Alternative spring break: a family-friendly guide to Mexico
Posted on 05/03/2017
Want a kid-friendly alternative to the die-hard clubbing of Cancun that's just as accessible? You don't even have to look outside of Mexico to find such a destination. Here's our list of suggestions for a blissful spring getaway to Mexico that will keep the whole family, and your wallet, happy.
It's no secret that Cancun has long reigned supreme as the unrivalled destination for college students looking to let their hair down. The tradition of young spring breakers jetting off for a week's fun in March began in the 1930s but these days it's not just students who should be considering a spring break in Mexico.
This incredibly diverse country offers up everything from luxury resort dwelling and pristine beaches to impenetrable jungles and fascinating ruins to discover. With a well-established tourism industry, Mexico is perfect for families looking for some spring sunshine and a chance to unwind away from the Spring Breakers. Here are a couple of spots to consider:
An island off the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, La Isla de Mujeres is arguably Mexico's most kid-friendly beach resort. With clear, shallow waters and every aquatic activity that you can think of, you can soak up the rays away from the madness of Cancun - in between all the snorkeling sessions, of course. Got a little one? The Azul Beach resort is renowned for its family-friendly and crèche amenities, inland in the capital of the same Yucatan Peninsula.
Did someone say whale watching then tacos? Baja California on the Pacific Coast will captivate the whole family. Hailed as the Mexican Galápagos, you can see a greater variety of whales and dolphins here in a couple of weeks than anywhere else on the planet, from singing humpback whales to gargantuan blue ones. With no rain in spring time, Baja makes for the perfect alternative family break.
It's not just the climate that is at its best in the springtime; Mexico displays its dazzling cultural scene in March too. On March 3, the lakeside town of Catemaco holds the enchanting Noche de las Brujas. Fusing ancient Mexican traditions of witchcraft with indigenous Spanish and West African cultures, the festival is sure to place a spell on the whole family. Between March 19 and 22, the Mayan legacy at World Heritage Site Chichén Itzà once more comes alive for the Spring Equinox. Culture and ceviche never sounded so good.
Mexico's capital city offers an unparalleled array of activities guaranteed to keep the whole family happy. With a world-class aquarium, a dedicated children's museum, an extensive zoo and a plethora of parks and plazas, what more could you ask for?