Bursting with colour and culture, holidays to Mexico are perfect for everyone, offering relaxation, romance and recreation in abundance. From pristine Caribbean shores and lush jungles, to tantalising cuisine and fabulous fiestas, this awe-inspiring destination has it all and much more besides.
History buffs will delight in a visit to the ruins of one of the many Mayan temples, while an array of natural attractions can also be explored. If it’s action, adventure and excitement you seek, you won’t be disappointed, with water sports and land activities aplenty, while the vibrant party city of Cancun is home to world-famous nightlife amongst other fabulous attractions. For ultimate tropical bliss and indulgence, the peaceful beaches and stunning seaside resorts on the Riviera Maya are ideal.
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 2017 / 2018?
Mexico is the perfect destination for a beach holiday. From the enchanting shores of the Riviera Maya to the soft white sands of Cancun, this glorious tropical destination is ideal for anyone who dreams of sun-drenched days of fun or relaxation beside glistening Caribbean waters.
With a vast array of luxury hotels and resorts boasting private beachfront locations, travellers can wake up each morning just steps away from the ocean and spend heavenly hours stretched out beneath clear blue skies.
If action and excitement is more your thing, then you’re in luck, as Mexico’s beaches are perfect for water sports, with sailing, fishing, windsurfing and water skiing among the aquatic activities to enjoy in the crystal-clear waters close to shore.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are also popular with a host of wonderful undersea creatures to discover.
As well as breathtaking beaches, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is equally as blessed with captivating cenotes, vibrant pools of emerald and turquoise waters hidden among the nearby tropical forest. Cenotes are natural sinkholes where a cave ceiling has collapsed, often vividly blue in colour and with tunnels leading off below the surface.
Browse our selection of hotels and resort and book your luxury Mexico beach holiday today.
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.
What currency is used in Mexico?
The main currency used in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, but US dollars are also widely accepted, especially in more tourist-friendly areas.
Should I exchange money before I travel to Mexico?
It is generally a good idea to exchange some money before you travel to Mexico.
How long should you stay in Mexico?
We recommend staying for at least one week to get the best of Mexico. This will give you time to explore, relax and try out some watersports or other activities.
When is the best time to travel to Mexico?
The best time to visit Mexico is during the dry season, which runs from December to April.
What is the weather like in Mexico?
Mexico experiences a tropical climate of hot temperatures and high humidity all year long. The rainy season runs from May to October and the dry season is between December and April. Mexico’s regions differ in levels of heat and humidity, but generally temperatures peak in the rainy season and then fall slightly in the dry season. The hottest months are April and May in the south and July to September on the Pacific coast.
When is the cheapest time to travel to Mexico?
The cheapest time to travel to Mexico is in the low season, which runs from May to October. If you're looking for the absolute cheapest time to travel to Mexico, you may want to consider travelling during the shoulder season, which is November and April when the weather is pleasant, and prices are lower than during the peak season.
Which Mexico destination is best?
Mexico has a wide range of destinations that offer unique experiences, from stunning beaches and historic cities to lush jungles and vibrant cultural scenes. The best destination for you depends on your individual interests, preferences, and travel style.
Can you fly direct to Mexico?
Yes, you can find flights to Mexico from a range of airports in the UK, including London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle.
How long is the flight from the UK to Mexico?
A direct flight from London to Mexico takes approximately 11 hours.
Can you travel to Mexico without a passport?
All foreign visitors, including citizens of the United States and Canada, need a valid passport to enter Mexico.
Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?
Yes, it is a good idea to get travel insurance when travelling to Mexico or any other country.
What documents are needed to travel to Mexico?
The exact documents required to travel to Mexico depend on your country of citizenship and the purpose and length of your trip. However, in general, most visitors to Mexico will need the following documents:
It's always a good idea to check the current requirements with the Mexican embassy or consulate in your country before you travel, as regulations can change at any time.
What language is spoken in Mexico?
The official language of Mexico is Spanish, but English is also widely spoken.
What age can you drink alcohol in Mexico?
The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 years old.
Is Mexico City safe?
Mexico City is generally a safe and enjoyable destination for travellers, but like any large city, there are certain precautions that should be taken to ensure your safety.
Is Mexico safe to visit?
The vast majority of resorts and hotels in Mexico ensure guest safety with a series of measures. As with any country, it is important to take care and make sure you don’t leave your belongings unattended.
What is the capital of Mexico?
The capital of Mexico is Mexico City.
Is Mexico a good holiday destination?
Yes, Mexico can be an excellent holiday destination with plenty to offer visitors. With its rich history, vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine, there is something for everyone in Mexico.
Does Mexico have mosquitoes?
Yes. As Mexico is a tropical country, it is advised to bring insect repellent with you.
Where are the best places for a holiday in Mexico?
Some of our favourite places in Mexico include the vibrant resort of Cancun, the beachside haven of Playa del Carmen and the beautiful island of Cozumel.
How much does it cost to travel to Mexico?
The cost of travelling to Mexico can vary widely depending on several factors such as the length of your stay, the type of accommodation you choose, the activities you plan to do, the time of year you visit, and your travel style. In general, Mexico is a relatively affordable destination compared to many other countries.
Is Mexico a good family holiday destination?
Yes, Mexico is full of family-friendly resorts with children’s clubs and even some waterparks.
Which hotels in Mexico offer all inclusive?