Family Focused: The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas may be best known for its romantic luxury resorts, but the Los Cabos area also boasts many family-friendly lodging options, including resorts that offer everything from toddler supplies and baby-sitting and nanny services to specialty menus and supervised kids clubs.

Hilton Los Cabos is home to the area's most impressive array of child-related services and amenities, showcasing fun and informative activities like ice cream parties and socials, movies under the stars, cake and cookie decoration, and interactive Spanish lessons with their Cabo Kids Club program. Yoga classes and spa services are also available to kids, as are Mother/Daughter and Father/Son spa treatment packages.

Dreams Los Cabos also offers outstanding children's programs and services, particularly through their onsite Explorer's Club. The club is open daily for kids ages 3 to 12, and features arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and other fun activities based on science, nature and exploration. Dreams even offers special dinners when Mom and Dad need a little vacation time to themselves.

In Cabo San Lucas, Solmar Group properties like Grand Solmar Land's End and the newly opened Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas are great options for visiting families. The former is best known for its proximity to the region's most famous landmark, but also offers a treehouse style kids club where young ones can sculpt clay or construct (and later deconstruct) piñatas, as well as thrice weekly theme parties featuring campfire stories and tasty treats.


The stylish Médano Beach-based resort Casa Dorada combines magnificent Sea of Cortés views with richly appointed suites and penthouses featuring marble bath appointments, private terraces and chic interior design. The onsite Saltwater Spa is of first-class quality, as is the restaurant Twelve Tribes, one of only two restaurants in México mentioned in Centurion's members only publication Black Ink. For families traveling together, however, the biggest attractions are proximity (as in directly adjacent) to the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, plus kid friendly amenities like a dedicated swimming pool and water fun area. The onsite Casa Kidz program is also a draw, offering supervised activities like sand castle building and painting workshops to children between the ages of 4 and 11.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Painting workshops and dominos tournaments headline the kid-friendly activities list, and the resort also boasts child-sized chaise lounges for sunning by the pool.

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Hyatt Ziva is one of the finest all-inclusive family resorts in San José del Cabo, with a picturesque beachfront location on the city's Playa Hotelera, as well as a wide array of kid-friendly services and amenities. The KidZ Club, for instance, offers the usual run of board games and supervised arts and crafts, but also showcases a jungle gym, a playground in the sand, and a water park featuring no less than five separate pool slides. The seven onsite restaurants promise plenty of meal variety, while nightly entertainment ensures "fun for the whole family" with featured performers that range from magicians to tropical dancers.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hyatt Ziva is the best family resort in San José del Cabo.

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Although Los Cabos hotel designs have trended towards the ultra-modern in recent years, Sheraton Grand Los Cabos' Hacienda del Mar property is proof that elegant old world Mexican charm still works. Set near the evocatively shaped Punta Ballena (Whale Point), this gorgeous 270-room colonial style resort offers luxurious accommodations, championship level golf, some of the finest onsite dining options in the region, as well as a plethora of family-friendly amenities. Foremost among the latter is the Sheraton Adventure Kids Club, which offers supervised fun led by Red Cross trained and CPR certified staff members. There's little chance these qualifications will ever be needed for kids splashing in the pool, playing video games or taking introductory Spanish lessons, but the requirement iis evidence of Sheraton's ongoing commitment to safety and security. A kids pool with waterfalls and water slides has also proved popular with younger travelers.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Activities at the Sheraton Adventure Kids Club include board and video games, arts and crafts, swimming, Spanish language lessons, and camping adventures.

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The pools are the most breathtaking feature, stretching successively towards the sea for over 400 meters. But everything is world-class at this stunning Auberge brand resort, which is set near the site of one of the original Los Cabos getaway resorts, Bud Parr's Hotel Cabo San Lucas. The 60 hotel rooms and 32 suites showcase sophisticated elegance and abundant creature comforts, while also overlooking one of the region's most beautiful Blue Flag beaches. The amenities start with the incredible series of pools, but also include a championship-level golf course from designer Tom Fazio, and one of the finest restaurants in the region: the Latin American themed Comal. But family-friendly activities are also much in evidence. The Pesaditos Kids Club offers games, arts and crafts, and even themed days associated with specific explorations or adventures. Smores under the stars are another popular attraction.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Pescaditos Kids Club offers fun and adventures for children ages 4 to 11.

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One&Only Palmilla is regularly rated by travel magazines as the best resort in México, and it's easy to see why. The commitment to service is unmatched in the region, as evidenced by the 3:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and the some five dozen gardeners working constantly to sculpt the lush and luxuriant grounds. The resort has been around since the 1950s – when it was founded by pioneering Los Cabos developer Rod Rodriguez – and it has remained a benchmark area property through several expansions and upgrades, most notably upon receiving the One&Only imprimatur in 2004. In addition to its excellent accommodations and amenities – private butlers are standard – the resort hosts several excellent restaurants, including SEARED steakhouse from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Upgrades and renovations in recent years include a 22,000 square foot spa, fitness and beauty facility, with Barber&Blade for men, and manicures and pedicures in a studio designed by famed French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Romantic activities for couples are another specialty, with options that range from private yacht whale watching adventures to spa date couples' treatments and private dining experiences.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The KidsOnly Club offers a range of entertaining activities for kids ages 4 to 12. Babysitting and nanny services are also available.

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Grand Solmar Land's End is the benchmark resort from Solmar Group, whose other Los Cabos based luxury properties include Rancho San Lucas, Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas. The scenically situated all-inclusive resort features 289 suites built in the shadow of the Land's End headland (no other resort is closer), with easy access to Playa Solmar and some truly breathtaking Pacific Ocean views. Kids have their own dedicated pool among the eight onsite (four of which are of the infinity variety), as well as access to the treehouse style Kids Club, which offers half or full day activities for children ages 5 through 12. Theme nights are showcased three times weekly, with family-friendly attractions like special dinners and campfire stories.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A kids club and family-friendly theme parties are among the many attractions at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa.

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The modern concept of luxury in Los Cabos was pioneered by legendary hotelier Edward Steiner at Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, a resort whose five-star bona fides continue to the present day. As might be expected at a resort whose name means the windows to paradise, there is no shortage of spectacular Sea of Cortés views. But the amenities and attention to detail are even more impressive. The primary infinity edge pool (there are pools aplenty) is tended by pool butlers who will cool guests down on request with misted Evian, and many bathroom door handles are moon or mermaid shaped sculptures from famed Mexican artist Sergio Bustamente. Need we even mention the spa massages for dogs? Family features too, of course, are given the first-class treatment. The Rosebuds program for kids offers everything from special meal menus to activities and child-sized robes and slippers.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Rose Buds program features special activities, services, menus and amenities for kids.

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Virtually every resort of note in Los Cabos offers a kids club and designated pool area for children. Paradisus Los Cabos, however, is one of the few to designate an entire wing of their property for family travel, with special amenities like child-sized bathrobes and slippers. The Family Concierge program is also impressive, offering a lounge where families can relax and enjoy snacks throughout the day, as well as personalized service in arranging outside activities. Naturally, there is also an onsite club, the cutely named Mini Club, where young ones can indulge in supervised activities like facing painting, treasure hunts, and piñata making. Water polo and video games, meanwhile, are among the primary attractions for teenagers.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Paradisus' commitment to kids is truly impressive, and contributes to its standing as one of the 10 best family resorts in Los Cabos.

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Dreams Los Cabos manages to be both a romantic getaway of the first order, as well as one of the finest family-friendly resorts in the coastal corridor which connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Spacious one-bedroom and family style suites accommodate up to six people in elegant comfort, while the onsite Explorers Club provides supervised activities and adventures for kids ages 3 through 12; all based around the themes of science, nature and exploration. The club keeps late hours (it's open 9 am to 10pm daily), a fact that comes in handy for parents in the mood for a romantic dinner in the suite, at a table in the sand on the nearby beach, or at one of the eight onsite dining options.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Explorers Club offers daily supervised activities for kids 3-12 year of age based around science, nature and exploration.

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Hilton Los Cabos is one of the most iconic local resorts, boasting a gorgeous beachfront location, as well as enough pampering amenities to please those of any age or disposition. In fact, after a major recent renovation, Hilton not only looks spectacular, but is showcasing more family-friendly attractions than ever before. The Cabo Kids Club, for instance, offers supervised activities for children ages 4 to 12, from ice cream socials and movie nights under the stars to games, stretching and various arts and crafts activities. Babysitting services are available to anyone who books at least 24 hours in advance, and Hilton also offers tennis courts, a Splash Zone pool area with water slides, teenager-friendly features like video games and an air hockey table, plus family culinary experiences and special spa treatments created specifically for mothers and daughters, or fathers and sons.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hilton Los Cabos offers a wealth of family-friendly amenities and is one of the benchmark local resorts.

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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the Cabo San Lucas local expert for the USA Today travel website 10 Best, writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to numerous websites and publications,...  More About Chris