Cabo San Lucas, or Los Cabos which includes the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, where the international airport is located, has long been considered a popular destination for honeymooners and lovers of all types, spring breakers and sports fishermen, but it makes a fabulous vacation spot for families too. Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, you’ll find many amazing resorts and hotels that offer lots for parents who want to bring their kids on a fun getaway, including these top picks.
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Set atop dramatic cliffs, the impressive Spanish colonial Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa offers a laid-back vibe for a mix of visitors, from couples and singles to families with children of all ages. The adults enjoy drinks at the swim up bar and getting pampered at the Hacienda Entantada Spa, and taking advantage of the free kids ‘club so the little ones can play in the large playground and splash around in the shallow pools. When appetites need to be fed, there’s everything from casual pool-side eateries to the upscale La Trajinera offerings that include tasty authentic cuisine. Vibrantly-colored rooms provided a cheery feel along with jaw-dropping oceans views from private balconies.
Solmar is a smaller, more intimate resort just steps from downtown and the marina right at beachfront with gorgeous Pacific Ocean views at a mid-range price. It hosts a couple of restaurants on site, and guests will also have access to multiple eateries at Somar properties in the area and many others nearby. The luxurious suites include full kitchens so that you can create your own meals occasionally too. When you aren’t taking part in the many attractions that Cabo offers, like glass-bottom boat excursions and snorkeling near the iconic Arch, you can head to the resort’s spa, swim in the infinity edge pool, sip cocktails at the swim-up bar, or soak up the sand and the sun on a private beach.
The Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort is a Four Diamond property that sits along an inlet on the Sea of Cortez for safe swimming. It also offers two enticing pools, a large infinity pool surrounded by palms and the Dolphin Terrace Pool overlooking the sea. A pool concierge attends to guests, offering drinks and other refreshments, towel service and even reading material. There is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach directly below the resort for making sand castles and playing in the surf, including in the protected calmer waters that are ideal for swimming. In the winter months, take advantage of the whale-watching terrace with its built-in set of binoculars and there’s a good chance you’ll spot humpback whales offshore.
When parents are in need of quiet time, the complimentary kids’ club known as the “Vacation Station” keeps children ages four through 12 happily occupied with a variety of fun activities like painting, making pinatas, cooking lessons and dancing. There are several outstanding restaurants onsite, including El Meson which serves delicious local cuisine, and an Italian eatery, Fenicia.
Ziva is considered The Hyatt’s family-friendly line of resorts. The all-inclusive Cabo Hyatt Ziva goes above-and-beyond when it comes to activities and attractions for all ages. It features four pools and a kids’ splash playground, a teen game room with table games like foosball and video games as well as nightly entertainment with a theater that hosts live shows. When it comes to dining, there’s something for everyone with 16 restaurants and bars that serve a diverse selection of food, including Mexican, Japanese and French, as well as a 24-hour cantina. The spacious rooms and two-bedroom suites all feature private terraces with connecting, swim-up options available.
Set along the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the beach, the Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa is a great option for those who want to enjoy a quieter, more secluded feel away from the party scene as it’s closer to the airport, making getting here easy, though downtown Cabo San Lucas is about a 20-minute drive away. You’ll have lots of amenities to take advantage of on-site, including multiple beautiful infinity pools with ocean views, a kids’ club, and sleek, spacious rooms that make it easy for families to stretch out.
Grand Fiesta Americana is also further away from the main party atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas in a tranquil location with more affordable all-inclusive rates that make it easier for families with kids on a budget to enjoy a fun Baja escape. Parents can relax in the spa while the kids are entertained at the large kids’ club. It’s jam-packed with things for them to do, including art supplies, games, toys and computers. There are also several dazzling pools for lounging around, swimming and taking part in a variety of activities too.
Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa is a five-star property located on Cabo’s popular and swimmable stretch of sand, Medano Beach. The villa suites are ideal for families as they include full kitchens to help save on dining, though the resort also offers four restaurants, including casual options like a taco bar and fine dining restaurants like the Neptune serving French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere – dress code required. Parents can enjoy a break while the kids get to take part in supervised activities through the Kids in Paradise Club and everyone will appreciate the gorgeous swimming pool with a concierge that can provide just about anything you need from hats to sunscreen. You’ll be perfectly situated for some of the most popular activities in Cabo too, from the boat tours to Lovers Beach to bigger thrills offered by Cabo Expeditions like parasailing.
Villa La Estancia is only about a 10-minute walk to Medano Beach and all the action of Cabo, right along the coast on its own stretch of sand, offering a luxury choice that includes privately-owned villas with huge one-, two, or three-bedroom options. All include the comforts of home like a kitchen, living room and laundry facilities with plenty of space for families. The elegant property features infinity pools with grottoes and waterfalls as well as several onsite restaurants, private chefs and 24-hour concierge service.