1. Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort
This family-friendly resort on the sea in Cozumel doubles as a diving base -- not bad considering you can find rates for less than $50 per night in the summer! Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort lets two kids under the age of 11 stay free when sharing a room with parents. It also offers free access to neighboring Nachi Cocom's beach club. The hotel has several dive partners, and diving packages are available to purchase from the hotel directly. There's a pool, a Jacuzzi and a tennis court at the resort, which is only 10 minutes from San Miguel de Cozumel.
Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort
2. Allegro Cozumel
Kids will be thoroughly entertained at the Allegro Cozumel. The onsite activities make the resort a family bargain -- hotels with this many amenities don't tend to come with this kind of price tag. There's a covered playground, a mini waterpark, a kids' club and five swimming pools. Little ones -- and bigger ones -- will also love making sandcastles at the beach (directly in front of the hotel). For adults, there's a hot tub area facing the sea, a spa, hammocks, ball courts, a fitness center and a restaurant. Babysitters are available for an additional charge. Teens are not left out, either, as the teen club is fully equipped with games and a chill zone. Family suites sleep up to six people and have two bathrooms, meaning you won't have to book a second room and pay more for your large group.
3. Cocos Cabanas
Cocos Cabanas are six thatched bungalows set among lush tropical gardens near the sea. The affordable boutique resort has an onsite restaurant serving up its specialty, wood-fired pizzas and coconut shrimp. Just 40 minutes from Cancun and close to the Yucatan coastline, Cocos Cabanas is perfect for families who want to get away from all the bells-and-whistles of large resorts. There are several Mayan ruin sites nearby, along with jungle adventure parks, diving schools and water sports activity centers.
4. Las Brisas Ixtapa
Las Brisas Ixtapa is designed so that each guest room has a stunning view of the sea. The rooms come with large patios and hammocks, a luxury bonus for a small budget. The hotel offers a kids' club, Little Angels, for children ages 4 to 12; here, they'll enjoy crafts, pool activities, games and sports. There are also ball courts onsite for family games, as well as four outdoor swimming pools. The hotel is right in front of a beach that happens to be a natural nesting ground for turtles. The resort helps the hatchlings get the best chance of survival by nurturing babies, and occasionally does turtle release events - free for guests to watch.
Las Brisas Ixtapa
5. Paradise Village Beach Resort & Spa
Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa is a fun and cheap Mexico family vacation just 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The resort features a children's waterpark, a kids' club, barbeque facilities, recreational equipment for rent, and much more to keep families busy. Even the reasonably priced standard rooms can sleep four people, meaning smaller families need not waste money on conjoining rooms. Set in the Nuevo Vallarta holiday complex, there are plenty of amenities for families on the hotel doorstep, such as a shopping mall, a golf course, and a marina to stroll beside.
Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa
6. Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa
Ixtapa's all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort was clearly designed with families in mind. Right on the beach, this cheap Mexico family vacation option offers standard rooms or suites, both of which can accommodate extra beds and cribs. There is a kids' club, and family activities are available -- including a daily bike tour to nearby Playa Linda. The location is a real winner, as the beachfront hotel is nearby to the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and only 10 minutes from downtown Zihuatenejo. Families can swim with dolphins only three minutes away from the hotel at Delfiniario Delfinita or seek out adventures at the Parque Ecologico Aztlan, just 5 miles down the road.
Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa
7. The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan is located on a stretch of golden coastline in a town nicknamed the Pacific Pearl. The resort is super affordable, especially as cribs or extra bedding can be arranged at no extra cost. There are restaurants onsite, or families can further cut costs by seeking out local cuisine nearby. The resort is known for its sports fishing, surf and scuba diving, and a variety of beaches are just a stone's throw away. The natural beauty of the area encourages free activities such as hiking and cycling. Don't miss the natural lighthouse at Cerro del Creston -- it's the second highest in the world.
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan
8. Posada Yum Kin
The Posada Yum Kin (or PYK as it's called by regulars) is an eco-boutique resort and home-away-from-home. It's not for families who require all-hours entertainment, but those who want an authentic and cheap Mexico family vacation experience on a budget will be pleasantly surprised. Posada Yum Kin is hidden away up a winding jungle road in Tulum. The beach is just a few minutes away by taxi and it's a short walk away from downtown Tulum. Among the toucans and hummingbirds, the pool area feels like a tropical oasis while the rooms and suites have quirky rustic Mexican decor to make guests wonder if they've stepped into Frida Kahlo's house. Families can keep dining costs down by borrowing coolers and towels for free to take picnics to the beach. Extra beds or cribs can be provided at no extra cost.
Posada Yum Kin
9. El Acuario Hotel
El Acuario Hotel is a cozy resort with just 12 rooms in downtown Playa del Carmen. All rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, making it a convenient destination for families with babies and toddlers. The hotel, painted bright red and yellow, really is cheap and cheerful at under $60 a night for family rooms. Friendly staff are on hand to advise on anything from medical care to local activities. There's a barbeque area in the tropical gardens, where kids will no doubt be delighted to see creatures such as hummingbirds and butterflies going about their business.
El Acuario Hotel
10. Eco-Hotel El Rey Del Caribe
Eco-Hotel El Rey Del Caribe in downtown Cancun is an adorable little eco hotel with a kids' playground, a pool and a hot tub set in tropical Mexican gardens. Although it's not directly on the beach, the resort is just 10 minutes away from Playa Tortugas. There's a restaurant onsite serving up healthy organic food, and all rooms have kitchenettes for preparing your own meals. Everything at El Rey is done with a conscience, too -- rainwater is collected, solar power is harnessed and almost everything is recycled or composted.
Eco-Hotel El Rey Del Caribe
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