Mexico already received 36 million international tourists this year

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The Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, recently announced that the country welcomed more than 36 million international visitors between January and July this year. As destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum continue to break visitor arrival records, this number will continue to grow. The most popular beach destinations in Mexico have witnessed an explosion of tourism this year as people flock to the area for a much-needed vacation after two years of the pandemic. While overall visitor numbers are still down 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 accounted for more than 50% of all international air arrivals at Cancun International Airport. This year that turnout is on track to increase significantly. Between January and June of this year, Americans accounted for 59.8% of all international arrivals at Cancun International Airport. Some 3.4 million Americans have already visited Cancun by air this year. Coming soon, arrivals are likely to increase during the high season this winter.

Aerial view of the hotel zone in Cancun

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

In the long term, Mexico plans to complete the new Mayan Train by December 2023. The train will connect with 18 different stops in 5 different Mexican states along the Yucatan Peninsula. The project will help meet the demand of tourists in the area. Plus, Cancun is likely to be more popular than ever.

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Cancun hotel zone with pool and sea

Carmen beach

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

Playa del Carmen 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 interested in visiting on a long-term basis, Monthly vacation rentals can be found as low as $400 USD per month. Visitors entering Mexico are usually issued a visa that will allow them to stay for up to 180 days, making long-term stays easier than ever.

arches along the beach in Playa del Carmen


Tulum is located 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 along 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 recently stopped and the project is no longer expected to be completed by December 2023.


While Tulum has incredible beaches that will make travelers dream of owning a beachfront villa, many travelers also head to Tulum to enjoy its proximity to some of the most amazing ancient Mayan ruins known. The ruins are right on the beach front and make an amazing day trip out of the resort.

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Tulum ruins with beach

Los Cabos

On the other side of the country, at the bottom of Baja California, is Los Cabos, another beach destination that has experienced significant growth. Recent reports indicate that Los Cabos International Airport has received around 3.5 million passengers in the first six months of the year. This figure exceeds the 2019 numbers 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 starting to enter the fray. The area is one of the top three vacation spots in Mexico. Also, Los Cabos was the second favorite destination for this summer, after Cancun.


Mexico is the place to go

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

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