Family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for your next family vacation. Just one hour from Cancun airport and easily accessible from almost any international destination, there are plenty of family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen to entertain everyone, young and old.

1. Sailing

Why not rent your very own catamaran for the day and take the whole family for an afternoon of sailing on the Caribbean? Your kids will love being on an exciting sailing adventure, spotting silver fish through the crystal clear water and keeping watch for other boats at sea.

Sailing Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

2. Snorkeling

Sign up for one of our custom snorkeling tours to the outer reef and catch a glimpse of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Spot colorful fish and uniquely shaped coral and discover why the Caribbean coast of Mexico is an underwater lovers paradise.

3. Zip-lining

Fly through the jungle and experience an adventure like no other at one of two zip-lining parks near Playa del Carmen. Xplor has the longest zip-line in Mexico, with a range of other family friendly activities such as driving an amphibious vehicle on land and water and swimming in an underground river.

Aktun Chen Nature Park has a great zip-line through a lush green jungle and a tour of an ancient cave system. The day finishes with a snorkel tour of one of the region’s most beautiful cenotes, or natural sink holes.

4. Horse Riding

Catch the free shuttle from Condo Hotels to our secluded beach club at Blue Venado, twenty minutes south of Playa del Carmen. From here you can snorkel, swim and participate in a range of water sports and activities.

Horse Riding Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Horse riding along the beach is a great activity for animal lovers and adventurers alike, and fun for the whole family!

5. Fish Spa 

Fun for mom, dad and the kids, the fish foot spa on Fifth avenue is an experience like no other! Let these hungry fish nibble your feet until they are smooth and clean, if you can stand the ticklish sensation! This is something you simply must try once, and what better place than on vacation in Playa del Carmen!

Of course there are many, many more family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen to discover, and our knowledgeable and friendly concierge is at your service to ensure your family has a vacation to remember.

Horse Riding on the Beach: A New Experience

Traveling is all about having new experiences, so when my sister-in-law visited us in Playa del Carmen, we had a slew of new things for her to try, such as swimming in cenotes, skydiving and visiting ancient ruins. Little did we know that we would be having a few new experiences of our own, as top of her list of things to do was horse riding on the beach.

Horse riding on the beach in Playa del Carmen

“You have never been horse riding?” she asked me incredulously, finding it difficult to believe I had never ridden one before.

“Well, my friend had a horse when I was a kid, and she led me around the stable yard once, but I don’t think that counts,” I replied, slightly embarrassed that in all my adventures in Playa del Carmen and beyond, I had never actually ridden a horse.

The truth was, like all new experiences, I was slightly afraid of the unknown, and whilst I did enjoy the company of horses and certainly appreciated them, I’d just never considered myself enough of an ‘animal person’ to be able to ride one.

But all that was about to change as we headed north along the highway from Playa del Carmen toward Rancho Baaxal, the place my sister-in-law had chosen for our horse riding adventure.

She chose that particular ranch due to the ethical nature of their business. The horses at Rancho Baaxal are all rescue horses, some of who have been abused and mis-treated in the past. They now have a safe haven in the jungle of the Riviera Maya, being cared for and loved by the owners of the ranch.

Arriving at the gates of Rancho Baaxal, we were greeted by Steffi, one of the friendly staff, whose love for the creatures we were about to ride was immediately evident. She sat us down and asked us to fill in a questionnaire about our weight (yes, there is a restriction!), height, and experience levels.

I told her I was an absolute beginner and slightly nervous about riding, so she matched me to ‘Indio’ a timid male horse. We met our two guides for the ride, and before long, we were off! We carved a path through the jungle in single file, the horses following patiently after each other along their familiar route.

horse riding jungle in Playa del Carmen

It was a warm day, but the trees provided much needed shade from the sun’s rays as we meandered peacefully through the thick foliage. The two dogs from the ranch had the most fun, however, darting in and out of the jungle and winding in between the horses who seemed completely oblivious to them.

Jungle horse riding in Playa del Carmen

When we broke through the jungle and onto the shore of a deserted beach, the dogs took straight to the water for their daily swim, while we followed our guide along the sandy beach track.

“This is so much fun!” My sister-in-law cried, absolutely in her element riding a horse along the Caribbean coastline.

Caribbean Beach horse riding in Playa del Carmen

I agreed, and even said ‘yes’ when the guides asked us if we wanted to gallop! Holding on for dear life, Indio burned some energy along the beach, kicking up a cloud of soft white sand in his wake.

It was truly a magical morning, unlike anything I’d ever experienced, and I was certainly glad I had agreed to try something new. Horse riding is a relaxing and fun activity, even for beginners like me, and riding through dense jungle and along the shore of the Caribbean was a unique adventure I’ll never forget.

Happy horse riding in Playa del Carmen

*Contact the concierge at condo hotels to arrange your visit!