Famous for its beautiful beaches, friendly people, great food, and waterparks, Mexico and the Caribbean have so much to offer. If you’re not convinced, allow us to seal the deal. We’ve picked out our favourite destinations and activities, we’re sure you’ll love them too.

Cayman Islands

This popular holiday destination has come a long way since being discovered by Christopher Columbus and now sees 2 million visitors every year. Made up of three islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, each offering relaxing beaches, vibrant culture and incredible food.

Photo looking down a colourful street int he Cayman Islands: Yellow walls and blue door frame

Colourful streets of the Cayman Islands. Photo: Shutterstock

Accommodation varies to suit all budgets and tastes; from lavish resorts to modest villa stays. Most of the resort accommodation stretches along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, however, the hidden treasures of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are not to be overlooked.

Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, you’ll have a chance to sample a huge variety of fresh seafood, including local delicacies ‘conch stew’ and ‘cassava cake’. If you fancy a spot of shopping, the Cayman Craft Markets are a great place to pick up some souvenirs to take home.

Traditional beach hut with two hammocks on beach in the Cayman Islands

Azure waters and clean, white sand await. Photo: Shutterstock

The Cayman Islands are famous for diving, so older kids should give that and other water-sports a shot, including kayaking, kitesurfing, paddle-boarding and parasailing.

Read more about the Cayman Islands here.

Mexico City

The capital of Mexico is a cultural mecca that sees the perfect marriage between the ancient Aztec tradition and modern, commercial expansion. With tonnes of activities for families, Mexico City is one of our top destinations for food, culture and fun fanatics.

At the top of our recommendations list is Xochimilco, the Floating Gardens, the historic heart of Mexico City. Enjoy boating along the elaborate system of canals and exploring the islands built on top of Aztec ruins by the Spanish in the 16th century. Mariachi bands and street food vendors will keep you entertained and satisfied for hours.

The ancient site of Teotihuacan north-east of the city is well worth the drive. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, these pre-Columbian structures can be climbed up, on and all over but can be pretty tiring, so maybe save this one for the older kids.

Aerial shot of Teotihuacan in Mexico

The incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Photo: Shutterstock

Always a hit with families, Six Flags Theme Park will satisfy the appetites of adrenaline junkies and tea-cups goers alike. Combining old-fashioned adrenaline with virtual reality, the thrills and spills at this theme park go beyond simple rollercoasters.

Roller coasters at Six Flags in Mexico City

Have you got the guts to take on this roller coaster? Photo: cezzie901 / Flickr

For more fun activities in Mexico City, check this out.

 

Chichen Itza

The Yucatan Peninsula is scattered with some of the oldest known ruins in the world. We are still learning about the ways of the ancient Mayans and Spanish conquerors through the archaeological study and excavation of places like Chichen Itza. Kids can run amok in the ruins of Tulum, explore the Mayan site of Coba, and wander through the ancient cities of Yaxchilan which are accessible by boat.

Sunset turns clouds red and orange over Chichen Itza, Mexico

A blazing sunset at Chichen Itza. Photo: Shutterstock

Sian Kaan and the Riviera Region

Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers will be spoilt for choice, rafting down rivers, through caverns and caves, snorkelling in pristine waters, and scaling cave walls, all the while soaking up rich Mayan culture. Best suited for older explorers so they can make the most of a full day of activities.

Clear, blue water in lagoon cave

Swimming through here would be a dream. Photo: Shutterstock

Atlantis Resort, The Bahamas

The magical lost city is located on Paradise Island, and for good reason! The island’s waterpark, Aquaventure, covers over 140 acres with organized activities, kids spaces and all the family-friendly perks of a luxury Bahamas getaway. For 3-6 year olds, the Sea Squirts program provides up-close marine encounters, including hand-feeding baby stingrays. For kids between 6 and 12, ‘Atlantis Kids Adventures’ offers a range of age-specific activities like a performance, games, arts and crafts and the chance to cook up a storm at the Cooks@Play culinary workshop. For teens, there is the Earth and Fire pottery studio, ‘Gamer’s Reef’, and ‘Crush’, the teens-only disco and dance floor.

More about the Atlantis Resort here

Kids floating down the lazy river at the Atlantis Resort

The lazy river at The Atlantis Resort. Photo: Ramey Logan, Creative Commons

Whether you’re after a luxury, fine-dining, beach-paradise experience or an action-filled, ruin-exploration adventure holiday, Mexico and the Caribbean have something for everyone.

 

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