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Cancun Family Vacations

Isla Mujeres dolphin waits for families to join it.
A Cancun family vacation is a comfortable choice because of the safe, well-developed resort area and plenty of great things to do.

Cancun is convenient to visit because it is easy to reach for most U.S. citizens. The city located off the Yucatan Peninsula is a 1.5-hour flight from Miami and a four-hour flight from Chicago.

Because Cancun is the No. 2 destination in the Caribbean, airlines provide numerous flights from throughout the United States, making it simple to find a good day and time for a flight as well as making it common to find a flight without any stopovers.

In addition, the number and popularity of flights to Cancun drive down the price of airline tickets compared to many other, more remote Caribbean destinations.

Cancun is a comfortable family vacation because the majority of the hotels and restaurants for tourists are located on the thin strip of land that forms a box around the Nichupte Lagoon.

The strip of land forces most of the hotels and restaurants closely together along one main road, Kukulkan Boulevard. Buses run often through the day and night along Kukulkan and provide inexpensive transportation for tourists up and down the strip.

Family Attractions

Popular family attractions include snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports in Nichupte Lagoon.

Another popular one is swimming with the dolphins at Isla Mujeres, a small island near Cancun that requires a fairly quick boat ride.

The area also has attractions that are both interesting and educational at the same time. Visitors will find Mayan ruins at Calakmul, Palenque, Tulum, Uxmal and especially Chichén-Itzá. Chichén-Itzá is a day trip but well worth the 1.5-hour drive both ways because of the massive and highly photographic ruins.

Best Times to Go

The Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a great family excursion and highly educational.
Many children love to play on the beach and swim in the ocean. Despite its location in the Caribbean, Cancun is not warm enough for swimming year round.

The winter months of December through February have an average high temperature of about 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degrees Celsius. Temperatures at night on average drop into the high 60s Fahrenheit or 20 Celsius. Waters may become uncomfortably cool from the night temperatures and the trade winds.

So families that enjoy the beach may want to wait until the spring. Spring break is a popular time to go for families and college students alike because of warmer temperatures, but it also is a crowded time to go.

For good weather, the best time to go to Cancun for families is March through June when average monthly rain is lightest and the daytime high temperatures average between the mid-80s and low-90s Fahrenheit.

The least popular time to go is in September and October during the peak of the Caribbean hurricane season. Because of that season, Cancun sees an average of nine inches of rain per month during those two months.

Anyone on a Cancun family vacation will find a destination with high-ranked hotels; easy access to shopping, restaurants and nightlife; and a lengthy list of outdoor activities.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 07, 2015
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