Tulum may not have been the most kid friendly place we have ever visited, but we found more than enough interesting and fun spots to keep us very busy on our most recent visit to Mexico!  The city is full of fun art displays, fresh delicious food options and plenty of places to swim to escape the heat.  Check out our list of the top things to do with kids in Tulum!

 TULUM BEACH:

Tulum has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. However, during our visit, the seaweed had taken over the beach.  From our after the fact research, it appears the seaweed is more seasonal than not and is the worst starting in May lasting through the summer months.  The seaweed seemed to get better the further down beach road you traveled.  Nomade had a beautiful beach that appeared almost seaweed free!

What we were expecting all the beaches to look like:

What the beaches actually looked like:

And how we felt about the seaweed:

GRAN CENOTE:

Cenotes are a great substitute for the beach if sand and seaweed aren’t your thing.  A top spot in Tulum for kids and adults alike! 

Gran Cenote is very close to downtown Tulum, only a 5 minute car ride from the center of town.  Given its proximity to Tulum, it is a popular spot and can get quite crowded.  We would recommend arriving early morning to avoid the crowds.  

The cenote features two different swimming sections and platforms which are connected by a large cave you can swim through to access the different sides.

Open daily from 8am until 4:30pm, entrance tickets are cash only, 350 pesos per person.  (Children are free under a certain height.)  Life jackets are free to everyone with ticket purchase with lockers and snorkel gear available to rent.

Check out on blog post devoted solely on visiting cenotes for more information and options on the Yucatan Peninsula.  

CENOTE CRISTALINO:

Cenote Cristalino located close to Puerto Aventuas right off highway 307.  Cristalino is an open air cenote resembling a natural pond with crystal clear water flanked on one side by high rock walls.  Here you could swim though the mangroves, cliff jump off the rock wall or swim in the shallow pools off to each side of the cenote.

Open daily from 8am to 6pm, entrance tickets are 200 pesos for adults and 100 pesos for children. Cash only. Life jackets are available with ticket purchase with snorkel equipment and lockers  available to rent.

Other cenotes around Cenote Cristalino with similar characteristics Cenote Azul and Cenote Eden.

EXPLORING BEACH ROAD:

Beach road is the height of action in Tulum.  The narrow road runs the length of the beach and is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.  Picturesque and fun stops not to miss include the sculpture outside Raw Love and Ahau Tulum, Matcha Mama swings and smoothies, Vagalume walkway, the beautiful grounds of Nomade resort and I Scream Bar for a sweet treat.  If visiting I Scream Bar with kids, come at opening (around 1pm) to avoid the party crowd later in the day.

RESTAURANTS IN TULUM:

When exploring new places, where to eat is always a big toss up especially when traveling with kids.  Is the restaurant kid friendly? Is there a children’s menu? Will our party be too loud?  The following restaurants are great dining options for families traveling to Tulum with kids: Mateo’s Mexican Grill, Posada Margherita, Nomade, Raw Love, Matcha Mama

CHICHEN ITZA:

Located twenty minutes outside of Valladolid is the UNESCO world Heritage sight of Chichen Itza.  A bucket list destination for many, Chichen Itza is an awe inspiring place!  Even the girls were amazed by the carved serpent heads and towering ruins in the middle of the jungle.

Meaning “at the mouth of the well of the Itza” (Itza was the name of the Mayan tribe), Chichen Itza was given it’s name due to the proximity of the city to cenotes, the fresh water source.  The city was one of the largest Maya cities and at it’s peak was home to over 35,000 people.  The massive step pyramid, El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, is easily the most recognizable structure of the property and the most photogenic!

Tulum archeological sight is another, closer option to tour and explore Maya ruins right off beach road in Tulum.  The Maya Ruins are the perfect educational spot for young minds and should not be missed if traveling to Tulum with kids.

DAY TRIP TO VALLADOLID:

Color, charm and history are the three best words to describe Valladolid, Mexico.  Dine, shop and wander your way through the town.  The streets surrounding the main square, Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton are especially colorful!  Take a moment to marvel at Cathedral de San Servasio which opens right in front of the main square.  

If you are looking for a restaurant recommendation in Valladolid, we would highly recommend Yakuna Cocina Mexicana.  If the locals who gave you directions say the chef is a culinary artist, they are telling the truth! It’s good food.  And the dining patio is adorable!

KASA HOTEL PAROTA TULUM:

A luxury boutique hotel in Tulum located half way between the beach road and downtown Tulum,  Kasa Hotel Parota Tulum is in a quiet more residential section of town. Perfect for families and groups!

A stunning boutique hotel, Kasa Hotel is the space and price of an AirBnb but with all the perks of a luxury hotel: daily breakfast and house keeping, on-sight restaurant and large swimming pool. The apartment style hotel room was great for traveling to Tulum with kids so everyone can have their own space. 

Tulum and the Yucatan Penisula are full of culture, history and adventure fit for the whole family!  On a return visit, we would love to explore Izamal (the yellow city)Suytun Cenote and Coba Maya ruins.

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