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Cancun is a great spot for a beach vacation, with many luxury family resorts offering so much to do there’s never a reason to leave unless you really want to. It even boasts quite a few resorts with water parks where everyone can enjoy splashing around, riding water slides and more. Of course, in between you’ll be able to experience the area’s famous powdered-sugar like sand and all sorts of water sports in the dazzling Caribbean Sea. For the best experience, be sure to book one of these options.
Royal Solaris Cancun sits on the beach in the Hotel Zone and is especially ideal for families with young children, including those on a budget. It’s not only affordable, but it has a water park designed to represent Noah’s Ark. The shallow pool features an ark, a variety of animal statues and five water slides. It’s also an all-inclusive property that offers a family-friendly meal plan, a kids’ club and a video game room, pretty much guaranteeing that everyone will be happy. The rooms are spacious providing plenty of room to stretch out, and some even come with sea-facing hot tubs, while many of Cancun’s top attractions are nearby.
This beachfront resort boasts a magnificent setting and is often named among the world’s very best properties for families. The Kid’s Club comes with a water park complex that’s open to everyone certain hours of the day, and the resort even has a man-made break next to the sea, creating very calm and shallow pools for the little ones to play in. There are two white sand beaches, three infinity pools, extensive spa facilities and a multitude of dining and drinking options, including eight restaurants, three lounges and six bars. While kids love the water park, the highlight for many here is the on-site dolphin habitat where you can get in and swim with the animals.
This resort is so water park focused, it’s even part of its name. All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark was designed as a colorful tree house and comes complete with large water buckets, four waterfalls, serpentine tube slides and water umbrellas. There’s also a smaller splash pool for tiny tots. Adults can enjoy sipping drinks at the swim-up bar, where they can keep an eye on older children having a good time at the water park. The all-inclusive property also has its own small private stretch of beach, four restaurants and two snack bars as well as an on-site theater for evening entertainment.
The Great Parnassus Family Resort reopened as the Seadust Cancun Family Resort in 2017. This all-inclusive resort enjoys incredible sea views along with multiple pools and a water park for the kids that features slides, a splash area and more. There’s practically an endless list of things to do here with a miniature golf course, zip line rides and rock climbing. The spa even has a special menu of treatments for kids. The property also hosts an adult-only pool, a swim-up bar pool and three whirlpools along with an inviting stretch of white sandy beach.
Panama Jack is always a hit with the kids with its pirate-themed splash park that includes seven water slides, two splash zones and a family pool. It also happens to sit on an unspoiled white sandy beach in an especially spectacular seafront location. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities at poolside too, all sorts of water sports, free yoga classes, a spa and five restaurants, including buffet-style, Mexican and Italian. Families may want to book one of the rooms that come with a sunken sitting area, a sofa bed and dining table – all include a hammock-equipped terrace. Or, you can go all out and book one of the ocean-view swim-up suites that include access to a shared pool.
Moon Palace Cancun is a massive luxury all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya that hosts a pirate-themed water park complete with twisting slides and just about every water feature imaginable. The highlight for many families is the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator, where older kids, teens and adults have a good time trying to hang ten without wiping out. The property also hosts a Dolphinarium for swimming with dolphins, a golf course, mini-golf and a spa that offers a relaxing hydrotherapy experience along with a variety of treatments. There are multiple pools, including one with a swim-up bar, 20 restaurants and bars, shows in the amphitheater and a swanky nightclub for going out after dark.
This all-inclusive family resort offers all sorts of water-based activities, with everything from gentle water slides for tiny tots and giant mushrooms that rain down water to twisting, speedy slides for the older kids in its water park. Here, you’ll find slides to keep every one of just about every age happy. The property hosts a total of five pools, zip-lines and a rock-climbing wall as well as a gym, spa, cinema, theater with nightly live shows and shops. Rooms boast postcard-worthy sea views, with family suites available to ensure plenty of room for all.
Iberostar Cancun is an all-inclusive resort with seven pools that include a water park just for the kids. A palm tree water feature soars high, with a twisty slide and another that offers a more gentle ride for tiny tots. There’s also the requisite pirate ship. This beachfront property also boasts dazzling views of the Caribbean Sea, an 18-hole golf course and five restaurants serving Mexican, Japanese and French fare, four bars. There’s a spa with a pool, hot tub and steam room too. Some of the extra-spacious rooms come with private balconies and luxurious extras like direct access to a private hot tub or infinity pool.