If you’re looking for a holiday where you can visit ancient sites, bask on beautiful, sun-splashed beaches or party the night away, check out our great range of Mexico holidays.
The crystal-clear waters provide a stunning, submarine ecosystem for scuba divers and snorkellers to explore. If you want to kick your heels up and dance the night away, Cancún’s nightlife is world-renowned, with bars, clubs and some serious superclubs pumping out tunes into the early hours.
Holidays to Mexico are a paradise for beach lovers too. The warm Caribbean Sea laps at powder-soft sands, fringed by lush palm trees and vibrant rainforests.
However, if you want to get a taste of Mexico’s magical past, unleash your inner Indiana Jones and pay a visit to the ancient Mayan pyramids, deep in the heart of the jungle.
23-30 °C, The climate in Mexico varies from state to state, but you’re guaranteed temperatures between 23°C and 30°C, even during the rainy season (May to October).
10.5 hours flight from the UK to Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Extending along the Yucatan Peninsula on the east coast, Riviera Maya is dotted with some of the world’s most exotic resorts. Cancún, on the Riviera’s northern tip, is a tropical party paradise that’s annually gate-crashed by MTV camera crews and Spring Breakers. Enjoy ice-cold bucketfuls of beer on its sugar-white beaches, while you do some celeb-spotting. Venture a little further south and you’ll find Playa del Carmen, home to some of Mexico’s best white sandy beaches.
The Yucatán Peninsula is home to some of the best attractions in Mexico. The Mayan temples here date as far back as 1800 BC Visit the mysterious Kukulcan Pyramid (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World), set in the ancient city of Chichén Itzá. An hour’s drive south from here will take you to Coba’s famous jungle-covered Mayan remains, as well as the lakes and mystical cenotes (sinkholes) ringing them. Revered by the Mayans as sacred gateways to the underworld, Mexican cenotes offer hidden swimming holes brimming with warm waters up to 25 °C, which has been naturally filtered by the limestone rock, making them as clear as glass.
Eating and drinking
The best place to sample real tacos on your holiday to Mexico is at the street taco stands. Delicious and inexpensive, these saucy corn tortillas are prepared right in front of you. Alongside a dollop of homemade guacamole, you can also pick your choice of freshly-grilled, juicy meat and salsa flavour. Go for a mild salsa (lime-coloured) or for a dark red one if you like it smoking hot. If you get hungry while you’re soaking up the sun, then try the lemon and chilli pepper-marinated shrimp skewers available at beach stands. And when you need to hydrate, why not do it in true tropical style and sip on fresh coconut water, straight out of its shell.
Attracting over four million spring breakers and party people each year, Cancún has some of the planet’s most extravagant nightclubs. First stop, the legendary Coco Bongo Club, with its amazing, aerial acrobats, podium dancers, incredible light shows, outrageous effects and themed nights. Don’t miss out on the array of fantastic clubs nearby too, all of them jam-packed with performances by DJs from all over the world. The Hotel Zone Area is one of the best party places in Cancún. Typically, clubs have an entrance fee here (around £25), but this will cover all your drinks all night (excluding tips).
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Adventure lovers:A holiday to Mexico wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Xel-Ha Park. From courage-testing high dives, to safe and supervised snorkelling activities for young children, Xel-Ha Park gives you the chance to discover new activities and challenge yourself.
Party animals: Put on your party sombrero and experience Spring Break in Cancún. You’ll find everything from all-out raves and pool parties, to sophisticated shindigs and clubs with casinos.
History fans: Step back in time at Chichen Itza and explore the dramatic Mayan ruins. Pronounced ‘chee-chen eet-zah', this is one of the most spectacular and fascinating examples of Mayan architecture.
Language: There are more than 60 indigenous languages spoken around Mexico (including Mayan dialects), but Spanish is the language spoken most widely.
Currency:The currency used is Mexican Peso (Mex$).
Local time: Mexico is 5–8 hours behind GMT/UK time, depending on location. Cancun is 5 hours behind.
Fly to: Cancun International Airport. Transfers to the main resorts take just 25 minutes for Cancun or up to 2 hours for Playa del Carmen and Playacar.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Mexico is 10.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com.
Visa and health:Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Weather and climate
Temperature: Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, though it gets cooler the further up north towards the US you go.
Best time to visit Mexico:Between November and April.
Weather in the coastal areas of Mexico is hot and dry between November and April, with temperatures blazing up to the mid-20s (°C) and without dropping below the 20s, even at night. The humidity level during these months is also quite high, but then drops around May time when the wet season begins (May to October).
By bus: Buses are the most comfortable and cost-effective way to get around. You can even take your pick of travel class, so why not go VIP with first-class reclining seats and a television, as well as drinks and snacks?
By train: For a special trip, hop on Mexico’s only train service, the El Chepe. This will take you on a tour around the magnificent Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Combre), which is even bigger and deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Day of the Dead: While some like to call it the Mexican Halloween, it’s actually a 3,000-year-old religious festival held (31 October to 02 November) in honour of celebrating life and mocking death. Fantastical parades, sugar skulls, and mystical altars make up an unforgettably atmospheric treat for the kids.
Spring Break concerts: From Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk to Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida, Cancún will treat you to performances by the biggest music names in the world (mid-February to mid-April). Look out for Inception Music Festival, which is 30 days and nights of sheer partying and supreme electronic dance music DJs.