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Holidays in Mexico
Legendary for its cultural attractions, Mexico has both a rich past and a vibrant present. Combine visits to ancient places with gorgeous palm-fringed beaches with our great range of Mexico holidays. The clear waters attract scuba-divers and snorkellers, and Cancún’s nightlife is renowned. It’s drenched by the warm, transparent waters of the Caribbean on the east while the west coast has that characteristic Pacific Ocean salty breeze. Straw-thatched beach huts edged by turquoise waves promise the ultimate in exotic holiday relaxation.
Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, though it gets cooler the further up north towards the US you go. It has an average temperature of 28°C during summer and 25°C throughout the winter months.
Mexico has over 100 airports dotted around its cities and popular resorts, including Cancun International Airport (CUN) and Playa del Carmen Airport (PCM). All of our flights go to Cancun International Airport
Shout out ‘arriba’ to a holiday brim-full of tequila, white sands and ancient Mayan magic, with your Thomas Cook holiday to Mexico.
Extending along the Yucatan Peninsula on the east coast, Riviera Maya is dotted with some of the world’s most exotic resorts. Cancún, on the Riviera’s northern tip, is a tropical party paradise that’s annually gate-crashed by MTV camera crews and Spring Breakers. Enjoy ice-cold bucketfulls of Corona beer on its sugar-white beaches while you do some celeb-spotting. Venture a little south and you’ll find Playa del Carmen. Home to some of Mexico’s best white sands, it’s full of activities for fun-loving families and couples: swim with dolphins or spy on tropical birds as you stride through the jungle trails of Xel-Ha’s natural park.
The Yucatán Peninsula is home to some of the best attractions in Mexico - the Mayan temples here date as far back as 1800 B.C. Visit the mysterious Kukulcan Pyramid (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World) set in the ancient city of Chichén Itzá. An hour’s drive south from here will take you to Coba’s famous jungle-covered Mayan remains, as well as the lakes and mystical cenotes (sinkholes) ringing them. Revered by the Mayans as sacred gateways to the underworld, Mexican cenotes will enchant you with their luminous colour and warm waters (25 °C). There are 7,000 for you to discover on the Peninsula.
The best place to sample a real taco in Mexico is at the street taco stands. Delicious and inexpensive, these saucy corn-tortillas are prepared right in front of you. Alongside a slab of homemade guacamole you also get to pick your choice of freshly grilled, juicy meat and salsa flavour. Go for a mild salsa (lime-coloured) or for a dark red one if you like it smoking hot. If you get the hungry while you’re soaking up the sun, then try the lemon and chilli pepper-marinated shrimp skewers available at beach stands. And when you need to hydrate, why not do it in true tropical style - sip on fresh coconut water straight out of its shell.
Attracting over 4 million Spring Breakers and party people each year, Cancún has some of the planet’s most extravagant nightclubs. First stop, the legendary Coco Bongo Club: feel the rhythm on its hanging stage joined by live salsa bands or get on its #1 rated dance floor for a dance-off with flying acrobats. Don’t miss out on the array of fantastic clubs found close by; jam-packed with performances by DJs from all over the world and special themed nights, the Hotel Zone Area is one of the best party places in Cancún. Typically, clubs have an entrance fee here (around £25) but this will cover all your drinks all night.
Adventure lovers: Xel-Ha ecological park: a relaxing day of snorkelling, cliff jumping, rope swinging and jungle trekking.
Party animals: Put on your party sombrero and experience Spring Break in Cancún
History fans: Chichen Itza: step back in time to explore the dramatic Mayan ruins.
Language: There are more than 60 indigenous languages spoken around Mexico (including Mayan languages) but Spanish is the language spoken most widely.
Currency: The currency used in Mexico is Mexican Peso (Mex$).
Local time: There are 3 different time zones in Mexico. Mexico City (CST) is 6 hours behind the UK/GMT time.
Fly to: Mexico has over 100 airports dotted around its cities and popular resorts, including Cancun International Airport (CUN) and Playa del Carmen Airport (PCM). All of our flights go to Cancun International Airport
Flight time from UK: Around 11.5 hours to Mexico City
Tourist Information: Further Mexico tourist information can be found at www.visitmexico.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mexico.
Temperature: Mexico enjoys a tropical climate, though it gets cooler the further up north towards the US you go.
Best time to visit Mexico: Between November and April
Weather in the coastal areas of Mexico is hot and dry between November and April with temperatures blazing up to the mid-20s (°C) and without dropping below the 20s, even at night. The humidity levels during these months is also quite high, but then drops around May time when the wet season begins (May – October).
By bus: Buses are the most comfortable and cost-effective way to get around. You can even take your pick of travel class – why not go VIP with first class reclining seats and a television as well as drinks and snacks.
By train: For a special trip, hop on Mexico’s only train service, the El Chepe. This will take you on a tour around the magnificent Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Combre) - it’s even bigger and deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
By hot-air baloon: Go for a ride on one of the hot-air balloon flights, perfect for a romantic sunset treat or an adventurous day out with the gang.
Day of the Dead: While some like to call it the Mexican Halloween, it’s actually a 3,000 year-old religious ritual held (31 October - 02 November) in honour of celebrating life and mocking death. Fantastical parades, sugar skulls and mystical altars make up an unforgettably atmospheric treat for the kids.
Spring Break concerts: From Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk to Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida, Cancún will treat you to performances by the biggest music names in the world (mid-February – mid-April). Look out for Inception Music Festival - 30 days and nights of sheer partying and supreme electronic dance music DJs.