Mexico may have been getting a bad rap in the media lately, but the tourist areas are generally insulated from the violence and if you take a trip to Mexico with a baby, chances are you won’t be driving through Chiapas at four in the morning. As a family vacation, I love Mexico for babies and toddlers, and wouldn’t hesitate to visit with my family.
Mexico Resorts With Baby Clubs:
Maybe you don’t think you’ll use it, but having the option of a little bit of couple time while your baby plays for an hour or so might tempt you…
How Do I Bathe My Baby In Mexico:
Although the water is mostly fine, I totally get being nervous about Mexican tap water getting into my baby’s mouth. Here’s a few tips for keeping bath water out of baby’s mouth!
Puerto Vallarta With Baby:
I love sharing this wonderful story of a family’s first vacation with their baby to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
And since Mexico is a big country with lots of destinations, here’s a low down on some the the places you can go.
Located in western Mexico, the Pacific coast region stretches across 1,700 kilometers (1,054 miles) of beaches, mountains and valleys, spanning from the state of Sinaloa to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca. The climate is hot and tropical (temperatures range from 15° C, or 59° F, to 32° C, or 90° F) along the coast, while the zone that makes up part of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range gets much cooler.
Imagine how pleasant it would be to go swimming in the waters of the beautiful beaches of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the Pacific coast. There your entire family can go scuba diving or take a ride across the waves on a banana boat. You can also swim with dolphins in fabulous aquatic parks.
Another interesting destination you can visit is Oaxaca, a cosmopolitan city with strong native traditions which are reflected in the customs, crafts and contemporary art. In the markets, you and the family can enjoy Oaxaca’s exquisite regional cuisine, which has pre-Hispanic influences.
The Yucatan Peninsula, located in southeastern Mexico between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, has a year-round hot and humid climate, which is ideal for enjoying its Beach Resorts and natural paradises.
Merida, the state capital of Yucatan, is where you can take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and admire the gorgeous palaces and buildings lining the Paseo Montejo, the city’s main avenue. In Merida’s surrounding areas you can take the kids to the sinkholes, haciendas and Mayan archaeological zones.
Located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo offers the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, top-notch tourist resorts, white-sand beaches, marvelous ecological reserves and ancient Mayan ruins.
Here you can visit Cancun, an important destination for national and international tourists, which has a 30-km (19-mi) stretch of beaches and an impressive hotel zone. Isla Mujeres offers all kinds of tourist attractions, including pre-Hispanic ruins, the remains of an old hacienda and a modern aquatic park where you can go snorkeling among hundreds of colorful fish that inhabit the coral reefs. Nearby lies Cozumel, Mexico’s largest island, where you can go kayaking through mangroves and scuba diving along the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest reef system in the world. The reef runs through the Parque Marino Nacional de Arrecifes de Cozumel and the Parque Natural de Chankanaab.
Along the Caribbean coast, in the direction of state capital Chetumal, you’ll find numerous tourist attractions in the Mayan Riviera, which is lined with luxurious resorts, exclusive spas and golf courses. In this region you can visit the archaeological zones of Coba and Tulum, a walled city overlooking the sea. At Playa del Carmen, the Mayan Riviera’s cosmopolitan city, you’ll find excellent tourist facilities at ecotourism parks Xcaret and Xel-Ha, and at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Located in the northwest region, the Baja California Peninsula borders the United States on the north, and lies east of the Pacific Ocean and west of the Sea of Cortez. The peninsula has an ideal climate, with sunny days throughout most of the year and average temperatures ranging from 15° C (59° F) in the winter and 30° C (86° F) during the summer.
Central Mexico is one of the country’s richest regions in culture and natural beauty. Its territory extends from the outer limits of a high plateau in the north to the edge of the Sierra Madre range in the south. Temperatures are moderate throughout most of the year, ranging from –3º C (26º F) in the winter to 30º C (86º F) in the summer. The climate can vary considerably depending on the geographic zone.
If you’re interested in history and culture, Puebla is an excellent option. There you can admire the splendid architecture of the city’s most important historic buildings, including the Cathedral and the Palacio del Alfeñique. In Puebla’s environs, there’s plenty of fun waiting for you at the national parks and a famous zoo.
Finally, in Mexico City, you’ll find just about everything: tourist avenues, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, theaters, stadiums, amusement parks and a wide array of stores and shopping centers where you can buy things for the whole family.