Family Destinations in Cancun

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My husband and I recently took our two kids to Cancun to enjoy a little of what Mexico has to offer.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, so I was a pleasantly surprised at just how amazing everything turned out to be.  We crammed a lot into the four days we were there, but in the interest of keeping things short, here are the five attractions we enjoyed the most.

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Family Destinations in Cancun
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Dolphinaris Cancun
One of the first things we decided to do was spend some time with the dolphins over at Dolphinaris Cancun.  We signed our kids up for the “Trainer for a Day” program and they had a blast!  They got to feed and care for the dolphins, participate in the daily training routine and even do an underwater swim!  The trainers taught the children a lot about the dolphins and we found the whole experience very rewarding. 

The only downside was we were not allowed to bring our own camera in.  The staff took plenty of great pictures that were available for purchase afterward, but they were a bit pricey.  All in all, it was a fantastic experience!

Interactive Aquarium
We took a break while shopping at the La Isla Mall to visit the Interactive Aquarium.   It’s such a sweet little aquarium and it’s very affordable!  Besides the plethora of marine life to see, there is also touch pools featuring sting rays and a dolphin and sea lion show.  There are times during the day when you can take pictures with the sea lion, so plan ahead for that. The kids were absolutely delighted by the whole experience. 

Cancun Adventure – Day Tours
This was, hands down, my favorite part of our trip.  History, snorkeling and tons of gorgeous scenery, all in one day!  We started at the ruins of the Maya city, Tulum.   Our wonderful guide taught us about a multitude of historical sites and explained the significance of the Castle, the Temple of the Masks and the God Chaac.  It was utterly fascinating!  We were even given a bit of free time to play in the water and enjoy the beach.    Our next stop was Xel-Ha, where we went on a short snorkeling adventure.  We saw tons of gorgeous fish and explored the cenotes, where the water was frigid but still amazing!  There was food and drink during the entire trip and all of our equipment was provided by the company.  It was worth every penny.

Captain Hook Barco Pirata Pirate Ship
My son is going through a bit of a pirate phase at the moment, so when I was planning our Cancun vacation I made sure to book a trip on the El Bucanero II.   We had so much fun on this little excursion that our kids didn’t stop talking about it for weeks.  The night starts out with the crew of the ship explaining the history of Cancun, Isla Mujeres and the famous pirates.  A delicious lobster and steak dinner is provided, as well as plenty of drinks for the adults.  After dinner, the Black Pearl glides up alongside the El Bucanero II and there’s a glorious mock pirate battle.  It was non-stop entertainment and we’re sure to remember it for years to come.

Playa Delfines
No trip is complete without visiting a non-touristy local site.  We decided to spend our last day in Cancun at the beach, relaxing and enjoying the sun.  Playa Delfines offers gorgeous views, perfect waves and a quiet place to take in the beauty of Mexico.  There are restrooms, security and lots of locals selling snacks.  Don’t forget your sunscreen!

I can’t believe how long I put off going to Mexico.  We had an incredible trip and I can’t wait to go back.  If you’ve been to Cancun, or are planning on going soon, tell me about your trip in the comments section!
Susan Crown
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As a freelance writer for Holiday Place, Susan Crown loves having the opportunity to write about all her family travel adventures. When she’s not writing or traveling, she enjoys swimming, reading and gnawing on jawbreakers.

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