Best Family Beach Resorts in Mexico

Enjoy summer savings and unlimited fun at these select all-inclusive resorts


The family is ready for a vacation, and everyone’s thinking beach. But as much as mom and dad love the little ones, they are ready for some personal time. And that’s fine with the kids, who also want to do their own thing. The answer is stay at one of Mexico’s family-friendly beach resorts. And for the summer season, a number of the best properties are offering special savings and incentives for families that stay together, but want to play apart.

Fiesta Americana Cozumel

This family friendly all-inclusive is about fun in the sun and time on the water. The resort’s private beach club provides easy access to on-site snorkeling and a convenient starting point to the island’s best dive sites. The hotel is set well away from the cruise ship crowds of downtown, but close to Chankanaab Natural Park, Mayan ruins and a number of the island’s premier attractions. Spacious guestrooms and suites include large private balconies or terraces with partial or full ocean views. Mid-century modern hardwood furnishings complement wood-grain porcelain tile floors and modern artwork, with fixtures that include LCD satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet access. Families can upgrade to a suite for additional living space. The property includes seven restaurants, with cuisines ranging from Asian and Italian to traditional Mexican fare and fresh seafood. The special includes 30 percent off summer rates when you book and stay from May 9 through August 12, 2017.

Fiesta Americana Cozumel

Following a three-year closure and a $17 million property-wide renovation, the Fiesta Americana Cozumel reopened as one of the island’s premier all-inclusive properties. Photo: Fiesta Americana

Club Med Ixtapa

This all-inclusive resort has all the ingredients needed for a perfect family vacation. Attentive child care and engaging youth programs allow parents to enjoy some away time without worries, enjoying everything from water sports, fitness classes and tennis to spa time and naps on the golden sand beach. Families can also come together for shared activities such as sailing lessons, stargazing and a unique circus school with flying trapeze lessons. Four on-site restaurants serving a variety of cuisines to please both simple and sophisticated palates, and three bars pour complimentary libations for the adults. All this would seem reason enough to stay as long as possible, but as a further enticement, Club Med is offering incentives for stays booked by June 21, for travel through December 23, 2017. Book 3 to 5 nights for a 45 percent discount, 6 to 7 nights to save 50 percent, and enjoy 55 percent off on stays of eight nights or more.

Club Med Ixtapa

In addition to offering poolside relaxation, the Club Med Ixtapa is home to a large sports school staffed by experienced coaches and instructors. Photo: Alessandro Carpentiero/Club Med

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

There are a number of reasons why this landmark all-inclusive property in Puerto Vallarta’s popular North Hotel Zone is a family favorite. Rooms are well appointed and spacious—some can accommodate groups of up to six. Each has the added space of an open-air balcony with either ocean or mountain views. Eight on- site restaurants accommodate every taste from children’s favorites to elegant international cuisines. And then there are the programs, tailored to age groups ranging from preschoolers to teens, with a playground, supervised pool and beach games, arts and sports activities. The adults have a private beach and a sprawling outdoor pool with a swim up bar. They can also enjoy some pampering and personal time at Nakawe Spa, where treatments and the atmosphere are eco friendly. Take advantage of summer savings in July and August. You’ll receive 40% off when you book and travel from July 7 to August 12, 2017.

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

In keeping with the resort’s inclusive but separate theme, the expansive pool at the Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta separates the swim up bar from the children’s swim area. Photo: Fiesta Americana

Grand Oasis Palm Cancun

This upscale beach resort goes beyond the usual definition of family friendly with a range of kid-centric features that will keep youngsters busy and engaged day and night. In addition to a separate pool with water slides, fountains and water trampolines, there’s a dedicated kid’s beach club that includes game rooms, a movie theater and dance club. Daily-supervised activities extend to evening entertainment and overnight camps. Several of the property’s 12 restaurants offer children’s favorites and the next- door sister property hosts a kid-centric buffet. While all this is going on, adults can spend the day at their own beach club or pools, make use of the on-site nine-hole golf course, relax in the Kin Ha spa, enjoy gourmet dining and take in a nightclub performance. During the summer vacation season, the resort is offering a “Kids Stay Free” deal where two kids 12 years old and under can stay and eat free when sharing the room with two adults. Rates start at $241per person, based on double occupancy.

Grand Oasis Cancun

Cancun’s Grand Oasis Palm combines five-star amenities with a wide range of family-friendly features. Guests also enjoy reciprocal privileges at the Oasis Palm next door. Photo: Grand Oasis Palm

The Explorean Cozumel

This isn’t your average Caribbean beach resort. In fact, the Explorean Cozumel isn’t even on the water. Instead it is tucked into the jungles of Cozumel—though the ocean is just a short walk away through the grounds of the sister property, Fiesta Americana. The all-inclusive concept at this family-friendly property goes beyond buffets, bars and shows to include a range of daily guided adventures. Guests are invited to join in on activities that range from kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling trips to jungle treks, bike tours, archeology projects and horseback rides to Mayan ruins. Guests also have access to all the amenities at Fiesta Americana. This summer, guests can settle in and relax at the jungle pool or the private beach club, while saving 30 percent on stays through August 12, 2017.

The Explorean Cozumel

Stone, wood and earth tones help the Explorean Cozumel blend into its jungle surroundings. The property was designed as a relaxing alternative to large beachfront hotels. Photo: Explorean

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