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Here’s why experts think now is the time to book your winter getaway to Cancun.


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Cancun is one of the busiest beach getaways in the world.

Highly coveted for its pristine white sands and sparkling blue ocean, the city has emerged from the pandemic years as Mexico’s strongest tourist offering, and its popularity continues to grow every year.

While this is great news for the local economy and certainly for Mexico’s overall tourism renaissance, as evidenced here, tourists now face an inevitable rise in prices, fueled by the sharp increase in demand and reduced availability of hotel rooms.

Aerial view of the Cancun Hotel Zone, bounded by the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, on Mexico's Costa Maya, Quintana Roo

Since the peak travel season for Cancun begins in December and continues through March, experts believe Now is the time for you to book that winter vacation, and this is why:

Cancun is busier than ever, and it’s only going up from here

This year, Cancun has already seen a 35 percent increase in hotel bookings during 2023, compared to 2022, already a record year for tourism, when the city and its adjacent Riviera Maya are home to more than 19 million guests.

Now that we have the first quarterly figures, we know is ready to make history once againas he may outdo himself for the third year in a row.

Sandy beach lapped by the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The first predictions point to the registration of 20.4 million tourists for December, a marginal but positive increase compared to 2022, of which 13 million will probably be foreigners.

Last year, the rapid increase in bookings and the craze for Cancun meant it was a little harder to find cheap flights, and this was despite the many low-cost flight options to Cancun, and hotel rooms were up too. close to running out, regardless of ongoing expansions. and new openings.

Almost sold out for the tourist season, reaching occupancy rates of up to 95%, and as you know when room availability is this low, rates can fluctuate dramatically.

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Palm tree on a tropical golden sand beach bounded by the brilliant blue Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The longer you wait, the more likely you are to pay

Usually, guests who keep waiting for one of those last-minute miracle deals are basically taking a bet that they may or may not come, and risk taking a big hit to their wallets in the run-up to their vacation by reserving seats. . or accommodation just weeks in advance.

As noted above, the number of visitors is on the rise, and 2023 will be no different. In fact, now these are increasing even more; it will be even more difficult to find attractive vacation deals by leaving it until the last minute.

Sign pointing towards Cancun pictured in a tropical location along the Caribbean Sea, Riviera Maya, Mexico

As experts writing for the Cancun sunthe main independent source of news about Cancun, have stated: ‘Resorts in Cancun are going to fill up fast‘ now that further growth has been confirmed for later in the year. They suggest that tourists should not be fooled by the wide availability of rooms at the moment.

Cancun is a busy hub year-round, but bookings tend to dwindle between July and September, when Americans, the city’s most loyal patrons, flock to Mediterranean Europe for their summer vacations.

Why will prices be higher during winter?


At this time of year, Cancun, and much of the Mexican Caribbean provinces, can face more unpleasant weather, be it rain or tropical storms, as well as the pernicious sargassum seaweed, known for tarnishing the municipality’s pristine beach areas.

In other words, the best time to visit is from december to springwhen the sun shines incessantly and the beaches are free of algae.

That said, while summer isn’t usually as busy as winter in Cancun, it’s already « much busier than usual, » as reported by the Cancun sun.

Aerial view of airplane wing as it approaches Cancun in Mexico, Riviera Maya, Mexican Caribbean

One can only imagine what this winter will be like.‘ they have warned, urging prospective vacationers to ensure their reservations are made well in advance to avoid exorbitant fees. Essentially, you are being advised that book your getaway in high season now.

Scott Keyes of Cheap Scott Flights supports this way of thinking, advising travelers as early as August 2022 that vacation packages must be purchased « several months » in advance of peak season.

He was famously quoted as saying: ‘When are the swimsuits on sale? In winter. When are the coats on sale? In summer. It’s the same idea with winter holiday flights.‘.

Airport or Cancun road sign with arrows on the street in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Mexico

Cancun continues to reinvent itself

Cancun’s rising popularity after the crisis has been largely attributed to the city’s relaxed approach to COVID.

When most of the world was closing to tourism and openly discriminating against US passport holders, a legacy that has lived on in certain Asian countries where restrictions still apply, Cancun, and Mexico by extension, had no entry requirements at all.

Not just Americans, but all foreign citizens were allowed to fly into Cancun for a beach getaway with minimal hassle, and it quickly went from just another popular sunny destination, competing among several others in the Caribbean, to absolute leader in the world in vacations. reservations (in a matter of months).

Bathers on the Cancun beach, Cancun Hotel Zone, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Mexican Caribbean, Mexico

Cancun’s newfound fame carried on in the post-crisis scenario, as it continued to innovate, work on its tourism offerings, and improve the quality of services to strengthen its hard-earned status as a force to be reckoned with (in tourism ).

Authorities completely removed the dreaded arrival form, which travelers had to fill out before crossing the border, and have shown Americans a sign of good faith by electronic gate opening for them.

Since January, US citizens are no longer required to undergo extensive screening upon arrival in Cancun. They can simply scan their passport and effortlessly walk across the border with no additional checks or questions.


Important infrastructure projects are also underway, from improving the accessibility of drivers in their journeys to and from the airport to the launch of the expected Mayan Train this December.

It is set up to connect Cancun to all the major vacation spots in the Mexican Caribbean, including Tulum and Playa del Carmen, making travel between cities much easier.

In addition, they will increase security efforts, having deployed more police to patrol key tourist areas in the Hotel Zone and investing in state-of-the-art surveillance technology to keep the streets mostly crime-free.

Cancun is one of the safest and best-equipped Caribbean destinations this summer, and we are sure it will repeat this success story in winter.

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