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The Miami of Mexico
Cancun offers a lively yet stylish retreat, where gorgeous beaches are accompanied by modern shopping malls, exquisite restaurants and swanky bars. Cancun has been dubbed “the Miami of Mexico” and it’s easy to see why - perfect white sand, glamour and upmarket leisure intertwine here to create a truly exciting destination.
Cancun is the perfect location for diving enthusiasts - coral reefs, caves, shipwrecks and even a fascinating underwater collection of statues can be found in the ocean. For those who prefer to stay on land, the area boasts a range of championship golf courses - head to the El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club at nearby Playa Del Carmen to practice your swing in the surrounds of mangroves and jungle.
Some of the most captivating Mayan ruins in Mexico can be easily accessed from Cancun, including the famous pyramids of Chichen Itza. The coastal town of Tulum is just a 90 minute drive away, too, where you’ll find the ruins of an ancient civilisation, complete with pyramids and temples.
Holidays in Cancun are perfect for those looking to combine relaxation with a lively atmosphere. There’s no shortage of upmarket leisure to be enjoyed here, whether that’s through exploring the chic shopping malls, indulging in one of the many restaurants or simply relaxing by the pool at your hotel. There are over 14 miles worth of beach begging to be sunbathed on, and you won’t tire of Cancun’s classic Caribbean good looks. Spend your days relaxing with a cocktail on the beach, exploring the coral reefs through a snorkelling or diving trip, or taking to the ancient ruins to indulge in some archaeological wonders.
Sovereign recommends the fabulous hotel Le Blanc Spa Resort for those wanting to holiday in Cancun. Exclusive for adults, this is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, where guests are treated to stunning ocean views, infinity pools and a personal butler service. Enjoy an open-air massage at the spa, or indulge in one of the 12 bars and restaurants that call this hotel home.
Flight time from the UK is around 11 hours.
Transfer time from Cancun airport to Cancun is approximately 30 minutes.
Mexico is a year-round beach destination, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C – even in winter. The summer months are at their hottest between May and September, which have average temperatures of 28°C. While short rain showers are possible, they are helpful in taking the edge off the heat.
UK citizens travelling to Mexico do not currently require a visa. You will need to fill out a tourist card, which you will be provided with on arrival.
Mexico has a tipping etiquette similar to the USA. Service employees typically receive little or no base salary, so tips make up the bulk of their salary. Try to tip about 15% of the bill in restaurants and bars unless the bill includes propina (gratuity). Taxi drivers do not usually get tipped unless they have provided an extra service like loading or unloading your bags.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.