Families searching for a resort area on the beach, that is ideal for children, should look no further than Cancun. With miles of pristine beaches, average year-round temperatures in the 80s, lots of sunshine, and dozens of family-friendly tours and activities, Cancun is the perfect place to escape for a family beach vacation. Four incredible resorts that cater to families are Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Great Parnassus, and Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan: Located at the southern tip of Cancun’s hotel zone, this upscale resort allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel zone, while still being close to shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Club Med offers an array of services and activities for families traveling with children of all ages. The Baby Corner, in the main restaurant, has special food and utensils for babies and the hotel provides strollers, changing tables, baby beds, bottle warmers, and high chairs, for guests traveling with infants up to 23 months old. Not only is there a kids club, for keeping children entertained during the day, but there is also a “Pajama Club”, which offers supervised activities in the evening, so parents can go out on the town, or simply enjoy the hotel’s facilities without the kids. There are special cooking classes, Zumba classes & other fitness classes, as well as tennis lessons, especially for small children. There is even a Teen Spa, for older kids. Most guest rooms hold only two adults and two children, but there are some Family Suites available, which can accommodate up to seven people.
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa: Even though this is one of the oldest properties in Cancun’s, it is still one of nicest family-oriented resorts in town. There are two sections of the hotel; the Club Tower and the Pyramid Tower. Some rooms in the Club Tower have bathtubs, which is often a big concern for parents with small children. The main feature of the Pyramid Tower are its Dolphin View rooms. The Dolphin View rooms have unobstructed views of the hotel’s dolphinarium, a “natural saltwater lagoon”, where dolphins are kept, and guests staying in those rooms can watch dolphins jump and do tricks while people participate in “Swim with Dolphins” programs at the hotel. The resort has an excellent kids club, called Explorer’s Club, which has activities throughout the day for children ages three to twelve. In addition to the daily activities at the Explorer’s Club, there is also an overnight “camping trip”, once a week, where children camp out on the beach. Room service is included in the hotel’s all-inclusive plan and it is available 24 hours a day. This is perfect for times when the family is too tired to go to one of the resort’s restaurants for a meal, or when you want a late-night snack, but the restaurants are closed.
Great Parnassus : This resort has a pirate-themed water park, a Mayan-inspired, 18-hole miniature golf course, a kids club, and a baby club, for children that are between 18 months and three years of age. A variety of room types are offered at this resort, but only the Family Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and three children. The Family Rooms have either one king bed, or two double beds, plus three bunk beds. These rooms are a wonderful feature for families with more than two children, since most hotel rooms can only hold two adults and two children. This hotel sometimes has specials where kids under the age of twelve stay free and eat free.
Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark (formerly Blue Bay Club): Located on the beach in Puerto Juarez, just north of downtown Cancun, this small resort (only 160 rooms and junior suites) has its own waterpark, a 13-hole miniature golf course, a playground, and a kids club, for ages 4-12. The waterpark has an area called “Little Adventure”, for children under the age of six, and another section that is known as “The Treehouse”, for ages six and up. The Treehouse section has four water slides, as well as waterfalls, while the Little Adventure area has small slides, in very shallow water, as well as structures that resemble mushrooms, which have water pouring off of them, creating a waterfall effect. The waterpark and mini-golf course are both open daily, from 9:00am until 5:00pm. The kids club has scheduled activities throughout the day. In the evenings, there are themed shows, in the dinner theater, which are suitable for families. Guest rooms have either one king bed or two double beds and can accommodate up to two adults and three children. Babysitting is available, at an additional cost, if mom and dad would like to go out in the evening, without the children.