Mexico’s name comes from the word by which the most famous and most powerful of its ancient peoples, the Aztecs, called themselves: Mexica (pronounced mesh-EE-ca). Home to modern indigenous tribes and Mesoamerican cultures, Mexico is one of the world’s greatest civilisations. From the cactus-strewn deserts in the north, to the shimmering coastline of Baja California, the gorgeous palm tree lined beaches in the south, and the volcanoes (which can be climbed) in the centre of the country, Mexico is a diverse tourist destination, and literally offers something for all types of traveller. But when should you visit, and what should you do? Keep reading to find out more.
When to Visit
June to October is classed as the rainy season in Mexico, however the amount of rain experienced depends on the location, as in the north rain hardly ever falls. The months of December through to April are the best weather-wise, though this does tend to attract the crowds so you can expect to pay peak prices, especially in the tourist resorts of Cancun and Acapulco. There is a chance of hurricanes in September and October, however this does make the price of accommodation a lot cheaper. Mexico is a popular destination year round, and there is plenty to see and do even during the rainy season!
How to Get There
The best way to get to Mexico is by plane, however there are also cruise ships that disembark in the country. Direct flights are available from London to both Mexico City and Cancun with BA, and direct charter flights are available from Manchester to Cancun with Thompson. Indirect flights can be found from numerous airports in the UK. UK citizens will be provided with a 90 day tourist visa on arrival.
Places to Visit
There are so many things to see and do in Mexico, that it could take you years to see everything. To help you out, we recommend the following:
Tulum – Located 80 miles south of Cancun, Tulum is home to one of the most picturesque archaeological sites in the world. Originally an ancient Mayan fortress city, the archaeological site now overlooks the ocean allowing you to swim and sunbathe whilst taking in a bit of local history.
Playa del Carmen – The top destination for shopping, sunbathing, dining and nightlife, Playa del Carmen is set right in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Especially popular with wealthy tourists, you will find golf courses, high end boutiques and gourmet restaurants in this beach resort. Make sure you check out the cenotes too! These underground caves are completely unique and are definitely worth taking the time to explore.
The Emerald Coast – Consisting of 12 miles of golden sand beaches, The Emerald Coast is very popular with tourists of all ages. If you just want to relax on the sand with a cold coconut in hand, this is the ideal place to visit.
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Acapulco – Known as the Queen of Mexican beach resorts, Acapulco has been made famous through songs and movies for decades. It is home to two magnificent beaches, and many family friendly activities. The airport located in the city is also a draw for tourists who don’t fancy travelling too far after arrival.