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Trip Report: Riviera Maya, Mexico with Kids

Mexico palm treesWe’re back from our trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, a gorgeous strip of resorts near Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. We’ve been to the area many times. I wholeheartedly recommend it to any East Coasters. It’s easy and inexpensive to fly into Cancun, the beaches are beautiful, the people nice, the Mayan culture and jungle in the area are interesting, Playa is fun and who doesn’t love a margarita?!

With a toddler and baby in tow this time, the trip was a lot less relaxing, but still great to get a dose of sun during this very loooong winter. While we tend to be gear minimalists, here are some things we found essential traveling with a 3 year old and 8 month old.mexico_baby_grid1. This GoPod was a savior, not just on the beach, but in the marble-filled, condo, too.

2.The ERGO Baby Carrier was once again essential. This time for breastfeeding/napping while in transit and for minimizing sand eating on the beach.

3. Bring some new distractions for the plane. Our old Ikea clown puppet came in handy again. And these neon pipe cleaners were a big hit, and quiet!

4. Pack a Swim Shirt. I got Marguerite this rash guard so I wouldn’t have to keep chasing her down to reapply sunblock.

5. We took this baby pool to entertain JJ on the beach but only used it once. He still naps twice so during his mid-day awake time he was mostly eating and swimming. It would probably come in handy for an older toddler who might otherwise wander away.

P.S. Here are 5 more tips for traveling with an infant. And our favorite restaurant in Playa del Carmen and a cute, beach town to check out near Playa.

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