PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 841 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3805 times:
Well, it probably simply boils down to different strokes for different folks. Some people like to go to Las Vegas, other people like to go to Yosemite National Park. If everyone liked to go to Yosemite eventually it would look like Las Vegas. I have never been to Cancun, but I imagine it attracts the types of people who like to go to Las Vegas, while the people who like to go to Yosemite choose a quieter beach location for their vacations in the sun.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 22258 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3749 times:
Cancun and Punta Cana are vastly different tourism markets. Its almost comparing Hawaii with a South Pacific destination like Fiji or Tahiti.
Cancun is a mass tourism market, with over 125 hotels in the area with some 35,000 rooms, of which 20,000 are in the immediate concentrated hotel zone alone. Punta Cana on the other hand is a much smaller tourism market with last I read had about ~7,000 hotel rooms, of which the majority are all-inclusive resorts itself something that is not as popular in the US as independent travel is.
Also Cancun is a much closer destination from the US to reach being across the Gulf which makes it attractive to even West Coast travelers. Mexican tourism authorities have done a fantastic job since the late 1970s building and marketing Cancun and Mayan Riviera making it today one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Punta Cana is much more of a niche destination and one for the East Coasters for geography and for Europeans due to the all inclusive nature of many facilities.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Fly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 972 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3): Cancun and Punta Cana are vastly different tourism markets. Its almost comparing Hawaii with a South Pacific destination like Fiji or Tahiti.
Up here in Canada, Cancun is definitely a great place to go, lots of hotel rooms, low prices, you get the best of having culture and traditions and seeing the Mayan ruins, or you just sit on the beach. Course we have even lower prices, almost trailer park type vacations to Varadero.
Punta Cana as seen as more of an upscale and a particular group of tourists do go there.
love2009iah From United States of America, joined May 2010, 14 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3372 times:
Why do I keep hearing that Cap Cana in Punta Cana will be the Next Cancun? Also the beaches in Cancun don't have any natural shade such as coconut trees and palms trees. I was there once it was not cheap I pay 1700 for 3nits 2 adults all inclusive and I hate it the beach waves were horrible the entire time I was there was the red warning flag to stay away from the beach, I will never return there. In the other hand Punta Cana was the bomb!