There are so many great all-inclusive hotels in Mexico that choosing the right one for your family can be challenging. But if you’re traveling with kids or adventure lovers, I highly recommend booking a Caribbean resort with an on-site water park. This can be a huge perk, as you’ll have thrilling slides and fun splash areas steps away from your hotel room. And most importantly, you won’t have to pay extra for them, as they are usually included with your regular room rate.
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What is the Best All-Inclusive Resort with a Water Park in Mexico?
Some of the best Mexico hotels with water parks are located near the beach – namely around Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Cabos San Lucas. Hotels like the Royalton Riviera Cancun, Moon Palace Cancun, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya have some of the largest parks that rival stand-alone water amusement parks.
Other resorts have smaller splash pads and slides (Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Royal Solaris los Cabos, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, etc.) that are better suited for younger kids or inexperienced swimmers.
As you can see, there are water park resorts for every age group, budget, and family. Just take a look at the following resorts to see which all-inclusive fits your style!
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa
Located just on the outskirts of downtown Playa del Carmen, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa
is home to the biggest water park in the area. There are seven thrilling water slides for older kids (and adults), five medium-sized slides for younger guests, and a small splash area for the little ones. All guests staying at the resort have complimentary access to the water park, which is a huge plus, in my opinion.
As the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa is an eco-resort, you’ll get to participate in plenty of fun outdoor activities during your stay as well. They offer river kayak tours, cenote swimming tours, and other wild jungle experiences around the Riveria Maya. This is all on top of what is already included in your stay (unlimited meals and drinks, daily activities, nightly entertainment, etc.)
Royalton Riviera Cancun
The Royalton Riviera Cancun may be an upscale hotel, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best resorts to visit in Mexico with kids. Their on-site water park has 14 water slides, a lazy river, and a splash park for younger kids. And that’s on top of the 11 different pools scattered around the property.
But that’s not all. The Royalton Riviera Cancun also has a sports complex, an indoor trampoline park, a bowling alley, and a laser tag area. If you prefer something a little less active, then you can also book a treatment at the spa or indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the 12 bars and restaurants.
Panama Jack Resorts Cancun
Situated right in the middle of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun is the perfect backdrop for an action-packed getaway in Mexico. With so many things included with your all-inclusive package, this is definitely a hotel that caters to active families. Complimentary scuba lessons, fitness classes, kayak rentals, and squash court rentals are just a few things to look forward to.
The pirate-themed water park is also a big seller for families. Compared to resorts in Mexico with water parks, this one is on the smaller side (only a couple of slides), but it’s still a great amenity to have for kids. The complimentary kid and teen club is also a huge plus, especially if you’re a parent looking for a little “me time” on vacation.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun
Looking for a family resort that caters to everyone in your group? Then why not book a stay at the Moon Palace Cancun? This resort complex is actually two separate hotels (the Sunrise and the Nizuc), and all guests will be able to use the shared amenities offered at each.
Kids will love splashing around at the water park (which includes slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a surf simulator), while parents can play a round of golf or unwind in the luxurious spa. And with a 3-story jungle gym, neon mini golf, and bumper cars, the hotel also has one of the best kid’s play areas I’ve seen. Between both hotels, you’ll also have 17 restaurants and 11 bars, ensuring nobody goes hungry or thirsty.
All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark
With only 115 rooms, the All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark feels more like a boutique hotel than a massive resort. But this all-inclusive option still packs a huge punch when it comes to family-friendly activities. One of its most impressive features is its water park, which has slides, waterfalls, and a climbable tree house. There’s also mini golf, basketball, tennis, a kid’s club, and a game room.
This is also one of the more affordable water park resorts, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to stick to a budget. There are fewer dining options than other inclusive resorts (only four restaurants and two snack bars), but you can’t beat the price or the beautiful beachfront location!
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Bahia Principe Grand Cobaca
This highly-rated resort on the shores of Playa Coba has a mini water park that’s perfect for families traveling with young kids. While you won’t find any heart-racing slides, there are small chutes and fun splash areas to keep little ones occupied. For adults, the Grand Bahia Principe Coba also has another pool outside of the park, with a swim-up bar, aquatic fitness classes, and tons of lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Despite being one of the larger resorts in the area (there are over 1,000 rooms), it never feels overcrowded. With sprawling tropical grounds and miles of golden sands at your footsteps, you can always find a quiet spot to relax here.
Crown Paradise Club Cancun
If you want to stay at a family-friendly resort with a water park in the Cancun hotel zone, then the Crown Paradise Club Cancun is an excellent option. The water park sits right at the edge of the ocean (you can’t beat those views) and has water slides, a pirate play ship, and a splash pad. However, if you’d rather relax by the pool, then there are four different ones on the hotel grounds.
Older kids and teens can also have a lot of fun here. Besides the on-site mini golf course and movie theater, they can also join the Teen’s Club, which has its very own rock climbing wall and zip line course. And while this resort is geared towards families, couples and other groups can still have plenty of fun here. There are 16 bars and restaurants, a nightclub, and a relaxing spa.
Gran Festivall All-Inclusive Resort
If you’re planning a vacation to Manzanillo, then consider staying a few nights at the Gran Festivall. This budget-friendly resort is located oceanside on Miramar Beach, just 1.5 miles outside of town. With only 450 rooms, it’s not a huge resort, but it still has a water park with waterslides, sports facilities, and eight themed restaurants and bars.
In terms of organized activities, the Gran Festivall has a jam-packed schedule for guests of all ages. Take an aqua aerobics class in the pool, learn how to merengue to today’s top Latin hits, or compete with fellow guests in a beer-drinking competition (obviously only open for adults). This is also a great hotel for groups, as their smallest and most affordable rooms can still accommodate up to six guests.
Seadust Cancun Family Resort
The Seadust Cancun Family Resort (previously known as the Great Parnassus Family Resort) has a castle and pirate-themed splash park that’s guaranteed to delight kids of all ages. There is a climbable pirate ship, a waterslide castle, and lots of shallow pools and water play areas where even the smallest swimmers can participate. In addition, this all-inclusive resort offers mini golf, zip lining, and rock climbing walls for more adventurous kids, as well as several outdoor pools (including one adult-only pool) for swimming and sunbathing.
As an all-inclusive hotel, you and your family will be treated to unlimited food and drinks at any of the resort’s 20 restaurants and bars. Daily activities, fitness classes, and nightly shows and theater performances are also included with your room package.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya
As one of the newer all-inclusive resorts located in the Riviera Maya, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya has quickly become one of the best resorts in Mexico for families. That’s because all guests get entrance (with early access) to Aqua Nick, a huge water park that’s the only one of its kind in North America. Covering a whopping six acres of land, Aqua Nick has 11 slides, a lazy river, a Spongebob Squarepants-theme playground, and over 100 interactive water features.
When you stay here, you’ll get to stay in one of their spacious family rooms, which can accommodate up to 5 people. You can even choose to enhance your stay with a themed guest suite, decked out to look like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ “subterranean lair,” a Bikini Bottom pineapple, or a Nickelodeon Animation Suite. But even if you don’t stay in a themed family suite, you can still mingle with your favorite characters at one of the many character meet-and-greets.
The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta Resort
Surrounded by swaying palms and white sand shores, The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta is truly paradise on earth. And while it’s the perfect setting for a lazy beach getaway, it’s also an outstanding family-friendly all-inclusive, with tons of classes, sports tournaments, and daily activities for everyone in your party.
The mini water park is perfect for little kids, as it has splash play areas, water slides, and even an ice cream stand! While older kids might get bored here, they can instead head to the Mayan-inspired water slide, exhilarating wave pool, or relaxing lazy river. The pool complex on the hotel grounds is also quite impressive, especially considering the lush, jungle-like setting. There are so many places for kids (and adults) to sprawl out or relax.
Wyndham Alltra Cancun
Located in Cancun (right in the hotel zone), the Wyndham Alltra Cancun is arguably one of the best all-inclusive hotels made for families with young kids. In addition to the water park (which has seven water slides, two splash zones, and a family pool), the resort also has a fantastic complimentary kid’s club. They organize movie nights by the beach, live magic shows, and tons of fun games and craft projects. Teens also have their own area, complete with arcade games, ice hockey, and billiards.
But the Wyndham Alltra Cancun isn’t just for kids. Adults will love dining at the on-site gourmet restaurants or sipping on tropical cocktails from one of the four hotel bars. There are also plenty of fun activities too, including tequila tastings, beach soccer, and yoga.
Barcelo Maya Colonial
The Barcelo Maya Colonial is one of the four resorts in the Barcelo complex (Barcelo guests can access amenities and facilities at any of the hotels). However, this one caters specifically to families and kids, as it has its very own water park right on the property – the Barcy Water Park. It’s great for little kids, although older teens might want to visit the nearby Pirates Island Water Park instead, which has bigger slides and a surf simulator. However, there is an entrance cost if you want to visit this park.
And while the water park is great fun for a day, your family can also spend your vacation lounging at one of the eight resort pools. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, a diving club, and an escape room on the property. When you look at how much there is to do here, it’s easy to see why the Barcelo Maya Colonial is one of the nicest all-inclusive family resorts in Mexico.
Royal Solaris los Cabos
While it’s not a full-blown water park hotel, the Royal Solaris los Cabos is an all-inclusive property with some fun water activities for kids. There are two water slides by the pool – a small one for younger kids and a longer, more thrilling slide for older children. You’ll also be right on the shores of Las Torres Beach, where you can go swimming, body boarding, or even whale watching!
One of the things I love most about this resort is the hacienda-style rooms and gardens. It really gives you the feeling of being in Mexico, even though you’re in a rather touristy area on the beach. With less than 400 rooms, it’s not a particularly large hotel, which means you can enjoy the restaurants, bars, and activities without the massive crowds.
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With jaw-dropping views over the sparkling Tangolunda Bay, Barcelo Huatulco is a great family vacation destination for those seeking an escape from Oaxaca. It’s also the only hotel in the area with a water park, although it’s more like a water feature than an entire park. The shallow water and small slides are ideal for young children, although I think older kids are better off doing water sports or participating in games or activities offered at the hotel.
As with most all-inclusive resorts, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and meals at any of the hotel’s five restaurants. There are also different live shows six nights out of the week, from themed Caribbean and Mexican shows to adrenaline-pumping rock music from your favorite artists.
Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
If you’re looking for a luxury resort with amenities for both adults and kids, then Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is a great option for your vacation in Mexico. The list of activities is seemingly endless, and include non-motorized water sports, archery, tennis, dance classes, Spanish lessons, cocktail tasting, theme nights, live music, and more.
And while you won’t be able to participate in everything during your stay, it’s important that you set aside a day to visit the resort’s fantastic water park. In addition to the four property pools, the water park also has slides, hot tubs, a lazy river, and a playground with fountains and large water buckets. If your children prefer to be around friends of their own age, you can also enroll them in the kids’ club. There’s one specifically for kids aged 3 to 12 and another for teens aged 13 to 17.
Iberostar Paraiso Lindo
If your child loves water parks, then you’ll love all the fun things going on at the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. The on-site Aquafun park has seven slides, including four highspeed turbo racers (it’s definitely a water park for kids that are older, as you’ll need to be over 3ft and 11in to go down any of the slides). However, younger kids can still float down the lazy river, hang out in the wave pool, or splash around at any of the eight resort pools.
But there’s more to this resort than it’s a great water park. Other amenities include a golf course, spa, diving center, and even a mangrove forest. Not to mention, you’ll also be steps away from the idyllic sands of Playa Paraiso.
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Tulum has some great hotels with water parks – just take a look at the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Located north of the Tulum Archaeological Zone, this 5-star property is one of the best inclusive family resorts in the area. You can spend your day at one of the two pools or at the mini splash park with slides and dump buckets. Then take a break to participate in a dance lesson or Spanish class before grabbing dinner at the on-site Teppanyaki grill or Italian restaurant (the hotel has nine restaurants and seven bars).
The evening activities also cater to people of all age groups. With live shows every night, themed parties, and movie nights on the beach, you’ll have an action-packed schedule to keep you from ever getting bored.
If you want to stay at a resort in Cancun with a water park that’s a bit away from the touristy Hotel Zone, then you’ll love the RIU Dunamar. This hotel has a great location on Costa Mujeres Beach and features five outdoor swimming pools as well as its very own water park. Splash Water World has several unique water slide features, including a four-lane racing slide and a splash bowl.
But there are tons of other excellent amenities that are included as part of your stay. You can book an intro to scuba lessons and scuba dive Cancun’s coral reefs, take part in daily fitness classes, or rent kayaks, body boards, or even small catamarans to explore the open ocean. Kids also have their own daily activity program, while adults can enjoy themed parties and live music throughout the week.
Booking an all-inclusive Mexico resort with a water park can take your vacation to the next level. Why limit yourself to the beach and pool when you can also spend the day floating down a lazy river or cascading down a high-speed water slide? Book one of these resorts and get ready to have a memorable vacation that the whole family will love – your kids will thank you for it!