Coastal cool on Mexico's Caribbean edge
The Riviera Cancun is a peaceful beach zone between the lively cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Its white-sand coast is the stuff of postcards, complete with swaying palms and swanky waterfront hotels.
The Riviera Cancun puts you in easy reach of some of the top sights on the Yucatan Peninsula. Playa del Carmen – known for its roll call of restaurants and souvenir markets – is less than an hour away by taxi. And downtown Cancun is just a half-hour north. There are more ancient cities within day-tripping distance, too, including the waterside watchtowers of Tulum and the famous pyramid at Chichen Itza.
Are watersports more your thing? The pristine coral reefs along the coast are made for scuba diving. Cozumel island is the Holy Grail of aquatic must-sees – it’s home to MUSA’s eerie underwater sculpture gallery. Alternatively, take the family to the rivers and ruins of Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park.
Flight time from the UK is around 11 hours.
Transfer time from Cancun airport to the Riviera Cancun is approximately 25 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.