Bursting with beaches and historical delights, holidays to Mexico allow you to enjoy this 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.
Flights: You can fly direct to Cancun from London, Manchester and Birmingham. Direct to Puerto Vallarta from London and Manchester and direct to Mexico City from London. All other destinations would require a change at some point.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico. You’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you both enter and leave the country.
Packing essentials: Mexico experiences hot weather all year round, with the rainy season in the holiday hotspots around Cancun and the Riviera Maya being between the months of September and October. With this in mind you should pack light clothing, sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sun cream. It’s also worth taking a rain jacket if you’re staying out of peak season.
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 making it ideal if you're after a luxury holiday to Mexico.
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 location for family holidays in Mexico. 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 and book a holiday to Mexico in 2018 / 2019?
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.
The Mexican’s eat well, and their food is so tasty that it is now one of the most popular cuisines worldwide, besides the likes of Italian, Indian and Chinese.
Corn is a big player in the food system, which is why you’ll find plenty of dishes utilising this ingredient.
Whether it’s meat or fish tacos which are usually crispy, soft tortillas used in fajitas, or quesadillas which are filled with cheese and then grilled… all heavily feature corn.
Fancy your tortillas baked? Go for enchiladas which are meat or vegetable filled tortillas, rolled and then baked in the oven.
The list could go on, but Mexico also boasts many other foods that are popular worldwide.
Originating in the north of the country is a family favourite in chilli con carne, a stew mixed with beef, chilli peppers, tomatoes and beans.
Speaking of beans, frijoles (Spanish translation) are a staple for many. Used as a main ingredient and also an extra to some of the most popular dishes, they can either be boiled or fried.
Moving on to sauces and not many do it better. Salsa (Spanish for sauce) is a tomato, coriander and onion mix with variable levels of chillies added to alter the heat. It again can be used as a main ingredient or simply an addition to any corn-based dishes.
The same goes for guacamole which mainly consists of smashed avocado, coriander and onion… again with chillies determining the heat. It is a cherished dish which came about in the Aztec period. Nowadays it is used worldwide as a dip or a popular choice with breakfasts and salads.
Dia de Muertos is a traditional celebration of the lives that have left us. It usually takes place on November 1st and 2nd, with the 1st (Dia de los Inocentes) being a chance to remember infants and children, whilst November 2nd (Dia de los Muertos) is acknowledging the lives of adults that have passed.
Almost everyone dresses up in scary costumes and face paint, which makes Day of the Dead one of the greater spectacles worldwide.
Nowhere does celebrations better than the capital of Mexico City, however, where a huge carnival is now held. This only originated after the success of the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre, which featured a Day of the Dead parade.
Every year, around early February time, thousands of Mexicans (and holidaymakers) head for the UNESCO Heritage Site of Tlacotalpan, Veracruz to celebrate Candelaria (Candlemas). Candlemas is a religious celebration which sees an image of the Virgin floated down the river. Another huge reason for the number of spectators is to enjoy three-days of traditional music.
September 16 marks the day that Mexico gained independence.
Celebrations include singing, dancing and partying hard. You’ll find age old chants and fireworks are another big part of this special day.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival attracts some of the biggest jazz artists for a three-day party in paradise.
Since its inception in 2003, this event continues to grow, with many of Mexico’s , the Caribbean and even the world’s most talented jazz artists coming to town.
If it’s great jazz and idyllic scenery you’re after, this is the festival for you.