If you are looking for an easy Mexican beach holiday with kids, the quiet fishing village of Zihuatanejo, Mexico is a great choice. Here are all the things we loved for a family traveling with a baby, toddler, or kids of any age for that matter !
In general, our family tries to steer clear of large resorts, preferring the more intimate environment of a boutique hotel. We do, however, make exceptions. In the case of our stay at the Club Intrawest in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, our journey there began at a charity event in Vancouver. Feeling tipsy from the wine, my husband and I started bidding on many auctions items, including a 5 nights stay at the Intrawest. It looked pretty, was a great deal, was in a country we love, and most importantly the proceeds from the auction were going to charity very close to our hearts. ¿Por qué no? we figured.
Our family is lucky enough to visit Whistler several time a year due to the fact that it is only a 90 minute drive from our Vancouver home. Not routine driven people, we like to try out a different family-friendly hotel property in the village whenever possible. On this particular stay, we were very excited to have our first visit to the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, which had recently been named the Top Family Hotel 2015 in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.
I remember vividly my first beach trip with a toddler. We had traveled for almost 24 hours to get to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. I was terribly nauseous with morning sickness (all day sickness for me) and exhausted from chasing a two year old, who had recently given up naps, around four different airports.
This trip was also the first time I realized that my days of relaxing in a hammock and reading a book on the beach to “decompress” were over. My son was irresistibly drawn to the crashing waves that would inevitably knock him flat on his face, and he simply loved to make a game of hiding his Thomas trains in the sand. Thank goodness for my enterprising husband. Not one to sit around much himself, he started something that would become a beach trip tradition; he began to build a sandcastle around our son. To my absolute delight, this sandcastle managed to keep this active toddler entertained and occupied for hours on end. In the years to come, as my husband made improvements to the sandcastle design, these castles also became a refuge from the waves and an excellent source of shade.
Should you be interested in starting your own beach castle tradition, here is, according to my husband, how you make an awesome sandcastle.
1. Location. Location. Location. You want to be close enough to the waves that they occasionally create some screeches of excitement, but not so close that they wipe out your castle/fortification with “an act of God”.
2. It’s all about the base. Extra time should be spent on building a wide and solid foundation so that the castle can withstand a little battering.
3. Get dirty. Better than any sand shovel are your two hands for molding and shaping a great castle (and you can just jump in the water to wash off after).
4. Be courteous and fill in large holes when you are done (kids love smashing down a castle just as much as building one). You don’t need some tipsy tourist breaking their leg in its remnants while off on an evening stroll.
Here are just a few of our creations.
Taking your baby or toddler on a trip to the beach? Check out this selection of fun baby beach gear !
1. Birkenstock Rio Toddler Sandals (come in 10 colors ! ) $59.95
2. Baby Banz Retro Sunglasses (also in white and pink) $19.95
3. Coleman Sand and Sun Beach Tent $40.95
4. Babyganics Moisturizing Spray Sunscreen for Baby SP50 $12.95
5. NoZone Baby and Toddler Sun Suit (comes in 10 color combinations) $38.75
6. Stohlquist Infant / Baby Life Jacket (up to 30 lbs) $48.95
7. Baby Spring Floatation Device with Sun Canopy $50.95
8. iPlay Solid Baby or Toddler Sun Hat ( 0-18 months, 24 colors) $10.95
9. Mesh Beach Tote for Sand Toys $10.00
10. Melissa and Doug Seaside Baking Sand Toy Kit $12.95