MEXICO WITH KIDS
Mexico is one of those far-flung destinations that has made it firmly onto my must-visit list. From the white beaches of Cancun to the diverse mountain, jungle and desert landscapes it has sense of mystique and wonder that intrigues.
This afternoon we’re thrilled to share some beautiful images of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, Mexico from photographer Petra Veikkola. Visiting with her three year old daughter and husband, she’s managed to prove Mexico isn’t just a beautiful destination for adults, but a wonderful place for kids too!
Destination: Tulum, Mexico
Time of year: January
Travel Time: 10 hour flight from London to Cancun
I’ve been dreaming about a trip to Tulum for years, but the timing was never quite right. I preferred Asia over Mexico. I preferred easy European vacations over Mexico. And I even wanted to go to New York City more than to Mexico, even though I have already been in NYC tens of times!
The reason behind our choice was purely cheap direct flights to Cancun and some great hotels in Tulum that I found via browsing the internet. Most of my travel plans start with a cool hotel that I’ve found!
Tulum is basically one long strip of beach. It’s really easy to navigate around either with a bike or with a rental car if you want to go a bit further as we did. Along the beach strip, you can find cute little shops, restaurants, spas, and yoga places. Everything is relaxed and the pace of living is slow.
Tulum is pretty trendy at the moment. New hotels and restaurants are opening constantly. It is not anymore just a chill out place for backpackers. There are beautiful, sun-tanned young Americans and some Europeans strolling around the Tulum beach and occupying the hip hotels.
I like the atmosphere. It is not too posh but bohemian. It is boho luxury at it’s best.
TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
I had doubts before our travel to Mexico whether it is a suitable destination for kids. After we arrived Tulum I realised that we could not have found a better place to be with our 3 years old. My initial thoughts were so so wrong!
The beach is beautiful, calm and the white fine sand is just perfect for having fun and playing. And do I even have to mention that crystal clear aqua and turquoise ocean? I also love that there’s a regulation that no higher than 2 stories tall buildings (or higher than the palm trees) are allowed which means that no huge resorts will ever get there. Peace and tranquillity!
The colours were the most beautiful I have ever seen anywhere. I mean they really can take your breath away. Turquoise clear waters, emerald green palm trees and baby blue sky. And the pink and rose sky at the sunset and sunrise! So beautiful!
The food is pure bliss in Tulum. I was amazed how many really good restaurants are around Tulum beach strip. We ate Mexican, Indian, Argentinian and Italian food there and all was top notch.
There are lots of great hotels but don’t expect ultimate luxury as the feeling is more of a bohemian luxury than 5 stars hotels. I love it that way! Hotels are mostly kid friendly and they are super cool and nice. Our favourites were La Zebra (our daughter’s favourite!) and Coral Tulum. There are also really cool looking hotels just for adults if you want a kid-free environment.
With regards to shopping (and if you are not so much into those expensive Tulum beach shops) try Tulum centre instead. It has small inexpensive shops selling souvenirs and local handcrafts. There are lots of leather sandals, hammocks (I wish I could have bought one of the beautiful lace hammocks), dresses, jewelry, dreamcatchers, and pottery. You have to bargain to get the best price in those shops.
And if you are thinking whether to rent a car or not. I highly encourage you to do it. Driving in Yucatan is easy and we didn’t have any dangerous situations or anything like that. With a car you must remember to visit at least Tulum Ruins but I can also recommend Chichen Itza with a kid. It’s easy to combine a night in Valladolid with a visit to Chichen Itza.
We will definitely go back. It is just a matter of time and money! Tulum really surpassed my expectations with everything., it is a magical place. We didn’t get sick, the weather was great, food excellent and everything went so smoothly. It was a relaxing and perfect holiday for us definitely on our list of dream destinations!