This week we feature an amazing way to experience the Caribbean from a country you may already be familiar with in Cozumel, Mexico. This island features a wide array of activities and excitement, as well as the opportunities for relaxation one associates with the Caribbean. You can truly set your own pace here and do as much or as little as you like, which makes it ideal for family travel as you can dial into your children’s needs.
All these itineraries celebrate the diversity of activity in Cozumel, as well as its ability to be different things to different families. First up, a bit about the area…
3 Reasons For “Why a Cozumel Vacation?”
Idyllic beaches would be the most obvious. Experience the white sand, cool island breezes and almost unreasonably blue water you think of when you think “Caribbean Islands.” You aren’t restricted to resorts, so you can feel free to choose what best suits your family. Go all inclusive if you just want to relax, or rent a car and go at your own pace, off the beaten path, if you crave local culture and authentic experiences.
Cozumel also has so much to teach you. There are wildlife preserves and incredible sea life experiences that put you one on one with animals. This area was once inhabited by the Maya and there are beautiful ruins to explore as you delve deep into the culture of a rich historical period. While you’ll want to enjoy the beach and your time in paradise, it is also nice knowing you can take a few hours, or a few days, to experience some things that may well have an impact on your children’s lives and form lasting family memories beyond the sand and surf.
Have fun enjoying authentic versions of many of your favorite Mexican dishes, use the Spanish you may have learned in school (or encourage the kids to use theirs!) and feel comforted by the warm arms of a local people very welcoming to tourists. This is not “spring break” Mexico, but rather an authentic location with a lot to offer a family seeking to experience local flair.
Our Featured Days in Cozumel are as Diverse and Exciting as the Island Itself!
Our First Day features paddleboarding and an exciting beach park for the family on the move who wants to enjoy sun, fun and exciting activity. Combine that with a stingray tour to met animals up close and your children will be learning while satisfying their need for adventure.
Next up is a Second Day with Mexico park, condensing an overview of local history and culture into a small area, perfect for younger children you can’t drag back and forth across the island. Add to that some relaxing beach time and the Island Museum and you have a great day that mixes learning with do-as-you-will beach time for all ages and those looking to learn more from their time here.
Then comes a Third Day built for lovers of nature and history. Experience an eco park and a stingray experience that will both put you up close and personal with creatures large and small for the enjoyment of your children. The majestic San Gervasio archaeological site will teach you about the Maya and round out a day of learning for the family who feels like skipping the beach and diving into culture.
These itineraries can be combined for a great three-day trip, or used independently as you choose the itinerary that best suits your family. They provide a nice overview of the area, as well as a combination of active and educational pursuits to meet your needs either as a family, or on a given day.
Because the only thing we love more than helping our users plan great family vacations is helping them save on those vacations, we have some links to share. These deals are current as of the day this article was published, but some do expire. Check the appropriate website for terms, conditions and restrictions.
- With Priceline you can save up to $500 on vacation packages to Mexico, with prices from $471 per person.
- Cruise Direct has great options for those who want to experience Cozumel for a day by sea, which is a great way to enjoy the island.
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- See what current deals and savings Travelocity has for vacations in Mexico.
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