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Cancun has once again topped the charts as one of the most popular destinations globally, according to the Travelers’ Choice Awards 2023 by TripAdvisor. Last year over 30 million travelers flocked to Cancun’s white-sand beaches and lavish all-inclusives, and this year the city is likely to attract more travelers than ever before. The sun-soaked Caribbean destination is renowned for its beaches and nightlife vibes, but look beyond its touristy facade, and you’ll find plenty of history, nature, and vibrant culture. 

TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards showcase the creme de la creme when it comes to travel. From the world’s leading hotels to unique locations, the rewards highlight changing trends in global travel. In this year’s edition, Cancun made it to the list of the top 10 overall destinations to visit in the world, alongside striking cities like Dubai or Marrakech.

An aircraft on approach to Cancun

Cancun is ranked the 6th best overall global destination in this year’s awards. According to TripAdvisor, the seaside resort city has much more to offer travelers than packed beaches and rowdy nightclubs. The city’s ancient history and unique tropical setting create the ideal environment for an action-packed vacation for the whole family. And let’s not forget Cancun’s renowned all-inclusive resorts and award-winning hospitality that make it a hit among millions of travelers. 

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A woman floating on the sea in Cancun

In its prestigious annual ranking, TripAdvisor takes into account several factors that are likely to impact how popular a certain destination is. One of the most important criteria for travelers is the availability of attractions and activities. In this regard, Cancun is undoubtedly one of the leading destinations, and for good reason. From its historical attractions – Yamil Lu’um and El Rey, just to name a few – to Mexico’s highest concentration of Blue-Flag beaches.

Tourists looking at chichen itza ruins

Travelers will find over 1700 things to do in Cancun – plenty enough for a week-long tropical getaway. Some of the city’s must-sees include the Mayan Museum of Cancun, where visitors can learn more about the ancient civilization that continues to shape the lives of the local population. When it comes to Cancun’s beaches, Playa Delfines, a pristine Blue-Flag beach, is ranked among the best in town. 

Although most travelers are fine with sticking to Cancun’s hotel zone, where countless restaurants, beaches, and nightclubs await travelers, there’s plenty to do in the vicinity of the sun-soaked destination. Visitors can find some of the Mexican Caribbean’s most stunning freshwater cenotes in neighboring Puerto Morelos. Meanwhile, Isla Mujeres – a stone’s throw away from Cancun – is an excellent island destination.

Panoramic view of Cancun beach and its hotel zone

Several other Mexican Caribbean destinations have been crowned among the best in the world. This year, Cozumel is featured as one of the top nature destinations globally. The 477 square kilometer island is home to untouched nature and is a hotspot for divers thanks to some of the largest reefs in the world. Meanwhile, Holbox, on the northern coast of Quintana Roo, is steadily rising in popularity thanks to its diverse eco-tourism opportunities and an array of cozy family-run accommodations.

view from behind of a tourist relaxing in Holbox Island in Mexico with their hands over their head on a beach lounger under a palm tree at the beach, sea views in the background.

Both island destinations have received several awards in the past year and will undoubtedly be a hit among travelers in 2023. While visitors can enjoy lush tropical landscapes around the Mexican Caribbean, several of its urban destinations are also gaining popularity. 

A freshwater denote from underneath with blue colors

Chetumal – the first magical neighborhood in the Mexican Caribbean – Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, and Bacalar are just a few towns and cities to include on your next tropical getaway. Travelers can explore the region by renting a car or using the local ADO buses.

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