Lucy's Mini Club has nicer digs at the Lindo than adjacent Paraiso Beach and Paraiso del Mar properties. Set inside a series of thatched rooms, counselors keep kids ages 4 to 12 engaged with games, arts and crafts, dance, and basic Spanish lessons, while learning about the rich Mexican culture. Outside, there's a playground and small kid's pool where stone turtles and other animals double as fountains.
In the pool area, the wave action happens each hour in the wave pool. There's more than enough shallow area for younger children to swim around the edge of the entire pool area. Older kids will want to swim up to the bar, shaded by a large waterfalls structure, to order frozen (non-alcoholic) drinks. Or try the lazy river, which is slower than the usual lazy river found at water parks in the States. But relax, you're in Mexico. Slow down and enjoy the soothing ride.
The youthful Star Friends keep families active at the pool area with water aerobics, water polo, pool volleyball, dance lessons and guided bike rides around the large complex. Lindo's Star Friends are known for their gregarious nature, dining with guests and making sure kids are happy throughout their vacation.
While the music might not be blaring at the beach, expect a slew of activity. Huts line the sublime stretch of white sand, offering massages on the beach, grilled chicken and burgers for lunch, and more than enough bars to quench any thirst. Whether you're sitting under a cabana at the beach or catching rays at the pool, waiters walk the ground to ensure that you're never dehydrated from that hot Mexican sun.
The water sports center at the beach offers Hobie cats, kayaks, and boogie boards to try. Or pay the extra charge and jump on a Jet ski, Banana Boat, or high above the Atlantic on a parasail. Older children might want to sign up for the SCUBA diving lesson offered in the pool or go on daily snorkeling jaunts to the nearby reef. You can also purchase floatation devices, swim goggles, and other swimming paraphernalia at a shop located near the pool.
The theater at Lindo is one of the most impressive we've seen at an all-inclusive property. The stage sits under a huge thatched roof that, with enough space to house King Kong if they so desired. At night, there are two shows in the theater. The 8 p.m. show is for kids, while parents will like the main event at 9:30 p.m.
Over by the shopping center is a disco geared to teens only. There's also an Internet Center and game room off the main lobby.