Two people snorkelling in Mexico

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Why Mexico is the perfect destination for a family holiday

Looking for a getaway that will please the whole brood? Head to Mexico and enjoy the ultimate family holiday

October 2020

By Tristan Parker

Mexico is well-known as a great location for couples on a romantic break or groups of friends looking to explore, but in recent years the country has rightly become a hotspot for family holidays. It’s a destination that really does offer something for travellers of any age, but the best way to make the most of visiting Mexico with kids is by doing it on a cruise. Not only will you get to experience a range of different places all on one trip, but the onboard activity programme will give you even more insight into this incredible country, all while keeping the kids entertained. Here’s why Mexico family holidays are the next big thing…

Beach with people on, Playa Balandra, La Paz, Mexico

The beautiful Balandra Bay in La Paz, Mexico © Pexels

There are glorious beaches

The best thing about a beach trip is that kids have just as much fun as the adults, and never more so than in Mexico, where you’ll discover breathtaking beaches that are also suitable for families. Try Medano Beach, near Cabo San Lucas (easily reachable on a Princess half-day trip), or one of the soft, sandy beaches around Balandra Bay, a quick journey from La Paz. Both are beautiful stretches that offer easy swimming for kids and incredible scenery for all.

Two people kayaking in Mexico

Sea kayaking is just one of the many activities you can try in Mexico © Princess

You can tick off once-in-a-lifetime experiences

One big advantage of seeing Mexico on a cruise is the huge range of shore excursions available, which are the perfect way to make lasting memories as a family. Choose from scenic sea kayaking, shopping at local flea markets, spotting whale sharks and even combining salsa dancing with salsa eating. There’s something for every age and taste. And that’s without even mentioning the many sightseeing excursions, where you can explore some of the country’s most vibrant cities and oldest ancient landmarks.

Mariachi-band performs to family on cruise ship

Be entertained by Mariachi performances onboard © Princess

There’s onboard entertainment for everyone

Prepare for your Mexican adventure even before you arrive and keep the atmosphere going between your port stops with Princess’ extensive programme of locally themed onboard experiences. Kids can get busy with Mexican arts and crafts, plus local culture workshops, adults can watch live Mariachi-band performances and take part in tequila tasting, and the whole family will love coming together for an authentic Mexican feast.

A turtle swimming towards the beach in Mexico

Spot the turtles swimming around Mazatlan © Shutterstock

The wildlife is astounding

Every member of your clan will enjoy catching a glimpse of Mexico’s exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. There are opportunities for whale-watching excursions in Cabo San Lucas and Loreto, and the chance to see baby turtles in Mazatlan. For any water babies in the family, children aged eight and above can take a snorkelling trip in the Sea of Cortez, where they’ll be swimming among sea lions and colourful fish.

A plate of taquitos

Tuck into taquitos and much, much more when in Mexico © Princess

No one will go hungry

We know kids can be fussy eaters (as can parents and grandparents), but with such a variety of food available throughout Mexico, you’re guaranteed to find something that pleases all tastes, diets and requirements – even for those adverse to a bit of spice. There are favourites like tacos, enchiladas and empanadas (Mexican-style pasties), various delicious beans and rice combinations, and desserts such as churros, sweet cornbread and fresh fruit. And you’ll never be short of options when it comes to restaurants, cafés and food stalls from which to sample all of the above and much more.

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About the Author

Tristan Parker

Tristan Parker

Tristan is a journalist writing about travel, lifestyle and music. Writing has taken him all over the world, though he seems to spend a lot of time in Spain and Scandinavia, which is fine by him. His belief that you can learn a lot about a place by sitting in the local bar for a few hours has worked out well so far.