Even those who are too old (or too exhausted) for spring break should consider Cancun, a destination in Mexico known for its white sand beaches, nightlife and proximity to Mayan ruins.
Many U.S. cities have direct flights into the Cancun airport, which is a quick drive (or cab ride) to most of the hotels in the area, which gather together in a strip known as the “hotel zone.”
Although the city is known for its party culture, there are also a lot of family-friendly resorts, many of which cater specifically to kids and teens. Whether you want something activity-heavy to keep the family occupied or just a nice place to lay by the pool, Cancun has something for everyone. Here are some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun for families.
Moon Palace Cancun
Relaxation is the name of the game at Moon Palace Cancun, but the beachside resort also caters to active travelers, especially those interested in water sports and snorkeling. For kids, there’s the Playroom and the game-intensive Wired Lounge, while parents will find refuge in the spa. Your stay comes with a slew of dining options, including room service if you’re feeling lazy, and the resort frequently has special offers that will make your holiday even more of a bargain. The property’s sister resort, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, amps up the luxury for families looking for a little something extra.
Hotel Riu Cancun
Whether you’re lounging next to one of three swimming pools or splashing in the waves down at the beach, Hotel Riu Cancun is the ideal warm-weather getaway. Kids are invited to RiuLand, and there are nightly live music and shows. The resort keeps it classy in the evenings, with à la carte dining at one of several eateries, including a steakhouse and Italian buffet (don’t worry, there are kids’ menus). Enjoy snorkeling, beach volleyball, group fitness classes or take an introductory scuba lesson in the pool (the first hour is free). Best of all, Hotel Riu has an anti-spring breaker policy, so you won’t have to worry about rowdy college students.
Panama Jack Resorts Cancun
You could spend a week at Panama Jack Resorts Cancun and still not do everything available to do in the resort. For kids, there’s mini golf, water slides and a pirate splash park—all of which are part of Camp Jack, which caters to young travelers of all ages. For adults, there’s even more, from spa treatments to yoga classes to actual golf, and guests can partake in culinary classes and even a sea turtle release program. All guest rooms have a balcony or terrace and the family suites feature bunk beds (and will accommodate families of up to five people).
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Those looking for a hip resort with lots to do should book into the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. The all-inclusive resort, set along the beach, has some serious amenities, from in-room liquor dispensers to spa tubs. Families can score a Family Room, which includes two connecting bedrooms, a kid-friendly minibar, an Xbox 360 with games and kid-sized bathrobes. Young ones will love the Kids Club, while older teens can head to the Cavern Club. There’s also a serious selection of restaurants, including a Brazilian steakhouse, a brick-oven pizzeria and a Mexican eatery.
Seadust Cancun Family Resort
The family vibe of Seadust Cancun Family Resort, a beachside property with a contemporary style, is literally in the name. Everything onsite is about group fun, whether it’s indulging in a song at the karaoke bar or splashing around at the Treasure Island Water Park. There’s also a dedicated children’s pool (as well as an adults-only pool) and teens have access to the Play Room Disco, which is filled with games and daily activities. The overall resort has the feel of being on a cruise ship, which adds to the feeling that you’re traveling far from home. The best part: Every single guest room has a view of the Caribbean.