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Cancun Family Resorts: The Short List

Visit Cancun for your next family beach vacation!; photo: vacationidea.com

If you’re looking for a fabulous family beach vacation and want to get out of dodge (but not too, too far) then head to Cancun! Yes, Cancun offers more than the gorgeous sun, surf and sand that the typical beach vacation usually has…read on and find out why Cancun should be your next family beach vacation, and find the best Cancun family resorts (and all-inclusive family resorts). Cancún has 200-plus days of sun a year and a temperature that averages 80F. With these statistics, it isn’t hard to understand why it is Mexico’s top tourist destination. Located on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, its beaches are unparalleled, broad expanses of gleaming white sand stretched out beside the clear blue-green waters of the Caribbean. Over 700 years ago, Cancún was home to the great Mayan civilization. Today, this exotic paradise joins the ancient past to the present as one of the world’s most modern and exciting resort areas. A wide range of restaurants, vivacious night life, a variety of shopping opportunities, and the overall tropical atmosphere draw over two million visitors a year.


The hotel zone, which is what most tourists think of as Cancún, is a fourteen mile long, thin island shaped like a “7.”

To the North is the Caribbean Sea with wide open beaches and strong waves. To the west the shore is buffeted by Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women), causing calmer waters.

To the south, between the island and the mainland is the Nichupte Lagoon which is perfect for all water sports. It is this island that was created specifically for its present purpose, as the ideal vacation destination in a totally natural tropical setting accompanied by all the amenities of life in the 21st century.

Mainland Cancún has a much different ambience than the hotel zone, because it is an area of permanent residence for some 450,000 people. It offers markets instead of malls, and street vendors and outdoor cafes rather than air-conditioned restaurants. Downtown Cancún has little of the glamor of the hotel zone, but is a fast growing and interesting city to visit.

Visitors who are nostalgic for their home cities will be comforted to know that the developers of Cancún included businesses such as Outback Steakhouse, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, McDonalds, WalMart and Blockbuster.

The whole family is welcome and appreciated in Cancún. Much thought and preparation has gone into developing attractions that will be of interest to family members of all ages. AquaWorld is one such facility. It offers wave runners, water skiing, windsurfing, catamarans, paddle boats, sailboats, kayaks, floats and boogie boards. There is even a sub sea explorer craft with large glass windows built into the sides for underwater viewing of fish, coral formations, turtles, and other marine life. There is no excuse not to have fun!

Children will also enjoy time spent at Xcaret, the waterside theme park.


Cancun Entertainment and Family Fun on your Cancun Family Vacation

The Cancún Convention Center is the site of a variety of performing arts events, as well as displays of paintings and sculpture. Cancún has a wide choice of nighttime entertainment. Most of the hotels on the island have discos where dancing continues through the night into the early morning hours. Ballet Folklórico de Mexico performs nightly at the Continental Villas Plaza Hotel. Latin music is performed live at several clubs and attracts people of all ages. Rock ‘n roll oldies bring crowds of dancers to Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Café. Comedy acts and romantic dinner cruises round out the nighttime offerings.


Holidays and Celebrations in Cancun

Holidays and fiestas provide additional reasons to celebrate the beauty and joy of time spent in Cancún. In the church plaza, intricate dances passed down from family to family since ancient times, continue for hours. Dancers dress in symbolic costumes of vivid colors. Some villages even offer a bullfight as part of the festivities. However, in the Yucatan, both the bull and the matador are required to end the contest unharmed. Live music accompanies the performance. In the end, the bull is untied and returns to his rural home.


There is never a season of the year that isn’t just the right time to step back from life’s hectic pace and visit Cancún. A world apart awaits the visitor to this majestic land of incomparable beauty.


Family-Friendly Activities Near Cancun, Mexico

The larger hotels and resorts have a variety of day camp activities for children 4-12. The programs have received many positive reports from parents who have utilized them. The cost is between $35-$45 per child per day. Below is a list of activities for families with older kids.  For families with younger children and toddlers, simply enjoy days at the beach.  Young kids love sand!  Bring a kite, a plastic cup, and sand toys (and lots of sunscreen and shade)  and your child will be in sandbox heaven!!

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Kid Friendly Resorts and Kid Friendly Hotels (plus All Inclusive Resorts) for your Cancun family beach vacation:

Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand – All Inclusive

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 10 5 Cancun, QR MX 77500
Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand faces a white-sandy beach with beautiful views from all the room’s private balconies or terrace guaranteed. It is 5 minutes away from main shopping & entertainment areas. The 314 rooms, elegantly designed, include Deluxe Ocean View rooms, Deluxe Beach Front rooms at the new Premier Tower and the new and exclusive Boutique Building Royal Club featuring spacious rooms and Suites with direct beach access all with private whirlpool and butler service a unique Royal Club Lounge with breathtaking views. New and modern facilities but still keeping its natural charm and unparalleled service.
The All Inclusive program includes:Breakfast (Buffet and A la Carte), Lunch (Buffet and A la Carte), Dinner (Buffet and A la Carte), 24 Hours Room Service. A wide variety of Snacks by the pool, Cafe Sol offering a complete deli selection of gourmet coffee, sandwiches, assorted ice creams, etc. 2 Pool Bars serving domestic and international brands, 1 Lobby Bar serving domestic and international brands, Minibar stocked daily with beer, soft drinks and water,Daily activities program, including non motorized water sports at a nearby marina, Live Music in the evening, Taxes & Services Not included: GYM, Motorized water sports, massage services, child care, laundry and dry cleaning, phone calls, incidental purchases, outside tours, airport, transfers.



Gran Melia Cancun

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 16.5 Cancun, MX 77500
The Hotel is Enhanced Through Its Architecture Inspired by Mayan Culture….
5 Spectacular Pyramids Extend Between the Beach, the Stunning Landscape and the Exclusive Golf Course. The Hotel Has a Total of 700 Rooms of Which 629 Are Doubles or Singles, 50 Are Junior Suites and 3 Are Suites.
Facilities At the Air-Conditioned Establishment Include Lift Access To the Upper Floors, a Hairdresser, a Beauty Salon, a Shopping Centre, a Travel Agency, a Bar and a Restaurant. In the Most Important Hotel Areas, Guests Are Provided With Wireless Internet Access, and There is Also a 2,880 M² Meeting and Banquet Centre With Modern Audiovisual Equipment For a Maximum of 1,100 Persons. In Addition, a 200 M² Multifunctional Room For Private Use With One’S Own Guests is Also Available. Furthermore,
Guests Can Also Make Use of the Room and Laundry Services, Babysitting Service, 24-Hour Medical Assistance, Car Rental and Taxi Service, As Well As the Car Park and Garage. Younger Guests May Let Off Steam in the Playground.

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