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Mexico holidays

Holidays in Mexico

An empire of fiestas and fun

Mexico holidays offer all the bliss of the Caribbean, with a sprinkling of Latin fiestas and mythical Mayan sites. Glorious beaches, fabulous shopping and excellent cuisine also make it the ideal place to kick back and indulge. If that wasn't enough, our all-inclusive packages bring another level of luxury for visitors ready to try new experiences on their Mexico holiday.

Mexico

Where to stay in Mexico

Hotels in Mexico

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Weddings in Mexico

Moon Palace Wedding

Moon Palace Cancun Weddings

This family-friendly resort offers unlimited luxury in a stunning Cancun location. You can choose from a great collection of wedding packages, including the FREE Wedding! But why stop there? Opt for one of the fantastic upgraded packages and luxuriate in even more special touches and elaborate decorations.

To book, please call our dedicated Weddings Team on: 0344 739 0748

Now Sapphire Wedding

Now Sapphire Weddings

Now Sapphire has six wedding locations to choose from - some can accommodate up to 250 guests for ceremony and reception. You can choose from the Beach, Beach Terrace, Tequila Terrace, Gazebo, Mexican Patio or Ballroom.

To book, please call our dedicated Weddings Team on: 0344 739 0748

Essential information for Mexico

Local Time
-6hrs
Currently
Language
Flag of Mexico
Spanish
Currency
Mexican Peso
Official currency of Mexico
Flight information
10h 40m
Cancun (CUN)
Indirect flight
Flight schedule
Fly direct on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday.
Indirect Virgin Atlantic flights are available from London Heathrow.

Do I need a visa?

No, UK passport holders don't need a visa for Mexico. You'll just need to complete a tourist card on your flight to Cancun.

However, if you are travelling via the USA, then you will need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no less than 72 hours prior to travelling.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

The bus system runs along the hotel zone in Cancun. As with all Mexican bus trips, you may encounter locals leaping aboard to entertain you with a song, so have a few pesos ready. Otherwise, ask your hotel concierge to book you a taxi.

Highlights of Mexico: where the fiesta never stops

Mexico has everything you could want from a holiday destination: sun-soaked beaches, fun fiestas and ancient history in the form of mythical Mayan sites. Whether you’re in the mood to get out and explore or you want to kick back and relax, there’s something for every type of getaway on a holiday in Mexico.

Planning on taking a holiday to Mexico? Read on for a list of food, culture and adventure must-sees.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Mexico’s beaches. Choose from secluded or lively, central or tucked away. What’s more, many are lined with authentic bars and restaurants – perfect for escaping the sun and enjoying a refreshing drink. Here are some highlights when looking for beaches to visit in Mexico:

  • Playa Del Carmen: This beach spans two miles of fine golden sand. It’s also split into two sections – the north is the most bustling, while the south is much quieter and more suited to relaxation. Don’t miss Wah Wah while you’re there – it’s one of the area’s oldest, and most loved, beach bars.
  • Maroma Beach: Choose to stay at the exclusive, all-inclusive Secrets Hotel in Riviera Cancun, and you’ll get to explore Maroma Beach. It’s quiet, peaceful and serene. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from everyday life.
  • Playa Los Muertos: The name of this Riviera Nayarit beach may translate to ‘beach of the dead’, but don't be dissuaded, this is a great place to relax in a peaceful atmosphere and go swimming. The nearby town of Sayulita is loved by both tourists and locals for its vendors, water sports and seemingly endless string of restaurants and bars.

Your all-inclusive Mexico holiday is your time to spoil yourself. No matter what relaxes you – whether it’s a spa treatment or a meal at a decadent restaurant – there’s plenty to leave you feeling indulged, treated and pampered. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Moon Palace Resort: Need something that’s both luxurious and child-friendly on your family holiday to Mexico? Check out the Moon Palace Resort. A kids’ ‘minibar’ and Xboxes will delight the little ones for hours, leaving you free to enjoy a treatment at the spa or a bit of shopping.
  • Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita: Head to this opulent hotel to enjoy a ‘Temazcal’. It’s a traditional Mexican steam bath designed to cleanse your body and help boost circulation.

Once you’ve relaxed on the beaches, it’s time to enjoy Mexico’s adventurous side. Discover something new and go exploring with any one of these fun activities:

  • Cozumel: Cozumel is a good place to go diving. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or you’re trying it out for the first time, there are excursions for every age and ability. You’ll discover the Mesoamerican Reef – a protected marine area and the second largest reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Isla Mujeres: Get up close and personal with rare breeds of turtle at a turtle farm in this nature-lover’s paradise. Or visit Isla Holbox to swim with whale sharks – don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe. Go on, we dare you.
  • Xcaret Eco Park: Kids will love discovering Mexican culture and the Mayan jungle in this seaside park with more than 50 attractions to explore. Go in the afternoon and stay on for the colourful night show.
  • Xel-ha: This aquatic park is the perfect location to practise snorkelling and see all sorts of exotic fish, or simply float down the river in a rubber ring. Intrepid mini travellers can take on the jungle trails, zip lines and floating bridge.

All that adventuring means you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. The local cuisine is celebrated the world over, and with good reason – Mexican street food is delicious. Check out one of these recommendations for a taste of the country’s favourite flavours:

  • Pujol: Pujol can be found in Mexico City, and is ranked among the 50 best restaurants in the world. Chef Enrique Olvera puts his own unique twist on well-known and well-loved local classics.
  • Mezcalerias: Whilst on holiday in Mexico, make sure you try Mezcal. This drink, which is similar to tequila, is handcrafted in Oaxacan villages from the nectar of spiky green agave plants. All across Mexico you’ll find this drink served in specialist bars called mezcalerias.

Let yourself be carried away in all the fun of the fiesta on your next all-inclusive Mexico holiday. The rich and diverse culture provides plenty of opportunities to get involved. Here are some of great ways to experience a glimpse of authentic Mexican way of life on your getaway:

  • Chichen Itza: Inside this archaeological site sits the fascinating Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo, meaning ‘The Castle’). It’s an iconic pyramid, and one of the most recognisable of the Mayan ruins.
  • Tulum: Another of Mexico’s beautiful Mayan sites, Tulum is also one of the most accessible – it’s just a couple of hours from Cancun. You’ll find the ruins dotted across 39-foot-tall cliff-tops, overlooking the ocean.
  • Joyà: This Cirque de Soleil show takes place in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy an evening of spectacle as acrobats perform gravity-defying tricks.

Ready to plan your next getaway? Check out the full range of Virgin Holidays Mexico hotels now.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

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