Family Fun In Mexico

Cancun, Chichen Itza & Riviera Maya

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Yucatan & Campeche

Duration: 10 nights

Price: From £3,600 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers and taxes

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a fantastic destination for a family holiday, with is combination of beautiful white beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful coastal landscapes. This is the itinerary for you if you’re after a family escape which combines adventure and exploration with beachside relaxation. Beginning in the beautiful resort Nizuc, near the buzzing city of Cancun, you’ll continue inland to San Jose de Cholul, where you can explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your journey ends back on the Caribbean coast, with five nights at the beautiful Hotel Esencia: a restored colonial villa offering easy access to secluded beaches, outdoor adventure activities and the Mayan ruins of Tulum.
Perfect forFamilies looking for a getaway that combines adventure with beach relaxation.
In the knowConsider adding a few days’ stay on the beautiful island of Cozumel, off Yucatan’s eastern coast.

Best for

  • Family-friendly
  • Teenagers
  • Beach
  • History & Heritage

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2 nightsCANCUN

Your family escape begins in the beach resort of Cancun, famous for its beautiful white beaches and sophisticated hotels and restaurants. One such place is Nizuc, your home for the first two nights of your trip, which is consistently acclaimed as one of the finest hotels in Mexico. Nizuc is just a short drive from the city of Cancun but feels a million miles away, set in tropical gardens with a private white beach on one side and a wildlife-rich mangrove reserve on the other. Active families in particular will love Nizuc, with a wide range of outdoor activities on offer including snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking. Alternatively, you can enjoy lazing on the beach, living it up on the hotel’s own yacht, or enjoying Cuban jazz performances back at the hotel in the evenings.
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San Jose de Cholul


Your next stop will see you crossing the northern Yucatan peninsula to Hacienda San Jose, around three hours’ drive away. This is a boutique hotel set in a colonial plantation house, which has been restored into a luxurious hotel while remaining steeped in historic character. The star attraction, though, is undoubtedly the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza, the most iconic of all Mexico’s Mayan remains. Also in the area, but far less busy, are the crumbling temples of Tixkokob, while the nearest city, Merida, is home to some beautiful colonial architecture.
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Your journey ends back on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, on the beautiful white beaches of the Riviera Maya. After your exertions tramping through the temples and ruins of the northern Yucatan, this is the perfect place to relax, and your hotel, Esencia, is a beautifully secluded hotel sandwiched between the Yucatan jungle and the unspoilt shores of Xpu-ha. It’s a great place to do little more than chill out on an empty beach, with yoga and meditation classes on offer to help ramp up the relaxation factor. Should you feel like being a little more active, there are yet more beautiful Mayan ruins waiting to be discovered along the coast at Tulum, and magical underwater caves in the Rio Secreto. Kids in particular will love X-Plor, an adventure playground combining jungle zip lining with subterranean river exploration and more.
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