Sitting between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera, Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma Hotels is the ultimate in luxury family-friendly travel. With a long list of included amenities and Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive experience, this sophisticated yet kid-friendly resort is ideal for multigenerational and group travel.
BEFORE YOU GO
Passport? As with any destination outside Canada, every member of your family will need a passport to travel to Mexico.
When to go: November through April are the best months to visit Mexico, as the rainy season runs from May through October. If you want to travel in the off season, keep in mind that, according to Frommer’s, “temperatures and humidity can be downright stifling from May to July” when you’re touring inland sites (e.g., Chichén Itzá), and hurricanes and tropical storms tend to become more frequent later in the rainy season.
Vaccinations: Talk to your doctor or a doctor at a travel clinic about Health Canada’s list of vaccinations to consider when travelling to Mexico, which includes hepatitis A and B, influenza, measles, rabies and typhoid. Just keep in mind that some vaccines may need to be administered long before your family travels. For example, the Twinrix vaccination, which protects against hepatitis A and B, is most effective if the full three-dose schedule is administered before travelling—and you’ll need six months to get in all three doses before travelling. (A rapid dose schedule is available, but only for adults over age 19.) While cholera has been a problem in some parts of central Mexico, it is not a concern in the Cancun and Mayan Riviera regions.
Currency: Most places in Mexico accept both American dollars or Mexican pesos. If you don’t convert your cash before you go (or you find you haven’t converted enough), you can exchange your cash for a fee at the lobby.
Dress code: While it’s tempting to live in your swimsuits the entire vacation, there is a dress code for restaurants, so be sure to pack accordingly. Tank tops, hats and swimsuits are not permitted in restaurants. Dinner is a bit more formal—think dresses, skirts, pants, dressy tops and elegant sandals for women, and long pants, collared shirts and casual shoes for men. Kids should dress similarly.