Cancun is one of the GREATEST family places for holidays! Don’t think is just a spring break destination for college-aged kids. Tourists of all ages abound and there’s something for everyone in the family in Cancun. We have here 10 tips for you:
1) Do you need a passport to fly into Cancun?
Yes, a passport is required to fly into Cancun. However, all U.S. citizens age 16 or older must present a valid U.S. passport book or passport card to re-enter the U.S. by land. A passport book is required to return to the United States via an international flight.
Children under 18 traveling without parents or with only one parent must travel with a notarized letter from the absent parent or parents authorizing the travel.
2) What is the best month to go for a holiday in Cancun?
As you probably know, Cancun has a tropical weather with two main seasons: the dry season from November to June and the wet season from June to November. The highest prices for holidays are in the middle of the summer (July/August) and from December to March. You can get the lowest prices in May, June, October and November, but our recommandation is November, because the wet season is ending, the temperature is perfect and it isn’t crowded.
3) How many days should we go to Cancun for?
You should go for as many days as you can because it is a beautiful destination with lots of things to do. The longer the better, but don’t go for any less than 7 days. As a tip, you should reserve the holiday a few months earlier to get good deals for flights and rooms. Before leaving for your trip, check with your pediatrician or family doctor to get advice on medications to take along for your children.
4) What places should we visit on our Cancun holidays?
There are so many places to visit in Cancun and around it: Popular Mayan Ruins, Colonial Towns, Churches, Beaches, Diving Reefs, Wildlife Reserves, Eco-Parks and Theme Parks, Cenotes and Caves, Nightspots, Traditional Festivals, Traditional restaurants of the Yucatan cuisine, Shopping centers.
5) Do we need to rent a car?
It depends: If you are an active person and you want more action than relaxing on the resort beach then you should definitely rent a car for your Cancun holidays. By having a car you can get to any touristic location whenever you want, without waiting for the tour bus, van or taxi. In the same time there is a great bus system and collectivos (vans), so you can use them very easy.
6 Tips: Rent a Car for relaxing Cancun holidays
6) Would it be cheaper to get a taxi or shuttle from the airport to my hotel?
It is cheaper to get a shuttle from the airport to the hotel zone, but if you haven’t booked a ride, the van drivers wait until the van is full and then drop passengers off according to destinations. This can delay your arrival at your hotel. If you want to book a shuttle you can choose Bestday.com. In the same time if you want to go to the airport you should know that no colectivo service returns to the airport from Ciudad Cancun or the Hotel Zone, so you must hire a taxi. The trip from the Hotel Zone to the Airport is around $14, and you can use any local taxi, but from the Airport to the Hotel Zone you can use only federally chartered Taxis with a cost between $40 to $60.
7) Does all inclusive hotels worth staying at?
The all Inclusive option is the way to go, specially if you travel with kids. Almost all of the resorts have playgrounds and pools for children and hire caretakers who offer special activity programs during the day, plus you don’t have to worry about the food and drinks. A problem solved!
8) Where is the best snorkeling?
There are a lot of places for snorkeling, but the most popular are Cozumel, Akumal and Xcaraet in Playa del Carmen. If you just want to put on your mask and jump in the water to see fish and coral without the hassle of choosing the best places to go, let Cancun Mermaid tours (cancunmermaid.com) take care of the details for you. According to Frommer’s, this is the best snorkel tour company in Cancun. Guides will take you on a trip from Cancun to the Mesoamerican Reef in Puerto Morelos, 26 miles south of the city. You will view completely unspoiled and highly regulated coral reef and incredible varieties of bright and exotic sea life. The basic tours go to two spots on the reef, and another tour includes a bicycle ride to additional snorkeling hot spots.
9) Top 10 Cancun restaurants for kids
- Senor Frogs
- Chocolate City
- Outback Steakhouse Cancun
- Planet Hollywood
- El Shrimp Bucket
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
10) Top 10 Cancun family resorts
- Club Med Cancun Yucatan
- Crown Paradise Club Resort and Spa
- Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa
- Great Parnassus Resort and Spa
- Oasis Palm Beach Resort and Spa
- Palace Resorts
- Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach
- J.W. Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
- Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
- Royal Resorts Cancun
- Beach Palace Wyndham Grand Resort, All Inclusive