This Top 10 List of Kid Friendly Things to Do consists of activities and places for the family to spend the day or, at least, a couple of hours. With the exception of Buena Vista Ranch, which is generally for adolescents and adults, and Snuba, for 8 years old and above, all of what is included here has no age restrictions.
Our tour of Top 10 Kid Friendly activities and places begins with an easy choice: Parque Punta Sur. This park should not be missed by any visitor. It includes a white, powdery beach that is great for snorkeling, a nature reserve, a variety of natural environments to explore, a lighthouse one can climb (with a small museum), and is located near the Mayan ruin, El Caracol. A family can easily and happily spend the whole day here. You can take food, or buy it from local vendors.
San Gervasio is second on our list because it offers both a historical experience and an opportunity to learn about the Mayan tradition while viewing the ruins, and it has jungle trails that are fun and safe for kids to stretch their legs and get some exercise.
We chose number three because it offers a unique and safe experience of the underwater worlds of the island - without the need of scuba tanks. Our number four, five, and eight choices are rather obvious. The first is well, about the Flinstones, and the second has a bit of everything: snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, seals, replicas of ruins, beach, a playground, restaurants, lockers, etc., etc., etc.
Sixth and seventh on our list are beaches. Beaches with loads of toys, pools, food, and drinks for mom and dad.
Rancho Buenavista offers jungle exploration and visit to ruins on horseback. Their facilities include a swimming pool, entertainment, and drinks for mom and dad.
Last on our list is a museum. A museum that is entertaining for kids because it includes replicas of jungle environments, reefs, and a Mayan dwelling that describes the culture's everyday life. They offer a simple, yet scientific and anthropological, perspective of the islands lifeforms. There is a restaurant on the top floor - overlooking the sea - that is a great place to have breakfast or brunch.
Costera Sur Highway Km 27
(beginning of Costera Este Highway)
From San Miguel take cross-island road east to San Gervasio access road, then turn left and follow road 7 km
790 Ave. Rafael E. Melgar
Diving without the tank for ages 8 and older...
Carretera Costera Norte km 5,8
Costera Sur Highway, Km 9
Snorkeling, gardens and archaelogy... read more
Zona Hotelera Sur
Costera Sur Highway, Km 15
Carretera Costera Sur, Km. 14.5
Zona Hotelera Sur
White sand beach with amusements and restaurant...
Carretera a Chankanaab Km 4
(Across the street from the Casa del Mar Hotel)
Avenue Rafael Melgar & Calle 11 Sur
Acuario restaurant in San Miguel
Avenida Rafael Melgar at Calle 4
Maya artifacts and Spanish relics... read more