Help planning trip to mexico

Oct 28th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Help planning trip to mexico

We are a family of 4. Its us a 6 year old and a 3 year old.
We want to take a week off in the last 2 weeks of December. Looking for a place with some history, beach,canopy tour,forest trip in a jeep.Which city or cities can offer this in Mexico and be safe with kids.
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Oct 28th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Did you post before? I think Puerto Vallarta fits the bill.
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Oct 28th, 2006, 05:59 PM
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Yes,based on your posts have decided to look at PV but it seems just like a beach place.
In terms of day trips are there any ruins around or anythink historic to see there ?
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Oct 28th, 2006, 07:26 PM
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They have lots of tours, canopy, jungle jeep tours, etc. It's an old fishing village. Yelapa is interesting you can only get there by boat. Look up Chacala as a side trip a very quaint fishing village, and petroglyphs at Alta Vista, but you'd need to rent a car then maybe continue up to San Miguel de Allende. PV wasn't built for tourists, the tourists descended on it whereas places with beautiful beaches such as Cancun and the Mayan Riviera sprung up for the tourists. Ruins, no, not in PV. The ruins in the Yucatan are fabulous but are spread out-- so to get more of what you are looking for, I think PV. However, more relaxed, more rustic, try Bacalar lagoon. Here you will need a car though to get to other activities realistically. PV in December will be pretty crowded.
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Oct 28th, 2006, 08:27 PM
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Do you want to stay in one place or travel around an area? The Yucatan Peninsula would be good if that's what you're looking to do.

Do you want small hotels or all-inclusive?
The last week of Dec books very early and most places are soldout - so you may have to "settle".

Easy ruins to get to: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Coba, Tulum, Muyil, Chacohoben.

Beaches all along the coast from Cancun to Xcalak where the water is carribean blue. More beaches along the Gulf.

Forest all around in Sian Kaan. Best done by boat. Although there's a nice boardwalk just off the ruins of Muyil. Punta Laguna is known for it's elusive howler monkeys near Coba ruins which are in a heavily forested area. Zipline through the canopy at Selvatura near Puerto Morelos.
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Oct 29th, 2006, 04:45 AM
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Another vote for the Yucatan. Stay someplace like Akumal with a good beach. You can easily visit the ruins at Tulum and Coba from there. Farther afield are El Balam and Chichen Itza.

Nearest real city is Merida, and it is superb, but with kids you might want to stay on the beach.
 
Oct 29th, 2006, 08:35 AM
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Given that you live in the Bay area, I should think that the Yucatan might be a long flight for two young children. You may want to continue to consider the west coast of Mexico.

Having said that, I think Cozumel could be a great spot. It has beachs, water activities, a real town with real people who bring their families into the main square on Sunday night for a night out, jungle jeep trips, a sense of history, a couple of small ruins, and lots and lots of very family oriented people with children of their own. There are several nice condos or all-inclusives with children's activity programs and plenty of space to spread out for two weeks. You will have no trouble finding food and products in the local grocery that your children will recognize and eat. Cozumel is very, very safe.

Cozumel with Kids article:
http://www.cozumelmycozumel.com/Pages/Kids.htm
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Oct 29th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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If seeing the ruins are important to you, you'll likely want to go to the Yucatan peninsula.

Puerto Vallarta has much more than a beach. There are lots of drives or tours you could do going north or south along the coast, or inland to colonial towns. It is extremely safe and very kid friendly.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 08:31 AM
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Suze FYI you do not need to go to the Yucatan to see ruins. They are all over Michoacan & other mountain Mexico locations. The most impressive pyramids by far IMO are at Teotihuacan just north of Mexico City. The Pyramid of the Sun is the Second largest pyramid by Volume in the entire World!
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Oct 30th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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Keeping the children in mind, the Yucatan pyamids of Chichen itza and Uxmal, which are outstanding and fabulous, would be more difficult for you. There would be more car travel getting between the sites and the beach. Tulum and Coba however are closer together and you would have the Myan Riviara, Akumal, Xcaret, Xel Ha, and Tulum to experience. Still I vote for PV for the interests you expressed because its within closer proximity (Albeit without ruins) to each of your specific interests.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:28 PM
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I enjoyed PV and thought it was more than a beach vacation. Stay near town or near the town beach. There were some interesting buildings in town. There were also some jeep trips through some of the smaller towns and a farm that was interesting. Not quite the ruins but okay.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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Thanks you guys. You are all awesome.
Have decided on PV for 7 days around Christmas.
We will be staying at the Mariott Casamagna.
So here is the itenerary
Day 1 = arrival
Day 2 = Snorkeling/pirate ship dinner cruise
Day 3 = Canopy tour
Day 4 = forest trip in a jeep
Day 5 = Yelapa
Day 6 = ????
Day 7 leave

Any additions ? Beach time will be included everyday.

TIA
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Oct 30th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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Hi Rea,
You might want to include a trip to Sayulita, which is a little surf/bohemian village north of PV by about 45 minutes. My teen daughter loves it, on our two trips, she's had a couple of great horseback rides in the surf!
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Oct 31st, 2006, 05:10 AM
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Although I loved PV, I was not that fond of Yelapa. It may have been the wrong time of year but there was just a trickle of a waterfall, and a dirty pool of water below.

Waterfront area in town is interesting.
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