Planning A Vacation To Mexico

We love to travel, just like most people do but it's something that we don't do as often now that we have children. We do go abroad once a year with the kids but it's usually to Spain or Majorca as admittedly, they are the easy option! While they are young this seems to be the most sensible thing for us to do as we get all the benefits of travelling abroad. The warm weather, the different culture and it's not too far to travel and it's not too expensive either.

That being said when Noah and Ava get a little older we plan to go further afield, and there's quiet a few countries which we want to visit. One place in particular has got to be Mexico, a country which is rich in culture and history. So many people have recommended the country to us, whether it be staying in rentals in Mexico or by venturing to the outskirts and experiencing the rural side to the country. I've also been told it's a fantastic place to take the kids but it's also perfect for a couples holiday or honeymoon too. It's so exciting to sit down and to start planning a vacation, especially when it's a country that you've never visited before.

With Mexico being our dream destination, and with serious plans of visiting in the next couple of years I decided to do a little research. I spoke to fellow bloggers who've visited the country and asked about their favourite places and to share any tips they have with me. Doing so has really given me insights and lots of inspiration when it comes to planning our holiday.

The Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya consists of miles and miles of beautiful Carribean coastline, the north east part of the Yucatán Peninsula. It's an ideal place for tourists and those new to Mexico with it's all inclusive resorts, picture perfect beaches and popular town of Playa del Camren. You can also enjoy a bit of history by visiting the ancient Mayan port city. Everything I've read or heard about The Rivera Maya sounds incredible, it is probably the forerunner when it comes to planning our vacation.

Here's what friends had to say about the Riviera Maya:

We stayed in Riviera Maya, just outside Cancun and absolutely loved it! We swam with dolphins, visited Xel-Ha which is a huge outdoor eco-park (most amazing day ever) and we also did a bar crawl in Cancun, which was so fun, my other half enjoyed it a little too much! It was definitely a “pre-baby holiday”!!! We recommend Mexico to everyone & would love to go back as a family. - Rachel from From Rachel Claire.

We had our honeymoon in Playa del Carmen and it was the most amazing experience of our life. Our favourite past was going out to the cenotes. Such amazing natural beauty. We found it so hard to leave and always vowed we would return in a few years. - Bella from Documenting The Drews.

We went there on honeymoon and stayed on the Mayan Riviera. It was spectacular and the beaches were unreal. But the visit we made to Chichen Itza was out of this world. One of the most spectacular places I’ve been. No surprise that it’s a wonder of the world! - Stacey from One Small Human.

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza are Mayan ruins located on the Yucatán Peninsula. Most notably known for El Castillo, the Temple of Kukulcan, a huge step pyramid. Rich in history and culture, the intricate stone carvings can still be seen after thousands of years. The Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of Skulls will give you the chills. It's such a large area that you can explore and enjoy for days on end. I can imagine visiting Chichen Itza once the kids have flown the nest, to be able to fully take in the experience.

I asked my fellow bloggers all about Chicken Itza:

I loved the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and the underground pools. Definitely plan in a visit to Coco Bongos and Fat Tuesdays for some fun nightlife. Rebecca from Munchies and Munchkins.

Chichen Itza has the most amazing Mayan temple complex. We spent hours wandering around and hardly saw anyone as it covers such a huge area. - Jenny from Monkey and Mouse.

Cancun is probably the first place most tourists think of when they imagine Mexico. It's know for two things, it's wild night life and traditional downtown area. We aren't big on the party scene but if we were to visit El Centro and Zona Hotelera would certainly be places we'd visit.

Here are a few quotes from those who have visited Cancun:

When we went to Mexico for our Honeymoon we did the Tulum Xtreme tour which was amazing. You could zip line over the jungle and rappel into cenotes. Would highly recommend it! - Sarah from Just Buttons Blog.

We took a boat trip to La Isla Mujeres from Cancun and swam with sharks and stingrays and met sea turtles. It's such a fab island and nice to get away and chill for a bit. All of your food, drink and activities are included and you can pick as many or few activities as you like. - Samantha from North East Family Fun.

Ruth from 
Mummy and the Mexicans lives in Mexico and has given a couple of suggestions from a different perspective: 

Puerto Vallarta is lovely as a small beach town, although the waves can get a bit rough for small children I think. In land and away from the beach, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato are beautiful towns with colonial charm and quite a lot of cultural stuff going on. The pyramids of Teotihuacan near Mexico City are a really impressive sight and make a great day trip from the capital.

So there you have it, my short list of places that we'd love to visit in Mexico. The Riveria Maya is somewhere we have got to visit with the kids, maybe the quite side of Cancun too. Chichen Itza is on our bucket list for when we are older, maybe when the kids have flown the nest. Have you visited Mexico before or is it a place that you'd like to visit too?

- This is a collaborative post.


  1. Wow I would love to go to Mexico one day. Not sure I could cope with going with the kiddies yet but in the future definitely one day. It's on our bucket list

  2. No, I haven't been to Mexico. Not a country that I've given much thought to visiting, as yet.

    Rachel Craig

  3. This looks incredible and I have heard many great things about Mexico so with this amazing post I might book it for myself and the family! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  4. Oh wow, it sounds amazing and with so many great recommendations from other blogging friends you will be spoilt for choice, Noah and Ava will have plenty to do too xxx

  5. Photos look great. Looks very inviting, beautiful blue sky, beach, etc.

    Rachel Craig

  6. It looks amazing .... I have always wanted to go to Mexico....amazing food and I LOVE tequila lol

  7. Wondering where we might get the chance to explore this year.

    Rachel Craig

  8. We want to go to Mexico next year

  9. I'd love to go to mexico. My friends just got married there in december, they said ti was amazing x

  10. I'd love to go to Mexico TYFS your experiences.

  11. Know of a couple who enjoy Mexico, it being their favourite holiday spot. They have been there a number of times.

    Rachel Craig

  12. I have always wanted to go to Mexico. Sounds amazing!

  13. That looks wonderful! Would love to go - and its so important to arrange more than just beach bum time - some culture and adventure!