Basking on the beach beneath the stunning sun, in between visits to ancient Mayan pyramids, and diving or snorkelling above some of the world’s most varied underwater wildlife. Relax with the family in child-friendly resorts or party ’til late in Cancún, where the bars, clubs, and superclubs keep pumping until the early hours.
Mexico’s eastern side lies beside the Caribbean Sea, while to the west you’ll find the Pacific. The resorts at these outer edges of the country offer coasts made up of white sand and crystal-clear waters, but there is much more to visit between these two gorgeous shores. Pueblos are tiny settlements where South American Indians have lived for over a millennium, and sprawling mega-cities such as Mexico City provide all the culture, entertainment, and shopping you could want.
Explorers – Discover gorgeous jungles, underwater caverns, eco parks, and ancient ruins
Party-goers – Cancún may be the party capital of Mexico, but there are exciting bars and pulse-pounding nightclubs in most of the country’s resorts
Festival lovers – Mexico celebrates almost endless festivals throughout the year, including the famed Cinco de Mayo, the Dia de los Muertos, and the carnival in Mazatlán.
28°C (January) – 34°C (July)
Cancún is Mexico’s premier tourist destination, and welcomes guests to its shores to enjoy watersports and waterparks, retail therapy, and festivals the like of which you’ve never seen before. The days are long and warmed by spectacular weather, and the nightlife is legendary, with themed nightclubs that include the wild and hysterical Coco Bongo club, the state-of-the-art fun of DadyO, and the gigantic club The City is rumoured to be the largest in South America
Riviera Maya is the resort to visit if you are seeking flour-white beaches and one of the world’s largest reefs to snorkel or dive to, as well as eco-parks that overflow with exciting tropical wildlife, jungles, and limestone caves to explore. You’ll find this resort on the east side of the Yucatán Peninsula, where you’ll also have the opportunity for laid back fine dining and sophisticated bars, and day trips to Tulum’s ancient Mayan ruins.
The beautiful city of Playa del Carmen lies on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, and attracts visitors from across the world. There’s something cooler and a little more sophisticated about the area’s 5th Avenue and chic galleries and boutiques. The nearby Cozumel Island is known as one of the best diving spots for in the world, with its underwater caverns and vibrant range of tropical fish.
Puerto Vallarta is a tourist hub where entertainment and performances are everywhere you turn. The resort’s beaches resonate with the sound of mariachi bands, and the malecón (pedestrianised walkway) is popular with musicians and street artists eager to show you their talents and play you their beautiful music. The bay is one of the most picturesque beach areas in the whole of Mexico.
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