Mexico is a country with a great historical and cultural richness and treasures many cities that are worth a visit. However, some of the Mexican destinations that attract the most tourists each year are the Riviera Maya and Cancun. Known for its paradisiacal virgin beaches and its idyllic seabed, the Riviera Maya also has impressive Mayan archaeological sites and abundant wildlife that invite you to discover it inch by inch.

A little further north of the peninsula, guarding the entrance to the Riviera Maya and the Mexican Caribbean, is Cancun, a sun and beach destination that treasures a dazzling nature. From beautiful virgin tropical forests and a succession of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, here you will find the second largest coral reef in the world and some unique animal species of the Caribbean. Without a doubt, a perfect destination to disconnect from stress and the daily rush in an idyllic setting.

However, if you don’t want your well-deserved vacation to be interrupted by unpleasant last-minute surprises, the ideal is to plan your trip in advance, especially if you are traveling with the little ones at home. You can find many travel agencies that offer the complete travel and accommodation pack to both Cancun and the Riviera Maya, although if you prefer to do it on your own you can also find good deals in the main flight companies and hotels in the region. If you do not want to complicate yourself too much in your destination, an excellent option is to bet on family hotels that offer the “all-inclusive” service.

10 hotels in Cancun and Riviera Maya to stay with children

1. Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun

It is a contemporary family resort that stands just a few steps from the beach, in the exclusive community of Puerta del Mar, a true paradise where you can enjoy a vacation with the little ones at home. From its facilities you can not only take a bath in the sea but also practice kayaking, snorkeling, take a catamaran ride or dive in deeper waters. In fact, the hotel offers introductory diving lessons in the pool, as well as two static surf pools.

And, so that the little ones do not get bored while you rest in the facilities, the hotel has an Explorer’s Club, a space where they can play, do crafts, participate in group activities and even see the stars in the sky, from the hand of a group of professional animators. Of course, the hotel also organizes various activities for the whole family: there are theme nights, beach parties and musical shows. And, so that you don’t have to worry about anything, it offers the “Unlimited-Luxury” service, a kind of “all-inclusive” that includes food and access to multiple spaces and activities.

2. Barceló Maya Beach, in Riviera Maya

This all-inclusive luxury resort is located on one of the most impressive Caribbean beaches , an ideal accommodation to enjoy a unique family vacation. Its excellent location makes it a perfect hotel to enjoy the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, either with a relaxing swim, snorkeling or simply with a kayak ride. However, what really makes this hotel a winning bet for families with children is its various entertainment options for children, from its play areas and play spaces to its extensive program of activities.

Undoubtedly, one of the favorite spaces for the little ones will be the aquatic area, an area equipped with 7 swimming pools with a bathing area for children, a children’s water park, the Barcy Water Park, with fun castles, slides and waterfalls, and a family water park, the Pirates Island Water Park, where you can let yourself be carried away by the force of gravity on its different slides. And, for the more adventurous, there is the Ventura Fly adventure park with impressive aerial circuits and the Ventura Ride for racing lovers. Of course, there are also multiple sports spaces where you can play volleyball, tennis, paddle tennis, minigolf, billiards and even chess.

3. Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, in Cancun

A few steps from the Bahía de Mujeres beach stands this hotel, where you can stay with the little ones at home. Located in an idyllic setting, from the hotel you will have beautiful views of the sea and also, you can reach the beach in the blink of an eye to take a dip. The hotel has a reserved beach area and organizes snorkeling, catamaran rides, kayaking and pedalo excursions. And in addition, it provides access to the aquatic center with slides “Splash Water World” of the neighboring Hotel Riu Dunamar.

However, the Riu Palace Costa Mujeres hotel also has many spaces and entertainment within its facilities for children to have fun: it has several swimming pools and the RiuLand club, where games, workshops and competitions are scheduled for the little ones. In addition, it has a very diverse billboard of activities in which they offer live music, shows and entertainment sessions for the whole family. And, so that you don’t have to worry about expenses at your destination, it offers the “24-hour all-inclusive” service that, in addition to meals, includes access to various spaces and activities.

4. Paradisus Playa del Carmen, in Riviera Maya

Located in front of the sea and surrounded by a lush tropical mangrove, this hotel is an ideal option to discover the Riviera Maya with the little ones at home. Awarded with the Traveler’s Choice 2019 award granted annually by the Tripadvisor portal, the hotel has everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable experience. Undoubtedly, one of its greatest attractions is its aquatic area, a space with heated lagoon-type swimming pools and activities, equipped with a children’s area with a pirate ship, slides and fun water jets.

The hotel also has a children’s room equipped with toys and other entertainment, where the little ones can have a fun time while making new friends. And, so that the most active children do not get bored, it has a children’s club where laughter, workshops, games, competitions and parties are guaranteed. In addition, the hotel offers a babysitting service so that you can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa or a night out with your partner with the peace of mind of knowing that your children are in good hands.

5. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, in Cancun

If you are looking for an accommodation where you can discover Cancun with your children, this hotel located on the seafront is an excellent alternative. Its privileged location makes it an ideal option to enjoy the beach with the little ones at home, whether practicing some water sports, taking a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean or simply sunbathing peacefully on its white sands. Upon your return to the hotel , cozy family rooms await you with musical and children’s channels, equipped with all the comforts.

One of the main attractions of this hotel is its various entertainment options for children: it has a children’s and family pool, as well as various recreational areas. However, the favorite space for the little ones will be the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a space where they organize mini Olympics, water adventures, treasure hunts, arts and crafts sessions, board games, face painting and much more. And, for little music lovers, there are karaoke and guitar sessions, as well as talent shows, drum parties and musical shows, all enlivened by Roxtars, the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club band.

6. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, in Riviera Maya

Located very close to Playa del Carmen and surrounded by a beautiful mangrove, you will find this ecological resort where you can stay with the children and discover some of the secrets that this beautiful corner of Mexico treasures. Ideal for lovers of nature in its purest state, the hotel has the All Nature Experience, a daily program of activities that will allow you to discover the most authentic flora and fauna of the region, take a dip in a cenote with crystal clear water, swim in an impressive mangrove or enjoy one of the most distinctive Mayan shows of this culture.

The hotel also has a mini farm where children can interact with the animals they rescue, while they can plant a native tree with their name inside the resort. And, so that boredom has no place, it has a water park, the Sandos Aqua Park, equipped with classic, kamikaze and spiral slides, as well as a children’s area for the little ones at home. Of course, the hotel also has a Kids Club, a space where they can play video games, do crafts, get into yoga, learn about local ecosystems and much more.

7. Grand Park Royal Cancun, in Cancun

In the heart of the Cancun hotel zone stands this resort, perfect for both a romantic getaway and a family vacation. Located just a few steps from the sea, it has direct access to the beach where you can enjoy the warm Caribbean sun while the kids have fun in the water. However, if you prefer to stay in the facilities, the Grand Park Royal Cancun has two outdoor pools where you can also spend a different time with your family.

And, so that the little ones have an unforgettable stay, the hotel has a mini club, a space equipped with toys, a swing, slides and materials for crafts where, in addition to having fun, they can make new friends. In addition, it offers a menu specially designed for children and has a babysitting service so that you can enjoy a night out with your partner with the peace of mind of knowing that your children are in good hands. And, so that nothing disturbs your rest, the hotel offers an “all-inclusive” service.

8. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, in Riviera Maya

It is a hotel complex located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, just a few steps from the beach, where you can enjoy a magical vacation with your children. The hotel has easy access to a private beach where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while the children swim or snorkel on the shore. However, if you prefer to stay in the facilities, the Hard Rock Riviera Maya has a children’s pool with slides and waterfalls, as well as a family pool, where you can get in with the children.

Plus, it has an awesome water park! This is the Rockaway Bay Riviera Maya, a space equipped with slides of different shapes and sizes so that children can have fun as they please. And for little music lovers, there’s the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a program that organizes talent shows, drum parties and dance classes, as well as mini-Olympics, superhero games, clay art sessions, drawing contests and more. All enlivened with the unique music of the Roxtars band.

9. Crown Paradise Club Cancun, in Cancun

In this hotel located on the Caribbean Sea front you can enjoy an unforgettable vacation with the little ones at home. From its facilities you can embark on all kinds of adventures on the beach, from refreshing swims and games in the sand to snorkeling or riding sailboats and kayaks. Just 5 minutes from the hotel you will find AquaWorld, where you can manage these experiences and get the accessories you need. Upon your return to the facilities , comfortable family rooms await you where you can recover your strength for the next day.

Another of the attractions of this hotel for families is its various spaces designed for children’s leisure: there are tennis, multipurpose and volleyball courts, as well as a mini golf and a games room in the Collage. The hotel also has an Aquapark designed for children under 12 years of age, equipped with a pirate ship, a castle with slides and various fountains with jets. In addition, there are several children’s areas with a suspension bridge, slides and other entertainment where they will have a blast. And, so that boredom does not feel like home, multiple entertainment activities are organized, from crafts and movie sessions to sandcastle competitions, treasure hunts and face painting.

10. Barceló Maya Caribe, in Riviera Maya

In a paradisiacal setting, on a white sand beach and with the sea in the background, stands this beautiful hotel, a perfect destination to discover the Riviera Maya with children. Inspired by Mayan architecture, the hotel has all the comforts for you to enjoy a cozy and unforgettable stay. It has comfortable family rooms with sea views, many of them with large terraces so you can relax while the children take a nap. After replenishing your strength, there are many spaces and attractions waiting for you.

The hotel has 8 swimming pools with children ‘s areas and a children’s water park, the Barcy WaterPark, equipped with castles with slides and waterfalls, as well as a family water park, the Pirates Island, designed so that you can all enjoy together of a fun experience in the water. The complex also has the Barcy Kids Club, a kind of mini club in which they program activities for children from 4 to 12 years old, as well as a mini golf and a dolphinarium. And so that you don’t get bored at night, it offers an extensive daily program of activities and shows for the whole family.