Family Activities in the Riviera Maya

Family Activities in the Riviera Maya

One of the best things about the Riviera Maya is that there is something for everybody! If you prefer quiet relaxation on the beach, you can find a spot on the unending miles of pristine white sand beaches. If you’d rather go out to town, you can find any number of restaurants and bars with great food and drinks. And if you have a family, there is no shortage of kid-friendly fun throughout the region. You will find plenty of family activities!

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Theme Parks

The Riviera Maya is full of exciting and fun theme parks that are fun for everyone! If you enjoy exploring nature, you might want to check out Xcaret Eco Park or Xel Ha Natural Aquarium. There you can swim with animals or go ziplining through the lush forest. In addition, you might want to check out Xenses that’s based around toying with your senses! These parks are fantastic and full of family activities, even those with babies or toddlers because you can set your schedule and pace. And often kids under five are free!

The Zoo

There are a few zoos in the area, including Corocun Zoo. You can find animals native to the Riviera Maya there. Therefore, you will see monkeys, crocodiles, lizards, birds, deer, and coatis. Besides, if you or your family love birds especially, you might be more interested in the Playacar Aviary Xaman-Ha where you can see flamingos, egrets, parrots, pelicans, toucans and more. And as a bonus, children under 12 enter for free!

Family activities

Movie Theatre

If the weather has turned and you’re looking for something to do, you can always go see a movie! Usually, theaters show cartoons dubbed into Spanish. On the other hand, live-action films are often in English with Spanish subtitles so it could be a good option. There are three theatres just in Playa del Carmen, and they are easy to find in any major city in the area.

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Another great activity for rainy days is visiting one of the many museums in the area. Did you know that Playa del Carmen is home to the largest 3D museum in the world? Moreover, the 3D Museum of Wonders is full of fun illusions that are revealed when you take pictures and become part of the art yourself. You could also visit the Frida Kahlo museum on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen or the Museum of Prehistory Tulum. This museum is dedicated to promoting fantastic Ice Age artifacts which have been found over the years in the various caves and cenotes of the Riviera Maya.

Whatever your interests, the Riviera Maya has something for you to do!

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Rainy Season in the Riviera Maya and How to Make the Most of It

Despite the Riviera Maya getting 300 days of sunshine each year, it still gets plenty of rain. The rainy season run from June through November; however, it does not rain every day. Hurricanes, when present, usually land between August and October, although they are a rare sight. Tourists are often baffled with what to do when it’s raining in the region. Firstly, it’s important to point out that showers usually don’t last very long, which means you can quickly resume outdoor activities. Funnily enough, “Playa del Carmen weather” is the most common search in Google.

Not a Fan of Rain? No Problem!

Beach rain

If you want to avoid any sight of rain, you have to travel to the region during the hot, dry months. That means anywhere between December and June. However, if a little rain doesn’t bother you, you should definitely visit any of those other months. You will enjoy the Riviera Maya just the same. There are plenty of things to do when it rains – including swimming! But, be aware, if there is lightning and turns into a thunder storm, steer clear of being in the water.

You need a positive attitude during rainy season. Many people often complain about not having enjoyed their stay at Playa del Carmen due to the weather. Unfortunately, that is out of anyone’s control. A positive attitude will be your ticket to enjoying your visit to the region when it is raining. Whenever the drizzling starts, head on over to one of the many shopping centers. Get a coffee, watch a movie, window shop and just wait for the rain to stop.

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Rio Secreto

If you live in Playa del Carmen, using the time it rains to go to the gym, yoga, or even grocery shopping is a great way to spend some time outside your house. There are also casinos available for those who wish to give gambling a go. It’s the perfect place to spend a rainy day at. Lastly, you could always use it as an excuse to go get pampered at a spa.

However, outdoor activities are also quite fun whenever it’s rainy season. Places such as Rio Secreto, which is made up of natural caves and underground rivers, are even more fun when it’s raining. Xcaret, or any of its other 6 parks, are also great with a little drizzle. Since you’ll be wet most of the day anyway, you might as well make the most of it. There is no room for boredom in paradise. With so many fun activities for you and the family during the rainy season, there are no excuses.

Don’t Let the Rainy Season Ruin Your Visit!

A few drops of rain will hardly ruin anybody’s visit to the beautiful Riviera Maya – don’t let it ruin yours! The world is yours and there are many opportunities and activities if you visit with an open mind. Make the best of your retirement in paradise!

Things to Do in Playa Del Carmen on a Rainy Day

Like every good tropical region, the Riviera Maya has one long rainy season. It starts in June and runs all the way through October. However, this does not mean that every day is a rainy day! While most days you will be able to enjoy the beautiful, paradise beaches, outdoor activities, site seeing, and much more, you should also plan (and pack) for occasional rainy days.

Most people come to the Riviera Maya because it’s a fully outdoor holiday, but there is plenty to do and enjoy while it’s raining outside. And worry not, because rain tends to fall strongly for an hour or two and then stop completely, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beach, 5th Avenue, or anything else. Just carry a poncho (or umbrella) with you!

Here are some fun things to do in Playa Del Carmen on a rainy day:

Go to the Movies
Believe it or not, most movies screened in Mexico are in their original version and subtitled. Only children’s movies are dubbed. You have plenty of films to watch in either of the two movie theaters found in Playa del Carmen: Cinemex in Centro Maya, or Cinepolis in Plaza las Americas.

Go Shopping
Since you’re already in Centro Maya or Plaza las Americas, you might as well go shopping. Both malls are not as big as you are used to back home, but they have plenty of shopping and food available. Another option is visiting the new Quinta Alegria plaza located on 5th Avenue. This plaza is open but offers shelter from the rain to walk around.

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Have a Long Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
It doesn’t matter what time it starts raining at…visiting a restaurant and enjoying a long and relaxing meal is a great option while the rain falls. You could visit any one of the many restaurants on 5th Avenue, or somewhere off the beaten path, and try some delicious Mexican, Italian, French, gourmet, street, or even German food!

Go Dancing!
12th street is waiting for you, regardless of rain. If it’s raining at nighttime (or party time), don’t stay in just because of the weather. Once you reach 12th street you will find plenty of choices between bars and clubs to dance the rain (and night) away!

Go on a Tour
Visiting cenotes, going on ATVs, or visiting Río Secreto and Xplor are great options for when it’s raining. You’ll be getting wet anyway. Rio Secreto is a beautiful underground river and cenote, perfect for any weather. Xplor is Experiencias Xcaret’s adventure park – zipline, swim through rivers, and have fun…rain or not! Most ATV tours include visiting a cenote and riding through fun filled and muddy paths!

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Discover a Café 
Playa del Carmen is full of uniquely designed, delicious coffee and teashops. Find one that you like and spend a rainy afternoon reading a book and enjoying a Mexican brewed coffee or tea. You can also find cookies, breads, cakes, and other sweet things to enjoy with the drink of your choice.

Get a Massage
You know you’ve been thinking about it since you arrived in Playa del Carmen. You’re on vacation and you deserve a massage. So what better time to get one than when it’s raining outside? The sound of the rain and the relaxing music at the spa will surely allow you to let it all go, relax, and enjoy. Playa del Carmen is full of spas waiting for you…get off 5th Avenue and find one that is not as expensive and that will leave you feeling more relaxed!

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Stay In 
Seldom do you get to enjoy a day of relaxation in the hotel. Pamper yourself, order room service, turn the TV on and watch a movie. You may not be getting the full Playa del Carmen experience through it, but you will definitely feel ready for your next adventure day in paradise!

There is no reason to feel frustrated because your holidays are “ruined” by the rain! Never forget that Playa del Carmen is much more than paradise beaches, and that there are plenty things to do in Playa Del Carmen on a rainy day.

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