With its rich culture and textured history, delicious cuisine and stunning beaches, nowhere captures the imagination quite like Mexico. Especially when it comes to family travel. There’s nothing like seeing your child’s eyes light up the first time they see one of the country’s ancient Mayan ruins. And what kid doesn’t love Mexican food? Add to that great family-friendly resorts scattered across the country, a favorable exchange rate and easy access from most of the U.S., and you couldn’t ask for a better place to go on vacation.
There are direct flights from most major U.S. cities to Mexico’s popular vacation destinations, including Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Mexico City.
Over 60 native languages exist in Mexico today – only India has more.
Mexico traces its roots back to Mayan and Aztec civilizations and has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than anywhere in the Americas. Even the country’s traditional cuisine has UNESCO World Heritage status.
Gray whales, whale sharks and monarch butterflies all migrate through Mexico annually. This is one of the world’s top-five most bio-diverse countries, with almost 3,000 native bird and animal species and 30,000 indigenous plant species.
Whether it’s white-water rafting in jungle forests or diving and surfing on the turquoise-blue coast, Mexico has a spectacular landscape that is made for outdoor adventure.
Generally speaking, flights to Mexico from the U.S. are reasonably priced. You can also drive across the border from a number of spots in the U.S., including California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. With the current exchange rate, accommodations, activities and food are also a good value. But if money is no object, Mexico has over-the-top resorts that deliver all the luxury you could ever want. No matter what kind of family vacation experience you’re looking for, Mexico has a resort area for you. Read on to find info about some of the major desinations to visit.
How you decide to travel around when you arrive in Mexico really depends on what type of vacation you’re taking. Most resorts will provide transportation to attractions or be able to organize reliable and inexpensive taxis. If you want to tour independently, it’s convenient and easy to arrange a car rental. Make sure you have a paper map as well as GPS and keep your phone charged. Always carry water and snacks in the car, even on short journeys. Before you travel in Mexico, especially by car, look at the State Department website for up-to-date safety advice.