Mexico Holidays

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.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Stand atop one of the 600 pyramids at Teotihuacan, and look out across this staggeringly amazing ancient Mayan settlement, known as the City of the Gods
  • Swim in the magical fresh water of Mexico’s cenotes. These natural sinkholes act as underground open-roof pools
  • Wander through the fascinating historic centre of Mexico City and discover its lopsided sinking cathedral, ornately mosaic-tiled 16th century palace and ancient temples
  • Sink your toes into the infamous white sands of Cancún while sipping on an ice-cold margarita

Our favourite 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.

Unique Casita

Chablé Resort & Spa

Yucatan Peninsula

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,779 pp

Chablé Resort & Spa
Unique

Viceroy Los Cabos

Baja California

H&J Rating
Viceroy Los Cabos

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Yucatan Peninsula

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,899 pp

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Time Zone

GMT -5 to -8 hours depending on region

Flight Time

Flight times vary dependent on the region of Mexico you are travelling to.

Currency

MXN - Mexican Peso

Visa Information

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Mexico but will require an immigration form for arrival and departure. You can obtain either when you arrive, on-board your flight, or online in advance from the National Institute of Immigration website.

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Information

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

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.

  • Diver swimming with turtle

    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.

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.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
27ºC
105mm
Mexico City
21ºC
10mm
Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
25mm
Cozumel
27ºC
90mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
27ºC
50mm
Mexico City
22ºC
20mm
Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
7mm
Cozumel
26ºC
10mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
28ºC
46mm
Mexico City
24ºC
10mm
Puerto Vallarta
29ºC
6mm
Cozumel
26ºC
31mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
29ºC
29mm
Mexico City
25ºC
20mm
Puerto Vallarta
30ºC
7mm
Cozumel
27ºC
32mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
31ºC
89mm
Mexico City
25ºC
62mm
Puerto Vallarta
32ºC
11mm
Cozumel
28ºC
8mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
31ºC
141mm
Mexico City
22ºC
343mm
Puerto Vallarta
33ºC
210mm
Cozumel
28ºC
70mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
32ºC
70mm
Mexico City
22ºC
193mm
Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
362mm
Cozumel
28ºC
191mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
32ºC
88mm
Mexico City
23ºC
225mm
Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
315mm
Cozumel
29ºC
162mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
31ºC
184mm
Mexico City
23ºC
310mm
Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
360mm
Cozumel
29ºC
247mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
30ºC
282mm
Mexico City
23ºC
180mm
Puerto Vallarta
34ºC
120mm
Cozumel
29ºC
181mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
28ºC
128mm
Mexico City
22ºC
56mm
Puerto Vallarta
32ºC
13mm
Cozumel
28ºC
91mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cancun
27ºC
90mm
Mexico City
20ºC
10mm
Puerto Vallarta
30ºC
19mm
Cozumel
27ºC
36mm
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “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.”

  • Melody, Destination Specialist

    Mel

    Destination Specialist

    “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!”

  • Rachel, Destination Executive

    Rachel

    Destination Executive

    "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. 

Local cuisine

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

    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

    Pozole is a rich chicken or pork broth flavoured with corn, herbs, spices, onions, cabbage, radishes and, you guessed it, red chillies! 

  • Chilaquiles

    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. 

Our Mexico destinations

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Baja California

Baja California

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Cancun

Cancun

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Mexico City

Mexico City
Islas Marietas National Park

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico

Mexican Islands

Mexican Islands

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