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Mexico & Caribbean

Coral reefs, jungles, deserts, and plenty of family fun are why travel to Mexico and the Caribbean is a favorite.



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Mexico & CaribbeanHorseback Family Travel Adventure

HCWT 04.23.2012 20:49 0 0

Cozumel Island Adventure – Family Island Getaway
Horseback Vacation in Cozumel

       We are riding on horseback through the jungles surrounding El Cedral, a small village, which boasts an ancient Mayan shrine dating back to 900 AD. We find several places to buy homemade blankets, at $3 each, and a man selling soda pop out of a cooler. We spot an iguana perched high in a wild mango tree and we see numerous underground caves where the Mayan Indians used to live.

My children and I have opted to view Cozumel by horseback but we know it’s an island off the Yucatan Peninsula best known for its underwater diving. The quaint town of San Miguel attracts 50 percent of the country’s cruise passengers, making it the third largest destination

Riding the beaches on Cozumel.

Riding the beaches on Cozumel.

in the Caribbean. Over the course of several days, we drive our rented Volkswagen to the various rancheros that advertise horseback riding.

      Soon we're riding on a small sandy path through the woods from which we can, in the dist

We delight in the exotic bird calls from the jungle.

We delight in the exotic bird calls from the jungle.

ance, catch a glimpse of the blue Caribbean Sea. Seagulls and herons fly overhead and brightly colored birds sit in the trees lining the beach.  Along the shoreline, hundreds of bumblebee jellyfish, so called because they are the color and size of bees, clog the waters. Our horses seem unconcerned about the jellyfish as they splash along the water’s edge.

Read more of Jane's horseback family adventure

Find other family adventures:

Dominican Republic - Casa de Campo

Treks about Mexico and Central America

Isla Espiritu Santo Baja

Yucatan Family Adventure



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Mexico & CaribbeanCaribbean Family Vacation

HCWT 04.23.2012 20:15 0 0


Turks & Caicos
Caribbean Family Vacation

    Complimentary snorkel and dive boat trips are offered in the morning and afternoon. Our daughter was excited, yet fearful. We all wanted to see if snorkeling in Grace Bay is as great as the magazine claimed. Our first trip was a boat ride out to Pink Elephant in the Princess Alexandra Nature Preserve. As our snorkel guide gave instructions, Lizzy placed a life vest over her head and readied her mask and tube. When the anchor was thrown overboard, she became frightened and begged to stay on the boat while we jumped in. After a pep talk from her dad and the instructor, she followed us and another little girl into the warm water. Holding my hand she finally put her face mask in the water and pointed to a sea turtle grazing on sea grass. At first I thought she might get scared, instead she swam above this friendly creature as it gave us a tour of its underwater home. Strawberry grouper swam among parrot fish and yellow fin. Colorful coral decorated the sea floor. It was a delightful snorkeling experience she will never forget.     

    After a buffet lunch at the Tex-Mex Cantina, we took a catamaran and sailed along Grace Bay in search of a playful bottlenose dolphin named Jo-Jo. Our snorkel instructor had told us that since the early 1980’s, Jo-Jo has been seen swimming near shore and sometimes with people along Grace Bay. The wind and sea were calm, but Jo-Jo the botMain pool at Beaches Resort.tlenose dolphin was nowhere to be found.

    Sailing back to Beaches Resort, we signed up for another snorkel trip. This time we bought a disposable underwater camera at the gift shop and went out to The Cut, a ten-minute boat ride to the outer reef. We jumped into an underwater fantasy of friendly stingrays dancing near our feet and schools of at least sixty red snapper swimming alongside us. Huge sea cucumbers rested on the shallow floor, next to beautiful coral shaped like a human brain. We decided the travel magazine was right!


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Mexico & CaribbeanDominican Republic Horseback Adventure at Casa de Campo

HCWT 02.27.2012 17:36 0 0


Spring Break at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic

This morning we headed off to Cacata Village on horseback. Mom rode Mango and I was on Pedro. Roberto led us from the stables, home to some 250 riding, jumping and polo horses. We walked past the groomed polo fields, trotted along country dirt roads and cantered through fields of sugarcane. A narrow dirt trail wrapped around rocky mounds, spiny shrubs and we saw several big Brahma bulls resting in the shade. Cacata is home to the workers of the sugarcane plant. School was just breaking for lunch and kids in their school uniforms waved aswe rode past. Ahh, it felt good to get off Pedro and out of the saddle! We had a soda while watching several guys play a game of dominoes. Roberto has been working the stables for a long time. He told us that as a young boy his first job was to watch the water pump at the small shack we just passed. I helped him with his English and he helped me with my Spanish. He explained about the ant mounds and tried to get a wild lemon from a tree. It was great fun!

Read more of CW's spring break at Casa de Campo.

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Mexico & CaribbeanGray Whales visit Mexico

HCWT 01.14.2012 15:24 0 0


Gray Whales come to the birthing grounds at Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico

An excerpt from Isla Espiritu Santo Family Adventure

The bay was calm with no wind and we all were excited about seeing Gray whales.  
    Then, it was so awesome... a momma Gray whale surfaced right next to our panga.  She first poked her head out of the water to get a look at us.  Then she made her way closer.  I think she was as curious as we were!
Magdalena Bay is the place to see California Gray whales.
    “Look, there’s another one.” Mom pointed to the other side of the panga.
     The whale gently disappeared below the water for a few minutes, then resurfaced and blew a hearty blast of air from her blowhole, spraying water high above us.  Awesome!
    “There’s a calf, the smaller, dark gray one.” Luis pointed out.  
    Luis added, “Whales really like it when kids are aboard, even pregnant ladies.  Somehow they just know.”
Luis also found that gently tapping the bottom of the panga attracts the whales.
    It all worked, between the two pangas in the bay that morning the whale
The Grays that approach the pangas are called Friendlies.s and their calves hung out around our panga.  I was kept busy guessing which side of the boat they’d surface on; when they’d suddenly breach water; where their heads would pop up to peek at me; or when they’d blow a spout-full of spray in my face.  The whales seemed to enjoy the game just as much as Mom and I!  And in between the antics, they rested, floating along side the panga.  I could even count barnacles on their backs!

Read more at Isla Espiritu Santo Family Adventure.

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Camping the Great Outdoors
...ideas to consider

   "Since that first camping trip, all of our trips have been only partially planned, with itineraries set more as ideas than as fixed schedules.  We usually take each day one at a time, and do whatever feels right for that particular day.  Slowing down to smell the roses has never been so sweet as when we travel with our two kids!"  -- David, Westminster, MD

 Take it from David, there's a time to plan and a time to take one day at a time.


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