Playa del Carmen Family Hotels

Family Vacation in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • – The best website for finding family hotels in Playa del Carmen.
  • I highly recommend staying in the downtown area of Playa del Carmen – lots of great food and a fun safe vibe. If you stay at one of the resorts north or south of PDC you lose that atmosphere.
  • The Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen (right on the beach) is the best luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen and if you get the Suite with Private Plunge Pool or the Executive Suite then it’s an awesome place to stay for families. But both rooms are very expensive and for most visitors there is better value to be found at other hotels.
  • The best all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen is the Grand Velas Riviera Maya (but not in the downtown area).

Kid-Friendly Hotels in Playa del Carmen

All these hotels have a swimming pool are centrally located (close to or on the beach) and a short walk from the restaurants and shopping of downtown Playa del Carmen.

El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel (luxury)

2 and 3 bedroom suites are huge. The 2 bedroom has 2 full, 1 king bed. The 3 bedroom has 2 king and 2 twin beds. Both come with full kitchen and washing machine. There’s a nice pool that sits directly on the beach. The shops and restaurants of lively 5th Ave are nearby.

Porto Playa Condo Hotel and Beach Club (luxury)

Luxurious suites, beautiful pool, great location. The 2-bedroom suite sleeps family of 4. The 3-bedroom penthouse sleeps family of 6.

Anah Suites (moderate)

2-bedroom apartment sleeps family of 5. Full kitchen, central location not far from the beach, and nice pool.

Casa Fausta (budget)

Cheap 2-bedroom apartments with small kitchenette sleep families of 4. Good location in town and not far from the beach.

8 questions and comments

  1. RIU Palace near PDC

    We are planning a vacation in October or November. Heard the RIU palace in Riviera Maya is a great place for family. And advice? Thanks

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The RIU Palace Riviera Maya is an excellent family hotel! It fronts a stretch of shallow, calm ocean on a great beach and has a fantastic pool, lots of dining options, daily activities, and nightly shows. Rooms are all spacious and very clean, though the décor is a little dated. The hotel sits just outside of downtown, about 20 minutes walking or a quick taxi to the city’s nightlife, shopping, and the ferry to Cozumel. Rent a car for a day or two if you plan on visiting Tulum or Cancún, but otherwise taxis are easy and affordable for short trips.

      For a little upgrade in décor and dining, Playacar Palace is an amazing resort for an all-inclusive, family-friendly experience closer to town. For more a more expansive selection of activities and facilities, consider Barceló Maya Palace, which includes a water park, 11 pools, and its own mall, on a quiet, mile-long stretch of beach.

  2. Beach Hotel in PDC for Family of 5

    Hi I’m visiting in April with a family of 5, having trouble finding a beach hotel near downtown, most cap their rooms at 4 people. (It’s myself, spouse, and 3 children, ages 9-12-14). Would definitely prefer a place on the beach, but walking distance to downtown PDC. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Tim Schatz

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hotel Pelicano Inn is right on the beach and steps from lots of restaurants in downtown Playa del Carmen. Family suites comfortably sleep a family of 5. Good 3-star hotel.

  3. Hotel for Scuba Diving, Ferry, and Beach

    Traveling with teenagers to PDC in August. Going to do some diving so want to be walking distance to ferry and scuba shops. Also want to be within walking distance to explore shopping and dining. Beach is a must and if surrounding beach bars/dining available its a plus. Any recommendations?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Anah Suites is a short walk from ferry and beach and has large suites for families.

  4. Tulum vs Playa del Carmen for Famiies

    How would you compare the beaches at Tulum and Playa del Carmen? We have 2 kids (ages 5 and 9) and looking to stay a week in either Tulum or PDC. What would you recommend?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Tulum has a nicer beach and is more mellow. If you’re looking to play at the beach and walk to a nearby beach restaurant then Tulum. Playa del Carmen has more to do in terms of shopping and enjoying the local community and hotels in PDC are much more likely to have a pool. Tulum has better food, the Tulum ruins, and many cenotes nearby. PCD is closer (by about an hour) to the Cancun airport. Both are great and worth a visit to see which you prefer (then keep coming back).

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