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  • Kristin Gongora

Visiting Cancun: Your Go-To Guide and Family Travel Tips

Cancun is more than just sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters; it's a family adventure waiting to unfold. Dive into our Cancun Family Travel Tips and make your next trip truly unforgettable.

When to Visit:

A boy wearing swim trunks and a straw hat ready to go to the pool
Pool ready!

If you're looking to snag the best deals and sidestep the crowds, steer clear of the peak months from March to April and June through the end of August. The hurricane season stretches from July through October, bringing with it unpredictable showers. Late fall and winter are fantastic alternatives, with fewer tourists and temperate climates. Remember, if you're planning a winter escapade, scout for hotels with heated pools. We've had delightful experiences visiting in January, May, and October. There's the added bonus of shorter lines and easier access to those coveted pool chairs and cabanas.

Hotel Hints:

A young boy playing with life-size chess pieces at a Cancun resort
A little chess before dinner

From our ventures, we've uncovered some hotel hacks that can elevate your stay. Kid-friendly amenities can be a lifesaver, but it's essential to ensure they align with your child's age and your availability. Gauging the hotel's proximity to the airport can save you from unforeseen traffic snarls. We're fans of the Puerto Morelos area; it's equidistant from Cancun and Tulum, and a quick 20-30 minute drive from the airport. Wondering about our stays? Dive into our comprehensive reviews of the Royalton Riviera and the Royalton Splash Cancun.

Room Recon:

A balcony view at the Royalton Riviera in Cancun, Mexico
Beautiful balcony view

Finding the perfect room can be daunting, given the plethora of choices. Balconies are a boon when traveling with little ones. Once the kiddos are tucked in, the balcony becomes a serene retreat. Also, consider if the premium room upgrades are worth the splurge for your family. Faster check-ins, priority restaurant reservations, and that extra touch of luxury can be worth it, especially on brief getaways.

All-inclusive Insights:

Yucatan's coastline is peppered with all-inclusive resorts. But, as the old adage goes, the devil is in the details. Scour the offerings to ensure they align with your expectations.

Transit Tips:

Cancun’s airport can be quite bustling. The unpredictable wait times at customs can be a little tricky, especially with kids. A little tip: right after passport control, you might be ambushed by sales pitches. Stay focused, and if not renting a car, select an official taxi stand. Book your return journey then and there.


  • A persistent sargassum (seaweed) issue plagues the beaches. While resorts battle this with regular clean-ups, requesting a higher room can shield you from the scent.

  • Engaging with locals in Spanish, even if it's a simple 'gracias', can make your interactions richer.

  • As for tipping, it's best to clarify the hotel's policy at check-in.

A boy standing next to an iguana statue at the Royalton Riviera Splash resort in Cancun, Mexico
Fun resort decor

FAQ Section

Is Cancun safe for families?

Yes, Cancun is generally safe for families, but as with any destination, it's wise to follow general travel safety guidelines.

What are the must-visit attractions for kids?

The Interactive Aquarium, Xcaret Park, and the various cenotes are top hits among families.

Do resorts offer babysitting services?

Many do, but it's always a good idea to inquire directly with the hotel before your trip.

The Cancun area offers a myriad of experiences, from laid-back relaxation to adrenaline-packed adventures. Armed with a little insider knowledge and some planning, your family trip can transcend the ordinary. Dive deeper into our site for more travel tips, and don’t forget to check out our in-depth reviews.



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