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The 6 Best Playa del Carmen Hotels for Kids
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The 6 Best Playa del Carmen Hotels for Kids

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(Last Updated On: March 7, 2017)

I recently wrote an article about the best adults-only Playa del Carmen hotels.

A tribute to kid-free zones in paradise.

Only hotels in Playa del Carmen, none of them Riviera Maya resorts so close to our town and our hearts.

But, of course, kids deserve their own pampering zones too.

Hence, our guide to the top Playa hotels and resorts in Playa del Carmen for the young’uns amongst us.

Like in our previous post, these are all within Playa del Carmen proper.

Best Playa del Carmen Hotels for Kids

#6 Gran Porto Real

The good thing about Gran Porto Real is that there is something for everyone and all ages.

In addition, situated just across the street from its adults-only counterpart The Royal Playa del Carmen, location is one of this hotel’s best qualities.

The hotel also offers a small pirate ship in a little kids pool as well as activities for teens.

In addition, the beach chairs are just feet away from the Caribbean Sea, meaning you can keep an eye out on the kids while they play at the beach.

The Gran Porto Real accommodates families and offers kids some decent activities to keep them happy.

The hotel is compact, which is great for parents (if you forget something in the room, it only takes a couple of minutes to retrieve).

It has elevators, so if traveling with little ones and strollers, this makes life much easier!

It even has family suites that can accommodate families of 5 and feature bunk beds in addition to a king size bed for the parents.

Overall, this hotel wins in terms of finding the right balance for all ages.

  • Prices starting at: $285 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 287
  • Kids Club: Yes, and one for teens too
  • Playground: A small but neat little area called Oki Splash Park (up to age 6)
  • Activities for kids: Yes
  • No. of pools: 2
  • Kids Pool: No
  • Restaurants: 8
  • Food: More to satisfy the adults
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: The beach here is close to the hotel but is a fairly busy stretch. The water is generally calm to the south of the pier. It can be rockier and there are sandbags to prevent erosion in some spots. Water shoes are recommended.
  • Reservations: Gran Porto Real

#5 Playacar Palace

Playacar Palace is a 200-room all-inclusive hotel located just south of downtown Playa del Carmen.

The hotel’s location and beach are strong pluses in its favor.

For those who put an emphasis on access to the beach and being able to swim, Playacar Palace is a great option.

Kids do have their own supervised club that runs daily activities. However, activities within the hotel designed specifically for kids are limited.

There is also a playground on-site, and the pool too offers fun family entertainment.

Like Gran Porto Real, this hotel is adapted to ensure that families have a great time, but there is not too much focus on things to do for kids.

Parents will love this hotel due to the size and ease of getting around, the elevators and the 24-hour room service.

Plus, it is steps away from Playa del Carmen’s 5th avenue, so it makes a day trip that much easier with the kids in tow.

  • Prices starting at: $640 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids, aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 201
  • Kids’ Club: Yes, but small
  • Playground: no
  • Activities for kids: Yes
  • No. of pools: 1
  • Kids Pool: YES
  • Restaurants: 3
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Great stretch of beach
  • Reservations: Playacar Palace

#4 RIU Yucatan

Riu has five great properties spread out through the Playacar residential area just south of downtown Playa del Carmen.

Of those resorts, all with great activities for kids, Riu Yucatan gets the nod here thanks to its nice kids’ water park and Riuland Kids Club with childcare services.

RiuLand is an activities program for kids up to 12 years old.

Some of the great daily activities include pool games, sports, pirate contests, treasure hunts, and ecology, among others.

Not too far from downtown Playa del Carmen, kids can find their fun in the resort, and adults are just a short walk away from some more age-appropriate Playa del Carmen nightlife and entertainment.

  • Prices starting at: $349 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 507
  • Kids Club: Big! land and aquatic activities
  • Activities for kids: Riuland activities depend on the weather, the season and the number of children/ages, they can go from coloring and movies to mini soccer, beach volleyball etc.
  • No. of pools: 5
  • Kids Pool: A big one with fountains; good space for adults nearby
  • Restaurants: 5
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes ($)
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Prime real estate
  • Reservations: Riu Yucatan

#3 Paradisus La Esmeralda

Paradisus La Esmeralda goes all out for kids. Happy kids = happy parents.

The best kid-friendly hotels are the ones that keep the kids entertained, offering a variety of attractions and activities just for them.

Kudos to Paradisus La Esmeralda.

Some of the amenities that make La Esmeralda great for kids and their families include supervised nanny care for infants age 1 through 4 ($), a cool kids club with play area, fun activities, and kids’ circus dinner for ages 5-12, as well as a waterpark with slides. They even have a mini-spa available with a selection of kid-friendly services ($).

Families will appreciate the hotel’s activity-packed Kid’s Club and complimentary walkie-talkies or cell phones for instant communication.

For an additional cost, parents can opt in and splurge on a “Family Concierge”, though the reviews are mixed as to whether or not it’s worth it.

  • Prices starting at: $350USD per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 510
  • Kids’ Club: Yes, a Babys’ Club, Kids’ Club and Teens’ Club
  • Playground: They even have an obstacle course in the pool
  • Activities for kids: Yes, and tons of ’em
  • No. of pools: Several
  • Kids Pool: Yes
  • Restaurants: 14
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Not the best beach in Playa del Carmen, a little rocky at spots, but still decent enough.
  • Reservations: Paradisus La Esmeralda

#2 Sandos Playacar

Both Sandos properties in Playa del Carmen deservedly make this list.

Why?

Because they have created a great family-friendly concept that promises good times for all ages. And, they have rooms that can accommodate families of 2 adults and 3 children.

The best aspect about both Sandos Playacar and Sandos Caracol is the numerous local animals roaming around freely throughout the grounds.

Moreover, the hotel’s has great clubs for babies, kids, and teens so that they can have fun while the adults do, well, adult things.

Add to that great activities and a prime stretch of beach, and you’ve got one awesome family-friendly hotel.

Plus, it’s not too far from downtown Playa del Carmen.

  • Prices starting at: $249 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 839
  • Kids Club: Yes, yes, yes
  • Playground: They even have a mini eco-park
  • Activities for kids: Yes, and tons of ’em
  • No. of pools: 9
  • Kids Pool: Four of them
  • Restaurants: 10
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Prime real estate
  • Reservations: Sandos Playacar

#1 Sandos Caracol

I can’t mention Sandos Playacar without mentioning its sister resort, Sandos Caracol.

Why?

Because Sandos Caracol is simply the best Playa del Carmen hotel for kids.

The reason is simple.

The expansive grounds have so many great activities included in the all-inclusive package, that even if you decide to just stay at the resort your kids will have an unforgettable vacation.

Tennis courts, an on-site cenote, an eco-park full of local flora and fauna, and an amazing waterpark with 17 different water slides are just some of the kid-friendly amenities available at this sprawling resort of almost 1,000 rooms. Plus, they have rooms that can accommodate families of 5!

This place is really geared to kids having the time of their life.

And as well all know, a bored kid on holiday is even worse than a bored kid at home.

  • Prices starting at: $204 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 3-12
  • Rooms: 956
  • Kids’ Club: Clubs for toddlers, kids, and teens
  • Playground: The whole resort is like a playground
  • Activities for kids: That would be an understatement
  • No. of pools: An entire waterpark plus several pools
  • Kids Pool: Main pool has special section for kids
  • Restaurants: 8
  • Food: Kid-friendly options available
  • Babysitting services: Yes
  • All-Inclusive: Yes
  • Beach: Awesome
  • Reservations: Sandos Caracol

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Lisa Wright Lisa is a travel expert who lives and works in beautiful Playa del Carmen. A native Montrealer who has successfully escaped winter for 15 years straight, she's all about helping people organize awesome vacations as a travel agent for PlayaDelCarmen.com.

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