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Mexico Holidays

Mexico is one of those countries that needs little introduction. It's the kind of destination adventurers and relaxation seekers alike dream of. With white sand beaches, Mayan ruins, rainforests and cocktail-filled nights, action-packed doesn't even begin to describe the holidays here.

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Adventure awaits

To travel to Mexico is to travel to a land of adventure. It's where ancient Mayan ruins and towering temples dominate the skyline, where beaches look more like clouds and jungles are crisscrossed with ziplines whisking explorers through the treetops. It's where your days can be as lazy as you like, with beachy siestas in the morning and wild fiestas in the night.

The climate in Mexico is round-the-clock gorgeous, so there's never an excuse to stay inside all day. There are coral reefs to explore, ruins to marvel at, empanadas to devour and a whole lot of tequila to glug. It's safe to say All Inclusive trips to Mexico are in a category all of their own, getting you up close and personal with beautiful nature and lively entertainment.

Where to stay in Mexico

CancunView on Map

Mexico's famous party destination also makes for a great family holiday. You can choose to keep your distance from the hectic nightlife and find a secluded spot on one of the several beaches to top up that tan.

If you've finished relaxing, take the party into the wilderness with fantastic adventure tours around the jungles, caves and oceans around the Cancun area.

While you can enjoy a sociable and calm evening in a peaceful environment, the beats of the nightclub scene may tempt you into joining the internationally renowned party.

Playa del Carmen
Playa del CarmenView on Map

Phenomenal beaches can be found up and down the stunning coastline that hugs Puerto del Carmen.

Even though the resort has an awesome coral reef of its own to explore, regular boat trip leave to take you to the island of Cozumel which is home to one of the best reefs in the world.

This is a fully equipped resort city with enough shops, bars and restaurants to please the tastes of any tourist. The nature parks, water sports and links to Mayan ruins make it an ideal location for active adventures on your holiday to Mexico.

PlayacarView on Map

Considered to be the couples' getaway resort of the Yucatán Peninsula on the east coast, Playacar is a luxury setting a world away from everyday life back home.

White sands, clear blue ocean, Caribbean weather, these are the basics that set the foundation for your relaxing holiday in Mexico. Add in the modern accommodation, historical Mayan surroundings and the romantic restaurants along the beach, you've got a resort which gives visitors that much sought after break.

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto VallartaView on Map

Found on the west coast of Mexico, this resort combines the beauty of Mexican nature mixed with traditional town settings and the luxuries of a modern resort. Puerto Vallarta is a fantastically versatile destination that can provide a memorable holiday for all ages and travellers.

Family adventures can be had at the numerous nature sites in the ocean and on land, couples will wallow in the glorious sunshine on the dozen or so beaches and energetic visitors will love the surprisingly wild nightlife.

The extra flight time to reach the west coast will be fully justified by the fun and excitement to be found in Puerto Vallarta.

Riviera Maya
Riviera MayaView on Map

The Riviera Maya region stretches 150km along the Yucatán Peninsula and includes the resorts and towns of Playa del Carmen, Playacar, Tulum and even the island of Cozumel.

Historical archaeological sites, ocean wildlife, luscious beaches and jungle adventures are some of the amazing attractions luring tourists to the resort district.

It offers a mixture of large scale all-inclusive hotels as well as smaller boutique style accommodation. With such an array of choices for location and activities, a holiday in Riviera Maya can be exactly what you want it to be.


Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Mexican Peso
  • Spanish
  • Approx 113,500,000
  • GMT -6

Eye candy

Mexico might be known for more than its beaches, but they're a handy luxury when holidaying in this part of the Americas. And with summer in Mexico offering a stunning climate – not to mention the winter sunshine too – the beaches here are easy to enjoy. From Cancun to Puerta Vallarta and Riviera Maya, the shores here are laden with soft white sands exuding Caribbean vibes.

The beauty isn't limited to just the coast. Outdoor adventures in Mexico are set against the backdrop of jungles, rainforests, caves, mountains and ruins that define what it means to be 'ancient'. There's much to enjoy underwater, too – on the island of Cozumel you can suit up in snorkelling gear and explore the world's second largest coral reef and sunken statues alongside giant sea turtles. Boat cruises leave from Cancun and Riviera Maya, so even your travel time is a sightseeing expedition.

Temples, ziplines and snorkelling – oh May-an

Mexico's lush terrain begs for holidaymakers to unleash their inner adventurers – once you've pried yourself away from the beach, you can zipline high above the treetops, dune buggy through the jungle or kayak along the coast.

And then there are the ancient ruins. Mexico is home to more World Heritage Sites than historical superpowers Greece and Egypt. Mexico is the cradle of the Mayan civilisation, whose 3,000 years of existence are still on display in the cities of Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza is where you'll find the Kukulkan Pyramid – you'll recognise its flat top instantly – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Tulum is located at the bottom of the Riviera Maya, and combines Mayan ruins with a scenic beach. That just means you've got a day of relaxation and culture all wrapped into one.


It's no secret that Mexico has been known to host a fiesta or two along its coastlines. The country is a hotspot for American spring-breakers in search of a wild night, though the bars and restaurants here also play host to more laid-back evenings too.

The tequila is free flowing in Cancun, Mexico's party central. Here, you'll find DJ-driven clubs and beach parties, along with some of the country's most famous bars. Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen are also top contenders for their nightlife scenes, though you won't have trouble taking things slow if partying until sunrise doesn't suit your holiday mood.

Many of the bars and restaurants around Mexico come to life with live music, whose mariachi crooners and salsa dancers keep things easy-going on warm nights.

Playacar comes packed with adults-only accommodations, which means the evening agenda here revolves around chilled out entertainment and cool glasses of sangria.

Calling all carnivores

Take our word for it – holidays in Mexico are worth it for the food alone. With succulent grilled meats spiced to perfection and peppered in the restaurants' colourful decoration, there's nothing quite like dining in this corner of the world.

The streets of Mexico are paved with everything from vendors filling the air with the scent of freshly cooked tamales, to locals flattening tortillas and baking them on stovetops right before your eyes. You'll also find a healthy dose of home in the form of international eats – from takeaway options to romantic nights on outdoor terraces, Mexico is a versatile destination that'll have even the most homesick holidaymaker covered.

Retail heaven

From high-end boutiques to traditional market stalls, Mexico shopping opportunities come in every shade on the retail spectrum. At the centre of Playa del Carmen are street performers and musicians entertaining shoppers browsing souvenir stalls for a colourful poncho and Cuban cigars, though most towns will have flea markets of their own, where you'll find handmade jewellery and handbags.

Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Playacar are where the ritzy goods await. Designer brands and high-end boutiques pave the way along some of these streets, along with Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue.