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Splash and Sun: Family-Friendly Resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen

Family fun comes in many forms. It’s about Dad pretending to be a sea monster at the bottom of the pool. It’s about Mom teaching the kids how to macarena.

It’s about the kids building sand castles, learning to swim with their eyes open underwater and drinking juice cocktails with umbrellas and maraschino cherries.

It’s both about the time you spend together and the time you enjoy apart with Mom and Dad hitting up the swim-up bar and the kids making friends from all over the world.

For your next wet and wild adventures, we’ve hand-picked our favorite Family-Friendly Resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. All-inclusive and kid-proofed, these resorts are the ideal setting from which to make memories you’ll be giggling about for years.

Gran Caribe Resort Cancun

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If you’re after ample beach time during your vacation, a room at the Gran Caribe Resort is just steps away from the white sand and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. This resort bustles with activity for those looking to stay busy from poolside tequila volleyball to the kiddy pirate-themed splash park and mini-golf course.

The Family Junior Suites comfortably sleep up to five spread across bunk and trundle beds with a grown-up full sized bed for the parents. The resort also has several supervised kids clubs grouped by age. Two buffets and three à la carte restaurants serve hungry guests with a wide array of international flavors.

Panama Jack Resorts Cancun

Cancun
8.2 Very good (12178 reviews)

Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

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Tucked away in a lagoon on the Akumal coastline between trendy Tulum and Cancun, the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort is a sprawling property with a soft sand and coral rock beach and internal shuttle service.

Sick of the kids and craving some alone time with your partner? Drop the kids off at Grandma’s and head over here…

The upside of a massive property? You won’t get bored with over 30 restaurants and bars and natural grounds with wildlife like capybara wandering around at whim and fenced-in crocodiles. A water park keeps the splashing separated from the two adult-only pools in addition to an impressive oceanside natural saltwater rock pool. There’s also a kids and teens club, a water park and plenty of daytime snack options that make this resort a great family-friendly option.

Seadust Family Resort Cancun

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If you’re the kind of parent who has the most fun when they are having fun, the Seadust Family Resort Cancun is a veritable paradise for the under 10s. Featuring the Treasure Island Kids Water Park, they will slide, splash and jump their way through the park alongside other friends from the kids club. The pools, usually buzzing with activities, prove to be the biggest draw for guests here with a massive tiered oceanside main pool, an adults-only rooftop pool and plenty of seating. A variety of international restaurants accommodate everyone including a kids lunch buffet to the adults-only breakfast restaurant Sanctorum which has fabulous views for you to enjoy over omelettes.

Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Cancun
8.2 Very good (6677 reviews)

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

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Everybody loves a bit of Hard Rock, especially when located on the white sands of Cancun. Parents can let a bit loose with free drinks available 24/7, in-room liquor dispensers and an infinity pool to brag about at home. A section of the pool is dedicated to the younger generations plus a kids club, trampolines, video games, a teen nightclub and kids menus at all the restaurants makes it a fun choice for all family members. Deluxe Family rooms are connected through in-room doors and come with beach kits, Xbox 360s and kids toiletries. The property is dotted with impressive music memorabilia and funky decor. Room service offers the option of borrowing a Fender guitar with an accompanying video to learn a few cords.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Top rated
Cancun
8.7 Excellent (2937 reviews)

Paradisus Cancun

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For a chance to experience the ultimate family-friendly vacation in Cancun, check into the Paradisus Cancun. With a Family Concierge dedicated to getting everything from your kid’s favorite in-room video games to amenity kits, this modern tropical getaway resort meets all demands. There’s free WiFi, a nine-hole golf course and lush interior gardens for those seeking a quiet moment. The main massive freeform swimming pool runs up the whole length of the resort with a shallow section for toddlers and ample sun beds available. When your tummy starts rumbling, you’ll soon be satiated by a large variety of à la carte and buffet restaurants from Blue Agave Mexican street food to Tempo’s ten-course tasting menu.

Paradisus Cancún

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Cancun
8.5 Excellent (5329 reviews)

Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa

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For those hippy families who pick their vacations with the environment in mind, the Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort will tick all your eco-friendly resort boxes. Views abound all the way to nearby Cozumel Island and a dedicated family zone ensures the kids have their own genre of fun. What’s in-store for them? A water park with a giant tangle of waterslides, an eco-zoo and behind the scenes tour of conservation efforts made by the resort. Other magical activities include swimming in the crystal clear natural cenote, nightly live entertainment and rowboat river cruises. The resort’s fabulous waterpark boasts 29 water slides that will satisfy even the most adrenaline chasing adults.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Playa del Carmen
8.2 Very good (8704 reviews)

Azul Beach Resort The Fives Playa del Carmen, by Karisma

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If you’re looking for a luxurious stay near Playa del Carmen, the stunning Azul Beach Resort The Fives Playa del Carmen, by Karisma with its private beach and expansive suites is calling your family’s name. The infinity pool is a great place to lounge with a drink in hand and spans throughout the whole property. In addition, there are four other pools including kid-friendly choices and plenty of swim-up bars. The kids aren’t the only ones here with top activity picks; the parents can enjoy rock climbing and archery while the kids mingle with other Azulito kids club members. If you’re coming with a baby, the property is well-prepared with cots, baby monitors, high-chairs and baby food available with room service or at the restaurants.

Hotel AZUL BEACH Resorts

Top rated
Playa del Carmen
9.5 Excellent (11945 reviews)

Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort

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Located on a lushly landscaped slice of the Hotel Zone with panoramic views of the ocean and steps away from a powder soft beach, the Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort proves to be a great choice for a family vacation. Five restaurants ranging from Japanese to family-favorite Pizza cater to everyone’s taste. A kids club is rumored to be one of the best in the area with supervised programming, their own pool and play area. Parents will be more interested in the infinity pool or soaking in the extra large hot tub.

Marriott Cancun Resort

Top rated
Cancun
8.8 Excellent (3898 reviews)

Royal Solaris Cancun

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Sea and sun comes in abundance at the Royal Solaris Cancun. Rooms overlook either the lush Nichupte lagoon or the sparkling Caribbean Sea and breakfast room service is included in the all-inclusive price. A variety of nighttime shows including a Mexican Show and Latino Music show and days are packed with activities like dance classes, an Olympic day, piñatas and trivia. Kids will enjoy supervised artistic, cultural and ecologically focused activities, as well as access to the animal-themed water park. Mom and Dad will favor the expansive main pool with swim-up bar, in-water loungers and waterfall features.

Royal Solaris Cancun

Cancun
8.0 Very good (11124 reviews)

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort

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Pick your adventure at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort: if you’re seeking out that tropical jungle feeling, head to the Zen section of the complex whereas lovers of the beach should seek a stay at the Ambassador units, located near a pristine 1000-foot long stretch of sand and ocean. The eco-friendly all-suite resort comes with complimentary personal butler/concierge service and a free shuttle service takes you to Playa del Carmen for adventures further afield. Three expansive turquoise pools all feature swim-up bars and the low hum of music. The 89,000-square-foot spa is said to be one of the best in the world and offers a range of traditional treatments alongside modern staples. For kids, they can look forward to kid-friendly menus at almost all eight of the onsite restaurants plus loads of activities and two kids clubs.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Top rated
Playa del Carmen
9.3 Excellent (764 reviews)