Xel-Ha ecological park: a relaxing day of snorkelling, cliff jumping,
rope swinging and jungle trekking.
Put on your party sombrero and experience Spring Break in Cancún
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).
Flight time from UK:Around 11.5
hours to Mexico City
Tourist Information:Further Mexico
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mexico.
Weather & Climate
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 for a winter holiday, escaping the cold at home.
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
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
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
Legendary for its cultural attractions and providing hot winter
holidays, 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.
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
Perfect for a beach wedding at dusk or that exotic honeymoon you always
dreamt of, Riviera Maya and its hotels ooze with romance and sun-kissed relaxation. Sink into a
hammock on its silky, white sands while you’re lulled to sleep by the sound of coconut tree
branches swaying in the breeze.
In Cancún's 12-mile-long hotel zone you’ll find many activities, a
downtown area and plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants. It's at its liveliest during the
American College 'Spring Break', which falls between mid-February and mid-April, 'Summer Break'
between mid-May and mid-July and Memorial Day weekend.
Playa del Carmen is a vibrant resort with a white-sand beach. Away from
the shore, life revolves around the shops and restaurants of 5th Avenue. Nightlife is more
laid-back than in Cancún. Brim-full of luxury hotels, Playa del Carmen is perfect for couples