Updated: December 11, 2017
Cancun Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations
- Isla Cancun (also known as the Hotel Zone) is shaped like a 7. Most resorts are on the back of the 7 and the beaches face east. The top of the 7 faces north and is semi-protected from direct ocean waves and has the most kid-friendly swimming. (The Grand Fiesta Americana is located along this stretch of protected beach.) Ciudad Cancun (or downtown Cancun) is located inland and is where you’ll find the cheapest hotels and the best local food.
- Hotelscombined.com – The best website for booking family hotels in Cancun.
- Best Budget Hotels for Families near the Beach: Krystal Cancun and the The Royal Islander.
- The best local/Mexican restaurant near the beach is El Fish Fritanga. It faces the lagoon, not the ocean. It’s popular with locals and has good seafood. The Taco Factory has the best pastor tacos in the hotel zone.
- The best kid-friendly tour in Cancun is the Cenote Day Tour which takes you to 4 amazing cenotes (see photo of my boys below) where you will swim, snorkel, and zipline. (Kids need to be 6 years or older.) Swimming in a cenote (a sinkhole filled with cool fresh water) is the highlight of any trip to the Yucatan and this is an easy way to see 4 really unique ones. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, snorkel gear, and life vests.
- Looking for something less touristy? Try either Isla Mujeres (which has one of the most kid-friendly beaches in the Caribbean) or Tulum (90 minutes south of Cancun, great beaches, laid back boutique hotels).
- Best time to visit: Cancun is a good year-round destination but the best weather for a family vacation is between December and April.
The Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Cancun
Large, 5-star, beachfront hotel with spacious suites offering oceanfront or partial ocean views from private balconies. Some suites have terraces, jacuzzis and full kitchens. There’s a sprawling outdoor pool with waterfalls, kid’s club, kid’s playground, and many watersport activities. The private white sand beach leads to calm surf, perfect for young kids to swim and splash about. This is not an all-inclusive which means you pay for your food but the quality is much higher – this place has some of the best restaurants of any Cancun resort. Hotel phone: +52 998 881-4200
Located in the Hotel Zone on an expansive white beach along a beautiful stretch of coastline. All guest rooms and suites have 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. 9 restaurants and bars, Mayan-inspired spa treatments, a private beach with cabanas, 2 heated outdoor pools and a whirpool, kids’ programs and a kids’ playground. Hotel phone: +52 998 881-0808
Huge beachfront hotel, with contemporary deluxe rooms (up to 4 people) with double whirlpool tubs and ocean, resort, or golf course views from private balconies. Allows 2 children (accompanying adults) to stay & eat for free (up to 12 years). There’s plenty to explore here – 15 restaurants, 12 bars, a 27-hole golf course (designed by Jack Nicklaus), 2 lagoon-style outdoor pools, a Flowrider (wave simulator) for surfing, kids’ playroom, kids’ playground and a wired teens lounge. Wet’n Wild Cancun is 12 km away. Hotel Phone: +1 800-986-5632
Polished, beachfront resort offering vibrant family rooms that sleep family of 6, with private balconies and personal hydro spa tubs. Lagoon side rooms have spectacular sunset views and beach side rooms have lovely sunrise views. Upgrades get you sea views, dining/living areas and/or personal assistants. There’s a kids and teens club, 6 restaurants, 2 tennis courts, and many entertaining shows. Within driving distance – Museo Maya de Cancún (2 km), Dolphinaris Cancun (11 km). Hotel Phone: 52-998-881-3600
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. South facing rooms have gorgeous views of both the ocean and the lagoon, while upgrades get you whirlpool tubs. Parents can take advantage of the Kids Club at sister property Marriott CasaMagna or have fun at the quiet beach or the outdoor children’s pool. Aquaworld, Kukulkids playground, and WetnWild water parks are all close by to provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. Resort has 8 restaurants, 2 bars, 3 outdoor pools, and free parking. Hotel phone: +52 998 848-9600
Upscale resort hotel, with its own private beach and marina on the lagoon, that offers elegant two-bedroom suites (for families of 5 or 6) with fully equipped kitchens. Best rooms are those on the top floor overlooking the pool that have gorgeous views of both the ocean and the harbor. Hotel has a kids playground, free bikes, free kayaks, and sailing on the lagoon, PADI scuba diving courses in its watersports centre and an on-site tennis school. It’s a 4-minute walk to the Museo Maya de Cancún. Access to sister properties allows an abundance of dining and activity options. Although there is no official kids club program, the Royal has organized social activities for children, teens, and adults. Hotel phone: 1-888-838-7842
Elegant, beachfront hotel with spacious suites (up to 4 people) and private balconies. Upgrades get you dining areas and sea views. Ocean view suites facing the pool are particularly lovely. Hotel has 7 restaurants, a kids pool, kids club, and many water sports. Places nearby – Museo Maya de Cancún (1.6 km), Kukulcan Mall (1.8 km), Cancun International Airport (17 km). Hotel phone: +52 998 881-2000
One Bedroom Villas sleep family of 4. Beachfront resort offering modern one-bedroom villas and studios with sea or lagoon views, having sofa beds, kitchenettes, and washer/dryers, that can accommodate a family of 4. Upgrades add separate dining/living areas, kitchens and/or whirlpool tubs. Ask for ocean facing studios on the higher floors for better views. Has a private beach, children’s playground, and a mall nearby with traditional Mexican markets. An ancient Mayan ruin (Yamil Lu’um) is located in the resort grounds and the Interactive Aquarium is a 3 minute walk away. Hotel Phone: +52 998 891 4200
Sprawling, family-oriented beachfront resort featuring beautifully decorated rooms with ocean views (up to 5 people), that’s an 8 minute walk away from the Mayan ruins at El Rey Zona Arqueológica. Some rooms sport bunk beds while upgrades have in-room whirlpool tubs. 7 restaurants, 6 bars, a kids’ club, kids’ playground, and a water park with many water slides. Also offers mini golf and non-motorized water sports. Hotel Phone: +52 (998) 848 9000.
All inclusive, beachfront resort offering bright, family rooms (sleep family of 4) with gorgeous views of the Nichupte Lagoon or the Caribbean Sea. Offers a 2-level outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, regular nightly entertainment, a small water park for kids, a mini club, and a diverse array of non-motorized watersports in its private marina. Since the Solaris is at the southern end of the hotel strip the Cancun International Airport is only a 12 minute drive away. Also within driving distance – El Rey Mayan ruins (1.2 km), Mayan Museum (2.8 km). Hotel Phone: (305) 774 0040.
11. Azul Beach Hotel
The Family Swim-Up Suite sleeps family of 5. A bit trendier and luxurious than your typical Cancun-area resort. Located 20 km south of the Cancun hotel zone and closer to Puerto Morelos. Hotel phone: +52 998 872 8080
Immense resort far to the south of Cancun (between Playa del Carmen and Tulum) on the Riviera Maya that offers cozy suites that sleep a family of 4 and face the sea. Ask for villas close to the pool to avoid walking long distances; for more quiet choose the Riviera villas. Hotel has a private beach, 9 theme restaurants, 5 buffet-style restaurants, 25 bars, 8 freshwater pools and 1 seawater pool. Has daily scheduled sports activities and entertainment at the beach and pool, and a disco for adults. Its many facilities for children include a baby’s club, a crocodile habitat for nature lovers, mini kids disco, a mini kids’ club, and a teens’ club. Kantenah bay is 1.1 km away. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 2100
Family Villas and Apartments in Cancun
Apartment rentals and villas for families in Cancun. All units have kitchens. Most have washer/dryer and free-wifi.
- The Villas at The Royal Cancun
2-bedroom apartments have a double bed, sofa bed, and two single beds and sleep family of 5
- Suite with Ocean View
Split-level apartment has 2 double beds, 2 single beds, and sleeps family of 6
- Studio Apartment with Sea View
Small beachfront apartment has 2 double beds and 1 sofa bed.
- Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites
2-bedroom suite with full kitchen can sleep 8 (snugly).
- Magnolia Beach Apartments
1-bedroom apartment has 2 double beds, a sofa bed, and sleeps family of 5
- Suites Malecon Cancun
Inexpensive 2-bedroom suite with 1 double bed and 2 single beds, located in town not along the beach
- Edificio Velas Apartment
Cheap 1-bedroom apartment sleeps family of 4, located in town not along the beach