One of the coolest sites is the cenotes of Santa Barbara, natural sink holes where the limestone rock has collapsed, opening up water filled caved below. The water’s crystal clear, perfect for swimming, and with the added exhilarating factor of having to take quite a substantial plunge before you hit the water. It’s a fantastic experience, though, and particularly welcome in the heat of the day.
And then of course there are the beaches of Playa del Carmen, where the average temperature high year-round is 30 Celsius. When it’s grey and pouring down in London, this is where you want to escape to. Play golf, take a boat to Cozumel, and generally soak up the sun. If your plan is to laze on the beach by day, then party hard all night until the sun rises again, schedule your trip to coincide with the BPM Festival in January. For 10 days and nights, Playa del Carmen pulses with electronic music, 400 of the world’s best DJs at the decks. Mexico puts on one hell of a party. You want to be on the dance floor.
Words by Mark Lumm
Get beyond the margaritas and tacos on West Adventures’ (www.westadventures.com) Hello Mexico! tour. The 12-night itinerary starts from CA$1,919 (approx. £1,280), and they have scheduled monthly departures from October 2017 through May 2018.
The tour starts in Mexico City. You can fly direct from London with Aeromexico (www.aeromexico.com) from £538 return, including taxes.