A vacation in Mexico is always a good time, but a vacation in Mexico that includes a stay at a resort with a water park is even better. These properties are ideal for families, couples and all types of travelers who want to be able to take advantage of a wide range of amenities just steps from their door. You’ll have so much to do, you’ll never have to leave unless you really want to.

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Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa Del Carmen water park at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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water park at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa Del Carmen (Prices & Photos)

The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa not only boasts a spectacular beachfront location on the Gulf of Mexico overlooking Cozumel Island, but it’s also home to one of Mexico’s largest resort water parks. What started as a small splash area for the kids has expanded to include 29 water slides divided up into areas for various age groups. There’s still a smaller water play area for the little ones, but older kids, teens and adults can enjoy the large, looping slides. Families can also enjoy an onsite cenote for swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear water. This is a great pick for parents who want to spend some alone time, as the property also hosts baby and kids’ clubs. It’s the perfect opportunity to get away and relax, perhaps enjoying a decadent treatment in the luxurious spa.

All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark, Cancun water park at All Ritmo Canun
water park at All Ritmo Canun

All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark, Cancun (Prices & Photos)

All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark is another ideal choice, designed as a colorful tree house complete with serpentine tube slides, large water buckets, water umbrellas and even four waterfalls. Tiny tots can enjoy the smaller splash pool and the adults can take advantage of the swim-up bar, keeping an eye on older children at the water park while sipping drinks. One of the best family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, it also has its own small private stretch of beach and many of the rooms offer ocean views. There are four restaurants and two snack bars as well as an onsite theater for evening entertainment.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Playa del Carmen Aerial view of Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Resort
Aerial view of Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Resort

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Playa del Carmen (Prices & Photos)

This colonial-style resort features a pirate ship-themed water park with water slides and water buckets as well as a lazy river and a wave pool. An all-inclusive property, it also hosts a private beach, kids’ clubs and has a free shuttle to its sister properties for complimentary access to their amenities and multiple dining options as well. The resort itself also offers water sports like kayaking, snorkeling and scuba lessons, an 18-hole championship golf course, a full-service spa and multiple restaurants. Guests can also take advantage of nightly entertainment, including live music and shows.

Royal Solaris Cancun, Cancun water park at Royal Solaris Cancun
water park at Royal Solaris Cancun

Royal Solaris Cancun, Cancun (Prices & Photos)

Located directly on the beach in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the Royal Solaris Cancun is ideal for budget-minded families traveling to Cancun with young children. It has a water park designed to represent Noah’s Ark with a shallow pool filled with an ark, all sorts of animals statues and five slides. The all-inclusive property also offers a family-friendly meal plan, a kids’ club and video game room. Across the road is a private marina with access to water sports. Rooms are fairly large, providing families with room to stretch, and some have balconies with hot tubs that face the sea.

Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Cancun Pirate ship water slides, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun
Pirate ship water slides, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun

Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Cancun (Prices & Photos)

Panama Jack not only sits on a pristine white sandy beach in a breathtaking oceanfront location, it’s always a hit with the kids thanks to its pirate-themed splash park that includes seven water slides, two splash zones and a family pool. The property also offers poolside activities, a wide range of water sports, free yoga, a small spa and five restaurants, including Mexican, Italian and buffet-style. Rooms are stylish with tropical decor and each one comes with a hammock-equipped terrace. Many include sunken sitting areas with sofa beds and small dining tables. You can also book one of the six ocean-view swim-up suites that have a shared pool.

Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Akumal Grand Bahia Principe Coba
Grand Bahia Principe Coba

Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Akumal (Prices & Photos)

This top-rated all-inclusive property in Akumal is a mega-resort with more than 1,000 rooms and two huge pools, one of which features a lagoon-style water park with slides that lead down to shallow water with colorful statues of sharks, elephants, and frogs. It includes palm-tree waterfalls, dumping buckets and a wading pool too. The property also hosts 10 restaurants, nine bars, a spa and a golf course along with baby, kids’ and teens’ clubs. Rates include one hour per day free non-motorized sports like kayaking and snorkeling. By booking one of the Family Suites you’ll get a number of kid-friendly perks, like mini-bathrobes and slippers, special toiletries and activity packs.

Seadust Cancun Family Resort water park at Seadust Cancun Family Resort
water park at Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Seadust Cancun Family Resort (Prices & Photos)

In 2017, the Great Parnassus Family Resort reopened as the Seadust Cancun Family Resort, an all-inclusive property with fabulous oceanfront views, multiple pools and a great water park for the kids that includes a splash area, slides and more. There’s also zip line rides, a mini-golf course, rock climbing, and even a menu of treatments for kids at the spa. The property also hosts an adult-only pool, a swim-up bar pool and three whirlpools along with an especially picturesque stretch of white sandy beach. All rooms come with a balcony and many boast stunning ocean views.

Barcelo Maya Colonial, Riviera Maya Aerial view Barcelo Maya Colonial, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Aerial view Barcelo Maya Colonial, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Barcelo Maya Colonial, Riviera Maya (Prices & Photos)

The Barcelo Maya Colonial sits on a mile-long stretch of pristine white sands and hosts six pools, including a shallow pool area for the little ones, a huge pool for the adults and the Pirates Island water park which features slides, castles and waterfalls. The property also has a game area, surf rider, 18-hole miniature golf and a four-lane bowling alley. Enjoy free non-motorized water sports and dining at eight on-site restaurants, plus four more at the neighboring sister property. Rooms are extra-spacious and include large windows that open onto private terraces or balconies or terraces with a garden or pool view.

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