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A Guide to Timeshares in Cancun

If you want to go all out on your next trip to Cancun, but want to avoid going into serious debt, timeshares in Cancun make for a fantastic, high-end vacation experience. With a Cancun timeshare, you’ll discover luxurious amenities and accommodations that can’t be beat. Rather than paying to stay in a cramped hotel room, timeshare suites will give you all of the comforts of home like multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, living rooms, dining tables, and spacious bathrooms. You’ll also find many units offer additional luxury features such as whirlpool tubs and private balconies with ocean views.

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Not only do timeshare resorts provide top-notch accommodations, but you also get to indulge in all the resort amenities offered right on-site. Palace Resorts at Moon Palace, for instance, offers an impressive lineup of activities and services for all ages and interests. This includes nine outdoor pools, a full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and nightly entertainment. All-inclusive packages make it easy to enjoy the wealth of restaurants and bars without stressing over the tab. Nearby, you’ll find an array of exciting attractions from Xoxomilco the unique floating fiesta to the Croco Cun Zoo, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your party to enjoy just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Another top Cancun timeshare resort is Sunset Royal, offering its own slew of great features. The property has a packed activity schedule with things like beach volleyball, dance, cooking, scuba diving lessons, and happy hours. You can also indulge in high-end spa treatments, dine on the beach, work out in the fitness center, or relax by the pools. If you decide to venture off resort grounds, you’ll find that the Sunset Royal is situated in a prime location. Enjoy dancing the night away at the world-famous Coco Bongo located only a few steps down the road. If culinary adventures are more your style, the delectable seafood restaurant Lorenzillo’s is also located nearby, and offers some of the freshest seafood in Mexico.

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For years the only way to stay in a timeshare was to either buy one, or be forced to sit through a 2- 3 hour timeshare presentation. Nowadays there are online timeshare marketplaces which offer timeshares for sale and rent by private owners. This gives you the chance to get a Cancun timeshare at a fraction of the retail cost. If you’ve never stayed in a timeshare, we recommend you book a Cancun timeshare rental so you’re able to try it out and save hundreds off resort pricing.

Cancun offers miles of beautiful, white sand beaches and warm ocean water. Families can plan a perfect beach getaway that meets their unique needs while staying on budget by booking timeshares in Cancun.

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Tulum Family Travel Guide

I first heard about Tulum, Mexico in fashion and culture magazine W over a decade ago. Then in Conde Nast, followed by Travel + Leisure, and today it seems that every travel media outlet in the world has sent a writer to this bohemian beach town south of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

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Well, like many of these writers, I fell in love with Tulum the minute I set foot on that white, sandy beach.

And while Tulum has certainly grown in terms of name recognition and popularity, it remains an offbeat gem of a destination. You’ll find backpackers wandering around, heading to a yoga class or in search of a juice bar, as well as plenty of families from around the world relaxing by the beach.

If you’re looking for a vacation away from crowded beaches, busy cities and mega, all-inclusive resorts, be sure to consider Tulum, Mexico. And this Tulum family travel guide will point you in the right direction.

Top Things to See and Do in Tulum

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere near Tulum is a fabulous day trip excursion. Best known as home to 23 archaeological sites, 336 unique species of birdlife including a large number of migratory birds, and some of the most pristine and untouched beaches on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on visiting for the day.

And once you get to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, be sure to stick around to enjoy Mexico’s best hidden beach! Here’s how you find it. 

Don’t miss the famous Tulum Mayan Ruins. An easy bike or taxi ride from any hotel in Tulum, these well-preserved ruins are interesting, easy to get around on foot, and can be explored in about an hour making them perfect for kiddos. Learn about the Tulum Ruins as well as others in the area in this Mexico Mayan Ruins guide. 

Tulum Family Travel Tips

Once you get to Tulum, how are you going to get around? Getting around Tulum is pretty easy. Here are your options. 

Family Friendly Accommodation in Tulum

If you’re interested in practicing yoga while on your beach family vacation, consider booking into one of these hotels in Tulum. And there are quite a few to choose from! Some hotels have yoga on the beach, some in the spa and some partner with local instructors, but start with this list to find family friendly and yoga friendly hotels in Tulum.

Want more? Not sure where you’ll be traveling in Mexico? Check out my Riviera Maya Family Travel Guide here for more great Mexico travel tips!

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Riviera Maya Family Travel Guide

If your family’s idea of a perfect vacation involves long, lazy days at the beach, be sure to consider Mexico’s Riviera Maya for your next getaway. With miles and miles of soft sand, safe swimming and clear, warm Caribbean water, the Riviera Maya is first and foremost an amazing beach destination.

The area known as the Riviera Maya stretches along the Eastern coast of Mexico, starting in Cancun and extending South through Playa del Carmen almost all the way to Tulum.

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But in addition to these amazing beaches, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is super easy to access, safe, and offers a wide range of accommodations, including plenty of comfortable vacation rentals perfect for families and multi-generational groups.

There’s been a lot of development in this area, with parts of Cancun starting to look more and more like the Las Vegas strip. But there are still beautiful areas that have retained authentic charm and Mexican culture, and these are the gems worth seeking out for an amazing family vacation. I’ve gathered everything you need to know in this Riviera Maya Family Travel Guide.

Top Things to See and Do in the Riviera Maya

Take a ferry over to Isla Mujeres and rent a golf cart to explore the island.

The best way to explore the island of Isla Mujeres, including the charming town and dramatic cliffs around the sculpture garden, is to rent a golf cart. From the moment we set foot on the island, we were offered golf cart rental from a number of authorized rental companies surrounding the main pier, when walking to dinner along the main street, and from our hotel concierge. How much is it to rent a golf cart on Isla Mujeres? The prices ranges from about $50 – $75 per day. Here’s what you can explore in a day on Isla Mujeres.

Explore the underwater world in a Cenote.

Snorkeling in a Cenote is a fun and unique way to see underwater life. It would be impossible to list them all, so I’ve put together a list of the Riviera Maya Best Cenotes for families.

Sneak away from the kids and practice yoga with some amazing teachers.

According to my research, about 20% of the hotels in Playa del Carmen offer yoga, and nearly all of these classes are open to the public. Given the number of hotels offering yoga, I’m confident you can find a hotel that fits your budget, travel style and will allow you to work in some yoga during your vacation. Here’s a complete list of all the hotels in Playa where you can join a yoga class.  

Don’t miss the famous Mayan Ruins located in the Riviera Maya.  A visit to one of these ancient sites is a nice complement to a relaxing beach vacation. Especially for kids, this is a great way to learn about the history and culture of Mexico.

There are several well-preserved sites and this guide to the Riviera Maya ruins should help you decide which site fits in best to your vacation itinerary.

Explore an underwater cave and river.

Rio Secreto is an underground cave and river system. While there are many caves in the area, including the popular fresh-water snorkeling holes called Cenotes, this one is still a living cave with a river streaming throughout the network of caves, many of which have not even been explored.

Swim with Sea Turtles in Akumal.

The whole family will love snorkeling with the giant sea turtles in Akumal, Mexico. This is a fun (and free!) opportunity to view wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula!

Check out the underwater world just off shore.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef runs the length of the Riviera Maya. Located very close to shore, this is a great opportunity to book a snorkeling trip and see this living coral reef.

Riviera Maya Family Travel Tips

My family always books an airport transfer when traveling to the Riviera Maya. This allows for a stress-free start to our trip. Here’s why we love Transfers USA.

Playa del Carmen is a charming, beachfront town on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, hotels and of course white sandy beaches. It’s easy to get around on foot, by taxi and more. Here’s what you need to know about getting around this town.

The Riviera Maya has so much to offer. One way to make it easier to plan the perfect vacation to Mexico’s Riviera Maya is to narrow down your search by general location. First, start by determining where you want to stay, Cancun vs Playa del Carmen, then you’ll be better able to organize the perfect beach vacation from there.

Save money by indulging in tasty and cheap street tacos while in Mexico! Here’s where to find the best street tacos in Playa del Carmen.

Family Friendly Accommodation in the Riviera Maya 

Here are a few options if you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort. for your family in the Riviera Maya…

Paradisus Playa del Carmen is one of the most family-friendly all-inclusive resorts I’ve ever experienced. Rooms feature kitchenettes, 24-hour room service, and some are even swim up! Kids LOVE that! Here are five reasons why Paradisus Playa del Carmen is an ideal all-inclusive for families.  

The Hacienda Tres Rios all-inclusive resort is located about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s warm Caribbean Sea. Set in a lush, natural mangrove forest, all 273 rooms here are just a quick walk to the beach, fashioned in a semi circle around a winding chain of pools. This resort is super family friendly, but what we loved most is the natural lagoon and the Cenote, or freshwater, underground pool, right on site.

And if you’re in the process of expanding your family and looking to book a Babymoon in Mexico, be sure to check out the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Imagine being shuttled between your expansive suite and the beach in an air-conditioned van.  Drifting to sleep each night ensconced in massive, soft pillows. Enjoying a variety of dining options, with something to quench each and every craving. Grand Velas is the perfect getaway for moms to be!

Despite massive development and rapid growth along Mexico’s Riviera Maya coastline, the charming town of Puerto Morelos has amazingly survived as a laid-back fishing village. The town’s locals are dedicated to preserving the nearby coral reef, which is the second largest barrier reef in the world. As a result, Puerto Morelos has seen very little large-scale resort development. If you’re planning a family vacation to the Riviera Maya, consider staying in Puerto Morelos where you’ll find plenty of family friendly accommodation options.

And finally, here are a few other suggestions of family-friendly hotels in Playa del Carmen.

Want more? Consider heading further South to Tulum. Check out my Tulum Family Travel Guide here!

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Los Cabos Family Travel Guide

The Mexican beach towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, commonly referred to as one combined destination of Los Cabos, is popular with a wide range of travelers.

While Los Cabos has a well-earned reputation as a Spring Break party destination, the area is actually incredibly diverse. There are plenty of hotels, things to do and areas that are perfect for a family beach vacation.

In this Los Cabos Family Travel Guide, learn about the best family-friendly hotels, locations and things to do in and around Los Cabos.

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Where to Stay in Los Cabos

While my family loves spreading out in vacation rentals while we’re on the road, sometimes the ease of an all-inclusive is ideal. With so many options in Los Cabos, finding the right all-inclusive resort can be challenging.  Here are my picks for the top four resorts for families in Cabo San Lucas.

Practicing yoga while traveling is a great way to meet locals and experience a new destination more deeply. While still in it’s infancy, the yoga scene in Los Cabos has grown in recent years. If you are keen to practice at a local yoga studio or other wellness community, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo both offer a few great options. From local teachers to expat yoga instructors, there are a growing number of outstanding people with whom to practice in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Here are a few excellent options if you are looking for a studio in which to practice yoga in Los Cabos Mexico.

Top Things to See and Do in Los Cabos

From sea turtles to whales, Los Cabos has plenty of ways for kids to learn about marine life. Here are four fun things to do with the kids in Los Cabos.

And while lounging on the beach or poolside is typically the top priority for most travelers, you may be surprised to discover some of these unexpected things to do in Cabo San Lucas.

Finally, if you’re looking to focus on your health while in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, consider building yoga into your vacation plans. In recent years yoga in Los Cabos has expanded from only a few options to a wide variety of studios, teachers and styles today. Many of these instructors also regularly teach at Los Cabos hotels as well. So if you’re looking for an easy option consider booking a hotel that offers yoga on site. Check out this comprehensive list of every hotel in Cabo that offers yoga. 

Thanks to easy access, plenty of activities, unique wildlife, a wide range of vacation rentals, and hotels in Cabo San Lucas, this beautiful strip of Mexican beach can get very crowded during certain times of the year. If you want to avoid the crowds or escape Spring Breakers ordering buckets of beer, head to one of these off-the-beaten-path restaurants in and around Los Cabos.

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Cancun vs Playa del Carmen: Where Should You Stay?

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is one of my favorite beach destinations in the world. Easily accessible from most of North America, miles of beautiful white sandy beaches, plenty to do and a wide range of places to stay make the Riviera Maya a perfect beach destination.

However, because the destination has so much to offer to a wide range of travelers, researching and planning travel to the Riviera Maya can be overwhelming.

One way to make it easier to plan the perfect vacation to Mexico’s Riviera Maya is to narrow down your search by general location. First, start by determining where you want to stay, Cancun vs Playa del Carmen, then you’ll be better able to organize the perfect beach vacation from there.

Should we stay in Cancun vs Playa del Carmen?

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The Cancun resort area is actually an island located just off the coast of Mexico, connected to the mainland via two short bridges. Here you’ll find mostly large, all-inclusive resorts spread out along the northern and eastern sides of this island.  Alternative accommodation options that can save money and offer flexibility for your trip are Cancun timeshares.

Even during the busiest months of February – April, you’ll find plenty of room to spread out and enjoy these world-class beaches.

The ocean-side beaches are by far the most popular, and most of the hotels in Cancun face the ocean. The lagoon-side is more often used for water sports like jet skiing and kayaking.

Here are some of the best reasons to stay in Cancun on your beach vacation.

Cancun Offers Easy Access from the International Airport

Most of the resorts in Cancun are only a few miles from the main Cancun International airport. Especially if you are sneaking to Mexico for a quick weekend away, this might be reason enough to select a place to stay right in Cancun.

Minutes after landing, you will be sipping your welcome cocktail while checking into your resort.

All Inclusive Resorts Dominate Cancun

If you’re looking for pure rest and relaxation at an all-inclusive resort during your Mexican beach vacation, Cancun has a variety of options at a range of price points. There are over 170 all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, and most of them are located on what is actually an island; The Island of Cancun.

You’ll find familiar brands like Club Med, Iberostar and Riu, as well as some recent new additions including Nizuc, Temptation and Dreams.

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For the best beaches, select a resort on the east, or ocean side of the island. For easy access to the shopping malls, bars, restaurants and watersports, select a resort on the lagoon side.

Cancun’s White Sandy Beaches Don’t Disappoint

Cancun was founded in the 1970’s. That’s right. The city of Cancun, now with a population of over 700,000 people, didn’t even exist fifty years ago. And the main reason for it’s rapid growth; the amazing natural beaches.

These white sandy carpets of Caribbean bliss were the original draw for tourism to be developed in this beautiful land, and remains the main draw today.

If you prefer laying on the beach vs. pool side, you can’t go wrong with Cancun.

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Some of the best of the best beaches in Cancun include Playa Caracol and Playa Nizuc. Located right in the middle of the hotel zone, Playa Caracol is popular among families with small children thanks to it’s clear, shallow water and a sandy, not rocky, bottom.

Playa Nizuc, located at the southern tip of the main hotel zone in Cancun, is set away from the large crowds and the biggest hotels and is a great, less-busy option. But be sure to pack your own water, food, and umbrella as there are no public facilities available in the area.

But what about Playa del Carmen?

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Playa del Carmen is located about an hour south of Cancun. The city spreads outwards around the main public beach and the main ferry docks for transport to the island of Cozumel and where day-tip cruise traffic parks. The main beach in Playa del Carmen starts at the ferry docks and runs to Calle 14 and Gran Porto Real.

And here are some of the reasons you may want to consider staying in Playa del Carmen on your beach vacation.

Discover Authentic Mexican Culture in Playa del Carmen

Speaking of growing cities, Playa del Carmen’s roots are as a sleepy, bohemian beach town on the Riviera Maya, about one hour south of Cancun. And while this city has grown rapidly over the years, it maintains the heart and soul of this palapa and hammocks beach town.

The Mayan Riviera has somewhat of a quirky “show” culture, and Playa del Carmen is perhaps the epicenter of that culture. On any given night you can find fire dancers on the beach, live music in the many bars and restaurants, and the intimate Playa del Carmen resorts offer a range of shows and entertainment featuring local performers.

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But perhaps most interestingly, you’ll see locals walking to school, doing their shopping and on the weekends enjoying their own beaches. Playa del Carmen is a growing city with lots of locals out and about as well. While in Cancun it’s mostly tourists, here in Playa del Carmen you’ll have the opportunity to interact with locals.

Playa del Carmen is a Walkable City

Built around the pedestrian-only zone of 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen is super easy to get around on foot. The main area of the city where you will find most of the bars, restaurants and hotels, is only about 10 blocks long. Wander through the street to find amazing authentic local food (hello street tacos!), stock up at the grocery store, or wander the length of the beach.

Getting around Playa del Carmen

If you’re keen to venture a bit further or explore the town a bit more, consider renting a bike during your stay. You don’t need a rental car unless you plan on exploring beyond Playa del Carmen. There are a number of trustworthy, high quality transfer companies that can get you from the airport in Cancun to Playa del Carmen.

You can even walk to your nighttime entertainment, such as the popular Coco Bongo show. stay at Hotel Deseo, which is less than one block away, as a perfect home base between beach and the town.

Tech Tip: Whether at Cancun or Playa del Carmen, use your virtual pc in the cloud through CloudDesktopOnline and collaborate and share using SharePoint through Apps4rent. You can access your work from anywhere with iOS/Android mobile devices as well as PCs and Macs.

Wide Range of Accommodation Options in Playa del Carmen

Where Cancun is the land of the all-inclusive resort, many more options abound in Playa del Carmen.

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, The Royal is the best option. Located on a beautiful beach right in the middle of town, you can easily walk down the beach or one block into town to hit the pedestrian only 5th Avenue.

However, if all-inclusive resorts aren’t your thing, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Playa del Carmen. You’ll find plenty of boutique hotels both on and off the beach, as well as thousands of vacation rentals. I love companies like Vacatia and Loco Gringo for narrowing down the options when it come to vacation rentals.

You’ll find plenty of condos on the beach that are new, tastefully decorated and include pools and other family-friendly amenities. Plus, most vacation rentals come with parking, if you do opt to rent a care and explore activities throughout the Riviera Maya.

Looking for more Mexico travel information? Have a look at the complete Riviera Maya family travel guide here!

So what do you think? Have you been to either of these Riviera Maya cities? How would you compare Cancun vs Playa del Carmen?

 

 

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