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Updated: March 14, 2020

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The 5 Best Destinations for Families in Mexico

1. Tulum

Tulum i 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 Ruins

Breakfast on the beach in Tulum

Beach restaurant in Tulum

Bike rentals at the Coba ruins

Coba ruins near Tulum

Local restaurant in Tulum town.

Restaurant near beach in Tulum

Tulum Beach

Bike rentals in 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.

North Beach on Isla Mujeres

Golf cart rentals on Isla Mujeres

Jumping from bridge into the ocean at Isla Mujeres.

Luggage carrier in Isla Mujeres

3. Puerto Vallarta

Very cool city with a real Mexican feel. Several smaller beach towns are within an hour by car or boat: Yelapa, Mismaloya, Bucerias, and Sayulita.
Beach and boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta

Donut truck in Puerto Vallarta.

Restaurant in Sayulita.

Sayulita day trip from Puerto Vallarta – surfing and surf boards.

Evening walk on the Puerto Vallarta malecon.


Street life near Puerto Vallarta.

Playing on the beach in Puerto Vallarta.

Eating tacos in Puerto Vallarta.

Kite flying on Puerto Vallarta beach.

Beach in Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Resort near Puerto Vallarta

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.

Dining on the beach in Cancun

Beach in Cancun

Beach and sun chairs in Cancun

Street food in Valodolid near Cancun

Pastor tacos in the Yucatan

Beach restaurant in Cancun

Chichen Itza pyramid – day trip from Cancun

Ice Cream Treats in Cancun

5. Mazatlan

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

Beach and Old Town in Mazatlan

Restaurant in Mazatlan Old Town

Beach area and Malecon boardwalk in Mazatlan.

Malecon boardwalk in Mazatlan.

Delicious street food in Mazatlan

Old Town in Mazatlan

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