Cancun has been a party destination for decades , but stroll the beaches these days and you ’ re more likely to see families relaxing than college students twerking . Surprised ? Don ’ t be . Many of the factors that made Cancun so popular with spring breakers — great weather , beautiful beaches and world-class resorts — are exactly what make it the perfect destination for families . Add in fascinating cultural experiences , eye-popping outdoor adventures and direct flights from most U . S . cities , and Cancun ticks all the boxes for a top-notch family vacation .
While Cancun has its share of adults-only resorts , many others welcome families with open arms , catering to kids and adults alike with long lists of dazzling amenities . All-inclusive resorts around the region often offer multiple pools , private beaches , water parks and kid zones . With everything to do at these resorts , families might be tempted not to leave , but for those with a sense of adventure , Cancun is packed with fun activities . Whether you have young kids , tweens or teens , there ’ s something for everyone in this tropical paradise .
Home to the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere , the Riviera Maya is generally considered one of the best snorkeling and diving destination in the world . Even the shallowest water is teeming with life , and kids of all ages will thrill at seeing colorful tropical fish , stingrays and sea turtles up close . Snorkeling excursions are offered by a number of reputable operators — the tiny island of Isla Mujeres is a popular destination — but for a truly unforgettable adventure , the Underwater Museum of Art ( MUSA ) is a must . Home to over 500 pieces of underwater sculpture , MUSA offers captivating glass-bottom boat rides as well as snorkeling tours and diving lessons .