Whenever we get the chance to vacation for spring break we always head to our favorite place… Cancun! We are heading south of the border for another fun spring break and I want to share some family friendly activities to do while you’re there.
We have been vacationing in Cancun for fifteen years together. Dave and I knew that once we started a family we wouldn’t miss a year there if we could help it. We have traveled to Mexico four times as a family and I get a lot of questions on safety and travel expectations with kids. I will dive into that in this post!
We first took Bradley to Cancun when he was 1.5 years old. It was our first trip out of the country with a baby. We had an amazing first experience traveling with him which probably explains how he got the travel bug so early in life. Our flight was a breeze thanks to Baby Einstein and endless amounts of snacks. Bradley was made for the beach. Endless hours of beach time mixed with pool time was all he needed. We didn’t let having a baby with us keep us from doing some exploring. We went out into town each night for dinner and there was plenty going on everywhere to keep him entertained. Carlos n’ Charlies is an awesome family friendly restaurant and we try to visit each time we are down there. It is located in a very popular and busy area of Cancun so there is a lot of entertainment for all ages there!
Fast forward three years and we were doing the same thing, this time with Wesley. When we first went to Cancun as a family of four Wesley was 9 months old and Bradley was 4 years old. Of course vacations are different when you travel with kids. It’s not the same Cancun experience you probably had in your college years but we have a blast every time and it is always our favorite vacation of the year. There are plenty of restaurants that are family friendly and so many excursions you can do with little kids in tow.
Our favorite day trip is to a little island off Cancun called Isla Mujeres. It is an absolute dream. Bradley loves it because we rent a golf cart to drive around the island for the day and he thinks that’s the best thing ever! We have lunch at a little place right on the beach and the kids get to play in the sand while we eat and watch the catamarans come in. The boys love and there’s nothing more I need than all the chips and guacamole and ice cold beer. Everybody wins! Isla Mujeres has a turtle sanctuary where they rescue injured turtles from the wild and keep them until they are well enough to be released back into the ocean. You can feed turtles and they have a small hands-on tank for kids to interact with starfish and other sea creatures. Our next favorite place to visit is the lighthouse on the south side of the island. You can find a restaurant with the most incredible view and a few Mayan Ruins along the beach. A few shops including an ice cream shop are also located here. If it’s swimming you are after, you must go to Playa Norte. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants and the water is crystal clear as far as you can see. Definitely add a trip to Isla Mujeres to your itinerary!
In Cancun we spend most days going between the pool and the beach. We have taken day trips to Tulum and Chichen Itza and I highly recommend doing both of those. If you are wanting a true, authentic Mexican experience I recommend heading to downtown Cancun. This is primarily locals and always the best food and hospitality you will get anywhere else. We always take the boys for dinner downtown at least one night because they have activities every night for kids. Powerwheel cars are available for the kids to drive around and they have local dance teams and bands perform. Food trucks and carnival rides are also available. It’s a kids paradise! We feel like Cancun is a very safe place to travel to with kids. The people are the nicest and most welcoming I have ever experienced with international travel. My kids love being there and always make friends. It’s amazing how kids do not let language barriers keep them from playing together and having a great time!
We always stay at the same resort when we are in Cancun. The Royal Cancun has been our main choice for a resort and we have also stayed at their sister resort, The Sands and both are amazing. They are extremely clean and family friendly. The food is amazing and there are always several restaurant options. Their spa is one of the best I’ve been to. Their employees are extremely friendly and go above and beyond when it comes to meeting your vacation needs. They can help you book any excursion and will make a reservation at any restaurant for you, too. They have a kids club for kids 5 years and up with lots of fun activities. I have recommended this resort to several friends and family members and everyone had a great experience.
The boys Grandparents are always down there with us when we visit so we usually sneak in a date night. We hit our two favorite (non-kid friendly) spots. Our first stop is always La Casa del Habano for the word’s best mojitos and cigars. The bartender is from Cuba and you will never have a mojito like the one he makes. We sit out on the balcony and watch the sunset… the most romantic spot in Cancun! Our favorite dinner spot is Lorenzillos. It is right over the water on the lagoon side on Cancun. Lorenzillos is famous for their lobster menu and incredible view. The lobsters are the best you will find anywhere! Alligators live under the deck and if you are lucky, you will get to see the staff feed them. It is such a cool experience!
If you are looking for a great place for a family friendly vacation I highly recommend Cancun! It has our heart and will continue to be our top choice for spring break vacation!