Children are treasured like gifts from heaven in Mexico. Traveling with kids will ensure your welcome most everywhere. On the beach, take extra precautions to make sure they are protected from the sun.
A sick child is no fun for anyone. Fortunately, clinics and good doctors are available even in most small towns. When in need, ask a storekeeper or a pharmacist, “¿Dónde hay un doctor, por favor?” (“¿DOHN-day eye oon doc-TOHR por fah-VOHR?”). In most cases, within five minutes you will be in the waiting room of the local physician or hospital.
Children who do not favor typical Mexican fare can easily be fed with always available eggs, cheese, hamburguesas, milk, oatmeal, corn flakes, bananas, cakes, and cookies.
Your children will generally have more fun if they have a little previous knowledge of Mexico and a stake in the trip. For example, help them select some library picture books and magazines so they’ll know where they’re going and what to expect, or give them responsibility for packing and carrying their own small travel bag.
Be sure to mention your children’s ages when making air reservations; child discounts of 50 percent or more are often available. Also, if you can arrange to go on an uncrowded flight, you can stretch out and rest on the empty seats.
For more details on traveling with children, check out Adventuring with Children by Nan Jeffries.