With their many amenities, Mexico's all inclusive beach resorts are a favorite type of family vacation; below are some best spots to go. See also a few cautions about Mexico resorts.
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Cancun -- in the northeast of the Yucatan peninsula, with shores on the Caribbean Sea-- is Mexico's tourism powerhouse, and its 25-kilometre Hotel Zone of double waterfront (ocean and lagoon) is known for night-life, shops, and restaurants. Cancun also has many resorts that welcome families, and is a convenient launch-pad for day-trips in the Mayan Riviera to the south.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
The "Mayan Riviera" south of Cancun, is a top spot for families for two reasons: many all inclusive resorts offer watersports and kids' programs; meanwhile, outside the resorts, the 130 km coast from Cancun to Tulum offers fun and fascinating activities. Highlights include the second-largest barrier coral reef in the world; unique "eco-archeological" theme park Xcaret; lagoons full of colorful fish; cenotes" (natural pools of clear water-- lovely to swim in); fascinating Mayan ruins.
Dreams Los Cabos Resort and Spa; photo courtesy of AMResorts.
Los Cabos -- at the tip of the long Baja California peninsula on the west side of Mexico-- has many resorts that suit families. Two "Cabos" ("Capes") -- San Jose del Cabo, and party-town Cabo San Lucas-- are connected by a 17-mile "Corridor" with resorts and golf courses. The area has some good snorkeling, whale-watching in winter, and sightseeing in the artists' town of Todos Santos. Watch out, though: due to waves and undertows, few beaches are swim-able.
Photo courtesy of Marival Resorts & Suites Nuevo Vallarta.
This area north of Puerto Vallarta has all inclusive resorts and other family-friendly properties, including upscale options. The Riviera Nayarit has beautiful beaches, most notably the huge 68-km Banderas Bay.
Hip Hop Kidz, at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Read about the features that families can expect to find, what's included, what you'll pay extra for, what's the price range, how to find the place that's right for you...
Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
More and more all inclusive resorts are offering programs that will care for their youngest visitors. Sometimes an additional charge is required for baby care.
Weekly Mini Club show. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Kids Clubs at Mexico resorts tend to be the "friendly little club" variety, providing care and some activities for ages four to twelve. A few places offer more developed programs. Club Med resorts, for instance, have Baby Club Med, Petit Club Med for toddlers, creative programs for different age groups, and a cool space for teens.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Mexico all inclusive resorts have plenty to offer, but there are also some points to keep in mind, and some visitor complaints that tend to repeat. Read about beach conditions, types of kids programs, tipping practices, non-heated pools, health issues, and more.