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Embrace laid back island life on sandy shores on a holiday to the Mexican islands. Consisting of the paradise islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and Isla Holbox, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. 

Scattered across the glistening blue waters along the Yucatan and Quintana Roo coastlines, spend your days walking along white sand beaches, hammock dwelling and swimming in the turquoise sea on a Mexican Islands holiday. 

Sun, sea and swimming on holidays to the Mexican Islands

While the sun soaked islands of Cozumel, Isla Holbox, and Isla Mujeres have their differences, there’s one thing they all have in common – a relaxed atmosphere. 

Cozumel thrives with tiny streets that are brimming with cosy restaurants and bars. Away from the town, the island boasts the second biggest barrier reef system in the world – the renowned Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive to discover a whole new world of vibrant coral reef and tropical fish species that live beneath the ocean’s surface.

For a wildlife encounter to remember, head to Isla Holbox to meet the migrating flamingos that frolic and graze in the island’s shallow lagoons and pale blue waters. Filled with sprawling sandy beaches, Isla Holbox is the ideal Mexican Island holiday hotspot to enjoy doing absolutely nothing. When you do crave a dose of vibrancy, head to a rooftop bar to sip a margarita or two.

Isla Mujeres packs a punch considering its size. Indulge in hearty Mexican fare in one of the buzzy restaurants, or for an ocean adventure, a visit to the underwater museum is a must for keen divers. Discover artistic sculptures living beneath the waves in one of the best underwater museums in the world.


Destination Highlights

  • Explore the underwater depths of the coral reef system off the coast of Cozumel
  • Swim with glowing bioluminescent plankton on the Southern beaches of Isla Holbox
  • Visit Isla Mujeres’ turtle farm which provides sanctuary for Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles
  • Relax on dazzling white sand beaches on Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox

Great sample itineraries

Browse a selection of our Mexican Islands tour itineraries. Whether you want to explore one island fully or island hop in Mexico, we have the itinerary for you.

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  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
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A gastronomic hub, the flavours and dishes that have been exported from Mexico are loved and enjoyed across the world....
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Las Vegas And Mexico Multicentre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,499 PP
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Baja California Motorcycle Tour

  • 16 Days
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Our favorite hotels

The paradise islands of Cozumel, Isla Holbox, and Isla Mujeres are home to plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts. Here are some of our top picks.


Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

Situated on its own stretch of sand on the picturesque island of Isla Mujeres just 30 minutes by boat from...
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Guide Price £2,279
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Mexican Islands

Cozumel Palace

Cozumel Palace is a quality all inclusive getaway on the Cozumel coast just a short distance from the shopping and...
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Guide Price £2,289
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Las Nubes

Situated on the white sands of Isla Holbox, with the emerald green jungle as a backdrop, Las Nubas is a...
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Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 10 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available


MXN - Mexican Peso

Visa Information

British passport holders don’t need a visa 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.


Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Info

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

Best time to visit Mexican Islands

The Mexican Islands are hot and sunny year round, but the best time to visit is from November to July. This is when temperatures hit an average high of around 27°C, with little rainfall. The months of July to October reach around 29°C every day, and there’s a slightly higher chance of rainfall.

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Martyn, Destination Executive

‘If you love snorkelling or diving, you have to swim in Cozumel’s reef. The underwater wildlife is incredible.’


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Melody, Destination Specialist

“One of the best ways to discover Isla Holbox is by bike. That way you can explore at your own pace.”

Destination Specialist
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“On Isla Mujeres, head to the Mayan Temple Ixchel first thing in the morning – it’s where the sun hits first.”

Destination Specialist

Mardi Gras

Spanning over eight days from the end of February to the beginning of March, Mardi Gras is one of the oldest Carnaval celebrations in the country. While the event is celebrated all over the country, the island of Cozumel goes all out with live music, vibrant floats, festive feasting and energetic parades.

Patron Saint Day

Head to Isla Holbox in April to immerse yourself into the festivities of Patron Saint Day. To celebrate, fishermen are honoured with intimate seafood feasts. A buzzy fair is also hosted, featuring games and attractions for children along with food and handicraft stalls. On the final day, the fishermen make a procession next to the ocean.

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