So you’re in the process of booking your dream holiday to Mexico, which resort is best? Before we find our hotel, we must do some research on the most popular resorts in Mexico. After all, there is something for everyone. Whilst there are other popular resorts in Mexico, these two resorts have quite a few things in common. Yet they’re also very different from one another, so let’s see how the two differ.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico


Cancun is brilliant for the night life, beaches and numerous resorts. The Mexican government purely created Cancun for this. Yet back in the seventies, it was just a small fishing town. A tourist hot spot popular amongst couples, families and party-goes. It’s also the place to be for the famous spring break which happens around mid April. Cancun typically has better beaches than Puerto Vallarta because it’s bordering the Caribbean Sea. The beaches are fantastic for snorkelling, scuba diving, water sports and water-based excursions.

Cancun is sectioned into 2 districts, the first being El Centro which is a traditional downtown, and you have Zona Hotelera, a long beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, bars, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. El Centro can offer you markets and local cantinas, whilst Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) boasts restaurants, shopping malls, nightclubs and an extra-long strip of a beach that will have you in awe.

Even if you catch a rainy day or a spot of rain in the evening, you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs. The resort hotels are well built for the hurricane seasons and wetter months, so rest assured, you will have plenty to do in your resort. If you’re thinking of heading out, you can also pass the time quickly by shopping or bar hopping!

One of the best-preserved coastal sites in Mexico is only a 90 minute drive away, which is Tulum. Sitting pretty on 40-foot cliffs, you will find the ruins of a once-thriving civilisation. You’ll want to book these excursions pretty fast, especially if you’re travelling in peak season as these are always in high demand.

To view more excursions in and around Cancun, check out these Top 10 Things To Do In Cancun.

Tulum, Turtles

Tulum, Turtles

Information To Know

The best time to travel to Cancun is between October and May. Mexico is in the hurricane belt meaning it does face heavy rain, storms and hurricanes. The hurricane season begins in June 1st and ends on November 30th, but most hurricanes occur through August and October. However Cancun has only ever been hit by two hurricanes: Gilbert on September 15, 1988 and Wilma on October 21, 2005.

Our summer is their rainier period, whilst our winter is their summer.

Cancun’s high season runs from the end of  November to the first week in March. Prices do peak around December & January. The cheapest time to travel to Cancun is from May to November as you’re not guaranteed the best weather, September and October will be the cheapest prices as these are the two rainiest months.

Spring break occurs in Cancun around mid march, if you want to avoid the madness you could grab a great deal around the end of April – Mid May. Hotels are known to offer great deals around this time.

The main strip in Cancun is considered as safe to travel too. The biggest safety danger in Cancun is not street crime, its the roads themselves. If you’re planning to travel outside of Cancun without a toured guide, it’s strongly advised to be vigilant of your surroundings and to travel during daylight. Please refer to the governments advice for the best safety and security.

Hospital Playa Med Modern facility with 24-hour assistance.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta

Top Reasons To Choose Puerto Vallarta

  • Resorts – Everything from luxurious beachfront high-rise hotels to quaint boutiques
  • Nightlife – After dark, Vallarta features a wide variety of nightlife and is known to be one of the best in Mexico.
  • Beaches – From lively tourist beaches to natural hideaway coves, each beach is truly unique.
  • Water sports – Scuba diving, windsurfing, surfing, and snorkelling are just a few of the top options.
  • Golf – Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular golf getaways, with exclusive links and accessible courses for all golfers.

Puerto Vallarta is around a 4 and half hour flight from Cancun. It’s a unique resort town on Mexico’s pacific coast, which is well known for its beaches, water sports and vast variety of nightlife. Millions of tourists visit Vallarta every single year. Whether it’s to laze on the buttery beaches, browse the quirky shops, nose in fancy restaurants or to wander around the stylish old town. Vallarta is truly unique to Mexico.

Seafood Lunch by the Sea, Puerto Vallarta

Seafood Lunch by the Sea, Puerto Vallarta

It’s also difficult to state which Vallarta has the best of, beaches or restaurants? Both are truly as good as one another. If you’re after culture and a Mexican feel, Puerto Vallarta will win every single time. Cancun as stated earlier was made for partying and great beaches. Puerto Vallarta has a lovely cobblestone centre where you can find plenty of boutique shops, bars and a range of restaurants. This resort is perfect for foodies which oozes traditional charm. Along the front you will find the El Malecon, which is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, bars, lounges and nightlife.

Once you’ve enjoyed a sunset along the promenade, Vallarta transforms into a new identity, with boasting nightlife along the El Malecon, which also features numerous GBLT options. Every year, Puerto Vallarta flies the rainbow flag and is becoming a more increasingly popular destination for a gay vacation spot. The Gay Guide Vallarta is a brilliant website which features tonnes of information on some of the best nightclubs and nightlife.

When it comes to the beaches, Puerto Vallarta has got the full works. Conchas Chinas which is too the south, is where you will find tropical sands and rock pools. To the north, you have Playa de Oro – a tiny beach but a mighty one thanks to its huge water sports portfolio. Playa de Oro is popular amongst surfers. Routing back to the middle, is Los Muertos which is by far the cities most sought after beach. Nicely packed with restaurant-bars and entertainment from mariachi bands, what more could you want whilst tucking into tacos?

Top tip for El Malecon; you will be greeted by vendors along your stroll. Be sure to drink a “tuba” which is a drink made from fermented palm tree heart. It has a truly unique and traditional flavour of the region, vendors will try and offer this too you.

Information To Know

Following a small number of cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising people planning to travel to Mexico, particularly if you’re pregnant, to follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and seek advice from a health professional, if you have any further questions or concerns.

There is also a compulsory overseas departure tax which will never be included in the costing of your holiday. The departure tax is payable in cash only and is upon your return to the airport. At the moment, it costs approximately 1335 Mexican pesos. This can also be paid in GBP, EUR and USD, but the amount payable is subject to any changes in foreign exchange. The departure tax is controlled locally and so is subject to change without notice. Always check before you travel for up to date information.

Having adequate travel insurance for the entire duration of travel is a condition of traveling and must be arranged prior to departure. Otherwise, you make and take these travel arrangements at your own risk and cost.

San Javier Marina Hospital Vallarta’s best-equipped hospital.