Cancun is on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. You will find the beaches made of white sands and the water a clear, virtually see through, blue. There are activities for all here, including kids, so there is no reason not to make this a family vacation. Between the beach, shopping, diving and Mayan culture in the area, no one will leave here without a story to tell.
If you are bringing the kids to Cancun for a family vacation, your best bet for scheduled activities is to stay at an all-inclusive resort hotel. These hotels not only have restaurants, pools and beach access, they also have planned activities and games for the kids. You will find most of the all-inclusive hotels in an area called the "hotel zone" which is a stretch of beach area about 17 miles long. There is a link to a list of all hotels below under the Resources section.
If you want to take your kids exploring the Cancun area, a great place to start is the Mayan Riviera a few miles south. This is where you will find the second largest barrier reef in the world and lagoons just waiting for divers, and a park named Xcaret a couple miles from Cancun. Xcaret seems to be a combination zoo, aquarium and nature center. It is where you can choose to swim with sharks, walk through tropical gardens full of animals or swim with dolphins. There is also Mayan ruins such as El Meco where you can show the kids what a Mayan pyramid looked like.
If the kids want to be even more adventurous, there are tours that will take you mountain biking through the woods, or if you prefer you can go by jeep. The area also boasts the longest zip lines in South America at locations like Xplor, which is a recreation area that also gives you and the kids the opportunity to swim or raft in a cave underground. Other outdoor activities also include the beach, diving and fishing.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.