With many U.S. destinations offering direct flights to Cancun, it's no wonder this Mexican town flanked by the sea and a lagoon is a popular destination for families. With its airport minutes from downtown Cancun and its numerous resorts, families can relax on the beach and poolside within an hour of landing in the Yucatan Peninsula. Here, select from three Palace Resort offerings: Beach Palace, Moon Palace and the uber-luxurious The Grand at Moon Palace, which offers a more refined experience on the property of Moon Palace.
At Cancun's Beach Palace, you'll be steps from shopping and dining but may not want to leave the beachfront resort with its pristine sand and rooftop swimming pools. Or, head out of town to the sprawling Moon Palace, with its 27-hole championship golf course, kids' and teen's clubs and a dozen international restaurants.
Further afield is Playacar Palace in Riviera Maya's Playa del Carmen. Just 45 minutes from Cancun and within minutes of Mayan ruins such as Tulum, the colorful town of Playa del Carmen features a pedestrian shopping avenue for a combination of old and new Mexico.
For a bit more privacy, take a ferry to Cozumel, an island renowned for its diving and crystal-clear snorkeling spots. At Cozumel Palace, your family can swim with dolphins, splash in a water park and explore sunken ships off the island's coastline.
If a Caribbean island getaway is your dream, your family can also jet off to Jamaica, where the Moon Palace Resort is minutes from Ocho Rios' famed waterfall and jungle explorations.
The best part of a beach vacation is, of course, the beach, and each Palace Resort is situated right on the water. Non-motorized sporting equipment is included with your stay, so kids (and parents!) can kayak, paddle board, snorkeling and bogie board the day away. Younger kids can also enjoy camp-like settings in the resorts' kids' clubs, where supervised activities keep them entertained while they make friends with other kids on vacation. (Giving mom and dad a chance to steal away to the spa or golf course.) Teens can also get away to their own lounges with Wii, PlayStation and other games with kids their own age. The resorts also offer excursion opportunities to explore off-property destinations such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Dunn's River Falls, giving families bonding time together as they learn about the native culture and landscape.
What would a vacation be without great food at every turn? Palace Resorts is known for its international dining, with high-quality restaurants providing a taste of the Mediterranean, Asia, Caribbean and local specialities. All-day dining includes buffets, beach and poolside service, 24-hour room service and fine dining, all included with your stay.
Besides offering multiple world-class dining options, the resorts also go above and beyond in terms of accommodations for families. Yes, you will find standard options with two queen or double bed options, but another highlight of Palace Resorts is its Family Rooms. These special suites feature a king bedroom for parents and a separate kids' room with two double beds, so families have plenty of comfortable space in which to spread out during their vacation.
Learn more about Palace Resorts' family-friendly all-inclusive properties here, and explore Beach Palace, Cozumel Palace, Playacar Palace, Moon Palace and Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, and Moon Palace Jamaica.