provide a hassle-free vacation that includes everything you need for the ultimate trip to Cancun.
They are also a safer option, especially for travelers visiting Cancun for the first time.
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