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Family trip to Mexico? Tick.

If you’re planning a getaway with the kids, Mexico should definitely be on your list of options. Wonderfully diverse, this sun-soaked country offers plenty of attractions for all ages, from tot-friendly beaches to thrilling theme parks. And there are lots of direct flights available from the UK to Cancun, making it easier than ever for you to enjoy a family holiday in Mexico.

Whether you’re travelling with very young children or teenagers, a family trip to Mexico will keep everyone happy. This place is famous for its sweeping beaches and mouth-watering cuisine – but there’s so much more to it than that. You can take the kids to see incredible Mayan temples at Chichen Itza. Spend a day zip-lining through rich jungles, or zooming down waterslides at Xcaret Park. And no family holiday to Mexico would be complete without some adventures on the water. You could take a family surfing lesson, hop aboard a pirate ship, or snorkel among bright coral reefs in search of tropical fish.

And, at the end of each busy day, you can chill out at your family-friendly hotel. Mexico’s resorts are second to none, so you can expect to find fantastic facilities and a range of dining options. Plus, most resorts have activity clubs for kids and teens, so everyone can enjoy their own space. You could stay in beachfront resort in Cancun, where the children can hop between the Caribbean Sea and your hotel’s splash pool. Or book to stay in an all-inclusive hotel in Riviera Maya, where you’ll have easy access to local attractions, like fascinating Tulum.

If you’re not sure where to stay, speak to our experts. We can help you choose the right resort for you, and recommend a number of things to do to make your family holiday to Mexico truly memorable.


Family attractions

Cancun hotels

Riviera Maya hotels

Best time to go

Mexico’s family attractions

Toddlers, teens and adults alike will find plenty to do on a family holiday to Mexico. On the east coast, Cancun boasts 22 kilometres of beaches, where you can all play on the sands and try out a variety of watersports. Why not go one step further and book a day trip to Isla Mujeres? Just off the mainland, this scenic island is home to coral reefs and pristine beaches, where you snorkel, dive and relax. Or, if you’re travelling with little ones, book tickets for an entertaining show aboard a pirate ship and sail the seas in search of buried treasure.

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Meanwhile, further down the coast, Riviera Maya is home to a number of family-friendly attractions. Spend a day at Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen, where you can float along lazy rivers and learn about Mexico’s heritage in the Mayan Village. Plus, children will love the slides, tunnels and hanging bridges in Kids’ World.

Families with older children should also check out Selvatica. Tucked away in the tropical forest, half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this place offers zip-lining, aerial bridge walks and off-roading – perfect for adventure-seeking families.

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Family hotels in Cancun

To help you plan your getaway, we’ve selected some of the best hotels in Cancun for families. Each one is all-inclusive, too, so your meals and drinks are covered by one great-value price – particularly handy if you have hungry teenagers to feed.

First up, there’s Moon Palace Cancun. With six pools, 13 restaurants and endless activities, this sprawling resort has everything you need for an action-packed getaway. There’s also a fantastic Kids’ Club and Teen Lounge – and parents will love the serene spa.

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Alternatively, take a look at Finest Playa Mujeres. Brushed by powdery sands, this sleek resort prides itself on its family facilities, including three age-appropriate kids’ clubs and spa treatments for little ones. Children can even dine separately in the Imagine Lounge – carefully supervised by professional staff – if you fancy a romantic dinner for two. Travelling with a baby? Special extras, like bottle sterilisers and baby monitors, can be provided at the drop of a hat.

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Family hotels in Riviera Maya

If you’re thinking of staying in Riviera Maya, you’ll have a whole host of resorts to choose from. Two Dreams hotels – Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – offer a unique Unlimited-Luxury® concept, where everything is included. You can look forward to gourmet dining, top-shelf drinks, beach waiter service and more. A number of activities and watersports are covered, too. Children will love the Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club and the Core Zone Teens’ Club, where there’s a jam-packed programme of sports and games on offer. So, if you’re looking for a luxurious family holiday to Mexico, these two stunning resorts might just be the answer.

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But if you’re a family who likes to keep busy, consider Hotel Xcaret Mexico. Boasting an All-Fun Inclusive® set-up, this resort includes access to seven Grupo Xcaret theme parks and several local tours. And, to top it all off, you’ll have 10 restaurants and eight bars to work your way through.

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Best time to visit Mexico

To make the most of Mexico’s attractions and beaches, it’s best to plan your family holiday sometime between December and May. At this time of year, temperatures in east Mexico – where you’ll find Cancun and Riviera Maya – hover around 28oC and rainfall is minimal. April and May are the driest months but, before you book, make sure you check when Spring Break falls. This non-stop party – usually in March or April – sees thousands of American university students flock to Cancun’s shores. So, if you’re seeking a quiet family holiday in Mexico, this isn’t the time to go.

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Mexico’s hurricane season officially runs from June until November, but September and October are the wettest months. Between June and August, temperatures tend to average 33oC, although you will see short, heavy downpours pretty regularly. If you don’t mind a bit of rain, though, you could grab a bargain in these summer months – and it’s perfect timing for the UK’s school holidays.

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Family attractions

Mexico’s family attractions

Toddlers, teens and adults alike will find plenty to do on a family holiday to Mexico. On the east coast, Cancun boasts 22 kilometres of beaches, where you can all play on the sands and try out a variety of watersports. Why not go one step further and book a day trip to Isla Mujeres? Just off the mainland, this scenic island is home to coral reefs and pristine beaches, where you snorkel, dive and relax. Or, if you’re travelling with little ones, book tickets for an entertaining show aboard a pirate ship and sail the seas in search of buried treasure.

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, further down the coast, Riviera Maya is home to a number of family-friendly attractions. Spend a day at Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen, where you can float along lazy rivers and learn about Mexico’s heritage in the Mayan Village. Plus, children will love the slides, tunnels and hanging bridges in Kids’ World.

Families with older children should also check out Selvatica. Tucked away in the tropical forest, half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this place offers zip-lining, aerial bridge walks and off-roading – perfect for adventure-seeking families.

Show More
Show Less

Cancun hotels

Family hotels in Cancun

To help you plan your getaway, we’ve selected some of the best hotels in Cancun for families. Each one is all-inclusive, too, so your meals and drinks are covered by one great-value price – particularly handy if you have hungry teenagers to feed.

First up, there’s Moon Palace Cancun. With six pools, 13 restaurants and endless activities, this sprawling resort has everything you need for an action-packed getaway. There’s also a fantastic Kids’ Club and Teen Lounge – and parents will love the serene spa.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, take a look at Finest Playa Mujeres. Brushed by powdery sands, this sleek resort prides itself on its family facilities, including three age-appropriate kids’ clubs and spa treatments for little ones. Children can even dine separately in the Imagine Lounge – carefully supervised by professional staff – if you fancy a romantic dinner for two. Travelling with a baby? Special extras, like bottle sterilisers and baby monitors, can be provided at the drop of a hat.

Show More
Show Less

Riviera Maya hotels

Family hotels in Riviera Maya

If you’re thinking of staying in Riviera Maya, you’ll have a whole host of resorts to choose from. Two Dreams hotels – Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – offer a unique Unlimited-Luxury® concept, where everything is included. You can look forward to gourmet dining, top-shelf drinks, beach waiter service and more. A number of activities and watersports are covered, too. Children will love the Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club and the Core Zone Teens’ Club, where there’s a jam-packed programme of sports and games on offer. So, if you’re looking for a luxurious family holiday to Mexico, these two stunning resorts might just be the answer.

Show More
Show Less

But if you’re a family who likes to keep busy, consider Hotel Xcaret Mexico. Boasting an All-Fun Inclusive® set-up, this resort includes access to seven Grupo Xcaret theme parks and several local tours. And, to top it all off, you’ll have 10 restaurants and eight bars to work your way through.

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Best time to go

Best time to visit Mexico

To make the most of Mexico’s attractions and beaches, it’s best to plan your family holiday sometime between December and May. At this time of year, temperatures in east Mexico – where you’ll find Cancun and Riviera Maya – hover around 28oC and rainfall is minimal. April and May are the driest months but, before you book, make sure you check when Spring Break falls. This non-stop party – usually in March or April – sees thousands of American university students flock to Cancun’s shores. So, if you’re seeking a quiet family holiday in Mexico, this isn’t the time to go.

Show More
Show Less

Mexico’s hurricane season officially runs from June until November, but September and October are the wettest months. Between June and August, temperatures tend to average 33oC, although you will see short, heavy downpours pretty regularly. If you don’t mind a bit of rain, though, you could grab a bargain in these summer months – and it’s perfect timing for the UK’s school holidays.

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