Mexico: All Inclusive
A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones
Beach in Mexico
Mexico is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, and a beach holiday in Mexico will offer you azure waters; palm fringed beaches and endless stretches of golden sands. The beaches of Mexico are best visited in the dry season which is from November to April. During these months the water is calm, the weather warm and the seas more predictable. There is also less chances of a tropical storm sweeping the coastline. Beaches off the Pacific Coast and the Yucatan Peninsula are the most popular beaches in Mexico.
A beach holiday in Mexico will bring you to the coastal cities of Cancun, Acapulco and Peurta Vallarta that are renowned around the globe as some of the best beach destinations in the world and as a result are packed with tourists almost all year round. A beach holiday in Mexico will offer you the typical beach experience so whether you want to relax and simply lounge in the sand and sip on brightly colored cocktails while gazing out at the tranquil waters and surrounding jungle scenery, or be more adventurous and indulge in some snorkeling, parasailing or surfing, the option is yours!
Take note that June to October are the hottest and wettest months across most of Mexico.
Camping in Mexico
A camping holiday in Mexico is an exciting adventure where you can experience the diversity of the land and the charm of the people. Mexico offers some of the Americas' most wonderful camping opportunities, and travelers embarking on a camping holiday in Mexico will return with lasting memories and the desire to return again. From camping in deserts to snowy temperate pine forests, the options are varied. However, keep in mind that the weather in Mexico is at most times unpredictable and it’s not uncommon to be caught in the midst of a tropical storm. Also the topography in most places will surprise you, so be geared up for everything. In Mexico, primitive camping is the norm, unless you join a camping site that provides basic amenities. If you want to be on the safer side and are not up to exploring the wilderness of Mexico, then choose an RV park or camping ground. For a camping holiday in Mexico head to the Baja Peninsula to places like Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Loreto, Los Barriles, San Felipe, Tecate, or the Pacific Coast including places like Hermosillo, La Placita, Puerto Penasco and San Carlos. Chihuahua and El Fuerte in Northern Mexico and Jalisco, Patzcuaro and Xochitepec in Central Mexico are popular camping locations.
City Breaks in Mexico
A city break in Mexico can be quite an interesting experience if you are willing to put up with an excess of crowds and pollution. Mexico City, the capital and economic, political and financial center of the country is the most sought after city break destination, in spite of all its drawbacks. Exploring the rich cultural history of Mexico that is evident in the monuments, museums and palaces is the most common activity whilst you are on a city break in Mexico.
A good place to start is the Zócalo plaza, located in the Centro Histórico. There is never a dull moment in the world's second largest square that is filled with centuries-old architecture created with stones from Aztec temples. The excavated site of Templo Mayor used to be the centre of worship in the original Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. Today, it houses a museum with over 3,000 pieces unearthed during the dig and others around the country. The Palacio Nacional houses the Mexican president's offices and boasts of impressive murals depicting the history of Mexico. If history is not your cup of tea, check out the vibrant nightlife the city has to offer. Food is another important Mexican love, and the district of Zona Rosa in Mexico City is acclaimed for its zany restaurants and colorful nightlife.
Corporate Weekend in Mexico
A corporate weekend in Mexico is an enjoyable experience and you have unlimited options to choose from. If you are planning your corporate weekend in Mexico City the monuments and palaces will take up most of your time. If the city doesn’t appeal that much, then head to Puebla, which is a two hour drive from Mexico City. Puebla is full of colonial treasures, cafe-lined squares and a vibrant art and crafts culture. The beaches of Mexico make for excellent corporate weekends where employees can unwind and relax, indulge in some adventure sports or just sit by the beach and sip on cocktails. Head to Mazatlan, Mexico’s “Pearl of the Pacific”, a 15-mile stretch of sun-splashed golden beaches, blue lagoons, palm trees, and perpetual summer. Stylish cafes, boutiques, up-scale restaurants and hotels jostle for space in this picturesque beach town!
Cruises in Mexico
Cruises in Mexico will take you to the pristine beaches and sparkling blue waters flushed with the sun! A cruise holiday in Mexico blends the comfort of round the clock service with a chance to visit some of the finest and most exotic Mexican cities. There are many Mexico cruise options to choose from and the amount and variety can be more than a little overwhelming. With food and accommodation already taken care of, many travelers like the idea of simply sitting back and relaxing as they visit numerous destinations. If adventure is what you seek, adventure cruises are popular in Mexico where you can explore Mayan ruins, dive off cliffs and indulge in adventure sports activities. A few of the popular ports that most cruises halt at include Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta. January to March are the best months to take a cruise to Mexico.
The best bargains can be sought between these months, and the weather is almost perfect! A typical cruise in Mexico will halt at many popular towns and, depending on the nature of the cruise, will spend a night or at least a day at the port. Travelers will find that a bustling market scene will greet them as they leave the cruise ship at most locations. Mexican cruises usually travel along the East coast, the Pacific Coast or the Yucatan Peninsula.
Culture and Arts in Mexico
There is perhaps no better destination than Mexico for a culture and arts holiday. Mexico’s unique and colorful cultures contribute to making it the culturally rich country that Mexico is. The capital of Mexico presents a sampling of the very best of the history, culture, art and dance that Mexico has to offer. To soak in the history and culture of Mexico visit the marveled pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacán, climb to the top of the third tallest pyramid in the world and look out over this amazing city.
The National Museum of Anthropology has the huge Aztec Sun Stone, the Olmec heads and partially reconstructed Mayan temple on display which will give you an insight into the civilizations that existed centuries ago. Right outside the museum you will see Voladores (flying men) climb to the top of a narrow pole and rotate slowly to the ground by ropes tied to their waists.
The Chapultapec Park serves as another interesting insight into the history and art of Mexico. Witness the most fascinating dance extravaganza of Mexico- the Ballet Folklorico, which presents dances in costumes that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico, at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Puerto Vallerta, often referred to as Mexico’s Mecca of Art, is home to a large number of galleries, art museums, and an eclectic mix of resident artists that have made Puerto Vallarta a renowned international art community. Puerto Vallarta art galleries display all kinds of Mexican and international art.
From avant-garde to indigenous art to fine pottery, each gallery specializes in different genres, so there is a Puerto Vallarta art gallery for whatever your tastes may be. Whether you're looking for that perfect home decoration or an artistic masterpiece for your collection, you'll find what you're looking for in the art galleries of Puerto Vallarta.
Disabled Needs in Mexico
Mexico is not the best of countries to vacation in for disabled travelers since it is challenging to get around. However, tour packages specially designed for disabled travelers will make sure you face no inconveniences at all, and enjoy your stay in the country. By planning your trip carefully, and staying at higher-end hotels that are disabled friendly, you will find that your trip to Mexico is worthwhile. Public transport in Mexico is not disabled friendly at all, and your best bet will be renting a car to travel around. Accesses to most of the archaeological sites are convenient for disabled travelers barring a few.
Family Holiday in Mexico
Mexico has an enormous variety of quality resorts, from Cancun in the East to Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, that make for the perfect family holiday in Mexico. Archaeological sites, historical monuments, museums and the captivating natural beauty of the country ensure one of the most fulfilling family holidays in Mexico. The Yucatan Peninsula is the place to visit to explore the extraordinary Mayan ruins scattered throughout this region.
The beaches of the Pacific coast and coastal cities like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cabo, Mazatlan, Playa del Carmen and San Cristobel de Las Casas are perfect to spend lazy family holidays in Mexico. The Copper Canyon is an interesting destination for you and your family to holiday in as it provides a unique adventure! The mountain rail ride through the Copper Canyon is one of the best in the world and a treat for children in particular. Archaeological sites like the Chichen Itza, Palenque, Monte Alban, Teotihuacán, Tulum, Uxmal, El Tajin and Ek Balam are interesting and will bring your children’s history text books alive!
Gay and Lesbian in Mexico
Puerto Vallerta is the prime destination for a gay and lesbian holiday in Mexico. Gay and lesbian tourists flock here to savor the hedonism of this liberal-minded town. Puerto Vallerta has a 'live and let live' ambience, where queer and straight mingle without any apprehensions. In addition to its liberal-minded ambience Puerto Vallarta also offers a slew of ecological adventures. For example, hop aboard the Princess Yelapa and enjoy the bar on the sail over to the Isle of Yelapa’s hiking trails, waterfall and lagoon.
Although Mexico is a strictly Catholic country homosexuality is legal in Mexico and you will find large gay communities flourishing in cities like Guadalajara, Tijuana, Cancun, Acapulco and Mexico City. A number of gay and lesbian events are organized during peak season such as the Latin Fever in Puerto Vallerta over the Thanksgiving Holidays and the Mexico City Parade, where gays and lesbians come out in colorful and flamboyant parades. Gay and lesbian cruises are popular off the coasts of Mexico.
Honeymoon in Mexico
Mexico is one of the best romantic getaways and a sought after honeymoon destination. From large tourist towns to secluded intimate resorts, Mexico offers plenty of options to honeymooners. Riviera Maya is a prime honeymoon destination in Mexico. Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, hugs the eastern coastline of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A prime stretch of beach, Riviera Maya faces the Caribbean Sea's gentle waters under which lie the second largest coral reef barrier in the world. Resorts along the Riviera Maya offer the best honeymoon packages in Mexico. Beaches off the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are popular with honeymooners as well, with lots of adventure activities, fun and relaxation all available at different budgets to suit your pocket. Cruises are another immensely popular option for honeymoons in Mexico.
Naturism in Mexico
Mexico's Riviera Maya is a fast-growing Mecca for naturists seeking a tropical location and spending a naturist holiday in Mexico. In addition to ample sunshine, great snorkeling and scuba diving, and plenty of ancient ruins to explore, you can now find more naturist havens than anywhere else in Mexico, from the most expensive, all-inclusive luxury resorts to the cheapest nude beaches.
Although naturism is not officially sanctioned in Mexico there are many beaches where topless and nude sunbathing and swimming take place. There are some nude and clothing optional resorts, or you can find remote and secluded spots where you can sunbathe and swim in the nude. The beach at Zipolite is known as a nude beach, although most who go nude usually stick to the far ends of the beach. Located in Kantenah on the Riviera Maya, one hour south of Cancun, Hidden Beach is an upscale, luxurious, all-inclusive nude resort with a completely uninhibited environment where guests participate in a wide range of activities in the nude, from sunbathing to dining and dancing. There is nude sunbathing on the beach as well as a variety of beach activities and games.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Mexico
A party holiday in Mexico is filled music, noise, drinking and dancing! Known for its nightlife Mexico is home to some of the best partying destinations in the world, with revelers coming specifically to spend a party holiday in Mexico! Mexico City offers the traditional in terms of cantinas and tequila, and the uber-chi and stylish. The Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City is a charming mix of the old and the new with the area boasting a slew of cafes, art galleries, bars, clubs and cultural centers. The Polanca neighborhood in Mexico City is another popular partying destination. Mazatlan provides the best of the partying world: a beachside bar with a great view of the sunset and a rollicking nightclub that offers a world-class party scene. The culturally hip city of Monterrey boasts of a tremendous nightlife. Monterey is a mix of cool bars and hip nightclubs.
Generally, the dress is upscale with a casual flair. Clubs are quiet until midnight and are open until 4am. Mexico’s Spring Break parties are renowned the world over with students flocking to the country to be a part of the Spring Break celebrations. From Cancun to Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas to Rosarito, every city is packed with party animals. Cancun is another world famous party destination in Mexico packed with the hippest nightclubs, clubs, bars and pubs. The nightlife is always hopping, loud and exciting. And for many travelers, the loud exciting nightlife in Cancun is the only reason to go. In fact, many clubs don't even get started until 10:30 p.m. or later, with the party wrapping up right around sunrise.
Golf Activity Holiday in Mexico
To spend a golf holiday in Mexico, golfers have the choice of over 150 golf courses spread all over the country from Baja California against the Sea of Cortez to the new jungle course in Puerto Vallerta. In the interior of Mexico at an elevation of over 5,000feet are situated the wonderful courses of Mexico City, Guadalaraja and Morelos. Most of the major golf courses are located in the coastal lowlands which experiences a tropical climate. While it is extremely warm and humid during the summer months, the winters are pleasant.
The startling beauty of the country provides the golf courses with breathtaking views. All these factors contribute to making Mexico the number two worldwide golfing destination for US golfers. Acapulco is a popular golfing destination and a haven for golfers, with 4 great golf courses. All of the championship courses are located to the south of Acapulco in Playa Diamante.
Skiing - Snow Boarding in Mexico
Mexico has a very few locations that provide ski mountaineering opportunities. There are two main volcanoes in the country that have excellent ascents, provided you are there at the right time of the year. Orizaba will make the best ski ascent, with over 600m of steep descent on the summit glacier, and a reasonably short hike to get there from the road end. Another option would be the Ayoloco glacier route on Ixtacihuatl, another nice steep slope that holds snow well in the wet season. The best time to go on a skiing holiday in Mexico is towards the end of the wet season, between the months of October and November where the snow conditions are perfect.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Mexico
The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Coast are excellent locations for the perfect sailing holiday in Mexico. North of Cabo San Lucas is the beachfront town of La Paz Mexico which is a favorite destination for sailing. Cities like Cancun and Cozumel receive tourists throughout the year, making it very crowded, whereas La Paz Mexico remains largely unspoiled, retaining its beauty.
Sailing in La Paz Mexico is an incredibly popular tourist activity. White sand beaches and clear water make sailing in La Paz Mexico unlike sailing anywhere else in the world. Tourists may choose to rent a sail boat for an independent adventure, or purchase passage on one of the many whale watching tour boats. San Carlos off the Sea of Cortez is another popular sailing venue. Magnificent mountain views, secluded coves and bays for anchoring out and the deep waters with excellent sailing services and storm safe anchorages makes San Carlos a much sought after destination for a sailing holiday in Mexico.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Mexico
Scuba diving holidays in Mexico are popular as scuba diving accounts for the most sought after beach activity in Mexico. Scuba diving resources are abundantly available all along the Mexican coast with many of the popular resort towns offering great deals that on the sport. Cozumel, located 12 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula, is known for its breathtaking reefs that stretch all along the coast, making it a perfect destination for a scuba diving holiday in Mexico.
The intricate underwater landscape of Cozumel is one of the best in the world with a dazzling underwater world of cliffs, canyons and underwater vegetation. Friendly fish flock to the underwater paradises for food, giving the divers an opportunity to swim alongside the fish. Puerto Vallerta has a number of islands and bays where scuba diving is a popular adventure sport activity like Los Arcos, Majahuitas and the Marietas Islands that has been designated as protected underwater national parks. Cancun is another popular scuba diving location in Mexico. The colorful reefs off the Playa Del Carman and the Chinchorro Banks which is located close to the second largest barrier reef in the world are much frequented diving spots.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Mexico
Hiking in Mexico is an adventurous experience that brings travelers in close contact with the Mexican way of life among the local tribes. The Sierra Madre Occidental is a popular hiking destination in Mexico within which lies the famous Copper Canyon. The Copper Canyon is a spectacular complex of nearly impenetrable chasms that is four times the size of the Grand Canyon and a pure delight for a hiking holiday in Mexico. Hiking through the rugged wilderness, past waterfalls and river ponds and meeting people of the Tarahumara tribe are all a part of the hiking experience in the Copper Canyon.
Some of the best hiking trails for a hiking holiday in Mexico include the Canon de La Mina Vieja in Chihuahua, El Cerrito de Colotitlan in Jalisco, El Mirador in Nuevo Leon, the California Borrego Springs in Baja California, the Monte Alban Trail in Oaxaca and El Pinal in Nuevo Leon, among a host of others. Hiking equipment is easily available in most parts of Mexico. You can hike in your own group or as part of an organized hiking tour.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Mexico
Cycling holidays in Mexico along the Pacific coast, the western Sierra Madre Mountains, the Yucatan peninsula, and the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca are popular. The best time to plan a cycling holiday in Mexico is from October to May, when the weather is most pleasant. May onwards its gets very hot and cycling is not that enjoyable.
Many travelers opt for cycle tours around Puerto Vallerta with routes inside the tropical forest inviting you to discover its wealth of flora and fauna, to the paradisiacal hidden landscapes accessible only on two wheels. The Copper Canyon in Sierra Madre Occidental is another sought after destination for a cycling holiday in Mexico. Some of the best and most varied cycling in the world can be found at Copper Canyon. The biking ranges from slick rock and technical single track around Creel to cycling rough jeep roads, with challenging climbs and monster descents into the Copper Canyon.
Shopping Holiday in Mexico
Mexico has a vast shopping culture with a great deal of emphasis on folk art and hand made crafts making it an excellent shopping holiday destination. A shopping holiday in Mexico will take you to street vendors, open air markets, boutiques, supermarkets and malls. Mexico is a country filled with cultural intersections, making it a shopper’s paradise. From upscale boutiques to traditional handicrafts, from copper and silver ware to folk art, Mexico has it all. Popular open air markets in Mexico City where you can pick up traditional clothes, handicrafts and much more include La Ciudedala, La Lagunilla and Plaza del Buen Tono.
The markets of San Cristóbal de las Casas deep in the heart of the Maya highlands, has shops, open plazas, and markets that sell distinctive waist-loomed wool and cotton textiles, leather shoes, local pottery, genre dolls, and Guatemalan textiles. A shopping holiday in Mexico is incomplete without a visit to the festive Saturday market known as Bazar del Sábadoin in and around Plaza San Jacinto in colonial San Angel, one of Mexico City's more exclusive southern neighborhoods, offers exceptional crafts of a more sophisticated nature than you'll see in most mercados. Furnishings, antiques, and collectibles are also easy to find in surrounding shops and street plazas. Polanco, in Mexico City is known for its designer boutiques, formal dress shops, fine jewelers, and leather-goods offerings. Taxco is Mexico’s silver capital and the city is lined with shops selling everything in silver, from jewelry to utensils to souvenirs.
For fine crafts and handicrafts head to San Miguel de Allende and Pátzcuaro where you will find beautiful cotton textiles, woodcarvings, pottery, lacquer ware, woven straw pieces, and copper items in the market, or you can track the object to its source in one of the nearby villages.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Mexico
A wine tasting holiday in Mexico will take you to Ensenada where over 90% of Mexico’s wines come from. The weather in the Guadalupe valley makes it perfect for growing grapes. Most of the wineries themselves are about a 30-40 minute drive from Ensenada, in the Valle de Guadalupe. There are daily tours and wine tastings in this area.
Since the 1990s the association of winemakers of Baja California holds the Grape Harvest Fiestas in the Valley of Guadalupe and the town of Ensenada every year in August. A few popular wineries in Ensenada include the Bodegas de Santo Thomas which is the oldest winery in Mexico established in 1888. This tasting room is located in Ensenada. After a tour of the facility you will visit the tasting room where you will be able to enjoy more than 26 different wines with bread and cheese. You can tour the original wine making installations, cellar and vineyards that are located 44 Km. south of the city of Ensenada. Cava Valmar was founded in 1983 by brothers Hector and Gontran Valentín, along with winemaker Fernando Martain and is one of the oldest wine cellars, offering wine tasting, shopping and tours by appointment.
L.A. Cetto Boutique also offers wine tasting and tours of the wine establishment. Other wineries outside Ensenada that have organized wine tasting and tours are Adobe Guadalupe, Baron Balche, Casa Pedro Domecq, Cava de Don Juan, Chateau Camou, Dona Lupe, Mogor Badan, Monte Xanic, Santo Tomas Boutique and Winery, Vina Liceaga, Vinisterra and Vinos Casa de Piedra.
Winter Sun in Mexico
Mexico’s peak tourist season is over the winter months, from October to May, with most tourists visiting the country between December and February owing to the pleasant climate. Most parts of Mexico do not experience an extreme winter so if you are looking to holiday in minus degree temperature then Mexico isn’t for you. The beaches are packed over the winter months as are most of the archaeological sites, cities and monuments. The winter months are especially popular for mountain biking, cycling and hiking trips.
The sun is not too intense and the weather is close to perfect! A winter holiday in Mexico will give you the chance to witness two popular festivals in the country, the feast of Our lady of Guadalupe and Christmas, celebrated with much fanfare in the country. Skiing is another popular winter holiday activity in Mexico in the mountainous regions of the country. If you ideal winter sun holiday in Mexico is centered around relaxation, check into a beach resort in any of the coastal cities of Mexico and relax!
Take note that June to October are the hottest and wettest months across most of Mexico.
Well-being and Spa in Mexico
We love massages, facials, wine wraps and other indulgent spa treatments. But unless you're a Hollywood celebrity, these are luxury items, not part of your regular work week. When you need pampering, don't waste your valuable time and money by going to an unprofessional or inexperienced therapist. We've tested the latest treatments, met with the practitioners and visited the newest retreats to find the best spas in Mexico.
Away Spa and Fitness at the W Hotel, Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, 55.9138.1800
The Draw: If you like the W’s minimalist style and appreciate New Age spa décor, then Away Spa is for you.
The Scene: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, shiatsu, aromatherapy, and sport massages are all at your fingertips—or at least at the masseuse’s fingertips. Water-lovers will appreciate Wet, an area that includes a heated relaxation pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sunroom, and sauna. Away Spa also offers a well-equipped fitness center and beauty salon.
Hot Tip: For silky-smooth skin, try the Monte Albán body wrap, an indigenous treatment that wraps you in a concoction of jasmine, rice, cinnamon, aromatic oil essences, and organic milk.
Qi Urban Spa
Amsterdam 317, Condesa, 55.5574.5095
The Draw: In the hip Condesa neighborhood, Qi offers a complete range of spa services designed to integrate body and soul.
The Scene: A trendy set from the surrounding area has fallen in love with this day spa, which offers a full menu of massage services and body treatments, as well as a relaxation pool and sundeck. Spinning, yoga, and meditation classes are also available.
Hot Tip: The fitness center also has a climbing wall, a rarity in Mexico City.
Spa at Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotel, Paseo de la Reforma 500, Juarez, 55.5230.1818
The Draw: A quiet, elegant spa in the city’s most luxurious hotel.
The Scene: Four Seasons guests expect to be pampered, and these elite (often celeb) spa-goers are seldom disappointed. The sophisticated selection of skin and body treatments includes Thai massage, and clients also have access to the small fitness center, sauna, and swank outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Hot Tip: If you want to go native, try the Punta Mita massage, which incorporates tequila, indigenous sage oil, and traditional Mexican healing techniques.