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Best Activities for Families Around Playa del Carmen

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Best Activities for Families Around Playa del Carmen. 

Playa del Carmen is a wonderful resort offering laid-back beach leisure and various outdoor activities. Compared to crowded and noisy Cancun, it is notable for its European-like ambient and calm sea. Above all, many local attractions and amusement parks are focused on receiving family travelers. Today we’ve compiled for you an overview of the best activities for families around Playa del Carmen.

Xcaret Park  

Xcaret Park stands out among other adventure parks of the Riviera Maya. The park has more than 40 amusements and cultural attractions. Therefore, every family member will find something to their liking. Xcaret has a strong emphasis on Mayan culture. In other words, history lovers can learn a lot about the Mayans and the Mexican nation development.

Wandering around the park, you can witness scenes of the ancient tribes’ daily routine and a famous ball game. You are going to see the Mayan village, archaeological sites, medieval chapels, and enjoy a dance show in the evening. Nature admirers can explore local wild life in the Butterfly pavilion, Mushroom farm, Jaguar Island, Orchid Park, Aviary, and Coral Reef aquarium.

For the kids of 5-12 years old there is a Children’s world attraction. For instance, there they can enjoy mazes, natural cenotes, tunnels water slides, hanging bridges, climbing nets and other fun obstacles. Be ready to spend the whole day in the park full of the activities for kids and adults.

Xcaret is in 6 km (4 miles) from Playa del Carmen, Tulum direction. You can get by taxi, car, or local minivans called collectivos to Xcaret and other attractions.

Note: minimum age recommended: 5 y.o.

Xplor Park

Xplor Park is another park by Xcaret group, but with emphasize to the extreme activities for families. The Park occupies 59 hectares of jungle, 8 of which are under ground. The main attraction of Xcaret is its Zip-lines which have the longest route in Riviera Maya. There are two circuits of seven zip-lines each. In addition, the tourists may also try amphibious vehicle rides in the jungles, rafting, and kayaking in the underground river. The teenagers love to visit Dino Park with realistic models of dinosaurs, and a beautiful cave in which everyone can feel like a real speleologist.

Xplor is located in the same area as Xcaret, but closer to the highway.

Note: minimum age recommended: 5 y.o.

Xel Ha water park

Xel-Ha Park is one of the best water activities for families around Playa del Carmen. It offers snorkeling in lagoons, bicycle rides in the jungles, interaction with toucans, stingrays and manatees. Adrenaline addicts can jump off a cliff and try Salpichanga zip-lines with landing in the water. Similarly, like in Xcaret, Xel-Ha has the Children’s World section for kids under 12. Above all, the landmark of the park is its lighthouse where you can take a family picture with spectacular view of the Carrabin Sea.

Note: minimum age recommended: 5 y.o.

Dolphinaris Riviera Maya

Dolphinaris Riviera Maya Park is one of the most visited family activities in the region. It has a system of pools that are filled with seawater where the dolphins and manatees live. Here your family will enjoy the dolphin show and will have an opportunity to interact with them. The visitors play, exchange friendly handshakes and kisses with the animals. This is a really incredible experience for a person of any age.

Dolphinaris is about 20 km (12 miles) drive on the same Cancun-Tulum highway.

Note: minimum age recommended: 3 y.o.

La Joya Cirque Du Soleil in Riviera Maya

For artistic-minded people, the best family activity around Playa del Carmen is La Joya. In Spanish, Joya means pearl or jewel. This is the name of the show by Cirque Du Soleil of the Riviera Maya. The musical performance with acrobatic elements is dedicated to the history, culture and nature of Mexico. The main characters of the story are a natural scientist and his granddaughter. They are going on an expedition and find a real treasure in the depths of the mangroves. The show creators’ the goal was not only to present the most famous and spectacular circus in the world but to treat the guests with Mexican dished as well. Therefore, after the show, you will be invited to a traditional dinner.

La Joya is located 24 km (15 miles) Cancun direction.

Note: minimum age recommended: 3 y.o.

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals

Of course, the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary should not go unmentioned. If your kids enjoyed the interaction with animals in Xcaret or Dolphinaris, and want more, this is the right place to visit. The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is home not only for monkeys but also to 55 other different species. They were donated by circuses, zoos and the owners that couldn’t take care of their wild pets any more. Our team of biologists and vets rehabilitate the animals and, if possible, bring them back into their native habitat.

Another mission of the institution is to organize educative programs for local schools and hold the tours for the vacationers. We draw our visitor’s attention on the acute issue of some species extinction and explain that the wild animals are not pets. The guide will tell you interesting facts about the Sanctuary’s residents like their habits, diet, routine and how they got here. After that, and the best part of the tour is interaction with the monkeys, parrots and snakes.

We are located a little bit further than other amusement parks (38 km or 23 miles) in the Akumal village, but the tour really worth the ride.

We wish you amazing family vacations in Rivera Maya and we are always happy to see you!

Note: minimum age recommended: 5 y.o.

Best Activities for Families Around Playa del Carmen