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With luxury hotels, mystical temples and lush jungles, the Caribbean coast of Mexico has plenty to offer its visitors. Whether you prefer the buzzing party city of Cancun or the chilled-out vibes of the Riviera Maya, gorgeous beaches are guaranteed. Unwind on talcum-soft sands, swim in cyan seas and explore the teeming barrier reef.
The shopping is brilliant, the cuisine delicious and the vibrant Mexican culture contagious. It's impossible not to be impressed by the gorgeous scenery and ancient ruins in this stunning part of the world.
We've rounded up a selection of top notch hotels to make your stay in Mexico even more amazing: think indulgent spas, mouth watering food, first class service and to-die-for sea views.
The Caribbean coast of Mexico boasts a tropical climate, meaning temperatures are warm all year round, but the best time to visit is between November and April.
Mexico's Caribbean coastline is ripe for water sports – and there are plenty to choose from. Try your hand at kayaking, jet-skiing, sailing and more. Take a catamaran cruise through the crystal clear waters, or dive beneath them and see the spectacular reef. Don't miss the chance to swim with dolphins in breathtaking natural surroundings at Xel-Ha lagoon and Xcaret Eco Park. There are hundreds of mysterious archaeological sites here, including Chicen Itza, the ruins of Tulum and ancient Aztec capital Teotihuacan. Visit the floating gardens at Xochimilco, explore the jungle, shop in colourful markets or simply soak up the sunshine.
Mexican cuisine is famously spicy and delicious – and it tastes better in its home country than it does anywhere else in the world. Most hotels offer a good choice of buffet and international restaurants, serving up cuisine from as far afield as Italy and Japan. In Cancun, you'll find a huge choice of places to eat out; from stylish restaurants to fast food joints. Sip ice cold cocktails on the beach – and don't forget to try the tequila...
If you stay on the Rivera Maya, you can expect plenty of low-key, hotel-based entertainment, including local shows and blissful dinners by the sea. Over in Cancun, it's a different story: this party capital is packed with all-night clubs, lively bars and casinos. Don't miss the legendary all inclusive nightclubs. Need we say more?
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.