If you’re ready to explore but still wondering where to travel in Mexico, Travel Weekly’s recently unveiled Reader’s Choice Awards offer a great place to start. The annual awards include 78 different categories and are presented to industry leaders who have paved the way in either product, destination or service during the previous year.
According to TW, the winners are selected in two rounds of voting and represent the travel industry’s “best of the best” in a variety of different airline, car rental, hospitality, rail, education, tour cruise, destination and theme park sectors. Read on to see where Mexico received recognition!
Best Places to Visit in Mexico
Situated on the Mexican Caribbean coast on the Yucatan Peninsula’s eastern side, the Riviera Maya region won its 15th consecutive Readers’ Choice Award for Mexico this year as “Best in Destinations”, solidifying its status as one of the world’s top vacation destinations and the best place to visit in the country.
“It is an honor to continue being acknowledged for the unwavering popularity of the Riviera Maya”, stated the Director of the region’s Tourism Board, Darío Flota. “As an international tourism leader, we’re delighted to be recognized once again for the longevity of such an iconic destination and the hard work of our tourism sector”.
According to the Quintana Roo Tourism Board, the Mexican Caribbean received more than 1.6 million visitors – and more than $1.7 billion USD – during the 2018 summer vacation period.
Safest State in Mexico
As part of the pristine Mexican Caribbean region, the Riviera Maya is home to the seaside vacation hotspots of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum, where fun and relaxation is central to everyday life, for locals and expats. With the world’s second-largest barrier reef just offshore, ancient Mayan ruins and a wide variety of natural and cultural attractions that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world, it’s easy to see why Mexico’s Riviera Maya is on every beach lover’s travel bucket list!
Mexico’s Best in Hotel Chains
As for the best places to stay in Mexico, the Riviera Maya won again, when the 5-Star Grand Hyatt in Playa del Carmen was named the best in hotel chains by Travel Weekly readers. Designed by the world-renowned Sordo Madaleno architecture group, the Grand Hyatt is the only beachfront luxury resort on Mamitas beach in downtown Playa del Carmen and offers direct a spectacular view of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
Guests are only a few steps from the Playa del Carmen city center, and the hotel is also close to a wide variety of nightlife venues. The Grand Hyatt in Playa also offers a sundeck, indoor swimming pool and golf course access.
Mexico’s Best in Tour Operators
Finally, Funjet Vacations was recognized as the best tour operator in Mexico for its specialized vacation packages that are designed to meet the needs of guests. If you’ve never been to Mexico before, booking a tour can definitely be a fun way to travel and explore. Just be sure to branch out and discover things on your own as well – some of the best experiences in Mexico will be found off the grounds of big-box resorts!
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