Mexicans love children, and Baja Sur is a great place to introduce children to the exciting adventure of exploring a different culture. For kids about 8 and up, there's lots to do, from learning new sports to exploring nature. Visiting mother and baby whales in Pacific lagoons, in particular, is a must for families. However, finding restaurant food that kids will eat can be a challenge, and many hotels and guesthouses in the peninsula, especially those with swimming pools, don't accept children younger than 12 or 13. We've made an effort here to list hotels that are kid-friendly; those that are will sometimes offer kids' clubs, special daytime activity programs, or private babysitters, especially in Los Cabos's moderate to expensive resorts.
Before leaving, ask your doctor for advice on medications to take along. Disposable diapers cost about the same in Mexico as in the rest of North America, but are of poorer quality. You can get Huggies and Pampers identical to the ones sold in the United States, but at a higher price. Many stores sell Gerber's baby foods. Dry cereals, powdered formulas, baby bottles, and purified water are all easily available in midsize and large cities or resorts.
Rollaway beds are often available for children staying in the room with parents. (Cribs, however, may present a problem -- only the largest and most luxurious hotels provide them.) Child seats or highchairs at restaurants are common, and most restaurants will go out of their way to accommodate your child.
Because many travelers to Baja will rent a car, it is advisable to bring your car seat. Leasing agencies in Mexico do not rent car seats.
Every country's regulations differ, but in general children traveling abroad should have plenty of documentation on hand, particularly if they're traveling with someone other than their own parents (in which case a notarized form letter from a parent is often required). For details on entry requirements for children traveling abroad, contact your embassy in Mexico.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.