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Mexico is packed with time-stamped ruins, lively cities and lush jungles – and incredible beaches. With two long coastlines, Mexico offers more than one kind of beach holiday. Whether you want lively and luxurious, or tranquil and tropical, this diverse country fits the bill. Speak to one of our travel experts today, to tailor-make your perfect beach break to Mexico. 

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Beach Holidays in Mexico

If you choose Mexico for your holiday, you won’t just have a huge choice of beaches – there’s also a variety of accommodation. With romantic beach hideaways, all-inclusive resorts, and family-friendly hotels, there’s something here for every taste and budget. The Riviera Maya on the Yucatán Peninsula is famous for superb service, spectacular hotels and luxury resorts. Further up the coast is Playa del Carmen, where there are lots of budget-friendly hotels and a lively beach party scene. On the southwest shores, the little town of Tulum is home to 12 miles of sandy beaches, where you’ll have the opportunity to try water sports, cycling and rafting trips. Or you can take a guided tour to see nearby waterfalls and coffee farms. Further north, the city of Mazatlán, known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, is famous for its hedonistic carnival and long palm-fringed beach. 

Why is a Mexico the perfect beach destination?

Mexico is a big country, and the weather varies according to region and altitude. Fortunately, on the coastal areas, temperatures are more stable, hovering around 24-28 degrees Celsius all year. Daytime temperatures often reach 34 degrees Celsius, while the night-time low is 21 degrees. Rainfall is lowest from January to May, making Mexico a great choice for some winter sun, but there’s no bad time to visit. And it’s not just the weather that’s good. Wherever you go, you can look forward to friendly, efficient service. Mexico’s culture is colourful and vibrant, showing strong influences of the ancient Aztec and Maya civilisations, as well as European influences. Everywhere you go in Mexico – even in the smallest villages – you’ll find local fiestas, traditional music and a charming attitude that is truly infectious. 

Things to do in Mexico

Gifts from the Gods

 Mexico has not only given its beaches to the world – it’s also shared its chocolate, chilli and corn. When the Spanish soldier Hernan Cortés landed in the early sixteenth century, the Aztecs mistakenly thought he was their god, Quetzalcoatl. He was, therefore, offered the drink of the gods – hot chocolate. Indeed, chocolate, chilli and corn have formed the basis of Mexican cuisine. True Mexican cooking is not to be confused with Tex-Mex, which is a westernised version of Mexican food. For a true taste of Mexico, make sure you try some local specialities when you visit. Tuck into authentic fish tacos, shredded beef quesadillas, and pickled beef tongue. Just so you know, in cafes and restaurants, any dish on the menu with the word 'mole' in its description will feature a dark, spicy sauce. 

The Sea of Cortez

A boat trip to the Gulf of California’s southern stretch – known as the Sea of Cortez – is worth adding to your to-do list. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to some of the richest marine life in Mexico. Take a tour to Isla Espíritu Santo, one of the 244 islands. This strangely barren island looks like something from outer space, covered in unique cacti. But the surrounding turquoise waters are the bluest you’ll ever see. You can walk on the island, but nobody is allowed to stay overnight. Anchored next door is Isla Partida, boasting one of Mexico’s best beaches – Playa Ensenada Grande. Here, you can swim or snorkel in the glass-clear waters. And, on your journey back to the mainland, you’re sure to see dolphins, sea lions and, if you’re really lucky, a giant whale shark.

Festivals and Feasts

 Forget Glastonbury – nowhere does festivals like Mexico. The most famous one is probably Dia de los Muertos – aka the Day of the Dead. Celebrated across the whole country, this colourful Mexican festival is an opportunity for people to celebrate and remember their lost loved ones. You’ll see candles, flowers garlands and decorative skulls everywhere. If you’re thinking of going to Mexico in winter, consider timing your trip to coincide with this massive cultural festival. Or go in October for Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, just north of Mexico City. This extravaganza has become one of Latin America’s biggest arts festivals, with international attractions coming from all over the world.

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