Mexico with Kids: Family Destination GuideEverything you need to know about travelling to Mexico with your family
Mexico With Kids: Table of Contents
Mexico With Kids
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Weekend Escapes from Mexico City
Mexico with Kids: Take the Family to Tepotzlan, Morelos (coming soon!)
Mexico with Kids: A Weekend in Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico (coming soon!)
Family Hotel Review: Meson de Leyendas, Valle de Bravo
Family Hotel Review: The Bungalows, Cabo San Lucas
Family Hotel Review: Hotel Casa Tota, Todos Santos
Family Hotel Review: Club Med, Ixtapa
Mexico with Kids: Visiting the Coba Ruins (coming soon!)
Mexico with Kids: Visiting the Tulum Ruins (coming soon!)
Family Hotel Review: Villa Las Estrellas, Tulum
Family Hotel Review: Coqui Coqui Coba
Family Hotel Review: Posada Margherita, Tulum
Family Hotel Review: El Diablo y La Sandia, Oaxaca
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Mexico: Why You’ll Love It
- There are many things that Mexico does well; great weather, ancient ruins, incredible food and pueblos magicos (magical towns) full of cobbled streets and colonial architecture. But if there’s one thing it really excels at it’s beaches. And, as we all know, beaches + kids = a fantastic family holiday.
- Mexico is chock-full of culture, history and archaeology with some spectacular Mayan, Zapotec and Aztec ruins.
- There are also adventure activities galore to satisfy even the most extreme adrenalin junkie.
- Swim in underground cenotes in the Yucatan, take a train ride on El Chepe through the spectacular scenery of the Copper Canyon, go whale watching in Baja California or enjoy a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the magnificent Teotihuacan pyramids.
- And then there’s the capital, Mexico City. Sure, it’s a megacity home to some 20-odd million people but it’s no longer the polluted, crime-ridden capital of old and is now a vibrant, exciting city for families to enjoy.
Mexico: Why The Kids Will Love It
- Beaches are the obvious reason to come to Mexico with the kids; the country boasts some 9,300 kilometres of coastline. Cancun, on the Caribbean Sea, has long been a favourite for US families but we much prefer the laid-back, sleepy vibe of Tulum, just a couple of hours south along the Riviera Maya.
- There are plenty of other beach options too, including Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Isla Mujeres.
- Beyond the coast, Mexico offers something for every family. From ancient pyramids and jungle ruins to mountain train rides and underground caves, this is a wonderful country for adventure.
- Charming colonial towns are everywhere and each one seems to have something just for kids; there’s a bug zoo in Malinalco, a toy museum in San Miguel de Allende, and a bouncy castle or trampoline in almost every main square at the weekend.
- Families travelling to Mexico City will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to see and do. Try the double-decker Turibus or visit the newly-opened aquarium. There’s a zoo, the vast Bosques de Chapultepec (home to playgrounds, duck ponds, an amusement park, museums and even a castle) and the truly wonderful Children’s Museum, Papalote.
When To Go
There’s always somewhere to go in Mexico throughout the year; stick to the highlands in the summer and coasts in the winter.
High Season: Late October to May, is the traditional tourist season. In the big resorts, such as Cancun, December through to April are the busiest months. Mountain regions can get cold during this time and you may even see snow!
Rainy Season: Summer (June to October) is traditionally rainy season but this usually means a short, sharp downpour in the afternoon / evening. In the north of the country there is hardly any rain, whereas Chiapas in the south, gets very, very wet. Hurricane season falls from September to mid-October; expect choppy seas, wet weather and mosquitoes.
National Holidays: Christmas and Easter are big holidays in Mexico and this is reflected in hotel and airlines prices. Book well in advance if you plan to travel over these periods.
Mexico with Kids: FAQ
Capital: Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico)
Time: GMT – 06:00
Language: Spanish is the main language spoken.
Voltage: 127 v
Flight time from the UK: 11 hours to Mexico City, 9hrs 40 mins to Cancun
Visas: Every tourist must have a Mexican-government tourist permit, easily obtained on arrival. Some nationalities also need visas. Contact your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate for up to date visa information for your nationality. If you are from the UK, we recommend Travcour for their excellent visa service (www.travcour.com) – if you are not from the UK their website is still full of useful information.
Health & Vaccinations: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. All visitors should have travel insurance that covers medical expenses. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are also recommended. Check with your doctor before travel.
The main health concerns for visitors to Mexico are food- and mosquito-borne diseases; carry insect repellent and be careful with food and drink and do not drink the tap water. Altitude sickness can occur at heights of 2,500m (8,000ft) above sea level.
Getting There: Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez is the county’s primary airport. Cancun’s International airport is the second busiest airport in Mexico but the biggest for international travellers. Major international airlines from North and South America, Europe and Asia all fly to Mexico.
Money: Mexico’s official currency is the pesos ($). Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centavos, and bank notes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. Mexico is still very much a cash society (and no one ever has change for a 500 pesos note!) Don’t expect to exchange money or use a credit card in small villages and towns.
Safety: Mexico does not have a good reputation for safety; the ongoing drug war is awful, but the violence is almost exclusively contained between the drug gangs and people involved with them and / or the Mexican security forces. Tourists are rarely victims. However, it is important that you consult travel advisory services such as the US State Department and the fco.gov.uk prior to travel.
Mexico’s main tourist destinations are largely safe places. You should take the same precautions that you would when travelling anywhere; leave valuables behind (or in a safe in your hotel), avoid carrying expensive camera equipment, do not visit neighbourhoods not frequented by tourists, particularly at night, and carry just enough cash for your immediate needs (and leave credit cards etc.. in a safe place). Avoid flagging down taxis and ask your hotel / restaurant to order you one instead.
When driving, stick to daylight hours and travel on toll highways wherever possible.
Dress: What you pack depends largely on where you will be visiting; swim wear for the beach, a lightweight waterproof in travelling during the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes for exploring sights as well as plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Light layers work well when travelling in Mexico, particular in Mexico City where the mornings and evenings can be chilly and the daytime very hot. Mexico City residents are a fashionable lot; if you plan on going out here make sure you look the part!
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You can also find all our Mexico blog posts listed in the Table of Contents above.