Nothing says “summer’s here!” like a relaxing beach vacation, and the Mexican Caribbean is the ultimate beach lover’s paradise! Most visitors reach Mexico’s Riviera Maya via the Cancun International Airport, which is ultra-modern and easy to navigate. Stretching for more than 80 miles south from Cancun along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast, the Riviera Maya lies on the Yucatan Peninsula and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and exciting beach towns.
Exciting Family Excursions in Riviera Maya, Mexico
From cosmopolitan downtown Playa del Carmen, to the exclusive beach, marina and golf community of Puerto Aventuras, and the ancient, laid-back, eco-luxe town of Tulum, there are many different fantastic vacation home rentals in the Riviera Maya that are ideal for families, including boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts, luxury villas and spacious condos. Regardless of where you decide to stay, here are a few of the best things to do in the Riviera Maya with kids:
Voted the world’s best beach by the Travel Channel four years in a row, secluded Maroma Beach offers soft, sparkling white sand, stunning ocean views and a fantastic beach club. It lies just 10 minutes by car north of Playa del Carmen and 30 miles south of Cancun, and if you aren’t staying at one of the hotels, there is public beach access available through the marina just south of Secrets Maroma Resort. Boat tours are also available, because Maroma Beach is a hub for many different activities, including horseback and camel rides, snorkeling along the world’s second largest barrier reef, scuba diving, ATV and Waverunner tours, while deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins and other watersports are also readily available.
Cirque du Soleil Joya
Located within the Vidanta Riviera Maya Resort just north of downtown Playa del Carmen and Maroma Beach, the family-friendly Cirque du Soleil show Joya is the brand’s first resident show in Mexico and tells the story of a girl and her grandfather, who are on a quest to discover the secrets of life. Joya is also a dinner show, so families have the option to enjoy an hour-long dinner and pre-show before the main event.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
This incredibly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a wide variety of eco tours for environmentally conscious travelers and encompasses 1.3 million acres south of Tulum, featuring lowland forests, flooded savannahs, mangroves and coastal barrier reefs teeming with wildlife. We recommend the Sian Ka’an Muyil Float Tour, which is offered as a special local experience through KASA Hotel Parota Tulum and takes guests through the lush jungle to view impressive ancient Mayan ruins, followed by a boat ride and a cooling lazy river float in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the ancient canals.
Cenotes Dos Ojos
Pronounced “say-note-tay,” a cenote is a natural sinkhole in the limestone bedrock of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that opens to fresh groundwater, creating a river-like cave with clear, cool water that offers the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day! Cenote Dos Ojos is part of a park that connects to the longest underwater cave systems in the world, spanning more than 50 miles and offering one of the world’s premier swimming, diving and snorkeling experiences.
If your family loves adventure parks, Xcaret is a definite “must do” when visiting the Riviera Maya! From swimming with dolphins and viewing turtles, tapirs, flamingos and jaguars, to walking through a bat cave and butterfly aviary, there is no shortage of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy! We recommend arriving in the afternoon and staying for the evening shows, including a demonstration of the ancient Mesoamerican ball game Pok-Ta-Pok and a variety of local folkloric shows featuring song and dancers in colorful traditional regalia.
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