Most popular US travel destinations

Cancun beach in Mexico
Cancun beach in Mexico

Travel trends abound this week, as we look at the top destinations for UK travellers and Allianz Global Assistance unveils the 10 most popular international summer destinations for US travellers this year, revealing that all of the top destinations are in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Cancun, Mexico has taken the top spot as the most popular destination, despite its popularity falling five per cent in the last year –10.5 per cent of people are planning trips here, followed by Aruba Island in the Caribbean, which, at 6.6 per cent, has jumped up 2.6 per cent from sixth place the previous year. San José del Cabo, Mexico, takes the third place this year, surpassing Montego Bay in Jamaica, which was in third place in 2017, but comes sixth for 2019.

Nassau in the Bahamas, Higuey in the Dominican Republic and Providenciales in Turks and Caicos came fourth, fifth and seventh respectively. Nassau retains its title as fourth most popular international destination, while Providenciales knocks London, UK, off the top 10 list, where it sat in seventh place in 2017.

Paris, France, was also on the list in 2017 – at ninth place – but 2019 sees San Juan, Puerto Rico (eighth); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (ninth); and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (10th) take up the final spots for most popular international destinations for US travellers.

“Americans are staying closer to home this summer, with all top 10 international destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico for the first time,” said Daniel Durazo, Director of Communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Summer means shoulder season in much of the Caribbean and Mexico, so deals and discounts make it a great time to visit our tropical neighbours. With hurricane season beginning in June, it’s especially important to consider travel insurance for your summer vacations. Remember that once a storm or hurricane has been named, it’s too late to get hurricane coverage, so it’s important to buy travel insurance when booking your trip.”

The firm also revealed the top 10 domestic travel destinations for US travellers this year, which has Orlando (7.4 per cent) at the top of the list – as it is every year – and New York came second for the second year in a row. The other top domestic destinations, in consecutive order (and prepare for a list), are: Seattle (four per cent), Las Vegas (3.9 per cent), Boston (3.5 per cent), Los Angeles (3.5 per cent), Maui (3.1 per cent), Honolulu (2.8 per cent), San Francisco (2.5 per cent) and Portland (2.3 per cent).