I have recently returned from a two week holiday in Mexico, with my husband, and wanted to share my experiences of this great destination. It is a 10 hour flight from Manchester but only 8 and a half hours coming back, due to the tailwind.
We stayed on the Riviera Maya, where there are a variety of hotels to choose from and there is sure to be one to suit you. Our hotel was an All Inclusive, adult only property with a wide selection of restaurants to dine at, premium brand drinks included, swim up bars and a friendly iguana who liked to sun himself on the sunbed next to ours! If you want to be pampered there is a spa and you can also dine on the beach in a romantic setting, for an extra charge.
We didn’t really need to leave the resort, but we wanted to see the Mayan ruins of Tulum, so we took a half day trip and were rewarded with a very good English speaking guide, who told us what the ruins were and how they would have looked in their original form, which really helped to build a picture of how it would have been.
If you prefer to be out and about, there are plenty of other things to do as well, such as going on a catamaran trip, taking a day trip to Chichen Itza, which is a mystical archaeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are also trips to Xcaret which is Riviera Maya’s famous ecological park, with sandy beaches, gardens, aquariums, underground rivers, snorkelling and a place where you can swim with dolphins.
An easy and cheap way of travelling, if you want to go to further along the coast, for example to the nearby resort of Playa Del Carmen, is by Collectivo. There are many of these travelling up and down the main road, and they are a local bus service, in the form of a minivan, which will stop for you on the side of the road. You pay a set fee of around £1.50 for any length of journey and most of them are air conditioned.
We found everybody very friendly and whether you are looking for an active or relaxing holiday, I can recommend Mexico as a holiday destination because there is something for everyone.