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Tourists Should Plan Earlier Than Ever For High Season This Year As Cancun Continues to Break Records

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It is no secret that Cancun is one of the top destinations for tourism this year, as it forecasts to welcome more than 1.8 million tourists by the end of summer vacation. 

With over 500,000 passengers having already traveled through Cancun International Airport in the first week of July, it is clear that records are going to continue to break, and why you need to plan well in advance if you want the holiday of your dreams. 

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State Undersecretary of Tourism, Andres Aguilar Becerril, has noted that a 4.4% increase is expected in the arrival of tourists to the Mexican Caribbean this year, with North American travelers being the most significant.

Cancun International Airport welcomes flights from over 120 cities worldwide, with over 40 of them coming from the United States.

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With flights to shopping destinations up 53 percent and nature areas up 45 percent compared to last year, it is clear that tourists are already thinking ahead when booking for the high season. 

The Mexican Caribbean alone captures 50% of all international tourism that Mexico receives, which explains why more infrastructure is being built, why archaeological sites are being reopened and expanded, and why security levels are being heightened.

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What safety measures are being implemented this summer season?

Governor Mara Lezama of Quintana Roo signified the official start to the summer period by launching the 2023 Vacation Security Plan this Friday, aiming to increase protection for both travelers and their citizens.

With 24-hour surveillance of beaches, restaurants, shopping malls, and nature areas, this is a clear indication that high concentrations of people are to be expected.


Due to the influx of visitors, public beaches have increased the number of lifeguards to help provide safety for those wanting to bask in the summer sun.

The Governor has also acknowledged that authorities have been forced to implement additional tourist attractions – giving tourists the opportunity to experience the full culture of the region. 

So what does this mean for you?

Display of local Cancun culture and art

Book Early 

With hotels sitting at 75% capacity in the off-season in Cancun, it is recommended that you think ahead and book accommodation early. 

This will not only save you money in the long run but will also give you peace of mind, knowing you have the right accommodation for you without having to compromise. 

Generally, it is recommended to book anywhere between 4 – 6 months in advance before the high seasons, both in summer and in winter.

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Make Reservations Now

When the high season is in full effect, you can expect many of the popular tourist attractions to sell out fast. 

Though Cancun is in no short supply of cenote tours, museums, and archaeological sites, it is advised that you consider booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

The further ahead you make a reservation, the more likely you will be able to explore all that Cancun has to offer, maybe even at a reduced price.

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Expect Crowds

With hotels already at three-quarters capacity, it is no surprise that beaches will be filled with tourists looking for that sun-soaked escape they have been planning.

In addition, travelers should also factor in delays when traveling between the airport and tourist destinations during the high season due to the high volume of arrivals each day at Cancun International Airport.

If you are traveling independently and without the help of a travel agent, it will be a good idea to book your airport transfers ahead of time to avoid long waits and hectic queues. 

There are conventional taxis available, although they may lean towards the higher price point and could add delay to reaching your destination.

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It is clear that post-pandemic travelers are yearning to make up for lost time and find themselves at peace somewhere completely different from their everyday.

With Cancun’s record-breaking year that they are already experiencing, it is obvious that it is the number one place to be!

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