Going on vacation with the family can be quite a demanding and difficult undertaking, as your children may get restless on the flight, become bored at a local landmark or start missing the comforts of home. So choosing the right destination for a family vacation is paramount.
Mexico- with its warm and welcoming people, exciting culture and an enviable coastline of golden beaches and turquoise water- is a perfect match for a family looking for fun and relaxation. However, it’s a large country with a hugely varying topography, so here is a basic guide for great family-friendly locations in this wonderful Central American jewel.
In addition to snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and diving off the coast of Cancún’s stunning shoreline, there are several excursions that children and adults will both love. At the nearby eco-park Xcaret, there is a swimmable underground river, equestrian shows, archaeological digs and wildlife including manatees and monkeys.
But if you want your kids to learn something about Mexico, the remarkable pyramids at Chichen Itza should be an essential item on your itinerary. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World but used to be one of the largest Mayan cities in existence.
To experience a more genuine side of Mexico, a visit to Puerto Vallarta is highly recommended. The capital of the Mexican Riviera has an old downtown area, where the traditional markets, whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets provide an authentic insight into everyday life.
But when the need for light-hearted merriment kicks in, the protected bay’s calm and shallow waters are ideal for splashing around with little ones. Alternatively, the Vallarta Adventure Center gives children the opportunity to become a dolphin trainer for the day or zip line over a tropical forest.
To gain a more in-depth understanding of Mexico’s fascinating history and unique customs, you might want to shun the country’s beaches in favor of the capital. This is perhaps more suitable for older children and teenagers, as Mexico City is awash with cultural attractions. Points of interest include the Baroque Metropolitan Cathedral and National History Museum, and kids of all ages are bound to enjoy Chapultapec Park featuring pony rides and bicycle rentals.
Mexico is a wonderful place to take your family, but it is worth investigating all-inclusive vacations that will stop you from having to worry about where to get food or how to entertain your kids, leaving you free to enjoy everything this country has to offer.