Cancun

resorts we’ve experienced
family-friendly

Cancun consists of the hotel zone (central), Playa Mujeres to the north, and the Riviera Maya to the south.
Below are photos and opinions from the all-inclusive resorts we have personally visited in the Cancun area...

Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is located in the northern stretch of the Riviera, and has great water features.

Planet Hollywood Cancun (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friendly resort with plenty of activities & movie-star themed décor. The Adult Scene is the adults-only side of the resort.

Dreams Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friend resort located in the gated community of Playa Mujeres, where adults can visit the Secrets resort next door.

Dreams Natura (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This compact family-friendly resort in the Riviera Maya doesn’t require much walking, but has plenty of fun features & amenities!

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. Perfect for young families looking for a lush tropical setting without sacrificing classy décor & adult attention to detail. 

Garza Blanca Cancun (north of Cancun)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is located near the Playa Mujeres area just north of Cancun, and offers luxury rooms & amenities.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico (Riviera Maya)

Overview. Built into the natural landscape, this resort offers premium accommodations that let you truly escape from your daily life. 

Royalton Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the northern stretch of the Riviera Maya area, with the luxury stamp-of-approval for families.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. This family-friendly resort sits directly on the “point” of Cancun’s hotel zone, and provides options for families of all sizes.

Dreams Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort for all ages, with a beautiful central courtyard featuring the pool, beach, and entertainment.

Dreams Vista Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located slightly outside of Cancun’s hotel zone, with amazing views… it’s all about the VISTA!

Sandos Caracol (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is built into the surrounding natural landscape, and located on the northern edge of Playa del Carmen.

Sensira (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort that’s easy to get around, and is perfect for families with small children who don’t want to sacrifice luxury.

Dreams Jade (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort featuring three spacious courtyards, lots of greenery, and 2 main pool areas. 

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is spread out with various pools so that you can relax or participate in the activities.

Ventus at Marina El Cid (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A complex with 3 family-friendly resorts with exchange privileges, located in the Riviera just south of Puerto Morelos.

Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A modern sophisticated hotel that is blended with approximately 70% adults-only rooms and 30% family-friendly rooms.

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is located in Costa Mujeres, and features a very large, very modern concept.

Moon Palace The Grand Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friend resort located in the northern section of the Riviera, with plenty of activities for kids and teens!

Crown Paradise Club (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located on the southern stretch of the hotel zone, with plenty of activities for kids of all ages.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Overview. With its signature decor, this resort has both a family-friendly and adults-only side plenty of space along the beach.

The Fives Oceanfront (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A boutique hotel refuge on the edge of Puerto Morelos, a charming beach community located in the Riviera Maya.

The Fives Beach (Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya)

Overview. With 2 family-friendly sections, you can choose the Beach experience or the Residences experience, both with their own vibe.

Hard Rock Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, with a lively upbeat vibe and featuring their signature memorabilia.

Generations Riviera Maya

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the Riviera Maya that has the luxury stamp-of-approval with a yummy all-gourmet concept.

Iberostar Paraíso - Maya + Lindo (Riviera Maya)

Overview. With 5 resorts on this complex located in the Riviera Maya, I recommend either the Maya or the Lindo sections for families.

RIU Dunamar + RIU Palace Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. Located side-by-side in Costa Mujeres, the RIU Palace CM has access to the RIU Dunamar. (Photos are of RIU Palace CM.)

Ocean Coral + Turquesa (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort stretches along the beach in the Riviera Maya, and offers an adults-only section called El Beso.

Catalonia Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friendly resort with a modern vibe that features two main courtyards, each with their own large pool.

Dreams Sands Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, that typically is very budget-friendly.

Zoetry Paraíso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (R.Maya)

Overview. A low-key boutique resort that focuses on wellness and luxury. While kids are allowed, it has a mature vibe and style.

Dreams Cape + Sunscape Sabor + Secrets Aura (Cozumel)

Overview. Sharing a complex, both Dreams and Sunscape are family-friendly, and Secrets is reserved for adults-only.

Fiesta Americana + Explorean (Cozumel)

Overview. Both family-friendly and located about 10 minutes south of Cozumel’s main town, the Fiesta Americana is a more traditional resort, while the Explorean is tucked into the jungle, offering an escape to a quiet oasis with only 56 rooms. Both are on the same property.

Cirque du Soleil Joya

Overview. I LOVE Cirque du Soleil shows and this one did NOT disappoint! Located about a half hour south of the airport.

Overview. The namesake park by Xcaret, here you can experience Mexican culture, nature, and a touch of adventure all in 1 park.

Overview. One of the famous parks by Xcaret, Xplor is for those you love adventure and want a day filled with active experiences.

Woodward Riviera Maya

Overview. A world-class facility featuring a skate park, a BMX park, trampolines, jumps, and more! Designed for all skill levels.

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