The Best All-inclusive family resort in Mexico

by Beth Graham

If you’re looking for the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico for families, head south of Cancun to the Riviera Maya. The Barcelo Maya Grand Resort, on the Yucatán Peninsula’s pristine stretch of Caribbean coastline known as Riviera Maya, is the destination for those families looking for the perfect mix of fun and tranquility. And the best news of all: it’s all-inclusive. 

The resort is actually six resorts in one sitting on a mile-long stretch of white sand beach. Guests of the resort’s four main properties, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Caribe, and Barceló Maya Tropical have access to the amenities of each adjoining property, making it four resorts in one and the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico for families. A double-decker bus shuttles guests from one resort to another although all are easily walkable. 

The resort includes more than 2700 guest rooms, ranging from oceanfront suites to swim-up rooms located on a private pool to family-friendly apartments. In late 2019, a new adults-only resort opened with premium services – perfect if the grandparents want to tag along.

Family friendly activities at Barcelo Maya: why this is the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico for families

Whether you’re traveling as a small family or multi-generational family in Mexico, there’s something for everyone at this resort. There are 10 swimming pools including a water park just for the little ones. The beach is wide and expansive perfect for building sandcastles or a little body surfing. If you’re looking for a bit more ocean adventure, you can choose from snorkeling to scuba to parasailing. On land, there’s no shortage of activities with mini golf, zip lining and an onsite bowling alley. The resort is one of the first to have its own adventure park on site, with zip lines, a hybrid zipline/roller coaster, a free-fall experience, bungee swing, and rope courses.

 The kids water park at Barcelo Maya.

There are three theaters that feature nightly live entertainment and two nightclubs for late night dancing. A fully-equipped fitness center and a luxury spa, including one for the kids, rounds out the activities. Did I mention there’s even a shopping mall on the property?

 The bowling alley at Barcelo Maya near Cancun.

Dining at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

There’s no shortage of dining options, even for the pickiest eaters, with 22 restaurants that span the globe in terms of cuisine. Guests can choose from casual to elegant, Italian to Asian, and kid-friendly to adults-only. For more casual meals, there’s a 24-hour sports bar with theater seating.

This is truly the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico for families. It’s part luxury resort, part theme park that offer activities for everyone in the family from 8 to 80.

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