A Mexico vacation with family sounds like a great idea. This beautiful country has a lot to offer when it comes to traveling with kids, without leaving the parents and their needs behind.
In fact, it has a rich history and culture, great cuisine, and amazing beaches, with resorts that you might have a hard time when picking the perfect one!
In this article, you will find some great ideas on how to spend your family holidays in Mexico. Vamonos!
Los Cabos & San Jose del Cabo (de Baja) – Perfect Holidays for the Whole Family
If you want to get away from busy Cancun, heading to the top of the Baja California Peninsula would be a great idea. It is a perfect spot for families who like to rest in a laid-back atmosphere but also enjoy many varied activities.
San Jose del Cabo is a resort town, with a great choice of places where you can stay to enjoy all-inclusive holidays. If you want to spend a bit of time out of the hotel swimming pool, this is a great direction. You can enjoy golfing at Quivira Los Cabos. Proximity to beaches makes it a perfect place to enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, or even swimming with sharks.
In San Jose del Cabo the water is calmer than in Cabo San Lucas, which is closer to the Pacific Ocean, and therefore not really suitable for children.
If you travel with teenagers and are looking for something that would get them super excited, choose a horseback ride, camel tour, or ATV tour.
While visiting the area with your family, you cannot miss Todos Santos, known also as Magic Town. Founded in 1724, it has everything – from charming, old colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, through music festivals, to spas and great restaurants.
Protip: If you want to see humpback whales, book your stay between November and March.
Cancun – Beaches + History
Cancun is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering how much it can offer. Located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, it has beautiful beaches, perfect cuisine, and many attractions for kids and parents!
Playa del Carmen and Tulum can give you a feeling of a paradise. The Caribbean Sea offers turquoise waters and sandy beaches. All of this is in proximity to great restaurants, all-inclusive resorts, clubs, and much more.
Famous for its great party life, Cancun is a popular destination during Spring Break. However, if you are planning your family holidays, just travel there outside of the season and you will get all you need to make all the members of your family happy.
You can stay in one of many hotels, for example, The Ritz-Carlton, which is considered the best all inclusive resort in Cancun for families, or choose some of the unique accommodations with amazing pools on AirBnB.
Enjoy amazing weather in the safe environment of Xavage Adventure Park, with water slides that will amaze your kids as well as yourself!
Cancun is also a perfect place for those who would like to immerse in history. Nearby you can see such attractions as El Meco and Chichén Itzá, where you and your kids can learn a bit more about Mayan culture.
There is no doubt Mexico is worth visiting for its natural beauty. If you love nature, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and underground Rios Secreto should be on your bucket list.
Barcelo Maya Palace – Kids Paradise
Located just 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Barcelo Maya Palace is a true paradise for younger and older kids. This all-inclusive resort is family-friendly, so you can be sure everyone can enjoy their holidays to the max.
Family suites have minibars with cereals and milk, as well as microwaves where you can heat your kid’s food. Is your child going through the phase of being super picky about food? Don’t worry! Here you can choose from 26 restaurants across the resort.
Your family can also enjoy three water parks and 14 swimming pools. If you travel with older kids or teenagers, The Ventura Fly & Ride Park will provide you with a thrilling experience. The bungee jump parachute landing and the zip line will satisfy the most demanding adventure-seekers.
Is this not enough? Here, you can also find a bowling alley and ice-skating rink. Additionally, you can enjoy a spa with the whole family: the resort offers treatments for adults as well as a kid spa.
Isla Mujeres – Discover Natural Beauty
Isla Mujeres is located near Cancun, which makes it a perfect place to have a longer stay or to just visit during your stop in the city. It only takes a 15-minute ferry ride to get to this natural paradise.
The thing travelers love here the most is the truly laid-back atmosphere. It’s a perfect spot for those who seek a slow-life experience and want to relax in nature.
Playa Norte is the only kid-friendly beach here, but the island is definitely worth visiting. Shallow waters make it a perfect spot for snorkeling and a safe place for kids to enjoy a swim. You might also love the underwater museum with artworks under the water. Remember that this attraction is just available for older kids that can swim.
Your whole family will love the turtle sanctuary, where you get the possibility to observe and feed sea turtles.
While there, hop into a golf cart – the only available form of transport on the island – and head to Punta Sur, where you can admire a lighthouse.
With many great options on beach destinations, make sure you’re adequately prepared by following this packing list for beach vacation. Now to the non-beach destination:
Mexico City and Ancient Ruins – an Immersive Experience
While Mexico City is probably not the first thought when thinking of a family vacation in Mexico, it is definitely worth going to with your loved ones. It might be a bit chaotic for smaller kids, but older ones will enjoy the countless attractions that this city can offer.
Frida Kahlo’s museum is a perfect choice for art lovers. Cathedral Metropolitana can amaze everyone, as well as the National Museum of Anthropology, where visitors can see ancient artifacts.
Chapultepec Forest is a perfect spot to take a breath and rest a bit from the big city hustle. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Xochimilco, a traditional district with many canals that you can travel through in a boat, to learn more about chinampas. If you’re heading there in a rental car with small children, consider to carry the best travel car seat with you.
Mexico City is a perfect spot to travel to the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, where you can immerse in history and see spectacular views from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.
If you’re interested to visit other part of Mexico, be sure to check our list of best Mexico all inclusive resorts for the best experience during your stay.