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A tropical paradise in the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun is a dream destination that has a lot to offer families. Guaranteed sunshine, warm crystal-clear waters, and fun beach activities like banana boating and snorkeling are just the beginning. The city is also known as the gateway to the Mayan world, and archaeological sites offer a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Add in the wide variety of adventure activities on offer and you’re all set for an excitement-filled family vacation in Cancun.

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Beaches at the north end of Cancun are popular with families, as their calmer waters and weaker currents are safer for younger swimmers. Check out Playa Caracol or Playa Tortugas, for example, which also boast reasonably priced waterfront restaurants. For a fun-filled day out, head to Wet’n Wild waterpark to enjoy the wave pool, bumper boats, boogie-board rides, and dedicated kids’ park. Continue the water theme at the Interactive Aquarium—where kids can touch starfish and swim with dolphins—or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkeling at Aquaworld. One of the most popular family attractions in Cancun is Xcaret eco-adventure park. Here, encounter native Mayan wildlife like turtles and monkeys, float down an underground river, and be amazed by the spectacular light and sound show. Old and young adventurers alike will enjoy a day trip to Mayan archaeological sites like Tulum or Chichen Itza, where you can explore ancient temples and ruins.

Family-friendly hotels in Cancun



Cancun is a tourist’s paradise, with a huge variety of accommodation catering for families of all shapes and sizes. All-inclusive Cancun family resorts are a popular choice, offering lots of child-friendly amenities like pools, game rooms, tennis courts, and kids’ clubs. Those on a budget will also find plenty of good-value family hotels in Cancun, and most properties provide facilities such as a pool, restaurant, and babysitting services. Spring break in March and April can be a particularly busy time, so book your family vacation for the summer or early autumn to secure the best deals.

Where to stay in Cancun



Most family-friendly hotels in Cancun are located in the Hotel Zone, the city’s main tourist area, which stretches over 14 miles of white-sand Caribbean coastline. Teenagers will appreciate the glitzy atmosphere and buzzing entertainment venues, while younger children will have a splash in the many beaches and pools. For a more local feel, stay in cheerful El Centro—Cancun’s downtown—where you’ll find great-value family accommodation as well as authentic taco stalls and family-run restaurants. The small island of Isla Mujeres, a short ferry ride from Cancun, is a great location for an activity-filled family vacation away from the bustle of the mainland.

How to get to Cancun



Most major air carriers operate flights to Cancun International Airport, which offers domestic and international services. Arriving at the airport, the cheapest transport option is the bus service that runs between the airport and downtown Cancun, and also serves Playa del Carmen to the south. However, if you’re traveling with kids in Cancun, you may prefer to take a taxi direct to your hotel. Make sure you pre-book with an approved taxi company for a safe, reliable ride. For getting around the city, the local bus network is cheap and convenient. Ferry services to Isla Mujeres depart every 30 minutes from Puerto Juarez.

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