5 Mexico destinations to watch in 2022: Journey Weekly

Meagan Drillinger

Meagan Drillinger

For most destinations around the planet, the pandemic shipped a swift and decisive kick to the tourism gut. For Mexico, while the initial drop-off was immediate and devastating, the country was in a position to rebound its tourism marketplace to not only recoup the losses but invest for growth, as nicely. With $7 billion bucks of international expenditure pouring in, Mexico was in a position to proceed to create its tourism places as very well as residence in on new marketplaces for repeat and intrepid travelers. Here are the 5 destinations in Mexico to observe in 2022.

Southern Quintana Roo

The first time I frequented Mahahual in 2017, I experienced a feeling that the sleepy beach village near the border of Belize would become a even larger deal ahead of as well extended. Why wouldn’t it? The beaches south of Tulum, alongside the Costa Maya, are just as epic as the ones nearer to Tulum, besides they are considerably fewer populated. Below the concentration is on ecotourism, as much of the coast is safeguarded within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

My predictions were being achieved with cautious optimism, as absence of direct flights to the state’s capital town, Chetumal, from the U.S. have been missing. But all of that transformed in December with the arrival of a new nonstop flight to Chetumal from Miami. Chetumal is the gateway to southern Quintana Roo and spots like Mahahual and the close by Magical Town of Bacalar. It is early in the video game, but with the opening of luxury way of life and design hotels in the spot, the inevitable upward trajectory of tourism growth is attaining momentum.

Isla Holbox

In the reverse course, far north of Cancun, is the island of Holbox. For decades, Holbox was Mexico’s finest-stored Caribbean island secret. The auto-totally free island is obtainable by using a short boat ride from the mainland town of Chiquila. As soon as on the island, bohemian backpackers ended up exposed to a silent globe of photo-best beach locations, crystal-obvious water, boutique accommodations and yoga retreats. 

Points are changing, although — and fast. The island has already viewed the opening of the Mystique Holbox by Royalton, A Tribute Portfolio Resort, component of the Marriott family members of resorts. It is also expecting its to start with all-inclusive vacation resort in early 2022. St. Someplace Resort Punta Coco, Holbox Island, a Karisma resort will open in early 2022 as section of Karisma’s new selection of informal-luxurious boutique motels. This will be the first area for the brand name. It will feature 39 suites.


We simply cannot mention destinations to enjoy in Mexico without giving a nod to the point out of Yucatan, which hosted the (thrice postponed) Tianguis Turistico function again in November. The event was the to start with large-scale tourism conference to be held due to the fact the outbreak of the pandemic, and it turned countless numbers of eyes toward this nonetheless-less than-the-radar condition on the Yucatan peninsula.

The electrical power pulsing at the party was centered on the Mayan coach, which is a project launched by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The challenge, although postponed owing to the pandemic, is most undoubtedly comprehensive steam in advance, with the first leg expected to be up and working by someday this year. Yucatan will be among the initial destinations to have prepare stops on the line that are open. These stops will deliver additional tourism to the funds metropolis of Merida as well as to archeological websites like Uxmal.

But Yucatan will also be exhibiting off its shoreline together the Gulf of Mexico. Dubbed the Yucatan Riviera, this quiet extend of seaside will be populated by eco-conscious, smaller-scale resorts, boutique accommodations and locally owned places to eat and stores. The shoreline is anchored by the port town of Progreso, which presently has invested in its cruise port and malecon.


Mexico’s central Pacific coastline has prolonged been dominated by Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita. While these locations continue to introduce new offerings (with quite a few developments coming in 2022), the spot to check out in this article is Costalegre.

Stretching for practically 200 miles among Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, this wild and rugged coastline has been on the map for luxury travelers in the know who have flocked to coastal jewels like Careyes and Cuixmala, between others. 

Developers with keen eyes have had their sights on this shoreline for yrs, with claims of a far better highway, a new airport and luxury developments generally in the chatter. Monetary setbacks and the pandemic, nevertheless, kept postponing these predicted openings. But 2022 may possibly in fact see rumors appear to fruition with the opening of the 4 Seasons Tamarindo, opening in April, as very well as a new luxury improvement, Xala, which has previously commenced opening in phases.

Baja California Sur

Baja California Sur does not need to have any aid with tourism. Dwelling to Los Cabos, it is 1 of the most vital tourist places in the nation. But tourists are searching farther afield even in the most familiar spots, and it’s the outlying cities and communities of Baja California Sur that are likely to be acquiring a lot more notice.

On the Pacific Coastline, there is Todos Santos. This after sleepy, bohemian town sits two hours north of Cabo San Lucas. Around the earlier couple of decades, it was recognised for its dust roadways, mysticism and as a haven for artists and backpackers. But its popularity has been increasing, bringing boutique luxurious inns, wonderful eating places and superior-close seashore clubs, fusing that boho vibe with the high-close and stylish.

On the Sea of Cortez side sits the cash of Baja California Sur, La Paz. This beautiful metropolis by the sea is typically imagined of as the sleepier sister to Los Cabos. Overlooking the sea, the city is absolutely expanding its track record and recognition. Past yr, Grupo Habita opened a 32-room lodge out of a restored colonial villa. The hotel functions a spa, pool and rooftop bar. Coming this yr, Chable will open its Sea of Cortez property just outside of La Paz, with 50 units, a spa, dining places and an function place.

Not considerably from La Paz is the eco-desired destination of Loreto, which started off getting immediate flights from Dallas in 2020 by way of American Airlines. Loreto is the house foundation from which to examine the Loreto Bay Countrywide Marine Park, which is a protected region comprising the Bay of Loreto, the Sea of Cortez and aspect of Baja California Sur.