Cancun is not the debauchery infused booze-fest that you might imagine. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Cancun is a destination for families as much as it is for couples, singles and honeymooners.
The rise of luxury family-friendly accommodations and Mexico’s existing eco-attractions just add to the appeal for families looking for a tropical getaway. Here are five fun activities you won’t want to miss on your family vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
Xcaret: Mexico’s version of a theme park, Xcaret is a massive ecological site with activities, attractions and shows for the whole family. From an underground river and a beach lagoon, to a butterfly pavilion and Mayan Archeological sites; there’s so much to see and do, you’ll need more than a day.
Ruins of Tulum: No family vacation to Mexico would be complete without seeing some Mayan Ruins. The Ruins of Tulum, while not located in Cancun, are the closest major ruin site in the area. Tulum’s Ruins are on the coastline, providing a picturesque backdrop to an already remarkable archeological site. Tulum is a major tourist attraction, so get there early to avoid the afternoon heat and crowds.
Xel-Ha: Also near the ruins of Tulum is Xel-Ha, a natural water park and aquarium. The inlet of Xel-Ha is surrounded by lush landscaping, providing an exotic setting for aquatic activities, including snorkeling, tubing, kayaking, cliff jumping and rope swinging in a cenote.
Selvatica Adventure Kingdom: Ziplining has quickly become one of the most popular activities for adventurous families. Voted the #1 attraction in Cancun, Selvatica will have you soaring high above the treetops on their extreme canopy adventure. Children as young as 3 can zipline while tethered to one of the guides; Selvatica runs a very tight operation with safety being the highest concern.
Delphinus: If your child's eyes light up at the mention of swimming with dolphins, then a visit to Delphinus is a must. Here, adults and children can interact and swim with dolphins in a natural environment.
Recommended resorts in Cancun for families: Dreams Riviera Cancun, Now Jade Cancun and Riu Palace Las Americas.