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These Will Be The 3 Busiest Destinations In The Mexican Caribbean This Spring

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With so many people planning to visit the Mexican Caribbean this spring, it’s difficult not to get influenced.

Just the thought of those white-sanded beaches, turquoise waters, and tantalizing dishes is enough to convince even the most skeptical of travelers to finally book that long-awaited trip south of the border.

If that’s you, the next step of the planning process should be deciding where exactly to head off to, and that’s not easy.

palm tree on isla mujeres beach

Do you go somewhere vibrant and lively or do you opt for a quieter, more authentic experience instead?

A great place to start your research would be to find out where millions of other travelers are planning to go these upcoming months; if you’re keen on seeing someplace vibrant and trendy, then following the stream would make your choice that much easier, if you’re trying to avoid overcrowded places you get to cross off some big contenders from your list – either way you win.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into what are set to be the three busiest destinations in the Mexican Caribbean this spring.

puerto morelos

Cancun

As expected, Cancun (once again) tops a list of the busiest Mexican destinations, and there are several reasons why this international hub continues to have an unshakeable chokehold on travelers from all over the world.

The famous Hotel Zone is nothing short of a beachgoer’s paradise; that’s why almost 90% of 39,000-something hotel rooms in the area (the highest number in the country) are already sold out.

aerial view of cancun hotel zone

With all-inclusive packages that leave visitors feeling fully relaxed and pampered and the type of pristine beaches most people only see on postcards, Cancun’s allure remains as strong as ever.

In fact, with the new Maya train making getting in and out of the city easier than ever, it’s safe to assume that the mega-popular city will become even more coveted as time goes on, even if that’s just as a base from where visitors can easily explore the rest of Mexico’s wonders (not to mention that the Easter crowd will be arriving in the area pretty soon, too).

Workers install rails for the Mayan Train in Section 4, which runs from Cancun to Mérida parallel to the toll highway.

Isla Mujeres

While Isla Mujeres boasts the highest hotel occupancy rates in absolute terms (92%), the fact that there are only 8,500 rooms on the island puts this gorgeous Mexican Caribbean gem at no. 2 on today’s list.

Located just a short ferry ride away from Cancun (think 20-30 minutes), Isla Mujeres serves as the quieter, more laid-back counterpart of its wildly popular neighbor.

Cabana Beds In Isla Mujeres, A Mexican Caribbean Island, Mexico

Here, you’ll find many of what are considered to be the most beautiful beaches in the region, including Playa Norte, Playa Lancheros, Playa Sol, and Playa Paraiso, just to name a few – all of these are perfect not only for swimming and sunbathing but also for snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, and more.

Visitors who are more interested in exploring the Mexican Caribbean’s rich cultural heritage instead won’t be disappointed, either.

colorful Caribbean houses tropical vivid colors Isla Mujeres Mexico

The island's streets, adorned with colorful murals and gorgeous little mon-and-pop shops, create the most charming and authentic backdrop for year-long exploration, while the eateries that range from humble street carts to higher-end restaurants are truly next level.

Puerto Morelos

The top 3 list is finished off by none other than Puerto Morelos, a charming coastal town that has finally come out of the shadows of its better-known neighbors and turned into one of the trendiest destinations in the country.

aerial view of puerto morelos, Mexico

In fact, this spring, the area is expecting hotel room occupancy rates to shoot up to 90%, and considering that this seemingly small port town is home to more than 6,000 rooms, that’s a pretty impressive feat.

I do want to note, though, that even those seeking to experience Mexican culture in its calmest, most authentic form will have a great time in Puerto Morelos despite it being so popular this season – the decades-old efforts to preserve the region’s natural beauty and culture have really paid off.

Leaning Lighthouse of puerto morelos

Here, you can explore the famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (the second-largest in the world), walk through the cobblestone streets of the town’s central square, go hunting for hidden treasures in the local markets, and, of course, soak in the sun in one of the many pristine beaches that dot the coastline.

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