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Mexico with Kids

Most of us have heard about the amazing coastal resorts, impressive mesoamerican archaeological sites, and varied cuisine, but is Mexico the kind of place where you would take children? In short, yes. Mexico is child friendly. No, Mexico is extremely child friendly! The Mexicans share the kind of reverence for children that many Mediterranean regions of Europe do – they cherish the young ones. Even the elderly enjoy watching the energy of the youngsters rather than getting annoyed by the bustle. Children will get a warm reception here for sure.

Accommodation And Restaurants 

Hotels and guest houses will be most welcoming for children, and almost all of them are geared up to make sure that they are looked after in the best possible way. Resorts are super family-oriented and will have tons of activities to entertain the youngsters, and most hotels will be able to arrange childcare should you need it. Likewise kids will be welcome in almost every cafe and restaurant in Mexico – there are many stories out there regarding the extra mile serving staff have gone to make them happy. Your only issue is trying to get your children to try the richly flavoured Mexican food, but simpler fare is available nationwide in the form of pizzas and steaks for when the kids get sick of quesadillas and tacos.

Kids And Coastal Mexico

If your kids are water babies then they’ll love nothing more than splashing around in the sea, building sandcastles, swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. The Caribbean coast has very calm seas and can be considered safe for supervised children. The Pacific has some sheltered beaches too but by and large they tend to have rougher seas. That in itself can provide something to do as surfing lessons are available for children as young as 5 years old. Boat trips to nearby islands or seeing marine life can keep everyone entertained – whale watching is a favourite pastime on the Pacific while sea turtles can be found in the Caribbean.

Is Cancun kid friendly?

Like much of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the calm waters and white sands of Cancun beaches are great for kids, and because it’s so popular with tourists, the resort area is very safe. Plus, there are many activities in Cancun for kids!

Inland Mexico For Kids

Don’t be afraid to take the young ones away from the coast. There is actually a lot more to do in the central areas then there is at the coast. Many children will love exploring the Aztec and Mayan ruins, and  cities such as Mérida have cultural events every evening in the square; Oaxaca’s grand architecture will delight all and children can try their hand at some of the famous handicrafts such as wool spinning and paint the carved wooden animals. 

Mexico City With Kids

The nation’s capital might not be your first though for a family holiday but it has everything you need to keep them entertained. Chapultepec Park is a day out in itself, a huge green space with grand monuments and several museums of which the Papalote Children’s Museum and Natural History Museum will probably be of great interest to the youngsters. A large amusement park, La Feria de Chapultepec Mágico, is perfect for keeping them entertained. An artificial lake lies in the easter section where paddleboats can be rented, but best of all for keeping the kids distracted is Alfonso Herrera Zoo, one of the world’s most visited zoos. There are around 2000 species of animals here and it was the first zoo outside of China to successfully breed pandas. Best of all it’s free!

Things To Know

Firstly, if you’re travelling with any children that are not your own you will need a letter of permission from both parents or guardians under Mexican law. Also all children need passports regardless. Secondly keep an eye on the health effects of the new environment on your children as it may affect them strongly. Sleeping in the heat may be difficult for them, food can cause upset stomachs, and never let them drink the tap water. Protecting them from the strong sun goes without saying. Should they need hospital treatment the private clinics tend to be of high quality and will be covered by most travel insurances. Finally some things may be difficult to come by in the resorts and smaller settlements, so if you need wet wipes and baby food you’d be wise to stock up on them prior to leaving a bigger city or town. This will also be the case for many medicines too.

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