Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts on Mexico's Riviera Maya

With its sugary-white sand beaches, historic ruins, outstanding snorkeling, and relentless sunshine, the Riviera Maya is a magnet for families. Referring to the stretch of beach towns that run down the east coast south of Cancun, the Riviera Maya offers scores of kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts with excellent children's programs and myriad activities. These are some of the best Riviera Mayan all-inclusives for families.

  • 01 of 07

    Iberostar Playa Paraiso

    Iberostar All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen
    ••• Iberostar

    Location: Playa del Carmen
    The Iberostar Playa Paraiso complex includes five all-inclusive resorts, four of which are very family-friendly. The complex includes three-story buildings with guestrooms and suites, a conference center, shopping center, spa, fitness center, and golf course. The collection of pools includes a lake-style pool, lazy river, wave pool, kids' pool and activity pool. 

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  • 02 of 07

    Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

    Hotel Water Park on Mexico's Riviera Maya
    ••• Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

    Location: Playa del Carmen
    Set at the edge of a jungle, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort has a eco-nature focus and recently expanded its water park to feature a total of 17 water slides and games. The new water slides include seven slides for teens and adults, and five smaller water slides for young kids. There are three swimming pools at the resort, including a splash playground for little ones. This is a very big resort with 956 rooms and suites spread among 78 three-story buildings, about two-thirds of which are designated for families. There are several supervised children's clubs: a baby club for ages 2-3; a children's club for ages 4-12; and teen activities for ages 13-17. 

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  • 03 of 07

    Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort

    ••• Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort

    Location: Playa del Carmen
    Looking for an upscale all-inclusive? The sprawling 80-acre all-suite Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort offers luxury oceanfront accommodations and complimentary butler service as well as a lovely infinity pool and many on-site activities. The kids' program keeps little ones busy making piñatas, designing jewelry, flying kites on the beach, and with many fun activities. 

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  • 04 of 07

    Azul Beach Hotel

    Location: Puerto Morelos
    The "gourmet inclusive" Azul Beach Hotel offers multiple a la carte restaurants, so you never have to eat at a buffet. There's also three pools, and a toddler club for kids under five that has a partnership with Fisher-Price. For older kids, activities include beach parties, Spanish lessons, yoga, and live entertainment, and families can take out kayaks and Hobie cats.

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  • 05 of 07

    Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

    ••• Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

    Location: Akumal
    At Grand Palladium Riviera Resort, families with little ones will love “Play at Palladium with Raggs,” a children’s program named for a colorful dog and his friends who entertain children in shows and dance parties. Young children can spend time in Mini Club and Baby Club with themed activities and a kids’ pool with slides and waterfalls. For older kids, there's a nice pool and video games at the teens and tweens club.

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  • 06 of 07

    Barcelo Maya Resorts

    Barcelo Maya Resorts in Puerto Aventuras
    ••• Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

    Location: Puerto Aventuras
    Barceló Maya is a complex of five all-inclusive resorts that sit side-by-side on the beach in Puerto Aventuras. Collectively, the 2,751-room resorts have undergone $50 million in renovations that added the new Barcelo Maya Entertainment Center, which has a bowling alley, brand new kids' club, water park, and revamped 18-hole mini golf course.

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  • 07 of 07

    Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort

    ••• Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort

    Location: Akumal
    Once two separate properties, the enormous 948-room Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel & Spa is a true mega-resort all-inclusive. The lobby evokes a Mayan pyramid, and beyond you'll find a private beach, multiple pools, lazy river, and botanic gardens. There's also an impressive kids' club, ice cream parlor, spa, and oversized suites where families can spread out.

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