“Party’s Off, Folks” — Cancun For Families


Cancun sometimes gets a bad rap for families. Okay, yeah, there are parties, drinking, and revelry galore. But that’s not all there is to this Mexican city. After you pull back the curtains, it turns out that Cancun is a wonderful destination for families with kids of all ages. Here are some of the reasons why this fine destination makes holidays in Cancun a choice for everyone, and not just spring breakers.

The Water

This is big reason why people started coming here way back when. The climate is hot nearly the whole year round, with very little rain, and with water and beaches bordering, developers flocked to Cancun. The result is a variety of water activities to choose from. Take, for instance, Xel-Ha Park (about 122 km south of Cancun), a natural, well it’s kinda hard to describe it. It’s an aquatic theme park that also serves as an aquarium, turtle reserve, research center, water exploring area (snorkeling with dolphins and sharks is offered). It’s all conveniently located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, making it worth a trip in itself, but there are so many water activities (for any and every age) around Cancun, you can forgive yourself for feeling that little bit spoiled.

The Culture

Instead of a current cultural experience of Mexico, holidays in Cancun are a trip to their cultural past. One of the most famous, well-preserved Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza, is nearby. So are the Tulum ruins, close to Xel-Ha Park (some of the ruins cross into the park). Your family can see a slice of history up close and in good fettle. There are plenty of places to get shopping done as well, be it for a souvenir or designer clothes. Street markets are especially fun, a place where street food, trinket booths, and music come together for a warm and typically Mexican atmosphere.

The Food

Part of the fun of going to new places is the new variety of food available, and Cancun has plenty of it. A popular dish is the Pescado a la Tikin-Xic, fish prepared with annatto, sour orange, peppers, tomatoes, red onions, and spices. It’s then wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled over charcoal, giving it a smoky taste. There’s a wealth of other Yucután dishes, but they all get washed down with a glass of cold coconut milk.

So as you can see, Cancun is for partiers and families alike. A city with so many activities is bound to please almost anyone. Sound good?


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