Posted June 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Its 5:30 am and there is a tap on my shoulder. Two little eyes peer at me from the side of the bed. These eyes turn from curious to excited as this little 4 year old sees his aunt turn over to kiss the little hand that woke her up this morning. "It's time to go see the sun, Aunty." I reach for my little man and lift him up into the bed. We laugh and tickle each other as we roll around on the bed. We both crawl to the edge and get dressed for our morning ritual. Shorts, tshirts, sunscreen,...
Posted May 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
If you are looking for a local experience in the Riviera Maya, then large tours are the best option. There are lots of small Riviera Maya group tours that are fun for both kids and parents. Grandparents will get a kick out of these as well! Small group tours provide a very different experience to the popular large bus tours so many people grab through street vendors and resorts. They are personal, you get to interact with your guide and gain a true understanding of their life in Mexico. When...
Posted April 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Huffington Post writer M. Blazoned wrote an honest account of the family vacation, oh sorry the family trip. I get it, we hear this all the time, parents think that their 'vacation' with the kids is more work than fun. But it does not have to be this way. How Parents Can Flip A Family Trip into a Family Vacation! Other than leaving the kids at home, it is tough to have a family vacation where everyone gets to relax. With a little bit of planning it is not impossible. Having a little local...
Posted February 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Our sense of adventure was a learned but intentional strategy created by our parents. They took us to off the beaten path destinations, brought us to unique parks and made sure we visited unusual animal sanctuaries. They built our sense of adventure and wanderlust by - having adventures. The Riviera Maya has kid-friendly and kid focused activities to accomplish this very specific goal - to create a wanderlust in kids they will remember for a lifetime. Eco parks, natural wonders and the...
Posted January 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Vacationing with your parents in the Riviera Maya? How great. For some this vacation arrangement could be a bit stressful. What the heck can one do with their parents in Mexico? 12th street in Playa del Carmen? I don't think so. Tulum beach nightclubs, nah. There are a ton of fun things to do with your parents along the coast and we have the list for you! Parent or Grandparent Outings in the Riviera Maya We think if you tried at least one of these suggestions you might just turn into the...
Posted January 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
So you decided to plan your first family trip. Some of you have emailed us with large family requests, some have been small family trip planning requests. However large or small your family may be, we have your vacation back. We have been feeling a bit like Super heroes lately, vacation planning heroes for family vacations. Super heroes never tackle the same crime twice, and our super hero vacation planning never duplicates a family vacation. Every single family is different, every single...
Posted December 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and then the kids. How the heck do you plan a large family vacation without losing your mind? Or your family? Cool thing is the Rivera Maya caters to families. Vacation rentals can be big enough to take anywhere from 8 to 20 family members. We are here to then support you through the vacation process. Seriously, we really do support you through the planning process to make sure you all have a great time and share great memories. No one will be left holding the...
Posted November 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
You may be wondering and we may have some answers. Our answers are based on the experiences of our staff who have toddlers and our guests who travel with toddlers. Many people say, do it! Travel with your toddler for the mere sake that they fly free under two. The second reason to start traveling with your toddler early is to make travel a part of their life. When travel starts early parents and kids have great memories to share, a location to return to and if anything, mom and dad have a...
Posted November 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations
Your kids are precious, and there is nothing a parent or aunt would do for their kids and nephews. One thing we love about living in the Riviera Maya is that our kids or nephews have the opportunity to experience different activities and languages. My sister has to listen to the family cheer at least once a month - When are we going to Mexico Mom? The kids practice their snorkeling in the pool and the bath tub in preparation for their next trip. They learn a new Spanish word once a month so...
Posted April 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services
Vista del Mar hotel and condos have been known for ages as one of the favorite places to stay for families and couples visiting the Riviera Maya. Now you will see the property in a whole new light as they rename themselves Del Sol Beachfront. Del Sol Beachfront is the same great staff, service and beachfront location. Bright new colors bring in Caribbean flair to Akumal. Already winter 2016 is booking up, and of course the holidays. Please visit Del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Del Sol...
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