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Why Americans Will Visit Cancun More Than Anyone Else This Year 

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As a new blank page begins for Cancun and 2024, it is almost written in the stars that the tourist boom it experienced last year will continue, with Americans as the driving force. 

With Cancun standing out as the main hub for international flights in Mexico, receiving 12.6 million seats of the 34.9 million seats available to the country in 2023, the tourist hotspot is already busy, busy, busy with passengers looking for some hot Mexican sun. 

aerial view of cancun hotel zone

There are 40 non-stop routes between cities in the US and Cancun, with the most popular being Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and Chicago, as a whopping 4.6 million Americans chose it as their destination of choice last year, and for good reason: Cancun has everything you could ever need from vacation and here is why… 

Affordable Flights 

All major airlines from the US are well aware that Cancun is high up on everybody’s list of go-to destinations and is acting accordingly. 

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From low-cost, budget-friendly airlines like Spirit and Frontier to more expensive, well-known airlines like United, Delta and American, options are abundant for Americans to find the right deal for them. 

With so many airlines trying to capture the most amount of passengers, deals and reduced pricing are always on the cards if you book far enough in advance, with competitive pricing making it a little bit easier on your wallet!

Skyscanner is always a trusty website to help you compare deals and best prices for your vacations, as well as TravelPirates which consistently has some great offers all year round. 

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Be sure to book ahead at least three months in advance if you don’t want your wallet to take a hit!

The New Maya Train 

Now, Americans not only have the option to pick Cancun as the main base for their vacation but also have the opportunity to explore far and beyond it as well, thanks to the new Maya Train. 

pastel painted streets of Valladolid with motorbikes

Transport throughout the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula is quickly becoming easier than ever, with the train system traveling through extremely popular tourist destinations like Chichen Itza and the ‘Magical Towns’ like Valladolid and Izamal. 

In the past, these places would have once only been reachable by expensive transfers or by a less reliable public bus route.

Now, for prices that are cheaper than using the bus, the Maya Train will practically take you anywhere once the entire route is done in February.

High speed train on railway

Safe Choice For Tourists 

Americans also want safety when picking their vacation destination of choice, and though some will be wary of Mexico due to it often appearing in U.S. headlines for being unsafe, that is certainly not the case for Cancun. 

In fact, Cancun is probably one of the safest areas in the whole region. 

With tourism being a huge advantage for the Mexican economy, officials are well aware of just how important the security of all its visitors is and why it is their utmost priority.

patrols on Cancun beach with tourists

Each summer and winter season, places like Cancun see huge increases in overall safety, from more patrols of busy tourist areas like beaches and shopping malls, as well as more surveillance through CCTV systems and even armored vehicles, all in an attempt to give people some peace of mind. 

It certainly works, with Americans returning to Cancun year after year, something they would not be doing if they ever had to question their own safety. 

(Almost) Endless Accommodation Options 

Luckily for all its visitors, the area has something for everyone when it comes to accommodation. 

There are luxury five-star resorts that offer everything you could possibly imagine, to more boutique options that give the feel of a home-away-from-home; smaller and unique to Mexico that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Just when you think that Cancun has every option imaginable, there is still room for more to be built, as Cancun is seeing more luxury accommodations opening on its shores, with more and more U.S. families keen to go all out and spend the money on the vacation of a lifetime. 

Women on Cancun beach with surfboard

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