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Old 12-22-2014   #1 (permalink)
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first time pdc - family of 4!

We and our two boys, 10 and 7 will be visiting playa next week, we are here for 7 days. Learnt quite a bit just reading posts from here. Look fwd to the fun and experience - first time in pdc and mexico. Will be staying in a condo in playacar.

Any tips for a family with kids in pdc are welcome.. am renting a car. So we plan on driving to tulum, akumal, chichen itza & ek balam. and maybe if we are upto it take the ferry and try some arranged snorkeling in cozumel perhaps.

Suggestions welcome! Hopefully we will meet some of you old timers
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Old 12-23-2014   #2 (permalink)
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Go to a cenote with the kids! They're super cool (literally) and beautiful! Also, there is no need to head over to Cozumel to snorkel. If you already plan to hit up Akumal, just rent some gear at your hotel and take it with you and walk out into the water. My fiance and I snorkeled in Cozumel this past August and it wasn't anything special. I *believe* it's a better destination for divers. Have fun!

Edit: I see you're at a condo now instead of a hotel. There should be little shops to rent the snorkeling gear on the beach in Akumal!
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Old 12-23-2014   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Erica
That saves us a trip to Cozumel. Anything interesting in Cozumel at all, other than the diving ? ( I don't think I am upto it, diving that is, certainly my wife is not..)


EDIT: Yes Cenotes, looking fwd to trying them with the boys. Will look for something that doesnt involve encountering bats - again thanks to folks from here!

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Old 01-07-2015   #4 (permalink)
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Had a blast!

chitchen itza
coba
gran cenote
akumal turtles/snorkel
labanha cenote( ripoff!!)
tulum ruins
soliman bay
tulum beaches ( saw some topless beauties )
sian kaan biosphere...
Besides the multitude of small restaurants in playa and tulum.

Back to 20F weather

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Old 01-08-2015   #5 (permalink)
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If you missed ek balam you missed one of the best ruins we have seen.
Just a good reason to come back.
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Old 01-08-2015   #6 (permalink)
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yes...had to save something for next time
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Old 01-11-2015   #7 (permalink)
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You could return 100 times and there is still so much to see on the Peninsula…..I am a testament to that fact!

I like the bats in the Cenotes…...
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Old 01-11-2015   #8 (permalink)
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I would highly recommend at least 3 of your days you just chill on the beach. You're gonna be worn out with that agenda!
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Old 01-11-2015   #9 (permalink)
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that trip was with 2 full days in sian kaan ( by the beach - more or less private, drinking cocos and beer)

Def need to try out more of the cenotes next time.
So I already have ek balam and a few more cenotes, ofcourse and sian kaan again for the next trip....

Only need to find cheap airfare and condo rental/hotel, with a family of 4, expenses quickly add up.
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Old 01-11-2015   #10 (permalink)
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I hear ya'.... lucky for me I live in Mexico and Volaris is dirt cheap, especially with the VIP card.
I had great luck with a condo in Playacar that somebody had bailed on their reservation.... I just put it out there on the general board with what I wanted and could pay and more than one person contacted me, publicly and privately, with very good rates.... some money is better than no money!
Suerte.
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Old 01-11-2015   #11 (permalink)
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Great tip reg condo rental FranKo - now why did I not think about it ?

Will check out Volaris as well...sounds interesting.
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I have my moments.... jajaja.
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