10 Family-Friendly Activities
February 2017 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
There’s something for every generation to call fun while vacationing in the Caribbean or Mexico. Whether you are staying at a resort or cruising, this is a sun-filled vacation that’s sure to please.
Swimming with turtles, Grand Cayman
At the Cayman Turtle Centre, enjoy an array of activities including swimming with turtles in a lagoon teeming with marine life. Here they have created a tourist attraction while raising and releasing the endangered Green Sea Turtle so you’re supporting a worthwhile cause while enjoying the edu-tainment.
Discover Mayan culture
On Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula there are temples to climb, ruins to explore, accessible caves and indigenous festivals; numerous excursions for your family to experience Mayan culture. Don’t miss the factory tour at Kaokao, on Cozumel to learn the history of chocolate, a delicacy and form of currency for the ancient Maya!
Water sports – all types!
Weather your family is into windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing, para-sailing or simply swimming, you’re in the right place! Your resort will have a range of activities on the water while private operators offer more options from their facilities. Fun in the sun is the order of the day and water sports fit the bill!
Markets for local culture
Shopping can be a great family pastime that introduces you to local food, culture, arts and crafts when you visit a Caribbean or Mexican market together. Pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends at home while meeting the residents of your destination. It’s a fun and rewarding activity!
Hiking the rainforest
For active families with older children, you’ll come across waterfalls, exquisite views, beautiful flowers and birds as you hike the tropical forest. Top destinations are Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Rainforest, Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Grenada’s Natural Reserve and St. Lucia’s guided rainforest nature walks.
Snorkeling and diving certification
Why not use your vacation time to learn to snorkel or dive in tranquil waters with great visibility? Curacao is one ’dive island’ where you can take lessons and get certified while on vacation. Snorkeling is something even young children can enjoy to explore the beautiful under-water world.
Between the ancient Maya, tales of pirates, battles and islands changing hands there’s a lot to learn about the Caribbean and Mexico! Wander historic forts and the streets of Old San Juan, Santo Domingo and Havana. Martinique tells its story of volcanic disaster in 1902; interesting places where families can learn together.
Swim in a cenote
Here’s something different in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Cenotes are sinkholes formed when the roof of a cavern collapses. They are filled with crystal-clear water from underground rivers providing a unique place to swim. Many have life guards, the best choice for families wanting try this unusual activity.
Aquariums & underwater observatories
It’s always a thrill to watch shark and sting ray feedings while exploring these eco/educational facilities. Also watch marine life in a coral reef from the underwater observatory at Coral Park, St. Thomas. Get to know some flippered friends at the Sea Lion Encounter at Curacao’s Sea Aquarium. Two great choices for a day out!
Endless activities aboard ship
On a Caribbean/Mexico cruise, there are fun activities for every generation from sports activities to cooking classes. Celebrity Cruises’ new Summer Camp at Sea program keeps kids busy and inspired with Explorer Academy (science), iTake (moviemaking), Creation Station (art) and Recreation Nation (Xbox, sports, and more).