We don’t know about you, but we feel like the start of spring has let us down. We’re still wearing our coats, we’re still getting rained on, and the sun has been rather hard to spot. If your next holiday still feels a million miles away and you need a dose of sunshine, a quick holiday for your mind is the next best thing! Let us transport you to the beautiful beaches of Mexico for a 5-minute holiday you can enjoy right now.
This bird’s eye view of Cancun is the picture of paradise! The stunning blue sea is separated by luxury hotels lining the white sand beach, and you can just about spot a yacht zooming across the lagoon. The varying colours in the sea are caused by the depth of the water – the lighter blue signals shallows perfect for paddling while the deep lagoon is a darker blue.
These colourful boats are found on the canals of Xochimilco’s Floating Gardens on the edge of Mexico City – this is basically the Venice of Mexico! Like gondolas, these brightly painted trajineras can be rented for a pleasant tour along the canals. Bonus points if you can pronounce ‘Xochimilco’…
Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and Mexico’s most famous sight – a complex of Mayan ruins with the huge El Castillo pyramid at its centre. Wouldn’t you rather be watching the sun set over this huge temple than staring at your computer screen right now?
Mexico is known for its cenotes; sinkholes that are created when limestone rock collapses and exposes water underneath. In the Yucatan Peninsula, cenotes like Ik-Kil are treated as natural swimming pools – not only do they have a ‘secret beach’ feel, the fresh water is so well-filtered by the earth it’s crystal clear and 100% clean.
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Tulum is a resort for those who love adventure and relaxation equally. The town has a heavenly white sand beach, but is backed by several archaeological sites including Mayan ruins and temple complexes. If this wasn’t enough, there’s also cave diving and ziplining for the real explorers!
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The island of Cozumel is a world-class diving location and a popular stop for Caribbean cruise ships, making it a real tourist hub! It has a pretty town and port area, where palm-lined streets and brightly coloured buildings put everyone who visits in the holiday mood.
Mexico is a prime spot for swimming with sea turtles – a rare experience due to it being an endangered species. Akumal on the Riviera Maya is known as the best place to see turtles; they swim so close to the shore you don’t have to splash out on an expensive boat trip, just hire some fins and a snorkel mask and go for a swim!
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The gorgeous beach, the palm trees blowing in the warm breeze…can’t you practically feel the sunshine? The beach at Playa del Carmen is recognisable by the Portal Maya monument at the entrance to beachside Founder’s Park, featuring a man and a woman joining hands in an arch-like bronze sculpture made to commemorate the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.
Mexico is one of the world’s best all inclusive holiday destinations, its beach resorts well known for their luxury hotels that make it possible for guests to pass a whole 2-week holiday without leaving the resort. This particular resort is the Bahia Principe, which has 3 hotel complexes to choose from in the Riviera Maya.
Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas might sound like the most romantic spot in Mexico, but before you get too soppy remember that Divorce Beach is just a 5-minute walk away! However it is one of the best beaches Mexico has to offer, with lovely swimming water and spectacular photo opportunities.
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