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Hipmunk City Love: Playa del Carmen’s Best Family Resorts

With white sandy beaches, fascinating ruins, and opportunities for incredible snorkeling and underwater adventure along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, family vacations don’t get any better than Playa del Carmen.

Now a thriving tourist hot spot, there are hundreds of resorts for families to choose from along the Riviera Maya, with mega-resorts offering family programs and fun which go beyond a coloring book or trip to the pool. The following is your guide to accommodation in Mexico at Playa del Carmen’s best family resorts.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

An all-inclusive resort with suites divided into three separate zones, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has two of these zones set up to specifically cater to families.

There are plenty of activities and amenities on site to keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether you’re looking to head out to the beach, spend the sunshine-filled days in the Ambassador pool, or send your kids off to make piñatas or jewelry, or learn to fly kites on the beach, this is a great resort choice. For guests wanting to go downtown for entertainment, dining, and world-class shops the resort provides free shuttle service.

Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma

Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma is a boutique resort perfect for a luxurious family escape. With infinity pools and a private beach, as well as spacious suites, this is an especially great choice for couples traveling with smaller kids. Every suite has a living room with pull-out sofa and a full kitchen. Azulitos Playhouse is a great place for kids 4 to 12 to spend the day. There are plenty of supervised activities to keep them busy. Breeze Teens Club for family members 13 to 17 is a fun place to hang out.

While the resort is all-inclusive, there are flexible meal plan options, a great way to save money, since the suites all have full kitchens for preparing your own meals.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort will appeal to the eco-conscious family. With solar-powered rooms and children’s programs for protecting the tropical environment, there is also a windmill, aquapark, and eco-zoo.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the resort’s commitment to conservation.

RIU Lupita

A great budget alternative for families looking for an affordable all-inclusive resort, RIU Lupita offers family suites with bunk beds for the kids and pools, water sports, and a kids club among the amenities.

Close to the beach, the resort operates a free shuttle, though free parking is also available on site for those families renting a vehicle of their own.

The Reef Playacar

A midrange resort offering a great family vacation for a reasonable price, rooms at The Reef Playacar are very comfortable, though nothing lavish. Designed as villas, each room offers upgrade options, including Wi-Fi, private spa tubs. and bottles of wine.

Offering a great program for “Kids Stay and Eat Free,” the resort also has a range of children’s activities, including non-motorized water sports, dance classes, and ample opportunities for becoming a beach bum! There are three restaurants, lots of games, and a number of live shows at the property.

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