The Best Family Vacation Spots in Mexico

The North American nation of Mexico has everything that tourists could possibly want, including bustling beach resort towns, historical archaeological sites, exciting recreational activities (including swimming with dolphins, going on canopy tours and scuba diving), theme parks, checking out crocodiles at reptilariums and enjoying the exquisite natural scenery. There are a lot of fun family friendly vacation options as well, including visiting water parks and partaking in some rest and relaxation at some of the country's calmest and most serene beaches.
Los Cabos

Los Cabos (consisting of the city Cabo San Lucas) is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. It is a popular spot for family vacations in Mexico. There are so many beautiful beaches in Los Cabos, many of which are great for kids swimming and playing, notably Playa Medano and Playa Palmilla (with its San Jose Bay locale, brings stunning views). Los Cabos also has an abundance of recreational activities that the entire family can enjoy together, such as riding glass-bottomed boats, horseback riding and taking tours on pirate ships.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a lovely, idyllic beach located approximately sixty miles south of one of Mexico's most bustling tourist hubs - Cancun. This is a traditional seaside village that has a lot to offer for those seeking a family vacation: Mayan ruins, long stretches of fine, white sand beaches and an abundance of family-friendly resorts. A particularly fun place to take kids is to Xel Ha, which is a place where there are several shallow lagoons where they can learn to snorkel in a safe and calm atmosphere. The Tulum ruins are located further south and depict Tulum history between the years of 700 and 1,000 A.D.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerta Vallarta is another lively beach resort town that is ideal for family vacations. It is located in Banderas Bay in the Pacific Ocean, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is a fun town that is full of great activities for the whole family, including whale watching, horse trekking, canopy tours, swimming with dolphins, looking at crocodiles at a reptilarium, and splashing around in water parks on water slides and flume rides. There is no shortage of exciting activities to engage in while in Puerto Vallarta.


Cancun is a legendary tourism spot due to its glimmering beaches, countless resorts and vibrant nightlife. However, it's also a good spot to consider for a good, old fashioned family vacation. The city is full of adventure tours, including zip line trips and swimming in cenotes, rich Mayan heritage and culture (offering intrigue and educational value to the kids), water sports (like snorkeling and scuba diving) and many shopping areas selling authentic Mexican arts and crafts.


Though not quite as popular as Cancun, Acapulco is another well known Mexican tourist hub. Located in the state of Guerrero, Acapulco is approximately one hundred and ninety miles away from the Mexican capital of Mexico City. Acapulco is full of fun family activities and attractions, including water parks (with water slides, wave pools and log rides), movie theaters, entertainment complexes with go-karts and bumper cars, and of course, activities that you can't usually partake in at home, like swimming with dolphins, scuba diving and snorkeling.

Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.