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Mexico Holidays

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Attracting beach dreamers from across the globe with otherworldly white sands, soaring sunny temperatures and enticing tropical vibes - Mexico is the long-haul holiday hotspot that dreams are made of. From all-out Spring Break extravaganzas to ultra-sleek and stylish Adults-Only holidays and family-friendly resorts with watersports beyond belief; Mexico holidays are sure to win the heart of every sun seeker. There's simply no doubt about it. But the beauty doesn't just stop at the beach. Oh no, the ever-giving resorts of Mexico offer so much more. Whether it's Cancun's crazy nightclubs, Playa del Carmen's extraordinary coral reefs or Tulum's mystical Mayan ruins - there's always something special to discover on your Mexican adventure!

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Best beaches in Mexico

Mexico’s sandy beaches are the picture of pure paradise, with screen-saver worthy scenes that are sure to make your heart swoon. If you're seeking blissful relaxation, then look no further than Playa del Carmen; picture serene settings with cloud-less skies, soft sands, swaying palm trees and magical aqua waters - it's pure paradise. Lay back and admire the views, soaking in that radiating sunshine, put your feet up with a refreshing cocktail or head out to the waters and discover one of the worlds most renowned diving locations.

Fancy discovering life below the water? Then head to Playacar Beach, where the waters are filled with vibrantly coloured corals, incredible fish species, spectacular rays and stunning sea turtles - it's a one-of-a-kind experience you'll treasure forever.

Seeking beachside party vibes? Then head to the Hotel Zone in Cancun, where you'll be spoilt for choice, with beach clubs galore right along the bay. From the popular Coco's Beach Club Cancún to the lively and wild Mandala Cancun. Dance along to sunset DJ sessions, raise a glass in the sunshine and enjoy incredible beachy surroundings - this is the party capital of Mexico after all.

Mexico beach

Best hotels in Mexico

Setting the scene for your perfect Mexico holiday is easy with hotels this dreamy. Soak up the sunshine in Cancun with a stay at one of our most-popular hotel picks! The Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa offers all that you can wish for and more, with a prime location in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone. Boasting brilliant ocean views, twinkling pools and outdoor Jacuzzis, it's ideal for those who love to spend lazy days by the poolside. As if that wasn't enough, the entertainment here is also worth getting excited about, with themed parties, film nights on the beach and live shows - there's never a dull night at the Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa. If you're seeking a more secluded Adults Only hideaway, then we'd recommend the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only. This luxury pick offers five-star facilities in a prime location on the award-winning Maroma Beach, with premium a la carte dining, stylish swim-out suites and a rejuvenating spa. For a fantastic hotel that will tick the boxes for the whole family, we'd recommend the Iberostar Selection Cancun. With a whopping ten pools, a serene swim-up pool bar and a jam-packed entertainment programme - the whole family are sure to enjoy an unforgettable Mexican escape.

Mexico Hotels

All Inclusive holidays to Mexico

Escape to the stunning sandy shores of Mexico for an ultimate relaxing All Inclusive getaway. Jet off to Cancun where you can choose from endless luxury All Inclusive hotels located along the white sandy beaches. Featuring the famous Hotel Zone, Cancun has accommodation for everyone – no matter who you’re travelling with or what kind of vacation you’re seeking. Party non-stop with friends at the hotel clubs, unwind with your partner in the romantic and relaxing hotels spa or go all out with the fun-filled activities and the family-friendly resorts. A little further south along the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen offers the same beautiful beachfront hotels but with a more relaxing atmosphere – perfect for those seeking a more tranquil getaway.

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2021 holidays to Mexico

Say hola to Mexico this year and escape to the calming Caribbean shores for scorching sunshine and super-soft sands. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Whether you prefer your summer holidays to be exotic and adventurous, or love to escape the UK’s cold weather for a winter getaway – Mexico’s year-round heat makes it the perfect beach holiday destination from season to season. Sunbathe on the superb beaches, indulge in the local cuisine or explore the famously fun nightlife, whether you’re looking for a mates’ escape, a couple’s retreat or a family getaway, Mexico is the place to go.

Family Holidays to Mexico

Take the whole family on a sun-soaked getaway to Mexico for an unforgettable experience. Offering beachfront hotels filled with family fun activities, you can’t go wrong with taking the kids to Cancun. Not only will you have the soft sandy beach just a few steps away, but you can make the most of the kids clubs and entertainment to keep the whole gang smiling from ear to ear. If you’re a family who love days out and adventures together, there’s a wonderful waterpark, amazing interactive aquarium and even Captain Hook’s pirate ship to discover! One thing’s for certain, you won’t be short of awesome activities to take part in on your family getaway to Mexico.

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Luxury holidays in Mexico

Sapphire seascapes, palm-fringed beaches and lush rainforests - we can’t think of a better setting for your luxury holiday! There are plenty of top-class hotels dotting Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. Step into five-star luxury with beachfront bars, dreamy pool villas and lagoon-like swimming pools that give the sprawling sea a run for its money. Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun is a great pick for some sophisticated sunshine, with upscale restaurants, an on-site night club and plenty of facilities for the little ones, including a kids club and a splash park, while Grand Riviera Princess is home to an aquatic sports centre, relaxing spa facilities and a whopping sixteen pools! Alternatively, if you’re looking for some peace and quiet then an adults only escape to Secrets Silversands could be just the one for you, boasting an infinity pool, an outdoor whirlpool and a rainbow of restaurants to try.

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Nightlife in Mexico

Mexico’s night scene is all about music, dancing and lively entertainment. From beachfront clubs and vibrant night shows to laidback piano bars, there’s something for all kinds of night owls here. Naná Rooftop Bar in Tulum is popular for its medley of cocktails and Spanish spirits paired with gorgeous views, whilst Coco Bongo is where live concerts meet cirque du soleil acts, offering an evening of live bands, DJs, movie clips and fun performances with multi-level seating. With such a wide range of late-night entertainment, if you hit the streets of Mexico after sundown then you’ll be sipping mango margaritas into the early hours and dancing until dawn.

Things to eat in Mexico

Creamy guacamole, piping-hot enchiladas and crispy churros dusted with cinnamon sugar - if there’s one thing that Mexico knows about, it’s food. You’ll find all of the popular favourites that we’re familiar with in the UK along with a selection of lesser known - but equally delicious - dishes on the menu in this sunny region.

Tostadas are a popular menu item in Mexico, made up of a crisp tortilla served with a choice of toppings, ranging from refried beans to meat and even seafood. If you’re out exploring then you also have to give the traditional street food elote a try - a Mexican corn on the cob. This might sound simple, but the corn is grilled and coated with salt, spices, lime juice and sometimes even a brush of mayo for a truly mouthwatering snack on-the-go - now that’s a corn on the cob like never before!

When it comes to dining venues, Tora Cancún is loved by locals and tourists alike, serving delicious appetisers accompanied by live entertainment and sunset views. You can also stop by El Oasis Mariscos in Cancun for laidback lunches in a stunning palm-fringed setting, or Porfirio’s Restaurante in Playa del Carmen for a top-class dining experience. Highlights on the menu here include crispy coated squid rings, quesadillas stuffed with corn, goat’s cheese and guacamole, and for dessert, ice cream topped with caramelised peanuts, meringue, fruit and traditional Mexican sweets.

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Culture in Mexico

Ancient Aztec and Mayan roots blend with Spanish influences in Mexico, creating a culture like no other. Colourful festivals, fascinating history and incredible food make this country a great pick for a cultural holiday in the sun. Step into the past at the many archeological sites of pyramids and temples that are dotted around Mexico’s lush landscape. Highlights include the Bonampak murals – ancient paintings that illustrate early Mayan life, Palenque – which dates from around 600 AD, and the impressive ruins of the city and pyramids of Teotihuacan. If you prefer your culture to be focused on the present, why not check out the famous Spring Break music festival, Inception? DJ nights, live music and unmatched atmosphere are the name of the game here. Other key dates for your calendar include the Cinco de Mayo (5th May) festival and the Day of the Dead celebration (2nd November).

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Things to do in Mexico

Celebrate Día de Muertos

The Day of the Dead is an iconic festival that celebrates and honours the return of relatives and loved ones who have passed away. Mexico’s streets become a colourful mass of sugar skulls and papier-mâché skeletons between 31st October and 2nd November. Head to downtown Cancun in particular to discover traditional performances, decorated altars and incredible food.

Discover the perfect beaches on Cozumel Island

Fancy visiting a real life paradise island? Look no further than Cozumel, a Caribbean slice of heaven with white sandy beaches, glass-clear water and an underwater kingdom of coral reefs and marine life to discover. Located under 20km away from the Yucatan Peninsula, the island is a favourite of daytrippers and cruisers everywhere. This is the perfect spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, though the stunning seascapes can also be enjoyed from the comfort of a boat if you prefer to stay dry.

Explore the ancient ruins of Cobá

Venture deep into the heart of the jungle and explore the Cobá Mayan ruins. Guided tours are offered on foot or by bicycle, and the tropical setting and atmosphere of adventure make this an experience not to be missed. This is great for holidaymakers of all ages – including children. In fact, it’s a fantastic family day out that is sure to spark an interest in Mexican history in little ones and big kids alike.

Marvel at the Museo Subacuático de Arte

An underwater world of wonder, this unique museum and art gallery consists of submerged sculptures and monuments that are just waiting to be explored by snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a tour in a glass bottom boat. Each piece on display merges artistic vision with environmental aims, and is made from materials that encourage coral and other important sea life to flourish.

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What's the weather like in Mexico?

With year-round gorgeous weather, it's easy to see why Mexico is a such a popular holiday destination. With winter averages sitting at 24C and summer highs of 30C, it's the perfect place for toasty getaway. June and July are the hottest months with more manageable temperatures being through April and May. The driest months are April and May whilst the wettest months are usually September and October.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan 23 °c 27 °c 8 h
Feb 23 °c 26 °c 9 h
Mar 25 °c 26 °c 10 h
Apr 26 °c 27 °c 10 h
May 27 °c 28 °c 11 h
Jun 28 °c 28 °c 10 h
Jul 28 °c 29 °c 11 h
Aug 28 °c 29 °c 11 h
Sep 28 °c 29 °c 9 h
Oct 27 °c 29 °c 8 h
Nov 25 °c 28 °c 8 h
Dec 24 °c 27 °c 8 h

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Important Information about travelling to Mexico

Important information about Mexico holidays

How long does it take to fly to Mexico?

It takes about 10 and a half hours to fly to Mexico from the UK.

What's the time difference between the UK and Mexico?

Mexico is six hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Mexico?

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso.

What language do they speak in Mexico?

The official language spoken in Mexico is Spanish.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Mexico?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday to Mexico.

Do I need to pay tourist tax on my holiday to Mexico?

The Mexican goverment charges a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which will be payable on arrival in the hotel:


Customer reviews

At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Mexico for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

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I have booked at least four holidays with on the beach now and everytime the experience has been great and will continue to you book with the company...

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I have used On The Beach for 15 years, enjoying more than 1 holiday per year over that period. I have never been anything other than very happy with the holidays and service when required. I would recommend OTB to anyone.

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Top Mexico Hotels

Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort - Adults Recommended

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Ocean Coral & Turquesa

Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Grand Sens Cancun

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Grand Oasis Palm

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Bluebay Grand Esmeralda

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Live Aqua Boutique Resort - Adults Only

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only

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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

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Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Xcaret, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cancun Bay Resort

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Atelier Playa Mujeres - Adults Only

Playa Mujeres, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa

Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Grand Oasis Cancun

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Panama Jack Resorts Cancun

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Now Emerald Cancun

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Pyramid Luxury at Grand Oasis

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Occidental Tucancun

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Panama Jack Resorts Gran Porto

Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa

Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Catalonia Riviera Maya

Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Catalonia Playa Maroma

Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Grand Riviera Princess

Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun

Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Smart by Oasis

Cancun Downtown, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Oh! The Urban Oasis - Adults Only

Cancun Downtown, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riu Palace Península

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Iberostar Selection Cancun

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Secrets The Vine Cancun - Adults Only

Cancun Hotel Zone, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Allegro Playacar

Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Things To Do on Mexico Holidays

On the subject of beaches, there's one for every taste and temperament; hang out with Mexico's hip young things in Playa del Carmen, people watch in Playa de los Muertos, catch the waves at Los Cerritos or get away from it all at Isla Mujeres.

Can't bear lying on a beach all day? Rest assured that adventure abounds in Mexico -there's arguably more surfing, biking, hiking and kayaking on offer than anyone deserves.

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Furthermore, On the Beach has some amazing offers to the land of tequilas and tacos, meaning that if you fell for the Met Office's 'barbecue summer' ruse and holidayed at home this year it's time to treat yourself to some tropical sunshine.

Mexico Resorts

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, which is home to palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and scuba…

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Often known as the San Francisco of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a colourful town on the country’s western Pacific coast. It attracts holidaymakers from…

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Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is located on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico. Originally a small fishing village, the Riviera Maya has since bee…

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Cancun

Cancun

Famed for its white-sand beaches, hot weather and even hotter nightlife, Cancun is a Caribbean paradise bursting with Mexican charm. Whatever your hol…

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