Good that you'll have a car, esp with 2 children. And as VSD mentiond above, I'd make Yal-Ku a priority, esp since it will be their first time. A wonderful starter spot. Tulum and Ak are so close, you can easily do Y-K one day, and Ak Beach another if you'd like. And yes, you'll have several great cenote choices. They will love it!
Thanks! Just mentioned Edventures in case anyone thought guide would be helpful for first time snorkelers. Yal-ku sounds perfect. We're not huge commercial park fans but thought kids might also like Xel-ha for zip lines, tubes and snorkeling or should we just miss that altogether?
There are other zip line type parks you can do using your car. Indiana-Joes and Hidden Worlds are close to Tulum. Personally, I wouldn't pay the big bucks for Xel-Ha when these other parks are pick-your-activity type and swimming/snorkeling is free or very low cost at Tulum, Akumal, Yal-Ku and other cenotes all around the area. Cenores: some big and some small. Read about them under Top Questions in the Riviera Maya, Akumal and Playa Del Carmen Forums for info.
quote: thought guide would be helpful for first time snorkelers
Nope, rent a guide, if required, at the local Akumal Dive Shop (keeps the $ to the locals) - then you get showers, equipment, lockers and a smile
Another vote for Yal Ku. :)
Try yal ku first and see how it goes
Hi again, Just saw info on LabnaHa Cenote. Does anyone recommend that over the other cenotes in this thread? Again, we have our own car. Just looking for best snorkel for beginner kids (sounds like Yal-Ku Lagoon over Xel-ha) and then another day or two of morning cenotes.
LabnaHa Cenote - did you want to do the zip line / kayak / cave snorkeling
expensive at 80-90$
Haven't been but Dos Ojos at 100 pesos or so, is an excellent value
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