7 Best Family-Friendly Resorts in Cancun

Family of four having fun on the beach
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Cancun's attractions are well-known: a wide range of adventure and cultural activities, beautiful hotel pools and gorgeous beaches to relax the day away, night clubs where you can party through the night, gourmet cuisine, and luxury spas to enjoy. But Cancun also has lots to offer for families with children of all ages.

The first and perhaps most important decision for families traveling to Cancun is choosing the right place to stay. A kids' club is standard at any resort that caters to families, but these resorts offer much more. Scroll through to see our top picks for resorts for families with kids.

01 of 07

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Table set with breakfast overlooking the pool area at Club Med Cancun Yucatan
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Address
Carretera, Nizuc, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 998 881 8200

Club Med was a pioneer in the all-inclusive concept and continues to innovate and offer a variety of different activities for guests of all ages. The Club Med Cancun Yucatan resort is located on a large property at the far southern end of the Cancun hotel zone.

Families will love:

  • Something for everyone - Baby welcome amenities for the very youngest guests, Mini Club Med for 4 to 11-year-olds with discovery workshops and the chance to learn new sports and skills, a teens' area with a car wash theme that has a lounge area as well as sound and video mixing equipment for teens to experiment with.
  • Learn new skills ​- You won't find kids glued to a screen at Club Med. They learn new skills and perform for other guests in the full-size theater. There's even a trapeze area where guests can overcome their fear of heights and learn to perform circus tricks.
02 of 07

Grand Oasis Palm

Address
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 4.5 Sección C Lote 1, Kukulcan Boulevard, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 800 016 2747

Located on the north side of Cancun, the beach at the Grand Oasis Palm has shallow water and gentle waves, perfect for kids to enjoy. With more Mexican flavor than the majority of Cancun's resorts, the Grand Oasis Palm offers a relaxing all-inclusive experience for families. Guests here can also enjoy the other Oasis properties in Cancun for the day.

Families will love:

  • Extra-large kids' club with​ a water slide - This resort's kids' club for kids aged 4 to 12 is very large and has a playground, an outdoor pool with water slide, arts and crafts stations, a disco club that converts into a theater for plays, and state-of-the-art video games. There's also a full kid-friendly buffet serving lunch and dinner.
  • Set sail on a pirate ship - A full-size pirate ship departs daily from the Oasis Cancun dock. You can set sail with Captain Hook during the day for a fun family excursion, or go at night for just-for-adults excitement.
  • Family suites with fun decor - Parents will be happy to have a bit of privacy with the kids in a connecting room, and the kids will be happy to stay in a room that is decorated in either a jungle or under-the-sea theme.
03 of 07

Dreams Sands Cancun

Kids gathered around a fire playing instruments during the Explorer's Club Campout
AMResorts
Address
Blvd. Kukulcan, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+1 866-237-3267

Dreams Resorts' Unlimited Luxury plan is even more expansive than most all-inclusives: besides food, drink, and activities, 24-hour room service, wifi throughout the resort, and phone calls to the United States and Canada are also included in your stay.

Families will love:

  • Kids' club extended hours and camping night - The Explorer's Club for kids aged 3 to 12 is open daily, giving parents lots of flexibility for enjoying their kid-free time. There's also a weekly supervised camping night for kids on the beach.
  • Fun for teens - Besides the Explorer's Club, Dreams resorts also offer an area for teens age 13 to 17. The teens' area is called the Core Zone and is open daily. Teens can enjoy social events including weekly bonfires and disco mixers, play video games, ping-pong, or foosball, participate in water sports and other activities, or make use of computers provided for their use.
04 of 07

JW Marriott

BeachWalk Games Center at JW Marriott Cancun
Marriott
Address
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5, Lote 40-A, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 998 848 9600

The JW Marriott is not all-inclusive, but it is a AAA Five Diamond resort and offers relaxed luxury throughout its extensive property. The huge free-form pool is appealing to guests of all ages.

Families will love:

  • Game center for teens ​- The BeachWalk Game Center, an air-conditioned space between pool and beach, offers games and entertainment for teens. With three large flat-screen TVs, ping-pong tables, and air-hockey as well as WiFi, those too old for the kids' club and too young for Coco Bongo will still find there's plenty of fun to be had in Cancun. When hunger strikes, there's also an attached snack bar serving sandwiches, salads, and snacks.
  • Kids' spa treatments ​- The spa at the JW Marriott, besides offering a full menu of treatments for adults, also offers special spa services for kids age 6 to 15. Choose a Sweet Paradise Chocolate Facial or a Peppermint Patty Foot Massage, or go all out and get the Mayan Princess for a Day package and get nails and toes done, as well as a special hairstyle and glitter makeup.
  • Pizza to order: The resort restaurant Pizzeria 750 located in the gift shop offers pizza by the slice, or order a whole pizza to enjoy in your room.
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05 of 07

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

Address
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 998 881 3200

Located at the northern tip of the hotel zone, close to shopping and nightlife, the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach has an appealing beach with gentle waves. This is not an all-inclusive resort, but it has three restaurants, a few bars, and a cafe where guests can enjoy meals and refreshment.

Families will love:

  • Huge high tech kids club - In July 2015, the resort unveiled an all-new 40,000 square foot Coral KidZ Club that combines high tech games with learning about culture and the natural world. There are indoor and outdoor areas, and activities catering to different ages. Parents can get involved in the remote-control car races in the outdoor area.
06 of 07

Paradisus Cancun

Pool area at the Paradisus Cancun
Josta Photo/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Address
Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 800 918 0347

Paradisus Cancun is a large all-inclusive resort with four pools and nine restaurants. The Royal Service area is adults-only, but the rest of the hotel is family-friendly and families with young children will especially enjoy the family concierge option.

Families will love:

  • Special treatment from family concierge - Opt for the family concierge to receive personalized attention. Upon arrival, you'll be ushered to the Family Lounge where there are snacks and treats for the kids while the adults check-in. Kids receive a beach kit backpack with some welcome gifts. In the room, kids will be happy to find kid-sized robe and slippers and special toiletries. The kids' club offers plenty of activities during the day and at the end of the day, a milk and cookies turndown service adds a special touch before bed.
07 of 07

Iberostar Cancun

Splash park at Iberostar Cancun
Iberostar Resorts
Address
km 17, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Phone
+52 998 881 8000

The Iberostar resort in the Cancun hotel zone has a large pyramidal shaped building in the center, and several beachfront villa buildings to the sides. It's a large family-friendly resort with seven infinity pools and an onsite 18-hole championship golf course.

Families will love:

  • Splash park - The pirate ship with various water slides are a big attraction for kids. It's open daily, so kids can splash and slide to their heart's content.
  • Activities for kids and teens - There are separate Star Clubs for little ones aged 4 to 12 and teens aged 13 to 17, with age-appropriate activities and entertainment for each group.
  • Kids stay free deals - There are frequent deals at Iberostar resorts for kids to stay free in the same room with their parents. Check the resort website for details.
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