Playa del Carmen, like Cancun, is no doubt a destination for those looking for a party, which can be found not far from the famous 5th Avenue. But there is plenty to do for those looking for a more laid-back vacation too, including families looking to get away to someplace sunny and warm.
Here is why Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for the whole family:
Why Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen has many of the same things that you want in a vacation destination as Cancun. It has beautiful weather, stunning beaches, great all-inclusive resorts, and access to all sorts of excursions and day trips. But Playa del Carmen has a much more laid-back beach vibe, whereas Cancun feels more like a city on the beach than a quintessential beach town.
@exploringwiththemillers Here’s your sign…. Book a trip to Playa Del Carmen ASAP. #occidentalxcaret #mexico #royalleveloccidentalxcaret #vacation #familyvacation #allinclusive ♬ Sunny Day – Ted Fresco
Playa Del Carmen Family Friendly Hotels
There is no shortage of family-friendly hotels in Playa del Carmen, many of which are located in the downtown area. The resorts in this area offer easy access to an expansive beach, public transportation, and all of Playa del Carmen’s best attractions, restaurants, and shopping.
At many of the family-friendly hotels in Playa del Carmen, you can expect to find fun kid’s and teen clubs, family-friendly and adult-only pools, and daily activities for the whole family.
@beach.vacation.travels Xcaret Hotel in Playa del Carmen Mexico is amazing! This resort is beautiful. I would recommend staying at this resort for families with kids 8 and up. #travel #familytravel #xcaret #mexico #vacation ♬ sunburn – almost monday
Getting Around Playa Del Carmen
Compared to Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a little easier to get around, especially if you are traveling with the whole family. Rather than having to all pile into a taxi, hop on a bus, or pay extra to book a larger vehicle, you’ll be able to walk to most of Playa del Carmen’s attractions, including the famous 5th Avenue or Quinta Avenida. The way that the city was designed, with a grid-like set-up, also makes it easy to find everything.
@dianavoross 📍Playa del Carmen, Mexico #travel #traveltiktok #traveling #youngtravel #mexico #playadelcarmen #playadelcarmenmexico #carribeansea #5thavenue #traveltok #travelmemories ♬ Latin America ♪ Mexico ♪ Fashionable guitar(1184628) – Chiemikan
Playa Del Carmen’s Location
The location of Playa del Carmen will put you and your family in close proximity to many other places worth visiting. Depending on where you’re staying, it’s only a short walk or ride to the Cozumel Ferry, so spending a day on the island is a great option. But Playa del Carmen is also only a little over an hour away from Tulum, about 35 minutes from Puerto Morelos, and just over an hour from Cancun.
@staysandgetaways #mexico #xcaret #xcaretmexico #themepark #ecopark #bucketlisttravel #mexicocheck ♬ Instrumental México – Teaga
Tours From Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen’s central Riviera Maya location means tours to many amazing places to visit with the family are available. You can find day trip tours to culturally significant places like Chichén Itzá, the Coba ruins, Valladolid, and Tulum. Or you can take exciting adventure tours that will have you and your family swimming in cenotes and underground rivers, riding and ziplining through the jungle, and snorkeling with colorful fish and underwater sculptures.
@corporatemamma Vacay Recap ☀️🍹🌴 #travelwithkids #makememories #mexico #playadelcarmen #allinclusivevacation ♬ Paradise – Bazzi
Fun For The Whole Family In Playa Del Carmen
There are also many fun activities for the whole family right in Playa del Carmen. At the Xaman Ha Aviary, you’ll find 30 different species of tropical birds. At the 3D Museum of Wonders, you and you and your family can explore 50 optical illusions, and at Xplor Theme Park, the family can enjoy hours of fun, and it’s only minutes from the main tourist area of Playa del Carmen.
In addition to great attractions, Playa del Carmen is also home to a number of great parks, including the beachfront Parque Fundadores, where kids can play on a pirate ship-themed playground, and the whole family can enjoy live Mayan dance performances.
@trinidad.papi Xplor Adventure Park is a must 🏝 #traveltiktok #expatlife #xplor #GradeUpWithGrammarly ♬ Summer day – TimTaj
The Mexican Caribbean is a hotspot for spring breakers from the U.S., but Playa del Carmen’s focus, according to Lenin Amaro Betancourt, president of the Tourism Commission of the National Association of Regional Business Councils, is families. He said that “Historically, spring break is welcome, but it is not a market that is bet on like our neighbors, Cancun. We always bet more on family tourism; it gives us a result of positive numbers.” And that focus on families is just one more reason to visit Playa del Carmen for a family vacation.
Plan Your Next Cancun Vacation:
Traveler Alert: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance For Your Next Trip!
Choose From Thousands of Cancun and Riviera Maya Hotels, Resorts and Hostels with Free Cancellation On Most Properties
↓ Join the community ↓
The Cancun Sun Community FB group has all the latest travel news, conversations and tourism Q&A’s for the Mexican Caribbean
Subscribe to our Latest Posts
Enter your email address to subscribe to The Cancun Sun’s latest breaking news affecting travelers, straight to your inbox.