With summer vacation ending for Americans in just a couple of weeks, it can be confirmed that the Mexican Caribbean has already shattered all expectations this year within the tourism sector.
Quintana Roo is on track to welcome 1.8 million tourists passing through the state by August 27th, which is estimated to inject over 1 billion in profit into the economy.
While that is incredible news for local authorities and businesses who have been able to benefit from this record-breaking year, it has not been without its sacrifices.
With hotel occupancy almost reaching full capacity in areas such as Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, the busyness of crowds, the hassle of pre-booking activities before they sell out, and noticing the huge increase in security protection in popular beaches and shopping areas will certainly not have been to the taste of holiday goers looking for a more quiet and peaceful getaway.
While Cancun leads with the most visitor numbers this year, hoteliers are already highlighting that they expect to see those numbers fall sharply by the week leading into September, dropping to as low as 60% in room bookings, which is considered the low season in the Mexican Caribbean.
Jesús Almaguer Salazar, president of the Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Moreles, and Isla Mujeres highlighted that the main tourist footfall from the United States, Columbia, and Brazil is expected to drop as it has done in the past, with national tourism from Mexico leading the numbers in this quieter season.
As with any success, the local authorities will be assessing what worked this summer season and where there is room for improvement.
Luckily, tourists who find themselves free during the fall season could be picking Cancun as an ideal destination for their next trip, missing out on the busy crowds of the summer and experiencing what may not have been accessible during the record-breaking high season.
So why could fall possibly be the best time to book a vacation in Cancun?
Well the good news is that the Mexican Caribbean has sunshine all year round, with temperatures sitting on average between 75F – 86F, with occasional showers or storms only lasting for short periods of time before clearing.
Low season also means lower pricing for hotels, meaning there is sure to be many great deals to find when looking to book between now and the winter months, as well as tours and attractions selling at discounted fees.
So if you want all the luxury the area has to offer but maybe on a slightly conscious budget, Fall certainly looks like it would be the time to book.
Lower occupancy in hotels means the busyness and overcrowding of the summer will have died down, meaning attractions, restaurants, and beaches are going to be available in abundance to you, giving the more relaxed feel that so many vacationers seek when leaving their home country.
Fall also has unique offerings in Cancun, with festivals and holidays unique to the low season in the area.
Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is in October, and vacationers can expect parades, performances, and traditional food in downtown Cancun, with Mexicans celebrating their heritage and culture, sharing it proudly with foreign travelers.
Hanal Pixan (Day of the Dead) is also celebrated in October as part of Mayan tradition, where families honor deceased loved ones with public events showcasing traditional dances and music, another must-see event in any part of Mexico.
With less crowding, Chichén Itzá is a must-see for any budding archeologist, and late September/early October is the perfect time to go.
During the Autumn Equinox, visitors can pay witness to the natural phenomenon where the sun casts a shadow on the Kulkulan Pyramid, making it seem as though a snake is climbing down the steps.
For any food lovers, Cancun is the host of the annual Festival International del Caribe Mexicano Food and Wine Festival, which usually takes place in mid-October, showing just how world-famous Mexican cuisine is, with local chefs and live music to be enjoyed by all.
So, with Cancun ranking as one of the most popular destinations in all of Mexico this year, fall is the perfect time to try it out for yourself.
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