Mexico's dotted island castaways

If you're seeking barefoot paradise and authentic Mexican hospitality, look no further than the islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. Dotted along Mexico's Yucatan and Quintana Roo coastlines they offer the perfect contrast to the mainland destinations of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. Think long barefoot walks through the sand, relaxing in hammocks hanging between two towering palm trees and an abundance of wildlife. 

Cozumel

With its small and authentic streets buzzing with restaurants and bars, as well as being one of the best dive sites in the world, Cozumel is a corner of Mexico not to be missed. Just off the shore of this relatively small island is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef - the second largest barrier reef system in the world. The best way to get around the island is by golf buggy, perfect to explore the island in your own time, or hop on a ferry over to Playa del Carmen where a livelier atmosphere awaits. A trip to Cozumel will make you feel like you've stepped back in time; the island is quietly cool with a spirited energy that brings it to life. Wander the town square, take a dip in the sea and snorkel among the colourful schools of fish, and take the coastal roads to see the many Mayan ruins that lie nearby.

Isla Holbox

Situated on the beautiful Yucatán peninsula, join the migrating flamingos in the island's shallow lagoons and azure waters; wander the sandy streets, visit the bustling town square and take yourself to the serene beach to do nothing but simply relax and unwind. A haven and paradise rolled into one, Isla Holbox is Mexico's best kept secret, with stunning shores to rival even the most beautiful in the Indian Ocean.  A trip to Isla Holbox is perfectly paired with Mexico City: explore by foot, bicycle or underground for a complete contrast to Cozumel's chilled-out vibe. Head to the rooftop bars for a margarita or two, visit the vibrant historic squares and enjoy the sumptuous cuisine that's on offer throughout the city before hitting barefoot paradise. 

Isla Mujeres

A paradise island just off the coast of Cancun and Playa Mujeres, this is a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Mexico's mainland. Small in size but huge in charm, Isla Mujeres was originally a fishing village and the perfect place to unwind. With beaches on all sides and Caribbean-style houses nestled among shops and restaurants, this is a haven of tranquility you don't want to miss. For keen divers, we recommend visiting the underwater museum, one of the best of its kind in the world. Isla Mujeres is a great spot to twin with downtown Cancun, just a short transfer away.

Destination Highlights
  • Experience authentic barefoot paradise
  • Capture the wildlife flocks of flamingos to schools of colourful fish
  • Stay in boutique rustic resorts to modern and chic beachfront hotels
  • Explore Cozumel's underwater world
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -5 hours
  • 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
  • Flight Time Approx. 10 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available
  • Health Information No vaccinations required. Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

Top Tips from our Experts

Victoria

Destination Executive

"Visit Isla Holbox where you can go snorkelling with majestic whale sharks, don't be put off by their name they are gentle giants". 

Melody

Destination Specialist

"Isla Cozumel is in comparative about the same size as the Isle of Wight - hire of golf buggy and tour this quaint and stunning island". 

Katie

Destination Specialist

"The Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres is an interesting and educating visit. Although the turtles are in captivity, the farm is vital for their existance as sadly these beautiful creatures are still highly hunted".

Types of Mexican Islands holidays

MUSA Underwater Museum

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

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Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

Secrets Aura Cozumel

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Secrets Aura Cozumel
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Las Nubes

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Las Nubes

Cozumel Palace

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Cozumel Palace