Holidays to Mexico - Family Favourites

Holidays to Mexico are perfect if you are looking for a fun, sun-filled place to take the family. Children and family life are an important part of Mexican culture, and as a result most hotels are child friendly. The vast selection of beaches, theme parks and outdoor activities means that children are unlikely to be bored for even a second of their stay.

As a general rule, the larger towns in Mexico are likely to offer more facilities for children than some of the smaller resorts. Beach resorts in coastal towns such as Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen are a good bet, as are regions that feature major tourist attractions such as Uxmal and Punta Laguna. Hotels in Cancun in particular are known to offer top-notch babysitting facilities in the event that parents want to have a night out enjoying the region's many restaurants and nightspots.

Major beaches such as Cozumel, and Cancun are generally safe for children as are some of the smaller snorkeling and swimming beaches in the more out of the way areas. Luna Bay in Akumal and Xel-Ha Snorkel Park near Tulum are two of the most popular spots to take kids, while Parque Chankanaab near Isla Cozumel has a special protected children's beach. If you are looking to escape to a more laid back beach, Playa las Gatas is a tranquil beach situated just outside Bahia de Zihuatanejo near Puerta Vallarta that is perfect for a family excursion. The beach is enclosed by a reef which makes swimming in the tranquil waters resemble swimming in a giant pool. The only thing to be aware of is the rocky bottom which may hurt children's feet.

A couple of must sees for children include the Crocodile Park just outside Puerto Morelos where children can get up close and personal with the giant amphibians and feed baby crocs. Parque Nizuc offers spectacular water rides and snorkeling with ocean creatures, while the Xcaret and Tres Roos eco parks offer children the opportunity to snorkel with dolphins and explore the treasures of the nearby forests. If you are planning to travel to the central and eastern areas of Mexico, stop in at the Durango theme park which is a recreation of the old west and is sure to be a hit with children of all ages.

Health Risks - Family Concern

Parents often have reservations about taking their kids to Mexico because they have concerns about their childrens health. While cases of serious diseases such as hepatitis, cholera and dengue fever have been reported in Mexico in recent years, these have been few and far between and are nothing to be concerned about. Minor ailments that may affect children include sunburn and insect bites. Make sure that you lather them in sun cream and spray them with insect repellent and these should present no problem.

Pack diapers for younger children, as local brands sold in Mexico are generally of poor quality and international brands such as Huggies are over priced. Also, all tourists in Mexico regardless of age should only drink bottled water as tap water is thought to lead to stomach upsets. If children do get diarrhea, the most important thing is to make sure that you keep giving them liquid as they can become dehydrated more easily than adults.

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