Is your family full of adventurers? Cancún and the surrounding area in the Riviera Maya (home to such stellar all-inclusive properties as Occidental Costa Cancún, Occidental Tucancún and Occidental at Xcaret Destination) are packed with incredible family friendly Cancún experiences that will get all of your pulses pounding. An added bonus – in between all the excitement, you’ll learn something too. (Don’t tell the kids!)
Good To Know: If these family friendly Cancún adventures are a little too adventurous for the youngest members of your family, don’t worry – Occidental Costa Cancún, Occidental Tucancún and Occidental at Xcaret Destination offer a babysitting service.
Fly Above The Trees
Selvatica Adventure Park’s Extreme Canopy Tour is a zipline family friendly Cancún adventure like no other, with high-flying thrills that you’ll be talking about long after your vacation is over. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the 250-acre park, which is located about a half-hour south of Cancún in the heart of a tropical jungle. It’s the longest – and fastest – canopy tour in the area. The new Tarzania: The Human Roller-Coaster Zipline is an unforgettable ride. Practice your best Tarzan yell beforehand!
Journey Through The Jungle
Experience the very best of the Mayan Riviera’s diverse (but always spectacular) landscapes. Occidental Costa Cancún’s Mayan jungle tour takes you on a journey through teeming jungle trails in the comfort of a 4×4 Mercedes Benz. You’ll rappel into an ancient cenote for swimming, participate in an authentic Mayan ceremony (presented by a real Mayan shaman) and encounter playful spider monkeys in the trees above you.
Explore A Tropical Paradise
Located on the legendary Isla Mujeres, Garrafon Park is just a 25-minute boat ride from Cancun, but its pristine beauty feels a world away from everywhere. It’s the kind of place that encourages exploration. Snorkel in crystal clear waters amidst an array of dazzling marine life and colorful reef formations. Take a kayak out to hidden coves and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Climb to the top of Punta Sur, the highest point on the island, and home to a centuries-old Mayan temple.
Uncover Eco Adventures
Climb aboard Occidental at Xcaret Destination’s complimentary riverboat and travel into another world. At the Xcaret Park you’ll uncover countless eco-adventures, cultural immersion and delectable cuisine. The resort’s Unlimited Xcaret Xperience package offers guests unlimited access to the park’s 40 amazing exhibits and attractions, including underground rivers and pools, a Coral Reef Aquarium, a Butterfly Pavilion, a Manatee Lagoon and much more.
Visit Puerto Morelos
Located between the Riviera Maya resorts of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos is one of the most charming and peaceful spots in the region. The fishing here is legendary, as is the snorkeling – the reef just off-shore is part of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest reef system in the world. But no matter what you end up doing in Puerto Moreles, you’ll fall in love with the laid-back Caribbean vibe of this colorful village.
Eat out at XB Restaurante
If you’re looking for something quick and casual, XB Restaurante is a great family friendly Cancún dining option. With a menu filled with favorites (pizza, burgers, nachos and much more) and a high-energy atmosphere, it’s one of the best places to eat in Cancún.
Travel back in time
Family friendly Cancún’s rich Mayan heritage comes to life at Museo Maya de Cancún, located in the heart of the city’s hotel zone. Offering access to one of the Yucatán’s most important collections of Mayan artifacts, the sleekly designed museum features more than 400 incredible pieces of sculpture, ceramics and jewelry on display at any one time. A visit here will illuminate the fascinating rise-and-fall of the Mayan empire. You’ll learn all about the beliefs, traditions and day-to-day life of the Mayan people. This isn’t just a museum – it also incorporates the archaeological site of San Miguelito, which visitors can explore. San Miguelito features the highest Mayan pyramid in the area.
Swim With Gentle Giants
This is an adventure you’ll never forget. From June through mid-September, The largest gathering of whale sharks on the planet takes place off the coast of Cancun. You can have a close encounter with amazing whale sharks – swimming alongside the biggest fishes on the planet. And before you ask, these creatures are docile, friendly and only eat microscopic organisms such as fish eggs, krill and plankton. Outfitters will help you have a respectful interaction with these gentle giants.
Take a walk on the wild side
Get up close and personal with some of Cancún’s wildest characters. Croco Cun Zoo is a wildlife sanctuary filled with all kinds of creatures great and small. Keep your eyes on the trees above for playful spider monkeys swinging from tree to tree. Say hello to a slithery boa constrictor – don’t worry, he’s friendly. And if you’re feeling brave, have an encounter with the Zoo’s incredible crocodiles.