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10 Best Places for Families to Live in Mexico

In this article, we highlight some of the best places for international families to live in Mexico.
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If you’re dreaming about moving with your family to Mexico and haven’t decided where to live, here are some of the best places for international families to live in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a vibrant city that offers a plethora of activities and amenities for international families. The city is home to several museums that offer children’s activities, such as the Toy Museum (Museo La Esquina), which features a collection of traditional Mexican toys and offers interactive workshops for kids. For outdoor recreation, the city boasts several parks and green spaces, including the Benito Juarez Park, a beautiful oasis with walking paths, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The city also has several athletic facilities that welcome families. The San Miguel de Allende Sports Complex, for example, features a swimming pool, soccer fields, and tennis courts. Additionally, there are several sports clubs that cater to kids, such as the San Miguel Tennis Club, which offers tennis lessons for children of all ages. With its rich culture, welcoming community, and family-friendly amenities, San Miguel de Allende is an ideal place for international families to call home.

Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a great destination for international families seeking a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city is filled with child-friendly activities, such as the Guanajuato Bicentennial Park, which offers interactive exhibits and a science museum that children will love. The city also boasts the Cervantes Iconographic Museum, which often hosts workshops and activities designed specifically for children. For outdoor fun, the city offers the Union Garden, a beautiful park with plenty of space for children to play and explore. Guanajuato also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Macrocenter Leon, for example, has a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Guanajuato Soccer Academy, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its rich history, welcoming community, and plethora of family-friendly amenities, Guanajuato is a good choice for international families.

Queretaro

Queretaro is a great place for international families to reside, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. The city is home to the Interactive Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Interactivo de Ciencia y TecnologĂ­a), which provides engaging and educational activities for children. For outdoor recreation, the city boasts the Alameda Hidalgo Park, a beautiful green space with playgrounds and picnic areas perfect for family outings. Queretaro also offers several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Queretaro 2000 Park, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Queretaro Soccer Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its rich history, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Queretaro is an excellent choice for international families.

Merida

Merida

Merida is an excellent choice for international families seeking a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city offers a variety of child-friendly activities, such as the Great Museum of the Mayan World (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya), which provides interactive exhibits and educational workshops for children. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Animaya Zoo and Park, a vast green space with a zoo, playgrounds, and picnic areas perfect for family outings. Merida also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Kukulcan Sports Complex, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Merida Soccer Academy, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its rich history, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Merida is an excellent choice for international families.

“Most people that we have met have been very friendly. Some going out of their way to help us, Merida is a very historical city and very rich in Mayan and Mexican culture. We have not had any time yet to check out all the history and culture, but are really looking forward to finding all about it,” said one expat living in Merida.

“They are family oriented, like inviting you places to do fun activities and they like to celebrate dates with a lot of joy. Also the laid back lifestyle compared to big cities in the states. I also love to see the traditions being kept up and honored. And I like seeing my son speak Spanish beautifully. I like everything. The architecture, the art, the music, the dancing and the literature and the people telling me their life stories,” wrote a member in Merida.

Cancun

Cancun is a great destination for international families looking for a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city is filled with child-friendly activities, such as the Interactive Aquarium Cancun, which offers hands-on exhibits and marine animal interactions that children will love. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque Las Palapas, a lively park with playgrounds, food stalls, and regular cultural performances perfect for family outings. Cancun also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Cancun Sports Complex, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Cancun Tennis Academy, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its beautiful beaches, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Cancun is a great choice for international families.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a great choice for international families seeking a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city offers a variety of child-friendly activities, such as the 3D Museum of Wonders, which provides interactive exhibits and fun optical illusions that children will love. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque La Ceiba, a beautiful park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and regular cultural events perfect for family outings. Playa del Carmen also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Evolve Fitness Center, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Playa del Carmen Tennis Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its stunning beaches, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Playa del Carmen is a great choice for international families.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a good destination for international families seeking a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city is filled with child-friendly activities, such as the Puerto Vallarta Naval Museum, which offers interactive exhibits and educational workshops that children will love. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque Los Sauces, a lively park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and regular cultural events perfect for family outings. Puerto Vallarta also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Vallarta Sports Club, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Puerto Vallarta Tennis Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its stunning beaches, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful choice for international families.

Toluca

Toluca is a good choice for international families seeking a culturally rich and vibrant place to live. The city offers a variety of child-friendly activities, such as the Museo Modelo de Ciencias e Industria (MUMCI), which provides interactive exhibits and educational workshops that children will enjoy. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque Alameda 2000, a beautiful park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and regular cultural events perfect for family outings. Toluca also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Metepec Sports Complex, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Toluca Tennis Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its stunning landscapes, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Toluca is an excellent choice for international families.

Monterrey

Monterrey

Monterrey is a good destination for international families seeking a dynamic and culturally rich place to live. The city is filled with child-friendly activities, such as the KidZania Monterrey, an interactive city made for children 4 to 14 that combines inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role-play. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque Fundidora, a large city park that offers playgrounds, picnic areas, and regular cultural events perfect for family outings. Monterrey also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The Nuevo Leon Independent Gym, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Monterrey Football Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its stunning mountain views, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Monterrey is a great choice for international families.

Guadalajara

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is a fantastic choice for international families seeking a vibrant and culturally rich place to live. The city offers a variety of child-friendly activities, such as the Trompo Magico Museum, which provides interactive exhibits and educational workshops that children will love. For outdoor fun, the city boasts the Parque Metropolitano, a large park with playgrounds, picnic areas, and regular cultural events perfect for family outings. Guadalajara also has several athletic facilities that are family-friendly. The CODE Jalisco, for example, features a swimming pool, gymnasium, and sports fields that are open to families. Additionally, there are sports clubs that cater to children, such as the Chivas Soccer Club, which offers training for kids of all ages. With its stunning architecture, welcoming community, and a plethora of family-friendly amenities, Guadalajara is a great choice for international families.

“The language is fun to learn, the food is great, a lot of people I’ve met are really special and I’ve made some friends, although it hasn’t been easy. They are a close-knit culture with their families and don’t accept gringas very willingly, but I’m okay. There are astoundingly beautiful places that I could never see the like in the States,” said one expat living in Guadalajara.

“The people. We also loved alambres carbon, the markets, the aguas and tortillas. Music was wonderful,” wrote a member in Guadalajara.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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