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Playa Mujeres

Playa Mujeres, Mexico

Sun-seekers and thrill-seekers alike find holidays to Mexico almost impossible to resist, but none more so than a break in Playa Mujeres, a gorgeous slice of the tropics set on the Caribbean coast. Quiet enough to be a premier luxury destination for those looking for a slower-paced holiday, yet still within easy distance of Mexico's party capital, Cancun, Playa Mujeres has lots to offer holidaymakers from all walks of life. Chilled days, lively nights and unforgettable experiences are all waiting, along with some of the most picture-perfect views in the whole of Mexico.

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Bask on the beach

If there's one thing that Playa Mujeres holidays are synonymous with, it's fabulously unspoilt beaches that you won't feel guilty about lounging on for hours at a time. Boasting a super-long stretch of bright-white sand, the region has sought to emphasise luxury by adding some pretty little bars, loungers and parasols for you to enjoy.

Take a walk around the coast, where you can stumble upon some less-frequented spots, or head south and enjoy a day in the up-market marina. Wherever you go, the sun will follow, so expect your holiday here to simply sizzle.

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Fawn over delicious foods

It might be a cliché to associate holidays to Playa Mujeres Mexico with tacos, but in actual fact, there's even a weekly festival dedicated to this king of foods, with a host of flavour options being available to sample.

For those that love to mix it up food-wise, the area is chock-full of incredible restaurants, each vying to ply holidaymakers with their own brand of Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. It goes without saying that the seafood dishes here are among the best, given the freshness of the catches.

Snap up a bargain shopping

The colourful textiles of Mexico make for wonderful souvenirs, and holidays in Playa Mujeres provide the perfect opportunity to snap up a few authentic pieces for a great price. The best spot for getting hold of local artisan items is the handicrafts market on Isla Mujeres. Just a 20-minute ferry ride away, the island is full to bursting with items for sale, from traditional striped rugs through to stone sculptures, fabric hammocks and beautiful jewellery. Expect to be spoilt for choice as soon as you step ashore.

Play a round or two

Whether you're already an avid golfer or have always fancied having a go, holidays to Playa Mujeres will give you every opportunity to grab a club and try your swing. Designed by world-famous golfer Greg Norman, the Playa Mujeres Golf Club is a mixture of easy greens and more complex holes that will put your golfing skills to the test. You won't get too frustrated though, regardless of how many bunkers you land in, as the views of the Caribbean Sea as you make your way round are simply divine.

Dive the underwater reefs

As you might expect, the waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the coast are crystal-clear and perfect for a spot of snorkelling. With reefs being abundant in the area, you could easily get lucky and meet a bale of turtles while you explore – but even if they remain too elusive, you'll find the soft lull of the warm waves incredibly relaxing, especially after a sunbathing session.

There are also a host of boat-trip opportunities to be snapped up, if you fancy going a little further out and chasing a picture opportunity with the turtles.

Check out Cancun

Fans of Playa Mujeres holidays love them for the peace and relaxation that they offer, but every once in a while, it's fun to make the 20-minute trip to Cancun for a more lively side of Mexico. The country's party capital, it is filled with up-market bars, nightclubs that stay open into the early hours and chic shopping centres. It's a far cry from the sleepy vibe of Playa Mujeres, but as a contrast, it is fun to experience at least one lively night out before heading back to the tranquility of the sands.

Whatever you think you know about Mexico holidays, Playa Mujeres will surprise you. A balmy combination of slow-paced beaches, warm waters and exhilarating sporting activities, it is a relaxed slice of heaven in one of the liveliest countries in the world. With access to some of the more up-tempo nightlife opportunities that Cancun has become synonymous with, this is the perfect base for adventures a little further afield.