Mexico is synonymous with its Caribbean and Pacific beaches, undoubtedly some of the best in the world. Whether you prefer luxurious resorts or isolated islands, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Yucatán Peninsula owes its wonderful beaches to the limestone soil of the area, which naturally filters the water, leaving it a crystal-clear blue and the sand powdery white. It also forms natural caves, underground rivers and cenotes, perfect in which to swim. Such natural beauty and the proximity of outstanding archaeological sites have inevitably attracted mass tourism, but there remains exclusive resorts and hotels and pockets of isolated beaches to escape the crowds and find your own slice of this Mexican paradise.

The epicentre of the peninsula is the world famous Riviera Maya, home to some of the best resorts, large coral reefs and palm-tree lined stretches of impossibly perfect beaches, offering complete luxury and relaxation. Even here though it is still possible to find seclusion, away from the package tours.

One of the most interesting parts of the Yucatán is Tulum, where the remains of an important former Mayan seaport are perched 15 metres above a picture-perfect Caribbean beach. From here it is also an easy trip to the nearby and lesser-known Mayan archaeological site Cobá and its ancient pyramid shrouded in dense jungle.

For complete seclusion, two quieter beach options, just off the Caribbean coast, are the small islands of Holbox and Isla Mujeres. These havens of calm are a great alternative to the busier resorts, perfect for leisurely strolls and stunning sunsets followed by balmy evenings.

On the other side of the country, the pacific ocean coast also is dotted with attractive beach resorts in sheltered coves such as Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Careyes. All have excellent hotels from simple tourist to small boutique and exclusive luxury, with excellent service and cuisine.

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The Cenote Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Cenote Tour

14 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

Explore the austere and palatial pyramids of ancient Mayan civilisations, discover colonial cities, isolated Haciendas and unwind on beaches lapped by the …

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  1. Day 1 - Cancun

    Day 2-3 Valladolid

    Day 4-6 Merida 

  2. Day 7-8 - Uxmal & Campeche

  3. Day 9 - Chichen Itza

  4. Day 10-14 - Beach resort

    Day 15- Return home

The Cosmopolitan Tour - Taxco & Cuernavaca - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Cosmopolitan Tour

10 Nights from £2,237 €1,784 $1,908

Mexico City combines a modern lifestyle with colonial history and massive Aztec pyramids. Continue to glamorous Acapulco, made famous for the cliff divers.…

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10 Nights from £2,237 €1,784 $1,908

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  1. Day 1 - Departure 

    Day 2-4 At  Leisure 

  2. Day 5 - Tour Cuernavaca

  3. Day 6 Depart to Acapulco

    Day 7-10 At leisure

    Day 11 Departure

The Zocalo Tour - Playa del Carmen - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Zocalo Tour

12 Nights from £2,043 €1,551 $1,655

Visit at a leisurely pace the modern cosmopolitan life and Aztec pyramids of Mexico City, and the Yucatan where colonial past of Merida blends with Mayan s…

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  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Day 2-4 - Optional excursions

  2. Day 5 - Flight to Mérida 

    Day 6-8 - At Leisure

  3. Day 9-12 - Archaeological site & Beaches

    Day 13 - Departure

The Ninos Mayas Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Ninos Mayas Tour

13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

Experience the achievements of the ancient civilisation of the Mayas who built fortress cities with huge pyramids and were pioneers in the observation of t…

The Ninos Mayas Tour
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13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

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  1. Day 1-2 - Cancun

    Day 3-4 - Chichen Itza

  2. Day 5-6 - Uxmal

  3. Days 7-9 - Merida

  4. Day 10-15 - Beach Resort

    Day 16 - Return home

The Ambos Mundos Tour - Holidays to Landmark Tours, Multi-Country Itineraries

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Ambos Mundos Tour

12 Nights from £3,315 €3,078 $3,309

The proud, defiant traditions of Cuba contrast with impressive Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan, both sharing similar Spanish colonial heritage but very diffe…

The Ambos Mundos Tour
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12 Nights from £3,315 €3,078 $3,309

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  1. Day 1 - Travel to Havana

    Day 2 - Havana city tour

    Day 3 - Havana at leisure 

    Day 4 - Vinales

    Day 5 - Havana at leisure

  2. Days 6-7 - Yucatan

  3. Days 8-9 - Chichén Itzá

  4. Days 10-13 - Leisure in Playa del Carmen

The Zapotec Tour - Holidays to Landmark Tours, Multi-Country Itineraries

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Zapotec Tour

21 Nights from £4,384 €4,360 $4,699

Mighty Aztec and Mayan civilisations built sprawling cities with fabulous pyramids. Visit the markets, admire the weaving, witness the colonial influences …

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  1. Day 1 - Flight to Mexico City

    Day 2 - Visit Archaeological Museum and Teotihuacan

    Day 3 - Day at leisure in Mexico 

  2. Day 4 - Fly to Oaxaca

    Day 5 - Visit Zapotec archaeological sites

  3. Day 6 - Fly to Merida 

    Day 7 - Day at leisure in Merida

    Day 8 - Visit Uxmal

    Day 9 - Depart for Chichén Itzá

  4. Day 10 - Visit Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen

    Day 11 - Explore Tulum. Return via Xel-Ha Laguna 

  5. Day 12 - Transport to Belize continue to Lamanai Lodge

    Day 13-14 - Visit Mayan Ruins and explore the forest 

  6. Day 15 - Tranfer to Belize Airport and flight to Flores, Guatemala

    Day 16 - Tikal Mayan ruins

    Day 17 - At leisure in Tikal, fly to Guetemala city

  7. Day 18 - Sunday Market

  8. Day 19 - Santiago Atitlán

  9. Days 20 - 21- Antigua