The Mexican Riviera has received some major development over the years and is now a popular choice for travellers wanting to relax in pure luxury. The main resorts of Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen are home to some beautiful hotels, stunning beaches and are within easy reach of famous historic sites.

You’ll love Mexico with its rich heritage and culture; why not choose the Mexican Riviera for your next holiday?


The Basics

Flight Time – 11.5 hours

Time Zone/Difference – Mexico has 3 different time zones. Mexico City (CST) is 6 hours behind the UK.

Language – Mexico has around 60 languages but the most widely spoken is Spanish.

Peak Season – The best time to visit is between November and April. During those months, coastal areas are dry and hot. Temperatures rise to the mid-20’s (°C) and it rarely drops below 20°C.

Currency – Mexican Peso (Mex$)

Resorts – Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Playa car, Playa Adventuras, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Playa Paraiso

Where to Stay

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Crown Paradise Club – This family friendly hotel is situated on the Cancun coastline and is an excellent example of an all-inclusive resort. Children will have lots of fun playing in the onsite waterpark or paddling in the gentle waters of the Caribbean Sea. The stunning beachfront grounds and variety of facilities make this hotel a top choice.


Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso – Named by TripAdvisor as the 2nd best all-inclusive resort in the world (and the best in Mexico), this hotel takes luxury to another level. The attention to detail and high quality facilities, such as top-class restaurants and the luxurious spa are second to none.

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Dreams Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa – Part of the Signature by Thomas Cook range, this luxurious hotel offers amazing value for money. Apart from having a whirlpool bath in every beautiful bedroom, you’ll be in holiday heaven with stunning views, a world-class spa and a palm-fringed, white powder sand beach.


Gran Porto Real Resort & Spa – Situated in the quieter resort of Puerto del Carmen, this hotel is on a beautiful stretch of beach in the heart of the town. Close to a variety of shops, restaurants and many of the area’s main attractions, you couldn’t be in a better location. The main feature of the hotel is the striking swimming pool that leads down to beautiful Mexican shoreline.


Things to do


Beaches – If you’re looking for pristine beaches that stretch for miles and warm crystal clear water, then Mexico is the perfect destination for you. You’ll find some of the best beaches in the world here so you can sit back, relax and soak up the beautiful Caribbean sun.


Chichen Itza – If you visit Mexico, you should definitely plan a tour of the most famous site in the country. Chichen Itza was the place of worship for the indigenous Mayan people. Built over 1000 years ago, the temples draw in thousands of tourists every year. Most people visit during the summer and winter solstice when the snake god can be seen slithering down the side of the pyramid.


Watersports – The waters off Cancun and its neighbouring resorts are perfect for water sports and the most popular of them all is scuba diving. Dive into the crystal clear Caribbean Sea to witness a beautiful underwater world, teaming with colourful marine life. You’ll find lots of boat trips that take small groups of visitors to marvel at the beauty and elegance of the coral reef.

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