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Discover the charms of Mexico, where postcard-perfect beaches, rich coral gardens and ancient Mayan temples beckon.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Mexico

If you want 5-star resorts and Mexico's rich ancient past to explore, think Cancun. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula by the Caribbean Sea, Cancun has Mayan archaeological sites nearby, like the impressive ruins of El Rey and the enormous step pyramid, Chichen Itza. For relaxation, head to one of the many beaches and be greeted with white powdery sands and vivid blue waters. Under the sea, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving, you'll find colourful coral gardens and plenty of tropical fish. To the south, the Riviera Maya is the vast coastline that begins at the port town of Puerto Morelos and stretches all the way south past Tulum, where you'll find some amazing Mayan ruins, to the village of Punta Allen. Famed worldwide for tropical beaches, luxury resorts and fine dining, this region is also home to the stunning Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. At the tip of the southern Baja California Peninsula, you'll find Los Cabos. This dreamy place is an unmatched natural beauty with diverse landscapes. Expect mountains covered in greenery, fringed by deserts with rolling sand dunes. Here, you can discover quaint Mexican towns like San Jose del Cabo and relax on pristine beaches by the sapphire Sea of Cortez, dubbed "the world's aquarium" by conservationist and explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Timezone
GMT-6
Currency
Mexican Peso
Flying Time
~11 hours 40 minutes
Being a large country, Mexico's weather varies. In Cancun and the Riviera Maya, expect beach-perfect temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. Los Cabos experiences a similar but cooler climate throughout the year, with temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius from late November to March. August to October is known as hurricane season, but Cancun and the Riviera Maya experience major issues once a decade at the most, so you'll be fine with travel insurance cover. The sun is usually at its strongest during these months, too.
As with any holiday, it's good to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. You don't need a visa to visit Mexico. You do need an immigration form available when you arrive or online in advance. Visit GOV.UK for more advice.
Fine dining and full flavours are an integral part of Mexican hospitality. You'll get to try menus that celebrate the local cuisine, as well as international specialities. Think Asian fusion cooking, classic French offerings, Japanese sushi, Mediterranean seafood and Italian pasta. With fresh ingredients, a blend of cultures and imaginative flair, traditional Mexican cuisine is not only delicious, it's recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Be sure to sample that heritage and try Yucatan specialities like papadzules, a creamy tortillas dish, and the fish tacos of Los Cabos.
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