Mexico, a land of colour and contrast
Mexico offers so much more than just its world famous Caribbean coast – strikingly vibrant and full of cultural gems from pre-Hispanic ruins to grand colonial architecture. Cultural and historic exploration can begin in the capital sprawling Mexico City, where the ancient, colonial and modern sit side by side. Head east through a heartland with a rich heritage to the Yucatán Peninsula. This is the Mexico you’ve dreamed of, home to iconic sights such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, and of course those picture-perfect beaches.
Best time to visit Mexico
- On Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, December to April is the dry season, with a wetter season from May to November.
- Central Mexico – including Mexico City – has very small seasonal changes while rainfall usually falls between the months of June and October.
- June to November is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean.
Mexico boasts some of the Caribbean's finest white sand beaches and liveliest resorts. Party hard in vibrant Cancun or stray from the neon lights to the peaceful beaches along the Mayan Riviera.
Mexico Holiday Highlights
This former fishing village of Cancun is now a lively resort that lures hedonists in search of picture-perfect beaches, luxurious resorts that cater for your every whim, designer malls and incredible nightlife. The Hotel Zone or Zona Hotelera is a bustling strip of bars, dance clubs and live music venues. From mid-March to early April American teens on spring break flock to Cancun, keen to enjoy the sunshine and beach life whilst partying into the early hours. During this time the resort can get very busy.
The waters between Cancun and Isla Mujeres off the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula offer an underwater paradise of magnificent reefs, pristine coral gardens, freshwater caverns and wrecks as well as the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum. Whale sharks, dolphins and turtles are just some of the incredible marine life that can be spotted here.
Stretching south of Cancun along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and beyond, the Mayan Riviera is renowned for its miles of white sand beaches, all inclusive, the dramatic cliff-top ruins of Tulum and fantastic ecological parks. Quieter than Cancun, the Mayan Riviera is ideal for those in search of peace and relaxation whilst soaking up the natural beauty, history and culture of the region.
Playa del Carmen is a great base for exploration of the nearby ruins of Tulum and Coba. Enjoy watersports from the beach and sample the local catch-of-the-day at one of the casual beachfront restaurants. Stroll around the cobblestone streets and shop for traditional handicrafts, jewellery and folk art on bustling Fifth Avenue and then dance until the sun comes up and one of the lively bars and open-air clubs. The sleepy island of Cozumel is just half an hour away by boat and offers a peaceful setting for world-class snorkelling and scuba diving.
The Mayan ruins of the walled city of Tulum date back to 1200-1500 AD and are perched dramatically on a limestone cliff against a spectacular backdrop of endless blue skies, talcum powder sands and aquamarine waters. Highlights include El Castillo which is believed to have served as a temple and a beacon for boats approaching the shore, and the Temple of the Frescoes which features murals and sculptures depicting Mayan gods.