We’ve barely made it through mid-January and 2019 is already looking positive for the Riviera Maya. Besides having award-winning beaches, near-perfect year-round weather, and being very affordable, the Riviera Maya is moving progressively forward in many directions. This, of course, makes it the perfect time to consider investing in the region – whether you’re thinking Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen. Mexico’s new government and administration are putting more emphasis on promoting self-sustaining communities, enhancing public transportation, and protecting Mexico’s natural resources. These, and other elements, will not only guarantee a successful 2019, but they will also establish a path for greatness in the future.
New Transportation for Easier Mobility
Getting around from city to city and all points in between can become expensive and, sometimes, very cumbersome. Mexico offers a variety of public transportation options, both private and commercial. Mexico has an ample supply of buses, shuttle services, taxi and colectivos to get around. However, Mexico’s latest endeavor offers another option that will give tourists a new way to see the Yucatan Peninsula. The Mayan Train will bring tourism to several communities that would otherwise be overlooked for lack of transportation. Moreover, other transportation methods for locals and tourists are being considered for this year, such as the Metrobus system along the Federal Highway.
Communities Off the Beaten Path…But Not Too Far
It seems that smaller communities are getting more attention from tourists who are looking for a subtler and more relaxing getaway. The Riviera Maya offers such a diverse selection of destinations that range from mega hot spots like Playa del Carmen and Cancun to laidback communities similar to Akumal and Puerto Morelos. In fact, Puerto Morelos has seen double-digit growth in tourism over the last few years. Luckily, it’s a short ride from Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. So, if you’re betting on vacation rentals in those major cities, you’re golden. Many of the Riviera Maya’s smaller communities are experiencing above-average traffic from tourism. This means there are still plenty of opportunities to be had.
Another reason why the Yucatan Peninsula continues growing in popularity is that the Cancun International Airport keeps adding new routes. Now, we all know that following airport indicators is key when researching the option to invest in a region. These additional routes come from North America, South American, Europe and many Eastern parts of the world. There is no doubt that there are more to come. In order to create a vacation mecca, you have to have an airport that can accommodate all the incoming traffic. Cancun now has four very modern and up-to-date terminals that can handle millions of visitors. In December 2018, the airport reported 25 million passengers coming and going. This is a 6.9% increase over 2017 and is looking to be busier in 2019.
Other reasons why people continue investing in the Riviera Maya, of course, is because it’s an award-winning destination. There are an abundant of other destinations to visit in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende are only a few. However, the Riviera Maya continues receiving allocates for being the best destination in Mexico. What started as a back-packers off-the-beaten-path haven has now become a mega vacation mecca with the purest white-sand beaches, beautiful turquoise waters and perfect weather.
Of course, this constant growth and influx of tourism means that keeping the region’s environmental integrity intact has been a challenge. But one that the municipality of Quintana Roo has made their mission to comply. Just this year, two more beaches were added to the Riviera Maya’s Blue Flag list. The millions of tourists definitely take a toll on the area’s ecosystem, land and water. The Blue Flag Certification is part of a world organization (Foundation of Environmental Education) that sets high standards for education, quality and safety. In brief, it hands out certificates to water-related terrains that maintain high standards in sustainability.
This goes hand in hand with efforts to become more sustainable as a whole community. More and more people are joining green movements, and developers are not staying far behind. Many new real estate developers are finding solutions to the damage that building can cause to the environment. This means adding solar panels, water-recycling systems or locally-sourced and natural materials.
Moreover, in 2019, the government will be taking a look at different projects to work with the excess of sargassum that has been washing up on the shores of the Mexican Caribbea.
Make a Profit from the Riviera Maya in 2019
When looking to invest your hard-earned money, you need to consider the following points: investment’s potential for return on investment (present and future); maintaining safe consistency within its own climatic environment; and having the investment in a position throughout any and all regional changes. The Riviera Maya is guaranteed to be one of the best investments to make in 2019. In fact, International Living listed it as the number one destination for real estate investment in December 2018. The world is full of opportunities; but there is nothing quite like Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
Want to know where to invest? Check out our thousands of listings in Tulum, which promises to continue growing in tourism and vacation rentals throughout the year and the ones to come.
And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…we make it happen!