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Mexico with or without kids. With thanks to honorary contributor Stephanie

Zenbabytravel team has been to Mexico pre-babies and kids. We spent an amazing New Years Eve with over 20 friends in Tulum, explored around for 5 days and then embarked on more partying – another 5 days in Playa del Carmen.

Our personal highlights have been Biosphera Kaan – at the edge of Tulum lie these unspoilt lands filled with wildlife, crocodiles and many birds included.

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The food in Tulum is exceptional and the nightlife truly amazing – lots of cool beach bars and places.

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Cenote diving transports you to an out of the world silent miracle, going through caves and canals.

And Playa again, great food, party scene and beach bars.

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So Mexico has been on our list to go with the kids for a while, but in the meantime our good friends have been and shared with us in their experiences.

‘ My husband and I, along with our two oldest children (Geko, aged 5 and Owlette, aged 3 – not real names!) recently embarked on a much anticipated holiday to Mexico. We bid on a one week stay at one of Mexico’s leading resorts, Vidanta Riviera Maya, about 20 mins drive from Cancun airport, at a charity fundraiser and got a bargain deal. We then planned our flights and a second week and a half of exploring in the Yukatan Peninsula around our lucky win.

We travelled over the Easter holiday and instead of flying to Cancun – flights were sold out, we are last minute planners – we flew to Mexico City on British Airways. If you accumulate British Airways miles and the occasional companion voucher, it is worth considering flying from London to Mexico because even at peak times, such as Easter, we could find availability for four seats using reward flights. There is a Hilton Hotel in the airport terminal itself so as soon as you land, around 10pm, you can crash for a few hours of sleep and get on a very early flight to Cancun. Ours was at 7am and it worked great because we were all jetlagged anyway and woke up at crack of dawn.

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The Vidanta Riviera Maya is a very large resort which caters to all budgets. We were fortunate enough to stay in the most upmarket accommodation and felt very spoiled. The attention to detail is phenomenal: upon our return from the beach, every evening, there was a selection of delicacies from different restaurants on the resort ranging from Italian to Japanese and, obviously, Mexican. My husband is a bit of a (French) wine connaisseur and asked the concierge about local wines, to increase the geographical breadth of his knowledge, and upon our departure, we were presented with a few very special bottles of wine to take with us. The recently launched beach club, for the exclusive use of the guests in the premium accommodation, was a daily delight. They have a kids club on the premises too and Geko decided that when he grows up he wants to work as a supervisor at the kids club.

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The real adventure, however, started after our relaxing week in the sun at the Vidanta Riviera Maya. We rented a car for about 10 days and followed a fairly typical tourist itinerary: we drove Chichen Itza (with an overnight stay at Hacienda Chichen which has direct access to the historical ruins), then the colonial town of Campeche (3 nights at Hacienda Puerto Campeche) and ended in the vicinity of Merida with a 3 night stay at Hacienda Temozon. It was a phenomenal adventure.

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Here are the main reasons why we loved it so much:

1.The food is great and it caters to all tastes – spicy or mild, kid or adult, fish or meat, the breadth of the Mexican cuisine is really phenomenal! The cooking is fresh and honest!

2.The Mayans invented chocolate! The historical sited of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and others can get a little boring and overwhelming for a 3 and 5 year old, especially in the blazing sun, but reminding them that the people who lived there invented chocolate seemed to always increase the energy level and exploratory spirit.

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3.There is actually a Chocolate Museum near Uxmal. It is fantastically curated for children and it also has a zoo / sanctuary where the animals have been rescued from abusive situations so there are lots of lessons for children to learn there.

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4.The journey was the most culturally enriching we have had in a long time. It might just be because we spent a long time, nearly 3 weeks, on our travels or it might be just because Mexico has a huge amount of diversity, a complex history and excellently preserved sites that tell a fascinating story about its past. I suspect it is both.

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We flew back through Mexico City – without the overnight stay – with some phenomenal memories from this excellent holiday! I would encourage you to explore the Yukatan Peninsula with children – don’t let the long flights put you off. They are no worse than a bad night of sleep after an infant or toddler gets a vaccine.’

Could not agree more with Stephanie – don’t let the long flights put you off  exploring & adventuring!

 

 

32 comments on “Mexico with or without kids. With thanks to honorary contributor Stephanie

  1. Wandermust Mummy
    October 8, 2017

    I would love to travel to Mexico. We have just got back from Tokyo and agree, toddler on flights shouldn’t be a deterrent

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 10, 2017

      Fully agreed! I am keeping an eye on your wonderful Tokyo adventures! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Zen Babytravel
    October 9, 2017
    T ravel Loving Family
  3. Newcastle Family Life
    October 9, 2017

    We have been thinking of visiting Mexico with our children for our honeymoon in 2019. We have actually been looking at that hotel but were a bit unsure due to the size of it, it sounds great for families though x

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Let me know if you have any specific questions hotel wise, happy to help! Also how many kids and how old will they be? Me personally I loved Tulum and we stayed in a couple of great villas, felt authentic, boho and still unspoilt in certain parts. X

  4. Allison
    October 9, 2017

    We’re heading to Mexico in January. We’ll only be there for a day because we’ll be on a cruise but I’m already planning on a way to get back for longer. #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      That’s exactly how we got hooked to Mexico, one day in Cozumel back in 2009 😉 What’s your itinerary ?

  5. Baby Loves Travel
    October 9, 2017

    I love Mexican food so would really like to visit the country one day #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Ironically enough I had the worse food poison ever in Tulum (after a long bus ride from Guatemala via Belize) so had to be quite strict for few days. Once I recovered though must have had one of the best ceviches, funky sushi were and surprisingly nouvelle cuisine including Michelin star – lots of treats ! Hope you get to visit soon and thanks for stopping over!

  6. Rajlakshmi
    October 9, 2017

    What an adventure. The place looks great and looks like your kids enjoyed too. Love all the pictures 😀

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Thank you and thanks for stopping over!

  7. beatravelling
    October 9, 2017

    I had such a great time in Mexico, a long while ago. Stayed in Playa del Carmen, and went to Tulum on a day trip only – too bad it wasn’t the other way around 🙂

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      I know exactly what you mean, we absolutely loved Tulum! Have friends who go back every year, that says a lot 😉

      • beatravelling
        October 10, 2017

        Wish I lived so close I could go back every year 🙂

  8. fashionandstylepolice
    October 9, 2017

    I would love to visit Mexico one day. Sounds like a great country to see.

  9. tinboxtraveller
    October 9, 2017

    I visited Mexico twice before kids and am itching yo go back after reading this. I’d love to see it all again in their eyes. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes!

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017
      • Zen Babytravel
        October 9, 2017

        My pleasure Claire! I hope you guys go to get soon and get to read your adventures & favourites in there 😉

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      My pleasure Claire! I hope you guys go to get soon and get to read your adventures & favourites in there

  10. The Abbottses
    October 9, 2017

    Mexico is on my bucket list, it looks amazing!!

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Thank you and thanks for stopping over! Hope you get to go soon!

  11. Kira
    October 9, 2017

    I would love to go to Mexico, looks amazing and your pictures are incredible x

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Thank you and thanks for stopping over! Hope you get to go soon! x

  12. Lucy | Real Mum Reviews
    October 9, 2017

    This is on my bucket list – I’ve always thought that some of my dream destinations would be impossible with children- great to hear that it’s not completely impossible

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Absolutely kids friendly, promised 😉 Depending on their ages they will love Riviera Maya, Tulum archaeological site, biosphera Kaan, Chichen itza. Hope you get to go soon!

  13. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    October 9, 2017

    Ooh this has reminded me how much we enjoyed our holiday in the Rivera Maya! Must return. Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 9, 2017

      Pleasure Lisa! Will look for your Mexican adventures to pin them for the future 😉

  14. Wanderlusting Liz
    October 11, 2017

    I’ve been to Mexico this year too and loved it so much! Love your pictures!!! #MondayEscapes

  15. Wherejogoes
    October 12, 2017

    We love the Riviera Maya and Tulum. I totally agree it’s a brilliant place with or without kids – so much to do, beautiful beaches and great weather. #MondayEscapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 15, 2017

      Indeed Jo! Hope will all go back soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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