Most families take advantage of the extended summer break to go on a longer vacation. While traveling with kids surely can be stressful at times, it’s also one of the richest, most fulfilling experiences. Both for you and your children. Especially Playa del Carmen offers a plethora of things to do, for adults, teens, and kids. Here are some tips if you are traveling to Playa del Carmen with kids.
1 – Pack Lightly When Traveling With Kids
Avoid paying for extra luggage and only bring the necessary. You can buy most things in Playa del Carmen, there are 2 big supermarkets close to Playa Palms Beach Hotel – a Walmart and a Mega. There you can get diapers, wipes, and toys to play with at the beach for example. Keep in mind that baby food here usually has added more sugar than what you might be used to, and you’ll find manage different brands. All rooms at Playa Palms Beach Hotel count with a kitchenette, where you can prepare your own meal. This can make your Playa del Carmen-with-kids experience much easier!
2 – Plan Your Airport Transfer
You don’t want to arrive at Cancun airport with cranky and tired kids and still have to figure out how to get to Playa del Carmen. Same goes for your ride back to the airport at the end of your vacation. Avoid the stress by planning ahead when traveling to Playa del Carmen with kids. You can easily schedule your airport transfer through us. Just contact us until at least 3 days prior to your arrival with your flight information and we are happy to arrange your private transfer. Check out other ways to get from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen here.
3 – Bring Your Stroller or Baby Sling
The 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen is stroller-friendly, and you and your family will surely enjoy walking along the busy pedestrian street with many things to see. The other streets may be a bit harder to navigate. The sidewalks here are not consistent and can have random changes in elevation. If you are traveling with a baby you might, therefore, consider bringing a baby sling to be more comfortable.
4 – Bring sunscreen
Depending on where you are from, the sun here is much stronger and you can get burned easily. And especially babies and young kids still have a more delicate skin. If you are heading to the beach or a cenote, we recommend using biodegradable sunscreen. Some parks, like for example Xel-Ha or Xcaret don’t allow any the use of non-biodegradable sunscreens. You can buy them there, or at any supermarket or pharmacy. Furthermore, make sure all of you stay hydrated and drink enough water during the day.
4 – Bring Insect Repellent
Playa del Carmen has a tropical, very humid climate, that naturally comes with mosquitoes. Especially at dusk and dawn. Don’t let those pesky bugs ruin your vacation and have some insect repellent ready. Even though bug sprays containing DEET are considered safe for children, many parents prefer to use products that are DEET-free. We suggest you buy biodegradable products – they are safer for your kids and for our planet. If you don’t have any at home, you can buy insect repellent at any supermarket or pharmacy here in Playa del Carmen.
6 – Select Kid-Friendly Activities When Traveling Playa del Carmen With Kids
When planning your tours, ask if they are kid-friendly. Because some tours might be boring for your offspring, and especially some cenotes are not really suitable for young children. Check out top places to visit with children here. Or, if booking with our concierge at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, he can consult you about the best excursions that all of you will enjoy.
7 – Be a Role Model
Kids are like a sponge, they absorb everything they see and hear. When traveling Playa del Carmen with kids, you become their role model for learning and developing interests. Show them how to treat people with respect, maybe try and learn some words in Spanish, and how interesting it can be to learn about different cultures. Children are naturally curious and this should be encouraged. Explain them about the Mayan culture, about the animals, and everything new you encounter. It’s a great learning experience for them!