Magical Holidays to Mexico
Vast, diverse and brimming with unique cultural flavour, Mexico holidays are hard to tame. With verdant jungles, jaw-dropping sweeps of coastline, a fiesta-fuelled atmosphere and plenty of ancient Mayan mysticism to get your teeth into, it is a rare visitor to Mexico that fails to fall completely under its spell.
Holidays to Mexico can be tailored to suit all tastes, whether you are looking to relax on the golden sands, explore a fascinating historical legacy, or soak up the bustling, lively hum of some of the most diverse cities in the world, Mexico has it all to offer.
From soaking up the bustling city scene to relaxing in the sun on one of the beaches, there are a plethora of things to do in Mexico. Whether you find yourself chilling on the Mexican Caribbean Coast, delving into the Mayan mysticism along the Riviera Maya or enjoying local life in one of the captivating Cancun, there is a myriad of experiences to be had.
If you had to depict Mexico in one frenzied scene, it would without a doubt be Zocalo. A beautiful, historical plaza in Acapulco, this cultural centre is overflowing with street performers, mariachi bands, open-air cafes and Mexican families out for an evening’s entertainment. For a true slice of Mexican culture, this is the ideal choice.
For ancient history the Mexican way, head to the incredible ruins of Quiahuiztlán. Nestled beneath a majestic mountain, this was once a Totonac civilisation and now showcases Mexico’s pre-Hispanic identity.
To soak up the rays and hit the beach of your dreams, head to Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido. Offering stunning scenery, a wealth of water sports options and multiple, charming, traditional cafés and seafood restaurants, this is by far one of Mexico’s most buzzing and beautiful beaches.
Wine and Dine
As delicious as the Mexican cuisine is at restaurants in the UK, it won’t come anywhere near the levels of flavour and aroma that you’ll find embedded in the dishes across the eateries of Mexico. The cuisine is as diverse as it is tasty, varying across each region of the country, but always specialising in a delicious combination of flavours.
The old favourites will be on offer, such as tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas, while many lesser-known dishes will also tempt your taste buds. You’ll become accustomed with tacos al pastor in Mexico City, a delicious street eat available in most lively areas of the city.
Pozole is another great dish, with its stew-like consistency and wonderfully succulent chicken and pork which is left simmering overnight – the flavour is incredible. One of the best places to try the dish in Mexico City is El Cardenal – a superb restaurant in the middle of the city.
Of course you can’t leave Mexico without sampling their range of tequilas. Tenampa Salon is a wonderful and equally traditional joint where you can have a tipple or two of Mexico’s most famous whistle-wetter.
Action and Adventure
Intrepid travellers will find many things to do in Mexico to get their hearts racing. The country loves a little bit of action, especially around the coastal areas where numerous water sports are on offer.
Baja California on the western peninsula is a great destination for water sports enthusiasts, especially surfers who will revel in the waves found in the Pacific Ocean. For those who aren’t experienced surfers and don’t trust their balance, this area of Mexico also provides some great opportunities for kayaking, whale watching and scuba diving.
Veracruz is another great destination for thrill seekers, especially around the town of Xalapa which boasts some of the best white water rafting in the North America.
One of the great Mexico attractions has to be the stunning and expansive Copper Canyon. The landscape around here offers some great adventure, especially at Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park where various zip lines and cable cars allow you to explore the scenery from unique positions and circumstances!
Mexico is a fantastic destination for family holidays, especially around the coastal areas and within Mexico City.
One of the best destinations for water-filled fun is around the famous Cancun area. This popular beach setting has beautiful and clear Caribbean waters awaiting your family’s presence. Snorkelling is a great activity to partake in here, with you and the kids getting the chance to spot weird and wonderful inhabitants of this beautiful ocean. You can also get up close to some dolphins during your visit to Cancun through the means of a dolphin-spotting trip.
One of the best things to do in Mexico if you have children with you is to pay a visit to Six Flags Mexico. This amusement park is the largest in Latin American and is home to countless rides suitable for all ages and bravery limits.
This county should have a firm place on any culture lover’s destination wish list, especially those interested in archaeological gems and beautiful architecture. The cultural and historical aspects of Mexico’s attractions are rife in the capital city.
Mexico City is full of interesting landmarks, buildings and museums. The city’s main square, Plaza de la Constitucion, is one of the largest in the world and is home to some stunning architecture, most notably found in the form of the city’s cathedral. Basilica de Guadalupe is another site of religious interest and is considered the holiest place in the America’s for Catholics. The city is also home to some great museums including the National Museum of Anthropology and the Fine Arts Palace Museum.
The archaeological sites are of particular interest in this country, especially those based around the Mayan civilisation. The most important and significant of all the sites is the incredible Chichen Itza complex. The famous pyramid, El Castillo, is the most important and memorable landmark in this ancient city. Other notable Mayan sites include Teotihuacan, Palenque and the beautiful coastal ruins of Tulum.
Festivals and Parties
There are countless festivals and events spread across the country which capture the vibrancy and devotion of Mexico. One of the most famous is the Day of the Dead celebration which takes place on November 1st-2nd. The festival marks the celebration and remembrance of deceased relatives and friends in the form of some beautiful processions.
The Veracruz Carnival is another colourful display of Mexican celebration. Flamboyant parades are combined with dance shows, musical performances and lots of drinking. The event lasts for nine days and is the country’s biggest carnival.
Festival de Mexico is another captivating party that visitors should try to catch. It is a celebration of performances arts, hosting dance, music, theatre and opera across 50 venues in the capital city. The festival takes place in mid-March and lasts for two weeks.
Golden Coast and Vibrant Cities
Sun-worshippers flock to Mexico’s glorious coastline at almost any time of year. The Pacific Ocean’s inviting depths are a continual draw for travellers, as the country’s coast is strewn with decadent resorts and dazzling, beachside hotel complexes. The region of Jalisco in particular offers all the tranquil luxury of stunning beaches, as well as lively local culture and traditional fishing villages.
Mexico’s city life is not to be missed and offers an infectious energy, bustling markets and contemporary cool that add a new dimension to Mexico holidays. The region of Nuevo Leon offers the very best of this aspect of the country, with quaint villages nestled alongside trendy cities, all offering chic hotels and charmingly traditional guesthouses.
A charismatic connection with the past and a traditional way of life characterise some of Mexico’s most enchanting small towns, making the perfect base for culture vultures and those looking to explore on a holiday to Mexico. By far the most fascinating of these is the small city of Veracruz, which offers Spanish colonial history in spades and is home to a sprinkling of beautiful hotels and guesthouses
The vast expanses of Mexico’s reaches make it hard to encapsulate the country with any one image. The lush jungles, teeming with colourful wildlife, thoroughly modern cities with their sky scraper horizons and swathes of glittering coastline collide to create a diverse, varied and wide-ranging cultural identity. As you venture further into this incredible country, you will find it more united than it initially seems.
From majestic sweeps of mountainous scenery to dreamy lagoons and water sport beaches, the best Mexico holidays are found in the great outdoors. Whether you find yourself lazing on the beach, dining under the stars or swept up in one of the country’s colourful street festivals, you can be sure that al fresco is the only way to go.
Alongside this outdoor way of life, the second biggest Mexican passion is of course, food. You may think you have tasted the world famous cuisine of this country many times before, but nothing compares to the smoky flavours of an open-fire stew, or the succulent texture of coastal seafood cooked the Mexican way. Take your taste buds on holiday, and unlock the unique flavours that this country has to offer.