Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If you’re on a budget there are plenty more options. For year-round sunshine and lively resorts the Canary Islands may be the perfect place. Greece and her islands are hard to beat for a mix of sightseeing and beachlife, or for fiery flamenco and tasty tapas Spain‘s sun-drenched Costas could be just the ticket.
However, if Mexico’s for you check out our travel guide to find out more, and here are a few cheap hotels to start you off.
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Cheap days out in Mexico
Those in search of affordable days out should look towards Mexico’s beaches. Grab a snorkel and explore a magical underwater world in Riviera Maya with tropical fish, coral and more. The region also has a number of giant rock pools which are great for swimming in and surfing is another fun pastime. For window-shopping Cancun’s malls provide an array of visual delights, while those in search of affordable souvenirs or just want to soak up the atmosphere can head to lively Coral Negro Flea Market in the downtown area.
If you don’t want to pay for daytrips to the big Mayan sites, there are a number of places where small ancient ruins can be explored for free in Playa del Carmen. One is located just off 5th Avenue, and one near 2nd street, between the beach and 5th Avenue.
Mexican fun in the sun at a budget friendly price
Fly to Mexico from the UK in just over 10 hours where breathtaking beaches, entertainment packed hotels and a host of day-trip options await.
It’s possible to get good value deals to Mexico throughout the year, but the cheapest are usually to be found from early September through to November, when average temperatures hover at around 28°C.
The resorts all differ in style, but have one thing in common – beaches that are simply divine. The Riviera Maya offers a 30-kilometre stretch of coastline, but this is just the start as there are Mayan ruins and eco parks to explore – those on a budget can shop around to find the best day-trip deals. For a holiday base with a dash of authentic charm, the former fishing village of Puerto Morelos in Riviera Maya is an up and coming resort with a small cafe, sandy beach and the Mesoamerican Reef, home to a rainbow of sea life and coral.
Within the Riviera Maya area, Playa del Carmen is a small city, with a palm fringed coastline and array of hotels. It’s easy to get around on foot and the natural beauty of the area presents plenty of options for long walks and hikes. Those in search of a bargain will find plenty of cut-price offers on exclusive fashion brands as it’s in the duty-free state of Quintana Roo. For complete relaxation Playacar has a distinct get away from it all vibe, and the 5th Avenue mall for window shopping.
Those who like it bold and lively will love Cancun, to the north of Riviera Maya. With a strip of hotels, clubs and discos appealing to every taste and bank balance there are ample options for both relaxing evening drinks and up-till-dawn nights out. Close to Cancun is Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for it’s impressive Mayan pyramid and another nearby archaeological site worth a look is Tulum.
Boasting its own private beach, the Now Jade Riviera Cancun also has eight restaurants and three attractive pools to while away lazy days beside. Activities are numerous and include snorkelling, yoga and beach aerobics, and those wanting to keep up their fitness regime can head to the hotel gym. With airport transfers of just 30 minutes guests can make the most of every second of their cheap Mexican holiday.
Jam-packed with entertainment and just steps away from a dazzling beach, the Riu Playacar ticks all the right boxes when it comes to an affordable Mexican getaway. There are three pools to relax by, plenty of terrace space with loungers and parasols and a poolside restaurant and swim-up bar. The main restaurants offer international buffet cuisine as well as speciality options. Try out a range of free sports including table tennis, snorkelling, aqua aerobics and volleyball. In the evening guests can expect live music and shows.
Enjoy 5* luxury at an affordable price at the adults-only Riu Palace Las Americas, where the beach is just footsteps away and can be seen from the terraces of the attractive pools. The swim-up pool bar provides a welcome place to cool off with a cold drink, while a main buffet dining room and speciality restaurants offer plenty of scope for dining. Complimentary sports include water polo, table tennis, aqua aerobics and non-motorised watersports.
It's fun all the way at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba with it's two swimming pools, private beach and numerous dining options. Take a break from the sunbed to play football, basketball or volleyball, or work up a sweat in the gym. And you can try out water aerobics, or use snorkelling and windsurfing equipment for free one hour per day. The entertainment programme, which includes karaoke and live music, will ensure there's never a dull moment.