A barefoot beach oasis with a captivating culture, irresistible foodie scene and ultra-luxe all-inclusive resorts.

Mexico is a fiesta of soulful food, carefree shores and underwater realms. There’s a beach for every mood, whatever your vibe, from rustic castaway islands to glamorous beach club hangouts. Beyond its aquamarine waters and white-gold sands, Mexico is full of culture and charisma. You’ll see it in its Aztec architecture, hear it in its mariachi rhythms and taste it in its sizzling streetside tacos.

Discover fascinating archaeological sites and ancient Mayan ruins, such as the forested relics of Coba and UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza, or get out on the water for marine adventures in search of whale sharks. Mexico is also the home of the all-inclusive resort and some of the world’s most spectacular hotels grace its palm-studded coastline.

We’ve travelled all over Mexico, so we can help you find the right setting, stays and sights to suit you.

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  • Home of all inclusive

    Take your pick from lively family resorts with waterparks and kids’ cooking classes to boutique adults-only hideaways where you arrive by yacht.

  • Laid-back island vibes

    Mexico is the go-to spot for a stress-free away-from-it-all escape, with a backdrop that was made for sleepy beach days and poolside relaxation.

  • Underwater world

    Alongside its caves, coral gardens and diverse marine life, Mexico also has an Underwater Museum featuring life-size sculptures.

  • Exceptional cuisine

    Mexico is a must for foodies, with everything from feisty chilli-stuffed tacos and lunchtime tortas to world-class farm-to-table cuisine to devour.

Mexico Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Mexico

Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen Holidays

The perfect palm tree, the ultimate beach, coconut water straight from the source… holidays to th...

Tulum Holidays

Blessed with beaches straight out of a glossy magazine overlooked by the haunting remnants of a M...

Isla Mujeres Holidays

Once the mythological home to the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, this slither of paradise just off the Can...

Isla Holbox Holidays

Isla Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) is sun-kissed, slow-paced, car free and wonderfully rustic.

Cozumel Holidays

Mayan ruins, sun, sea and an unforgettable underwater world come together on Mexico’s most famous...

Holidays in Mexico

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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

Set in a private bay, this adults-only resort is a contemporary choice with many facilities.

From £1,782 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

Catering specifically for families, Paradisus Playa del Carmen offers an excellent range of facilities and activities.

From £1,723 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

A sleek and stylish all-suite hotel in a golden setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

From £1,728 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

This rainforest-set Riviera Maya resort offers free access to some of the region’s best theme parks.

From £2,408 p/p
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  • Tulum
  • 4 Star

Floury sands are lapped by the Caribbean Sea at the family-friendly Dreams Tulum, a large hacienda-style resort commanding 44 acres of shimmering shoreline and tropical gardens.

From £1,485 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

Enviable white sands and a fantastic Unlimited-Luxury® All Inclusive package.

From £2,083 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 5 Star

An adults-only haven with unlimited access to a host of adventure parks.

From £2,470 p/p
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  • Riviera Maya & Playa Del Carmen
  • 4 Star

A two-minute stroll from one of the Riviera Maya’s most glorious beaches, this intimate eco-glamping resort offers tranquility and comfort in an unspoiled natural setting.

From £1,173 p/p
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  • Isla Mujeres
  • 5 Star

A wellness focused retreat in an incredible setting between a yacht-dotted lagoon and the Caribbean

From £2,216 p/p
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  • Isla Mujeres

An all-inclusive adults-only retreat set on an exquisite five-mile island off the coast of Cancun.

From £3,238 p/p

Coba & Mayan Exploration

An other-worldly Mayan ruin and one of Mexico's famous cenotes are the focus on this action-packed day out. First up is the forest-surrounded relics of Coba where you’ll find Quinta Roo’s tallest pyramid, Nohoch Mul, and a whole host of hidden ruins that are a joy to discover. You guide will also take you around the site to check out other highlights such as the Temple of Paintings, Ball Court and historic roads known as sacbes. Return to your air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy some snacks on your way to a freshwater sinkhole hidden away by the emerald jungle. You can enjoy a refreshing swim here before continuing on to an authentic Mayan village to learn about local day-to-day life.

• Daily departures from Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Tulum
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
Lunch will be a local restaurant but is not included in the cost of the excursion. Bring your swimsuit, a beach towel, change of clothes, comfortable shoes which you can walk in all day, and biodegradable sunscreen. The use of professional photography equipment, including tripods, is prohibited at Coba archaeological site.

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Encounter Sian Ka'an Nature Reserve

Quintana Roo’s natural landscapes are the focus on this full-day adventure. You’ll travel south to the breathtaking UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an where tropical jungle meet wetlands, mangrove forests, lakes, lagoons and hidden cenotes; keep an eye out for sun-worshiping crocodiles, and dolphins which may pop up as you sail. After a delightful boat trip, you'll stop at a small fishing village and send some time relaxing before heading back out on the water for an unforgettable snorkelling trip at the Mesoamerican Reef; keep an eye out for a kaleidoscopic array of marine life and fan coral as you swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean, The final stop of the day is a jaw-dropping sand bar known as La Piscina, or 'the pool'.

• Daily departures from Riviera Maya and Tulum
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
Wear comfortable shoes and shoes and pack swimming gear and a towel. Please use biodegradable sun cream and insect repellent, use a reusable bottle for water and take some cash for tips and souvenirs. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and the order of tour activities may vary depending on weather conditions or other circumstances. A national park fee will be collected on board the boat (currently 13USD).

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Unearth Chichen Itza

The ruins at Chichen Itza are arguably Mexico’s most iconic pre-Columbian relics and have been designated a New Wonder of the World. Over a thousand years ago, it was one of the largest Mayan cities that was reportedly home to a diverse community – a factor that’s likely to have led to the varying architectural styles within the site. In the company of an attentive English-speaking guide, you’ll explore ruins such as the Great Ball Court, the observatory El Caracol, and the 12-metre-high Temple of the Warriors with its hundreds of columns and stunning bas-reliefs that depict eagles, jaguars and warriors. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and there’ll even be a chance to take a dip in a cenote – a natural sinkhole permanently filled with crystal clear water – and visit Valladolid, a characterful town with colourful Spanish-style architecture.

• Daily departures from Riviera Maya and Tulum
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
Wear comfortable shoes and shoes and pack swimming gear and a towel if you wish to swim in the cenote. Please use biodegradable sun cream and insect repellent, use a reusable bottle for water and take some cash for tips and souvenirs.

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Discover Isla Mujeres

A Yucatan coast island awaits on this full-day adventure from the Riviera Maya. Board a boat and hope over to Isla Mujeres, a picture-perfect barrier island where you can swim, snorkel or browse the local shops and stalls which sell a host of Yucatan-made handicrafts. Throughout the day, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

• Daily departures from Playa del Carmen
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

Good to know
The island and nature reserve fee of US$ 20 is not included (amount subject to change) and will need to be paid on the spot on arrival). Please use biodegradable sun cream and insect repellent, use a reusable bottle for water and take some cash for tips and souvenirs. The consumption of alcohol is not recommended before or during this tour.

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Chichen Itza Explora

After an early pick up, head to the Yucatan's most iconic archaeological site, Chichen Itza. You'll be joined by a guide who will take you around the ruins and enrich your visit with stories of the past. You'll see the Temple of Kukulcan, El Castillo and the Observatory which is also known as El Caracol. Other highlights of the tour include the Monastery and Nunnery, the Temple of Warriors and the Grand Ball Court. There'll be a bit of free time to explore on your own before a deli-style lunch is served and you make the return journey to your resort.

• Departs daily from Riviera Maya or Tulum
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Tulum Explora

The clifftop ruins of Tulum, with their jaw-dropping Caribbean backdrop, are the focus on this time-saving introductory tour. Step back into the 13th Century as your knowledgable guide explains the importance of this site and the buildings that remain standing. You'll see the Temple of the Descending God, the Temple of the Frescoes and El Castillo which was used to guide incoming boats. You can head down to the beach and even take a dip in the sea if you wish and the water conditions allow before heading back to your resort.

• Daily departures from Riviera Maya, Cozumel or Tulum
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
Wear comfortable shoes and shoes and pack swimming gear and a towel. Please use biodegradable sun cream and insect repellent, use a reusable bottle for water and take some cash for tips and souvenirs.

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Whale Shark Encounter

This marine adventure begins at sunrise when you are picked up at your hotel and transferred to the boat that will whisk take you to a spot that's known for its marine wildlife sightings. The warm waters are home to Earth’s largest fish species, the whale shark, which can grow up to 14 metres in length. You’ll be on the lookout for these sedately swimming creatures as they feed on the abundant plankton and krill in the warm waters off the Yucatan coast and even have the chance to swim amid the giants if you so choose. After lunch on board, there'll be time for a swim as you are anchored close to the beautiful Isla Mujeres.

• Daily departures from Riviera Maya and Tulum
• Operates June to September
• Group experience

Good to know
An extra $20USDpp dock fee not included and this is payable locally. All equipment for swimming/snorkelling with whale sharks, including life jackets, is provided. Please use biodegradable sunscreen and insect repellent and take your own swim wear. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and the order of the tour may change depending on weather and sea conditions.

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Snorkel El Cielo Reef

Get ready to explore the underwater treasures and marine variety of the Caribbean Sea and the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park on a half-day snorkelling trip. You’ll be collected from your hotel in Cozumel and taken to a section of the Mesoamerican Reef, second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In warm and clear waters, you’ll visit El Cielo Reef to snorkel among starfish, turtles, angelfish, and clownfish, before heading to the sandbar El Cielito. The next stop, after some drinks back on board, stop off at Cozumel's uber-fun Playa Mia Grand Beach Park where you'll find a beach, waterslides and pools. For an additional fee you could enjoy a massage, a try on the wave runner or a go at parasailing.

• Departs Monday to Saturday from Cozumel
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Get to know Cozumel and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT -6 hours

CURRENCY

Mexican Peso

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

11 hours

RELIGION

No official religion but the majority of the population are Roman Catholic

LANGUAGE

Spanish

Where is Mexico?
Mexico is the southernmost and smallest country in North America. Its neighbouring countries are the USA and Guatemala and it has coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Pacific.

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Yucatan coast
Stretching south of Cancun along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and beyond, the Riviera Maya is renowned for its miles of white sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts, the dramatic clifftop ruins of Tulum and fantastic ecological parks. Quieter than Cancun, the region is ideal if you’re searching for peace and relaxation with the opportunity to soak up the natural beauty, history and culture of the region. In Playa del Carmen, the Riviera’s largest resort town, you can enjoy watersports from the beach, sample the local catch-of-the-day at one of the casual beachfront restaurants and stroll around the cobblestone streets and shop for traditional handicrafts, jewellery and folk art on bustling Fifth Avenue.

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Islands
Just off the Yucatan coast are a handful of stunning islands, each with its own atmosphere. Lively and lovely Cozumel is just half an hour away by boat from Playa del Carmen and offers the perfect setting for world-class snorkelling and scuba diving. Opposite the popular Yucatan coast destination of Cancun is Isla Mujeres, a slice of paradise that’s has a rich mythological backstory, is wonderfully peaceful and is another top spot for underwater adventures. For a back-to-basics adventure, head up to the car-free and wonderfully rustic island of Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) where you can bird watch, explore beautiful beaches by bike or just recline on talcum-soft sands.

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Diving and snorkelling
Mexico’s Yucatan coast is a highly regarded dive destination. Many dive sites, which regularly appear on ‘world’s best’ lists, are located just 10 to 15 minutes offshore. There are reef walls, caves, healthy coral gardens and even an underwater museum just off the shore of Cancun. A unique opportunity in this region of the world is diving in cenotes. These natural sinkholes are filled with water, both fresh and salt, and act as a gateway to a subterranean, subaquatic world with a vast network of underwater caves. Diving is a year-round activity in this part of the world with water average water temperatures rarely lower than 25 degrees Celsius

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Food and drink
Mexican cuisine hardly needs any introduction. It’s such an integral part of the local culture that it has been awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO. Mesoamerican staples included corn, beans, avocado, sweet potato and chili pepper, while Europeans introduced meat such as chicken and beef, rice and dairy produce.

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