When it comes to vacations in Mexico, this country offers it all, from white sandy beaches to waterfalls that cascade into turquoise pools, hot springs, cultural sites, and world-class cuisine. There are charming colonial villages and fascinating cities, intimate boutique hotels and luxurious resorts, providing something for just about everyone, including families with children.
Whatever you hope to get out of your family getaway, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay among these top Mexico hotels.
Live Aqua Urban Resort, San Miguel de Allende
Live Aqua perfectly blends the modern with Old World colonial charm, located in what’s been called Mexico’s most beautiful city, San Miguel de Allende.
It’s become increasing popular ever since being featured in the 2003 film “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” with its colorful historic center filled with well-preserved 17th-and 18th -century buildings, lined along narrow cobbled streets and leafy courtyards. There are plenty of things for families to do, including a toy museum that displays antique and vintage Mexican toys.
The urban resort offers a wealth of amenities too, complete with a kids’ club so you can enjoy lavish spa treatments or even a romantic hot-air balloon ride while the younger ones have a good time on their own.
It includes a foosball table, karaoke machine, video games, board games, arts and crafts, and various toys appropriate for ages 3 through 12.
There’s also an outdoor pool, fitness classes, a gym, and multiple bars and restaurants, while rooms feature large soaking tubs and unique features like a record player with a collection of LPs that ranges from Mozart to Madonna.
Samba Vallarta, Nueva Vallarta
Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and a spectacular setting 30 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta with a stay at all-inclusive Samba Vallarta. It has a pristinely kept beach with palapas and umbrellas dotted across the sands along with complimentary boogie boards and kayaks for guest use.
The highlight for the kids may be the pool, which is large and uncrowded, complete with a pirate ship and a shallow wading area. There’s a kids’ club with regularly scheduled activities like treasure hunts along with games and arts and crafts so parents can enjoy some alone time, plus there’s an open-air theater that shows movies daily.
There are three on-site restaurants while spacious rooms come with stocked minibars and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms and all suites have outdoor balconies overlooking the pool and beach.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta
This luxurious all-suite, all-inclusive property sits along the white powdery sands of Nuevo Vallarta Beach, tucked between two golf courses.
There’s plenty for families to love, including options for a two-bedroom family suite that has its own private Jacuzzi terrace, a kids’ club with a wide range of activities, and a teen lounge with a dance floor, karaoke, and gaming consoles.
The grounds are gorgeous, with peacocks roaming around, cranes soaring overhead, koi ponds, and a multi-tier infinity pool.
Other highlights include multiple outstanding on-site dining options, a fabulous spa with more than 30 holistic treatments, plunge pools, an ice room, and hydrotherapy. There’s even a spa just for the kids and teens. Need something for your infant? Talk to the baby concierge.
Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma, Puerto Morelos
Generations Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive luxury resort teeming with amenities and activities for families. They’ve thought of everything here, including the Eko Kids Club with gaming consoles, arts and crafts, books, and games for children four through 12 years old, and the Little Eko Chefs program where kids can learn to cook delicious but simple meals.
The Teens Club offers movies, billiards, a social media center, and more for ages 13 and up. There are designated nannies the parents can leave the younger ones while enjoying a massage in the spa or spending more tranquil time together at the adult-only El Dorado Royale property next door.
You’ll have access to multiple dining options, including family dinners on the beach, two pools and a kids’ pool. The suites are large, with separate living rooms and options for one, two, or three-bedrooms, with baby amenities available too.
Moon Palace Cancun
Moon Palace Cancun is a family-friendly all-inclusive that connects to Grand Moon and Nizuc resorts which all share amenities, dining, and programming, providing an outstanding value for families. The resort sits right on the beach and includes nine pools, one featuring a waterslide, Flowrider machine, and a swim-up bar.
There’s a club for kids and another one for the teens, along with more than 20 restaurants with plenty of kid-friendly options.
There are a wide variety of room options, all with upscale amenities, including options for large suites with plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. Some of the highlights include double whirlpool tubs, complimentary daily restocked minibars, and Smart TVs.
The Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort
Located along an inlet on the turquoise Sea of Cortez, the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort is a great choice for families, located on a beautiful long stretch of beach with the protected waters calm and ideal for swimming.
There are two huge, beautiful pools, the Dolphin Terrace Pool that overlooks the sea and an infinity pool surrounded by palms, both of which have a pool concierge for drinks and light bites, towel service, and even reading material. Shallow pools are available for little ones too.
The kids’ club for ages four through 12 offers fun activities like making pinatas, painting, dancing, and cooking lessons so the parents can enjoy quiet time, and there are multiple restaurants on-site. Rooms are casita-style and come with terraces, many of which offer ocean views.
Hyatt Ziva Cabo
Ziva is the family-friendly line of the all-inclusive Hyatt resorts, and it goes above and beyond for all ages with a wide range of attractions and activities.
Located right on a long, beautiful beach about 30 minutes from downtown Cabo and 20 minutes from the airport, it hosts four pools and a splash playground for the kids.
There’s a teen game room with video games and foosball, along with nightly entertainment that includes live shows. Choose from 16 different restaurants serving everything from French and Japanese to Mexican, and luxe accommodations with options for two-bedroom suites and swim-up rooms. All have private terraces, many with fabulous views of the sea.
CostaBaja Resort & Spa – La Paz, Baja California Sur
Leave the Cabo party scene behind and consider a stay in La Paz for a more authentic Baja experience that brings a good mix of culture and natural beauty.
CostaBaja is a beachfront resort with a swimmable beach on the Sea of Cortez, a beach club, an 18-hole sea-view golf course, three outdoor pools plus a pool for the kids, babysitting services, a spa, and multiple restaurants. Shuttle service is provided to the downtown area, which means you’ll enjoy a tranquil base with spectacular views and easy access to city attractions.
Enjoy walking the long promenade and peering into the clear aquamarine water where all sorts of colorful fish can be seen swimming around. From the pier, there are boat tours that will take you to swim with whale sharks or snorkel with sea lions.
This resort offers appealing room options for families too, with suites that have separate living rooms, kitchenettes and extra-spacious terraces with sea views.
Nana Vida Hotel Oaxaca
If you’re all about a vacation that delves into rich culture rather than spending your days at the beach, consider this family-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Oaxaca city.
It’s all about personalized service here, complete with tours that can bring you to archaeological sites, discover the astronomy, learn traditional crafts, and more. There are cooking classes where you can learn how to make Oaxaca’s famously delicious dishes and yoga sessions that include options for kids. In the cantina, play dominos and listen to trio music.
Rooms for families are available, with all featuring authentic Mexican décor and local artwork, rustic beamed ceilings and wooden doors. Modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning are all included too.