Beach Fun and Culture in Mexico

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March 17, 2016

I was lucky enough to visit Mexico as a child when we visited the border town of Tijuana just south of California. I don’t remember much of our visit apart from the bustling main street which was lined with souvenir shops and most randomly a C&A which I had not expected to see and still sticks in my memory.
Three decades on, Mexico is a place I would love to revisit and see more of what delights it has to offer and you can now fly there from airports all over the UK and Ireland.
Top of my thrill seeking list is Xplor Park near Cancun with its unique underground world where you will enjoy unparalleled adventure. During the day fly between trees and bridges, discover amazing caves and extraordinary rock formations created by a huge asteroid which hit the peninsula millions of years ago; and at night, the moon and stars will guide your way as you marvel at the mysteries that Xplor Fuego has for you.
My second must visit is the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Miguel. The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic centre, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
San Miguel
I know my teens would love the vibrant beaches of Cancun with its party atmosphere, but I would prefer the quieter Tulum, which is the backdrop to some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in the Western Hemisphere, that have the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop.  And there are other out-of-this-world wonders, including several cenotes (or underground water-filled caverns) and bioreserves.
No visit to Mexico would be complete without a visit to the vibrant Mexico City, which I am reassured has cleaned up its act in recent years. The ancient city is built over a filled-in lake, has Aztec canals, pyramids, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s old studio, and hipster dining in chic eateries of the Condesa and Polanco.
Mexico City
Although many people associate Mexico with hot weather, it’s a big country with a wide range of climatic zones. I have had friends have holidays cancelled due to hurricanes so it is worth bearing in mind that hurricane season is June to November. Its beach resorts tend to be most pleasant between October and May as June to September can be very hot and humid. The weather at sea-level tends to be warm to hot throughout the year, making for year-round beach weather whereas at higher elevations the weather can get chilly especially in the winter months.
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    Nayna Kanabar

    March 20, 2016

    Mexico looks really beautiful, I love al, your gorgeous pictures.

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    angela hamilton

    March 20, 2016

    I think Mexico would be an amazing place for a lovely holiday. I like to explore the places I visit and not do the whole touristy thing the whole time 🙂

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    March 20, 2016

    Mexico would be one of our must-go destinations. It is on our list when the boys are bigger.

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    March 20, 2016

    Mexico looks like an absolutely stunning country. I remember my sister-in-law telling me how she swam with dolphins there.

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    March 21, 2016

    I have never had Mexico i my sights but you make it sound very appealing with something for kids and adults too. The caves sound fascinating and those waters look the most magical turquoise blue.

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    Kimberley Giles

    March 21, 2016

    Wow this place looks beautiful! I may have to try add it on my places I must visit list 🙂

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    March 22, 2016

    Such beautiful photos. My sister loves Mexico x

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    March 22, 2016

    I love Mexico and travelled around it before we had kids too. I’ve also been to Tijuana but it’s not somewhere I would feel safe going at the moment. Would love to go back to Mexico City though, it’s such a wonderful city, so much going on and lots of colour. It’s a great country.

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    March 23, 2016

    Mexico is where I’d also love to visit and explore. Need to start really saving for all these holidays I want to do!

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    March 27, 2016

    I love the idea of going to Mexico – my almost 14 year old and I have decided we will have one girly holiday a year and that’s on our list x

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    April 10, 2016

    Mexico is defintely on my list of places I would like to visit, the photos always look so amazinh=g, as does the food!

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    March 25, 2017

    Wow. I need to get back to Mexico. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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