Cancun Family Vacation: 3 Tips When Planning Your Trip - My Family Travels

Cancun family vacation 2019, what a wild ride! We had an absolute blast with the kids, everybody came back home with sun-kissed skin and sand in everything! They are really not keen on going back to school, but at least they can be the envy of all their friends when they recount their summer vacation stories. I feel the same about work HA! Telling my team about our Cancun adventures was such fun and they all had questions, so I thought I’d share some of the things I learned in planning this trip.

Thatch umbrellas and beach chairs at Finest Playa Mujeres
This part of the beautiful Cancun beach is opposite Isla Mujeres, north of the main hotel zone.

1. First up, picking a Cancun resort.

When you start looking at hotels for a Cancun family vacation it’s immediately clear… There are SO MANY OPTIONS that it’s completely overwhelming! I suggest making a list of things you “require” and things you “desire” and using those lists to eliminate hotels that definitely aren’t for you.

I sat with the family and we determined that we were looking for an all-inclusive resort on the beach, with kids club, lots of activities for the whole family, a nearby golf course for husband and a spa for me. The foodie in me needed to know that meals were going to be more than just lame, average buffets and the kids thought they should have their own room.

Family pool at Finest Playa Mujeres resort, Cancun
The slides and fun climbing areas make the family pool a great place to spend the morning.

We had narrowed down the list of resorts to just a handful and finally we took a leap and booked a family suite at Finest Playa Mujeres. We loved the photos and it matched our needs “on paper”. Now that we’re back, I can say it exceeded our needs and desires by far! I’m glad we did the research, I think we booked the perfect resort for a Cancun family vacation.

2. Book your Cancun airport transfers in advance!

The Cancun airport is a bit of a madhouse and it was reassuring to know we would have a ride waiting for us rather than having to navigate through a mob of people trying to sell us their services. There are lots of companies offering transportation services, we were happy to see that Finest Playa Mujeres has their own in-house transfer company and booked with them straight away. They were waiting for us, no fuss, no muss and we were out of the airport and on our way to paradise in no time. When you’ve got your hands full of luggage, documents, kids and confusion, having this arranged in advance is a life saver.

Lobby of Finest Playa Mujeres resort
The kids loved walking through the gilltery lobby bar at the Finest Playa Mujeres resort.

3. Get out and EXPLORE!

Be active, be curious, be adventurous; a Cancun family vacation will bring you to places that you never imagined! While we thoroughly enjoyed the activities at Finest Playa Mujeres, we were glad we booked a couple of excursions off the resort to learn more about Mexico. We took a day trip to Xcaret Park and it was as amazing as all the reviews say, cultural shows, natural activities, one day was not enough! We also took a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres, this was a SUPER COOL tour for the whole family, we loved sailing and snorkeling living the island life for a day!

Parrots at Xcaret ecological park, Mexico
Xcaret has bird zones full of parrots, lots of Mayan cenotes to swim in, a cultural show and trails to explore the jungle.

Now I have to sit down and edit my thousands of photos! We had a terrific Cancun family vacation and I hope this inspires you to get out and explore!

Lavidaesviaje is a group of bloggers who have been creating content for the tourism bureaus of Mexico, online travel agencies and international media since 2005. Finest Hotels Group sponsored this blog post and the opinions expressed are those of the author.

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2 Replies to “Cancun Family Vacation: 3 Tips When Planning Your Trip”

  • Achyut

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  • Devesh

    Thanks for sharing a great post!