Valle de Bravo is where Mexico City’s upper-class comes to enjoy their weekends, so after 5 days in Mexico City with kids we thought we’d join them! Nestled high in the mountains on the shores of beautiful Lago Avandaro, Valle de Bravo is a wonderful place to visit. We enjoyed some great hiking, stand-up paddleboarding an even knocked off one of our bucket-list items – viewing the millions of Monarch Butterflies which have migrated from Canada for the winter. It was truly amazing!
We’ve been to Mexico with kids before but we’ve always wanted to visit Mexico City. To be honest, we were a bit scared given its reputation as a dangerous city. With the reputation of Mexico City having improved significantly in recent years, we decided to give it a go and we are glad we did!
Mexico City (CDMX) is a vibrant city with an amazing history, world-class attractions and friendly locals. Here are some of the top things to do in Mexico City with kids:
The Mayan Riviera is a hugely popular place to visit and for good reason; there is so much to see and do. We all know about the world-famous white sand beaches and glistening turquoise colored water and the amazing Mayan ruins. But did you know they also have a wide variety of eco-adventure parks as well? These parks showcase the natural wonders of the region (the jungle, ocean, cenotes and wildlife) and put it all together in a mix of fun, learning and adventure.
The great thing about the Yucatan Peninsula is that it isn’t just all about sand and sun, it also has some world-class cultural attractions as well. It is blessed with the ruins of three Mayan civilizations, including Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza, which was named a “New Modern Wonder of the World” in 2007. Each of the ruins is easily visited as a day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
A laid-back tropical island paradise a mere 8 miles away from Cancun? Yes please! Beautiful Isla Mujeres is a world-apart from the craziness of Cancun and makes for a perfect day trip with the kids. Between the ferry ride, the golf cart rental, the turtles and fun by the water, our kids had a great day!
We know that it’s hard to find time to properly plan for a trip with kids, so we have put together all the information and resources you will need to plan a memorable family trip to the Mayan Riviera.
Our recent trip to Playa del Carmen was our first time in Mexico staying outside of an all-inclusive resort. I was excited about a more authentic trip, but I was worried about the quality of the non-resort beaches. I’m happy to report that this concern was unfounded and we enjoyed our time at many great beaches in the area.
Jam packed with shops and restaurants, Calle Quinta Avenida is a hugely popular main tourist street in Playa del Carmen. I stayed in Playa Del Carmen for a month with my wife and two kids (aged 2 & 4) and we didn’t eat a single meal along this street. I’m sure there are some nice places to eat on this strip, but as a general rule, restaurants in the tourist zones are low quality and high priced, so we found some great alternatives elsewhere.
We rented a car at the Cancun airport for our 28 day visit to the Yucatan Peninsula. Overall, we’re very glad we rented a car, but there were a few negative experiences along the way which could have been avoided had we been more educated. Here is what we’d like you to know before your trip in hopes it helps you avoid some of the anger and aggravation.
I admit I was very intimidated about the thought of driving a rental car in the Yucatan Peninsula. On previous trips here, I’ve seen the traffic from the comfort of my air-conditioned bus on the way to my fancy all-inclusive and it always looked a bit crazy. But this time, we weren’t going to a resort and we wanted to explore the area, so we needed to rent a car.