Quick Guide to Mexico
With grand colonial cities, miles and miles of pristine beaches and archaeological sites that bear witness to the great Mexican civilizations - the Maya, Olmeca and Aztecs - holidays to Mexico have always been popular.
Mexico is one of the few megadiverse countries in the world which means it has a huge range of landscapes from tropical beaches to arid deserts, lush forests and much more. This means that when it comes to picking where to go on your holiday in Mexico you're going to have a tricky time of it.
There are so many amazing sights to see on Mexico holiday from Aztec and Mayan ruins and incredible cities to volcanoes, stunning dive spots, and glorious beaches. It's tempting to try and see them all, but it's such a vast country so you'll just have to plan another holiday to Mexico to enjoy more of it.
The most popular, and cheapest, place for a Mexico holiday are the beaches of the Baja peninsula, which juts out into the Caribbean Sea. And don't be fooled into thinking that a beach holiday here has to be boring - there are ecoparks, ruins and amazing underwater sights all within easy reach, which should be more than enough to keep you happy.
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Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara
Did you know?
Mexico's capital, Mexico City, is built over a lake and is sinking by up to 10 inches each year!
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Top 5 Beachside Destinations in Mexico
If you're undecided where is best for you to stay, here's our quick run down of the best destinations for a Mexico beach holiday.
- Cozumel is a stunning island that will put you at the heart of a scuba diving paradise.
- Playa del Carmen
- Playa del Carmen boasts a mix of an authentic central area, plenty of bars, a vibrant nightlife and yet more gorgeous beaches - sensing a theme?
- Cabo San Lucas
- Cabo San Lucas is known for being party central. It also has more than its fair share of luxury accommodation and, of course, lovely beaches.
- Tulum boasts a quieter scene as well as Mayan ruins on your doorstep - go before everyone else catches on!
- Cancun has a party hard reputation and the hotel zone is certainly the heart of the action, with the old town hot on its heels. Go in winter to appreciate the mellower side.
What to do in Mexico
No matter what type of holidaymaker you are, Mexico will have something for you. This slab of land in between North and South America is packed full of history, natural beauty and culture galore. History buffs will be well rewarded here. Several major ancient civilisations called Mexico home, including the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Teotihuacans. All left their mark on the country, including the Pyramid of the Sun - the third-largest pyramid in the world - and the ancient ruined city of Chichen Itza. And if you thought Europe had the stranglehold on incredible buildings, think again. Mexico City's Catedral Metropolitana is the oldest cathedral in the Americas and rivals any in Europe, while the San Juan de Ulúa in Veracruz is an incredible 16th century fort.
If checking out natural beauty spots is more your forte, Mexico doesn't disappoint. We've already helped you out with some of the country's best beach destinations above, but if you get tired of lazing on the sand, there's still plenty more to see! Mexico is famous for its cenotes - sinkholes full of stalagmites and stalactites and crystal-clear water that's amazing for swimming and snorkelling. Some of our favourites include Cenote Dos Ojos, near Tulum, and Grutas de Loltún, near Chichén Itzá. Mexico is also home to several incredible eco-parks, where the natural beauty is well-preserved and activities like swimming with dolphins and ziplining are easily accessible.
If you're excited to visit a museum or two, you won't be disappointed. The Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City offers up a glimpse of the trailblazing artist's life and work, while the Museo de Arte Popular showcases the country's folk art and handicrafts.
Where to stay in Mexico
Mexico is home to the whole gamut of hotel options, ranging from budget to five-star. If you're after a good deal you should be able to find it, setting yourself up nicely for a cheap Mexico holiday to remember.
If you know you want to go to the beach you've a couple of choices. First, there's the eastern Caribbean coast, known as the Riviera Maya. This incorporates a number of beach resorts including Cancun where the sand goes on for miles, there's great scuba diving and a vibrant town. Alternatively, head over to the Pacific coast which boasts its own beautiful seaside resorts, with Puerto Vallarta attracting scuba divers to witness the migration of the humpbacked whale and Ixtapa and Acapulco boasting their own array of resorts.
How to get to Mexico
The number of cheap flights to Mexico increases every year, and this looks set to continue in 2018/2019. It's a good idea to be flexible on your travel dates for your Mexico holiday though as the flight price, and therefore your holiday price, can fluctuate quite a lot throughout the year. A particular time to avoid is the US college 'Spring Break' but aside from this, cheap holidays in Mexico can be found without too much trouble.
Direct flights might sound like a expensive way to start your holiday in Mexico, but there is often no real price difference between direct and indirect flights, especially if you're going to a popular tourist destination like Cancun. Flights can be as short as 11 hours, or easily take around 24 hours with a stopover, so the added amount of holiday is a real plus with direct flights. Some departure airports in the UK will require one or more stopovers - try searching from nearby airports, as the extra travel time in the UK could save you time in a far-flung airport during your journey!
When to Visit Mexico
Mexico is a year-round destination, and average temperatures range from the mid 20°Cs to 30°Cs, so if you're looking for warm weather, you can visit any month in the year. However, if you want to avoid the wettest periods, travel outside of August to October. Unsurprisingly, this is when you'll find the lowest prices for holidays, so it's a good time to book an all inclusive deal to Mexico if you want to take advantage of low prices.
There are a number of festivals happening throughout the year all over Mexico. These include one of the most well-known, the Day of the Dead on 1st November, and Dia de Nuestra senora de Guadelupe on 12th December. Along with Christmas and Easter, you'll find that prices for Mexico hotels and flights tend to increase around these times.
All Inclusive Holidays
If you are searching for an all inclusive package we would urge you to focus your search on the resorts in and surrounding Cancun. This is where you will find a plethora of large hotels offering not only drinks and food included, but also a wide range of activities and watersports. Do check what is included and what is extra through. That amazing all inclusive deal may look a tempting price but there might be a lot of extras. Further afield at other Mexican resorts such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, the all inclusive concept is not as widespread with most hotels focusing on room only or bed and breakfast.