Love hotels with water parks? Mexico has dozens of wonderful beach resorts for water-loving families, but none have delivered a true water park experience—until now.
Riviera Maya Resorts With Water Parks
In Playa del Carmen on the sun-drenched Riviera Maya, the all-inclusive Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort expanded its water park to feature a total of 17 water slides and games. The 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.
The resort offers 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. The main kids club features PlayStation, a jungle gym, trampoline, a small movie theater, and an activities program that includes swimming in the children’s pool, games, and arts and crafts. The teen activity center features pool tables, Ping-Pong, and foosball, and activities include beach soccer, volleyball, and more.
Families can also enjoy tennis and a variety of water sports, including boogie boarding, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and even an introductory scuba lesson in the pool.
Set at the edge of a jungle, the resort has an eco-nature focus. The grounds are surrounded by cenotes, mangroves, and natural lagoons. The newly expanded water park makes this resort one of the most family-oriented and activity-rich hotels in Playa del Carmen.
Must-Dos on the Riviera Maya
Top attractions on the Riviera Maya include:
- Akumal: The name of this large, protected bay means “place of the turtles.” Most people come here to snorkel in the waters where you are almost guaranteed to spot a giant sea turtle. You can rent snorkel equipment at the Akumal Dive Center, and there are some good restaurants there, too.
- Cenotes: The Yucatan Peninsula contains thousands of natural sinkholes that can be explored. In most cases, you will be swimming or snorkeling underground amid a magical landscape of stalactites, stalagmites and other natural rock formations. Don't know where to begin? Head to the Gran Cenote in Tulum.
- Chichen Itza: The Yucatan’s most prominent archaeological site features the iconic El Castillo Pyramid, one tremendous wonder amid an ancient city full of ruins, temples, and other vestiges of the Mayan civilization.
- Tulum: This ancient walled Mayan city overlooking the Caribbean coast is one of the most attractive on the Mayan Riviera. Dating from between 1200 and 1500 AD, the ruins reveal a great deal about the Mayan culture. The most photographed ruin is the Castillo perched on the precipice of a limestone cliff.