The Mexican Caribbean — featuring world-class tourism hot spots in the state of Quintana Roo like Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Holbox, Isla Mujeres — continues to refine its offerings, enhancing an already superlative slate of amenities and facilities with new direct flights from the United States, several new resorts that have recently opened or are preparing to debut in 2019, and a host of new attractions.
A sampling of other highlights visitors can expect in 2019 includes several new hotels, such as the family-friendly all-inclusive Royalton Cancun; AMResorts’ family-friendly Sunscape Star Cancun, all-new Now Natura Riviera Cancun and Breathless Playa del Carmen; Paradisus Playa Mujeres north of Cancun; and the luxury eco-boutique hotel, La Casa de la Playa from Destination Xcaret.
Paradise for All Ages
The Mexican Caribbean is a natural choice for families. After all, few destinations have such a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities and attractions, as well as family-friendly hotels with extensive children’s programs and adult-pleasing amenities. Even getting to the Mexican Caribbean is easy, thanks to the abundance of flights that link Cancun International Airport with every major North American city. That means families can arrive quickly and hassle free, ready to start an exciting vacation. And with so many options throughout the region—including Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Cozumel, as well as up-and-coming destinations like Holbox and Bacalar—travelers are sure to find the perfect fit.
Joining the Club
Hotels in the Mexican Caribbean have taken the concept of children’s clubs to the next level. Today’s programs are robust, diverse and guaranteed to delight. At the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach and the Royalton Riviera Cancun, for example, children can splash around their own dedicated water park, while at the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, bumper cars and bowling are lively diversions. At Generations Riviera Maya, children ages four to 12 can sign up for Little Eko Chefs, a program that includes a tour of a 76,000-square-foot greenhouse, where kids pick items to use during a hands-on cooking class, and at Dreams Sands Cancun, the Explorer’s Club features a camping adventure on the beach.
And don’t worry about the teens: They have their own spaces at hotels throughout the region, with special clubs and amenities, like the Black and White Junior’s Club for ages 13 to 19 at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, and the opportunity to be a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun’s Music Lab. Indeed, the Mexican Caribbean’s family-oriented hotels are designed to provide everything kids of all ages and parents need for a memorable vacation.
Make It Multi-Generational
With its relaxing Caribbean coastline and vibrant natural beauty, the Mexican Caribbean makes it easy for families to recharge, reconnect and create new memories together. And the region’s diverse array of activities, attractions and hotels means that everyone—from grandparents to parents to kids—will find lots to love. And when it comes to hotels, many properties are adept at blending kid-oriented amenities with upscale and even romantic features for grownups. Several hotels throughout the region feature both family-friendly sections and adults-only sections to provide a tranquil respite for grownups who need some quality time away from the kids; just a sampling includes Finest Playa Mujeres, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, and the newly opened adults-only TRS Coral, which shares an entertainment village with the adjacent family-friendly Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa.
Out and About
Outside of the resorts, the Mexican Caribbean is packed with excitement for all ages. Kids delight in visiting the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the region, such as Tulum and Coba, even sneaking in a bit of history hidden in fun. In Cancun, kids can meet friendly sea mammals at Dolphin Discovery or set sail for adventure on the Captain Hook pirate dinner cruise.
From May to October, families can also join sea turtle release programs, while from May to September, whale shark excursions take visitors for snorkeling experiences with the gentle giants. Further south, in the Riviera Maya town of Akumal, swimmers of all ages can jump into the tranquil waters of picturesque cenotes. And nearby, Experiencias Xcaret operates multiple noteworthy attractions— including Xel-Há, where visitors can snorkel amid hundreds of colorful fish, and Xcaret, which offers everything from Mayan dance performances to a butterfly pavilion and a Children’s World.
The islands offer their own special thrills, as well. On scenic Isla Mujeres, for example, kids of all ages can enjoy riding around the island on a golf cart, while on Cozumel, Playa Mia Beach Club has water slides and an underwater “Mayan city” replica for snorkelers to explore.
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