Must Visit Family Vacation Destinations in Mexico

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.

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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.

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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.

Puerto Vallarta

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.

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Mexico City

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. 


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    The only time I have ever been to Mexico is when I accidentally crossed the border walking on a beach in San Diego. I would love to visit for real one day.

  2. I’d love to visit Mexico. My dream vacation would be spending the mornings touring pyramids and the evenings on the beach.

  3. We live in Texas but I’ve never been to Mexico. The border is just too dangerous right now. I’d love to fly into other parts, though! It looks gorgeous!

  4. I remember going to Mexico when I was younger and it was one of the most fun trips that I went on. I believe we went to Puerto Vallarta.

  5. My mom went to college in Mexico – I was always jealous of that. I’d love to visit there someday (and take her with me!)

  6. Catherine S says

    These all look like great places to vacation in Mexico. I have been to Cozumel twice on a cruise and really enjoyed it.

  7. Twice I was scheduled for Cancun and twice a hurricane prevented the trip, resulting in great
    Florida vacations. However, I’ve cruised to several locations in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, and agree that it is wonderful! I’ve also driven to border towns from time to time. Thanks for sharing the great pictures and information.

  8. I have always wanted to go to Mexico! Maybe someday soon, I hope. These all look like great places!

  9. We are planning to go to Mexico this year as a family. We usually go to Cancun.

  10. I have never been to Mexico, but it sure looks beautiful. Maybe one day we will venture there!

  11. I would love to visit some of these spots! I haven’t been there since my honeymoon, many years ago. Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. We went to Cozumel for our honeymoon. I’d love to visit with my kids sometime.

  13. It has been a long time since I visited Mexico, but I have loved visiting all three of these cities. Mexico City is amazing! So much history!

  14. I would love to visit Mexico with the kids. So beautiful. Great images

  15. I am actually scheduling a Mexican cruise in April! Thanks for sharing this!!

  16. I would just love to take a family trip to Mexico. It seems like a country that is so rich in beauty and culture!

  17. LOL at Robin’s comment! I didn’t even realize you could do that… made me laugh. 🙂 I haven’t been, but I have friends who go to Cozumel each year and they love it.

  18. I would love to visit Mexico looks like a beautiful place with plenty to do.

  19. i’m in WI and it’s like -18 right now so Mexico sounds amazing!!!

  20. I would to take my family on a trip. And since it is so cold in Kansas City, I could be on a plane tomorrow.

  21. I would love to take a trip down to Mexico, might have to research and head down this summer!

  22. Debbie Denny says

    I love Mexico. Been there twice and thinking I need to go again.

  23. I love Mexico. Someday I want to visit Mexico City. I have a few friends who went and they rave about it all the time.

  24. This looks like an amazing vacation! There is so much snow here today that I’m tempted to book right now!

  25. I would love to go to Mexico City someday. I’ve only seen a few ruins

  26. it’s so cold out that Mexico sounds amazing right now!

  27. I would love to be in Mexico right now! With this cold weather, it would be a dream to be there right now.

  28. I have always wanted to visit Mexico. These destinations sound like the perfect vacay!

  29. Mexico is such a beautiful place. On of my favorite destination spots.

  30. Mexico is on our list this year. We haven’t been in a while. Looking forward to the kids enjoying our stay.

  31. I’d love to visit Mexico but it’s soooo far away for us.
    One day maybe though….

  32. I’d love to visit all of these places, and would settle for any one of them!!! they all sound wonderful!

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