Thinking of visiting Mexico with your kids? Well I’m about to tell you why you should!
Reasons to visit Mexico with kids.
We recently traveled to Mexico as a family and the we really enjoyed ourselves. My husband loved the food. He pretty much was on a food tour. We were able to visit family and visit some really cool places. We were only there for a week so we were unable to do everything we wanted, but there’s always next year! It was also the kid’s first time out of the country so that was pretty exciting. They were able to add a stamp to their passport.
Mexico is such a large and beautiful country so it was impossible to see everything in one week but of course now that means we will have to go back. There are a lot of reasons for anyone to travel to Mexico but I am going to focus on things that are for the family because there is something for everyone.
I am going to start out with something we can all appreciate, which is the food. So let’s begin.
It is pretty obvious that Mexican food is ABC Delicious. Do realize that all parts of Mexico have different styles of cooking. Some use different flavors and just like the picture below the tortillas are made using blue corn not yellow which is more common in the U.S. There are fresh fruit stands and people selling food along the roads and pretty much on every corner. Also be prepared to have a little spice on top of everything from fresh fruit cups to corn on the cob. So if your kiddo doesn’t like spicy food just let them know.
Ice cream is different in Mexico. The flavors are much richer than here in the U.S. I would recommend you try the vanilla flavor. You can always ask for a sample before you commit. The flavor choices are also very unique from coconut and pistachio to watermelon or pineapple. You can definitely find fresh unique flavors. If ice-cream isn’t for you they also have delicious “paletas” or popsicles.
My husband fell in love with these. Aguas are basically flavored water drinks. They’re refreshing for hot days but they are sweet so just because they are “water” doesn’t mean they are healthy. Trust me I’ve looked up the recipes. Popular flavors are cantalope, cucumber with lime and chia seeds, strawberry and coconut. We pretty much tried all the flavors. I would recommend you do too because they’re all very delicious and refreshing on hot days.
Pyramids or “Temples”
We visited the pyramids in Teotihuacan, MX. They were so beautiful! Be warned you will be doing a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and a hat to protect your face from the sun. Also you will be walking up and down pyramids and long distances. The biggest pyramid does get crowded so be prepared to wait in the hot sun until it’s your turn to walk up. I did not take my kids on the larger ones. By the time we got to the larger pyramids they were very tired. Take as many breaks as you can and bring water with you. They do sell water just in case you run out or forget. They have smaller pyramids too that will be easier for kids to climb. We did have a tour guide but with little ones it’s best to just go at your own pace and not pay for the tour guide. It was hard for the kids to sit still and pay attention.
Because of all the mountains in Mexico it really doesn’t get too hot in most areas. We visited in the month of August and most days it was 70 and 80 degree weather. That is pretty perfect to me. Of course wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. If you’re from a cold state like us, this was very ideal weather.
Zip-lining, scuba diving, boat rides, and more! There is no shortage of adventure while in Mexico. We tried zip-lining in Zacatecas, MX and so did our 4 year old. They can get on as young as 3! Depending on what part of Mexico you’re visiting there are so many different things to do while you’re there. We definitely plan on doing more adventurous things next time. Wildlife activities include whale watching in Baja California, and swimming with dolphins at Xclarlet Park, both are on my list.
Beautiful artisan markets where people sell their handmade items was the highlight of my trip. I loved all of the colors and beautiful detailed work. There were handmade toys for the kids. They loved the miniature foods made out of clay. I would definitely say this is where you need to buy all of your souvenirs because you may not find these markets anywhere else. We visited the Cuidadela Market in Mexico City. There are some unique items there and I wish I would have bought more. Everything is also relatively cheaper than other cities in Mexico. I would also recommend buying from this market rather than tourist locations, again because the prices are cheaper at this particular market.
Everywhere we went there was no shortage of beautiful views. The mountains were everywhere and cactus trees too. All the greenery reminded me of home. Although we didn’t get a chance to go to the coastline, Mexico has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The kids will definitely love splashing around in the water on white sandy beaches. There are several pools all over Mexico as well. Most public pools have areas to take baths also known as “bañeras” where people keep their clothes on and bathe. Most likely they will also have an area for people to do their laundry by hand.
Learning another language is such great skill for kids and people in general. Exposing your kids to people who speak a different language will definitely allow them to appreciate knowing another language and maybe they can practice a few words. Spanish is also spoken in more than 20 different countries. I would recommend learning some basic Spanish words prior to your visit. In most large tourist cities you should be able to manage but if you want to visit the small towns you’ll most likely need to know a little Spanish to get by.
There were stray dogs everywhere in every city big or small. If your kids like dogs like mine do, then they’ll enjoy seeing the dogs all over the streets. I don’t recommend you touch the dogs because most of them live in the streets and I’m sure they have diseases buuut they can be cute to watch. Just don’t feed them or they might not leave you alone. Honestly the kids yelled “Dante” at least 100 times while were down in Mexico. If you don’t know who Dante is, he is the street dog from the movie Coco.
I hope you get an opportunity to visit Mexico as a family. It was definitely an unforgettable vacation for us. We were able to visit family and go sightseeing. Mexico was too big for us to explore all of it on our last trip so we will be going back. If you haven’t gone to Mexico what do you look forward to most? and if you’ve already gone what is your favorite part about Mexico?
Reasons to Visit Mexico with Kids
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