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Why You Need To Book Your Cancun Summer Trip Before It Is Too Late

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Year after year, it seems that Cancun’s popularity knows no bounds. The region is famously one of the most popular destinations in the world, with tourists so keen to visit that it’s almost as if Cancun has lost its “low-season” and is a true year-round destination.

Cancun tourists on the beach

This year is no exception, with early signs suggesting that Cancun will go on to have another record-breaking year after high arrivals figures were reported for the first quarter of the year – and with the rest of the year looking to be even busier. 

Already, hotel occupancy rates for summer are starting to creep up despite the season still being months away, as both domestic and international travelers alike set their eyes on a getaway to Cancun and the surrounding towns.

With this in mind, those thinking of taking a trip to the wildly popular city should really be looking to get their accommodation bookings finalized as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – here’s everything you need to know. 

cancun hotel zone aerial shot

Cancun Vacations – Don’t Delay

Booking a vacation is by no means an easy feat. From choosing which destination to visit to the hours spent researching and reading up on different hotels and activities, the preparation involved is a serious undertaking that can really make or break your vacation.

If you’re one of the millions of travelers with eyes on visiting Cancun this summer, there are other factors at hand. Both time and availability are running out when it comes to making sure you land a suite in your resort of choice – but thankfully, it’s not too late yet.

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Despite the summer season still being a month away, that hasn’t stopped travelers from getting their reservations in the region’s resorts secured early.

According to figures discussed by Eduardo Ibarra Domínguez, vice president of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, the occupancy rate in Cancun is already at 45% – meaning that almost half of all hotel rooms are already booked. 

Aerial view of Cancun resorts with white sand beach

As more travelers are projected to visit the Mexican Caribbean this year compared to last year, the hotel occupancy rate is set to rise significantly over the coming weeks.

According to the Association, occupancy rates are expected to hover around the 80% mark throughout summer – with periods such as the Mexican school break between July 27th and August 28th likely to push that figure even higher as domestic tourism skyrockets. 

isla mujeres busy ferry

The main drivers of the summer bookings spike are domestic travelers and those from the U.S., for whom Cancun has long since been a favorite destination.

“So far this year we have done positively and we hope to continue with the recovery of markets, although it is still tourism from the United States and national tourism that continues to arrive at the destination with the largest flow of visitors,” stated Eduardo Ibarra Domínguez.

Last summer, 1.2m travelers descended upon Quintana Roo, and – with Cancun’s 2023 Q1 tourism figures outperforming last year – it’s thought similar numbers with arrive this year. 

Busy Cancun Airport with people walking around and waiting.

With these facts at hand, it is essential that travelers ensure they book their resorts sooner rather than later.

Despite Cancun having such a wide range of resorts available, occupancy rates rising means that the longer travelers leave their reservations, the lower the chance of getting their preferred choice of resort becomes – meaning the vacation could get off to a rocky start before you’ve even arrived. 


Not only will booking early increase your chances of getting the room and resort you want, but it can also be better for your wallet too.

Booking early has long since been one of the best ways to get more value for money, with last-minute bookings often seeing resorts charging a premium. The same is true of flights, where it pays to be both early and flexible in your demands. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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