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Mexico Travel Guide › Mexico Family Vacations
Updated: September 1, 2020

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The 5 Best Destinations for Families in Mexico

1. Tulum

Tulum is my favorite place in Mexico (with kids or no kids). Cool town, great restaurants, and wonderful beach. Some people don’t like that the town and beach are a few miles apart but I like the distinction and the bike path between the two makes the commute enjoyable. Most people stay at the beach and go into town for the occasional meal or to do some shopping.

Tulum beach.

Tacos
Tacos.

Tacos.

The Pueblo
The Pueblo.
Coba near Tulum.
Coba near Tulum.
Coba.
Coba.
Bus with kids.
Tulum bus station. Over a certain height you pay an adult fare on the bus. Your age doesn’t matter.
Breakfast.
Breakfast on the Tulum beach.
Tulum beach.
Tulum beach.
Cooking course in Tulum.
Cooking course in Tulum.
Cenote near Tulum
Cenote near Tulum.
Bikes in Tulum.
Returning our bikes then heading for the bus.
Biking Tulum beach.
Biking along the beach road in Tulum.
Snacks for the bus to Tulum.
Snacks for the bus to Tulum.

2. Isla Mujeres

Playa Norte (North Beach) is the most kid-friendly beach in Mexico. Soft sand, gentle waves, and clear shallow water make for an idyllic setting. There are good restaurants spread along a pedestrian-only avenue in the lively (but not crazy) main town. Most locals and tourists get around the island by golf cart.

Jumping from a bridge on Isla Mujeres.
Jumping from a bridge on Isla Mujeres. (There’s good snorkeling beneath the bridge.)
Ferry to Isla Mujeres.
Arriving in Isla Mujeres on the ferry from Cancun.
Getting around by golf car in Isla Mujeres.
Golf carts are the main form of transportation on Isla Mujeres.

Tacos in Isla Mujeres.
Tacos in Isla Mujeres.
Biking in Isla Mujeres.
Biking in Isla Mujeres.
North Beach in Isla Mujeres.
North Beach in Isla Mujeres.

3. Puerto Vallarta

Very cool city with a mix of touristy fun and authentic Mexican culture. Several smaller beach towns are within an hour by car or boat: Yelapa, Mismaloya, Bucerias, and Sayulita. All great places to stay or visit.

Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta
Tacos and Torta in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta Museum.
Naval Museum in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta.
Treats in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta beach.
Puerto Vallarta
The Malecon in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta beach.
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta
Water park near Puerto Vallarta.
Water park near Puerto Vallarta.
Bucerias with young kids.
Bucerias.
Sayulita.
A donut truck in Sayulita.
Sayulita.
Heading for the beach in Sayulita.
Kids in Sayulita.
Sayulita beach.
Surf lessons in Sayulita.
Surf lessons in Sayulita.
Sayulita tacos.
Tacos in Sayulita.
Sayulita beach.
Sayulita.
Sayulita beach.
Sayulita.
Puerto Vallarta
Waiting for the bus near Sayulita.
Yelapa.
Parasailing in Yelapa.
Yelapa
Yelapa
Yelapa
Yelapa
Waiting for the bus.
Waiting for the bus near Mismaloya.
Yelapa boat.
Taking the boat from Mismaloya to Yelapa.
Mismaloya.
Mismaloya.
Mismaloya.
Mismaloya.

4. Cancun

Lots of big family-friendly resorts with water slides, kids clubs, and huge pools. The area itself doesn’t have a lot of character but the beaches are great and there are good day trips within easy reach.

Cancun beach.
Cancun.
Tacos in Cancun.
Tacos in Cancun.
Shopping in Cancun.
Shopping in Cancun.
Cancun night market.
Cancun night market.
Shopping in downtown Cancun.
Shopping in downtown Cancun.
Cancun night market.
Cancun night market.
Cenote near Cancun.
Cenote near Cancun.
Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza near Cancun.
Street food in Vallodolid near Cancun.
Street food in Vallodolid – an easy day trip from Cancun.
Cancun hotel.
At the hotel in Cancun.
Cancun beach.
Cancun beach.
Cancun bus station.
Cancun bus station.
Arriving at the Cancun airport.
The Cancun airport.
Xel Ha water park near Cancun.
Xel Ha water park near Cancun.
Cancun.
Cancun.
Cancun hotel with water slides.
Cancun.
Cancun hotel with pool.
Cancun.

5. Los Cabos

A fun less-touristy destination with great resorts and lots of charm if you seek it out.

Los Cabos with kids.
Downtown Cabo San Lucas.

Resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo San Lucas Beach.
Cabo San Lucas Beach.

Fresh fruit in Los Cabos.

Tacos in Los Cabos.
Tacos in Los Cabos.

Tacos in Los Cabos.

Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.
Restaurant in San José del Cabo.

At the hotel in Los Cabos.

At the hotel in Los Cabos.

At the hotel in Los Cabos.
At the hotel in Los Cabos.
Swimming with dolphins in Los Cabos.
Swimming with dolphins in Los Cabos.
Cooking course in Los Cabos.
Cooking course in San José del Cabo.

Cooking course in San José del Cabo.

Cooking course in San José del Cabo.

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