Blue skies, white sands and warm Caribbean waters are just the beginning of your Mexican holiday. Famed for its delicious food and vibrant culture, Mexico has something to suit everyone; from Playa Mujeres’ secluded hideaway hotels and Mexico City’s gastronomic treats to Cancun’s nightlife and Puerto Vallarta’s fantastic fishing opportunities.
We recommend sampling authentic Mexico on a guided tour where you can stay in traditional haciendas and explore the mysterious Mayan ruins, teeming with history and brimming with rich heritage. If you fancy extending your travels, head to Los Cabos with a stop in glamorous Los Angeles for a truly unique experience; from LA’s bright lights and shopping to Los Cabos’ tranquil beaches.
With its historic architecture, party atmosphere and stunning landscapes, Mexico ticks every box and bursts with flavour.
Between November and June Puerto Vallarta is hot and sunny with virtually no rain. With such sunny conditions the weather is perfect for sunbathing and the waters along the coast are warm, making Puerto Vallarta perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Puerto Vallarta’s consistently warm temperatures make the city pleasant to visit throughout the year, although our favourite months fall between April and June. This is when the skies are bluest and the city isn’t as crowded with tourists as during high season.
You will see rain and high humidity from July to September or October, with most rain falling in September. Fortunately, most rain falls intermittently, and most often at night, leaving much of the day sunny with blue skies.
Cozumel’s dry season has plenty of sunshine and cloudless blue skies with warm temperatures and warm water perfect for sunbathing or swimming. April to July have the hottest weather while December to March is usually the most crowded.
May to July are the perfect months to visit Cozumel. You will see blue skies, lots of sun, low humidity, and not as many crowds as the peak season of December through April.
Daytime heat, humidity, and the threat of rain occur during Cozumel’s rainy season. This is also hurricane season, although this usually peaks in September and October. Showers are brief and usually happen in the afternoon so your days will most likely be sunny.
Mexico City’s dry season has both a warm and cooler period. November to February is cooler, although sun still rides high in the sky and daytime temperatures are comfortable, while March through May are warmer, with May being the hottest month.
We love visiting Mexico City in October when the rainy weather has passed, pollution levels are low, and the city is at its most green; or between February and April, when the weather is lovely but hasn’t reached the hot, humid levels of summer.
Around May or June rainy weather starts in Mexico City, continuing until September and sometimes into October. Rainstorms usually fall in the afternoon before leaving the evening dry and cool. Hurricane season is from June to October or November.
The dry season brings sunny days with little to no rain to Riviera Maya. November through January are the coolest months (although still warm) and nights get even cooler. February to May sees temperatures rising consistently and the ocean gets calmer and warmer.
November through February are the best months to visit Riviera Maya. The temperature is warm but not extremely hot and the humidity hasn’t risen to its summer level. Rain rarely falls so you are guaranteed sunny days for your holiday.
Riviera Maya’s rainy season brings hot, sunny summer weather to the area with occasional rain or thundershowers that dry up quickly. September and October are the wettest months and hurricane season officially lasts from 1 June to 30 November.
Cancun’s dry season sees slightly cooler temperatures and reduced humidity. Lasting from November to April, the dry season offers great beach weather and rain is rare.
The tropical waters surrounding Cancun are bathwater warm and best enjoyed between December and April, when the temperatures are hot, there is a low chance of rain, and humidity hasn’t risen to summer levels yet.
May to October sees an increase in temperature and rainfall in Cancun, with July and August the hottest, most humid months. Hurricane season officially runs from 1st June to 30th November, although September and October are the months most likely to see a hurricane.
There are two main carriers offering flights to Cancun with two more going via the States, and one main carrier to Mexico City with another going via the States.
Direct Carriers: Direct carriers from the UK are British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick to Cancun and British Airways from London Heathrow to Mexico City. Thomson also offer a direct charter service to Cancun from most regional airports from May to December.
Indirect Carriers: British Airways offer flights from most other regional airports such as Glasgow and Edinburgh with a connection via London Gatwick or London Heathrow. United Airlines offer indirect service to both Cancun and Mexico City via the states from most regional airports, and American Airlines offers an indirect service to Cancun via the States, making flying out on your Mexico holidays flexible and convenient.
Please note: Exit Tax approx 42 pounds per person (720 pesos) payable locally on departure.
None for British citizens
The official Mexican currency is the Peso. You can buy Mexican Pesos before you leave the UK. If you need cash when you're there, go to a currency exchange (known as a Casas de Cambio), bank, or large hotel.
UK debit and credit cards are widely accepted and can be used at most cash machines. When paying smaller businesses, though, you may need to pay in cash. Travellers' cheques can be converted at currency exchanges throughout Mexico. Although the Peso is Mexico's national currency, many tourist establishments quote prices in US Dollars. You'll see the abbreviation DLLS used for Dollars and MN or MXP for Mexican Pesos.
In Mexico, a tip is always appreciated as a reward for good service. Many workers rely on your tips to supplement their basic pay, so it’s a good idea to keep some loose change in your pockets. In restaurants, 10 to 15 percent is normal. In taxis, it is customary to round up to the nearest five to 10 Mexican Pesos. In your hotel, it is nice to tip the bellboys around five to 15 Mexican Pesos per bag.
May, June, September, October and November
Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.
Mexico holidays are hot, hot, hot, with a tropical climate all year round. So pack to keep cool and protect yourself from the blazing sun. Despite the daytime heat, evenings can get a bit nippy in some parts of the country, like Mexico City. You're also more likely to get caught in a rain shower from May to October.
lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;
A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;
High factor sunscreen;
An electrical adapter (the power supply in Mexico is 115 volts at 60 hertz);
Comfortable walking sandals for exploring;
An underwater camera for snorkelling;
PADI and medical certificates if required for scuba diving.
lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;
Forget the heavy, overcooked dishes that sometimes pass for Mexican cuisine. The real thing is made with love, packed with flavour, and is a big part of the Mexican experience.Corn and beans are two of the main ingredients in Mexican cooking, with staples like tortillas and frijoles (refried beans) regulars at the kitchen table along with fresh tomatoes, chillies, and avocados.
Number one contender for Mexico’s national dish, this rich red sauce contains around 20 ingredients, including a mix of chilli peppers and a small amount of chocolate to counteract their heat. You will usually find it served over chicken or turkey.
Mexico just wouldn’t be Mexico without them. Traditional corn tortillas are made from corn cooked in water and lime, ground into dough, pressed into thin cakes, and cooked on a hot griddle. Tortillas are used to make main dishes like quesadillas, burritos and enchiladas.
Served with most meals, Mexican salsa comes in many forms, from the smoky salsa chipotle to the fresh green flavour of salsa verde. The most common, pico de gallo, is made with raw tomatoes, chilli peppers, onions, lime juice, and cilantro leaves.
Chillies cross the spectrum from fiery to mild and feature in most traditional dishes. If you find a chilli too hot to handle, put out the fire in your mouth with milk, yoghurt, banana, or cucumber.
Sometimes food just tastes better without a knife and fork. You’ll find plenty of food stalls and carts on your Mexican holiday, and they’re cheaper too. Hit the street for a taste of real Mexico, and take note of where the locals buy their lunch – they’re the experts after all. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh, and cooked right in front of you.
Dished up from huge steaming pots, tamales are cooked and served in a banana leaf or corn husk wrapper. Inside you’ll find spongy corn dough usually filled with pork or chicken in a spicy salsa or mole.
You’ll see taquerías everywhere you look in Mexico, selling these hot folded tortillas filled with endless combinations of meats, cheeses, fish, beans, and garnishes like guacamole and salsa.
Your spending money should stretch quite far on holiday in Mexico. You can buy a litre bottle of water for around 10 Mexican Pesos, a beer in a bar might set you back 25 Mexican Pesos, and you can expect to pay an average of 150 Mexican Pesos per person for a three course meal and a bottle of wine.
The average modern Mexican dresses much as we do -- shirts, trousers, skirts, suits for the office, jeans and T-shirts on days off. Traditional clothing is more distinctive though, especially in its vibrant colours and decorative embroidery. Women may choose garments like the quechquémitl, a colourful poncho worn on special occasions. Men may have a sarape, a large blanket cape, in their wardrobe. Mexican costume comes into its own during celebrations and festivities, when men dress up in iconic wide-brimmed sombrero hats or embroidered Mariachi suits.
As a close neighbour of the USA, it's hardly surprising that Mexico has been westernised in numerous ways. But many aspects of its culture remain traditional. At the heart of this are the country's strong family values. Families are generally large and very traditional, with the father as chief decision-maker. Throughout Mexican culture, people have a great respect for authority.
When it comes to etiquette, it’s worth keeping the following in mind:
• Acknowledge and greet people individually rather than as a group
• Use titles of respect - address people as señor, señora, and señorita
• Women pat each other on the right forearm or shoulder, rather than shake hands
• Men shake hands until they know someone well, when they’ll move onto the more customary hug and back slap
Holidays in Mexico give you the chance to explore one of the most ecologically diverse countries on Earth. Get back to nature in Mexico's 22 biosphere reserves, 47 national parks, and nine protected areas, all home to an abundance of flora and fauna. The exotic national wildlife includes monkeys, jaguars, pumas, iguanas, wolves, bears, lynx, tapirs, ocelots, crocodiles, lizards, and snakes. There are over 1,000 species of birds, including flamingoes, parrots, toucans, macaws, and humming birds. And the sea is home to dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and whales, not to mention the colourful fishes that make snorkelling one of Mexico's great pleasures.
Dolphin and whale watching
Visit Mexico between November and April and you can take a boat out to see some of the thousands of grey whales (and their offspring) that migrate to the Mexican coast every year, in particular the stunning shores of Los Cabos.
Or watch dolphins swimming playfully together in the wild.
Sea Turtle Sanctuaries
Every year, endangered sea turtles come to Mexico’s shores to lay their eggs in the sand. Make a trip to one of the sanctuaries or protected areas to see how conservationists are working to prevent poaching and help the vulnerable hatched turtles into the sea.