Put your typical zoo outing to shame with a kayaking odyssey through the Nichupte Lagoon. Wedged between the hotel zone and the city proper, this expanse of paradise is the perfect place to get active and learn about ecosystems. Watch fish flit through the mangroves as you paddle by, and hear birds call down to you in a symphony of chirps and squawks. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins or manta rays along the way.
Sure, the shores of Cancun make for world-class beach days, but for a beach day that’s downright mystical, take a trip to a cenote just outside the city. For the uninitiated, a cenote is a natural pit or sinkhole that forms when limestone bedrock collapses and exposes groundwater. In practice, they’re so much more than a hole in the ground — imagine an enchantingly clear pool, inside a grotto, hidden within a forest. The site is saturated with an air of magic; your family’s cannonball contest is certain to have an air of reverence that your local pool can never hope to match.
Introducing your kids to the remnants of other civilizations is a treasured task in parenting; nowhere is it easier than at El Rey Ruins. Found on the southern end of the Cancun Island, this collection of weathered ruins was once a royal retreat for the mighty Mayan empire. A visit here will undoubtedly captivate your little ones with the scale and scope of history … or at the very least, the legion of iguanas all sunning themselves throughout the grounds will entertain them.
Honestly, all the above are really just recommendations; you can very easily enjoy an entire vacation in absolute bliss at a resort … especially if it’s a Palace Resort. You have a host of options to choose from — Beach Palace, Moon Palace and Moon Palace The Grand — all perfect home bases for your next tropical getaway. Sandcastle-building, pool days, gourmet dining and luxe service are par for the course while you lounge idyllically along a stunning coastline with your every want or whim accounted for. Who knew family vacations could be so utterly relaxing?