Some people travel to shop, others to eat, and some live to ride rollercoasters and tower over jungles on zip-lines. If the latter category fits you, then turn your eye to Mexico, where theme parks span the width of the country and will surely fulfil your adrenaline quota for the entire summer.
Parque de los Sueños is on the bohemian Isla de Mujeres, just off the Gulf Coast and a quick ferry ride from Cancun. The park has two distinct areas: one with large swimming pools, waterslides and games, and one with access to the ocean. They provide all the gear you’ll need for your favorite water sports, like snorkeling, paddle-boarding, surfing and more. The adults-area has an ocean-view infinity pool and a swim-up bar. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and their main restaurant specializes in American-style BBQ.
A water park located on the Mexican Carribean coast, Mayá Park is themed after a lost Mayan city in the middle of a jungle. There are eight different kinds of water slides (from extreme to mellow), two zip-lines, a zip-line rollercoaster, plus an island for young children and a regular swimming pool and cenote for swimming. The price for this adventure is a little high (US $99 for adults), but the park gets rave reviews from its patrons and is worth the visit.
One of the smaller theme parks on this list, La Feria in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park has its own kind of charm. There are about five big rollercoasters, one of which is among the 20 most classic wooden rollercoasters in the Americas—just looking at it and its wooden frame will make you nervous. The Montaña Rusa, as its called, was built in 1964 and you can feel its age as it creaks along the tracks, but it’s still one of the funnest rides. Lots of kiddie rides here too, plus a giant carousel right in the center of the park.
Brought to you by the folks of Xcaret, Parque Xplor is a jungle adventure park with a system of seven zip-lines that take you on a treetop tour of the landscape, underground rivers and cenotes, spelunking and 4X4 free-wheeling through the jungle. They have an international buffet and your ticket covers unlimited food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.