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These Are The 3 Most Popular Destinations To Visit In The Mexican Caribbean This Winter 

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With its dreamy weather, white-sanded beaches, and exceptional food, the Mexican Caribbean is the place to be this winter, promising visitors the ultimate sunny escape.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that many of the region’s most coveted hotspots are already breaking tourism records entering this upcoming peak season, though 3 are clearly standing out in terms of popularity and overall allure.

woman on a swing in Tulum, Mexico

If you, too, want to experience the magic of the Mexican Caribbean this winter but are stumped on the best place to go, check out the list below; you’ll find the 3 most popular hotspots along with the many reasons why travelers can’t seem to get enough of them.

Cancun

Standing as the ultimate Mexican Caribbean winter retreat, Cancun is the truest testament to the region’s tourist appeal, which has not gone unnoticed by travelers.

Americans, in particular, have quickly turned the beachy hotspot into their most visited international destination, proving once again that the draw of powdery, white-sanded beaches can’t be matched.

Aerial view of woman laying on wooden pier at sunny summer day in Cancun, Mexico

As winter falls upon the city, temperatures start to settle at a perfect range of 72 to 82°F (22 to 28°C), creating a haven for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts alike. 

Cancun's reputation as a luxury destination is largely due to the plethora of world-class resorts that line its shores, which offer everything from lavish infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean to the buzzing atmosphere of clubs like Coco Bongo.

view from an infinity pool in Cancun

If you’re looking for a more adventurous getaway instead, you can always skip the idyllic beaches for the day and visit the nearby archeological sites, of which Chichen Itza is arguably the most famous.

In short, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single person who comes to Cancun and doesn’t get to indulge their passions and interests – no wonder the place has become a travel holy grail!

Playa Del Carmen

For those looking for something a little bit more low-key than Cancun while also getting to experience all the touristy fun most people flock to Mexico for, Playa Del Carmen is an excellent choice.

playa del carmen, mexico

Situated just south of the region’s no.1 hotspot, the city exudes a distinct type of appeal that sets it apart from its bustling neighbor, though Cancun is far from the only hotspot that can be easily reached through Playa Del Carmen.

The city also serves as a gateway to Cozumel, a stunning island just off the coast.

A short, $15 ferry ride will transport you to some of the region’s greatest underwater wonders, so diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, get your gear ready!

With all that said, the quaint town offers much more to travelers than just its strategic location.

The pedestrian-friendly Quinta Avenida is not only the best-known attraction of Playa Del Carmen but also the very heartbeat of the coastal city, lined with quaint boutiques, lively bars, and restaurants whose food is to die for.

a couple holding hands walking on La Quinta Avenida, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Winter brings a particularly energetic ambiance to the local neighborhoods.

Filled with street performers, live music, and an overall sense of celebration, the buzzing streets of Playa Del Carmen are sure to provide just the right dose of lighthearted fun to help you leave your stresses and worries behind.

Tulum

A list of the Mexican Caribbean’s biggest hotspots wouldn’t be complete without the place that’s seemingly been filling every social media feed – Tulum.

And no wonder!

The trendy city just opened its very own international airport, with flights launching from the U.S. soon, and will connect to the Maya Train network on leap day (February 29th) of next year.

The city is going to see a massive influx of tourists as it becomes easier to reach than ever.

Beautiful Beach In Tulum, Mexico

Those who often run into traveler circles have probably already seen the secluded beaches, eco-chic retreats,  and ancient ruins overlooking the sea that the town is known for, and though it might seem difficult to believe, the firsthand views are even prettier than what you might’ve seen in pictures.

That’s why, for those who still haven’t had a chance to explore the many wonders of Tulum, this winter presents the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Ruins In Tulum, Mexico

Right now, temperatures are hovering around 75°F (24°C), creating the perfect setting for lounging on the town’s pristine beaches and reveling in its tranquil atmosphere.

Once the sun sets, though, you might want to take advantage of the area’s unparalleled nightlife, complete with seaside clubs and trendy restaurants, mainly concentrated in the beach zone, the Aldea Zama, and the town center.

DJ playing music outdoors at night, tulum

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