The Mayan Riviera is a hugely popular place to visit and for good reason; there is so much to see and do. We all know about the world-famous white sand beaches and glistening turquoise colored water and the amazing Mayan ruins. But did you know they also have a wide variety of eco-adventure parks as well? These parks showcase the natural wonders of the region (the jungle, ocean, cenotes and wildlife) and put it all together in a mix of fun, learning and adventure.
The great thing about the Yucatan Peninsula is that it isn’t just all about sand and sun, it also has some world-class cultural attractions as well. It is blessed with the ruins of three Mayan civilizations, including Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza, which was named a “New Modern Wonder of the World” in 2007. Each of the ruins is easily visited as a day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
A laid-back tropical island paradise a mere 8 miles away from Cancun? Yes please! Beautiful Isla Mujeres is a world-apart from the craziness of Cancun and makes for a perfect day trip with the kids. Between the ferry ride, the golf cart rental, the turtles and fun by the water, our kids had a great day!
We know that it’s hard to find time to properly plan for a trip with kids, so we have put together all the information and resources you will need to plan a memorable family trip to the Mayan Riviera.
Florence with small kids, is it doable? It certainly is. It may not be the leisurely strolls through art museums or enjoying a late afternoon glass of wine, but there are plenty of activities in Florence for everyone. Even if the art, culture and architecture aren’t high up on your list of things to see, you can still find fun things to do with kids in Florence that will keep the whole family happy.
Our recent trip to Playa del Carmen was our first time in Mexico staying outside of an all-inclusive resort. I was excited about a more authentic trip, but I was worried about the quality of the non-resort beaches. I’m happy to report that this concern was unfounded and we enjoyed our time at many great beaches in the area.
Jam packed with shops and restaurants, Calle Quinta Avenida is a hugely popular main tourist street in Playa del Carmen. I stayed in Playa Del Carmen for a month with my wife and two kids (aged 2 & 4) and we didn’t eat a single meal along this street. I’m sure there are some nice places to eat on this strip, but as a general rule, restaurants in the tourist zones are low quality and high priced, so we found some great alternatives elsewhere.
In the years before we had kids, we travelled extensively through North and South America, Africa and Asia. Are you wondering why we didn’t go to Europe? We intentionally stayed away from Europe as we were saving it for when we had kids. We knew it would be an awesome place to travel with kids, and it turns out we were right! Why is Europe so great for family vacations?
Lucca is known for its city walls that surround the historical city center which is filled with cobblestone streets. It’s typically done as a day trip from Florence, but if you can afford a little more time here it’s worth it. It is also a good base to explore the Tuscan countryside.
We tried to give Pisa a chance, we really did. We searched for enough things to do to make it worthwhile to stay a day or two, but in the end we just couldn’t.