Cancun has become one of the most popular family holiday locations in recent years with many package holiday providers beginning to offer great deals on all inclusive trips. With its perfect white sandy beaches, friendly locals, cheap food and drink, luxury resorts and adventurous experiences; Cancun is the perfect destination for your family holiday.
Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach with a cocktail, or plan to take on water sports and adventurous pastimes; Cancun can offer unique, exciting and safe experiences for all the family. With the global downturn and many suppliers offering incentives for families to book early, there are many bargains to be had when shopping for a family trip to Cancun.
Cancun is served by Cancun International Airport Guide (CUN) which is the second largest airport in Mexico and the principal gateway to the Riviera Maya. The airport is conveniently situated just 12 miles away from the heart of the city. Holidaymakers arriving at the airport can be transported to the city wither by bus, shuttle or a taxi in around half an hour.
There are a number of airlines which offer direct flights from London to Cancun including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and Air France. US Airways, United and others offer indirect flights. On average a direct flight from London to Cancun will take around 11 hours. An indirect flight will take at least 13 hours and 30 minutes.
Cancun is the perfect resort for those who love water sports, and children aged from 3 upwards can enjoy the opportunity to swim with dolphins and enjoy supervised snorkelling in some of the most beautiful coral reefs and inland islets in the world. Water-skiing, boating and visits to aquariums are all available within the resort, and there is always something for families to do to keep young people entertained.
Cancun has access to the Great Mesoamerican Reef which is one of the most unspoiled and environmentally diverse marine environments in the world. Visitors are given the opportunity to view aquatic life which doesn’t exist anywhere else and to experience marine cultures which are amongst the most diverse anywhere. Tropical fish, dolphins and sharks all enjoy the reef environment, and can be viewed from the safety and comfort of a glass bottomed boat tour. Children may also enjoy a trip on one of the resort’s famous pirate ships.
History and Mayan Culture
Mexico is famous for its Mayan culture and rich history, boasting access to Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Pyramid of Kukulcan – famous around the world for their beauty and historical significance. Many hotels will offer tours to visit these wonders, and there are regular bus trips and guided excursions. The Mayan civilisation spanned for more than 3000 years, and has some rich and interesting history, which young people and adults will find interesting and educational.
Those who take the trip to visit the Wonders are rewarded with the opportunity to experience some modern Mayan culture, with demonstrations of art, crafts, traditional storytelling and dance from local people. On celebration and festival days, there are often activities planned at Chichen Itza and visitors have the opportunity to observe rituals which have survived for 3000 years.
Golf and Fishing
Cancun is one of the top destinations for visitors with a passion for fishing or for golf. The resort has many top-quality golf courses and the temperate climate makes Cancun a destination for many professional golfers who like to train here out of season. There are three courses designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus, as well as others designed by P. B. Dye, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman.
Fishing in the region is also a popular pastime, with many varieties of fresh and saltwater fish able to be caught here, and friendly local coaches able to assist with improving technique.