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Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres Family-Friendly Resorts

Above: Xcaret waterpark (foreground) is located near many of the expansive all-inclusives found along the Riviera Maya. Photo courtesy Xcaret.

Cancun and the nearby Riviera Maya (the coastal strip that runs through Playa del Carmen and down to the Maya ruins at Tulum) are lined with large all-inclusive hotels, many perfect for honeymooners. The resorts are built to best take advantage of the snow white beach and the turquoise waters these properties face. Unless otherwise noted, most all-inclusives in the Cancun area are family-friendly so be aware that summers, spring break, and holiday seasons may be less peaceful than other times of the year.


Avalon Grand
A sister resort to Avalon Reef Club on Isla Mujeres, this all-inclusive sits right on the beach of Cancun. When you're ready for a quiet getaway and a look at a Mexican village, hop the ferry to Isla Mujeres and explore Avalon Reef Club for the day without charge.

Riu Caribe
Part of the Spanish hotel chain Riu (you'll also find properties in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Paradise Island, elsewhere in Mexico, and in several Europe resort areas), this all-inclusive has has a wide range of facilities.

Riviera Maya

Allegro Playacar by Occidental
Located 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, this all-inclusive has a Polynesian style. There's a golf course nearby for golf-loving couples.

Aventura Spa Palace
A sister property of Moon Palace, Xpu-Ha Palace, Sun Palace, Cancun Palace, and Beach Palace, guests at this property can eat, drink, and play at the other Palace resorts (transportation is not provided.) This is an adults-only all-inclusive and includes an extensive spa. Palace Resorts offers a free wedding package for guests.

Beach Palace
Located on the Riviera Maya, and lots of activities.

ClubHotel Riu Tequila
This all-inclusive, located in Playa del Carmen, includes two pools and a wide range of activities.

Grand Xcaret by Occidental
This expansive hotel is located adjacent to Xcaret park, a ecotourism themed park where your family can swim with dolphins, snorkel along an underground river, watch an evening folkloric show, or just laze the day away under tall palms.

Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
Two pools, several restaurants (including a Japanese restaurant), beach bar, and spa greet guests at this beachfront all-inclusive.

Hotel Riu Playacar
Located near Playa del Carmen, this hotel includes a spa, two pools, and more.

Hotel Riu Yucatan
Located at Playa del Carmen, this expansive resort has a spa, restaurant with a non-smoking section, and a hacienda architectural style.

Iberostar Quetzal and Iberostar Tucan
These two large resorts sit side by side and guests can use facilities at either. Evenings include an excellent floor show. Howler monkeys live in the surrounding lowland jungle and their calls plus the beautiful landscaping give the resorts a truly tropical atmosphere.

Iberostar Paraiso del Mar and Iberostar Paraiso Beach
These two resorts share facilities; sitting side by side, guests can dine or play at either property. They're also located next door to the more upscale Paraiso Lindo and Paraiso Maya .

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo and Iberostar Paraiso Maya
These upscale all-inclusives offer a luxury getaway for families interested in an all-inclusive stay. The adjoining properties share pool facilities and both offer concierge service for each room block. Iberostar Paraiso Maya, the newest of the two, is also the most luxurious, with all suites. Guests at Paraiso Lindo and Paraiso Maya may also play and dine at the neighboring Paraiso del Mar and Paraiso Beach.

Moon Palace
This mega-resort includes over 2000 guest rooms, a wide swath of beach on the Riviera Maya, and lots of activities. Rooms have private balconies.

Paradisus Riviera Cancun
This all-inclusive provides 24-hour room service and free transportation into Cancun.

Sun Palace
A sister resort of several other Palace Resorts in the area, guests may arrange their own transportation and play and dine at the other properties.

Xpu-Ha Palace
Part of the Palace chain, this extensive all-inclusive also offers guests the chance to dine or play at other Palace resorts in the area (transportation not provided).

Isla Mujeres

Avalon Reef Club
A sister property to Cancun's Avalon Grand, this property has a quieter style. Rooms are divided between towers and low rise buildings (our pick); the resort also includes a spa.




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