If youâ€™ve got young children, Mexicoâ€™s Playa del Carmen is the perfect holiday destination (assuming youâ€™ve got the right travel insurance for South America, of course). You can spend the day at the beach, or, if youâ€™re feeling a little more adventurous, there are loads of nearby places to visit, including ancient Mayan ruins and underwater cenotes.
Take a Day Trip to Tulum
Start the morning by building sandcastles and splashing about in the waves at Tulumâ€™s charming beach â€“ Iâ€™d only have to show you a picture of the glorious white sand and picture-book blue sea for you to want to spend all day there! When youâ€™re ready for lunch, there are lots of great family-friendly restaurants nearby.
If youâ€™re up for a little exploring in the afternoon, you could visit the Columbian Mayan site. Located on a 12-metre-high cliff facing the Caribbean Sea, these ruins are breath-taking. My kids loved looking out for all the iguanas hiding up there!
Another option is to go swimming in the natural underwater pools. These cenotes have unbelievably clear water which are filled with different coloured fish. Theyâ€™re often found in caves and have the most phenomenal stalactites and stalagmites youâ€™ll ever see. Trust me, itâ€™s an experience your kids wonâ€™t forget.
Spend the Day in ChichÃ©nItzÃ
ChichÃ©nItzÃ is a famous restored Maya site. Its various edifices are known as â€˜time templesâ€™, revealing the mysteries of the Mayan astronomical calendar. At the spring and autumn equinoxes, the morning and afternoon sun creates a brilliant optical illusion of there being a serpent ascending or descending the side of El Castilloâ€™s staircase.
Now I realise that going away in March or September doesnâ€™t really fit with the kidsâ€™ school holidays, but donâ€™t worry, you wonâ€™t be missing out. The illusion is recreated by a light-and-sound show all year round (and frankly, the real event is so crowded your little ones probably wouldnâ€™t be able to see anything if you went during the actual equinox). The 45-mintues light show is just as good and will fascinate the kids!
Take a Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Cozumel
Young children often struggle to use snorkels, or find the whole experience a little frightening. If you donâ€™t want them to miss out on seeing all the beautiful marine life though, Iâ€™d recommend taking a boat tour around Cozumel. Youâ€™ll be able to admire the tropical fish that hide in the reefs from the safety of the boat (kids are provided with life jackets) and, if youâ€™re lucky, you might even spot a few sea turtles.
Keep Your Little Ones Safe with Travel Insurance
When it comes to your kids, you never want to put their health at risk. Itâ€™s always best to be covered just in case something does happen, and, to be honest, itâ€™s worth it just for your own peace of mind. InsureMoreâ€™s travel insurance for South America offers a 24-hour emergency service, quick online claims, and (big seller) free cover for children on family policies.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, family and annual travel policies including travel insurance for South America. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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