Mexico Holidays

Tulum in Mexico

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Luxurious resorts, spectacular historical heritage and exquisite food – Mexico has long been seen as the perfect beach holiday destination. Scattered along its picture-perfect coastline, Mexico is home to some of the world’s best resorts ranging from lavish adults-only spots ideal for weddings and honeymoons, to family-friendly hotels and all-inclusive resorts offering fantastic value for money. Away from the resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya, and Mexico promises adventure as well. On holiday here you can explore ancient Mayan ruins, swim in vine-covered cenotes, enjoy a day tour into the tropical jungle or head away from the shore to swim with whale sharks. With plenty on offer, a Mexico holiday offers the ideal mix of relaxation and adventure.

Ready to embark on your tailor-made Mexico Journey or beach Escape? Fly direct to Cancun with British Airways or via Miami with American Airlines. The award-winning airline offers excellent value for money, superior service and exceptional comfort, getting your holiday off to the best possible start.

Popular Mexico Beach Holidays

At Flight Centre we have people dedicated to knowing Mexico and its hotels inside and out. Based on their first-hand experience, our team have hand-picked Mexico’s best 4 to 5-star hotels and matched them with flights and transfers, saving you both time, money and guess-work. The below are just an example of the kind of Mexico beach holidays we can recommend for you. For more ideas or to tailor your holiday to include stays at multiple hotels, upgraded flights or fly to other destinations, talk to our Experts today.

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Where to Go in Mexico

Flight Centre’s beach holidays take you to the best of Mexico – not to mention the country’s best beaches. Families will love the kid-friendly Riviera Maya, a tropical paradise where the diving and snorkelling is second-to-none; it is home to a big chunk of the Mesoamerican Reef after all. For sophistication, there’s the sparkling blue Bahia de Banderas along Puerto Vallarta’s Pacific Coast, or the crushed-coral beaches of Isla Mujeres, where lucky travellers will spot migrating whale sharks. Then there’s Los Cabos, on the Baja California peninsula, boasting sun-drenched serenity, not to mention great cetacean-spotting during the annual Festival of Whales.

Mexico Holiday Types

Not all beach holidays are made equal in Mexico. When you book from Flight Centre’s Escapes range you can choose between luxury, all-inclusive, honeymoon or family-friendly. Plus, we also offer escorted tours of Mexico too where you can take in more than just Mexico’s pristine coastline. For more ideas, see our Mexico holiday types below.

Mexico Holiday Ideas and Advice 

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Top things to do in Mexico

Day of the Dead

Originating in Aztec, Toltec and Nahua cultures, the day of the dead, or dia de Muertos, is celebrated throughout Mexico and Central and South America on the 2nd November. Across Mexico there is an eruption of colourful outfits, flowers and festivity, rather than the commiseration of the dead their lives are celebrated. Mexicans will dress up in bold colours and gather for parties with singing and dancing. Some of the best spots to spend the day of the dead on your holiday to Mexico are the island of Janitizo in the lake of Patzcuaro, the historic centre of Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and, of course the capital Mexico City.  

Visit Chichen Itza

Found on the Yucatan peninsula, Chichen Itza, is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world and for good reason – the site is one of the seven new wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. The site is a beautifully well preserved example of Mayan architecture, the zenith of which is El Castillo. However, the site is so much more than a pyramid, as the site contains many buildings and stone carvings. Chichen Itza is a must see on your Mexican holiday.

Get up close and personal with the wildlife

With such a variety of terrains and ecosystems it’s unsurprising that one of the best things to do in Mexico is to see some of the spectacular local wildlife. If you are lucky you can spot Ocelot (a similar-looking smaller version of a leopard) or the Mexican wolf. Don’t restrict yourself to land animals though, the seas are abundant with fascinating wildlife from turtles to whale sharks and dolphins. Perhaps the highlight of Mexico’s year in wildlife is the Monarch butterfly migration during which hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies congregate in the Oyamel fir trees of Michoacan – visit the Monarch butterfly biosphere reserve for the best opportunities to see this phenomenon.

Sample some of the local cuisine

Mexican food is world famous, something which is desperately unsurprising given its quality. To miss out on tasting it on your Mexican holiday is close to criminal. Dine in various restaurants or, even better, explore street stalls serving up tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, asado and a wealth of other delicious cuisine.

Laze around on the beaches of Cancun

An infamous resort on the Yucatan peninsula, Cancun is famous for lively nightlife, shopping, dining and, of course beautiful sweeping beaches bordering the Caribbean sea. You would be remiss not to take the opportunity to unwind on one of these slices of paradise. Some of the best beach locations include: Playa Delfines – known as Dolphin Beach and consisting of 14 miles of unspoilt beach, Tulum beach – this lazy, bohemian beach is set apart from some of the more popular beaches in the region and Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres – a beach located on a stunning isle just off the coast that is well worth the boat ride.

Jump into the cenotes

A centor is a natural pit or sinkhole which can be found in limestone areas. Although a sinkhole doesn’t sound terribly exciting they are some of the most spectacular structures on earth. The void left by the sinking rock is usually filled with crystal clear waters which are illuminated by heavenly shafts of light emanating from access holes. Add to this the dramatic limestone cave structures and you create a real feast for the eyes. Swim, snorkel and even dive in these glorious natural formations – some of the best Cenotes to visit on your holiday to Mexico are Ik kil, Zaci, Suytun and Dos Ojos.

Top things to see in Mexico

Teotihuacan

One of the many significant archaeological sites in Mexico, Teotihuacan is a vast complex highlighted by the pyramid of the sun and the pyramid of the moon which offer panoramic views of the surrounding smaller structures.

Los Cabos

At the meeting point of the desrt and the sea Los Cabos is popular for good reason – blessed with a pleasant climate and attractive coastal geography

Colonial Cities

Mexico is dotted with vibrant colonial cities characterised by winding streets and bright housing and churches that would be highlights of any European nation. Luckily for your Mexican holiday these cities go ‘one further’ than European destinations with a unique local twist such as the pink hued church of San Miguel de Allende or the yellow and red façade of San Cristobal de las Casas.

Tulum

Situated on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula is Tulum. This old Mayan port is terrifically well preserved, twin this with its beautiful coastline and dreamy blue waters and you have a stunning destination for travellers. Make sure you don’t miss El Castillo, jutting out on a craggy outcrop into the Caribbean Sea.

When to go to Mexico

Unlike the UK, Mexico has just two seasons: wet and dry. Although the names are pretty self-explanatory, the weather varies considerably, so whichever time you choose to visit, you’ll be sure to find some sunshine somewhere. And then there are Mexico’s legendary festivals and fiestas to consider too. To help you decide, see our guide on when to go to Mexico.

More About Mexico

Capital city: Mexico City

Currency: Mexican Peso

Language: English

Vaccinations: Extra vaccinations are not required.

Getting there

Flight time: The London to Cancun flight time is 10 hours and 25 minutes. The London to Mexico City flight time is 11 hours 30 minutes.

Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa to visit Mexico, but will need to complete an immigration form upon arrival and supply the same form when exiting the country.