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10 Places to Stay for a Memorable Family Vacation in Cancun



Cancun is no longer the Spring Break Capital of the World. Although Spring Break is still alive and well in Cancun, it is also an ideal place for a family vacation

There are numerous family-friendly resorts in Cancun that cater to the needs of children of all ages. Most have babies/kids/teens clubs that feature age-appropriate scheduled activities throughout the day. Many also offer babysitting services and other incredibly cool kid-friendly attractions like miniature golf courses and water parks. 

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun has to be the ultimate luxury family resort. With a huge playroom featuring an arcade, bumper cars and more, and soon, a huge water park, it provides an unbelievable family vacation experience. 

Club Med Cancun Yucatan not only has kids clubs, but they also have cooking and fitness classes and even spa treatments just for children. The resort has also added more suites that will accommodate large families. In addition they loan high chairs, changing tables, bottle warmers and other things that families might need while on vacation.

Seadust offers family suites and a pirate-themed water park with its own kid-friendly snack bar. All Ritmo Resort is home to a full size water park that both small children and older kids will enjoy.

Plan your next vacation at any of the family-friendly resorts on this list and your kids will have an unforgettable vacation. Plus, you'll have some time to relax.  

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Seadust Cancun Family Resort is a wonderful option for a family vacation. This oceanfront, all-inclusive resort offers a baby, kids and teen club and many different types of guest rooms including family suites. The resort is home to a whopping eight restaurants, ten bars, a creperie and two snack shops. All restaurants except for Samurai offer a kids menu. The waterpark is a big hit with children of all ages. There is also a mini golf course, a kids zip line, three swimming pools for families, and adult only pool and daily and nightly activities to keep the whole family entertained. The beach is fantastic. WiFi is free in the lobby but is important to note that there is an extra charge for WiFi throughout the resort and the in-room mini bar.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Seadust Cancun family resort has a baby, kids and teen club, a mini golf course, a kids zip line and a waterpark.

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Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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Live "The Royalton Life" (They've even got their own song!) at Royalton Riviera Cancun, located on a wide white sand beach just south of Cancun's international airport. This expansive All-In Luxury® resort offers various pools with different vibes and is focused on families and fun, but for those looking for some peace and quiet, there's also an adult only section, Hideaway. You'll never go hungry or thirsty with access to 9 restaurants, a coffee shop and 11 bars. Fully stocked rooms include Royalton Signature DreamBed™ with high thread count sheets, unlimited free WiFi, rain showers, stocked mini-bar, balcony or terrace, USB charging and Bluetooth audio station, in room safe, satellite television, 24-hour room service, ironing board, coffee maker and hairdryer. With daily and nightly activities, including a fitness program, splash park, kids club, teen club, and a full-service spa, there is never ever a dull moment at Royalton Riviera Cancun. TravelSmart VIP members receive preferred prices, perks and other benefits.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Royalton Riviera Cancun offers a fantastic family vacation for all ages.

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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort
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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is the largest resort in the Cancun area. With 5 (soon to be 6) resorts located on over a mile of powdery white beach, at Barcelo Maya you will find anything and everything you are looking for in an all-inclusive vacation. With over 2,700 rooms in various categories, from fully stocked Superior Rooms to Premium Level Ocean Front Suites, guests can enjoy activities, shows, 22 restaurants, 19 bars, beaches and 10 pools at all the resorts (except Barcelo Palace) with double decker buses to get them there. Barcelo Maya boasts its own mall/entertainment center and gyms, kids clubs, water parks, convention centers, a mini golf course and breathtaking wedding venues. Please note, there are activities that come at an extra cost, like WiFi (or use it for free from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm in certain areas), bowling and Pirate Island water park, among others, so bring some spending money.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is the largest resort in the Cancun area and guests have access to various resorts.

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This 376-room, all-inclusive, beachfront resort is made up of a series of low-rise buildings. Guest rooms and suites have views of either the Caribbean Sea, Nichupte lagoon, or lush, tropical gardens. Standard guest rooms, which accommodate up to 4 people, are available and there are some adjoining rooms as well. Family suites are also offered for larger families. Club Med Cancun Yucatan has thought of everything when it comes to traveling with children. They loan baby equipment, like bottle warmers and strollers, so you don't have to pack those things and they have a special area of the restaurant for babies where parents can prepare baby food. There is a Baby Gym, for ages 2 and 3 as well as an incredible kids club that offers age-appropriate activities for children ages 4 to 10. The Juniors' Club Med is for 'tweens and teens (ages 11-17). Youngsters can take cooking classes, participate in sports or try their hand at flying through the air on the hotel's flying trapeze. Babysitting is available and if parents wish to go out in the evening they can drop their kids (ages 4-10) off at the Pyjama Club where kids spend time with other children and are entertained while under the watchful eye of the child care staff.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Club Med has it all; exciting activities for all ages, family suites and baby gear.

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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive
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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive is located in Cancun's Hotel Zone on one of the best beaches in the area. The resort hasn't always been all-inclusive, but the change has not affected quality or service. The food is downright delicious for an all-inclusive hotel and there are 14 restaurants and snack areas to chose from. There is also a deli that serves ice cream, cookies, sandwiches, and for mom and dad, coffee. A la carte restaurants offer a children's menu. The kids club, teens club and daily and nightly entertainment help make this an ideal place for a family vacation. Oh, and there's a pirate ship in the children's pool.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive has everything a family needs for an fun, relaxing, unforgettable vacation.

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Beach Palace Resort All Inclusive
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This all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful, wide stretch of white sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone and is within walking distance of La Isla shopping mall. Beach Palace is home to four restaurants and various bars, including a swim-up pool bar in the main pool and the Sky Bar, which has two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two whirlpools and unforgettable views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon. The Playroom (kids club) and a waterslide at the main pool provide fun for the little ones. Guests staying 5-8 nights receive a $1500 resort credit which can be used towards spa treatments, golfing and more. The resort also features daily and nightly activities and entertainment, a fitness center, a spa and free wireless internet access. Rooms in six categories offer ample amenities including stocked mini bars, 24-hour room service, double Jacuzzis and terraces.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Beach Palace offers daily and nightly activities and entertainment for all ages and the staff is super friendly.

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Grand Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, just steps away from the Party Center, on a calm, white sand beach with turquoise blue water. Grand Coral Beach is one of Cancun's largest, oldest and most prestigious hotels and is constantly improving in order to give guests the high level of comfort, elegance and service they have come to expect from this family-friendly resort. The pool is huge and the lobby, absolutely gorgeous. The cuisine served in the hotel's five restaurants (including AAA Five Diamond Le Basilic) is excellent and a step above what you will find in almost any all-inclusive resort. The property is also home to a ethereal world-class spa. First class all the way, without that snobby feel, the Grand Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Cancun never disappoints.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Grand Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Cancun's beach is calm and good for children, they will love the Coral Kidz Club and the pools.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun All Inclusive
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Hyatt hit the nail on the head when they chose the best location in Cancun's Hotel Zone. This all-inclusive resort sits on Punta Cancun (Cancun Point) where it is surrounded on three sides by the glorious Caribbean Sea. On each side there are calm, protected beaches, perfect for swimming, while in the center there are cliffs and open ocean. Hyatt Ziva Cancun boasts 6 different room categories, 8 restaurants, 3 lounges and 6 bars, including a microbrewery, sweets shop and coffee house. They also offer 24 hour room service. Guests can swim in one of the various pools, work-out in the gym, go kayaking or snorkeling, or participate in one of the many daily activities. Little guests can visit the kids club. Guest rooms are fully stocked and include a minibar with snacks. There is nightly entertainment. WiFi is free (and good) throughout the property.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The whole family will love Hyatt Ziva Cancun's facilities, cuisine and activities.

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Moon Palace Cancun
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This sprawling, all-inclusive, mega-resort is situated on a wide beach with calm water just south of the Cancun airport. Each of the three sections, Nizuc, Sunrise and the newly renovated Grand offers pools, restaurants and activities. Guests can walk between the sections on the boardwalk along the beach or take the shuttle that runs constantly throughout the day. The kids and teen clubs are a huge bonus for families. Free phone calls to the US and fully-stocked guest rooms are nice perks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Tasty food, special little touches and a friendly, helpful staff make Moon Palace a superb Cancun resort. Guests of Nizuc and Sunrise have access to both resorts but do not have access to The Grand, while guests of The Grand have access to Nizuc and Sunrise.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Moon Palace has a new kids club (The Playroom) and a hip high-tech teen club called Wired.

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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, once the smaller, laid-back section of Moon Palace Cancun, has been expanded and completely redone, and is now the largest, most luxurious resort of the three. The Grand is home to 6 swimming pools, each with a different theme, countless bars, buffets, snack bars and a la carte restaurants, including Lebanese and Peruvian, endless daily and nightly activities and shows, a nightclub, and comfortable, fully-stocked guest rooms that in addition to the usual bells and whistles include a hot tub in the room, snacks in the minibar area, a liquor dispenser and a beach bag. Plus, no key cards to worry about, because your bracelet opens the door. This kids' paradise offers the unbelievable Playroom, with bumper cars, a mirror maze and so much more, a full water park and Wired, located off the main lobby, for arcade and video games. Guests of The Grand also have access to the Nizuc and Sunrise sections. The Grand at Moon Palace is all-inclusive vacationing at its very best.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is a paradise for kids of all ages.

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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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