Experience awe-inspiringly diverse landscapes on this dual adventure, where you’ll tour through hazy desert terrains, idyllic coastlines, and ultra-extravagant cities. Both destinations boast scorching summer climates, perfectly complemented by the tropical downpours that Mexico is known for.
Bring your dream itinerary to life with our multi-centre holidays to California and Mexico. Plus, all of our holiday bookings are supported by a team of experienced US travel experts, meaning you’ll have their undivided attention from the moment you enquire about your trip to the moment you touch down back in the UK. From sourcing accommodation to finalising that fun-loving itinerary, we’re on hand to help.
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California is known for its rugged beauty, with stunning Pacific coastlines, vast deserts, and breath-taking national parks. Of course, there are iconic and lively cities too, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, perfect for those who want a faster pace. Discover the Californian way of life and – trust us – you won’t want to leave.
From the long stretches of golden sands at Malibu and Laguna Beach, to the lively piers at Santa Monica and Newport Beach, to the rugged coastline of Monterey – there’s more to California beaches than meets the eye. Pack your sun cream and enjoy a day of ocean breeze and Pacific waters.
California is home to nine national parks – more than any other US state. Each has their own appeal, from the ominous Death Valley to the charm of Joshua Tree. Yosemite is perhaps its most famous, attracting millions of visitors each year. It boasts some of the best hiking trails and views in the country.
There’s more to California than beaches and parks though; the state’s cities are well worth a visit (although, granted, most are coastal cities offering the best of both worlds!). From Los Angeles and San Diego to the state’s capital, Sacramento, or the excitement of San Francisco, get ready to explore.
Picture California and you’ll likely think of at least one of the state’s famous landmarks, from the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. But there are lesser-known landmarks to discover too, including Hearst Castle on Highway 1 and Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.
There is no place like Mexico. Known around the world for its unique blend of picture-perfect beaches, eclectic culture, historical curiosities and of course its fiery food, this is a destination on everyone’s bucket list. And once you’ve been, you’ll want to return again and again!
The true definition of paradise. Mexico’s beaches are among some of the best in the world, with an abundance of diving opportunities and various watersports in its turquoise waters, or simply sunbathing and building sandcastles on its endless stretches of pristine shoreline.
Replicated the world over but never as good as the real thing. Visiting Mexico gives you the chance to try some of its most iconic and spiciest cuisines using the freshest local ingredients, traditionally cooked and served up in the most inspirational settings. Think tacos, enchiladas, huevos rancheros, burritos and so much more!
Culture & History
Mexico has a rich and vibrant culture dating back to its fascinating ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations, and more recently its Spanish influences. From the food, arts, music and dance of its traditional customs to its archaeological marvels and diverse towns and cities, Mexico is a wonder for exploration and discovery.
Big City Life
Mexico boasts big, sprawling cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara and the border town of Tijuana, which are profuse with cultural festivals, historical sites and excellent dining scenes. While its beachside resort cities like Cancún, Tulum and Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya are tourist hubs for dynamic nightlife and relaxing daytime vibes.
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California and Mexico Holiday FAQs
California and Mexico Holiday FAQs
California and Mexico Holiday FAQs
Visiting California between June and September will pretty much guarantee warm, dry days for your stay. If the main aim for your California twin-centre holiday is to explore at your own pace, then you might want to consider visiting towards the start or end of this stretch - both June and September are quieter months in terms of tourism, and the weather is mild enough to feel comfortable while walking around.
In Mexico, the rainy season (May-September) is actually one of the best times for your visit. Showers consist of short, sharp bursts, and they often only happen later in the day. These quickfire downpours will provide some light relief in the evening when temperatures have soared all day.
Jet lag won’t be an issue on our California and Mexico multi centre holidays, as there’s only a 1 hour difference between the two destinations. Mexico runs on CDMX time, and it is 1 hour ahead of California, which abides by PDT. This means that our California and Mexico twin centre holidays won’t be held up by any post-travel grogginess - though your initial journey from the UK may prove otherwise!
The quote that we provide for our California and Mexico multi-centre holidays is guaranteed for 36 months, and we’re able to offer a range of flexible payment plans, meaning you can pay off the entire sum in monthly instalments.
London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Manchester are the best choices if you’re looking for direct-only options for your flight from the UK to California. Other selected UK airports can offer routes with connecting flights, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, and Liverpool.
When it comes to planning your onward travel from California to Mexico, our team of experienced travel agents can provide you with further guidance. There are a handful of major airports across California that fly direct to Mexico, though, including Los Angeles (LAX ), San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJO) - depending on where you’re coming from.
There are several major airports to choose from for your arrival into Mexico too, depending on your California and Mexico multi-centre holiday itinerary, including Mexico City (MEX), Cancun (CUN), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Oaxaca (OAX), Monterrey (MTY), and Morelia (MLM).
August is the best time to visit California if you want to take advantage of the scorching summer forecast. Even the hottest days will feel slightly cooler when you’re working your way down the coastline - temperatures hover upwards of 21°C, but they can reach highs of 30°C or even higher during a heatwave. Head inland and you’ll really begin to feel the difference, with temperatures ranging from 29°C-35°C during the peak summer months.
Catching the balmiest days in Mexico largely depends on where you choose to stay. Plan a visit between April-May and you’ll experience temperatures between 29°C-32°C and 23°C- 25°C from June-October.
There’s a cityscape to suit every kind of holidaymaker in California, with destinations in the state offering up their own unique experiences. Shopaholics will be smitten with the likes of Los Angeles, where some of the biggest designer names line the boulevards. There’s nowhere quite like the steep streets of San Francisco for simply watching the world go by - there’s something to scope out on every corner. Santa Barbara has some of the most distinctive architecture in California, conveying clear Spanish influences. While Palm Springs places you in the Sonoran Desert, and the landscape is carved out by rugged mountain backdrops that make for otherworldly sunsets.
Got little ones in tow on your Mexico twin-centre holiday? There’s a selection of go-to spots for families, so keeping even the most curious kids busy won’t be a struggle. We’ve handpicked a few key locations that showcase the best of Mexico family holidays, giving you some inspiration to start planning your dream break.
The picturesque town of Loreto is located in Baja California Sur, nestled along the crystalline shores of the Gulf of California, and it’s one of the most family-friendly destinations that Mexico has to offer. There’s something to keep everyone busy - from watersports and whale watching, to adrenaline-filled desert excursions. There’s no end to the amount of activities that you can pack into your stay here.
While Cancun might have a long-standing reputation for its vibrant nightlife, it’s also the ideal place for an extra-special family getaway. There’s a selection of superb accommodation choices that cater to families with toddlers through to teenagers, from providing kids club programs, to boasting several sparkling pools. Enjoy beach days together on the white sandy shores of Playa Caracol and Playa Langosta, where there’s no shortage of nearby restaurants with kid-friendly menu options.
West of Cancun on the coastal fringe of the country you’ll find Puerto Vallarta, a true haven for those travelling with kids of all ages. This charming resort city is a hotspot for holidaymakers, offering a mixture of picture-perfect sandy stretches, bustling restaurants and bars, plus an array of entertainment options. Kids will be fascinated by the atmosphere on the Malecon, a promenade where street artists and musicians put on a vibrant nightly display.
If your family getaway is all about simply switching off and enjoying quality time together, then include Riviera Maya in your itinerary. This serene slice of Caribbean paradise is located on the Yucatán Peninsula, and there’s plenty of family-friendly accommodation choices dotted along this 100-mile stretch of unspoiled coastline. The resort has four luscious Eco Parks weaving through the Mayan jungle, each of which offer family-friendly excursion trips.
Yep! There’s a string of major theme parks in California, so you can unleash your inner child and enjoy some well-deserved family fun at some of the state's most famous attractions. Explore the magic of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, discover life in miniature at LEGOLAND California, or put your hunger for adrenaline to its paces with some of the thrilling rides found at Universal Studios Hollywood.
When it comes to packing for our California and Mexico multi-centre holidays, ensuring you’ve got plenty of light layers is essential. During the warmer months, both destinations can become hot and humid - especially if your visit coincides with a heatwave. Make sure your daytime and evening wardrobe consists of lightweight clothing, and for your stay in Mexico, you might want to keep a pocho handy - downpours are most common at dusk! Don’t forget to pack swimming costumes and shorts too, as there’ll be plenty of opportunities for beach days on both the Californian and Mexican Coast.