10 reasons Cancun is the perfect family vacation
The Yucatan peninsula’s Cancun is packed with options for a family vacation from fun-filled days on the beach to a day at one of the top attractions. You can visit one of the many cenotes in the area or visit a stunning Pyramid for a taste of Mayan history. Best of all the weather is gorgeous.
Here are 10 reasons why Cancun is the perfect family vacation
1. Perfect weather
The best weather for visiting Cancun is from November through to February. The temperatures are usually in the low to mid 80s, and the humidity is not too bad, with rain only falling on 6-12 days of each month.
March through to May is when the heat and humidity is at its most extreme. The average daily temperature is in the low 90s, and temperatures of 106° F are not uncommon. It starts to cool off a bit in May when the rains start. You can expect 10 days of rain in the month.
June through to October is rainy season although it is still hot and humidity can be high. It will rain fairly often; expect downpours of rain on approximately 20 days in each of these months. Keep in mind this is also hurricane season.
2. Stunning beaches
With white sand lapped by turquoise water, Cancun has some of the most stunning beaches in the world! Delfines beach is wide, offering shade and toilet facilities. With some big waves to play in keep an eye on the youngsters. If you have toddlers you might prefer a beach like Las Perlas this beach is perfect, with shallow waters and no waves.
3. Amazing wildlife
Love nature? You will love Cancun. The snorkelling here is just amazing; with the second biggest reef in the world you will see hundreds of exotic fish and marine life. You can even swim with turtles at Akumal Bay, just over an hour’s drive from Cancun. If you’re really adventurous try swimming with whale sharks, manta rays, or dolphins. You can catch the Whale sharks migration between May and September.
4. Mayan Archaeological sites
Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Tulum with a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea, Coba and many other archaeological sites are within a couple of hours drive. These are perfect day trips for the kids, seeing some amazing pyramids and learning about the Mayan culture.
5. Visit a cenote
A cenote is sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes the underground water. These are great for the kids to swim in without the worry of currents or waves putting. Take your snorkel and see some of the fish that live there and don’t forget your cameras because you will get some spectacular pictures to take home
6. Adventure & eco parks
There are some great adventure and eco parks in the area. Xel-Ha, Xcaret, Xplor, Rio Secreto, ,and Wet n Wild are some of the more established ones. Between them you will find wildlife, culture, zip lines and snorkelling. You’re guaranteed a fun-filled day at any of these parks.
Cancun covers all the bases when it comes to hotels and customer satisfaction is the number 1 priority. You can choose from Boutique hotels, budget hostels in down town Cancun, five-star all-inclusive hotels with kids clubs and water parks, eco friendly hotels and even a romantic cabana on the beach.
8. Mexican food
Quesadillas, Tacos, Tamales, Enchiladas, Fajitas and Sopes are just a few examples of the delicious food you can expect to find here. These can be found on any budget, everywhere, including top class restaurants, outdoor markets, and street food stalls. Personally we think the best option is to find a busy local restaurant. Don’t forget to try one of the many popular drinks such as Rompope, a fresh fruit-flavoured water, Atole, and not forgetting Mexico’s signature drink, Tequila.
9. A warm welcome
The moment you arrive in Mexico you will be assured a warm welcome. The locals understand that tourism is vital to the economy and go out of their way to help you if they can. Naturally friendly and warm people, try out your Spanish and you’ll make a friend.
10. Good Transportation
The Hotel Zone in Cancun is servicedby numerous buses and taxis thatcan take you anywhere you want to go, and the prices are very reasonable. The bus in the Hotel Zone charges around $12 pesos per ride, regardless of distance. Taxis are everywhere and the fares depend on distance, but compared to other countries are fairly cheap. Another option is to take an ADO bus. If you want to visit Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Valladolid or even Merida the bus station is in the heart of downtown Cancun (Pino St, between Tulum and Uxmal Ave.) There are 4 different bus lines departing almost every 30 minutes to the top destinations. All buses have A/C, comfortable seats and some have toilets.