Skip to Content

These Are The Top 3 Fastest Growing Destinations In The Mexican Caribbean Right Now

Share The Article

Last Updated


As the Mexican Caribbean approaches its peak season, more travelers than ever are looking forward to their sun-soaked getaways.

The stunning beaches and cities that dot the region are not only consistently breaking tourism records but, according to recent data, are also growing at a remarkable pace.

Woman on a beach in Tulum

Out of all the coveted destinations across the Mexican Caribbean, 3 in particular are leading the way when it comes to tourism growth.

3. Tulum

Once an obscure beach town reserved only for locals and the most avid travelers, Tulum has now become one of Mexico’s most coveted hotspots, and if recent statistics are anything to go by, this remarkable rise in popularity shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

All this should come as no surprise, though, seeing as Tulum truly is the ultimate beach getaway destination.

Soon, Tulum is set to be even more popular after the opening of its own international airport this December.

beach in Tulum, Mexico

Between the dreamy coastline, turquoise waters, and fascinating historical landmarks, the town offers tourists the experience of a lifetime. 

The famous Playa Paraiso, known for its powdery sand and crystal clear waters, truly lives up to its name.

Paradise Beach in Tulum, Mexico

For those more in the mood for a sightseeing excursion, the iconic Tulum Archaeological Site is not to be missed.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean, the stunning landmark creates a unique blend of historical values and natural allure, giving visitors some insight into the long, fascinating Mayan past the region is known for.

What really sets Tulum apart from other hotspots of its kind, though, is the festive yet laid-back atmosphere that can be felt all across town.

Whether you want to stay in an eco-friendly cabana and immerse yourself in nature or party the night away in one of the area’s world-famous clubs, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

2. Playa Del Carmen

Just like Tulum, Playa Del Carmen has just recently emerged as one of the region’s trendiest hotspots.

beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

These past few years, in particular, the city has undergone a major infrastructural transformation in hopes of keeping tourists coming back for more – clearly, these efforts have paid off.

Lately, local authorities have taken notable measures to make Playa del Carmen one of the safest destinations in all of Mexico, and the increased sense of safety is prompting tourists to flock to the area more than ever.

Mexican Police Officers Patrolling Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Travelers who come here can enjoy that perfect balance between tradition and modernity.

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe in the picture-perfect beaches of Playacar and Mamitas or stroll along Fifth Avenue with its trendy boutiques and art galleries, Playa del Carmen promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

If you’re ever in the area, though, I highly recommend planning a trip to Cozumel, especially if you’re a diving or snorkeling enthusiast. 

Ferry rides last between 20-40 minutes and start at $15, but the views you’ll encounter once you get to the island are worth your time and money.

Aerial View Of Cozumel, A Tropical Island Off The Mainland Coast Of The Mexican Caribbean, Near Cancun, Mexico

Those who want to mix up their tropical getaway with some cultural events will be thrilled to learn that Playa del Carmen has a yearly calendar filled with live performances, festivals, and art exhibitions.

The annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, for example, is set to take place November 24th and 25th, so try not to miss it.

1. Cancun

The top spot is occupied by none other than Cancun, which has welcomed over 18 million visitors in the first eight months of 2023, grabbing the title of the most visited beach destination on Earth in the process.

There’s a reason why so many travelers can’t seem to get enough of the iconic Mexican hotspot.

Cancun Viewed From Above

Between its world-class beaches, a wide range of accommodation options, and a legendary night scene, it’s easy to see why Cancun remains the top international destination for U.S. travelers.

After a long day sunbathing on the white-sanded beaches, don’t forget to take advantage of the city’s gorgeous hotel zone, home to some truly great restaurants that’ll take foodies on a rich, delicious journey of the culinary heritage of the Yucatan Peninsula.

↓ Elevate Your Travel↓

Sign Up Now For Travel Off Path Premium! No ads, VIP Content, Personal Travel Concierge, Huge Savings, Daily Deals, Members Forum & More!

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR LATEST POSTS

Enter your email address to subscribe to Travel Off Path's latest breaking travel news, straight to your inbox.

This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com

Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.