I am the mother of a rambunctious ten year old boy born and raised in Cancun. Every day he is bouncing off the wall to explore this place. After all, Cancun and the Riviera Maya is the place for family travel. Mexico in general is a fantastic place for families, children are revered in this country, making it an ideal destination for the whole family to discover.
These days many resorts offer a Kids Club, where children can play and make friends from around the world. My son would beg to go to the Kid’s Club when he was younger, leaving me to enjoy down time by the pool. Activities include arts and crafts, sand castle competitions, sports and games. The staff is always experienced, multilingual, entertaining and active; they keep kids learning all day. The biggest battle may be getting your children to leave at the end of the day, but I can promise that they will have no trouble sleeping after a day of fun in the sun! The best part about travelling with family are the moments of discovery together, resorts offer comfort but you can get that at home, get the kids out and gift them with experiences!
Discovering something new every time
Weekends with my son are all about exploring and discovering something new. Exposing kids to different cultures, languages and cuisine gives them an education they won’t find in a classroom. Starting the day at a hidden restaurant with plastic chairs and a breakfast of “chilaquiles” or “cochinita pibil” is a Sunday ritual for us before jumping in the car for a road trip to wherever we may land. On Hot and humid weekends, we are drawn to the local cenotes like “Jardin del Eden” for a swim in cool waters and cannonballs from the cliff. Overcast days we put together a little picnic and hang out with the iguanas in the archaeological sites of El Meco or El Rey. Nearby Isla Blanca is a great escape from the city center, a totally undeveloped stretch of coastline perfect for boogie boarding or shell hunting or watching the kite boarders fly over the Chacmuchuc lagoon.
Camping on the beach
If we find ourselves with a long weekend on our hands, the gear is always in the car for a camping trip to the beach. Playa Xpu Ha has a rustic camping area where we can pitch our tent and sleep to the sound of the waves or we stick a little closer to home and make the quick trip to Puerto Morelos “Acamaya Reef”. Fishing is king with my kiddo and there is no need to go to the deep sea when we can cast a line from the shore of Rio Nizuc or Puerto Juarez and reel in snapper, barracuda and chacchi. I am always happy to enjoy a fresh ceviche and a cool drink at “Las Jaibas” marina while my little fisherman goes after the catch of the day.
Go off the beaten track for unforgettable memories
Climbing pyramids, ziplining, rappelling, exploring caves and underground rivers, snorkelling the reef and sailing the seas, make family travel in Cancun and the Riviera Maya the best opportunity to forge the family bonds and find the light in your children’s eyes that comes from discovery. While there is much to do within your resort or at the typical tourist spots, memories are made off the beaten track, a new flavour, a new phrase in Spanish and the new friends you will meet along the way.
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