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When searching for that perfect family-friendly, all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, one of the top priorities is a place that has something to please everyone in the family, from the little ones to parents and perhaps even grandparents. That’s no easy task, with countless options across the region, but we’ve scoped out many of them to provide you with the top picks. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, a luxurious property, or something in between, you’ll find it on this list.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a beachfront resort that boasts some of the most beautiful white sands in the region. It’s often named among the best for families, with something for all ages here. The kids’ club has its own pool, with supervised games in the water, a mini-waterpark, and activities like beach excursions, arts and crafts, and video games. There are multiple infinity pools, a full-service spa, and many dining and drinking options with 17 restaurants, bars, and lounges, from Asian fare at Moongate to Italian at Lorenzo’s and even American classics at Chevy’s. In-suite dining is available 24/7 too. Rooms are spacious and luxurious, all of which feature high-end amenities, including private furnished balconies with either views of the sea, pool, grounds, or dolphin habitat.
Set along the stunning south coast, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is the only resort in Vieux Fort and it comes complete with a water park, lazy river, multiple pools, a swim-up bar, and a gorgeous long stretch of beach. Split into two sections, Harmony for adults and Splash for families with children, it has a fully supervised kids’ club with a pirate ship and an indoor playroom. While the younger ones have fun, adults can look forward to some pampering at the lavish spa, an intro to windsurfing, or just relaxing around one of the beautiful pools. There are multiple dining and drinking options with six restaurants, six bars, and nightly entertainment. Rooms all come with furnished balconies facing the grounds, pools, and sea.
Offering a prime location in the North Beach area of Montego Bay, the five-star Iberostar Rose Hall Beach sits on a beautiful stretch of beach and offers lots for families, including a water park with a lazy river, multiple family-friendly pools, and a massive sea-view infinity pool with a swim-up bar. There’s a kids’ club, where younger ones ages four through 12 can enjoy organized games, while the adults take dance lessons, test their luck in the casino, or take in some live entertainment. There’s also a fabulous spa with a hydrotherapy pool, a Pilates studio, beauty salon, and juice bar. Four restaurants and four bars offer plenty of dining and drinking options, while the Junior Suites are great for families, featuring ocean or garden views.
One of the Riviera Maya’s most luxurious family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers a wealth of amenities, including a spectacular white sandy beach. All your meals and activities like swimming with dolphins, kayak tours, scuba diving, yoga, and golf are included. dining is enjoyed at eight restaurants that serve excellent buffet and a la carte dishes. The Ambassador Family Friendly Area offers excellent accommodation for families with large suites that include private terraces and bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Located close to the kids’ and teens’ clubs, it makes it easy for parents who want to enjoy some alone time while the younger ones have fun too.
While you might think the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana would be aimed at partiers, it’s actually one of the most family-friendly options in the Dominican Republic. It offers something for everyone and, as a destination resort, you never have to leave unless you want to. It includes 13 pools, an 18-hole golf course, multiple restaurants and bars, a luxurious spa, and a great kids’ club with activities like face painting, cooking classes, and Spanish lessons. Older kids will love the arcade room. There’s also a children’s pool with water slides and a lazy river, along with a miniature golf course. Rooms are spacious and feature the brand’s signature rock ‘n’ roll decor along with flat-screen TVs and mini fridges.
The Beaches resort chain is known for its family-friendly fun, with one of its best resorts found at Beaches Turks & Caicos. It includes a 45,000-square-foot water park plus six swimming pools, Sesame Street camp, and lots for teens, including chill spaces to make new friends, volunteer opportunities, and a wealth of complimentary land and water sports, including free unlimited scuba diving. There’s a junior golf club with supervised instruction, tennis clinics, arcade games, karaoke, and drive-in movies too. You’ll have a whopping 20 restaurants and 12 bars for dining and drinking, including five swim-up bars, while accommodation is spread across four villages, with over 40 different room types.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort offers all-inclusive packages that are ideal for families who want to get the most out of their vacation. You can choose packages that include a la carte dining, special kids’ meals for those 12 and under, unlimited cocktails, a large selection of beer and wine, live music several nights each week, and non-motorized watersports. Kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and stand-up paddleboards are all complimentary. There’s also a pool with a swim-up bar, a diving training facility, a catamaran for snorkeling trips and cocktail cruises, and much more. All rooms come with private terraces or balconies, many with sea views, as well as flat-screen TVs, wet bars, and mini fridges.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is ideal for families looking to get the biggest bang for the buck, as it’s considered a value destination with nearly an endless list of inclusions. Not only will you enjoy unlimited meals, and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), but cocktail parties, minibar service, dance classes, aqua aerobics, and a kids’ club with supervised activities. Plus, it sits along a beach that’s a mile long, with pristine white sands edging Great Bay and the Caribbean. There are multiple pools, a casino with slots, and a fabulous spa with an extensive menu that includes aromatherapy treatments, detox and de-stress regimens, hot stone massages, and more.
Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma is located on popular Seven Mile Beach, with lots of amenities for all ages, from babies to the adults. There’s a club for the kids and the teens, four swimming pools, including a lazy river pool and two swim-up bars, and a half-dozen restaurants, plus a late-night lounge. Activities include aqua aerobics, yoga, and dance, along with water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and boogie boarding. It hosts a wide range of rooms, including ground-floor swim-up rooms, but all come with ultra-comfy king-size beds, 42″ flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and plush robes.
Located in southeast Antigua on a 45-acre property with lush tropical greenery and stunning sea views, St. James’s Club & Villas is a great pick for families. It features two white sandy beaches, separate family-friendly and adult-only areas, a half-dozen swimming pools, including a tiered pool with waterfalls, six restaurants with everything from casual to fine dining, and both kids’ and teens’ clubs with activities and game rooms. Rooms and suites all have private furnished balconies, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini fridges. Choose a villa if you want lots of space, with options for up to eight – all include living rooms, full kitchens, and private terraces with grills.
Set along the beautiful Punta Nizuc coastline, Club Med Cancún Yucatán is considered one of the best properties for families with kids of all ages. It offers programs for the little ones, including babies. Those who are 11 through 17 can enjoy Passworld, which has a Teen Spa for hanging out and enjoying beauty treatments. There are also fitness classes and activities like snorkeling, water skiing, and even a flying trapeze. There are beach areas with powdery sands as well as rocky shoreline ideal for snorkeling, while tasty meals can be enjoyed everywhere from a casual buffet to reservation-only, oceanfront dining. All rooms come with private outdoor space, but you may want to book one of the upgraded options for features like a Nespresso machine, robes and slippers, upscale safari-like decor, soaking tubs, and many other perks.
There’s so much to do at Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, the biggest challenge you’ll have is trying to choose. The property sits on a gorgeous beach in the quiet East End area and offers two all-inclusive packages, standard and premium. The less expensive standard plan includes a set dining package and cheaper alcohol options while the other includes unlimited food and upgraded booze. Guests can enjoy everything from kitesurfing and jet skiing to snorkeling, two outdoor pools, plus a kids’ pool and hot tubs, and dining at two restaurants, including a beach bar. There’s also a Subway and a coffee shop. Rooms are all oceanfront suites with private patios or balconies along with kitchenettes or kitchens.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen is great for family fun with a water park that includes five slides and three pools. Nursery service is available for kids one through four while those aged five through 12 can enjoy the Kids’ Zone which offers workshops, video games, sports, and more. Adults can look forward to massage classes, day trips to the Mayan ruins, cocktail classes, evening shows, and more. There’s also a decadent spa and a wealth of dining and drinking options, with 22 restaurants and bars to choose from.
A family-friendly Caribbean property, Franklyn D. Resort & Spa sits on a sandy beach and offers nanny services that are complementary to all guests. There’s a kids’ club, playground, giant waterslide and pool, as well as a program for the teens. Kayaking, snorkeling, and a glass-bottom boat ride, are all included in the rates too. Dine at four on-site restaurants, offering a variety of options, including a kids’ buffet and dishes ranging from traditional Jamaican to salads and sandwiches. Rooms are spacious, sleeping up to two adults and three children.