I’ve not long been back from spending 11 nights bathing in the Mexican sunshine, drinking many a pina colada and falling in love with the country in every possible way. If I could hop on a plane tomorrow and live out my days in Mexico, you’d bet I would.
We were very fortunate to be invited to Mexico for our friend’s wedding and as we were going a part of a group, I had no idea what to expect from the holiday. Located in Playa del Carmen, we stayed in the luxury Azul Fives resort, about an hour outside of Cancun. I originally dismissed Mexico, thinking that all that I’d be doing was sitting on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. How wrong I was.
Mexico has it *all* and is so much, much, more than your typical beach destination. From a rich history, gorgeous natural beauty, brilliant food, thrill-seeking activities and luxury hotels – Mexico has something to offer everyone. So don’t just dismiss Mexico as a place for an all-inclusive fly and flop (although it is the perfect place for that too!) and read on for my reasons on why you need to book your next holiday to Mexico!
I always knew Mexico was going to be beautiful but you really have to see the sandy white beaches and crystal blue sea for yourself, just to realise how beautiful it is.
But it’s not just beauty from the beaches that make Mexico so special. Mexico is full of so much natural beauty from tropical jungles, stunning cenotes and archaeological wonders. It can be tempting just to relax on the beach with a pina colada in hand but in order to really appreciate its beauty, you need to visit all of its varied landscape.
I’d reccomend booking a cenote visit, a trip to the Mayan ruins, a visit to Isla Holbox and Xel-ha. Throw in an adventure day in the jungle too and you’ve covered all your bases!
It’s Full of Character
My favourite thing about Mexico? How full of life everything is. Quite literally. There is wildlife everywhere you turn; I saw monkeys, crocodiles, sea turtles, exotic fish, racoons, deer, iguanas and even a bloody warthog!
Even though I stayed in a luxury resort, I wanted to venture out and explore as much as possible, to get a taste of what Mexico is really like. Walking around downtown Cancun for the afternoon and visiting Isla Holbox, I was able to catch a glimpse of authentic Mexico and it was full to the brim with character.
Both places were chock full of colour, sunshine and happy, happy vibes. Streets are filled with the most magnificent street art, market stalls selling all sorts of trinkets, spill out onto the road and the smell street food fills the air.
Truth is, whether you’re in downtown Cancun or within a resort in Playa del Carmen, there is plenty of character and Mexican charm to be found.
The Friendly Locals
Speaking of Mexican charm, the locals are extremely friendly. Most people will give you a friendly ‘Hola!’ and the tour guides, reps and even taxi drivers we spoke to were more than willing to tell us everything we needed to know and more. Mexicans are proud of where they live and they want to show it off!
Even in the markets of downtown Cancun, the market vendors, albeit pushy, were willing to have a laugh with you – even if you said no to going into their shop. Be prepared to haggle, have a laugh and be open-minded when shopping at market stalls, it can be a fun experience when you are willing to have a bit of banter!
The main reason I choose a destination is based on their food and Mexican food is pretty high on my list of favourites for one simple reason; guacamole.
I could live out my days in Mexico for the guacamole alone.
While Mexican cuisine is very meat and sea-food heavy, there was more than enough options for vegetarians; vegetable fajitas, ceviche, cornbread and vegetable stew, tacos, guacamole and tortilla chips, stuffed peppers and of course churros.
Oooft, so many churros.
Not a fly and flop kind of person? Don’t think a beach break is for you? Well, Mexico has your back. There is so much to do in Mexico you could not possibly get bored. From ancient Mayan ruins, snorkelling with sea turtles, jet-skiing, paradise island tours, visiting downtown Cancun, swimming in cenotes, watching a show at Coco Bongos, swimming with dolphins and days out at adventure parks, you could do an activity every single day of the week.
Whilst I was there we visited the beautiful Isla Holbox, explored the markets of downtown Cancun, went to Xel-ha and did an activity day at X-plore. We barely scratched the surface of things that you could do in Mexico, therefore giving me the perfect excuse to return!
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