Mexico City
Spanish, Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya
Mexican Peso
Flight time
11 hours from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT -6 hours
best time to go
Apr-May / Sep-Oct

Introducing Mexico

Mexico is one of those places you will want to travel to time and time again. It’s a destination full of surprises and there’s a new adventure around every corner. From the white sand paradise beaches of Playa del Carmen and eating tasty tostadas in Coyoacán Market to birdwatching in “Mexico’s Galapagos” of Isla Isabel and drinking frozen Margaritas in the nightclub strips of Cancun, anything and everything is possible here. Mexico is the place of dreams, with an incredibly rich and interesting culture of music, festivals and mind-blowing cuisine just waiting to be explored. Wedged between the U.S and Central America, Mexico is a crossroad between two different worlds and a magical destination for anyone who loves beaches, shopping, entertainment and nightlife. So if you’re in search of the ultimate sunny destination for couples, families or groups, make Mexico your next bucket list vacation.

Spend your time sunbathing and snorkelling on Mexico’s prettiest beaches, visit the Aztec ruins or walk around the historic centre in Mexico City, go on a spectacular diving adventure in Cabo San Lucas, explore the lush green hiking trails and Sierra Madre del Sur in amazing Acapulco, go off the beaten path and discover the colonial buildings of Mérida, or spend all night partying in the bustling bars of Tijuana. There’s just so much to do here, and this is by no means an exhaustive list! Whatever you get up to in Mexico, there’ll always be plenty more waiting just around the corner.


Mexico is a safe destination; if you are going for the first time, it does require a little research so you know where to go and how to get around. But overall, Mexico is a wonderful, exciting and very safe place for families travelling with children. There’s a lot to do, a great selection of daytime and evening entertainment, fantastic restaurants and dining options that will appeal to all ages, and plenty of attractions that will keep the little ones involved.


The food of Mexico is a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking and Spanish cooking, with other European influences here and there. And modern Mexican cuisine can be divided into seven main regions; The North, The North Pacific Coast, The Bajio, The South Pacific Coast, The South, The Gulf, and Central Mexico. The most authentic and traditional Mexican food from the farthest northern regions are usually very spicy whilst the region around Mexico City is considered to be mild and much more subtle in heat and spices. Some must try dishes in Mexico include Chilaquiles (cooked corn tortillas layered with mole sauce or red salsa), Tamales (corn cakes wrapped in corn husks), Tacos al Pastor (tacos with thin strips of pork), Huevos Divorciados (a fried egg breakfast dish), Chiles en Nogada (Poblano chillies filled with meat), Elote (corn on the cob), Birria (meat stew), Pozole (traditional Mexican soup), Huarache (meat covered masa base) and Quesadilla (similar to tacos but with a softer base).

History and Culture

The culture of Mexico reflects the country’s complex history and is a mix of native Mesoamerican culture with Spanish culture. Architecture and art have both played an important role in Mexico over the years and the strong Spanish influence with Baroque and Mannerism in cathedrals plus Neoclassicism (which came later) is still evident in the country today. Other notable aspects can be seen in cinema and film, as well as music and festivals.

Recommended Experiences in Mexico

Top Locations in Mexico

Mexico City
Mexico City is simply not to be missed; as the country’s loud and bustling capital, known for its 13th Century and Baroque architecture as well as various historic sights and attractions, it’s a hub of culture for the curious. Don’t miss the Metropolitan Cathedral, Chapultepec Castle and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán.
This may seem like an obvious choice but there really are no better places for resorts and fabulous beaches than Cancun. This area of Mexico is extremely safe for families, with so much to do for couples and groups, and plenty of nightlight to keep the younger crowds entertained in the evenings. Live it up in the Zona Hotelera region of the city but don’t forget to spend some time exploring the more traditional downtown of El Centro. Read more
Four hours from Cancun, Mérida is considered by many to be “the real Mexico” so if you want authenticity and a culturally immersive experience, Mérida needs to be on your travel bucket list. For sightseeing, not to be missed are Casa de Montejo, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, the Mérida Cathedral, Monumento à la Patria and Estadio Carlos Iturralde.
Playa Del Carmen
If you’re after unspoilt beaches and spectacular coral reefs, come and spend a few days exploring the fantastic Playa Del Carmen. This is a snorkelling and diving paradise and you’ll want to spend the majority of your time in the water rather than out. Much of the coastline features luxury resorts and hotels with their own private beach access but there are also a number of public beach areas accessible for everyone.
Acapulco is a fantastic destination in Mexico with gorgeous beaches, great places to eat and drink, lively nightlife, and some of the best dive spots around. It’s also a fantastic place to go hiking if you want to explore the Jardin Botanico de Acapulco or the vast Sierra Madre del Sur. This area also boasts some brilliant beaches and if you’re after great surf, you’ll love the big waves at Playa Revolcadero. Other top beaches are Barra Vieja Beach, Punta Diamante Beach, Bahia de Puerto Marques and Playas Caleta y Caletilla.

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