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Family Vacations in Mexico: the Top 5 Destinations

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Mexico might be the most unique place on earth. Known for its natural beauty, friendly locals, cultural sites, and legendary dining, there’s always a reason to visit. With plenty of family-friendly resorts, laid-back beaches, and charming towns to choose from, a dream family vacation awaits. With a key to explore around, here are the destinations guaranteed to please, for family vacations in Mexico.

In Puerto Vallarta – Discover Your Tropical Soul 

Situated at the heart of Banderas Bay on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a world-class destination, ideal for families with kids. If relaxation is your thing the bay stretches nearly 40 kilometers with many different beaches to play on.

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Playa Camarones is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, whilst Playa Olas Altas and Playa de Los Muertos are high-energy beaches, near the action of Old Town. For something more intimate, Playa Conchas Chinas, or taking a water-taxi to Playa Las Animas is recommended.

Take a stroll along the Malecon, where bands perform traditional folk music and vendors sell balloons, candy, and souvenirs in a carnival-like atmosphere. Visit the outdoor market on Isla Rio Cuale to purchase authentic crafts and toys, and make time to try some of the local cuisine, by stopping at a taco stand.

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Kids will love the variety of available activities, including the dolphin interaction program at Vallarta Adventures, where “swimming” with sea lions is also popular.

On a thrilling “canopy tour” you can ride zip lines, and fly over the Sierra Madre Mountains, or why not get the family hiking or mule-back riding.

Don’t miss out on a cruise to the Marietas Islands, a marine reserve made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Perhaps even spot the humpback whales that arrive annually to breed between December and April.

Last but not least, the Marigalante Pirate Ship hosts a swashbuckling battle, whilst you enjoy an action-packed adventure on the high seas.

Where to Stay

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is set in an idyllic location with 85 acres of jungle and beach surrounding the property. The family-friendly resort is the ultimate vacation spot for a spellbinding family vacation. With fun activities in the kids club, complimentary resort activities, a tennis court, and three outdoor swimming pools, fun in the sun can be yours.

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Birdwatching, rock painting, or planting trees are just some of the activities you may schedule.

And after a fun-packed day, there are three gourmet restaurants to choose from, guaranteed to satisfy getaway adventurers.

Cancun – An Epic Family Getaway

Situated on the eastern part of the Yucatan peninsula, Quintana Roo, incorporating the Riviera Maya, is the state that homes many vacation destinations, such as Playa del Carmen and Cancun. For family vacations in Mexico, and the best of any coast, Cancun is the ultimate escape.

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Famous for its white-sand beaches, there’s no color quite like the sea color in Cancun! Beloved also for its clubs, outdoor activities, and low-key vibe, you need to look no further for fun.

Nearby Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) boasts seafood restaurants, moped tours, water sports, kayaking, and an aquatic park.

The Punta Sur, the southern tip is a hot spot thanks to its lighthouse, the remains of a Mayan temple, and a sanctuary for sea turtles.

At Ventura Park (a water park with other attractions), the whole family can ride a roller coaster, walk on suspension bridges, and relax in the rivers.

After days full of adrenaline, for more historic fun, a trip to Chichen Itza is educational. As a pre-Columbian city and an archaeological site, it’s now officially one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Where to Stay

Only a 30-minute drive from Cancun International Airport, Villa del Palmar Cancun is a luxury beach resort, perfect for families with kids.

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They have an activity program and a Kids Club, crafting activities that ensure your stay is both kid-friendly and relaxing. Don’t miss the class “how to make a piñata.” It’s a classic; fitting for family vacations in Mexico!

Enjoy Carefree Los Cabos

Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

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There’s plenty of golfing and sports fishing, shopping and entertainment, and even cobblestone streets lined with jacaranda trees and colonial architecture for families to stroll around and take pictures.

The activities are endless: jet-skiing, banana-boating, parasailing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, diving, and horseback riding. ATV tours will make your heart race, whilst daring to ride a camel across the dunes will leave you in awe.

Take a boat tour to the Arch, where you may pass sea lions lazing on the rocks, or take a day trip to Todos Santos, a rural town, recognized as a “Pueblo Magico’’ (a Magical Town).

Where to Stay

For all the fun in one place, most visitors stay at all-inclusive resorts. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos is an exclusive hotel, where your family can take life at their own pace.

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There is access to 6 premium food outlets, including 3 signature gourmet restaurants, 8 swimming pools, a gym and tennis court, and plenty of family-friendly activities on-site.

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Memorable Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world by population. In its constant evolution, Mexico City is creative and contemporary, and in its recent modernity, it’s almost too much fun!

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The metropolis is a clear example of vibrant social and cultural life, highlighted by its renowned history, entertainment scenes, and gastronomic delights. Epitomized by increasingly fashionable neighborhoods like Roma Norte and La Condesa, there’s an old meets new vibe around every corner.

The city center is close to the airport, about twenty minutes by car. The main park in Mexico City is the Bosque de Chapultepec – one of the largest parks in the Western Hemisphere.

Situated in the southern area, in Tlalpan forest, Six Flags theme park has attractions including laser tag, bumper cars, and Justice League-themed rides.

Other points of interest are the Tío Pepe Granja Didáctica, an interactive farm for meeting animals, Là Pista, the ice-skating rink, Universum, a science and technology museum, and Museo Interactivo de Economía, where your kids can learn more about the economy and finances, in an immersive and fun way.

Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, visit the residential area of Coyoacan about nine kilometers out, where the Frida Kahlo museum is situated.

Where to Stay

Why not stay at the Sheraton María Isabel Hotel & Towers for magnificent views over the Ángel de Independencia (Angel of Independence).

The hotel has tennis courts and swimming pools, and you can even choose a family package. Hotel babysitters are on hand if you want a night out in the capital.

Free Time in Puerto Escondido

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The small city of Puerto Escondido is situated about 200 miles south of Acapulco and aptly named “Hidden Port.”

For younger surfers looking to hit the giant waves that the Pacific Coast enjoys in abundance, there are two international surfing competitions held at the Zicotela beach, every August and November.

Be sure to visit San Agustinillo, an hour’s drive away, where there is a local surf school, as well as a vast offer of activities such as boat rides to admire the local biodiversity and rafting excursions along the rivers of the region.

Horse rides to the local town of Manialtepec with its thermal waters are fun, and a night tour of the Manialtepec Lagoon with bioluminescent creatures lighting your every move is spectacular.

Where to Stay

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At the Posada Real Resort Puerto Escondido, guests can enjoy unequaled access to Bacocho beach, one of the most exclusive beaches of Oaxaca’s Emerald Coast.

As a full-service resort hotel offering two swimming pools, each with independent children’s sections, two restaurants, and a variety of in-house activities, children’s entertainment is always available. Babysitting and a games room are also available, and activities tours can be booked at reception.

Mexico Calls You Back

With variety, romance and relaxation all expertly woven together, families with kids can discover the freedom to personalize their adventures. When your plans call for family fun, the heart-strings of Mexico will always insist on your return.

Whether it’s a teens club, ultimate playtime packages, or a fiesta for all the family, Mexican hospitality will engage and delight. Details make all the difference -and when your family wakes up in Mexico, every day they’ll feel like royalty.