Arriba, arriba!


Mexico – land of spicy food, beautiful beaches and Speedy Gonzalez.

Of course there’s much more to this bright, mysterious land than food and cartoon characters, and it all depends on whether you want a city break or a beach break – or maybe combine the two! A two-centre holiday would be the way I would do it, and although this is obviously going to cost more, imagine how much you’ll get out of your two weeks.


Flights leave the UK regularly, and you could cut costs by flying indirect, so certainly look into that as an option. Another cost-cutting option is airport parking. It sounds so simple, but it really does reduce travel costs, as there’s no need for that taxi, or pricey public transport, and it puts the control firmly back in your hands. Check out Stansted parking from, which is a service I’ve used countless times, Heathrow parking offers equal value for money.

Mexico City is the obvious choice for a city break, and I’d choose to start my holiday in the city, with time to relax on the beach afterwards. To get a real sense of the size of this huge city, head up to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana and prepare to be awe-inspired. Mexico City has everything you would expect of a city of this magnitude, with ancient Aztec ruins thrown into the mix. Night-life here is fantastic too, not to mention the cuisine. Love your retail therapy? Me too! And we’re catered for with many stores and two huge shopping centres.

Once your city break is over, you’ll be glad of the down time on the beach, but where will you head? The favorite for me would be Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula, however the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco is another choice. Cancun is very popular these days, and it’s also quite close to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, which are a must visit. The stunning Garrafon Marine Park is also in easy reach.


There are many other coastal resorts to choose from, and Cancun is just one, although a massively popular one. Acapulco is more a traditional sun, sea holiday, whereas in my opinion, Cancun offers a little more for your money. The shopping in Cancun is also much better!

Night-life in Mexico, no matter which resort or city you’re in, is loud, bright and colorful. Mexicans love to have a good time, and in the tourist resorts you’ll find many bars, restaurants and clubs, again with most in Cancun. Food-wise, you have to try Mexican cuisine, and although it can be spicy, there is a level for everyone, as well as other international menus, so nobody will go hungry.

Beaches, water-sports, diving, snorkelling, nature, ancient ruins, food, dancing, shopping – Mexico has a city and resort for everyone, and the hardest part will be narrowing it down! Cut costs as much as possible, and you’ll be able to get much more out of your time in this colorful part of the world. Remember my airport parking tip, with services from Holiday Extras, and drag every little bit of enjoyment out of your holiday.

It will be worth every single penny.

photo credits: jj.figueroa,, theilr

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