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- Is Cancun, Mexico safe?
- 1. It's not one of Cancun's all-inclusive resorts.
- 2. These resort rooms can fit any size family or group.
- 3. The food is authentically Mexican (but they can make a burger and fries if you want).
- Want an all-inclusive family vacation? Check out our suggestions here.
- 4. Activities are plentiful.
- Check out our tips on how to save money on a family vacation to Mexico.
- Bottom Line: Fiesta American Cancun Villas is the family friendly resort for you.
Delightfully warm ocean breezes mix with a surprisingly family friendly vibe to make Cancun a fantastic choice for the next family vacation. And Fiesta Americana should be at the top of your Cancun resort list. Read on to learn why.
Note: this writer received complimentary accommodations for the purpose of this review. All opinions are her own.
Located in the city center of Cancun, Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas is a beachfront hotel made for families. It exudes warmth and comfort and best of all it offers many suite options for families of all sizes. The hotel is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, near a modern commercial complex in the hotel zone. (Two minute walk to Starbucks anyone?) With lovely swimming pools, a fun kids club with video game center, and some of the most delicious food in Mexico. My family had an unforgettable stay at this Cancun resort. We received unbelievably warm and conscientious service from check in to check out. The warm service made this a fantastic stay in one of the best Cancun family resorts, despite not bring an all-inclusive. Our only complaint: our stay was too short.
Is Cancun, Mexico safe?
Let’s just get this out of the way at the beginning. We found Cancun to be totally safe. And it’s not just me saying this. The US State Department considers Quintana Roo, the state where tourist areas in Cancun are located, to be one of the safer areas in Mexico. They have labeled it as a Level 2 Advisory, which means for tourists to exercise increased caution. Consider this: almost as many Americans die by falling out of bed than the total of people killed by homicide in Cancun in 2018. Actually, you are almost twice as likely to die from being impacted by a power lawnmower than being killed in Cancun.
We traveled to this Cancun hotel with our four kids. Our transportation to and from the airport was arranged by the hotel. We left the resort to wander the tourist shops and see a little more of Cancun. At no time did we feel unsafe. Facts are important. And the fact is that Cancun (and most of Mexico) is perfectly safe for families. This is especially so if you don’t stray too far from the white sand beaches.
What You Need to Know About the Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas
1. It’s not one of Cancun’s all-inclusive resorts.
One of the unique aspects of this particular Cancun family resort is that it is NOT all-inclusive. You pay as you go for your meals. This makes the nightly rate significantly lower than other hotels in the Cancun area. However, with a family, meals and drinks could add up. I found the breakfast buffet to be a great value; it made sure we weren’t hungry until late in the afternoon.
There is a supermarket in the Hotel Zone within 5 minutes for groceries. With a full kitchen in your suite, you can make several meals there, saving a good amount. Unlike all-inclusive resorts, a la carte pricing means you can control how much you spend. If you want an all-inclusive, the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a few minutes away.
2. These resort rooms can fit any size family or group.
The Fiesta Americana is a boutique-sized hotel with 179 rooms and one of the most fun family-friendly resorts in Cancun. It is on the upper side of the price range and is much less party-oriented than many other resorts in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The resort offers standard rooms as well as 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas. My family of 6 stayed in the two-bedroom option and we had plenty of room to spread out. Standard rooms include kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges and multi-room suites include full kitchens with everything you need to cook and serve food. There are even jacuzzis in the master bathrooms. I adored the authentically Mayan and Caribe decorations, as well as the privacy and comfort our villa offered us.
This Cancun resort gives guests contemporary, air-conditioned family suites with recently updated flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms offer balconies or terraces with fantastic sea views. Our upgraded suites added a comfortable living room with a pull-out sofa, which came in very handy when my 12 year old daughter decided she needed her own space. #tweens
3. The food is authentically Mexican (but they can make a burger and fries if you want).
There are currently two restaurants at Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas, with a third to open shortly. La Palapa is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers beachside seating under a thatched roof with ocean breezes blowing in. We made sure our kids tried something they had never had each day, but they also ate their weight in french fries, brick-oven pizzas and nachos. The chef, unlike those at many other Cancun family resorts, was more than happy to make anything my family asked for. And it wasn’t just us. I saw him make special surprises and off-menu meals for many guests. The menu has many options too, specializing in Caribbean and regional Mexican food.
Want an all-inclusive family vacation? Check out our suggestions here.
For a special evening, visit La Bodega, the newest restaurant at the resort. Prices are high but the food and service seems balanced. With well-appointed booths, an open kitchen, and an extensive wine list, it is the perfect place for a fancy end to your beachy day. We brought the kids, and they were welcome, but this restaurant had more of an adult feel, so you may want to use the babysitting services offered.
This Cancun family hotel also has a bar in the grand lobby with nightlife focused on karaoke and billiards. Look for a swim-up bar adjacent to the pool area and 24-hour room service. For those who want to cook (and save some pesos), a two-story supermarket, Chedraui Select, is a five minute walk away. Remember, this is not one of Cancun’s all-inclusive resorts. The concierge can point you the right way.
4. Activities are plentiful.
While this is one of the smaller Cancun family resorts, there are so many activities to enjoy. Or not. You decide. The shallow kids pool, sweet playground for the little ones, kids’ club, and free laundry make this Cancun resort very family friendly. There may be no water park with some gigantic water slides, but there’s plenty to make the kids happy at the resort and throughout Cancun.
Mom and dad aren’t forgotten though. This Cancun resort has recently updated their full-service spa and on-site gym. The massage I got there was heavenly. We spent most of our time at the outdoor pool. Fiesta Americana provides guests a nice beach setup with cabanas, lounge chairs under palapas, and drink and food service. There were beachfront and poolside daily activities and games that we had fun participating in together. I loved that there were on-site water sports, even including snorkeling. We went jet skiing for the very first time!
Check out our tips on how to save money on a family vacation to Mexico.
You may have to leave the hotel to visit Cancun’s water park, play some mini golf or hit a real golf course. There’s also a pirate ship attraction near by. We just didn’t have time!
Bottom Line: Fiesta American Cancun Villas is the family friendly resort for you.
Visiting Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas means you get to see the turquoise sea with its calm and family friendly waters and the white sand that surrounds it in person. The best Cancun family resorts make it so that you can have a memorable Mexican family vacation with a Caribbean vibe (and not be forced to pay all-inclusive prices). Are you ready to book your trip to this hotel in Cancun yet?