With an incredibly diverse cultural flavour, a holiday to Mexico in 2017 can be specially tailored to suit all needs and wants. Why not let Mexico work its magic on you and book with Love Holidays today? Awaiting you are vast jungles swathed in ancient Mayan mysticism, a non-stop party atmosphere and a coastline that will take your breath away, but there’s plenty more to be explored outside of that. If you’re looking to chill out on endless golden beaches, delve deep into a unique cultural history, or simply soak up some fiesta vibes and party with the locals, Mexico has what you’re looking for in spades. With a buzzing kinetic energy around the various city markets and a laidback way of life, you’re sure to be swept up in the heady mix of contemporary cool and quaint traditionalism.
Drink in the vibrant buzz of the city, or sprawl out in the sun for hours on end – even better is a healthy combination of both! A popular spot for honeymooners and revellers alike, there are a myriad of experiences to have and memories to make on your Mexican holiday. Explore the idyllic surroundings on the Mexican Caribbean Coast, rub shoulders with the friendly locals in gorgeous Cancun, or discover the mystic Mayan civilizations along the Riviera Maya. While here make sure you take in the breath-taking ruins of Quiahuiztlán nestled deep beneath the mountains. For a quintessential dose of modern Mexico, don’t miss Zocalo, a stunning traditional plaza abuzz with local mariachi bands and street performers. A number of open-air cafes serve cold cervezas to cool you down, a perfect way to end an adventure-filled day in Mexico.
Popular with local families out for a night of socialising, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the bona-fide Mexican atmosphere. The tiny and enchanting city of Veracruz provides a perfect link to the past, with a range of gorgeous accommodation on offer to cater for your every need, surrounded by numerous reminders of its Spanish colonial history.
Wine and Dine
While there may be a burrito bar on every corner back home these days, you could hardly categorize it as authentic Mexican cuisine, for that there’s no replicating the real thing. Incredible levels of flavour and mesmerizing aromas lay waiting in every dish across Mexico, and with the specialities varying depending on the region, you’ll just have to sample it all! Old classics like tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas are all staples of the Mexican diet and eaten at various times of the day. But you’ll also discover a wealth of home recipes in the smaller eateries across the region. Don’t forget to sample the Tacos al pastor when you’re out and about, this spicy street food delicacy is sure to put a bit of pep in your step. It would be criminal to visit Mexico without sampling a plethora of their refreshing cerveza’s and traditional tequilas. Mezcal looks set to replace gin as the current on-trend alcohol, so make sure to learn up on it while you’re in its birthplace and impress your friends back home!
Often thought of as the ideal spot for partygoers or as a couples retreat, Mexico also holds plenty in store for your family holiday this year, with the sweeping Mexican coast and Mexico City the firm favourites. Cancun is unbeatable for a range of fun-filled aquatic activities, with a number of beaches and crystal clear Caribbean waters for your kids to splash around in. Bigger kids and adults may want to answer the call of the wild and partake in a spot of snorkelling. With a diverse array of flora and fauna inhabiting the coast, who knows what they might find in this beautiful ocean! You could also gear up for one of the magical dolphin spotting trips Cancun provides, or treat them to a trip to Six Flags Mexico. An offshoot of its American counterpart, it’s the largest theme park in Latin America and sure to excite your little thrill seekers to no end!
Action and Adventure
Explorers and thrill seekers alike will find plenty to get their pulse racing on the sweeping coast of Mexico; with a plethora of water sports and activities on offer to jumpstart your heart. Baja California on the western peninsula is a sure fire favourite amongst surfers of all levels, who revel in the warm Pacific waters and gentle breezes, or if you’re not up for shredding a few waves you could alternatively get stuck into some scuba diving, kayaking or whale and dolphin watching. Veracruz is another popular location for those that like to live on the edge, with the town of Xalapa offering a vast unspoiled terrain and some of the best white water rafting in the world! If you’d like to get even higher, numerous zip lines and cable cars await you in the Barrancas del Cobre, set in the magnificent and grandiose Copper Canyon. Enjoy the diverse Mexican landscape from the best views around; just don’t forget to look down!
Life's a Beach
If you want nothing more than to get settled on a beach lounger and soak up the sun’s rays while keeping cool with an endless range of tropical cocktails, look no further than the picturesque beaches at Akiin Beach Tulum and El Paraiso Tulum. Both are the perfect settings for travelling families and couples alike! Check out Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido for a beach that offers stunning vistas on the sweeping Mexican coast as well as a multitude of water sports with lessons available for all levels, this is among the most popular beaches that Mexico has to offer holidaymakers. With an endless number of homely cafes and seafood bars serving up the finest catch of the day and exquisite traditional dishes, it’s possible to spend the entire day here.
As well as a wealth of nightclubbing opportunities and traditional mariachi bars, you’d be remiss if you came to Mexico with a partying mindset and didn’t check out the numerous festivals taking place throughout the country. This is the only way to truly soak up the fiesta and explore Mexico’s rich cultural history at the same time. Perhaps the most well-known, the Day of the Dead celebrations take place at the start of November and pay tribute to deceased loved ones through beautiful and ornate costumes. Only in vibrant Mexico could they turn such dark history into a non-stop celebration! Those looking to keep the party going should also check out the Veracruz Carnival. Lasting nine days, its Mexico’s biggest carnival and you’ll soon be swept up in a vibrant palate of colours, flamboyant parades and dance acts.
With its swaying palm trees, gentle Caribbean breezes, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, Cancun is far and away one of the most romantic spots in the world for couples to get loved up. A large amount of the resorts on offer are couples/adult only so you can rest easy knowing you’re in for a relaxing holiday. Meaning that all you have to focus on is de-stressing, decompressing and reconnecting with your loved one. This vibrant and glamorous city also offers an endless number of adventures and activities to keep the two of you busy. If it is couples spa retreats you’re after, then there are plenty of opportunities for rejuvenation. For an inside tip from us, be sure to book on to the Lobster Dinner Tour boat cruise for a delicious meal and some unabashed romance. Taking place at sunset each night on Nichupte Lagoon, it’s ideal for celebrating a special event or simply gazing longingly into each other’s eyes.
With its smorgasbord of rich and diverse cultural delights and unique archaeological wonders abound, Mexico should have a top spot on any culture vulture’s list of must-visits. Nowhere in the country is this heady mixture better found than in the capital city. Chock full of historical landmarks, museums and notable buildings, Mexico City should be your first port of call for a dose of culture. The Plaza de la Constiucion is one of the world’s largest squares and houses the jaw dropping central cathedral, the Basilica de Guadalupe, considered an important landmark for Central American Catholics.
You’d be remiss if you didn’t visit any of Mexico’s remarkable Mayan archaeological sites. For our money the most unmissable being the Chichen Itza complex, with its breathtaking ancient pyramid El Castillo a particular highlight! With other archaic sites on offer including Teotihuacan, Palenque and magnificent Tulum on the coast, you’re really spoilt for choice when delving deep into Mexico’s past.