What to do with the family in the Riviera Maya?

Families that travel together stay together, so why not make it an even more special Riviera Maya vacation by doing activities as a family? Get away from the comfort of your resort’s swimming pool and go see a world of experiences in a diverse landscape that includes eco-parks, beaches, jungles and freshwater rivers beneath the hidden land.

No doubt, the kids and the parents alike will want to visit the most family-friendly eco-park in the Riviera Maya: Xcaret. This amazing place provides you with natural activities such as snorkeling, archaeological sightseeing and even animal watching. Cultural performances and even lounging on the beach are also part of this must-do family activity in the Riviera Maya

One of the world-renowned traits of the Riviera Maya landscape is the presence of freshwater sinkholes called cenotes. Even underground rivers are part of this network that opens up to a world of majestic rock formations, best viewed by snorkeling. Go explore a cenote hidden away beneath the Mayan jungle, providing ample refreshment for the whole family. Of course, visitors of all ages can also experience the magic of swimming next to fish and other colorful sea life with saltwater snorkeling adventures.

Swimming with dolphins is another favorite family activity for Riviera Maya guests. Nature’s brightest sea mammals are waiting to make your acquaintance by giving you a ride in their water dwelling, one which is Puerto Morelos on the northern part of the Riviera Maya region. Imagine the joy on your children’s faces as they get to shake hands and give them a sweet kiss!

And without forgetting that Cozumel is an indispensable part of the Riviera Maya, make sure you visit this marvelous island with the whole family. Everyone can try out something unforgettable like swimming with stingrays (no barbs, don’t worry), or even just relaxing at a beach club next to the island’s clear water.

Still not sure about which family activities to do in the Riviera Maya? Take a look at some of the best hand-picked excursions just for your family:





Live one of the all-time favorite family activities in the Riviera Maya at the amazing Xcaret. This eco-park is known all over the world because of its combination of natural beauty, cultural encounters and total relaxation at its beach and underground river settings. Your family will find plenty of things to do at Xcaret any time of year.

Chichen Itza Deluxe

Get completely away from your Riviera Maya resort by visiting the ancient city of Chichen Itza. The whole family will enjoy this activity not just because of the encounter with majestic Mayan temples, but because of a swim in an 85-foot-deep freshwater sinkhole and a delicious local lunch.

Dolphin Ride in Puerto Morelos

Take the whole family on this activity in the northern sector of the Riviera Maya for an unforgettable encounter with dolphins. Your trainers will give you a rundown on how to interact with these sea mammals, and you can even kiss and hug your dolphin friends before they perform incredible tricks for you.

Underwater World

Go on a half-day snorkeling adventure with the family and explore the underwater world of the Riviera Maya. Everyone will enjoy snorkeling in both fresh and saltwater settings, allowing you to see incredible sea turtles and fish in the Caribbean, plus breathtaking rock formations in an underground river beneath the jungle.

Chaak Tun

Discover a world of wonder beneath the Mayan jungle at the Chaak Tun freshwater cenote, one of the Riviera Maya’s secrets and a perfect family activity. Snorkel in this underground river and see incredible rock formations in what the Mayans considered a portal to their gods.

Cozumel Total

Have an amazing day with the family in the Riviera Maya island of Cozumel and experience water activities such as swimming with friendly stingrays and other sea creatures. The kids will also love activities like jumping in a water trampoline as the adults relax at a beach club next to the gorgeous Caribbean Sea.

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