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Mexican Islands Holidays

Embrace laid back island life on sandy shores on a holiday to the Mexican islands. Consisting of the paradise islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and Isla Holbox, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. 

Scattered across the glistening blue waters along the Yucatan and Quintana Roo coastlines, spend your days walking along white sand beaches, hammock dwelling and swimming in the turquoise sea on a Mexican Islands holiday. 

Sun, sea and swimming on holidays to the Mexican Islands

While the sun soaked islands of Cozumel, Isla Holbox, and Isla Mujeres have their differences, there’s one thing they all have in common – a relaxed atmosphere. 

Cozumel thrives with tiny streets that are brimming with cosy restaurants and bars. Away from the town, the island boasts the second biggest barrier reef system in the world – the renowned Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive to discover a whole new world of vibrant coral reef and tropical fish species that live beneath the ocean’s surface.

For a wildlife encounter to remember, head to Isla Holbox to meet the migrating flamingos that frolic and graze in the island’s shallow lagoons and pale blue waters. Filled with sprawling sandy beaches, Isla Holbox is the ideal Mexican Island holiday hotspot to enjoy doing absolutely nothing. When you do crave a dose of vibrancy, head to a rooftop bar to sip a margarita or two.

Isla Mujeres packs a punch considering its size. Indulge in hearty Mexican fare in one of the buzzy restaurants, or for an ocean adventure, a visit to the underwater museum is a must for keen divers. Discover artistic sculptures living beneath the waves in one of the best underwater museums in the world.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the underwater depths of the coral reef system off the coast of Cozumel
  • Swim with glowing bioluminescent plankton on the Southern beaches of Isla Holbox
  • Visit Isla Mujeres’ turtle farm which provides sanctuary for Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles
  • Relax on dazzling white sand beaches on Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox

Our favourite hotels

The paradise islands of Cozumel, Isla Holbox, and Isla Mujeres are home to plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts. Here are some of our top picks.

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

Mexican Islands

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €2,209  pp

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

Cozumel Palace

Mexican Islands

H&J Rating
Cozumel Palace

Las Nubes

Mexican Islands

H&J Rating
Las Nubes

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 10 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

MXN - Mexican Peso

Visa Information

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Mexico but will require an immigration form for arrival and departure. You can obtain either when you arrive, on-board your flight, or online in advance from the National Institute of Immigration website.

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Information

No vaccinations required. Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

Mexican Islands

The Mexican Islands are hot and sunny year round, but the best time to visit is from November to July. This is when temperatures hit an average high of around 27°C, with little rainfall. The months of July to October reach around 29°C every day, and there’s a slightly higher chance of rainfall.

 

Select month

Average weather in January

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
27ºC
90mm

Average weather in February

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
26ºC
10mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
26ºC
31mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
27ºC
32mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
28ºC
8mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
28ºC
70mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
28ºC
191mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
29ºC
162mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
29ºC
247mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
29ºC
181mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
28ºC
91mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cozumel
27ºC
36mm
  • Caroline, Destination Executive

    Caroline

    Destination Executive

    ‘If you love snorkelling or diving, you have to swim in Cozumel’s reef. The underwater wildlife is incredible.’

  • Melody, Destination Specialist

    Mel

    Destination Specialist

    “One of the best ways to discover Isla Holbox is by bike. That way you can explore at your own pace.”

  • a woman smiling for the camera

    Katie

    Destination Specialist

    “On Isla Mujeres, head to the Mayan Temple Ixchel first thing in the morning – it’s where the sun hits first.”

  • Mardi Gras

    Spanning over eight days from the end of February to the beginning of March, Mardi Gras is one of the oldest Carnaval celebrations in the country. While the event is celebrated all over the country, the island of Cozumel goes all out with live music, vibrant floats, festive feasting and energetic parades.

  • Patron Saint Day

    Head to Isla Holbox in April to immerse yourself into the festivities of Patron Saint Day. To celebrate, fishermen are honoured with intimate seafood feasts. A buzzy fair is also hosted, featuring games and attractions for children along with food and handicraft stalls. On the final day, the fishermen make a procession next to the ocean.

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