Our Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts
If you're looking for a vacation that is easy to plan and will please everyone in your crew, all-inclusive family resorts are the way to go. Everything you need for a great trip, from food to fun, is right outside your hotel room, making it one of the best family vacations available. Read on to learn about some of the best family resorts in Mexico, as well as what to look for when booking your trip.
Barceló Maya Grand Resort | Riviera Maya
Best for kids who are picky eaters
Why it's great: Lots of places to eat. There are 16 restaurants and bars, including Mexican, Caribbean, and Brazilian rodizio options.
Why it matters: There's no cooking for you, no heated family debates about where to eat, and no wrangling everyone into the car. So you can enjoy seafood the way it was meant to be (with views of the sea, of course) while your brood munches on kid-friendly foods like burgers and pizza. And if your 8-year-old hates that spicy salmon sushi roll he insisted on trying? Swap it out for a slice without worry—it's all included.
Hotel Riu Santa Fe | Cabo San Lucas
Best for kids who get bored easily
Why it's great: The full activity calendar. Here kids and families can enjoy live music and dance shows, group fitness activities, tennis, volleyball, and (for an additional charge) scuba diving and boating.
Why it matters: There's more to kid-friendly vacations than spending all day on the beach or in the pool. The tropical climate at oceanfront resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America allows for year-round outdoor activities that your family can enjoy together. Paddle around the ocean's clear blue waters in a couple of tandem kayaks, or grab some snorkeling gear to get a look at the colorful fish and coral formations beneath the waves. Back on land, you can settle friendly family rivalries by facing off on the tennis or volleyball courts.
Hotel Marina El Cid | Puerto Morelos
Best for young kids
Why it's great: The kids' club. Here kids take part in supervised activities including painting, craft-making, games, sand-castle contests, and more.
Why it matters: With the kids busy, it's the perfect opportunity for some "me time"—indulge in a Swedish massage at the resort's spa or sip drinks at the swim-up bar. Some all-inclusive family resorts even have adults-only enclaves where you can relax poolside without getting splashed by cannonballs or hearing squeals and shrieks from the water park.
Grand Oasis Palm | Cancún
Why it's great: Like many Groupon deals, this package includes air travel. What stands out about this trip is the option to extend it to up to 7 nights starting at only $1,049, or just under $150 per day per person. (Click to browse all of Groupon's current air-inclusive trips.)
Why it matters: Not only is it often cheaper to book your flight and hotel together, it simplifies budgeting as well. Because all-inclusive packages cover most resort activities and amenities, adding the cost of the flight in means you've got one total price for your entire vacation. And knowing the price up front means no pesky budgeting while you're trying to relax on the beach—everything's already taken care of.
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