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Family-Friendly Activities in the Mexican Caribbean

The Mexican Caribbean offers so much for a family of all ages to explore, from beautiful beaches to mysterious cenote-filled jungles, ancient ruins and plenty of new foods to try. The Mexican Caribbean is a region in Mexico that comprises the state of Quintana Roo along with several islands, including Cozumel. The state is split into several different regions, the Riviera Maya, Maya Ka'an and Grand Costa Maya regions being the largest. Several well-known cities and towns are located within these regions, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar and more. Read on to learn about just some of the amazing experiences you and your family can discover in the Mexican Caribbean.

Ventura Park

Ventura Park is Cancun's newest waterpark, complete with waterslides, bungee swings, ziplines and more. A ticket includes unlimited food and beverages, plus the park also offers the option to swim with a dolphin, which is a memorable experience for the whole family.


Aquaworld is a fun ocean-centric place to bring the whole family in Cancun. There, you can enjoy renting jet skis, learning to scuba dive, or rent a variety of ocean-based tours, including private boats, fishing experiences or snorkeling off the coast of Isla Mujeres.


Selvatica is located in Puerto Morelos and is a jungle-filled adventure park featuring 12 ziplines, ATV tours and a slower-paced exploration of the region's cenotes and caves with Naturall, which are perfect for families who love action-packed vacations.


Located in Cancun, Xcaret Parks feature more than 50 natural and cultural attractions to explore, making it a perfect experience for everyone. From swimming in underground rivers to wandering through the Butterfly Pavilion, guests will be delighted by all their discoveries. Families here can also enjoy Mexican cuisine. Families that stay at one of Xcaret's hotels get free access to each of the Xcaret parks.

Discover Mayan Ruins

The Mexican Caribbean is home to a wealth of archaeological sites that are open to the public to learn about Mayan history and culture. To the island ruins of Tulum to other large sites like Kohunlich and El Rey, this area is great for exploring the glory of an ancient civilization. Check out the Mexican Caribbean's travel website to find the most recent information on which archaeological sites are currently open to the public.

MUSA: The Underwater Museum of Art

Scuba, snorkeling and art lovers can unite at the incredibly unique and beautiful MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art, located in the National Marine Park of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Families can enjoy not only the beautiful natural scenery of a tropical underwater world, but statues set deep into the ocean floor. The "museum" unlike any other museum on the planet features three galleries, two in Cancun and one off of Isla Mujeres.

Chaak Tun

Become a cave explorer and enter the Mayan underworld of Xibalba with Chaak Tun, a tour company that offers cave tours in Playa del Carmen. Families can swim and

Rio Secreto Cave Tour

Another cave tour, the Rio Secreto Cave Tour is located within Playa del Carmen's Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. The tour takes families on an expedition through an underwater cave, complete with stalagmites and stalagmites.

Visit a Museum

Families who are tired from their outdoor adventuring can slow things down and explore one of the region's many museums to learn more about the region's past and culture, like the 3D Museum of Wonders in Playa del Carmen, the Island Museum in Cozumel, the Piracy Museum in Bacalar and more!

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