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For The First Time In History Hotels In Mexico Cost More Than The U.S.

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For the first time in history, hotels in popular Mexico vacation destinations are costing travelers more than those in the United States of America.

And, with hotel rates in Mexico having reportedly exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 103% the news may come as little surprise.

Cancun beach and city hotel zone in Mexico

It is the nation’s 4 star – and above – hotels that are proving to be the most popular choices when it comes to the accommodation preferences of tourists, with such hotels being advertised at higher rates than those throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For example, in the month of December of 2021 – when many countries around the world were not even open for tourists – Mexico saw the average price of their 4 star (and above) hotel rooms being advertised at around $280.

Hotels in Cancun, Mexico

This figure outweighed the average price of the equivalent standard of hotel room in the U.S., during the same time, by more than $100 – with the United States seeing their average price of a night at a 4 star (and above) hotel being sold for $160.

The accommodation choices for tourists visiting Mexico are also proving to be significantly higher in cost compared to pre-pandemic times – with STR sales executive Rico Louwe recently confirming that “hotels are charging much more than in 2019”.

Santa Fe in Mexico City by night

It is important to note, however, that not all hotels inside the country have seen an increase in business – with some accommodation businesses, especially in the likes of Mexico City seeing more than half of their rooms remaining unoccupied. 

And, it seems to be the beach resorts and hotels that are proving to be the most popular amongst visitors – with hotels in Los Cabos reporting significantly increased income ‘per available room’ compared to the pre-pandemic times of 2019.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Mexico Has Continued To Make It Easy For Travelers To Enter The Country Throughout The Pandemic

There is no doubt that when the rest of the world was locked down – and countries were enforcing extremely strict entry requirements – Mexico took a slightly different approach.

Tourists in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Rather than to close its borders for tourists, the Mexican authorities decided to do quite the opposite – allowing international visitors to enter the country for tourism purposes –  with travelers having to adhere to very little when it comes to entry rules.

And, not only has this brought about a much faster recovery of its tourism sector, but Mexico has also become one of the most visited nations in the world – with 31 million international visitors having entered the country in 2021.

Mexico flag with mountains in the background

The country was also the second – on the entire planet – to drop all of its entry restrictions, which meant that travelers have been able to enter as they would have in pre-pandemic times, since January this year (2022).

Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos Proving Popular Choices For Tourists

Packed beach in Cancun, Mexico

With Mexico offering so much for travelers – including some of the best and most exclusive beaches around – visitors are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing their vacation destination, with so many places to choose from.

However, there is no doubt that a few of the country’s hotspots have proved to be particularly popular for those visiting Mexico – with tourist numbers having skyrocketed in the likes of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

Frontier plane with sunset.

And, with an increase in frequent and affordable flights to Mexico, there is no doubt that the country will continue to welcome millions of tourists through its doors, especially the likes of neighboring Americans and Canadian travelers.

Mexico could also see an increase in the number of digital nomads making their way to the country – with the nation having recently been named one of the top destinations in the world for remote workers.

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Sunday 3rd of April 2022

They are all inclusive. We don't have much of thuse in the US.


Sunday 3rd of April 2022

Too bad all places mentioned in the article have little to do with the 'real Mexico'. In Mexico people usually don't speak any english, the nature is amazing with (almost) no tourists, and the prices of food, accommodation and transport are superlow! EXCEPT in Yucatan and Quintana Roo: if you wanna visit supercrowded tourist traps with ridiculously high prices and mostly white people, then yes, you should go there. But then don't say you got to know 'Mexico', because you still have no idea... and that's a pity :-(.