Sunday, October 27, 2013

Family Holidays to Mexico

Cancun at Dusk. Photo by Wikipedia

Mexico is renowned for its breathtaking beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and glorious hot sunshine, it’s often a honeymooner’s choice or seen as an adult focused place but that’s certainly not always the case. Yes, there are many upmarket hotels and spas perfect for adults but there are also many family friendly hotel complexes with all-inclusive options as well as many child-safe beaches and a wealth of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Cheap family holidays to Mexico are more accessible than you may think; take a look at some of the great deals online from tour operators like Thomas Cook.

Cancun is a buzzing, vibrant and well established holiday destination, renowned for its party atmosphere but it also has a lot more on offer and with some great all-inclusive hotels, it’s becoming a popular choice with families who are looking for an extra special family getaway. Activities range from watersports such as jet skiing, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins and kayaking to jeep jungle tours and boat trips to the “turtle island” of Mujeres. The jungle tours are popular with families wanting an adventure; drive through the jungle in an open top jeep whilst getting close to nature then swim in underwater sinkholes.

Mujeres (turtle island) is home to the magnificent giant turtles; get close to these fascinating creatures that survive due to the care and attention of the local people here. The small island has a town square with a town hall and church as well as a selection of places to eat and drink and some shops where you can buy local produce and handmade wares.

Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is a large tourist area which has retained its charm and character. The real attraction is the 25 miles of secluded coastline whichis divided into sections including serene bays and glorious long glistening beaches. Diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters isa popular activity, and families of all ages will enjoy a trip to the Splash waterpark where there are lots of exciting slides and shows involving dolphins, sea creatures and exotic birds. The marina Vallarta is the biggest in Mexico, showcasing some impressive private yachts, whilethere are many open-air restaurants and café bars surrounding the water. At night it becomes a central point for an evening out as lights line the promenade.

Mexico is also a place for history and culture. The Mayan ruins are well worth a visit, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Chichén Itzáis an impressive site - step inside temples and marvel at monuments. At the centre of it all is the impressive Kukulkan, a vast 365-stepped pyramid. So, whether you’re a history buff or not, these sights are not to be missed for explorers young and old!


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