Palapa parasols on white-sand beaches, suites with swim-out pools, tortillas crisping on an open grill and turtles nesting on offshore islands – discover paradise on Cancun holidays

Expect endless shots of vitamin D from the moment your plane lands in Mexico, the taste of raspberry margaritas over crushed ice following a path to oceanfront restaurants and the scent of sun tan lotion leading to a peninsula of blindingly white sands fringed by Caribbean Sea. Cancun is the kind of place you come to when you want to wake up and walk right down to the beach; where if you fancy a coconut salt scrub at half past two and a tequila at half past three no-one’s going to bat an eyelid. It’s also the perfect spot for snorkelling among life-size sculptures at Jason deCaires Taylor underwater museum or jumping into a bright blue cenote at Xel-Ha Eco Park.

We’ve been to Cancun and can tell you first hand that the location is a dream.

Although famed for heady spring break vibes – delirious mayhem at Coco Bongo and killer cocktails in a bar swaying from rope-hung swings – the Yucatan Peninsula has transformed itself, and Cancun holidays are all about dazzling oceanfront hotels humming with hideaway spots, seductive Mexican flavours and glamorous pools. This is spring break with style: a place where kids are infatuated by video game arcade clubs and dressing up boxes, couples crush on cocoon-like spas and everyone falls in love with barefoot bliss, oceanfront sea life and the shade of palm trees leaning over plumped-up day beds.

Privileges are generous and everything is minimal effort – sunset catamaran sailing, tacos and Champagne in the early hours and sunrise whale watching. Tear yourself away from tequila tastings and salty breeze and venture to the heart of real Mexico – day trips to Mayan ruins and towering temples at Chichen Itza and Tulum, with enough time to get back for a succulent bite of papaya and a bonfire party on the beach. Tempted? Talk to one of our experts to find out more.

  • We have handpicked a selection of Cancun’s finest all inclusive resorts, ranging from family friendly to adults only
  • The reefs surrounding the nearby island of Cozumel or the Museo Subacuatico de Arte – an underwater sculpture museum – are a diver’s dream
  • We highly recommend soaking up a slice of Mexican culture and history with a day or overnight trip to Chichen Itza, Merida or Tulum
  • There are plenty of golfing opportunities in Cancun, including the course at our most popular Cancun resort Moon Palace

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT -6 hours

Currency:

Peso

Flying time to destination:

11½ hours to Cancun

More facts

When to visit

Jan 28°c
Feb 29°c
Mar 30°c
Apr 31°c
May 33°c
Jun 32°c
Jul 33°c
Aug 33°c
Sep 33°c
Oct 31°c
Nov 29°c
Dec 28°c
Further climate information

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Caribbean & Mexico 2019/20