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Mexican Travel

Mexican travel options include sun-soaked beaches and inland exploration.

Popular Mexican travel destinations often feature traditional architecture. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
Popular Mexican travel destinations often feature traditional architecture.

Families looking for a spring break vacation destination may want to consider Mexican travel. From swimming at the beaches in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo to visiting the national parks and zoo in Puebla, Mexico is a great destination for explorers.

Mexican Travel With Children

Families traveling to Mexico may want to consider staying in one of Mexico's many resort locations. For example, the Grand Velas in Puerto Vallarta is an all-inclusive resort that features large suite rooms and special children's programs such as Spanish classes and arts and crafts that keep the kids entertained while parents relax.

For families with children slightly older, touring through Mexican history is an excellent option. Families can explore Mayan culture by visiting the ruins at Chichen Itza and Palenque in the south. Alternatively, Mexico City has the ruins of the Great Temple from Aztec culture.

Teenagers enjoy some of the country's more adventurous activities, such as ziplining on a hiking trail in a national park, or surfing the ocean waves. Climbing Mexico's tallest peak, the Pico de Orziba, is not for the feint of heart, but hikers and climbers of all experience levels can enjoy the trails. Find out about outdoor activities via the Mexican Tourism Board.

The ecotourism industry is also booming. If family members are interested in the natural world, they have plenty to experience in Mexico. For example, they can view both deserts and rain forests. There are also a number of indigenous species to see. Depending on the time of year, families may be able to see whales or Monarch butterflies. Resorts have packages for recreational activities for those who wish to get off the resort property and take advantage of nature, boating, snorkeling, cenotes, ruins and more - representatives sell outings at most hotels, or travelers may book them online before they go.

What to Pack

When traveling with children, it is important to bring proper documentation to get into the country -- be certain that everyone in the party has a passport. According to Let's Go2Mexico, visitors should also pack a pocket-size Spanish/English dictionary, camera and film, a small first aid kit, traveler's checks and credit/bank cards. Don't forget to pack swimsuits, sun protection -- such as sunglasses, a hat and sun block -- casual clothes, good walking shoes and dress clothes for nights out.

It is important to note that some areas, such as Cancún and the Riviera Maya area, are typically popular with fashion-conscious people. People there tend to dress up, even when they are on the beach. However, families who are lounging and hanging around Playa all day can walk into any store or restaurant wearing shorts and a tank top. Beach shoes should make their way into the suitcase for every member of the family. This prevents travelers from getting hurt when they step on sea urchins, stingrays or other potential dangers.

Health Tips

Though many Mexican resorts and major hotels now offer filtered, treated water, there is still a strong chance that microorganisms in the water will have a negative impact on a visitor. Changes in climate and altitude can also cause some health problems. Travelers should remember to drink plenty of fluids and drink only bottled or distilled water. Use bottled water to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, and to brush teeth. When out at restaurants, avoid eating raw vegetables, salads, or other food that hasn't been thoroughly cooked.

Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Department of State, the standards of safety, security and supervision in Mexico can vary from place-to-place and travelers should research their destintaions prior to traveling to get a better idea of the saftey issues that might exists there.

On the beach, take warning flags very seriously. If black or red flags are posted, swimmers -- or even waders --- should not enter the water because of rough surf and strong undertow. Do not swim at beaches or in pools that do not have lifeguards.

When seeking ground transportation, people should only use the licensed "sitio" taxis. Restaurants and hotels will get visitors a sitio taxi when requested. Families should also be mindful of the potential dangers on buses. They should travel on buses only in the daytime, and always opt for first-class, which has a lower crime rate. 

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