Traveling with Kids to the Riviera Maya, All You Need to Know!
The Riviera Maya is an amazing destination with so many things to do that sometimes gets overwhelming to decide where to go and what to do. Especially if you are traveling with kids. Riviera Maya offers a wide array of adventure tours, including eco-parks, zip-lines, and cenote-diving, but not even these options are always kid-friendly. That’s why we are here to guide you through your next family vacation.
Depending on your kid’s ages, there is a diverse offer of world-class eco-parks in the region. The most famous of them all is Xcaret, which is an impressive Disneyland-like park in the middle of the jungle. Tweens and teens will love it, but most activities available at Xcaret are not designed for younger kids, and they may get tired too early. For them, a better option can be found at Xel-Ha, another extraordinary eco-park but with attractions more alluring to the little ones. Xplor and Xenses are also excellent options for kids as young as 8 years old, who would be amazed by the zip-line paradise of Xplor and the quirky sensations experienced at Xenses, the newest of these eco-parks. Jungle Maya is also a good option for kids of these ages, as it combines zip-lines with cenote-snorkeling expeditions.
Croco Cun Zoo near Puerto Morelos and the Monkey Sanctuary in Akumal are great choices for animal lovers of all ages, as they will get up-close-and-personal with a variety of species in their own habitat and learn a lot about their situation and way of life.
Ventura Park is a massive water park which is actually more like 5 parks in one. Famous Wet n’ Wild is just one of its sections, it also includes an adventure park with lots of zip-lines, a dolphinarium, an amusement park with roller coasters and merry-go-rounds, virtual reality section and a go-karting track. Here, fun is assured for kids of all ages and tastes.
Where to Stay?
The Riviera Maya hotel and private villa rental offer are so large and diverse that it’s challenging to find the right one for each situation. However, some private vacation homes have made a point of becoming attractive to kids. Some kid-friendly hotels that stand out: Azul Beach Hotel will welcome you with a glass of Champagne and your kids with a smoothie (isn’t that cute?), and from there, everything is just thought and designed for kids, including a kids pool, a toy-lending program and Nickelodeon characters visiting during breakfast. Paradisus Playa del Carmen offers a kids’ club with beauty treatments, face-painting, and dance parties. Kids’ menus at the restaurant and a pirate ship by the pool. The Panama Jack resorts and Dreams Riviera Cancun are also excellent kid-friendly options.
To always carry mosquito repellent and a 50+ SPF sunscreen lotion, as the sun in the tropics can be a bit too much for the younger ones at times. The neoprene-like long-sleeves and long-pants bathing suits so common these days may be the best option for your kids if you plan a long day out in the sun.