Mexico has already welcomed 36 million international tourists this year

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Mexican Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco Marqués recently announced that the country is hosting more than 36 million international visitors between January and July this year. As destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum continue to set visitor arrival records, this number will only increase. Mexico’s most popular beach destinations have seen a tourism boom this year as people flock to the area for a well-deserved vacation after two years of the pandemic. While visitor numbers remain down overall from 2019, visitor numbers to popular beach destinations like the ones below are breaking record after record this year.

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Cancun is America’s favorite choice for this fall. It’s no secret that it holds a special place in the hearts of American travelers. In 2019, Americans made up more than 50% of all international air arrivals at Cancun International Airport. This year, this share is set to increase significantly. Between January and June of this year, Americans accounted for 59.8% of all international arrivals at Cancun International Airport. About 3.4 million Americans have already visited Cancun by air this year. Ahead, arrivals are likely to jump during peak season this winter.

Aerial view of Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun is aware of its popularity and the growing popularity of destinations such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. In response, Cancun International Airport has added more than 9 million airline seats as it prepares for a record winter. Last August, Cancún set an all-time record for passenger arrivals at its airport.

In the long term, Mexico plans to complete the new Maya train by December 2023. The train will connect to 18 different stops in 5 different Mexican states on the Yucatán Peninsula. The project will help meet the demand for tourists in the region. Plus, it’s likely to make Cancun more popular than ever.

Cancun Hotel Zone with pool and ocean

Playa del Carmen

About 45 minutes southwest of Cancun International Airport, Playa del Carmen has also grown in popularity. In reality, Playa del Carmen was so booked up this summer that only 10% of its hotel rooms were available in mid-July. As more and more visitors plan to spend the fall and winter, occupancy rates will likely remain high. Sharing some of the glory with its neighboring beach destination, Playa del Carmen and Tulum recently broke all-time arrival records. Between June and August this year, the two cities received 822,000 visitors, shattering their 2019 record of 625,000.

Playa del Carmen beach with people having fun

Travel Off Path recently revealed the top 10 things travelers need to know before visiting Playa del Carmen. In particular, for those who wish to visit in the long term, monthly vacation rentals can be found starting at US$400 per month. Visitors entering Mexico generally receive a visa that will allow them to stay for up to 180 days, making long-term stays easier than ever.

arches along Playa Del Carmen beach


Tulum is about an hour and a half from Cancun International Airport and just under an hour from Playa del Carmen. As mentioned above, Tulum recently broke arrival records with neighboring Playa del Carmen. Tulum has grown so much in popularity that Mexico has started building its own international airport to better serve the area. However, work has recently been halted and the project is no longer expected to be completed by December 2023.

Paradise Landscape Of Tulum With Tropical Coast And Beach. Maya

While Tulum has incredible beaches that will leave travelers dreaming of owning a beachfront villa, many travelers also head to Tulum to take advantage of its proximity to some of the most amazing Mayan ruins known. The ruins are just along the waterfront and make for an amazing day trip out of the resort.

Tulum ruins with beach

Los Cabos

On the other side of the country, deep in Baja California, is Los Cabos, another beach destination that has seen significant growth. Recent reports indicate that Los Cabos International Airport handled approximately 3.5 million passengers in the first six months of the year. This figure beats the 2019 figures by 19%.

Los Cabos Arch in Baja California, Pacific Coast, Mexico

While Cancun and its surroundings have been in the spotlight for many years, Los Cabos is beginning to enter the fray. The area is one of the top three vacation spots in Mexico. Similarly, Los Cabos was the second favorite destination this summer, after Cancun.


Mexico is the place to go

The numbers don’t lie; Mexico is a top destination and well worth a visit. Recent reports indicate that Americans plan to travel far and wide this fall, and their favorite international destination is Mexico. For travelers interested in visiting one of the beautiful beach destinations above, check out Travel Off Path’s 7 tips for a stress-free trip to Mexico this fall HERE.

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