Mexico’s resorts are the most popular with families, specifically all-inclusives that offer a “worry-free” stay with kids’ programs, daycare, and entertainment to keep everyone happy. However keep in mind that some hotels are certainly more family-friendly than others and that the wording “Kids Club” can mean a lot of different things (and ages!). It is recommended to always do your research, whether it’s reading reviews from TripAdvisor or consulting with a professional Mexico planner who can help you choose the right property. A good tip is to choose a hotel that offers both a kiddie pool and adults only pool; if the kids are in camp for the day it will be nice to treat yourself to some grown-up quiet time.

Do not assume at all beaches in Mexico are swimmable or suitable for children; there are areas along Mexico’s coastline with rough waves either regularly or as a result of current weather conditions. Again, a destination-specific consultant will be able to best advice.

As tempting as it may be to spend your entire vacation days at your resort, be sure to take at least one or two-day trips! Mexico has wonderful opportunities for outings such as themed parks, water parks, an array archaeological ruins and other activities. In Cancun/Riviera Maya we recommend Xcaret, Xel-Ha, and Tulum; in Mexico City, Chapultepec Park, Six Flags, or Teotihuacan can be great for all ages; in Puerto Vallarta we recommend zip lining or a snorkeling or whale watching tour (winter season); and in Puebla, AfriCam Safari or panoramic views on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels are both fantastic options. In most Mexican cities you visit, there is always a main square or “zocalo” which is always a fun family experience; let the youngers’ buy a balloon or small trinket from the street peddlers while the teens soak in their surroundings and culture with all their senses stimulated.