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The Yucatan Peninsula is a children’s paradise

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If you are worried about traveling to Mexico with your children, don’t sweat. The biggest thing you have to worry about is sunburn. The Cancun – Playa del Carmen – Mayan Riviera tourist corridor is a children’s paradise. It is safe, secure, affordable and most of all FUN!

Even better if you’re planning to visit Mérida and the Maya route. The state of Yucatán is simply the safest region in all Mexico and boasts a wide array of incredible activities for children of all ages.

Documentation: A passport is recommended for children traveling into Mexico, but it’s not mandatory. Minors traveling without a passport must provide the same identification as an adult.

Minors can enter Mexico with just one of their parents, without the written permission of the other.

Minors can travel alone, but if they are under 16, they must carry written permission from their parents [or guardian] in Spanish or English, signed before a representative in a Mexican Embassy or a public notary or the police office of your locality. This applies also for minors traveling with an adult different from their parents.

As minors frequently lack valid-official photo I.D., the Consulate strongly recommends obtaining a passport. The passport will act as proof of nationality and identity in this case.


Cancun, once considered the “Spring Break Capital of the World,” is now a world class vacation destination that offers tours and activites for all ages.

Water Parks

Cancun is home to two waterparks, Sea Adventure and Wet n’ Wild. Sea Adventure is better for younger children, while kids of all ages will enjoy Wet n’ Wild.


Sea Adventure Water Park (Photo USA Today)


Wet n’ Wild Water Park (Photo: USA Today)







Interactive Aquarium, located in the Hotel Zone in La Isla shopping mall, provides a couple hours of fun after the beach and before dinner.

La Isla Interactive aquarium (Photo: USA Today)

La Isla Interactive aquarium (Photo: USA Today)


A day trip to Xcaret or Xel-Ha, two ecoparks located in the Riviera Maya, is an experience that the entire family will enjoy.


Xel-ha (Photo: USA Today)

Crococun is an interactive conservation zoo located just 19 miles from downtown Cancun that began as a crocodile breeding farm.


Crococun (Photo: USA Today)

Capitan Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise is also a must… Sail the high seas on a replica of an 18th century Spanish Galleon for dinner and an exciting pirate battle. This tour departs from the Embaradero (right next to the big bridge in the Hotel Zone) every evening at 7 pm.


Capitan Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise (Photo: mycancuntours.com)

Parque las Palapas, located in downtown Cancun, is the closest thing the city has to a town square. On weekend evenings there are activities for children and quite often, free performances. This gives kids an idea of what life is like for local children.

Parque Las Palapas Cancun (Photo: marginalboundaries.com)

Parque Las Palapas Cancun (Photo: marginalboundaries.com)

Isla Mujeres

Don’t leave Cancún without spending a day on Isla Mujeres with your kids, zip lining at an adventure park, diving into a cool cenote or swimming with dolphins and sea turtles — just a few of the activites you can enjoy there.


Snorkeling in Isla-Mujeres (Photo: aquaworld.com.mx)


Sunday bicycle route
Every Sunday from 8 am to 12:30 pm, 5 km (3.5 miles) of roads in Merida are closed off to traffic allowing cyclists to enjoy a morning of bicycling in a family-oriented ambiance that is healthy and safe. “La Bici-Ruta” runs from La Ermita de Santa Isabel on Calle 77 at 64 to the Main Plaza, then north along Paseo de Montejo all the way to railroad tracks on Prolongación. If you don’t have a bike you can rent one for $6 USD.

Biciruta en Mérida (Photo: unionyucatan.mx)

Biciruta en Mérida (Photo: unionyucatan.mx)

Centenario Zoo
A well done zoo featuring many of the animals of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has a wonderful bird exhibit in a giant aviary that you can wlk through. Set in a beautiful park with play areas for kids, it`s located on Avenida Itzaes and Calle 59. There is a mini train that you can ride around the zoo and rowboats in a miniature lake.

Zoologico Centenario Merida (Photo: Sipse)

Zoologico Centenario Merida (Photo: Sipse)

Las Américas Park
This wonderful four block park is a happening on Sundays. Located on Avenida Colón, you will find live music on the acoustic bowl outdoor auditorium, dances, clowns shows, food and craft vendors, all in a family atmosphere.

Parque las Americas (Photp: album.enfemenino.com)

Parque las Americas (Photo: album.enfemenino.com)

Zoológico Animaya: In the Bicentennial Park Zoo Animaya you create your own adventure! Among magnificent landscapes and surrounded by incredible animals, discover our Safari style tours by land or on the river. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free admission.

Tapir at Animaya Zoo (

Tapir at Animaya Zoo (www.merida.gob.mx/animaya)


Cenotes: underwater natural cathedrals

Submerged caves throughout the Yucatan Peninsula hide gems for divers and archaeologists alike – including cathedral-like caverns, and crystal clear waters safe and fun for adults and children alike.


Yodzonot cenote (Google)

Admire the Yucatan’s flamingos

The Celestun Biosphere is an undiscovered luxury wildlife retreat, with fantastic bird watching opportunities and environmentally focused luxury lodging. Kids will love to take the boat ride amidst the mangroves and admire the magnificent flamingoes.

Flamingos in Celest{un, Yucat{an (Photo: SIPSE)

Flamingos in Celest{un, Yucatan (Photo: SIPSE)

The forgotten ruins of Ruta Puuc

Reconnect with the history and cultural legacy of the Maya at these alternative archaeological sites just a day-trip south of Mérida.


Ruta Puuc (Photo: Google)


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  • http://www.yucatantoday.com/
  • www.merida.gob.mx/animaya/

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