Bursting with beaches and historical delights, Mexico is a country of contrasts and colour. The vibrant party city of Cancun is home to world-famous nightlife while, further south, the peaceful beaches and stunning seaside resorts on the Riviera Maya offer some of the Caribbean’s most intriguing resorts.
The Riviera Maya is a coastal stretch south of Cancun on the east coast of Mexico that offers a range of luxurious resorts and places of interest, blessed with white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Playa Del Carmen is the largest of those resorts - a world- renowned destination with first-rate hotels, restaurants, shopping attractions and entertainment facilities.
The Riviera also hosts a number of off-the-beaten-track coastal villages that are perfect for exploration, but the resorts of Akumal and Tulum deserve special mention.
Akumal is south of Playa del Carmen and is a perfect family-friendly location. Exceptional hotels, a fabulous beach and a host of activities will keep any family entertained. It also offers great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and is known for its mesmerising marine life and turtles in the waters.
Even further south is the picture-postcard town of Tulum. Famous for its Mayan walled city overlooking a perfect tropical beach, it showcases an idealised version of Mexico at its beautiful best. Bars, restaurants, entertainment and accommodation are available for all budgets in an area that provides a perfect base to explore the full Riviera.
In contrast, Cancun is famed for some of the best nightlife on the planet. A huge tourist destination, its combination of hotels, beaches, casinos, shopping malls and nightclubs keep visitors flocking back. But don’t be fooled; the region is also home to some fascinating historical and wildlife attractions. Trips to Mexico’s untamed jungles run from all the main resorts, while Xel-Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium, will leave you cherishing the memories of swimming with stingrays, dolphins and turtles in a natural environment.
Mexico’s Caribbean coast offers a range of experiences for travellers of all ages, whether families, couples or single adventurers. Why not experience them for yourself?
Mexico is a great holiday destination all year round. Its tropical climate means temperatures are consistently in the mid-to-high 20s, although it’s generally drier between December and April. Expect rain in September, and plenty of tourists from the USA and Canada over Christmas and Easter.
You’re looking for good weather and the freedom to choose whether to relax on the beach, enjoy the hustle-and-bustle or explore Mexico’s natural environment.