Mexico is one of the most popular family vacation destinations for my clients. Between easy air access, beautiful beaches and a warm, kid-loving culture, Mexico is an easy option for a relaxing beach getaway.
However, I was recently contacted by a lovely family looking to really see and experience Mexico. No all-inclusive resorts for this family!
In developing this epic coast to coast Mexico itinerary, we focused on getting off the beaten path, staying at charming, boutique properties and fabulous local guides. From the Pacific Coast in Ixtapa/ Troncones, through Mexico City and Oaxaca, over to the Caribbean Coast in Tulum and finishing with Chichen Itza and Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, this is one itinerary of which I am incredibly proud.
Check out this unique and authentic coast to coast Mexico itinerary for families!
Surfing in Ixtapa
Or to be more specific, Troncones, which is a hidden gem of beach town nestled between the mountains and the ocean just north of the Ixtapa/ Zihuatanejo airport. While the area is known for world class surfing, you’ll also find the atmosphere friendly and open as a wonderful place to learn to surf as well.
Also, when not surfing or relaxing on the beach, check out horseback riding on the beach, hiking in the Sierra Madre mountains and hop into a kayak for a trip through Capire’s Estuary where pelicans and other birds look for lunch in the gentle waters.
History and Culture in Mexico City
On any cross-country itinerary, you’ll likely spend a few nights in Mexico City. This is certainly the flight hub of the country (in fact one of the benefits of a coast to coast Mexico itinerary for families is that flights around Mexico are very inexpensive) and a unique city to check out in it’s own right. Los Alcobas is my go-to property here. I love this boutique hotel set amongst swaying palm trees, with white stucco buildings and a sleek, modern decor that is quintessential Mexico City.
Not only is Los Alcobas a Virtuoso property (which means I can arrange some nice upgrades and amenities for you!) but it’s in a safe area and within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Here kids will love a fun tour of the city via bicycle, including a visit to the Frido Kahlo museum.
If time allows, spend an extra night here and enjoy a full-day tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, located about an hour and a half outside of town. Teotihuacan was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world, yet no one actually knows who built it. The city flourished between 2,100 years ago, when construction began, and about 1,400 years ago.
Food and Art in Oaxaca
Next, enjoy a few nights in the beautiful Spanish colonial city of Oaxaca. In addition to beautiful architecture and a mild, mountainous climate, Oaxaca is a culinary capital of Mexico known for it’s own take on modern Mexican cuisine.
Oaxaca is a super walkable city, making it a perfect cultural inclusion on this Coast to Coast Mexico itinerary for families.
Beach in Tulum
Next stop, the Riviera Maya. For many travelers, this is all they will ever see of Mexico. While the northern coast is dotted with all inclusive resorts, head further south to Tulum for a more authentic, eco-friendly beach experience.
Here the beach is wide and pristine and doesn’t ever feel crowded. There are only a few kid-friendly properties here, many are a bit too rustic or adults only, but the ones that do cater to families offer plenty of room and small private pools (most hotels here don’t have pools at all). For the more adventurous travelers, this is a great spot to learn how to kite surf. This is a multi-day affair, but if you have the time there is perhaps no better place to learn! Be sure to visit the Tulum Ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, located at opposite ends of the Tulum beach road.
Mayan History in Merida
Merida is located in the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. Transferring from Tulum to Merida, you’ll pass by the impressive Mayan ruin Chichen Itza. Spend a full day on a guided tour of this archeological site, cooling off in a nearby Cenote before arriving at your hotel for the night. Enjoy one more day in this charming city before ending your epic coast to coast Mexico itinerary!
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