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.
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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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.
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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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‘If you love snorkelling or diving, you have to swim in Cozumel’s reef. The underwater wildlife is incredible.’
“One of the best ways to discover Isla Holbox is by bike. That way you can explore at your own pace.”
“On Isla Mujeres, head to the Mayan Temple Ixchel first thing in the morning – it’s where the sun hits first.”
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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