We have been to Cancun twice. Both times in the winer. Once in December and once in January. Both times the weather was perfect. Warm but not hot with a light breeze, comfortable humidity and just a little rain.
Where To Stay:
– Marriott Cancun; we stayed here the first time we went. It was just Nate and I. It was clean and comfortable with a very Mexican vibe. The pool was ok and the room was a little dated but overall a good choice and reasonably priced.
– JW Marriott Cancun; this is adjacent to the Marriott. We ate dinner here once night but did not stay here. It is beautiful and the grounds were so pretty. It has a much more current but still resort feel. I have not seen the rooms personally.
– Westin Lagunamar Cancun; we stayed here on our last trip to Cancun with Nate, myself and all four of our kids. It was perfect for a large family. We had a two bedroom villa. It was clean, updated but still had a contemporary Mexican vibe. The grounds and pools were also beautiful. Additionally, they had a great kids club with lots of activities around the resort. This will be my go to in Cancun when I am with my family. For the amenities, this resort was also a great price.
Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum:
*First, I have driven or spent the day in all three of these places, but, I have never stayed in a property in any of these. However, I have had friends who I trust explicitly stay there. So, I thought I’d offer a few suggestions of properties that I would consider. However, I am not giving any type of review since I personally have not stayed there.
– Secrets Akumal, Mi Amor Colibri, Mezzanine Colibri, Andaz Mayakoba,
What To Do:
– Isla Mujeres: We loved taking a ferry out to this beautiful little island just off the coast of Cancun. You can rent golf carts and drive them around the island. There are tons of cute restaurants to choose from and great beaches to swim and snorkel at. I had some of the best chicken tacos at a little walk up stand on the beach. The whole place just has the coolest vibe.
– Chichen Itza: I have been to Chichen Itza twice. It was amazing both times. Both times we went with a tour. The second time was our favorite. We went with a group called Alma Tours. www.almaldstours.us they were amazing. The picked us up in a super comfortable van from our hotel. It was a small group and they had water and sodas for us. We also stopped in the cutest colonial Mexican town for lunch. We had our two boys with us who were 9 & 11 at the time. They kept their attention at the ruins and really engaged them. I can’t say enough good things about them. Chichen Itza itself is amazing and completely worth it to go. Beware that it is HOT. It is off the coast and very warm so dress appropriately.
– Tulum Ruins: SO AWESOME! We used the same company to take us to Tulum. I love these ruins. The stories and architecture were so cool and the views on the ocean are amazing.
– Cenote: The cenotes in this part of Mexico are really unbelievable. They are underground water ways or swimming holes and they are so cool. My boys loved jumping and swimming in this one. It doesn’t really matter which cenote you go to, just make sure you go. Also know that there are tours that take you swimming, diving or snorkeling in the cenotes.
– Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Xplor: These are three different Eco-parks south of Cancun. They each offer a different experience and cater to a different audience. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel, float on tubes, see dinner shows, zipline, ride in amphibious vehicles, kayak through underground rivers etc. Especially if you are traveling with teenager or and adventurous group. Check them out and find the right one for you.
– The Beach: The entire Yucatan is known for beautiful beaches. The sand is soft and white and the water is warm and the most beautiful shade of turquoise blue. My kids swam, boogie boarded and played for hours on the beach.
– Costco: We love going to Costco’s in other countries. There is one in Cancun and it is great. Our kids always love it too. Plus its a great place to stock up on snacks and breakfast items for your trip.
Where To Eat:
When were are in Mexico, we generally end up eating at little hole in the wall restaurants or wherever the tour that we are with takes us. Most tours include lunch, and by the time we are done with our tour, we are so tired that we just eat at our hotel. Also, because we often stay in condo/villa type accommodations we generally eat breakfast in our room. However, I do have a few suggestions…
– Pescaditos; Yummy fish tacos, fun patio and outdoor vibe.
– El Fish Fritanga: These fish tacos were my favorite, plus they had lots of other options for my little kids. I would definitely go here again.
– La Parilla Suiza; Amazing Mexican food. This place was SO good and in downtown Cancun not the hotel zone. Definitely give this place a try. Everything is SO good.