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These Are The 7 Most Popular Destinations To Visit In Mexico For 2024  

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Mexico has topped popular country lists again and again this year. But what are the most popular destinations once you arrive in Mexico? 

Tripadvisor have announced their Travelers Choice Awards for 2024 which represent the best of the best in each region.  

Visitors mingling on Fundadores Park beach at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast of Riviera Maya with performers under the Portal Maya sculpture.

With huge projects like the new Maya Train and the new international airport in Tulum, 2024 will be a massive year for Mexico as it is easier to reach and explore than ever!

These are the 7 most popular destinations to visit in Mexico for 2024 according to these awards:  

7. Costa Mujeres  

If you’re looking for a laid-back vibe where you can enjoy white sand beaches, clear waters, and picture-perfect views in peace then Costa Mujeres is a great option.

It is also the 7th most popular destination in Mexico.  

Costa Mujeres is close to Cancun and has the same level of natural beauty but the party atmosphere is much less high octane.  

Isla Mujeres. Mexico

Popular activities here include taking a boat to the Isla Contoy nature reserve for rare bird spotting or snorkeling in the underwater sculpture gallery just off the coast.  

6. Tulum  

Tulum is considered the 6th most popular destination to visit in Mexico and also frequently tops lists of Mexico’s most romantic destinations too.  

Whether you’re looking for relaxation or exploration you’ll find it here. Tulum is home to beautiful beaches as well as well-preserved ancient ruins.  

Amazing UNESCO Mayan Ruins next to Caribbean Sea in Tulum National Park, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico

Tulum National Park boasts a 13th-century walled archeological site that overlooks the sea. The clifftop Castillo watchtower is also part of this park and both attractions can be explored at the same time.  

5. Mexico City  

If you’re looking for a bustling city location for your next Mexican vacation then Mexico City is the best place to be. Mexico City is the country’s capital city as well as its cultural heart.  

You’ll find world-class museums and a vibrant and exciting nightlife here. It’s a great place to really immerse yourself in the heart of Mexican culture.  

zocalo mexico-city with mexico-flag

Other attractions include the restaurants and bars in the city. Mexico City has a great fine dining scene as well as excellent street food, meaning there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.  

And with incredible architecture and archeological ruins, history buffs will find much to enjoy.  

4. Puerto Vallarta  

The 4th most popular destination to visit in Mexico is Puerto Vallarta. This exciting destination has grown hugely in popularity over the past 12 months.  

View from the street below of the The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with colorful flags strung across the street on a sunny morning in Puerto Vallarta

The first thing you need to know about Puerto Vallarta is that it boasts some of the very best beaches in Mexico. But if you're looking for something to do away from the shoreline then you'll also find dozens of nightclubs, and a well-regarded culinary scene.

Puerto Vallarta is a destination that offers the best of both worlds: a relaxing and modern beach vacation scene sits comfortably alongside a beautifully preserved original colonial town.

Whether you're looking for water sports or museums and art galleries, there's something for everyone here.

3. Cabo San Lucas 

Cabo San Lucas is Mexico’s highest-rated destination on the country’s Pacific coastline, but this resort has a unique location that also sees it sit in the calm and sheltered waters of the Sea of Cortez.  

Panoramic View Of A Beach In Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexican Pacific, Mexico

This is appealing because it means you can enjoy wild outdoor watersports and relaxing and sedate beach action in the same vacation. From sunbathing to snorkeling, paddling in the gentle waves to big-gaming fishing, Cabo San Lucas can offer it all.  

You can even take a boat ride from Cabo San Lucas and enjoy incredible whale-watching experiences here. 

Cabo has a reputation for being the Mexican resort where the rich and famous choose to vacation. It has a great nightlife scene without being too brash or overwhelming.  

2. Playa del Carmen

This fascinating beach town is located along the Yucatan peninsula.

The beaches are beautiful here, but what really makes Playa del Carmen stand out from the crowd is the quality of its nightlife. Luxury and opulence are the key buzzwords here.  

Aerial View Of Playa Del Carmen Bounded By The Caribbean Sea, Mexico, Latin America

While there is a great nighttime party atmosphere, this beach resort also has a laid-back and intimate feel, and it has a huge range of resorts and hotels to choose from.  

Playa del Carmen is also a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving, so if you’re a water sports enthusiast, this is an ideal choice for you.  

1. Cancun 

It should come as no surprise that Cancun has topped this list and is the most popular destination to visit in Mexico.  

Cancun attracts more visitors than any other Mexican destination thanks to its easy transport links and world-class beaches. Whether you’re hoping to relax on the golden sand or party the night away, Cancun is the place to be.  

Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun is also a popular destination thanks to its convenient location. You can stay in Cancun and also spend time in the historic city of Tulum.  

Cancun is also considered a gateway to Chichen Itza. This is one of the most visited and important archeological sites in Mexico today and should be considered a must-see attraction in the country.  

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