Situated south of the USA, Mexico is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Mexico owes much of its popularity to its beach resorts. The Baja Peninsula, home to the popular beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, is especially popular with American holidaymakers.
However, Mexico is so much more than a beach destination. Coral reefs, cloud forests and cacti-studded deserts are perfect for nature enthusiasts and the adventurous sort, while historic landmarks and museums will appeal to others. Indeed, Mexico is one of those wonderful destinations where there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Mexico depends on where about you plan on staying. The dry season runs from December to April, making this the best time to visit Mexico’s coastal resorts. On the other hand, if you plan on visiting one of Mexico’s inland resorts, you should time your holiday between May and October.
Mexico has a number of exciting and unique celebrations throughout the year, why not time your vacation to coincide with one of these fiestas? Perhaps the most famous celebration is El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) which occurs between October 31st and November 2nd.
As Mexico is a large country flight times vary considerably. On average a flight from New York to Cancun will take just over 4 hours and a flight to Mexico City from New York will take 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Flights to Mexico are predominantly served by Aeromexico. However, some of Mexico’s domestic airlines like Volaris and VivaAerobus offer flights to Mexico from US destinations.
From family-run guesthouses and mid-range hotels to famous international chains, accommodation is plentiful in Mexico. If you plan on visiting Mexico during Christmas and Easter it is important that you book ahead as this is the country’s peak tourist season.
Many people traveling to Mexico’s large tourist resorts like Cancun, opt for an all-inclusive vacation package. These packages include onsite dining and drinking into the cost of holiday. Not only does this offer greater convenience but the fixed price makes it easier for holidaymakers to budget for their dream vacation.
Top Things to Do in Mexico
With diverse landscapes and a rich and fascinating history, there are plenty of fun things to see and do while on vacation in Mexico. Some of the country’s best attractions are outlined below.
As mentioned in the introduction, Mexico is a fantastic destination for a relaxing beach holiday. There are plenty of beautiful beaches to be found on both of Mexico’s coasts. The Baja California Peninsula is especially popular with holidaymakers as it is home to one of Mexico’s best beach resorts: Cabo San Lucas. There are plenty of great beach destinations on the eastern side of Mexico too, such as Playa del Carmen and Cancun.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Mexico’s second most-visited historic attraction, Chichén Itzá Is not to be missed. Chichén Itzá was a pre-Columbian city in Tinum. The Kukulkan Pyramid is the most-famous building at the site. Indeed, the Kukulkan Pyramid, called ‘El Castillo’ is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The pyramid stands exactly 24 meters tall and dates back as early as 300 AD. The site has a number of other interesting buildings to visit including the Great Ball Court and El Caracol, a Maya observatory.
There a number of world-class museums and galleries to visit while on holiday in Mexico. Two of the most famous are the National Museum of Anthropology and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, both of which are situated in Mexico City. The National Museum of Anthropology spans across almost 20 acres and is home to an impressive collection of artefacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian past. One of the museum’s most important relics is the Stone of the Sun.
The Palacio de Bellas Artes is housed in a beautiful white-marble palace and features a capacious arts center as well as a concert hall. The museum is famous for its stunning murals which cover the top and ground floors of the building.