Are you planning something different for your Thanksgiving Day? Usually, Thanksgiving Day means getting together with your relatives to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings and a delicious pumpkin pie, but it can also be a great excuse to break the tradition and go somewhere different and travel all together while enjoying a great family vacation and taking a break from the cold. In this article we delve into a few of the best destinations where you can enjoy an incredible Thanksgiving getaway for families.
If you are looking to skip all the planning and stress and go on a great adventure, you can pick from different destinations that can suit each of your family’s needs. You can go to the mountains or get sun-kissed by the Mexican Caribbean, all while making long-lasting memories.
After all, it can be a great opportunity for a long weekend getaway. So, we have put together some Thanksgiving vacation destinations in Mexico to consider where you will find great resorts, activities, and amazing food.
Best Destinations for a Thanksgiving Family Getaway
Get Sun-kissed in Cancun
Cancun is top on our list to experience a fabulous Thanksgiving getaway for families. Imagine you and your family relaxing in one of Mexico’s favorite vacation spots while meditating on your blessings on this American holiday. Located on the Caribbean Sea, this world-class destination offers pristine beaches, an impressive array of attractions, and a warm, welcoming climate throughout the year. That being said, visiting Cancun in November is the perfect time as it is the end of rainy season and you can start vibing into the Christmas holiday spirit.
It is the perfect time to spend those extra days off relaxing and enjoying your time in a festive frame of mind on the beach. Cancun and the surrounding area have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You and your family can enjoy great outdoor excursions exploring the famous coral barrier reef, visiting the different theme parks, and exploring the different Mayan archeological sites.
In fact, one of the most interesting things to do in the Riviera Maya area is to explore its historical atmosphere. It is a great destination to learn about the Mayan culture and experience gorgeous coastal ruins in Tulum, or in the middle of the jungle like Cobá and Chichen Itzá -which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO. Also, the Cancun area is home to very interesting ecological parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha, which receive thousands of visitors each year and are two of the region’s most popular attractions. They teach about the local flora and fauna, you can practice snorkeling, float on a lazy river, and even swim with dolphins.
In Cancun and across the country, many restaurants have added their own flavors to food that make Thanksgiving in Mexico different and unique. Moreover, you can complement your traditional Thanksgiving meal with delicacies from the region that are mouthwatering like cochinita pibil, ceviche, sopa de lima, and castacán. Some restaurants and resorts organize special events for this American holiday, so you don’t have to worry about shopping and cooking for your entire family.
Transport your Favorite Traditions to Los Cabos
As Thanksgiving approaches, bring family holiday traditions to a new scenery in Los Cabos, a great spot for a Thanksgiving getaway for families. With short travel times from the United States and a high flight frequency to this destination, Los Cabos remains a favorite place for visitors and part-time residents to enjoy turkey day on sandy shores and a Thanksgiving weekend getaway full of activities that range from outdoor experiences to turkey and fireworks at some resorts.
The weather in Los Cabos in November is perfect if you are looking to escape from windy and cold days. Although it begins to cool down a bit, the weather is still warm and perfect for light clothing. Also, humidity drops to a comfortable level most days. The ocean temperature is very warm, perfect for practicing snorkeling and different water sports.
Another great thing about this destination is the vast number of outdoor activities you and your family can do in this gorgeous oasis next to the Sea of Cortez. The Thanksgiving season is perfect for taking a luxury sail and snorkel tour with your relatives; this is one of the most spectacular and memorable experiences for adults and kids, as you may also see dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles. If you plan to take a boat trip, the tours depart from the marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
Camel rides are also a popular tour. Due to the different landscapes that Los Cabos has, these exotic animals can get used to the environment. Go on a family camel ride where you will get to see all the different landscapes: desert, mountains, and gorgeous beaches perfect for seeing all of the destination’s wonders. The tour guide will walk your family through the history of Los Cabos and answer all the questions about this place, while you get to know your new tall and furry friends.
And if your Thanksgiving dinner is something that worries you, local restaurants and resorts offer delicious traditional American-style dinners for this special occasion. You can make a reservation and let others handle all the stress and cooking of the food, so you can relax and enjoy the special moments with your family. Also, some of them will show the football game too, so you don’t have to miss out on any of your traditions on such an important day.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Paradisiacal Puerto Vallarta
And last but not least, Puerto Vallarta is also one of our favorite spots to have an amazing Thanksgiving getaway for families. This Mexican Pacific jewel prepares each year to receive hundreds of visitors looking to have an unforgettable experience during Thanksgiving. This destination has different activities for you during your stay, you can explore downtown and visit the Malecon for a quick walk or go to the Río Cuale flea market and get some great souvenirs.
Also, the weather during November is perfect! During the day the temperature is warm and goes up to 31 degrees for a couple of hours, although humidity is high, you can enjoy a nice day out. The ocean temperature is warm, which makes it perfect for snorkeling and enjoying other water sports. Las Marietas and Los Arcos are popular places to go snorkeling and you will spot an abundance of brightly colored tropical fish next to the coral reef. Zip lining tours are also very popular and you can fly through the lush jungle and soar above the treetops.
As we mentioned before, Puerto Vallarta offers tons of activities to do with your family during Thanksgiving Day. You can start by walking down The Boardwalk also called “El Malecon”, an area right next to the ocean allowing you to soak up the great scenery while strolling past beautiful sculptures dotted along the boardwalk. You will find great restaurants and bars along the beach, some of the more famous bars are: La Vaquita, Mandala, and Señor Frogs. The Puerto Vallarta sign is here too, perfect for taking a family picture to go in the history books.
And for the kids, a day trip to Puerto Vallarta’s Zoo is a great option. Vallarta Zoo allows you to feed the animals from a bag that you receive at the entrance, which makes it even better! Also, the zoo is right in the middle of the jungle.
If you are curious about what you will find on the menu for your Thanksgiving meal during your family trip, many restaurants and resorts offer a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, grilled vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce. You can add some Mexican inspiration to your turkey dinner; you can add some marinated roast pork with mole sauce, enchiladas, or even some turkey sopes. Ask some local restaurants or resorts about their holiday specials.
We hope our rundown of the best Thanksgiving getaway for families has been helpful. If you wish to spend Thanksgiving in any of these destinations, you will find tons of activities, hotels hosting special Thanksgiving events and parties, and most importantly, you will enjoy an amazing trip with your beloved ones. Be sure to let us know in the comments below how your Thanksgiving trip went.