Family Holiday Destinations

  • Beaches of Playa Del Carmen
    Beaches of Playa Del Carmen
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    Shopping Playa Del Carmen
  • Sites of Playa Del Carmen
    Sites of Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen | Mexico

Playa del Carmen Mexico on Riviera is a perfect destination for families. Despite what you may have read in the news about the troubles in the country, the Yucatan Peninsula remains largely unaffected, and popular destinations like Cancun and Playa del Carmen are safe and fun. Playa del Carmen is located 45 minutes south of Cancun, and while that big city is known above all for American students partying like crazy on their Spring Break, Playa del Carmen Mexico has always enjoyed a lower profile that is more fitting a relaxing holiday vacation.


Seemingly endless white-sand beaches are drawn along lapping bands of turquoise and azure water, creating the foreground for the best family holiday. Playa del Carmen has grown into a medium-sized town with a long shopping street filled with bars, restaurants, souvenir stores and a wealth of slushy and ice cream shops to smite the heat. The main drag parallels the beach, so that sand is never far away. 

Activities in Playa del Carmen Mexico​

There are many activities to keep all ages occupied. Apart from snorkeling and water games, there are also wave runner rental agencies, dive shops and plenty of beachfront restaurants that offer happy hours for adults and discounts on food for children. Playa del Carmen has the potential to become one of the best family holidays in memory, especially if you combine yours stay with a visit out to the fabulous island of Cozumel. There, you can see a bit of Yucatan nature in the form of snorkeling and diving along the island’s reefs, and there are a number of Mayan ruins as well.


Another option for families on holiday concerns the many exclusive resorts that line the Mexican Riviera. There are hotels in Playa del Carmen itself, but if you’re with your family, it’s likely that you’d prefer one of the all-inclusive resorts like the Barcelo or the Royal. These resorts offer airport pick-up, and security is guaranteed. Sometimes it’s just easier to pay out a bit more so you don’t have to manage the whole family while trying to enjoy your holiday at the same time. You can expect prime beachfront locations, fully-stocked rooms, day care options, themed dining and organized excursions.


Those excursions will take the family to see some of the many intriguing things around Playa del Carmen Mexico. For example, there are the ever-popular ‘cenotes’, which comprise the world’s largest system of sinkholes and flooded underground caverns. They were created by an asteroid’s impact millions of years ago, and all around the city are opportunities to swim in them. For family holidays, the Xcaret water theme park might be the best way to experience these awesome caverns.


Finally, you’ll have the Mayan ruins to see. Tulum sits on the sea itself, while Coba is a huge complex located not far from Playa. Combine this bit of archaeological history with the pleasures of the Mexican Riviera’s coast, and you’ll have assured a successful family vacation.


Facts for Families


Main Airports: Cancun International Airport
Time Zones: CST, UTC-6
Peak Travel Periods: Feb-Apr
Off Peak Traver Periods: May-June, Christmas-New Years
Vaccines Required: None
Weather: Tropical climate
Currency: Mexican Peso


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