Mexico is a popular destination in our community, particularly for families with teens. It is a country with a culture, beautiful nature, and activities. Mexico caters to everyone’s needs, whether you want to indulge in historic sightseeing in Aztec or Mayan temples, relax on sun-kissed sandy beaches, or trek through the thick and green Mexican forests.

So, whether you’re planning a winter or summer getaway or gearing up for an outdoor excursion, here’s your one-stop travel planning guide for your family adventure in Mexico.

Best Time of Year to Visit

Mexico’s dry season runs from November to April, and because the weather is pleasant at this time of year, it is the best time for sightseeing.

Avoid the dry season (May to April), as it gets very busy and hot and dry. The rainy season lasts from May to October and is still popular among tourists, as it is not very hot, and rain is not always bad.

Type of Accommodation for Budget Family Travelers

Mexico provides a variety of budget-friendly accommodations perfect for families: 

  • Hostels and Guesthouses: Many hostels accommodate family members, especially by providing private rooms and facilities like shared kitchens and washing machines. There are also more chain hostels, such as Selina and Hostelling International.
  • Eco-Lodges: If you’re willing to live in a style surrounded by nature, try eco-lodges, which can be found in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas. Family entertainment at such lodging facilities includes nature walks and bird watching.
  • Vacation Rentals: Airbnb and VRBO offer a wide range of family-friendly accommodations, from city centre apartments to private villas by the beach.

Recommended Places to Visit with Kids

  • Xcaret Park: This eco-archaeological park in Riviera Maya offers a hunting experience with animal sounds and the natural environment, a tourism experience, cultural events, and rival dancing and engagement with animals that children will find entertaining.
  • Tulum: Take time to visit the Mayan archaeological sites on the top of this beautiful Caribbean coast. The beaches adjacent to the resort are safe for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Mexico City: Proceed to Chapultepec Park, a tourist spot with a zoo, museum, and a big field where many tourists can have a barbeque or a picnic. Another part that is worth visiting is the Papalote Children’s Museum.
  • Copper Canyon: Up for an adventure? Take the train ride through this marvellous canyon system or trek along this valley’s rocks and visit remote houses and farms.

Best Local Dishes to Sample that Kids Will Enjoy

Mexican cuisine is both delicious and diverse, with many dishes that children will find appealing:

  • Tacos: Thin strips of tender chicken, beef, or vegetables sautéed accompanied by soft corn tortillas. Tacos al Pastor, where pork is combined with a marinade, is a popular option with the locals.
  • Quesadillas: These are tortillas with cheese and other ingredients, such as mushrooms or chicken, that can be added before grilling.
  • Guacamole and Chips: This simple dish, found on every menu, is made with mashed avocado, lime juice, onions, and tomatoes garnished with crisp tortilla chips.
  • Churros: Deep-fried doughnut balls rolled in cinnamon sugar, best taken with chocolate sauce.

 

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Trip

  • Use Public Transportation: In Mexico City, buses and the metro are relatively cheap means of transport throughout the country. For longer distances, one can opt for the ADO buses.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry durable water containers. Some basic precautions include avoiding drinking or washing fruits with tap water and drinking bottles water when brushing your teeth.
  • Learn Basic Spanish: Although you are likely to encounter people from the United States and other English-speaking countries in the areas you visit, trying out a few Spanish words and phrases when bargaining with locals, especially in local markets and foods or restaurants, is advisable.
  • Sun Protection: Sunlight in Mexico may be vital, especially if you are touring during the summer, so it is advisable to bring hats, sunblock, and light-coloured clothing.

 What to Take: Products You May Need That You Can’t Buy There

  • Water Purification Tablets or Filters: If you decide to purchase bottled water, a portable filter or purification tablet may be necessary, which can come in handy when travelling at a distance.
  • Insect Repellent: Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, particularly in the jungle or rural areas.
  • First Aid Kit: It is useful to keep a set of protective gloves, medicine for pain, bandages, antiseptic wipes, etc.
  • Portable Fans or Cooling Towels can be handy in hot climates, helping you find the best temperature to cool down.

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