Among the popular Mexico vacation spots, Cancun has a reputation as party central—and deservedly so. It’s flush with all-inclusive resorts that serve bebidas (drinks) from a.m. to p.m. And the clubs in Zona Hotelera are a favorite among spring-breakers looking for booze-fueled fun. But there’s more to Cancun than drinking and dancing. Notably, there are plenty of recreational activities and family-oriented properties too. And with the Mayan museum and ruins just a short drive away, you can treat kids to an eye-opening day trip that might even be one of the vacations that even your jaded teenagers will enjoy.
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico’s central highlands, is a colonial-era charmer with enchanting architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, a thriving art scene, and romantic ambiance. This expat-friendly city also has admirable accommodations such as Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada and Casa Wabi, superb chef-driven restaurants, and artisan shops. If that wasn’t enough, San Miguel de Allende hosts a number of noteworthy cultural festivals throughout the year. Before you go, brush up on these essential Spanish phrases.
It’s true that Tulum is one of the Mexico destinations with the most hype. But, honestly, it’s all warranted. This chill coastal town is pure paradise. Eco-luxe hotels, bars, restaurants, and boutiques dot Boca Paila, the road separating the ocean and jungle. Savor tasty tacos at Safari and Taqueria La Eufemia. Rent a bike and ride to the ancient ruins of El Castillo and Parque Nacional Tulum. Indulge in traditional pampering treatments at Yäan Wellness. Or book an excursion to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.