Why Mexico is still Americans’ favorite vacation destination

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There is just something about Mexico. The sun, the people, the variety, the food, the great weather – there are so many reasons why tourists flock to Mexico, and the numbers show there are no signs of stopping.

According to some of the most recent statistics in the first quarter of 2022, the number of international arrivals in Mexico has almost reached pre-pandemic levels. Of all the travelers who have visited Mexico so far in 2022, reports reveal that 77% of the tourists come from the United States, Canada and Colombia.

Tourist from back standing on ruins overlooking the Mayan ruins in Mexico, sunny day

Despite high seaweed levels in Cancun, despite travel warnings and some negative headlines, travelers (including Americans) can’t get enough of Mexico.

So, what exactly makes Mexico everyone’s favorite vacation destination? We break it down for you below.

Travel to Mexico – Diversity

Speaking of Mexico travel, it is impossible not to mention its diversity. On a short trip inland, you can be transported from the luscious lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula to the desert paradise of Oaxaca.

Then there’s Mexico City – the huge, cool, and cultural capital that keeps travelers coming back for more (seriously, a few days isn’t enough).

Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a clear sunny day

Along the Pacific Coast, travelers are blessed with plenty of options when it comes to bustling cities or low-key beach towns where you can step back and relax a bit.

And let’s not forget the Baja Peninsula, only a short flight away from the many American Americans who live on the West Coast. I mean, can you find the water as turquoise and pure as it is in Cabo?

Sayulita is a village on the Pacific coast of Mexico backed by the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.  It is famous for its beaches with strong waves.  Captured with a Canon 5D Mark lV camera.

great food

In Mexico, travelers can enjoy everything from humid nights to dinners Coquitneta Babel (Mayan style pork) and margaritas to sample homemade moles at the local market before heading to a lair Mezcalaria Somewhere in the heart of the city.

And you can find delicious tacos almost everywhere. Whatever region you may find yourself in, every day in Mexico is another culinary adventure.

With all of this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Mexico is one of the most sought-after culinary regions for travelers (up there with Italy, France, Japan, and Thailand).

Mol Mexicano, Poblano Mol Ingredients, Traditional Spicy Mexican Food in Mexico

International airports in Mexico see arrivals in record numbers

Over the past few years and even before that, Cancun has remained a consistently popular destination for tourists. It was even reported last fall that Cancun International Airport saw record numbers, with more than 1.6 million tourists arriving during the month of September alone.

For snowbirds looking to unwind for a few months or travelers looking for a beach resort vacation, Cancun and the surrounding area on the Riviera Maya is everyone’s favorite winter getaway.

But Cancun wasn’t the only tourist city to break records in 2021. The Pacific coastal city of Puerto Vallarta surpassed its 2019 tourist arrivals in August last year, mostly travelers from the United States visiting the popular beach resort destination.

Visitors enjoy shopping on the popular Fifth Avenue in the entertainment district of Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in Cancun's Mexican Caribbean.

A carefree travel experience in Mexico

The lack of strict travel restrictions in Mexico over the past few years has made the technical aspect of travel much easier for American tourists.

There has never been an on-arrival or pre-departure test required for travel to Mexico throughout the pandemic, and international arrivals only had to fill out a travel health declaration form, which was canceled in January of this year.

Despite the crowded airports with long waiting times for visitors, Mexico is a relatively stress-free destination to travel to.

Typical Art Nouveau house in Colonia Roma, a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City

And not only is Mexico easy to get to for many American travelers, it’s easy to get around once you’re there. On arrival, clean, comfortable, air-conditioned ADO buses, many car rental companies, and cheap collective There to take tourists where they want to go, whether it is to discover a new location Magic Town Or revisit your favorite Mexican stomping land.

Cheap flights are also readily available to take you across different Mexican states, making navigating such a large country relatively easy and affordable.

Sunset over the city in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

(relative) affordability

Affordability is also another important factor in Mexico’s attractiveness to tourists from the United States.

While the increasing number of tourists and expats has led to price hikes lately in certain areas, especially in some crowded tourist areas, a night in a hotel, a decent meal, and a day tour are still much cheaper compared to the price. Which you’ll find in most destinations across the United States. (Except for the five-star resorts of course).

A couple visiting Guanajuato from above the mountain.  Mexico

The Cabo Sun newspaper recently reported that inflation in Los Cabos hit a 21-year high last April. In the famous Baja region as well as other parts of Mexico, the rumored “rock bottom” prices can no longer be obtained, but it is still very possible to have a memorable getaway in Mexico that doesn’t break the bank.

So, whether it’s cheap and delicious food, ease of travel, beautiful nature or a combination of it all, Mexico has made its place as a beloved travel destination.

People shop and walk under the colorful hanging flags at Plaza Santa Cecilia, a historic Mexican plaza in the heart of the city.

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