With miles of tropical coastline and stunning beaches which can only be compared to the golden sands of the Caribbean, Mexico is a firm favourite for a spicy, luxury beach holiday. Thanks to its rich and varied biodiversity, heritage and intriguing traditions, there are also seemingly endless opportunities for discovering ancient sites, wildlife encounters and outdoor adventures.
If you are in pursuit of fantastic beaches, head to Los Cabos, lapped by the Sea of Cortez, where you can chill out in style at one of the beach clubs. Or if you’re looking for a more authentic experience, amble around towns that are replete with colonial architecture, little squares and churches.
The legacies of the Aztec and Mayan civilisations live on in Mexico. Visit the impressive ruined temples at Chichén Itzá, Uxmál and Tulum, once dedicated to the worship of Mayan gods. Religious festivities have been an important part of Mexican life ever since and are often vibrant affairs, from the powder fights of the Ocozocuautla carnival to the famous ‘day of the dead’.
For a softer adventure, there are lots of great golf resorts or opportunities to explore the wildlife of the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an by boat. For a real thrill, dive into the Great Mayan Reef or venture into the jungle to swim in the crystal clear cenotes – Riviera Maya is home to hundreds of these natural sinkholes and caves filled with fresh water.
Don’t miss out on another opportunity to go local and savour mezcal, raicilla or fine tequila which, just like a good malt whisky, should always be sipped. Or, if you prefer your spirits disguised as a cocktail, order a refreshing Margarita. Meanwhile, Mexican cuisine is packed full of flavour and fresh contrasts to awaken your tastebuds: think smoky chipotle, zesty lime, guacamole and tomato chilli salsa. And, if you’d like to take a little bit of Mexico home, a piece of silver jewellery from Taxco, leather goods from Guanajuato, and handicrafts made by the Huichol Indians make great souvenirs.
Tempted by what you’ve read? Need a few more ideas about where to go, what to see and how to go about it? Contact us – we’re always happy to help you choose your dream stay.