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Best Family Friendly Vacations - Mexico, Central & South America

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1Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, on the Mexican Caribbean, is home to sandy beaches, Mayan archaeological sites and child-centered theme parks. Kids and adults enjoy clambering through Discovery Jungle Park's authentic rope bridges and exploring Xcaret's underground rivers, butterfly pavilion and aquarium.
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      Playa del Carmen
      Bring your sunglasses and cool clothes to Playa del Carmen, where the hot sun lights up the white-sand beaches. This is heaven for beach-loving kids and those who enjoy swimming or just lounging under the sun.
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      Playa del Carmen
      On the beautiful Mexican Riviera, Playa del Carmen is a place where you can spoil each other with an indulgent romantic getaway. Strolls or sunbathe on its alabaster-white beaches, swim or dive in sparkling clear waters, explore ancient Maya ruins and enjoy quiet sunsets together.
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2Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Cancun is one of Mexico's most famous destinations, and despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, families will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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      Cancun
      Blessed with a bounty of beaches, youthful, exuberant Cancun offers options for those seeking all sorts of romantic vacations. The resort city manages to boast both an energetic pulse and a laid-back ambience, with both party beaches and sands suitable for people preferring solitude and some time alone.
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      Cancun
      Cancun calls with its stunning aqua-blue waters and white-sand beaches. Despite its reputation as a spring-break paradise, anyone will find plenty to do here, too. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, the Xel-Ha waterpark and the thrilling Interactive Aquarium, or just enjoy beautiful beaches.
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3Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
All the right ingredients for a fabulous family getaway are on offer in, Puerto Vallarta; wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, great resorts and welcoming people. Perched between the ocean and the jungle, PV offers all the sports and activities of a perfect Pacific playground.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Thanks to the steady stream of cruise ship passengers passing through its harbor, Puerto Vallarta is geared toward the shopper, with virtually anything Mexican-made being readily available. The marina boardwalk, its nearby market, and the surrounding streets are full of shopping opportunities.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      On the second-largest natural bay on the continent, Puerto Vallarta has miles and miles of world-class beaches. The coastline is dotted with quiet coves and spectacular islands, and the water caters to all sorts of beach activities, from sunbathing to snorkeling to windsurfing.
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      Puerto Vallarta
      Puerto Vallarta has the ideal setting for a luscious romantic escape. Banderas Bay, the site of Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's big romance, offers fabulous beaches, some of the country's best restaurants, proximity to Old Mexico and boat rides to the charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan.
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4Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Pacific Coast, Mexico
These two tourist-adored destinations offer everything from fun, family time on their many beautiful beaches to adrenaline-stirring pursuits such as parasailing and jet skiing. For slower paced water fun, swim with dolphins, snorkel quiet waters or kayak through turquoise, bird-filled lagoons.
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      Ixtapa
      The resort-studded beaches of Ixtapa bask on Mexico's Pacific coast, a popular sun, sand and sea destination with azure waters, golden sands and rocky headlands. Safe Zijuatenejo Bay is a top boating spot. Its five palapa-confettied beaches, including swimming favorite Playa La Ropa, are a big hit with families.
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5Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained in lovely Los Cabos. Watch amazing artisans create their wares at a glass factory, get up close to a pod of surfacing whales, race on an ATV on desert sands, parasail over blue waters or kayak Baha's freshwater estuary and bird sanctuary.