This is a country that truly has it all- including world-famous cuisine, an impossibly rich culture and a jaw-dropping array of unparalleled natural wonders. Encircled by more than 6,000 miles of exquisite coastline, Mexico is a country whose landscapes include cactus-studded desert, snow-dusted mountains and lush tropical rainforest. Interspersed throughout Mexico’s many geographical regions is the evidence of its human past, brought to life by the ancient ruins of the Mayan people, and the nostalgic grandeur of the colonial towns left behind by the Spanish. Above all, Mexico’s charm stems from its ability to be all things to all people. Those in search of culture will find it in the art galleries and museums of Mexico City, or in the mariachi and tequila bars of Jalisco state. For the adventure-seekers, there’s hiking, scuba diving, and sailing; while those in search of a little luxury will find it aplenty in the five star resorts of Cancun, Tulum and Acapulco.
- Go sailing, sport-fishing and whale watching from Los Cabos in Baja California
- Travel by train through the breathtaking vistas of the Copper Canyon
- Visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
- Indulge in a spot of pampering at the luxury beach resorts of Cancun and Tulum
- Explore Mexico City’s many museums, art galleries, restaurants and performing arts venues
- Discover the pristine reefs of Cozumel island on snorkel or on scuba
Generally speaking, Mexico has two main seasons- a rainy season, which lasts from May to mid-October; and a dry season, which lasts from mid-October to April. Weather can differ dramatically from one region to the next at any given time, and is dictated primarily by altitude and proximity to the sea.
Northern Mexico - In the arid interior of northern Mexico, temperatures are hot in summer and cold in winter. Snow is not unheard of between November and January.
Central & Southern Mexico - The inland sections of central and southern Mexico enjoy a temperate climate, with warm days and cool nights. These regions are coldest in December and January, and warmest in April and May.
Pacific Coast - The Pacific coast enjoys warm to hot weather all year round, but can be adversely affected during hurricane season.
Gulf Coast - Perennially hot and humid, the Gulf Coast sees more rain than other areas of the country during the May-October wet season.
Yucatan Peninsula - Also at risk during hurricane season, the Yucatan is warm along the coast and hotter still inland. Rainfall is generally restricted to the region’s wet season, which lasts from June to September.
Best time to go
The best time to travel is from October to April. For those wanting to visit the Yucatan or the Pacific coast, it is best to avoid the June-November hurricane season.
Capital- Mexico City
Point of Entry- Cancun/ Mexico City
Airlines- British Airways
Flying Time- 8.5 hours/ 11 hours
Time Zone- GMT -6 hours, GMT -7 hours, GMT -8 hours (some states follow Daylight Savings)
Visa- Not required for a stay of less than 180 days
Although millions of tourists travel safely to Mexico every year, be aware that crime is a problem in major cities and some resort towns. In order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, follow simple safety precautions- including leaving expensive watches or jewellery at home, and only using licensed means of transport.
Las Ventanas Al Paraisa
This tranquil all suite resort resembles a Mexican seaside village, with elegant whitewashed buildings set among pristine gardens and serpentine swimming pools beside a sandy beach. Thoroughly luxurious touches, such as Pool Butlers providing personal iPods, sunglass cleaning, cooling Evian sprays a...
One & Only Palmilla
Since opening its doors back in 1956, One&Only Palmilla has been a favourite retreat for Hollywood celebrities and discerning travellers alike. Located on its very own peninsula, overlooking Los Cabos, the resort boasts on the area's only swimmer-friendly beach, as well as incredib...
This exclusive resort sits on a gentle hillside, within the 17 acre estate of Punta Ballena or Whale Point, overlooking two private beaches. The luxurious Casitas and Residence Club Villas, decorated in a casually elegant Baja style, all have large terraces with ocean views across two beachfront inf...
Situated in the city's high-rise district of Santa Fe, and is designed by Parisian designer Joseph Dirand as an extremely sleek & stylish hotel in the area. The design style is creative minimalism in this 30 room hotel spacious hotel. The contemporary art pieces with the modern architec...
The hotel Condesa DF is located in the trendy area of Condesa in Mexico City, in between historical buildings, and tree lined roads. The hotel has been built in a 1928 building with a french neoclassical style, with all modern conveniences on the inside. The hustle of Mexico City can be le...
Cuixmala built by Sir James Goldsmith and is set in a nature reserve on the Mexican wild Pacific Coast, with golden sandy beaches nearby. This private estate is set within some lush vegetation of over 25000 acres of land, beaches, and lagoons. It was designed at first as a private home for family &a...
Thompson Playa Del Carmen
Located in the bustling heart of Quinta Avenida, this hotel is in an area full of bars, restaurants and shops. The hotel sits atop a retail complex, which offers the residents great views over the town and to the Caribbean from the rooftop terrace. The Beach house is situated down a quiet ...
A boutique hotel Be Tulum is nestled within a tropical forest near the Caribbean sea. The hotel suites are built at the end of winding jungle paths, that are lit by hanging lanterns to create a truly beautiful effect. The rooms are very tastefully decorated with local products like cowhide rugs, and...
This boutique style resort located on the Mayan Riviera is blissfully spoiling. The main building Casa Grande is a luxurious whitewashed three-storey affair, built to satisfy the most elegant of tastes. A hotel that combines all the mod cons you may need with a sophisticated class, with black o...
Banyan Tree Mayokoba
Situated within the private resort of Mayakoba on the famed Riviera Maya coast of Mexico is Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a harmonious blend of nature and luxury enhanced by the signature Asian hospitality and warmth for which Banyan Tree is renowned.Each freestanding villa is decorated with handcrafted May...
The Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is set amongst a lush tropical jungle, with an ocean front with pristine white sandy beaches. It is one of Mexico's top luxury hotels, perfect for an idyllic escape with a flavour of the Mayan thrown in. The spa is considered to be a true haven of well-being a...