Incredible Family Winter Escapes in Mexico

Leave the cold behind and embrace the sunshine on a getaway with the whole family.
By Sarah Etinas

This winter, take a break from the ice and snow and instead book a trip to sunny Mexico. From beachy Cabo San Lucas to the historical Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico is filled with warm winter destinations that are great for everyone. So whether you’re hoping to celebrate the holidays in the sunshine or just spend some quality time with the family, these Mexico vacation destinations are sure to add some much needed warmth to your winter.

Go Back in Time on the
Yucatan Peninsula

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is the highlight of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula. This ancient Mayan city was originally established around the 6th century B.C.E. Over hundreds of years, the Mayan people built a sprawling metropolis, complete with homes, businesses, markets, and temple pyramids. Today, you can visit the ruins of this ancient city and gape in awe at the towering Kukulkan Pyramid, known as El Castillo.

While Chichén Itzá is the highlight, there’s still so much more to see on the Yucatan Peninsula. The nature lovers of the family won’t want to miss out on Cenote Sagrado (also known as the Sacred Cenote or Chen Ku), a massive swimmable sinkhole that looks as if it was plucked out of a storybook. Beach bums can enjoy days of sand and sunshine in postcard-worthy Tulum. And foodies will celebrate the fantastic tacos and tortas of Mérida.

As you explore the Yucatan Peninsula, make Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya your home base. This all-inclusive resort boasts everything from luxurious suites and Caribbean views to picture-perfect pools and limitless drinks. It’s fun for the entire family!

Dive into Nature in Cabo San Lucas

If a nature-focused getaway is a better fit for your family, Cabo San Lucas may be the Mexico vacation destination for you. Located on the southernmost tip of the beautiful Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is a sunshine-filled, palm tree-dotted paradise.

While the beaches of Cabo usually get all the hype – and for good reason – there’s more to this family-friendly Mexican vacation destination than its sunny shorelines. One of the coolest Cabo activities to enjoy is a whale watching cruise. Each winter, gray whales migrate down to the warm waters of the Baja Peninsula. And that means, on the best Cabo San Lucas whale watching excursions, you’ll get to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat! Watch them breach the surface, flick their tails, and play with their young.

After your days of beach going and whale watching, you’ll need a place to lay your head for the night. With its all-inclusive set-up, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a fantastic choice. Soak in the beautiful ocean views from your private balcony, dine at one of the property’s seven mouthwatering restaurants, go for a swim in one of the four large pools, and roast marshmallows over the unique floating firepits.

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