A small island just 12 miles off the coast of Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Cozumel is a popular destination for families who want to feel more secluded in Mexico. The island is a port stop for many cruise lines sailing the Caribbean, and families may first fall in love with the island on a quick visit and return to truly enjoy its spoils. All-inclusive resorts are limited here, but our favorites are perfect for families.
Written by Lissa Poirot
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort
has one of the widest stretches of sandy beaches of any all-inclusive resort on the island. Not only is the resort"s position on a beach a main draw, it also has its own pier with rides to Playa del Carmen on the mainland for those who want to visit the Riviera Maya. El Cozumeleno also offers free diving instruction in its pools, and then lines up scuba and snorkeling excursions off of the nearby reef. The resort is also located just five minutes from San Miguel, and has multiple pools and activities for children.
One of the best resorts for families is Cozumel Palace
, although it is not located on a stretch of beach. Situated on a rocky waterfront, the all-inclusive resort is a luxury property within steps of downtown San Miguel, the island"s hotspot for shopping, dining and beach clubs. (Guests can visit the beach clubs for a small fee.) The resort features junior suites, which face the ocean and pool and provide extra room, as well as loft suites that feature a living room and master bedroom on the ground floor and an upstairs bedroom with two double beds to accommodate families of six. A kids" club for children ages 4 to 12, as well as water sports, scheduled activities, themed nights and two pools, round out the fun at this resort.
Royal Club at Occidental Grand Cozumel
Sharing space within the Occidental Grand Cozumel, we"ll admit the better experience is at the Royal Club
, a boutique property within the property. Club guests can enjoy the entire resort, from the pools to the restaurants to the entertainment to the activities (including the kids" club), but also receive special spoils. Club guests have their own concierge who will book reservations and outings, and they also receive priority. The Royal Club accommodations are also all suites, providing spacious living, sleeping and dining areas in which families can spread out.
IBEROSTAR properties are scattered across the beaches of Mexico, offering plenty for families as a leader in trusted all-inclusive resorts. IBEROSTAR Cozumel
is no exception, although the resort is best in providing excursions and adventures that take guests to Cozumel"s 2,700-acre Faro Celarain Eco Park and snorkeling off its coral reef. At the resort, kids as young as 8 years old can learn how to scuba through a PADI-sanctioned introductory program. For those not ready to make the dive, there is a kids" club, two pools and one more pool just for children.
Hotel Cozumel and Resort
While not technically an all-inclusive resort, the Hotel Cozumel and Resort
offers an all-inclusive plan so families can have accommodations, meals and activities for one price. The hotel is not a chain, allowing families to enjoy a more authentic experience in a more intimate setting. Located within walking distance of San Miguel, families can enjoy visits to town for shopping and dining, and then return to the hotel for its activities, which include a kids" club, two swimming pools and a beach club.