Visiting Portugal As A Family: Important Information You Need To Know

By Families Love Travel Team
Family with three children on balcony of Pena Palace in Portugal.
Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

If you’re traveling to Portugal with kids, there’s some important information you need to know first.  From the local currency to health information, the official language, and even babysitting services, it’s important to do proper research on your vacation destination before booking your trip. Finding all the information in one place can be difficult, though, which is why we’ve compiled a list of things to know before visiting Portugal, including important information for you to reference. Plus, stay tuned until the end, since we also include things to do in Portugal with kids, the best restaurant in Portugal for families, and the best resorts in Portugal.  Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Portugal as a family!

At a Glance

Three siblings overlooking the water upon several boats in Lisbon.
Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

Need to know all about Portugal?  From currency to time, official language, and visa information, here are some basic facts you should know about Portugal.

Local Currency & Time

Wondering about the local currency in Portugal? The official currency in Portugal is the Euro (€ or EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. In case you need help figuring out how much money to bring with you, use this handy currency converter. You can obtain Euros by changing money at Cambios (currency exchange centers) or in shops or hotels in popular tourist destinations across the country, such as Lisbon, Porto, or the Algarve coast. This is more cost-effective than ordering at the airport or at hotels, where exchange rates are less competitive. You’ll find ATMs throughout Portugal, so you’ll be able to withdraw cash if you need it.

If you visit more remote areas of the country, it’s a good idea to bring cash before you travel. Be aware that some establishments in Portugal may not accept your credit card unless you have a computer chip embedded in it—to prevent credit card fraud. Portugal has two time zones and observes daylight savings time. Continental Portugal and Madeira use GMT+0, while Azores use GMT-1. When daylight savings time is observed nationwide, from the end of March to the end of October, continental Portugal and Madeira use GMT+1 and Azores use GMT+0. Click to see Portugal’s current time.

Official Language & Visa Information

Portuguese is the official language spoken in Portugal, and around 96 percent of the population speaks it. In Portugal, the language has ten unique dialects. Portuguese is used in all spheres of life in the country, from writing to most business communications and daily interactions. Other popular languages spoken in Portugal include English (especially in tourist areas, such as Lisbon), Spanish, and French. If you’re planning an extended trip to Portugal or have a non-U.S. passport, you may also need to research obtaining a VISA before your visit.  To learn more about the Portugal VISA policy, click here.

Power/Standard Voltage

In Portugal, the standard voltage is 230 V and 50 Hz. There are two associated plug types: C and F. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins. Type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. You will need to purchase a power plug adapter/voltage converter if the standard voltage in your country is between 110-127 V (as in the U.S., Canada, and most South American countries).  

Local Weather

Knowing about the Portugal climate will be helpful before you depart. Portugal has a temperate climate, influenced by its location in southwestern Europe and its proximity to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the north, it is cool and rainy, and it becomes gradually warmer and drier as you move south towards Algarve. The average temperature in the north is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit), while in the south it is a warmer 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). In summer, Portugal is protected by the Azores High, so it’s typically sunny everywhere, however a few weather fronts may still affect the northern part of the country. Check the current forecast on Accuweather. If you need more help planning your Portugal vacation with kids, feel free to check out Visit Portugal, Visit Lisboa, or Visit Center of Portugal, for more information.  

Health Information

Father with three kids outdoor dining on water in Porto
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Having the right information about health and safety is an important part of visiting Portugal with kids.  If your children have allergies, might need medical attention, etc., be sure to keep this important information in mind.

Vaccinations, Health Tips, & Hospitals

Visiting Portugal with young ones?  Remember to check your child has all the correct shots and vaccines.  For a complete list of the recommended vaccines and more health information on visiting Portugal, including COVID-19 warnings and regulations, visit the official CDC website.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you should also check out hospitals near your vacation destination.  Four of the best hospitals in Portugal include: Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto, IPO Lisboa, and Clínica do Bonfim. For a full list of hospitals in different regions of Portugal, click here

COVID-19 Guidelines & Vaccination Information

If you’re planning a trip to Portugal soon, you’re probably wondering about the island’s COVID-19 guidelines. As of January 27, the US Embassy & Consulate in Portugal has permitted non-essential travel (i.e. tourist travel) from the United States to Portugal. Entry requirements mandate that US citizens entering Portugal must have: authorization (based on vaccination status and/or flight origin), proof of a negative Covid-19 test for passengers 12 years and older (either PCR within 72 hours or antigen within 48 hours), and a completed Passenger Locator Card. As of December 6, all airline passengers to the United States ages 2 and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel, or documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from Covid-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State does not suggest traveling to Portugal. The CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Risk Notice for Portugal due to Covid-19. We suggest making sure you’re fully vaccinated before traveling to Portugal with kids. For vaccination information, click here.

Portugal for Kids

Family posing in Bussaco Palace Hotel in Portugal.
Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

Visiting Portugal with kids brings its own set of challenges.  Keep reading for comprehensive information on babysitting services, baby gear rentals, etc.

Babysitting Services & Baby Gear Rentals

Looking for a romantic evening alone in Portugal?  Luckily, you’ll find plenty of babysitting services throughout the city. We suggest Nanny Portugal Agency, Nanny Poppins Portugal, and My Nanny. If you’ve left your baby gear at home, don’t worry!  There are plenty of places to find baby gear in Portugal. Take a look at Let’s Go Baby, Little Rascals, or Visiting Portugal.

Transportation

Tourists stand high on a balcony area overlooking the Gardens of Quinta da Regaleira in Portugal.
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Transportation is another thing to consider when vacationing in Portugal with kids.  Whether you need information about car seats or local airlines, you’ve come to the right place.

Car Seat Laws

In Portugal, all children under 12 years of age and less than 135cm tall must use an approved child car seat. You may transport children under three years old in the front seat in a child car seat as long as the airbag is deactivated. If a car does not have seat belts in the back seat, a child may sit in the front seat with the correct car seat and the airbag deactivated. If you want to transport three children in the back seat, but you only have room for two car seats, the oldest child may use the car’s seat belt—we’d suggest the middle seat. There is no requirement to use a car seat in a taxi, but we would recommend doing so regardless.

Transportation Services

To get around Portugal, you can take advantage of the extensive railway network that stretches across almost the entire country. Trains are affordable and convenient, and they connect popular tourist hotspots including Lisbon, Faro, Lagos, Porto, and Figueira da Foz. International connections run to Paris and Madrid. Comboios de Portugal is the primary train operator in the country, running four main types of long-distance service (regional, interregional, intercidade, and alfa pendular deluxe). Buses are cheaper than trains, but slower and less comfortable. They tend to be a great option for getting around Portugal on a low budget, or visiting smaller towns and villages not on the rail network. Among the largest bus operators are Rede Expressos, Rodonorte, and the Algarve-line EVA Transportes.

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Local Airlines

You may also want to explore Portugal via car or motorbike, and nationals of EU countries, the UK, US, and Brazil need only their home driving license (others will need to obtain an International Driving Permit). Flights within mainland Portugal are expensive and not really worth considering. However, TAP has multiple daily Lisbon-Porto and Lisbon-Faro flights year-round. For Porto to Faro, change in Lisbon. Finally, cycling is popular in Portugal, and hopping aboard one of Portugal’s archaic trams is also a must-do experience. For more information on Portugal transportation, click here.

Emergency Services

Kids looking at a map in Lisbon at St. Georges Castle.
Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

In case of an emergency, keep these numbers handy during your trip to Portugal with kids, as this is very important information.

Police, Fire Department, Ambulance

Need police assistance in Portugal?  Call 112.  In case of a fire in Portugal, you can also contact the fire department by calling 112.  You can also call 112 to reach an ambulance in Portugal. For a full list of emergency numbers in Portugal, click here.

Safety Issues

If you’re visiting Portugal with kids, you’re probably wondering: is Portugal safe for families? The answer is yes! Portugal is a safe city with low crime rates. Pickpockets and petty theft are still a big problem, however, so remain vigilant about your belongings. You can review the current U.S. Department’s Portugal Travel Advisory here for more Portugal important information.

Other Things to Know Before Visiting Portugal with Kids

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Searching for more tips on visiting Portugal with kids? Between tipping customs and important holidays, there are still a few things left you should know.  Keep reading!

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Tipping Customs

Tipping in Portugal is not expected, but is appreciated—especially since Portugal is one of the most affordable places to vacation. When dining out, leave up to 10 percent when service exceeds expectations. Other places where you may choose to give a tip are: €5-15 to a tour guide, rounding up to the nearest €5 or 10 percent of the taxi fare, €1 per bag at an airport shuttle, €5-10 for the concierge, and €1 for the doorman, €1 per bag for the bellhop, €1 per day for house cleaning, and €5-10 for the concierge. Additionally, if you go to a stylist or spa during your stay in Portugal, you may choose to leave a tip of up to 10 percent of the bill.

Important Holidays

If you’re still searching for specific dates to visit Portugal, you may want to determine whether your vacation will fall on a public holiday.  This can greatly diminish the number of attractions or points of interest you see, so it’s important information to know about visiting Portugal.  Check out this guide to Portugal National Holidays for more information.

Things to Do in Portugal with Kids

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Once you’ve read our Portugal important information, it’s time to start planning your itinerary and looking up what to do in Portugal as a family. Since Portugal is a small and fairly compact country, it’s very easy to visit multiple places in one vacation or even plan a Portugal family road trip. Lisbon is one of the most popular cities in Portugal to visit as a family, home to iconic attractions like Tram 28, St. George’s Castle, and the Santa Justa Elevator. In northern Portugal, you’ll also find kid-friendly cities such as Aveiro and Porto, great for visiting Portugal with toddlers. For some of the best beaches in Portugal, head to the country’s southern Algarve region. Here, families can visit charming towns such as Lagos or Tavira.

Companies such as Viator or GetYourGuide offer various tours in Lisbon and all over Portugal with a flexible cancellation policy and a book now, pay later option. These companies offer peace of mind for families if they have to cancel for any specific reason. If you like planning your family trip to Portugal and have questions regarding your itinerary, things to do, etc, you can consult a service like Go Ask A Local.

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Where to Stay in Portugal with Kids

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Looking for the best places to stay in Portugal with kids? Once you’ve learned all about Portugal with kids, it’s time to find out where to stay. Lisbon is the most popular destination in Portugal to visit due to its attraction for all ages, so it’s also a popular destination to stay in. If you decide to stay in Lisbon with kids, check out websites like Hotels.com, Travelocity, Agoda, and more to help save on your trip. Or, you can book directly with your favorite chains, from Marriott to Hilton, etc. If you’re planning to stay at another Portugal destination with your family, then we suggest renting a home using Airbnb or Vrbo. There are also various local agencies to help with your rental search.

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Happy Travels!

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We hope you liked this list All About Portugal With Kids: Important Information To Know! From beautiful beaches to colorful city centers filled with history, art, and culture, this European country has so much to explore as a family. Enjoy Portugal with your kids!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the attractions, accommodations, or things to do on this list may be closed or may have reduced services. Please ensure availability before making your decision. 

*This post may contain affiliate links that may earn us a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Affiliate links in no way inform the hotels, sights, products, or other recommendations included in our articles. All opinions and recommendations expressed here are compiled from submissions submitted by the generous members of our Families Who Love To Travel community.

Families Love Travel is not liable for any injuries and/or damages to persons or property occurring as a result of your vacations influenced by the suggestions on this website. We are not responsible for any information given on this website, such as recommendations for babysitting services, car rentals, or accommodations. All content provided is for informational and review purposes only. The information we provide is meant to make it easier for families to travel together and nothing more. Try the suggestions at your own risk. 

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    Visiting Mexico As A Family: Important Information You Need To Know

    By Families Love Travel Team
    A mom and daughter stand together with a Mayan pyramid behind them, located near Coba.
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    If you’re traveling to Mexico with kids, there’s some important information you need to know first. From the local currency to health information, the official language, and even babysitting services, it’s important to do proper research on your vacation destination before booking your trip. Finding all the information in one place can be difficult, though, which is why we’ve compiled a list of things to know before visiting Mexico, including important information for you to reference. Plus, stay tuned until the end, since we also include things to do in Mexico with kids, the best restaurant in Mexico for families, and the best resorts in Mexico. Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Mexico as a family!

    At a Glance

    A Mexican flag flies high above a shoreline near Laguna Kaan Luum.
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    Need to know all about Mexico? From currency to time, official language, and visa information, here are some basic facts you should know about visiting Mexico with kids.

    Local Currency & Time

    Wondering about the local currency in Mexico? The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, though prices are often given in US dollars. In case you need help figuring out how much money to bring with you, use this handy currency converter. Typically, prices in the southern region of Mexico are cheaper than in other parts of the country, although this varies depending on the specific location. The most expensive destinations are those with the largest number of foreign visitors, such as Cancún and Los Cabos.

    It is best to bring a mix of pesos and US dollars to Mexico. Plan to use the dollars to pay for big things like tours, entrance fees, and accommodations, and use pesos for everything else. You can easily withdraw money from ATMs, called cajeras, in most major cities and resort areas. Most machines offer Spanish/English menus and dispense pesos, but some offer the option of withdrawing dollars. In Mexico, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are the most accepted cards. You’ll be able to charge most hotel, restaurant, store purchases, and airline tickets on your credit card. 

    Important information to know about Mexico is that it uses four time zones. Most of the country uses Central Standard Time. The Mexican state of Quintana Roo uses Eastern Standard Time. Four states (Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California) use Mountain Standard Time. And Baja California Norte uses Pacific Standard Time. Click to see Mexico’s current times.

    Official Language & Visa Information

    Spanish is the official language spoken in Mexico and is spoken by more than 90 percent of the population. English is also widely spoken, and in any accommodation catering to international travelers, you can get by with English. Eight percent of the population speak indigenous languages, of which Nátinate is the most common. If you’re planning an extended trip to Mexico or have a non-U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a VISA. To learn more about the Mexico VISA policy, click here.

    Power/Standard Voltage

    In our guide to important information in Mexico, it’s critical to note the power voltage differences. In Mexico, the standard voltage is 127 V and 60 Hz. There are two associated plug types: A and B. Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins. Type B has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. You can typically use the same equipment if the standard voltage in your country is between 110-127 V. This is true in the U.S., Canada, and most South American countries. Certainly, this is important information you need to know before visiting Mexico with kids.

    Local Weather

    Knowing about the climate in Mexico will be helpful before you depart. Mexico has several different types of climates throughout the country. It is generally arid on the west coast and in the central-northern highlands, moderately rainy in the mountain ranges and southern plateaus, and very rainy in some tropical southern areas. Summer is the rainiest season, and almost all regions receive about 40 inches of rain a year. The temperature increases gradually from north to south, typically ranging between 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. During the winter, the “Norte,” a cold wind from the United States, can cause sudden temperature drops. Check the current forecast on Accuweather. If you need more help planning your Mexico vacation with kids, feel free to check out Visit Mexico for more information.

    Health Information

    A family snorkels among many fish off the coast of Cozumel, safety information is critical to our important information on Mexico.
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    Having the right information about health and safety is an important part of visiting Mexico with kids. If your children have allergies, might need medical attention, etc., be sure to keep this important information in mind.

    Vaccinations, Health Tips, & Hospitals

    Visiting Mexico with young ones? Here is some important information about Mexico related to vaccinations, health, and hospitals. Remember to check your child has all the correct shots and vaccines. For a complete list of the recommended vaccines and COVID-19 warnings and regulations, visit the official CDC website.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you should also check out hospitals near your vacation destination. Within Mexico, be sure to locate the medical centers nearest to you. Some of the best hospitals in Mexico for foreigners and visitors include Star Médica Hospital, Christus Muguerza Hospital, and Angeles Group Hospital.  

    COVID-19 Guidelines & Vaccination Information

    If you’re planning a trip to Mexico soon, you’re probably wondering about the country’s COVID-19 guidelines. As of January 13, Mexico is open to travelers from the United States. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival (though most resorts will ask guests to fill out health questionnaires). There are health screenings at airports.

    Since December 6, all American air travelers (aged 2 and older) returning to the US need a negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of their departing flight, regardless of vaccination status. This is part of a general tightening of US travel rules due to the Omicron variant. The US Embassy & Consulates in Mexico says results for PCR and antigen tests are reliably available within 24 hours in Mexico.

    Currently, the U.S. Department of State suggests reconsidering travel to Mexico due to COVID-19, and the increased risk of crime and kidnapping in some areas. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19. We suggest making sure you’re fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico with kids. For vaccination information, click here.

    Emergency Services

    A mom holds onto her young daughter, who holds onto a red floatation device, while snorkeling in Cozumel.
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    In case of an emergency, keep these numbers handy during your trip to Mexico with kids, as this is very important information.

    Police, Fire Department, Ambulance

    Need police assistance in Mexico? Call 911.  In case of a fire in Mexico, you can also contact the fire department by calling 911. You can also call 911 to reach an ambulance in Mexico. For a full list of emergency numbers in Mexico, click here. Certainly, this is an important part of our guide to important information in Mexico.

    Safety Issues

    If you’re visiting with your kids, you’re probably wondering: is Mexico safe for families? Unfortunately, crime is a reality, as are drug cartels, murders, and violence. Petty theft is common and kidnappings are not rare either. However, tourist destinations do not see nearly the same level of crime that other parts of the country have experienced. Generally, it is good to exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk, though the majority of violence is drug-related. You can review the current U.S. Department Mexico Travel Advisory here

    Mexico with Kids

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    Visiting Mexico with kids brings its own set of challenges, as well as additional important information you should know about Mexico. Keep reading for comprehensive information on babysitting services, baby gear rentals, etc.

    Babysitting Services & Baby Gear Rentals

    Looking for a romantic evening alone in Mexico? Luckily, you’ll find plenty of babysitting services throughout the city. We suggest BookaNanny.mx and Baja Babysitting. If you’ve left your baby gear at home, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to find baby gear in Mexico. Take a look at Riviera Maya Baby Gear for Rent (for families traveling to Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Tulum), Baja Baby Gear, or Bebé Viajero

    Transportation

    Little girl with her brother near the hotel pool in Mexico
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    Transportation is another thing to consider when vacationing in Mexico with kids. Whether you need information about car seats or local airlines, you’ve come to the right place.

    Car Seat Laws, Transportation Services, & Local Airlines

    There are no mandatory laws for the use of child car seats in Mexico. However, if you plan to ride in a car with a child under the age of 5, you should always use a car seat. Some other driving rules to know: the legal driving age is 18, using a seatbelt is mandatory for all occupants of a vehicle, and the use of mobile devices (without a hands-free system) is prohibited. The Department of State recommends sticking to driving on toll roads, for increased safety and better road conditions. Many roads may have speed bumps (called “topes”), potholes, left-hand highway exits, or areas when you can pull over and pause to make a U-turn onto the opposite side of the freeway.

    To get around Mexico, public buses (also known as camiones) are a common mode of getting around cities and towns. They are also one of the cheapest methods, costing only a few pesos per journey. On longer journeys, make sure to take an express bus (called a “directo”). Some of the biggest and most reliable bus companies include ADO, Primera Plus, Estrella de Oro, Omnibuses de Mexico, and ETN (Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales). Car rentals are affordable as well, and only require renters to be 21 years of age and have had their license for at least two years.

    Mexico City and Guadalajara also have subway systems, and for longer journeys, consider flying. The biggest airline in Mexico for domestic travel is Aeromexico, but low-cost carriers are also becoming more popular. These include Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and MAYair. For more info on Mexico transportation, click here.  

    Other Things to Know Before Visiting Mexico with Kids

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    Searching for more tips on visiting Mexico with kids? Between tipping customs and important holidays, there are still a few things left you should know.  Keep reading!

    Tipping Customs

    Tipping customs in Mexico may differ from the United States or elsewhere in the world. In fact, tipping (“la propina”) is a commonplace ritual that plays a significant role in Mexico’s informal, cash-driven economy. When eating or drinking out, tip the waiter a sum equivalent to 10-15% of the bill. Local taxi drivers and app cab drivers (e.g. Uber, Cabify, Didi) also appreciate tips and consider rounding up the fare on the meter from a street cab to the nearest $5 or 10 pesos. When you stay at a hotel in Mexico, it is customary to leave a tip for your hotel chambermaid between $1-6 (in pesos). When departing a car park, also consider paying workers a tip of $2-$5 in pesos ($10-20 pesos if a valet service). If you have goods or services delivered to your home, it is customary to tip the service providers $10-20 pesos.

    Other informal situations where a tip is customary include the porter at the hotel who carried your bags, the concierge for booking you a table at a restaurant or arranging a taxi, the person who washes your windscreen at a stoplight, the attendant at a gas station, the person packing your groceries at the supermarket, or attendants keeping the washrooms/restrooms clean. Also note, that small change can be difficult to get ahold of in Mexico, so build up a stash of small change as you shop.  

    Important Holidays

    If you’re still searching for specific dates to visit Mexico, you may want to determine whether your vacation will fall on a public holiday. This can greatly diminish the number of attractions or points of interest you see, so it’s important information to know about visiting Mexico. Check out this guide to public holidays in Mexico for more important information.

    Things to Do in Mexico With Kids

    An uncle sits with his niece building a sand castle at Chankanaab, a beach club in Cozumel, Mexico.
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    Once you’ve read our Mexico important information, it’s time to start planning your itinerary and looking up what to do in Mexico as a family. Along the Caribbean coastline of Quintana Roo, families can settle in cities like Cancun or Playa del Carmen, both known for their immaculate beaches and salty ocean breeze. Spread throughout the state, you’ll discover a chain of adventure theme parks ideal for children who want an adrenaline rush—like Xcaret, Xplor, and Xel-Há, among others. If you’re looking for a vibrant local culture and some of the best kid-friendly resorts in Mexico, you can also vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Families traveling from California who want a laidback, casual beach vibe can also take a family vacation to Los Cabos. Known for its farm-to-table restaurants, pristine shorelines, and abundance of wildlife, all ages will find something to love here!

    Companies such as Viator or GetYourGuide offer various tours in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and all over Mexico with a flexible cancellation policy and a book now, pay later option. These companies offer peace of mind for families if they have to cancel for any specific reason

    Looking for local tips and personalized advice for your trip to Mexico? Connect with Suzanne from Go Ask A Local!  She’s a local guide based in Oaxaca who works all over the country and offers trip planning consultations.

    If you need more things to do in Mexico with kids, check out our list of 6 Things To Do In Cancun With Kids!

    Where to Stay in Mexico with Kids

    An aerial view of Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, featuring tropical foliage, a large pool, and an expansive beach. Knowing where to stay is critical to our important information on Mexico.
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    Looking for the best places to stay in Mexico with kids? Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are two of the most popular destinations in Mexico since they have attractions for all ages. If you decide to stay in Cancun or Playa del Carmen with kids, check out websites like Hotels.com, Travelocity, Expedia, and more to help save on your trip. Or, you can book directly with your favorite chains, from Marriott to Hilton, etc. There are many all-inclusive options and resorts with baby clubs for parents who want to simplify the process. If you’re planning to stay at another destination in Mexico with your family, then we suggest renting a home using Vrbo. There are also various local agencies to help with your rental search.     

    Top 20 Mexico family-friendly vacation rentals from $79/night

    Happy Travels!

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    We hope you liked this article All About Mexico With Kids: Important Information To Know! From the beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya to eco-friendly fun in Los Cabos, families have so much to explore in this gorgeous country. Enjoy Mexico with your kids!

    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the attractions, accommodations, or things to do on this list may be closed or may have reduced services. Please ensure availability before making your decision. 

    *This post may contain affiliate links that may earn us a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Affiliate links in no way inform the hotels, sights, products, or other recommendations included in our articles.

    Families Love Travel is not liable for any injuries and/or damages to persons or property occurring as a result of your vacations influenced by the suggestions on this website. We are not responsible for any information given on this website, such as recommendations for babysitting services, car rentals, or accommodations. All content provided is for informational and review purposes only. The information we provide is meant to make it easier for families to travel together and nothing more. Try the suggestions at your own risk. 

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      Visiting Lisbon As A Family: Important Information You Need To Know

      By Families Love Travel Team
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      If you want to know all about Lisbon with kids, there’s some important information you should read first. From the local currency to health information, the official language, and even babysitting services, it’s important to research your destination before booking your trip. Finding all the information in one place can be difficult, though, which is why we’ve compiled a list of things to know before visiting Lisbon. Plus, stay tuned until the end, since we also include things to do in Lisbon with kids, the best restaurant in Lisbon for families, and the best resorts in Lisbon. Keep reading for all about visiting Lisbon as a family with your kids!

      All About Lisbon with Kids At a Glance

      A dad carrying his son on his back in a yellow backpack walks up a flight of outdoor stairs in Portugal.
      Photo Courtesy: Blaire Hoffman

      Learning all about Lisbon with kids? From currency to time, official language, and visa information, here are some basic facts you should know about Lisbon.

      Local Currency & Time

      Wondering about the Lisbon local currency? The currency in Portugal is the Euro, and in case you need help figuring out how much money to bring with you, use this handy currency converter. You can buy or exchange U.S. dollars for Euros at banks, Cambios (exchange counters like Unicambio, NovaCambios, and Real Transfer), hotels, or shops. Banks tend to have the best rates and twenty-four-hour ATMs are everywhere in Lisbon. 

      You may also consider purchasing Euros at a more favorable exchange rate before arrival. Be sure to consult with your credit or debit card bank about foreign exchange transaction fees before using your card in Lisbon. Lisbon operates in GMT or UTC (the same as London) and GMT+1 during the summer months. Click here to see Lisbon’s current time. When learning all about Lisbon with kids, knowing the local currency and time is key!

      Pro Tip: In Portugal, the decimals are separated by a comma, and units of thousands are separated by a point. For example, 3.000 is three thousand and 3,45 would be three euros and forty-five cents.

      Official Language & Visa Information

      Portuguese is the official language spoken in Lisbon. If you’re planning an extended trip to Lisbon or have a non-U.S. passport, you may also need to research obtaining a VISA before your visit. To learn more about Lisbon’s VISA policy, click here.

      Power/Standard Voltage

      In Lisbon, the standard voltage is 230 V and 50 Hz. There are two associated plug types: C and F. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins, and type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. You will need to purchase a power plug adapter/voltage converter if the standard voltage in your country is between 110-127 V (as in the U.S., Canada, and most South American countries). When researching all about Lisbon with kids, keep this information handy as you pack!

      Local Weather

      Knowing about the Lisbon climate will be helpful before you depart. Lisbon has mild winters, with temperatures averaging between 8 and 16 degrees Celsius (47 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit), and warm to hot summers, with temperatures averaging between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius (64 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). The fall and winter months are rainier than the summer months, which makes this the greenest time of the year. 

      Check the current forecast on Accuweather. If you need more help planning your Lisbon vacation with kids, feel free to check out Visit Lisboa, Lisbon’s official tourism website, for more information. As you research all about Lisbon with kids, keep this handy when you’re ready to pack!

      Health Information

      A young boy peers into a fountain in a courtyard in Portugal.
      Photo Courtesy: Blaire Hoffman

      Having the right information about health and safety is an important part of learning all about Lisbon with kids.  If your children have allergies, might need medical attention, etc., be sure to keep this important information in mind.

      Vaccinations, Health Tips, & Hospitals

      Visiting Lisbon with young ones? Remember to check your child has all the correct shots and vaccines. For a complete list of the recommended vaccines and more health information on visiting Lisbon, including COVID-19 warnings and regulations, visit the official CDC website

      It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you should also check out hospitals near your vacation destination just in case. Three accessible hospitals in or near Lisbon are Dona Estefania Central Hospital, Hospital da Luz Lisboa, and Instituto Portugues de Oncologia. Keep this information handy as you are learning all about Lisbon with kids.

      COVID-19 Guidelines & Vaccination Information

      If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon soon, you’re probably wondering about Lisbon’s COVID-19 guidelines.  As of June 15, the Portugal Embassy has permitted non-essential (i.e. tourist travel) from the United States to mainland Portugal for travelers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.  Please check the Embassy website to keep up-to-date on Portugal’s stay-at-home orders.  We suggest making sure you’re fully vaccinated before traveling to Portugal with kids.  For vaccination information, click here.

      Emergency Services

      Family posing in St Georges-Castle while exploring the area.
      Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

      In case of an emergency, keep these numbers handy during your trip to Lisbon with kids, as this is very important information to know when learning all about Lisbon with kids.

      Police, Fire Department, Ambulance

      Need police assistance in Lisbon? Call 112. In case of a fire in Lisbon, you can also contact the fire department by calling 112. You can also call 112 to reach an ambulance in Lisbon.

      Safety Issues

      If you’re visiting Portugal with kids, you’re probably wondering: is Lisbon safe for families? The answer is yes! Lisbon is a safe city with a very low crime rate and rare violent crime. Like most European cities, you should be careful of pickpockets and belongings left unattended in public areas. During the day all areas are safe, however, tourists must avoid certain areas post-sunset. You can review the current U.S. Department’s Portugal Travel Advisory here for more Lisbon important information.

      Lisbon for Kids

      Two little ones looking at a map near St. Georges Castle.
      Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

      Visiting Lisbon with kids brings its own set of unique opportunities and challenges. Keep reading for comprehensive information on babysitting services, baby gear rentals, etc. Certainly, these are key pieces of learning all about Lisbon with kids.

      Babysitting Services & Baby Gear Rentals

      Looking for a romantic evening alone in Lisbon?  Luckily, you’ll find plenty of babysitting services in Lisbon. We suggest Great AuPair, My Babysitter, or Care.com.  If you’ve left your baby gear at home, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to find baby gear in Lisbon. Take a look at Upababy, Let’s go baby, or Baby on Board

      Transportation

      Tram 28, a yellow tram, races down a line in the city center of Lisbon. Learning about transportation is important in learning all about Lisbon with kids.
      Photo Courtesy: Tram 28

      Transportation is another thing to consider when vacationing in Lisbon with kids.  Whether you need information about car seats or local airlines, you’ve come to the right place.

      Car Seat Laws, Transportation Services, & Local Airlines

      If you plan to ride in a car, children under 12 years of age and less than 135 cm in height must use an approved restraint system suitable for their height and weight. Children are permitted to travel in the front of the car with the proper restraint and the airbag switched off, but we recommend they ride in the back of the vehicle. Families with little ones will need this information when learning all about Lisbon with kids.

      To get around Lisbon, take a tram or bus. The metro is one of the fastest and cleanest ways to travel around the city. Car rentals or taxis are also available. For more information on Lisbon transportation, click here. Need to make use of local airlines during your trip? The main domestic airline is TAP Air Portugal, which has several international flights to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. Most budget airlines also fly to and from different parts of Europe.

      Other Things to Know Before Visiting Lisbon with Kids

      Searching for more tips on visiting Lisbon, Portugal, with kids? Between tipping customs and important holidays, there are still a few things left you should know when learning all about Lisbon with kids

      Tipping Customs

      Tipping customs in Lisbon may differ from the United State or elsewhere in the world. A 5 to 10 percent maximum is standard, although tipping is only done if you are happy with the service. No tip is expected for a cup of coffee or a drink, although some people will leave the change rounding up from the nearest Euro.

      Important Holidays

      If you’re still searching for specific dates to visit Lisbon with kids, you may want to determine whether your vacation will fall on a public holiday. Depending on the holiday, this can greatly diminish the number of attractions or points of interest you see, so it’s important information to know about visiting Lisbon. Check out this guide to public holidays in Portugal for more information. 

      Go Ask a Local

      Want local tips and personalized advice for your Portugal trip? Connect with Inês from Go Ask A Local! She’s a local guide based in Lisbon who works all over the country and offers trip planning consultations on Zoom. This is a great way for families to get personalized, expert advice on their desired itinerary, transportation recommendations, cultural differences to prepare for, and more! Not to mention, get specific questions answered by a local. Those looking to learn more all about Lisbon with kids will love this service!

      Things to Do in Lisbon With Kids

      Little girl in front of coach in National Museum in Lisbon.
      Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Feingold

      Once you’ve read our Lisbon important information, it’s time to start planning your itinerary. And, deciding the best things to do in Lisbon with kids. From discovering fairy-tale castles and natural wonders to visiting museums and interactive science centers, there are many family-friendly activities in Lisbon to keep the kids entertained during your stay. When learning all about Lisbon with kids, you’ll definitely want to research what to do!

      Get a bird’s eye view of Lisbon by taking a ride on the Lisbon Cable Cars, the Santa Justa Elevator, or going to Adventure Park Lisbon. If you want to see things from the street level, board the Tram 28. Or, spend an afternoon learning about ocean life at the Lisbon Aquarium and history at the Lisbon Story Centre. After touring an underground maze at the Caves of Grutas de Mira de Aire or St. George’s Castle, head to Praca do Comercio to see live entertainment. Shop for souvenirs, and dine on fresh, locally sourced food.

      RELATED ARTICLES: 12 Amazing Things To Do in Lisbon With Kids! 

      Where to Stay in Lisbon with Kids

      An outdoor view of the iconic yellow buildings at the Penha Longa Resort, one of the best places to stay in Lisbon with kids.
      Photo Courtesy: Penha Longa Resort

      Looking for the best places to stay in Lisbon with kids?  If you’re looking for a kids club, check out  Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites, one of the best hotels in the Lisbon city center. Need a pool? Consider the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, the NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade, or the Memmo Principe Real. If you have a large family, the Altis Prime Hotel is the place for you. If you are seeking a family resort experience, check out the Penha Longa Resort! Knowing where to stay is a critical part of knowing all about Lisbon with kids.

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      *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the attractions, accommodations, or things to do on this list may be closed or may have reduced services. Please ensure availability before making your decision. 

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      Families Love Travel is not liable for any injuries and/or damages to persons or property occurring as a result of your vacations influenced by the suggestions on this website. We are not responsible for any information given on this website, such as recommendations for babysitting services, car rentals, or accommodations. All content provided is for informational and review purposes only. The information we provide is meant to make it easier for families to travel together and nothing more. Try the suggestions at your own risk. 

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        Visiting Cancun As A Family: Important Information You Need To Know

        By Families Love Travel Team
        A family of five walks along a beach in Cancun. The mom holds a young girl on her shoulders, while the dad holds another small child and the hand of a third child.
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        If you’re traveling to Cancun with kids, there’s some important information you need to know first. From the local currency to health information, the official language, and even babysitting services, it’s important to do proper research on your vacation destination before booking your trip. Finding all the information in one place can be rare, though, which is why we’ve compiled a list of things to know before visiting Cancun, including important information for you to reference. Plus, stay tuned until the end, since we also include things to do in Cancun with kids, the best restaurants in Cancun for families, and the best resorts in Cancun. Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Cancun as a family! 

        At a Glance

        kids near the pool in NIZUC Resort in Mexico

        Need to know all about Cancun? From currency to time, official language, and visa information, here are some basic facts you should know about Cancun.

        Local Currency & Time

        Wondering about the Cancun local currency? The Mexican peso is the main form of currency here, though you may find a few tourist places accepting U.S. dollars. In case you need help figuring out how much money to bring with you, you can use this handy currency converter. Similar to the East Coast of the United States, Cancun operates in Eastern Standard Time. Keep this in mind for your future travels and click here to see Cancun’s current time.

        Official Language & Visa Information

        Spanish is the official language spoken in Cancun. If you’re planning an extended trip to Cancun or have a non-U.S. passport, you may also need to research obtaining a VISA before your visit. To learn more about Mexico’s VISA policy, click here.

        Power/Standard Voltage

        In Mexico, the standard voltage is 127 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Mexico if the standard voltage in your country is between 110 – 127 V (as is in the U.S., Canada, and most South American countries).

        Local Weather

        Knowing about the Cancun climate will be helpful before you depart. The temperature in winter averages between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius (high 68 to 74° Fahrenheit) and in summer the average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius (83° Fahrenheit). October through May is the city’s dry season, which means this period has very little rain. Check the current forecast on Accuweather. If you need more help planning your Cancun vacation with kids, feel free to check out Visit Mexico, Mexico’s official tourism website, for more information.

        Health Information

        An assortment of items are shown against a green background, including a hat, a mask, sunglasses, and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

        Having the right information about health and safety is an important part of visiting Cancun with kids. If your children have allergies, might need medical attention, etc., be sure to keep this important information in mind. 

        Vaccinations, Health Tips, & Hospitals

        Visiting Cancun with young ones? Remember to check your child has all the correct shots and vaccines. For a complete list of the recommended vaccines for visiting Cancun, click hereStaying healthy during your vacation is also very important. Visit the official CDC website for health information on visiting Cancun, including COVID-19 warnings and regulations. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you should always check out hospitals local to your vacation destination just in case. Three accessible hospitals in or near Cancun include Hospital Galenia, Hospital Amerimed, and Hospiten Cancun.

        COVID-19 Guidelines & Vaccination Information

        If you’re planning a trip to Cancun soon, you’re probably wondering about Mexico’s COVID-19 guidelines. As of April 2021, the Mexican Embassy has cautioned travelers against visiting Mexico due to COVID-19. Please check the Embassy website to keep up-to-date on Mexico’s stay-at-home orders. We suggest making sure you’re fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico with kids. For vaccination information, click here.

        Cancun for Kids

        A young girl and her baby sister relax on a hammock over the pool at the Finest Playa Mujeres in Cancun.
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        Visiting Cancun with kids brings its own set of challenges. Keep reading for comprehensive information on babysitting services, baby gear rentals, etc. 

        Babysitting Services & Baby Gear Rentals

        Looking for a romantic evening alone in Cancun? Luckily, you’ll find plenty of babysitting services throughout the city. We suggest Cancun Nanny Service or Kangaroo. If you’ve left your baby gear at home, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to find baby gear in Cancun. Take a look at Baby Gear for Rent or Beachfront Baby Gear Rentals.

        Transportation

        Girl lays on the floor coloring a large map.
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        Transportation is another thing to consider when vacationing in Cancun with kids. Whether you need information about car sears or local airlines, you’ve come to the right place. 

        Car Seat Laws, Transportation Services, & Local Airlines

        There are no mandatory laws for the use of child car seats in Mexico. However, if you plan to ride in a car with a child under the age of 5, you should always use a car seat for safety. The bus system in Cancun provides another inexpensive and quick way to get around. Taxis are another popular transport option, though you should negotiate the price before getting in the car. You can take a ferry for a day trip to Isla Mujeres. Need to make use of local airlines during your trip? Some local airlines in Mexico for domestic travel include Aeromexico, Interjet Airlines, and Viva Aerobus. For more information on Cancun transportation, visit this link.

        Emergency Services

        In case of an emergency, keep these numbers handy during your trip to Cancun with kids, as this is very important information. 

        Police, Fire Department, Ambulance

        Need police assistance in Cancun? Call 911. In case of a fire in Cancun, you can also contact the fire department by calling 911. You can also call 911 to reach an ambulance in Cancun. 

        Other Things to Know Before Visiting Cancun with Kids

        A young girl and her baby sister relax on a hammock over the pool at the Finest Playa Mujeres in Cancun.
        Photo Courtesy: Phoebe Diamond

        Searching for more tips on visiting Cancun, Mexico, with kids? Between tipping customs, important holidays, and other safety issues, there are still a few things left you should know. Keep reading! 

        Tipping Customs

        Tipping customs in Cancun may differ from the United States or elsewhere in the world. Some restaurants add a service charge (propina) which is around 10%. You do not need to tip more if this is added to your bill. At a bar in Mexico, tip between 10 and 20 pesos per drink. If you run a tab, you can tip around 15% at the end.

        Important Holidays

        If you’re still searching for specific dates to visit Cancun, you may want to determine whether your vacation will fall on a public holiday. This can greatly diminish the number of attractions or points of interest you see, so it’s important information to know about visiting Cancun. Check out this calendar of public holidays in Mexico for more information. 

        Safety Issues

        If you’re visiting with your kids, you’re probably wondering: Is Cancun safe for families? For the most part, yes! Of course, you should always exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. You can review the current U.S. State Department’s Mexico Travel Advisory here.

        Things to Do in Cancun with Kids

        A young girl and a young boy member hold a small crocodile at the Croco Cun Zoo.
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        Once you’ve read our Cancun safety guide, it’s time to start planning your itinerary and looking up what to do in Cancun as a family. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in Cancun with kids! Of course, you can visit kid-friendly beaches such as Playa Chacmool, Playa Norte, or Playa Delfines. Kids who love animals can’t miss the Croco Cun Zoo or The Aquarium at La Isla Mall. Then, the Cancun Underwater Museum Of Art is a one-of-a-kind experience!

        Then, take a day trip to nearby Playa Del Carmen, or a Pirate Dinner Cruise in the evening. Cancun also has many other great restaurants for kids, like The Crab House, Flamingos Seafood Kitchen, and Senor Frogs for lunch. If you need more things to do in Cancun with kids, check out our list of 5 Exciting Things To Do In Cancun With Kids!

        Looking for local tips and personalized advice for your trip to Mexico? Connect with Suzanne from Go Ask A Local!  She’s a local guide based in Oaxaca who works all over the country and offers trip planning consultations.

        Where to Stay in Cancun with Kids

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        Looking for the best places to stay in Cancun? If you want an all-inclusive Cancun resort, we suggest Finest Playa Mujeres, The Grand at Moon Palace, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, or the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. For a non-all-inclusive option, families love the Nizuc Resort & Spa.

        RELATED: Best Family Resorts In Cancun AND 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Cancun For Families

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          USA – Important Information

          By Families Love Travel Team

          At a Glance

          Capital 

          Washington, D.C.

          Local Currency

          United States Dollar

          Local Time 

          There are six time zones followed throughout the country. From east to west they are Atlantic Standard Time (AST), Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaskan Standard Time (AKST) and  Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).

          Official Language

           English

          Visa Information

          United States Visas

          Power

          Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. 220 Volt power is used in homes only for large appliances like stoves, water heaters, and clothes dryers.

          Local Weather

          Weather varies widely across the continental USA, as well as in Alaska and Hawaii. In general terms, summers are hot and humid in the plains and southern states, while the southwest is very hot and quite dry.

          Tourism Website

          United States Government Tourism

          U.S. Department of State Tourism

          Health Information

          Vaccinations

          Recommended Vaccines for United States

          Health Tips

          Health Tips for United States

          Transportation

          Car Seat Laws

          Children under age 4 must be properly secured in a child restraint system in the rear seat. They must then ride in a booster seat until they turn 8, weigh more than 80 lbs., or are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Violation of the child restraint law is a standard offense.

          Transportation Services

          Taxis are metered and widely available. Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have seen a recent surge in popularity as an alternative to taxis. Amtrak has an extensive rail system throughout the USA.

          Emergency Services

          Police

          911

          Fire Department

          911

          Ambulance

          911

          Other Things To Know

          Tipping Customs

          A general rule for waiters is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the pre-tax bill, and $2 to $5 per night for housekeeping service. Consider tipping as mandatory here because in certain situations service givers may frown upon not receiving a tip.

          Important Holidays

          US Public Holidays

          Safety Issues

          As a whole it is safe, but certain areas can be unsafe. Generally speaking, cities have more crime than other areas.

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            St. Lucia- Important Information

            By Families Love Travel Team

            At a Glance

            Capital 

            Castries

            Local Currency

            East Caribbean Dollar

            Local Time 

            GMT – 4

            Official Language

            English 

            Visa Information

            St. Lucia Visa

            Power

            In Saint Lucia the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

            Local Weather

            Saint Lucia has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a relatively cool, dry season from January to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to November. Rainfall in Saint Lucia varies depending on altitude and location; in fact, the inland elevations receive more rainfall than the coast, and the areas closest to the mountains are rainier than the more distant ones.

            Tourism Website

            Saint Lucia Tourism

            Health Information

            Vaccinations

            Vaccine Recommendations for St. Lucia

            Health Tips

            Health Tips for St. Lucia

            Hospitals

            Victoria Hospital

            St. Jude Hospital

            Tapion Hospital

            Family Services

            Babysitting Services

            Great AuPair

            Transportation

            Car Seat Laws

            Make sure you wear your seat belts. It is the law that both driver and passengers wear their seatbelts. Children or toddlers under 7 years and younger must be seated with a child seat.

            Driving

            The driver must be over 25 years of age and have been the holder of a driver’s license for no less than five years.

            Transportation Services

            Taxis in St. Lucia are available throughout town but are expensive and the fare should be determined before the ride begins. Minibuses are common with locals and a great way to explore the island. For more information on transportation in St. Lucia, visit this link.

            Emergency Services

            Police

            +1 758-456-3712

            Fire Department

            +1 758-451-7667

            Ambulance

            +1 758-451-6122

            Other Things To Know

            Tipping Customs

            The standard for tipping in St. Lucia is 10% for restaurant wait staff and taxi drivers. Hotel services are usually tipped $1.

            Important Holidays

            Saint Lucia Public Holidays

            Safety Issues

            As a destination, Saint Lucia remains relatively safe for nationals and visitors alike. Incidents of violent crime tend to occur within the local community but can sometimes affect tourists.

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              Singapore – Important Information

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              At a Glance

              Local Currency

              Singapore Dollar (SGD)

              Local Time 

              GMT + 8

              Official Language

              English, Tamil and Standard Mandarin

              Visa Information

              Singapore Visa

              Power

              Singapore’s power supply is 240V / 50Hz and they use the type G plug. Singapore’s electrical system is the same as the UK for both the standard socket type and Voltage/Frequency.

              Local Weather

              The weather is warm and tropical year-round. Rainstorms are possible at any time, but rainfall usually peaks in Nov–Dec.

              Tourism Website

              Visit Singapore

              Health Information

              Vaccinations

              Recommended Vaccines for Singapore

              Health Tips

              Health Tips for Singapore

              Hospitals

              Concord International Hospital

              Farrer Park Hospital

              Mount Elizabeth Hospital

              Family Services

              Babysitting Services

              Nanny Pro

              Nanny SOS

              Baby Gear Rentals

               City Baby

              Singapore Stroller Rental

               The Toy Rental Club

              Transportation

              Car Seat Laws

              According to the Singapore Road Traffic Rules, anyone below the height of 1.35m will be required to be secured with a child restraint appropriate for a person of that height and weight, use a booster seat to supplement the seat belt or an approved adjustable seat belt.

              Transportation Services

              You can flag down a taxi any time, but in the city center taxis are technically not allowed to stop anywhere except at designated taxi stands. If you want a car for local driving only, it’s worth checking smaller operators, where the rates are often cheaper than the big global rental firms. Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system is the easiest, quickest and most comfortable way to get around Singapore. Find more information on transportation here.

              Local Airlines

              One of Asia’s major air hubs, Changi Airport, is serviced by both full-service and budget airlines, including British Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and Scoot.

              Emergency Services

              Police

              999

              Fire Department

              995

              Ambulance

              995 

              Other Things To Know

              Tipping Customs

              Most restaurants in Singapore add a 10% service charge to the bill so a tip is not expected. If you insist on tipping your waiter, it is best to hand the cash directly to the person as some restaurants take the tips that are left on the table. Tipping bellhops at hotels is not mandatory, but acceptable.

              Important Holidays

              Public Holidays In Singapore

              Safety Issues

              Singapore is an extremely safe and clean city. You can travel to any part of Singapore alone at any time of the year, regardless of gender. However, it is always advisable to take basic precautions for your own good. 

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                Paris – Important Information

                By Families Love Travel Team

                At a Glance

                Local Currency

                Euro (€ or EUR)

                Local Time 

                GMT +2

                Official Language

                French 

                Visa Information

                France Visas

                Power

                There are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. France operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

                Local Weather

                Paris experiences mostly mild weather across four distinct seasons. Extreme cold or heat are pretty rare, but rain is not. In Paris, light showers can come and go quickly throughout the day.

                Tourism Website

                France Official Tourism Website

                Paris Official Website

                Paris Tourism and Travel Guide

                Health Information

                Vaccinations

                Recommended Vaccines for Paris

                Health Tips

                Health Tips for Paris

                Hospitals

                Hospital Saint-Louis Ap-Hp

                SOS Médecins

                American Hospital of Paris

                Family Services

                Babysitting Services

                Family Sphere

                La Compagnie des Familles

                Kid’s Paradis

                Baby Gear Rentals

                Baby Tems

                Kidelio

                Baby Equipment Rentals

                Transportation

                Car Seat Laws

                All children up to the age of 10 must travel in a car seat or restraint. The use of car seats is determined by weight.

                Driving

                To hire a car in France, you’ll generally need to be over 21 years old, have had a driving license for at least a year, and have an international credit card.

                Transportation Services

                Paris has a very safe and efficient public transportation system, though it can often be overcrowded. The Metro is the fastest way to explore the city and you can also take advantage of the RER train network and bus system. Taxis and Uber are also available throughout the city. For more information on Paris transportation, visit this link.

                Local Airlines

                Air France and its subsidiaries Hop! and Transavia control the lion’s share of France’s domestic airline industry. Budget carriers offering flights within France include EasyJet, Twin Jet and Air Corsica.

                Emergency Services

                Police

                112

                Fire Department

                112

                Ambulance

                112

                Other Things To Know

                Tipping Customs

                You can leave around 5-10 percent if you are very happy with your meal. This will be more than appreciated. Essentially tipping in France is more of a gesture and less of an obligation.

                Important Holidays

                Paris Public Holidays

                Safety Issues

                Paris is statistically one of the safest major metropolitan areas in Europe. Violent crime rates are fairly low here, although some crimes, including pickpocketing, are fairly prevalent. 

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                  New Zealand – Important Information

                  By Families Love Travel Team

                  At a Glance

                  Capital 

                  Wellington

                  Local Currency

                  New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)

                  Local Time 

                   GMT + 12

                  Official Language

                  English and New Zealand Sign Language

                  Visa Information

                  New Zealand Visas

                  Power

                  New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and they use angled two or three-pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia). Most hotels provide 110-volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.

                  Local Weather

                  While the far north has subtropical weather during summer and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.

                  Tourism Website

                  New Zealand Tourism

                  Health Information

                  Vaccinations

                  Recommended vaccinations for New Zealand

                  Health Tips

                  Health tips for New Zealand travel

                  Family Services

                  Babysitting Services

                  Babysits NZ

                  KiwiOz Nannies NZ

                  Baby Gear Rentals

                  Tots on Tour

                  Baby on the Move

                  Transportation

                  Car Seat Laws

                  Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in restraint if one is available in the vehicle.

                  Driving

                  In New Zealand, all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their license or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. Driving is on the left side of the road. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

                  Car Services and Ferries

                  The main cities have plenty of taxis and even small towns may have a local service. The best way to explore NZ in depth is to have your own wheels. It’s easy to hire cars and campervans, though it’s worth noting that fuel costs can be eye-watering. More information on transportation in New Zealand can be found here.

                  Airlines in New Zealand

                  The country’s major domestic carrier, Air New Zealand, has an aerial network covering most of the country, often operating under the Air New Zealand Link moniker on less-popular routes. Australia-based Jetstar also flies between main urban areas. Between them, these two airlines carry the vast majority of domestic passengers in NZ.

                  Emergency Services

                  Police

                  111

                  Fire Department

                  111

                  Ambulance

                  111

                  Other Things To Know

                  Tipping Customs

                  Restaurant workers do not work only for tips in New Zealand, so do not feel obliged to leave a tip when paying your check. If the service was excellent, leaving a 10% gratuity is more than generous and your waiter or waitress will certainly appreciate it. Tipping taxi drivers in New Zealand is not a common practice.

                  Important Holidays

                  New Zealand public holidays

                  Safety Issues

                  New Zealand is a very safe country to visit. However, and unfortunately, theft from tourists is a relatively common occurrence. Most theft happens from break-ins from parked vehicles. If you are parking your vehicle, especially in a remote area, hide your important belongings (such as cash and travel documents) well.

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                    Cartagena – Important Information

                    By Families Love Travel Team

                    At a Glance

                    Local Currency

                    Colombian Peso

                    Local Time 

                    GMT-5

                    Official Language

                    Spanish and English 

                    Visa Information

                    Colombia Visa

                    Power

                    Electricity in Colombia runs at 110 volts, so transformers are not necessary for tourists from the U.S. If you are planning to use anything with a three-prong plug, bring an adapter, as some establishments only have two-prong outlets.

                    Local Weather

                    In Cartagena, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is windy and partly cloudy, and it is hot and oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 76°F to 88°F and is rarely below 73°F or above 91°F.

                    Tourism Website

                    Visit Colombia

                    Cartagena Tourism

                    Health Information

                    Vaccinations

                    Recommended Vaccines for Cartagena

                    Health Tips

                    Health Tips for Cartagena

                    Hospitals

                    Hospital General Universitario Santa Lucía

                    Hospital General Universitario Santa María del Rosell

                    Family Services

                    Babysitting Services

                    My Nanny CTG

                    CartageNanny

                    Baby Gear Rentals

                    Bebe Viajero Colombia

                    Transportation

                    Car Seat Laws

                    The law states that everyone in a moving car in Colombia must wear a seat belt.

                    Driving

                    If you are a tourist visiting Colombia without a visa you can use your valid driver’s license from your home country with your passport to drive in Colombia.

                    Transportation Services

                    Taxis are the preferred method of transportation for visitors to Cartagena. For a cheaper method of transportation, Transcaribe is available which is the local bus system. For more transportation information, visit this link.

                    Emergency Services

                    Police

                    112

                    Fire Department

                    119

                    Ambulance

                    667 5244

                    Other Things To Know

                    Tipping Customs

                    A more fancy or luxury restaurant may already include a 15% service charge. Therefore, always be sure to double check your bill before you pay. Bartenders in Colombia only expect a tip of $0.5 – $2 USD per drink.

                    Important Holidays

                    Colombia Public Holidays

                    Safety Issues

                    Like anywhere else in the world, there are areas that are fine and areas that aren’t. But overall, Cartagena is a traveler-friendly destination and very safe for visitors. Find out why below, along with all the info you’ll need to have a safe trip.


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