Cancun with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: September 23, 2015

The 5 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Cancun

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort & Spa (luxury)

Cancun with Kids – the best hotels
This all-suites hotel is just what families need to relax and recharge in luxury. Every suite boasts ocean views of emerald waters (and nearby Isla Mujeres) from private balconies. The expansive suites provide a sunken living area to unwind. The private white sand beach leads to calm surf, perfect for young kids to swim and splash about. The Fiesta Kids Club, supervised beach and pool, interactive games, crafts, and other amusements make days easy to fill. Phone: +52 998 881-4200

JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa (luxury)

Cancun Best Family Resorts:  JW Marriott
An oasis of luxury in the Hotel Zone. You are greeted by views of gorgeous white beaches and crystal blue waters. Guest rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable and bathrooms are well-appointed. Parents can take advantage of the Kids Club at sister property Marriott CasaMagna or have fun at the private beach or the outdoor children’s pool. Aquaworld, Kukulkids playground, and WetnWild water park are all close by to provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. Phone: +52 998 848-9600

Ritz-Carlton Cancun (luxury)

Cancun Best Family Resorts: Ritz Carlton
Located in the Hotel Zone on an expansive white beach along a beautiful stretch of coastline. All guest rooms and suites boast ocean views to take in the cerulean waters. Rooms are exquisitely furnished, spacious, and well-appointed. Attentive staff provide outstanding service for all of your needs during your stay including twice-daily housekeeping. Children can stay busy with the Ritz Kids Mayan Adventures program providing physical and creative activities. A fun kid’s menu will meet just about any young culinary whim. Give your kids a night filled with adventure (while parents have some time on their your own) with “Kid’s Night Out” – offered Fridays and Saturdays. Phone: +52 998 881-0808

The Royal Caribbean (moderate)

Cancun Best Family Resorts: Royal Caribbean
Nestled in the hotel zone on the shores of the lagoon. A wonderful choice for families looking for a great value with clean, large rooms and friendly staff. Guest rooms have two beds standard as well as ocean views. Access to sister properties allows an abundance of dining and activity options. A separate children’s pool gives kids a place to splash about. Although there is no official kids club program, the Royal has organized social activities for children, teens, and adults to keep everybody busy. Phone: 1-888-838-7842

Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort (moderate)

Cancun Best Family Resorts: Casa Magna
Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, this resort has a superb beach overlooking turquoise waters and outstanding on-site restaurants covering just about any style of cuisine. The rooms are spacious and well-kept while the pools will entice anyone for a dip or perhaps a drink at one of the swim-up bars. Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Travellers’ choice awards for families, CasaMagna doesn’t disappoint. The Kid’s Club is one of the best for resorts in the area and children will have fun decorating cookies in the cocina or swimming in the children’s pool. Phone: +52 998 881-2000

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4 questions and comments

  1. British Museum with Kids

    We have 2 children, ages 4 and 7 years. Do you think the British Museum would be a fun and interesting outing for them – or is too much for that age?

    1. David Post author

      That’s a tough age for musuems, but I’d give it a try. Just plan on a short visit. As soon as they get bored head for the door – dragging it out is no fun for anyone. There is a kids package you can get from the main information desk. It has a treasure hunt that both kids might find fun and engaging. There’s also a audio tour that is designed specifically for kids – good for the 7 year old, probably too much for the 4 year old. The Egyptian Mummies are popular with the young crowd.

  2. Good Family Hotels in Cancun City

    We are passing through Cancun after taking the ferry from Isla Mujeres. Then bus the next day to Playa del Carmen. We’re spending one night in downtown Cancun and need a nice hotel (not 5 star but nice) for a family of 4. Preferably with a pool and walking distance to the bus station. Free breakfast would be nice too.
    Thanks, John.

    1. David Post author

      There are no luxury hotels in the central part of Cancun (near the bus station) but there are a couple that I like. The Hotel Plaza Caribe is directly across the street from the bus station – you couldn’t get any closer. It’s got a nice pool (once again, not a huge luxury pool like out at the beach hotels but plenty enough to keep a couple kids happy). There are some large family suites. A little farther from the bus station is the Hotel Eco El Rey del Caribe. It’s a little nicer, smaller, and homier. There’s a small pool and hammocks around the court yard. It’s a 5 minute walk to the bus station but there are a couple streets to cross that don’t have easy crossing so if you have bags (and kids) it’s easier to hop in a taxi. Both hotels have free breakfast.


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