Picking the Right Vacation Scenario
How you choose to travel on your vacation with your family depends on the ages of your children. If you have kids six and under, you should consider staying at one hotel and exploring the area around it rather than traveling from one to another. The more you pack and unpack, the more younger children get agitated. Younger children are also affected more by the heat and humidity, as well as altitude, so you'll need to give them time to acclimate.
Bedrooms Versus Fully Equipped Suites
If you're traveling with younger children, it may be best to stay in a fully equipped suite. Similar to a small apartment, they offer your children a place that seems more like home. A standard hotel room can be limiting. With its small kitchen, this type of accommodation also allows you to prepare snacks or food just for the kids. While some people may not consider cooking part of a vacation, it can get expensive to eat out for every meal with young children. Preparing a simple breakfast and picnic lunches will go a long way to keeping your younger kids content.
If you don't like the controlled environment of an all-inclusive resort, you may want to consider renting a villa or condominium at Akumal along the Riviera Maya, in Ixtapa, or in Puerto Vallarta. Most villas come with four to six bedrooms, so your extended family can come along, too.