Finally, Tropical storm Andrea has pushed north and given the Riviera Maya a chance to dry out. After being cooped up inside for a week, all the kids are anxious, knowing that exams are coming up and then the last days of school will be upon us. Many of you will spend the summer traveling, perhaps back to your home countries to visit with family and friends in more temperate climates. The rest of us will be stuck here in the heat looking for ways to keep the kids entertained and out from underfoot for the next two months!

Once again, we have put together a listing of summers camps and programs for children on the Riviera Maya. I have not yet heard back from all of the organizations who I have reached out and I will update the list as new offerings come in and re-post it on the BuyPlaya Facebook page. We have some exciting new programs this year for children of all ages, both day programs and sleep over camps. These are the programs and summer camps that we have found so far for kids living in Playa del Carmen and all across the Mayan Riviera. Whether your children are interested in sports, nature, the arts or even a traditional sleep-over camp experience, there are a variety of options to choose from.


T'urix Summer Camp 2013
Campamento T'urix (Sleep-over Camp)

Dates:     July 1 - 5, 2013
                July 8 - 12, 2013
                Aug. 12 - 16, 2013
Time:       Sleep-over camp
Location: Chemuyil, QR (Base Camp)
Cost:       $4000 mn per camper/per 5-day session

Send your child to Campamento T'urix this summer for a once in a life time experience!! Open to all boys and girls ages 10-14, Camp T'urix allows children to spend 5 days living in the jungle of the Riviera Maya, learning about local flora and fauna and exploring the history of the Maya as well as modern day living in Muuchxiimbal and Dos Ojos. Campers will also visit Maya Huum honey-bee farm and swim with the turtles in Akumal and learn about local conservation efforts. Kids will also enjoy time for music, swimming, yoga, storytelling, an introduction to diving and more! Camp counselors will be bilingual, offering instruvtion in English and Spanish. For further information please contact Program Director- Sara Moen via e-mail:, phone: 984-111-0474 or visit the website:

Parque la Ceiba Curso de Verano 2013

Parque La Ceiba Curso de Verano (Day Camp)

Dates:      July 8, 2013 - August 16, 2013
Time:        8 am - 2 pm
Location:  Parque la Ceiba - Calle 1a sur and Diagonal 60, Col. Ejido
Parque la Ceiba Curso de Verano

Children ages 5 - 12 are invited to spend the summer break in the jungle at Parque la Ceiba in Playa del Carmen. This summer the camp will invite your child to "Discover Your Own Element". The goal of this program is to encourage the development of a child's sensory curiosity, imagination and creativity through artistic, cultural and recreational activities related to environmental awareness. To help our children learn about our natural environment, this course will address four major themes: EARTH, WATER, AIR and FIRE. Children will progress through the 6 week course participating in story-telling, art activities, music, games, cooking, cine club, "Mundo Magico", environmental education activities, games of skill and training and tours related to all kinds of interesting environmental themes. There will also be a weekly visit of an animal of the jungle. Prices include all materials. Instruction will primarily be given in Spanish providing a wonderful opportunity for children new to Mexico to immerse themselves in the language in a casual and fun environment without the pressures of school. Parents are invited to come a bit early at pick-up time to see what the children have been working on! This is the 5th year that Parque la Ceiba has offered a summer camp for local children and it is very popular. For more information and to reserve a spot for your child, contact Lei de Landero at


Sailing Camp in Puerto Aventuras 2013

Sailing/Windsurfing (Day Camp)

Sailing:   July - August 2013
                Monday & Friday  3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: The Marina in Puerto Aventuras
Costs:      $200 mn per class
                $1200 mn per month (2 classes per week)

Windsurfing: July - August 2013
                      Monday, Wednesday & Friday  10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:       The Marina in Puerto Aventuras
Costs:            $250 mn per class
                      $1500 mn per month (2 classes per week)

This very popular summer offering and one our family is very excited about. Since its inception, the sailing club in Puerto Aventuras has attracted a great following. Captains in the making train on easily maneuverable Optimist sailboats, perfect for young ones. This summer the Club Deportivo de Velas in Puerto Aventuras will offer both sailing instruction for children 7 -14 and windsurfing instruction for teens and adults 14 and over. Space is VERY limited so don't wait until the last minute to register. For more information and to sign up contact Director Daniele Gracis 984-127-1392 or via email


Campamento Azul Maya 2013 

Azul Maya Summer Camp (Sleep-away Camp)

Dates:     July 7 - 13, 2013
                July 14 - 20, 2013
Time:       Sleep-over camp
Location: Camp Azul Maya, Laguna Bacalar
Cost:       $11,000 mn per camper/per week-long session

Camp Azul Maya is located just about 2 hours from Playa del Carmen on Laguna Bacalar. Children and teens, ages 8 - 16, will spend 1 week sleeping in eco-cabins on the shores of Bacalar, the lake of seven colors, surrounded by nature. Summer Camp Azul Maya combines various elements that make this an unforgettable life experience where your children will learn, live together with nature and have a great time! Activities include swimming in cenotes, kayaking, zip-lines, hiking, climbing/rappelling, visits to archeological sites, campfires and all the fun you would expect from a great summer camp experience. Onsite counselors are trained in biology, nutrition, conservation, ecology and the unique history and culture of the region. Medical/first aid care will be available 24/7. Sessions are limited to 40 campers to provide a personalized camp experience. Cost includes lodging, meals and all onsite activities. For more information and to reserve a place for your child, visit the Facebook page or contact camp organizers at or

Campamento Agua Azul Verano 2013

Agua Azul Camp (Sleep-away Camp)

Dates:     July 1 - July 13, 2013 - $8200 mn per camper
               July 29 - Aug. 3, 2013 - $3960 mn per camper
               Aug. 5 - Aug. 10, 2013  - $3960 mn per camper
Time:       Sleep-over camp
Location: Camp Agua Azul, 1 hour west of Cancun, in Nuevo Valladolid

Want your kids to experience the traditional "sleep-over" camp like you did as a child? Check out Camp Agua Azul! This summer camp is located just about 1.5 hours from Playa del Carmen near Nuevo Valladolid. Children ages 6 - 16 will spend 1 or 2 weeks sleeping in tents, surrounded by lush jungle and mystical cenotes. Campers will learn about the environment they live in and enjoy all sorts of games and activities including swimming in cenotes, kayak races, water zip-lines, campfires, foam wars, obstacle courses, competitions and all the fun you would expect from a true summer camp. Adult counselors and lifeguards with paramedic training will be onsite at all times. Cost includes transportation to and from Cancun, lodging, meals, accident insurance and all onsite activities. For more information visit the Agua Azul website and check out these camp videos on YouTube and To reserve, contact camp organizer Marilu Rivera at 998-120-4825 or via email

Horseback Riding Camp 2013

Horseback Riding Camp (Day Camp)
Dates:      July 8, 2012 - August 16, 2013 Monday - Friday
Time:        9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:  Hipico Playa del Carmen, located behind Rancho Guadalupana, just south of Xcaret on 307 south.
Cost:        $3000 mn per student per month (4 weeks)
                 $1000 mn per student per week (5 day session)

Boys and girls, ages 6 and older, will spend their mornings at the Hipico Playa del Carmen learning all about horses; how to feed and care for the animals and their tack. Riding instruction daily for beginning and intermediate riders. Children who enroll for a month long session will be able to "Adopt a Horse" for the month! This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to horses, animal care, stable maintenance and riding in a safe and fun environment under the supervision of experienced equestrian Paco Magallon. After riding class, campers can cool off in the cenote onsite! No previous experience required. Bi-lingual instruction.  For more information, visit the Hipico Playa del Carmen Facebook Page or email

Playa del Carmen Tennis Camp 2013

PLAY TENNIS Camp for Kids (Day Camp)

Dates:     July 8 - 12, 2013  July 15 - 19, 2013
               July 22 - 26, 2013  July 29 - Aug. 2, 2012
Time:       8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location: RIU Lupita Hotel/Colegio Manuel Acosta, Playacar
Cost:       1 week:  $1200 mn     3 weeks   $2700 mn
                2 weeks: $2000 mn    4 weeks   $3500 mn

PLAY TENNIS has organized a wonderful summer tennis camp for kids ages 8 - 15. Fun and learning guaranteed! Using the new "Play + Stay" method, kids of all skill levels will learn the proper technique and form for each of the strokes used in the fast paced game of tennis! Children will develop important motor skills with the racket in a manner suitable for children at all levels of play.

Children 5-8 years

  • Development of motor skills with the ball and racquet
  • Learning the techniques of each stroke using the unique "Play and Stay" methods
  • Fun games and learning activities
  • Mini-Olympics to finish the course with prizes!

Children 9-15 years

  • Technical stroke training and tactics of the game
  • The 5 situations of the game - Serve, return, base-line play, attack and defense
  • Physical conditioning- strength, power, resistance, speed, elongation
  • Exercises and situations specific to the game, strategy training and the psychology of the game of tennis

This summer course is organized and operated by PLAY TENNIS ACADEMY. Intensive specialized clinics will also be available in the evenings for advanced teen and adult players. Significant discounts available for children already enrolled in the PLAY Tennis KIDS program. Fees include an official summer camp t-shirt, sports drinks and granola bars for each child. For more information and to sign up contact Alvaro Flores at or call 984-806-4666.


Harmon Hall Summer Language Program 2013

Harmon Hall English Summer Course (Day Camp)
Dates:     July 8, 2013 - Aug.16, 2013 Monday - Friday
Time:       9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Harmon Hall, Calle 6 between Ave. 25 and 30
Cost:       Call 01-800-HABLA YA for tuition information.

Harmon Hall, likely the best known English language school in Mexico, is offering a Summer Course for students ages 6 - 18. Harmon Hall Summer Course 2013 is designed for children to earn English and have fun while getting to know different cultures of the world. Each week will focus on a new country; its geography, art, cuisine and traditions. In only 6 weeks your children will achieve the same results they would get normally in 6 months!! This will be of particular interest to National families who are looking for an intensive English summer program for their school age children. Students will be grouped by age: Kids 6-10 years of age, Pre- teens 11-13 years of age, Super Intensive 14-17 years of age. 4 week program begins July 8 and 22. 6 week program begins July 8. For program details visit Call 01-800-HABLA YA for tuition information.

Dance Camp Playa 2013

Dance Club Playa Summer Dance Camp (Day Camp)

Dates:     July 29, 2013 - Aug. 9, 2013 (2 weeks)
Time:       9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Comunidad Educativa El Papalote
Cost:       1 week:  $700 mn     2 weeks $1000 mn

Open to all children, boys and girls, ages 6-12 years old - 2 weeks of intensive dance classes (2 classes daily), games and fun! Students will perform for parents and the public at the end of the course! Fees include all classes and course materials, water and fresh fruit, cinema tickets, an official DANCE CAMP t-shirt and more! For more information and to register your child email or call Johanna at 984-142-4094. Space is limited to 20 students.


Caricol Marino Curso de Verano 2013 

Caricol Marino Summer Camp (Day Camp)

Dates:     July 15, 2013 - Aug. 16, 2013 (5 weeks)
Time:       8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Centro Cultural Caricol Marino, Calle 80 between 5th and 10th
Cost:       4 weeks $3000 mn per child (Discounts may apply based on need and number of children)

Make your child's summer fun and educational! The Centro Cultural Caricol Marino invites children of all ages to spend the day having fun, learning and developing new artistic talents making new friends! Children will have the chance to participate in a variety of artistic, active and educational pursuits. Groups will be sorted according to age: 2-7 years, 7-12 years and 12 years & older. Each group will participate in activities geared to their age.  Every week will have a theme and will realize a related excursion or overnight camp at the facilities in conclusion of the weeks lessons. The course topics are based on four elements; Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Activities will also include excursions to cenotes, exploring botanical gardens and hanging around the campfire, just to name a few. The cost of the 5 week program is on a sliding scale in order to provide summer learning and fun to all children to all children regardless of family income level. Discounts will apply for families with more than one child attending. For more information email or call (984) 267-3136, (984) 147-0267. You can also connect with Caricol Marino on Facebook.


New additions...... Click on the images for more information.

Curso Verde Verano 

Summer Camp Art 

Junior Lifeguard Camp 

Sandcastle Classes in Playa del Carmen 

Summer Sports Playa del Carmen 

Curso de Verano Dance 4 Fun 


Music Camp Playa del Carmen 


Explayarte Summer Camp 

Curso Verano 

Curso de Verano Tepeyac 

Curso Verano Papalote

Curso de Verano Cancun