Our first trip to Mexico with the boys was amazing! Although we had been out of the country before, this time was different. Instead of cruising, we decided to bring the kids to an All-inclusive Resort! We try to take multiple vacations throughout the year, some with the boys and some without. That’s why the first time we visited El Cid we knew this was a place we had to return, with the kids. After a 4 hour flight from New Orleans to Cancun we were ready for our family vacation in paradise.
The resort grounds were just as beautiful as we remembered. After the kids realized the resort had a kids club they ditched us and opted to hang with kids their own age. Well as luck would have it we remembered just how close Cancun was from our resort, after a little coercing we were able to talk the boys into leaving the resort and eating out with us.
Number 1: Dine In Cancun With A Clown
Once we made it to Cancun upon the request of the kids we pulled into Carlos n Charlie for a little family fun. As we walked into the restaurant we were greeted by a clown who made everyone balloon hats and animals. The boys wanted nachos which was perfect because the servings were huge. The nachos were so big everyone tapped out, unable to finish. However, in our defense, we did have their signature drink appropriately named the Yard Stick not leaving much room for dinner. After dinner we went for a walk in downtown Cancun and headed back to El Cid to call it a night…for the kids that is. We decided to swing by the resort bar for a special dessert.
Number 2: Catamaran And Snorkel Tour
We decided to take the boys on a catamaran the following morning. Always up for snorkeling, we ended up going on the day trip to the Parque Nacional Arrecife Puerto Morelos. The trip was amazing, the Coral Reefs were beautiful. After the catamaran stopped we were given quick instructions on what to do once in the water. The kids caught on pretty quick and not long after jumping in they were off exploring the ocean. We snorkeled for about 3 hours and then it was back to the resort, but not before the captain stopped the boat and allowed everyone to dive off. After the catamaran, the kids wanted to go to their camps again, and we didn’t argue with them because we were in need of some alone time. Once back at the resort we made sure the kids were situated for the night, we then left El Cid and drove next door to Now Jade, a resort located near El Cid.
Number 3: Visit Xplor Eco Park And EXPLORE!!!
The following day, we spent the entire day at Xplor and it was well worth it. Xplor was an Eco themed park which included activities such as zip lining, under water rafting, caves and ATV buggies just to name a few. We found Xplor to be pretty safe and definitely a family theme park. The only tough leg of the journey was the zip lines. We had to walk to the top of each tower and each tower was higher than the previous one. It was our first time zip-lining so we didn’t know what to expect. There were at least five zip lining towers that we could recall. After zip-lining we did a little spelunking in underground caves. The park was equipped with a full service restaurant which came in handy after a day full of exploring.
After a full day hiking around Xplor, we decided to end the night at the fire show, which was hosted by El Cid Marina Hotel & Resort. The show was excellent, there dancers were fearless of the fire they were dancing with.
Number 4: Visit Xcaret And See Wildlife Up-Close
Keeping up with our adventures theme we went to Xcaret eco park the next day. Imagine a zoo without cages and no dangerous animals, it felt more like a wildlife park than anything else. As we walked around we saw Parrots and Tapirs in their natural habitat. On the marina side of the park is where you can find a giant palapa providing well needed shade. After lunch we came across sea turtles and sting-rays among-st other wildlife as well. It was an extremely hot day so the kids jumped in the Xcaret lagoon to cool off. There was also a dolphin exhibit. As the day went on, we trekked more around the park. At one point of our journey we came across some Mayan ruins. The smallest ruin was a home to someone, which had been excavated while the park was being built.
Number 5 : Visit Delphinus And Swim With Dolphins
We saved the best for last! On our last day we went swimming with the dolphins at Delphinus which is also a eco-park.. Swimming with the dolphins was a once in a lifetime experience! To begin we jumped into the enclosed Dolphin pen with a group of other participants.
We then met the star of the show, Jess! The trainer showed us a few tricks Jess learned, then each of us were allowed to take a solo picture with her, we were also able to hitch a ride by grabbing her dorsal fin, pretty exhilarating to be pulled through the water by a dolphin. We were not able capture any of own pictures due to the no photography rule. However, there was pictures taken by park staff available for purchase.
There you have it, another adventure in Mexico scratched off our bucket list.
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