Always fascinating, full of energy, and blessed with the kind of weather that holidaymakers crave, Mexico is a place that everyone should experience if they can. And it's not necessary to book expensive hotels or lug a backpack around to absorb some Mexican magic. Instead, Lastminute.com makes it easy to book all inclusive holidays to Mexico which combine value for money, excellent lodgings, fine food, and convenient transportation. So why make life harder than it has to be? Bundle your travel arrangements together and free some time to plot a Mexican getaway.
Famed for its bone-white beaches and constant sunshine, Cancun mixes the attractions of upscale resorts with mysterious historical attractions. You can spend family holidays sampling the best of beach culture, from snorkelling in the Subaquatic Museum, to sunbathing at Isla Blanca. Or you can join excursions to Mayan ruins like Tulum or Chichen Itza - something few package destinations can match.
Not that far from Cancun, and equally beguiling, Playa del Carmen is a beach paradise with excellent swimming conditions for kids, and numerous family attractions. See jaguars and monkeys at Xcaret Eco Park, snorkel with tropical fish at Xel Ha, meet the crocodiles at Crococun Zoo, or book a catamaran and drift on the Caribbean all day long. It's all there to enjoy in Playa - which is also handily placed near Cancun Airport.
The Pacific Coast resort of Huatulco is a world away from brash resorts elsewhere in Mexico. Instead, the coast around this relaxed town is blessed with pearl-white beaches, pristine reefs, and a seemingly endless array of ancient ruins to explore. If you love to dive, this is the resort for you, just don't expect all-night raves and luxury boutiques. This eco-friendly refuge will let you unwind during your Mexico holiday in an oasis of respite and peace.
Located on the coast of Baja California in western Mexico, Los Cabos is famous for its unspoiled beaches and spectacular rock formations. It's a bit like the Cornwall coast, just with blazing sunshine and Baja's laid-back vibe. It's also a place to get close to nature, with dolphin watching cruises and horseback riding local specialities.
Another standout Pacific coast resort, Puerto Vallarta offers heartbreakingly beautiful sunsets in a mountain fringed setting which feels grand and intimate at the same time. If you want all inclusive holidays to Mexico with a touch of romance, it's the perfect place to pick. It's also a thriving nightlife centre, with endless options for clubbers. But finding secluded spots isn't hard, either.
Situated on an island just off Mexico's Caribbean coast, Cozumel is known worldwide for its reef diving scene, but you don't have to be a scuba expert to enjoy what this resort has to offer. The island mixes developed tourist hubs with relatively untouched nature, so getting away from it all at tropical beaches isn't hard. And it's not as hectic at night as Cancun and other locations on the Mayan Riviera, which may well suit families. But most of all, it's simply a beautiful part of the world.
Visitors to Mexico shouldn't struggle to fill their days with memorable experiences. If you head to coastal regions like Baja or the Mayan Riviera, everything you need for a first-class beach vacation will be right on your doorstep. The beaches will be powdery and white, the brilliant blue sea will invite you to swim, and finding snorkelling, jet ski or dive shops won't be tough.
Exploring the regions around destinations for cheap all inclusive holidays in Mexico also shouldn't pose many problems. Your all-inclusive accommodation will be able to hook you up with shuttle buses to waterfalls, cenotes (sink holes), eco-parks, dive sites, or Mayan ruins. Just ask, and there will probably be a tour to join. Or bundle in car hire with your package. That way, you can have total flexibility, and you might discover some out-of-the-way beaches as well.
Mexico's resorts don't tend to be oases of high culture or major sporting centres. However, if you stay in cities like Mexico City, Pueblo, or Merida, there will be plenty of cultural attractions to book. Football fans won't want to pass by the chance to see the Azteca Stadium - one of the world's largest - and the capital is studded with grand theatres like the Teatro Metropolitan. In resorts like Cancun, there will be live music almost every night, but culture there is really more about fine food, beaches, and nightlife.
Most people visiting Mexico will be familiar with Mexican food - or what they think is Mexican food. The real thing is more diverse than you could ever imagine. If you're a taco fan, expect street vendors to serve up all sorts of exotic varieties, like the Lebanese-inspired Tacos Al Pastor. Down south, get ready for slow-cooked pork with orange sauce, or ancient dishes like pibil, where marinated meat is cooked in banana leaves. Over in Baja, things are different again, with fish taking centre stage (usually inside a freshly cooked taco), and locally caught lobsters always providing hard to resist. So leave your gastronomical preconceptions at customs. Mexico has plenty of new tastes and recipes to unfold.
When you book all inclusive holidays to Mexico, sunshine and warm temperatures are virtually guaranteed. Coastal areas like Yucutan and Baja California experience scorching temperatures in summer, but have slightly different seasons otherwise. The Mayan Coast is best enjoyed during its dry season, which generally lasts from December to April. In Baja, February is popular, as whales and dolphins tend to be more common. But water sports like diving and kayaking are probably best in October and November, or April, when the sea waters are at their calmest. Hurricane season stretches from June to September in the Caribbean, so that may be a time to avoid.
Visitors from the UK do not require a visa to enter Mexico, which makes all-inclusive breaks even more convenient. Instead, you will need to complete an immigration form prior to landing (take care to keep this with you during your trip as you'll need it to leave). It's possible to replace lost immigration forms at international airports, but this comes with a hefty fee.
Mexico's coastal tourism facilities are among the best in the Caribbean, and the resorts listed here are safe, well-maintained, and full of excellent hotels. Most of these hotels are large resort-style properties, with multiple pools, bars, restaurants, and often on-site spas. And by choosing an all-inclusive booking, those services can be available to enjoy throughout your stay. Moreover, all-inclusive breaks allow you to combine flights and accommodation to cut costs and make things simple. So why not do so? It's the easiest way to explore Mexico's tourist hotspots.