All inclusive resorts in Mexico are a favorite family getaway; some offer a good price point, while others -- especially in the Riviera Maya area -- trend upscale to ever-more luxury.
Explore off the beaten track, in this area south of the popular Riviera Maya. Families will find lovely beaches and ecotourism opportunities.
The long Baja California peninsula extends about half-way down the west side of Mexico, and at the bottom tip sits this popular vacation spot. Los Cabos has two "Cabos" ("Capes"): San Jose del Cabo, and (party-town) Cabo San Lucas, connected by a 17-mile "Corridor" with resorts and golf courses. Los Cabos offers whale-watching in winter; some good snorkeling; horseriding; and sightseeing in the artists' town of Todos Santos. Currents can be strong at the beaches, so choose your resort carefully if you want a swimmable beach.
Moving over to Mexico's west coast: Mazatlan has been one of Mexico's best tourist draws for decades, and has long stretches of beach, a historic downtown, a busy tourist zone, an aquarium, water park, and reputation for sportsfishing. Families can find a couple of "playas" (beaches) that offer calm waters; in other areas, kids can have fun in the waves and learn to surf.
About half-way up the west coast of Mexico (south of Mazatlan, north of Acapulco), Puerto Vallarta has nearly 30 miles of golden sand. Watersports include snorkeling and surfing, plus kayaking, windsurfing,parasailing, sportfishing. Visitors can explore an old town with cobblestone streets, and ogle the mansions that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton back in the days when they put Puerto Vallarta on the map. Jungle and canopy tours are nearby. Families can find all inclusive resorts and name brand properties.
This area of beautiful beaches, beloved by surfers, has seen recent development, and now has a number of all inclusive resorts. The "Riviera Nayarit" is north of popular destination Puerta Vallarta. Besides the beaches, features include lush vegetation and canopy tours.
Visitors to Mexico can easily add a fun and educational dimension to their trip, even if staying at an all inclusive resort: it's easy to take a day trip to Mayan ruins from resorts in the Cancun and Mayan Riviera areas.
About.com's Guide for Mexico Travel highlights many great places to visit in Mexico, including colonial towns with charm and history.