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Oaxaca Family Destination

Why oaxaca is the best family destination in Mexico

Rutopía editorial team
Rutopía editorial team
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When it comes to family vacations, Oaxaca ticks all the boxes. It is a state located in southern Mexico where visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a completely different experience that has it all: beaches bathed by the Pacific Ocean, archaeological sites to explore the Zapotec and Mixtec culture and history, a beautiful city full of cafes, museums and temples, and perhaps the best gastronomy in the country.

Oaxaca is known mainly for its colorful handicrafts, its culture and its beautiful beaches. It is a place of happiness where its people are as warm as its climate, making it one of the safest states to travel in Mexico and one of the favorite destinations for locals to experience something authentic.

Let your travelers live a truly authentic experience in Oaxaca

Oaxaca checks all the boxes if you are looking for a family-friendly destination. Here, the kids can enjoy a good day playing on the beach, but also they get the chance to immerse themselves in a completely different culture. Another great reason to visit Mexico is that you and your family will probably pick up some phrases in Spanish, while having fun.

Now, here is a snippet of what your trip can look like:

Puerto Escondido, the heart of Oaxaca’s coast

Puerto Escondido is one of the most popular places in Oaxaca. It is easy to get to as it has its own international airport and is only an hour away from Mexico City by plane.

On the other hand, comfort and safety are guaranteed here due to its great hotel infrastructure and the multitude of activities offered in the town; these range from yoga classes in front of the sea to educational visit about the natural ecosystem conservation. To enjoy Puerto, Rutopía offers surfing classes and walks along the main street where you can buy lovely souvenirs and taste the delicious seafood offered in different types of restaurants.


One of the exciting and exotic places you can visit in Oaxaca is Manialtepec. It is a lagoon located only 25 minutes from Puerto Escondido ideal to visit for a day, and then return to Puerto Escondido.

To visit it, Rutopía offers transportation and a welcoming arrival organized by an amazing group of local guides who know all the ins and outs of this place and will take you on a delightful walk through the mangroves of the area and bird watching. There is also the possibility of kayaking and taking a great family photograph in this ecosystem.

Bacocho Beach

In Puerto Escondido there is a beach where the Campamento Tortuguero Vive Mar is located. This place is dedicated to preserve the small reptiles that come to this beach in Oaxaca. At this site you and your family can help release the turtles and learn more about the conservation of this endangered species.

This activity would be an excellent opportunity to help the environment and to teach children the importance of taking care of their environment in a sustainable way.

These are just examples of what you can do visiting only Puerto Escondido. However, as we mentioned before, this is only part of your trip; you can see a lot more of the Pacific coast in Oaxaca. Therefore, you will undoubtedly find the perfect route for you and your family.

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