Best place to take kids for Myan ruins

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Bigdog2003, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Bigdog2003

    Bigdog2003 Earning My Ears

    Aug 30, 2012
    We are on a May Western on the Fantasy. What would be the best port to visit the Mayan Ruins with kids? Ages are 6 and 4. Also should we book through Disney or go out on our own. Also any pointers on beaches we should hit. Our ports are

    Grand Cayman
    Costa Maya
    Castaway Cay

    Thank you
  2. Four Swampers

    Four Swampers Picture is Disney Wonder at Cabo San Lucas

    Feb 7, 2012
    We did this same cruise with daughters ages 14 and 12. No Mayan ruins in Grand Cayman. In Grand Cayman, we went on the Atlantis Submarine. You can do that very conveniently with Disney, or save some money by booking online directly with Atlantis submarines (do not confuse with Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas).

    In Cozumel we went to Rio Secreto. There are a couple threads on here where people discuss Rio Secreto. It is an underground river tour, and it is fabulous. I don't know if your kids are old enough to go, but it was great. The logistics of getting there are tough enough that doing this one with Disney might be wise. Other people went to Mayan ruins from Cozumel and loved that as well.

    We went to the Mayan ruins at Costa Maya. We enjoyed our tour very much. We once spent three days at a resort in the jungle of western Belize, touring Mayan ruins and sacred sites. Consequently, I think it speaks well of this Mayan tour that it held our interest and we learned a lot. There is not much else to do in Costa Maya, although another thread on this forum had someone mention they had a great beach day in Costa Maya.

    Frankly, I think either Cozumel or Costa Maya would have a great Mayan tour. You can probably look at the other tour options and choose what you want to do, then do the Mayan tour at the other port.
  3. Maddysdaddy

    Maddysdaddy DIS Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    We went on the Tulum ruins tour when we stopped in Cozumel last year. Great tour, and the ruins are expansive enough that we weren't twiddling our thumbs by the end of the day.
  4. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

    Feb 25, 2003
    In 2006 we did a tour directly with Native Way in Costa Maya. The kids were 6 & 8, and both loved it. David, one of the owners, was our guide. It was one of the best excursions we have ever done.

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