Are you planning to enjoy a few days of family vacations? As we know that planning a trip with guaranteed fun for everyone deserves the attention of some special details, we selected 10 perfect destinations for everyone in the family to have a great time.
From little-known circuits in Mexico, unique destinations in Latin America and classics in the United States, these are our 10 ideal destinations for a family vacation. Check out the cities, choose the best one for you and organize the family agenda to get your vacation up and running.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
White sand beaches, the Caribbean Sea and all inclusive resorts
so they don’t have to worry about anything at all. Playa del Carmen illustrates the idea of vacation to perfection. With options for all types of families, it’s also ideal for vacationing with small babies on their first out-of-home explorations.
In addition to relaxing at the hotel, you can take a tour of the Xcaret Ecological Park to enjoy watching giant turtles, dolphins, monkeys and even a butterfly sanctuary. And when it comes to exotic birds, the giant birdhouse at the Playacar complex is another great visit.
Do you prefer to spend the day walking quietly? Fifth Avenue is the shopping promenade to come and go no matter what the time, as well as the craft market at La Ceiba Park, every second Saturday of the month.
This wonderful city in Rio Grande do Sul is perfect for family vacations with small children and especially if you like Christmas festivities. Gramados has a long trajectory celebrating this celebration, with a festival called Natal Luz, between November and January, which includes parades, fireworks and an endless number of shows.
Mini Mundo, an amusement park with replicas of important miniature buildings, will delight the little ones. Also Snowland, the first indoor snow park in America. If you are a nature lover, you can enjoy walking among the azaleas and hydrangeas of Black Lake or taking a tour around the lake in pedal boats. Attentive gourmets: the Gramados Chocolate Museum will be like being in paradise.
Sierra Norte, Oaxaca
Also known as Sierra Juarez, Sierra Norte is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Therefore, all family members will be able to take advantage of a good dose of ecotourism: climbing, zip-lining, kayaking, fishing or horseback riding are perfect activities in this destination full of lush forests.
The Sierra Norte also offers great activities so that the youngest members of the family, and those who are not so young, can learn about our traditional customs. There are workshops to learn how to build an adobe house, prepare chocolate or take care of poultry.
All of them are offered by the local people, with their characteristic warmth and kindness. If you come to Capulálpam de Méndez, don’t miss the Temple of San Mateo, with some beautiful wooden altarpieces to admire calmly.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Located in the fascinating Argentine Patagonia, Puerto Madryn is an ideal place to discover the greatness of the most remote nature. Famous for being the ideal spot for whale watching, it offers walks among penguins, historical caves and, in the summer months, snorkelling and diving with sea lions.
To see the impressive southern right whale, there are two good options. From El Doradillo, in Puerto Madryn itself, or taking an excursion to Península Valdés. As for organized excursions, Punta Tombo is essential to observe the continental colony of Magellanic penguins. The younger ones will also be able to learn about the local fauna at the Ecocentro and the Museum of Man and the Sea.
This family trip will focus on something in particular: the impressive history of the capital of Yucatan. Surrounded by archeological remains of Mayan culture and haciendas, Merida offers endless activities in its great historical center, the second largest in the country.
In order to have a general view of the “white city”, and in a comfortable way for everyone, the first thing you can do is get on the Turibus, with stops at key points of the city, to replace the long walks and avoid the heat.
Izamal Magic Town is 70 kilometers away and is great as a day trip. The same as the visit to Chichen Itza, the archeological zone on the way to Cancun. Young children will have a great time at the Mariposario of the Science Park and the Centennial Zoo.
With your energies charged after a delicious Yucatec breakfast, visit the Celestún reserve and admire the pink flamingo feathers at sunset.
With a warm and temperate climate all year round, this Ecuadorian locality is a perfect destination for an adventure trip with restless teenagers. In Baños, at the foot of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you can find many ecotourism options, discovering its waterfalls or looking at a landscape that will leave you breathless from the Swing of the End of the World; its name says it almost everything.
Something fascinating about Baños is its Tungurahua volcano and its summit, almost always snowed by the altitude. In addition to the waterfalls, which can be covered by karting or buses, there are hot springs to give a relaxing touch to these family vacations and restore balance after the days of exploration. For the more daring and the older ones, paragliding in the Andean Andes is an illuminating experience.
This wonderful World Heritage city is a perfect destination to discover our history and new flavors. One of the first things you should visit is the famous street of sweets, where more than 40 shops offer traditional sweets that will delight everyone.
After the sugar rush, the Planetarium of Puebla will take you to the space with impressive projections. And, if we’re talking about touching the sky, a ride on the Ferris wheel the Star of Puebla is a must. The Paseo de los Gigantes is the most recent theme park in the city, where there are representations of the 50 most important historical buildings of Puebla and the world.
This visit can be complemented with the children’s museum La Constancia, to immerse in technology and innovation through games. More desire to play? Go to the famous Agua Azul Spa and enjoy its multiple aquatic attractions.
San Diego, California
There are many reasons to spend a family vacation in San Diego, but without a doubt, there’s one that stands out. There’s Legoland! Divided into three different zones, the park offers mechanical games, large sculptures made with laymen and an impressive water park. As for parks of this type, in San Diego you’ll find another giant you can’t miss: SeaWorld.
Balboa Park, even bigger than Central Park, is the ideal place to spend the day. In addition to museums, theaters, gardens and restaurants, it has recreational and sports areas. Walking there is like going through the essence of the city.
Other activities include the Children’s Museum, perfect for curious little ones, or its beautiful beaches. If you’ve been left wanting Puerto Madryn whale watching, you can find them in San Diego too!
In the second highest city of the country, the whole family will be able to dazzle with small jewels of our history. A perfect attraction for parents and children is the visit to the El Edén Mine. There you can walk through tunnels and galleries in subway trains and awaken the imagination with stories and legends told by professional guides.
It is also essential to visit the archaeological site La Quemada. Its magnificent stone and mud constructions speak of a past that historians have yet to discover. Other attractions on a family itinerary in Zacatecas may include: the Zigzag Interactive Science Center, ecotourism in the Sierra de Órganos and a picnic in La Encantada Park.
And to finish the list, we couldn’t leave out a classic: let’s go to Disney! The destination par excellence that enchants both small children and adults with a child’s heart offers really comfortable vacation packages.
In addition to visiting the 3 theme parks
that are at the top of the charts-Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and Epcot Center-is also worth renting a car and strolling through Celebration and Old Town, two really quirky neighborhoods, and spending the day on the beaches of Cocoa Beach.
For those with a curious spirit, the Orlando Science Center offers interactive exhibits and a planetarium with shows that will show you the most beautiful things in the universe.