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Mexico: Mayan Riviera, Cancun, and More
Winter vacation ideas in Mexico - beach at Avalon Reef Resort -  Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.

All inclusive resorts are a popular choice for family getaways in Mexico, in several hotspots:
  • Cancun: on the Caribbean east coast of Mexico; giant Hotel Zone; Mayan Riviera attractions are within day-trip distance.
  • Mayan Riviera: many all-inclusives, south of Cancun; plus Mayan ruins, coral reef, snorkeling lagoons, and Xcaret and other eco-theme parks
To highlight a few choices:
  • Avalon Reef Club: near busy Cancun but on its own private islet on laid-back Isla Mujeres; gentle beaches, near a friendly town.
  • The Xpu Ha Palace: an hour south of Cancun; tropical grounds in style of an "eco-park"; thatched-roof bungalows; snorkeling in a cove; two zero-entry pools.
  • Iberostar Playa Paraiso: giant five-resort complex 30 minutes south of Cancun. Tropical setting with birds, iguanas, even monkeys; pool complex with lazy river, wave pool, kids' pool; latest resort is highest in luxury.
Los Cabos --on the Baja California peninsula, on the west side of Mexico-- is another area for all-inclusives. Los Cabos ("The Capes") has year-round warm weather, white sand beaches, good snorkeling beaches, nearby coral reef. Activities include horseriding, and sightseeing in the artists' town of Todos Santos.

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More: Best Places to go in Mexico, for Families - this area north of Puerto Vallarta includes all inclusive and other resorts on 68-km Banderas Bay and some top luxury properties in Punta Mita just north of the Bay.

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