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This Iconic Mexican State Just Broke Its All-Time Tourism Record

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At a time when most countries struggle on their road to tourism recovery, Mexico has managed to re-establish itself as one of the world’s leading hotspots, with many of its states and cities breaking all-time visitor records. 

This new year, though, has brought to light one of the county’s biggest tourism achievements to date.

Beach in Cancun Mexico

Quintana Roo, home to some of the region’s dreamiest destinations (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and more), welcomed a remarkable 21 million visitors in 2023, setting a brand new standard for years to come.

And, if what we’re seeing tells us anything, the record won’t hold up much longer.

Quintana Roo Is Home To Some Of Mexico’s Most Coveted Hotspots

While Mexico is filled to the brim with world-class hotspots, every single one of which exudes a unique type of charm, the collection of iconic destinations brought together by the confines of Quintana Roo is truly unparalleled.

Between the timeless beauty of Cancun, the ancient allure of Tulum, the paradisical views of Playa del Carmen, and the laid-back atmosphere of Cozumel, the state truly offers something for every type of traveler. 

Mexico Beach Cozumel Island

I could go on describing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the picture-perfect sunsets, the fascinating Mayan ruins, and the unique blend between the charm of small seaside towns and the sophistication of upscale resorts, but the truth of the matter is that the allure of Quintana Roo needs no explanation.

Tulum ruins

Seeing as Cancun is the undisputed no. 1 hotspot among American travelers and almost every other city mentioned above has broken some kind of record in the last year, chances are you’ve either gotten the chance to enjoy the state’s charm firsthand or are planning to do so in the near future.

And whether you’re planning on exploring one of these world-renowned hubs or a lesser-known gem like Isla Holbox or Bacalar, Quintana Roo is sure to exceed even your wildest expectations.

view from Holbox island

There’s Always Something New To Explore

One of the biggest driving forces behind Quintana Roo’s enduring tourism success is its commitment to perpetual innovation, ensuring that there’s always something new to see or do for first-timers and repeat visitors alike.

Those keen on discovering new accommodation experiences on their travels will be delighted to learn that, when on the likes of Cancun or Tulum, there’s always a new hotel or resort just around the corner.

Resort in Cancun shown in the daytime from the air

Hilton, for example, expanded its network of high-end hotels in Mexico not too long ago, and three of these new openings were scattered across Quintana Roo’s biggest hotspots.

Similarly, three gorgeous resorts recently opened on Isla Mujeres, a stunning little island near Cancun that boasts the same idyllic views with none of the chaotic crowds.

Cancun itself also saw the opening of 12 new resorts, making it that much easier for travelers to find accommodation that’s tailored to their needs, budget, and location preferences simultaneously.

Foodies will also have the time of their lives in Quintana Roo.

view from Cancun restaurant

The Grand Fiesta Americana in Cancun recently added three new restaurants to its all-inclusive chain, whereas Tulum is set to see more than ten new restaurants open their doors this early January.

If you’re looking for a more unique attraction to explore this winter, the Luchatitlán theme park in Cancun and the newly-opened Jaguar National Park in Tulum promise an unforgettable experience.

A Well-Connected Haven

Quintana Roo’s well-developed transportation infrastructure, including modern airports, highways, and, as of late, a state-of-the-art railway system, serves as the backbone of its ever-lasting tourism success.

The Much-Anticipated Maya Train

Now that the famous Maya Train is set to become fully operational within the first few months of 2024, travelers will be able to explore Mexico at a level of comfort and safety that was never deemed possible before.

Maya Train Tracks, Mexico

The rail network that will extend an impressive 966 miles (1,554 kilometers) will not only connect many of Quintana Roo’s most popular hotspots but also give travelers easy access to the rest of the country.

A Brand-New Airport

While the importance of major Mexican hubs like the Cancun International Airport has already been established, a new aviation facility recently built in Tulum is bound to make getting in, out, and around the region that much easier.

Several major airlines, including Spirit, American, and Delta, have announced their plans to fly to the long-awaited Tulum airport come spring 2024.

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