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These Are The Top 3 Tropical Destinations Americans Are Traveling To Right Now

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November is set to see millions of Americans traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday and beyond.

As “revenge travel” proves itself to be more than a passing phase, it’s clear that traveling is a high priority for many Americans.

Triple AAA estimates that 4.7 million people will fly around the coming holiday, making 2023 the third most popular year for Thanksgiving travel since 2000. 

So where is everyone headed right now? Read on and we’ll break down the current top 3 tropical destinations Americans are escaping to this season.

Aerial view of a Punta Cana beach on a sunny day

Cancun, Mexico 

Cancun has continually statistically proven to be America’s favorite international destination, and it’s for a good reason.

It comes as no surprise that the number one trending destination is this chart-topping tropical paradise. 

This Mexican city is a no-brainer Thanksgiving break getaway for travelers wanting a relaxing vacation before the business of the winter holiday season sets in. 

For time-crunched travelers wanting to take advantage of the holiday break, Cancun is a very convenient option compared to other trending cities such as London or Paris. 

Cancun beach

With its fair weather, turquoise water and picture-perfect coastline, this destination provides the stress-free holiday everyone craves. 

Whether you want to catch sun rays at the beach, pamper yourself with an indulgent spa day, or explore ancient Mayan ruins–Cancun has you covered. 

Travelers searching for the liveliest beachside parties will be hard-pressed to find a place with more dynamic nightlife than Cancun! When the sun goes down, you’ll surely find your perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail while listening to the ocean waves or live music.

woman looking at ocean

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This idyllic resort town in the Dominican Republic is a competitive destination among this month’s travelers.

Punta Cana brings to the table the all-inclusive resorts, stunning beaches, and perfect weather, but at a lower price than Cancun. 

Travelers searching for a budget-friendly tropical escape with fewer crowds don’t need to look any further than this postcard-worthy island. 

view of sunset in punta cana

Punta Cana boasts year-round warm, sunny weather, and calm turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming.

Playa Bávaro and Playa Macao are two of the island’s best spots for relaxing afternoons soaking in the sun. 

This Caribbean country is also an excellent destination for those desiring to experience a new culture.

As the birthplace of Bachata and Merengue, you won’t have to search very far to find traditional music and dance. 

Dominican Colorful Costumed Girl

What better way to spend your vacation than dancing the night away to upbeat live music and drinking Punta Cana’s signature drink, “mamajuana”? 

This celebratory cocktail is created with tree bark and herbs soaked in rum, red wine, and honey.  

For a truly unique night out, be sure to check out Imagine. 

This club is a series of backlit caves with natural acoustics that each have different DJs and music playing. 

You’ll have to hire transportation to reach it as it’s somewhat remote. 

Coco Bongo Punta Cana and Oro Nightclub provide closer, lively options for a night on the town. 

Punta Cana Coco Bongo Nightlife

Be sure you don’t sleep on trying Dominican cuisine–fresh fish, tropical fruits, and fried plantains will have you eating like a king. 

Many resorts include a traditional Dominican menu, and the iconic Hard Rock Cafe is also a popular option. 

Must-try foods include this country’s signature “La Bandera Dominicana ” dish, which consists of white rice, red beans, meat, and fried plantains.

Punta Cana, Caribbean

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Last but certainly not least on our list is Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

This buzzing tropical city is well connected to U.S. airports and is one of 2023’s top continuously trending destinations in the Caribbean. 

Montego Bay has everything needed for the ideal tropical escape abroad: beautiful beaches and nature, ample adventure opportunities, colorful local culture, and lively nightlife. 

Montego Jamaica Aerial View

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try Jamaica’s famous Caribbean flavors and jerk chicken, now is the perfect time! 

Tourists can spend their holiday picking up unique art and souvenirs from vibrant local markets or get their nature fix from journeying to the gushing Mayfield Falls. 

Doctor’s Cove, Sea Island Beach Club, and Harmony Beach Park are among the city’s best seaside spots for swimming and snorkeling.

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