As American travelers gear up to take advantage of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, many of them will be heading to Mexico, according to data analyzed by Orbitz.com.
“Consumer demand is strong in Mexico this Fourth of July weekend,” writes Orbitz. “Cities within Mexico account for half of the international destinations on the insider index.”
In fact, booking data and a recent summer survey indicates that July 3, is the busiest travel day of the summer so far and at least 60 percent of Americans are taking the day off to make the most of the long weekend. On average, stats show that the Fourth of July week is always at least twice as busy as any other time during the summer season, which can lead to long lines and delays in the days leading up to the holiday, prompting Orbitz to recommend a different strategy.
“Skip the lines and leave on the actual holiday,” advises Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. “On the Fourth of July, which falls on a Friday this year, there will be 30 percent fewer travelers at the airports and airline tickets will be around $15 cheaper per person.”
According to the Orbitz Insider Index, this year’s list of the Top 10 Fourth of July Destinations includes three destinations in Mexico, all of which are located along the Caribbean coast in the state of Quintana Roo. Cancun came in a close second to Las Vegas at #2 on the list, followed by Playa del Carmen at #6 and the Riviera Maya at #7. Mexico is the only international destination to have earned multiple entries, proving its status as a worldwide tourism superpower and helping attract billions of new investment dollars each year.
In addition, Orbitz reports that hotel prices in Mexico are down on average, making it more attractive than other international destinations that made the Top 10 list, such as Paris and London, which are around 12 percent more expensive due to the weak dollar.
It’s no surprise that Cancun is high on the list, considering it is regularly named one of the world’s top destinations by leading travel experts – booking stats don’t lie! Situated just north of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, Cancun is home to a large international airport, world-class dining and shopping, luxurious amenities and more activities than you could count.
“As Mexico’s most profitable beach destination,Cancun draws international sophisticates to work and play,” writes CNN. “It’s that amazing aquamarine water, talcum-soft sand and dazzling sunlight that will always define Cancun.”
Of course, Playa del Carmen is also tough to beat when it comes to the ideal beach destination. At just 45 minutes south of Cancun,Playa offers a trendy, chic vibe with all the comforts of home at your fingertips. Here, visitors enjoy a more laid-back, small town atmosphere but still have access to the perks of a big city, with plenty of places to dine, shop, play and party the night away if you choose.
Last but not least, the Riviera Maya – which is actually more of a region than a fixed place – is quickly evolving into one of the world’s most popular places to visit. Stretching around 100 miles along the Caribbean coast south of Cancun, its cultural significance is evident in the large number of ancient remnants found here, left over from the region’s once powerful Mayan civilization, but the powdery white sand beaches and safe, laid-back atmosphere are what keep people returning year after year. In the Riviera Maya ,travelers can swim,snorkel,dive or kayak around the world’s second largest barrier reef, which lies just offshore, and there are plenty of unique towns to choose from when deciding where to stay. Popular options include Tulum, which lies just south of Playa del Carmen,Puerto Aventuras and Puerto Morelos. Cozumel Island is also located just offshore, providing a fun day trip for visitors in the region.
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