Choosing a family-friendly vacation spot where you can spend a good summer day with the entire family can be a difficult task, not because you don’t have options to choose from, but rather because you have tons of selections. This is especially true if we talk about the beautiful North American country of Mexico. The country is one of the top tourist destinations for families who want to get close to stunning sunny coastlines, amazingly rich culture, welcoming locals, and impressive archaeological sites. Wondering the best places to vacation in Mexico?
Here are 10 best places to vacation in Mexico:
1. Puerto Vallarta
Famous for its white sand beaches along the country’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is among the top tourist summer destinations where the family can enjoy water activities such as swimming, diving, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, and snorkeling. The fun and excitement that await the family is not only concentrated in the beach area, but is spread out up to the center of the town. Being a historical town, Puerto Vallarta will keep your family busy with a lot of sight-seeing activities. The top attraction picks are the beautiful baroque-style Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church and Viejo Vallarta or the Old Town.
A good spring break is enough time to enjoy the impressively beautiful coastline of Cancun, a tourist-magnet district in Mexico. Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Cancun offers traveling families awide array of activities to enjoy the holidays. El Centro, the more traditional district of the city, invites tourists to try traditional Mexican food, while Zona Hotelera provides access to beaches, numerous resorts, and night clubs. Other things to do in Cancun includes a tour of the nearby Xcaret Park, an eco-archaeological park and Coba, a Mayan ruin with climbable pyramid.
3. Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya offers the warmest sun, the beautiful white sand beaches, the reefs, and the exclusivity that you need for a perfect family vacation. It is also one of the top choices for snorkeling and diving offered by the numerous all-inclusive resort hotels in the area. Sailing through its Caribbean waters offers a great possibility for you to meet stingrays, the gentle giants that are whale sharks, and other marine life. Two of its famous areas are Playa del Carmen and Tulum, which we will talk about next.
One of the best places to witness sunrise and sunset is in the resort town of Tulum, situated along the country’s Caribbean coast. Tulum is relatively close to Cancun at 80.7 miles (130 kilometers). This means that you can hop to one watery adventure after another. Expectedly, the family can splurge on a number of watersports such as kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling in the turquoise and crystal-clear waters of Tulum. Unknown to many, the town, aside from its sandy beaches, is further home to a pre-Columbian walled Mayan archeological site that also draws tourists. This stunning attraction is situated at the Tulum National Park that sits tall on a cliff overlooking the coast.
5. Playa del Carmen
Just like Tulum, Playa del Carmen is within the Riviera Maya area. It is a former fishing village that is now home to mega-resorts that can fully accommodate all your family needs while away from home. It is a paradise of palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. A day out in the beach means fun. After spending an amazing day under the sun, you can take the family to relax and unwind at Quinta Avenida.
6. Isla Mujeres
Separated from the mainland, Isla Mujeres boasts so much beauty bestowed by nature. This Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea is accessible from Cancun, and is only around 8 miles (13 kilometers) away from the city. The family can enjoy various watersports and the privacy that the resort hotels offer. A trip to Isla Mujeres also means an opportunity to visit the ancient Mayan ruins of the El Meco Archaeological Site. Living iguanas call the pyramid and other buildings of the site home. The kids can also find zip-lining fun at the Garrafon Natural Reef Park.
7. Los Cabos
Great beaches, sunny weather, relaxing atmosphere, and watersports activities, name it, Los Cabos offers all these to traveling families and more. It is such a perfect vacation spot for anyone who wants to get away from the busy life in the city. Located at the tip of Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is home to two major towns San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The former offers quieter and more laid-back atmosphere, giving you and your kids the relaxation you need. While, the latter is the ideal place to buy good stuff such as clothes and local delights.
8. La Paz
Despite being less touristy than its neighboring beach cities, La Paz holds a charming atmosphere that draws tourists every year. It is located in the Baja California Sur region and is also a perfect place to enjoy the beaches, landscapes, water activities, and many others. Museo De La Ballena or Whale Museum is another attraction that the family should pay a visit.
9. Isla Holbox
Another island that is part of this list is Isla Holbox. This island is home to some colorful Caribbean buildings, picturesque shoreline, and amazing wildlife. While basking in the sun if you get lucky, you may also spot find flamingos, pelicans, and other birds walking and flying around the island.
Acapulco is another famous resort city in Mexico’s Pacific coast. It’s known for its urbanized coastline dotted with high-rise buildings, La Quebrada cliff, and of course the typical watersports activities. Plunging in the crystal-clear water of Mexico’s original resort area will give you that Hollywood feel, because Acapulco was once the tropical playground and summer getaway of the rich and famous. Today, it may not be the preferred tourist destination of many anymore, especially after it has fallen on troubled times, but Acapulco is still a beautiful place if you want to enjoy the view of the Pacific.
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!