From relaxing with a margarita on Mexico’s stunning sugar-white sandy beaches to being awestruck at the colossal ancient pyramids and temples of the Mayan civilisation, Mexico has more to offer than meets the eye.
The great thing about the Mexican coastline is that there is a beach to suit everyone. Whether you fancy a secluded spot surrounded by ancient ruins at Tulum, a laid-back hippy surfing hotspot at Zipolite or a family-friendly beach that’s close to amenities like Playa Maroma, Mexico’s beautiful coastline has is covered.
If miles (19 of them, to be precise) of pristine white sandy beaches lapped by the brilliant teal Caribbean Sea is your holiday must-have, then Mexico’s Riviera Maya will not fail to delight you. This stretch of Caribbean coastline off Mexico's northeastern Yucatán Peninsula attracts people for its all-inclusive resorts and long dreamy beaches. Plus, just off its shores, starting at Cancún and stretching south to Guatemala, lies the world’s second-longest barrier reef, The Great Mayan Reef. Brimming with marine life, from manatees and sea turtles to the giant whale sharks, The Great Mayan Reef is a scuba divers and snorkelers paradise.
Discover Mexico’s ancient civilisation
Your tailor made holiday to Mexico is incomplete until you visit some of the country’s phenomenal pyramids, temples and Mayan ruins. Mexico boasts over 150 archaeological sites that are open to the public with many being recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Standing at these awesome sites gives you a glimpse into the lives and culture of the Mayan people who lived in Mexico between 250 and 900AD. The biggest and most famous is Chichén Itzá, whose crowning glory is its four-sided El Castillo towering pyramid that comes complete with 365 steps. Other Mexico holiday must-see sites include the coastal ruins in Tulum; the exquisite architecture and sculptures of Palenque and the ancient city of Uxmal.
If you are a history buff then definitely take a day trip to Mexico’s vibrant capital, Mexico City. Head to the historic centre and delight in the mishmash of 16th-century cathedrals and palaces, Aztec ruins, and gleaming skyscrapers.
Fancy pairing your Mexico holiday with a city getaway to Las Vegas or Los Angeles? Or why not mix your holiday to Mexico with a trip to New York, which is only just a three hours’ flight away? Whatever you’re looking for, call us today and our Destination Specialists will help you create your dream holiday in Mexico.
Great sample itineraries
Our destination experts can create a bespoke holiday in Mexico, tailored to include your dream tours, visits and must-sees. Almost anything is possible, so call us to discuss your options. In the meantime, here are a few ideas.
Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta Multi Centre
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Our favorite hotels
Here are some of our favourite all-inclusive hotels and luxury resorts in Mexico. If you can’t see something you like, please call and chat to one of our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.
Chablé Resort & Spa
Viceroy Los Cabos
Excellence Playa Mujeres
You get an incredible insight into the ancient world of the Americas when you visit Mexico. With over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the iconic Chichen Itza and its amazing light show is only the start. You’ll uncover vibrant street scenes and the baroque Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City and – if you’re into diving – some amazing underwater treasures in Cozumel and Playa Mujeres.
Ancient Mayan History
Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is home to one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ – the mystical Chichen Itza. One of the most visited Yucatan Mayan sites, it’s been standing for over 1,000 years. Visit in spring or autumn to watch as shadows depict a snake slithering its way up the limestone steps to El Castillo. There’s also Tulum; what was once an important trading port is now a historic site open to the public. Wander the walled city, imagining the natives who once lived in the caste and worshipped in the temple.
Snorkel and dive down coral reefs
There are just as many adventures to be had underwater as there are on land. Don your snorkelling gear and explore the coast, or join an organised trip to even deeper waters. On the shores of fishing village Puerto Morelos the coral reef is often a mere six feet below the surface. Keep your goggles clean to spot rays, barracudas and turtles. There are domed caves filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites to explore at Tak Be Ha and Hilario’s Well. The brave can even swim with whale sharks – the largest fish on the planet. During the summer hundreds inhabit in the warm waters near Cancun.
Explore the culture in coastal towns
Puerto Vallarta is a bustling waterside community made up of charming cobblestone streets, elegant homes sitting atop steep hillsides, and beachside restaurants serving up the freshest ocean catches. You’ll get a real sense of Mexican culture as local vendors sell their handcrafted wares and street performers entertain passers bypassers-by. Visit El Malecon for the best shops and art galleries. Enjoy live music at the Los Archos amphitheatre and watch the spectacular sunset from the pier.
Best time to visit Mexico
Mexico’s climate is warm and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 20°C to 34°C. The best time to visit Mexico is during its dry season from December to April. Mexico’s rainy season runs from May to September. The hurricane season runs from June to November, peaking in the months of September and October.
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“Mexico’s Caribbean coast has dotted island gems along it. Board a ferry and head across to Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox or Cozumel for a taste of authentic Mexico and a quieter pace of life either for a few nights or a day trip.”
“Another truly unique holiday experience is to visit one of the cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula. These underground natural, mythical-looking blue pools will transport you to another world. Revered by Mexico’s ancient Mayan civilisation as spiritual portals, today you can swim, snorkel or dive in their mineral-rich fresh waters. There is nowhere else like it and you’ll love them!”
"To admire downtown Mexico City from a bird’s eye view, head to the towering skyscraper, Torre Latinoamericana. Torre Latinoamericana offers some the most unrivalled breathtaking city views. While there’s a viewing platform on the top floor, just one floor below there’s a bar where you can order a sundowner and watch the setting sun over the capital’s skyline - amazing."
Events & Festivals
Mexico offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites:
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
You probably know the two-day festival of Dia de Los Muertos from when it was wonderfully portrayed in the opening scene of the James Bond movie Spectre. This annual festival each November is a unique Mexican tradition that celebrates love and respect for the deceased. Mexicans in towns and cities across Mexico take to the streets in elaborate costumes and painted faces to celebrate life. The huge street parties and parades are an explosion of colour, dancing and live music! Day of the Dead traditions include building private altars to honour the deceased using sugar skulls, and putting favourite foods and drinks on loved ones’ graves.
Festival de México en el Centro Histórico
Festival de México en el Centro Histórico is Mexico City’s biggest annual event. Every March or April, thousands of people gather in the historic centre to enjoy the best national and international dance acts, literature, film, music, theatre and opera performances. Celebrating the arts, this two-week event takes place in 50 different venues across the capital and is a not-to-be-missed date for your diaries.
Dia de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day)
Independence Day is Mexico’s most important national holiday when the whole country celebrates Mexico’s war of independence that began on the 16 September in 1810. Events extend and take place over the preceding few weeks, with Mexican music filling the streets, costume parties, shows and exhibitions to mark this historical event.
The reputation of Mexico’s cuisine precedes itself. From the tacos and burritos to the enchiladas, Mexico’s vibrant cuisine is one of the world’s most celebrated foods. So what better place to experience the treasured Mexican dishes than the country itself? The country’s long-term affair with chillies, herbs, fresh coastal seafood and beef serve up authentic well-known dishes we all know and love. Here are a few of our favourite less well-known Mexican dishes:
Tamales are pockets of corn dough stuffed with a meaty filling. This street-food favourite is traditionally wrapped and cooked in banana leaves or corn husks.
Pozole is a rich chicken or pork broth flavoured with corn, herbs, spices, onions, cabbage, radishes and, you guessed it, red chillies!
Chilaquiles is a fried corn tortilla topped with salsa, cheese and cream that makes a popular meal throughout the day. When eaten at breakfast, scrambled or fried eggs are added to the toppings.
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