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If you’re considering a holiday to Mexico, chances are you’re thinking about a beach break. With palm-fringed sands ranging from white to gold and even black, plus coastlines on four different bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea – it really can lay claim to being one of the best beach destinations in the world.

Besides having heaps of gloriously soft sand for you to roll your towel out on, Mexico’s got its share of coral reefs, teeming with tropical fish. Don a snorkel and view them from above or get up close on a diving excursion. Surfing’s also a popular activity in these parts. Mexico receives consistent swell all year round, with the biggest waves occurring between May and October.

But adventures in Mexico don’t have to begin and end on the beach. This country’s an open-air playground with loads to offer outdoorsy types. Avid hikers should remember to pack their walking boots because there are cloud forests to trek through, dormant volcanoes to scale and tropical jungles to explore. And if you’re something of a thrill seeker, always chasing your next adrenaline rush, you’ll find a few of those here too. White-water rafting, zip-lining, skydiving and bungee jumping are all possible on a Mexico holiday.

However, holidays to Mexico don’t have to be all about the coast and the countryside – it’s also a great choice for a city break. Mexico City, for instance, packs in architectural masterpieces, intriguing museums and a first-rate culinary scene. And if you head a little way out of the centre you’ll discover the ancient city of Teotihuacán, famed for its mammoth pre-Colombian pyramids. But that’s by no means your only option. Oaxana City, San Miguel de Allende, Monterrey, Merida and Guanajuato are also excellent choices if you’re seeking a bit of culture.

With so much to see and do, you might want to consider turning your Mexico holiday into a multi-centre. And if you’re not sure where to start, just chat to our experts – they can plan a trip that ticks all your boxes.

Mexican cuisine

Beaches

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Best time to go

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Mexican cuisine

Holidays to Mexico nearly always involve a substantial amount of eating and drinking. In fact, food is so integral to Mexico’s cultural identity that UNESCO has awarded it Intangible Cultural Heritage status. Staples include corn, beans, squash, avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and chilli peppers, while various types of meat and fish are also widely consumed. And if you’ve got something of a sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to know that Mexico’s one of the best destinations in the world for chocolate!

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Popular dishes to kick start the day are huevos rancheros (fried eggs on corn tortillas, smothered in salsa), chilaquiles (strips of fried tortillas topped with salsa, cheese and cream and sometimes served with eggs, beans or avocado) or a simple pan dulce, or sweet bread, enjoyed alongside a cup of coffee. For lunch and dinner, common choices include tacos, enchiladas, menudo (a traditional soup made using cow’s stomach) and pescado zarandeado (a grilled fish dish).

But while food across the country is nothing short of mouth-watering, there are regional varieties. So if you’re visiting multiple destinations on your Mexico holiday, expect to discover new dishes as you move from place to place.

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Beaches in Mexico

Mexico’s beaches need no introduction. Thanks to their bronzed – or sometimes powder-white – sands and warm cyan waters, they consistently rank among the best in the world. And there are certainly plenty of them to go around. With 5,800 miles of coastline, there’s one to suit every kind of holiday goer.

Destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos draw the crowds because of their easily accessible beaches and the abundance of amenities and attractions nearby. However, if you’re looking for a little more peace and quiet on your holiday to Mexico, fear not – venture slightly off the beaten track and you’ll find there are heaps of secret bays and hidden coves just waiting to be discovered.

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But whichever stretch of sand you end up on, your time at the beach needn’t end at the water’s edge. Mexico’s colourful coral reefs make it ripe for underwater exploration, and it’s long had a reputation as a surfing hotspot. Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned pro, this really is a great place to ride the waves.

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Things to do in Mexico

There’s a good chance a substantial portion of your Mexico holiday will be spent basking in the sun on one – or many – of this country’s glorious beaches. But topping up your tan certainly isn’t all there is to do here. Outdoor enthusiasts are particularly well catered for. If you’re something of a water baby you’ll appreciate the excellent snorkelling, diving, surfing and even white-water rafting on offer, while keen hikers might wish to tackle some of Mexico’s volcanic peaks or trek though its ethereal cloud forests.

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But there are heaps of things to do in Mexico which will appeal to culture vultures and history buffs too. Ancient civilisations, like the Aztecs and the Maya, built some of the world’s most impressive and intriguing archaeological monuments here. You’ll discover Mesoamerican pyramids dotted about the country alongside various other ruins. And if you head to Mexico City you’ll find plenty of top-notch museums documenting the country’s captivating history, as well as galleries showcasing the works of famous artists like Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

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Best time to visit Mexico

Thanks to its Caribbean setting, Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, meaning temperatures generally stay warm all year round. However, things do vary from place to place, so the best time to visit really depends on which part of the country you’re travelling to.

Although Mexico is known to have pronounced wet and dry seasons, with much of the country experiencing heavy rain from June to October, the north of the country hardly sees any rain at all. Central Mexico, meanwhile, tends to get showers every afternoon – but these heavy downpours are usually pretty brief. Along the coast, September to mid-October is hurricane season. While you might not actually encounter a hurricane, beaches on both sides are best avoided at this time of year – the seas will be choppy and heavy rain is all but guaranteed.

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December through April are the driest months of the year across the country, and therefore also peak tourist season. Although the sun will be shining and temperatures will be balmy, crowds are common and prices tend to soar. If you like things hot, though, you may want to visit in April or May. These are the warmest months of the year, with daytime highs in Cancun typically in the low-thirties. But November is also a great time for a Mexico holiday – it’s slightly cooler and quieter than at the height of summer, plus the rain will have stopped but the landscape will still be lush and green.

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Essential Information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Mexico

Language: Spanish

Currency: Peso ($)

Time difference: GMT –6 hours

Flight duration from London: 11 hours direct to Cancun, 12 hours direct to Mexico City

Capital city: Mexico City

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Mexican cuisine

Mexican cuisine

Holidays to Mexico nearly always involve a substantial amount of eating and drinking. In fact, food is so integral to Mexico’s cultural identity that UNESCO has awarded it Intangible Cultural Heritage status. Staples include corn, beans, squash, avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and chilli peppers, while various types of meat and fish are also widely consumed. And if you’ve got something of a sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to know that Mexico’s one of the best destinations in the world for chocolate!

Show More
Show Less

Popular dishes to kick start the day are huevos rancheros (fried eggs on corn tortillas, smothered in salsa), chilaquiles (strips of fried tortillas topped with salsa, cheese and cream and sometimes served with eggs, beans or avocado) or a simple pan dulce, or sweet bread, enjoyed alongside a cup of coffee. For lunch and dinner, common choices include tacos, enchiladas, menudo (a traditional soup made using cow’s stomach) and pescado zarandeado (a grilled fish dish).

But while food across the country is nothing short of mouth-watering, there are regional varieties. So if you’re visiting multiple destinations on your Mexico holiday, expect to discover new dishes as you move from place to place.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Mexico

Mexico’s beaches need no introduction. Thanks to their bronzed – or sometimes powder-white – sands and warm cyan waters, they consistently rank among the best in the world. And there are certainly plenty of them to go around. With 5,800 miles of coastline, there’s one to suit every kind of holiday goer.

Destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos draw the crowds because of their easily accessible beaches and the abundance of amenities and attractions nearby. However, if you’re looking for a little more peace and quiet on your holiday to Mexico, fear not – venture slightly off the beaten track and you’ll find there are heaps of secret bays and hidden coves just waiting to be discovered.

Show More
Show Less

But whichever stretch of sand you end up on, your time at the beach needn’t end at the water’s edge. Mexico’s colourful coral reefs make it ripe for underwater exploration, and it’s long had a reputation as a surfing hotspot. Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned pro, this really is a great place to ride the waves.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Mexico

There’s a good chance a substantial portion of your Mexico holiday will be spent basking in the sun on one – or many – of this country’s glorious beaches. But topping up your tan certainly isn’t all there is to do here. Outdoor enthusiasts are particularly well catered for. If you’re something of a water baby you’ll appreciate the excellent snorkelling, diving, surfing and even white-water rafting on offer, while keen hikers might wish to tackle some of Mexico’s volcanic peaks or trek though its ethereal cloud forests.

Show More
Show Less

But there are heaps of things to do in Mexico which will appeal to culture vultures and history buffs too. Ancient civilisations, like the Aztecs and the Maya, built some of the world’s most impressive and intriguing archaeological monuments here. You’ll discover Mesoamerican pyramids dotted about the country alongside various other ruins. And if you head to Mexico City you’ll find plenty of top-notch museums documenting the country’s captivating history, as well as galleries showcasing the works of famous artists like Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Mexico

Thanks to its Caribbean setting, Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, meaning temperatures generally stay warm all year round. However, things do vary from place to place, so the best time to visit really depends on which part of the country you’re travelling to.

Although Mexico is known to have pronounced wet and dry seasons, with much of the country experiencing heavy rain from June to October, the north of the country hardly sees any rain at all. Central Mexico, meanwhile, tends to get showers every afternoon – but these heavy downpours are usually pretty brief. Along the coast, September to mid-October is hurricane season. While you might not actually encounter a hurricane, beaches on both sides are best avoided at this time of year – the seas will be choppy and heavy rain is all but guaranteed.

Show More
Show Less

December through April are the driest months of the year across the country, and therefore also peak tourist season. Although the sun will be shining and temperatures will be balmy, crowds are common and prices tend to soar. If you like things hot, though, you may want to visit in April or May. These are the warmest months of the year, with daytime highs in Cancun typically in the low-thirties. But November is also a great time for a Mexico holiday – it’s slightly cooler and quieter than at the height of summer, plus the rain will have stopped but the landscape will still be lush and green.

Show More
Show Less

Essential Info

Essential Information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Mexico

Language: Spanish

Currency: Peso ($)

Time difference: GMT –6 hours

Flight duration from London: 11 hours direct to Cancun, 12 hours direct to Mexico City

Capital city: Mexico City

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