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5 year old and adults > active holidays in PDC, what to do?

by croatia2006 Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

We are going to spend two weeks in PDC and it is first time for everyone in Mexico. Going to see mayan ruins,enjoying All Inclusive hotel,beaches and pools.

But for two weeks we have time to explore whatever nearby. What are Your suggestions? We have thouht e.g. Coba, Tulum, dolphin swim, Xcaret...

Also, if You have recommadations to nice restaurants for lunch or dinner, beach restaurants and so on, we would like to hear. Not staying 14 days in AI ;)

Thanks in advance.

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    Re: 5 year old and adults > active holidays in PDC, what to do?

    by blueskyjohn Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Coba amd Xcaret are a must see. Coba is great because it is mostly still in the jungle and a lot still covered. Nowhere near the crowds at Tulum and Chitzen Itza. There is a lot of walking to get to ruins. You can hire a pedi-taxi to take you down the dirt roads. Out of the three mentioned, this was my favorite, probably because of the small crowds and sense of discovery as ruins appear in the jungle.

    Xcaret does have crowds but the snorkeling is amazing. It is at the mouth of a river so there is a mixture of salt and fresh water. You can feel the temperature changes in the current. One thing to keep in mind at Xcaret. They ask that you wash off any sunscreen to help protect the environment. I didn't feel this was strictly enforced, but if you want to at least minimize the amount you use, wear a rash guard. You can rent life jackets to snorkel, so anyone can do it. I don't use one so I can dive down closer to the fish.

    Two weeks is a long time in that area. You can also take the ferry over to Cozumel. You can go on some snorkel trips there, rent a jeep for some 4 wheeling or some shopping. Its really known for SCUBA diving.

    Have a great trip!

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    Re: 5 year old and adults > active holidays in PDC, what to do?

    by Dabs Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Cozumel is worth a trip, you can easily take the ferry over from PDC. Once there you can rent a car to get around or take a taxi. We toured around the whole island on one visit, the last time we were there we just headed to the Money Bar and snorkeled from the shore, you can go to the same places the boats go without paying for a boat trip. They have fins and snorkel gear to rent (although I bring my own mask and snorkel, who knows how well any of that stuff is cleaned?)

    We did a great daytrip with Edventures, we stopped at Yalku which is a natural lagoon, kind of like Xelha was before they Disneyfied it, we stopped at Akumal to see the turtles and at a cenote which is an underwater cave where you can snorkel. You can do all of those on your own as well since you have 2 weeks, you can spread out your acitivites.

    Chichen Itza is a really long daytrip from PDC and not having children I don't know if you'd have issues with a 5 year old. It's also away from the water so depending on the time of year it can be blisteringly hot. It's the most impressive of the ruins in terms of preservation and size but Tulum and Coba are more easily accessed from PDC.

    We've been staying at AIs for the last few years but when I did stay at non AIs we used to get a lot of good food tips from the board below. Just be careful with some of the recommendations for off the beaten path places since you are traveling with a child, we ate at a couple of places that were a bit hygenically challenged

    playa.info/playa-del-carmen-...

    Xcaret and Xelha are both whole day activities, they have steep admission charges and the activities go through to the evening.

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    by juliogg Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    \everything Blue sky said AND , go to ACHTUCHEN just south of PDC on the right side of the highway going south. Its a Park that has a 1 Km. long cave, in one end and out the other that is spectacular. also in park small zoo. Go to VALLADOLID, this is a colonial town on the way to Chichenitza and Coba. This town is the NEW in spot for those that want something not so tourist and commercial. The food here is GREAT. The Cochinita Pibil is reported to be the BEST in MEXICO. If you go to COZUMEL, then when you arrive and make it early, then rent a car or jeep and go around the island . Only 1 road . On the other side of the Island there is a TURTLE sanctuary. and you might get to see all the babay T. before they are released into the Sea. On your way back to Town stop at the CHANKANAB Park. It will be on your left side. This park has a scuba rental place inside called ZAPATAS. Famous Guy with Coustous way in the past. you can rent ther equip. there with an instructor for all and go see the underwater sculptures and tons of fish. Well worth it even if you dont have certification since it is only 15 feet deep. Hope some of this helps.

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    by walkietalkie2012 Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    yes, 14 days is kind of long just at Playa del Carmen. It is a pretty small place, nice beaches, kind of commercialised with plenty of modern stores n restaurants, cafes. U could do all the daytrips mentioned n suggested. Its also not far from Cancun, only a couple of hours away. PdC is kind of mini Cancun.

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    by Thankyoutravel Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Hello,

    You must visit Tulum and Coba! They are a must and very impressive. If your child likes to swim and can snorkel you must check out Akumal! A very beautiful little bay situated about 25 minutes South of Playa del Carmen where you can swim with turtles in their environment. Totallly free!

    Visit Cenote Azul, Cenote Dos Ojos, and El Gran Cenote. Your kid is going to love them!!

    In Playa del Carmen you must check out Canibal Royale for a relaxing and chilled out beach club experience. Try La Famiglia for Italian food! The gentlemen there are great people and the Pizza is abosulutely Amazing!

    RENT A CAR!!! It´s a must have if you are planning on knowing the area

    have a great time and I hope this posting helps!

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    by RickHowe Online Now Feb 16, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    We did a 8-day Yucatan vacation last year - shorter than yours, but instructive. Flew into Cancun, then out to Chichen Itza, then to Mayapan, Loltun Caves, Labna, Sayil and Uxmal. Then to Merida, and east to Dzitnup Cenote, Coba and Tulum. Ended up at a Condo Hotel in Playa. email me for a write-up I did on another travel site: rickhowe@aol.com

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    by RickHowe Online Now Feb 16, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    We did a 8-day Yucatan vacation last year - shorter than yours, but instructive. Flew into Cancun, then out to Chichen Itza, then to Mayapan, Loltun Caves, Labna, Sayil and Uxmal. Then to Merida, and east to Dzitnup Cenote, Coba and Tulum. Ended up at a Condo Hotel in Playa. email me for a write-up I did on another travel site: rickhowe@aol.com

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