6 All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean That Are Perfect for Families

With a trove of family-focused resorts has opened in the Caribbean and Mexico, there’s a getaway to match every family’s vacation vibe.

Are you planning a family vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean? Check out these six all-inclusive resorts, which are perfect for parents and children alike.

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Courtesy of Club Med

1. Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda debuted on a large stretch of a white-sand beach in the Dominican Republic in early 2020, then reopened in the summer of 2021.

Kid-friendly features

In addition to a splash park and zipline course, Willy Wonka would appreciate the resort's "secret" chocolate room filled with sweets and a chocolate fountain created from locally sourced cocoa. While dining at Cacao & Co. restaurant, families receive clues to crack the code to enter the room. Supervised clubs keep kids and teens entertained with experiences ranging from trapeze training to pickleball. "My kids didn't want to leave the club," says Instagram travel influencer Sally Butan (@thebutanclan). "At night, we loved dancing to the live music together."

What parents will love

While your mini-mes are busy, you can head to the adults-only Zen Oasis. It's in a lush part of the resort surrounded by palm trees. There you can order a cocktail at the swim-up bar, run on the nature trail, or take a yoga class in a treetop palapa. Or book a sunset horseback ride on the beach.

Starts at $192 per adult, per night, including room, meals, and most activities. Kids ages 4 to 15 are half-price; younger kids are free. At press time, the resort recommends all travelers check with the airport for incoming visitor health check requirements.

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Courtesy of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

2. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya is tucked away on Mexico's western coast, the second Nick-themed resort rolled out the orange carpet to families in August 2021. (The first location, which won a Parents Family Travel Award in 2019, is in the Dominican Republic.)

Kid-friendly features

The massive water park with over 20 slides, a PAW Patrol section for younger kids, and daily slimings from Nick characters succeeds in its mission to blow little minds. "The look on my 4-year-old's face when the water canyons came into view was beyond belief," says Brad DeYoung, of Frisco, Texas. "She kicked off her shoes and started running toward them." DeYoung says the water park's design is thoughtful: Play structures for similar ages are clustered together, the toddler area is shaded, and the bottom of the pool is lined with rubber mats.

What parents will love

You score your own bedroom and bath. All accommodations are suites; most have a master bedroom and en suite bath, plus a Murphy bed, a double sleeper sofa, and another bathroom. The design is colorful and modern, with framed Nick art. Hire a babysitter or put kids ages 4 to 12 in the supervised club (no extra cost) and opt for a tequila tasting or a spa day. Try the open-air Yacht Club for meals. Caretakers whisk kids off to their own seating area so you can enjoy the food and ocean views.

Starts at $259 per person, per night, including room, meals, and most activities.

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Courtesy of Palmaïa The House of Aïa

3. Palmaïa — The House of AïA

Palmaïa is named after the endangered palma chît tree, the eco-chic wellness resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, which opened in 2020. It uses an estimated 50 percent less energy than a typical property.

Kid-friendly features

A Waldorf-inspired program for children ages 3 to 12 includes enriching activities like baking bread, strolling around a path with fairy houses, and painting with watercolors. "Treasure hunts are one of the kids' favorite things to do," says program director Laura Diaz. "We tell them a story that supplies all the places and clues, and then they go on a mission during our jungle or beach walk."

What parents will love

You're assigned Nomadic Guides, who take care of all the logistics and whims. (Need more kombucha in the mini-fridge? Done!) While the kids are at their club, take an art class, get an astrological-chart reading, and have a peaceful lunch. All of the resort's menu items are plant-based, with some optional meat add-ons. The mango-chia pudding is a favorite of all ages.

Starts at $600 per person, per night, including room, meals, and most activities.

New Family-Friendly Resorts to Watch

Here are three more resorts to keep on your radar later this year and next.

Rock House Turks & Caicos

This Mediterranean-inspired getaway on Providenciales's North Shore opened in May 2022 and features 46 resort-style homes, many with their own swimming pool. Ideal for traveling with grandparents or other extended families, the property has a yoga pavilion and walking trails as well as the largest infinity pool on the island.

Beaches Runaway Bay Resort, Jamaica

The all-inclusive chain, known for its Sesame Street–themed activities, is redeveloping an existing resort on the island's quieter North Coast. With bike trails, a climbable treehouse, and farm-to-table restaurants, the resort is all about bringing families closer to nature. The opening date hasn't been announced yet.

Hilton Cancun, Mexico

Got a toddler and a teen? This Mayan coast resort set on 100 acres has fun clubs, including supervised water sports, for a variety of ages. A restaurant with unlimited ice cream and churros is the proverbial cherry on top, as are kids' and teen clubs and a dedicated waterpark.

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