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Many people think of Jamaica as a romantic destination for couples who are celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary. However, Jamaica is also a very family-friendly destination, especially at the resorts that cater programs and services to kids and parents. Many of these resorts offer kids’ clubs, babysitting, activities that families can do together, and exciting experiences for even the littlest of island travelers. Here are our top picks for family-friendly resorts in Jamaica.
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Beaches is a great name to know in Jamaica for all-inclusive vacations that keep the whole family entertained and having fun. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa has a laid-back vibe and is located right along a seven-mile beach. It has been voted one of the top hotels in the entire world for families and spans over 20 landscaped acres. Family-friendly highlights include three pools, nine specialty restaurants, the Pirates Island Waterpark, a supervised kids’ camp for all ages of kids, and the Trench Town teens-only game room. Adults love this place because there are 13 bars serving premium liquors and Mondavi wine, and kids love it because of the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street and the Xbox Play Lounge. Everything is included at this resort to make it easy on busy families who don’t want to plan too much. Adult rates are typically from $289 per person, and child rates are from $38 per person.
Another great place to take your family on vacation is the Azul Beach Resort Negril. This is a five-star luxury resort on Seven-Mile Beach and on Jamaica’s western coast. It’s an ideal spot for families and family reunion gatherings under the island sun and has won numerous awards. The kids program and splash park are grouped together in one area so that parents can drop their kids off to play at Azulitos Playhouse. Here they can get creative and active with gym programs, sandcastle building, cooking classes, and play with parents in the family pool. The My Gym Center is for kids ages 3 to 12 and has many fun ways to get active, such as trampolines and daily classes. The resort also offers baby amenities to make packing and traveling with little ones easier. Choose the toddler inclusive option for access to cribs, strollers, bottle sterilizers, and more.
Half Moon is a Popular Montego Bay resort that’s great for families too. This is a place to bring your kids to get active and try fun activities like horseback riding and water sports. There’s a children’s village here that is for little ones aged three to 12. The village offers packages for half days, full days, three days, and four days. They’ll meet other young travelers, always be supervised, be served nutritious snacks and lunches, and never be bored. With 400 acres of beautiful grounds and two miles of beachfront, Half Moon also offers an equestrian center, golf court, spa, pools, gardens, and multiple restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Franklyn D. Resort is an ultimate family resort that truly specializes in family vacations on the island. Here you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive experience and get to take advantage of the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club, which is fully supervised and open from morning to night daily. Featured activities include soccer, tie-dye lessons, snorkeling sessions, beach picnics, cooking classes, arts and crafts, swimming, and a 100-foot waterslide. There are lots of ways for kids to get active with their parents by taking boat and bicycle rides. Meanwhile, the activities for teenagers and adults include kayak races, talent shows, dance classes, and more.
Another family-friendly Beaches resort worth mentioning is the one in Ocho Rios. There’s a huge waterpark here, a private beach, a golf program for kids, and lots of grown-up fun while the kids are entertained and supervised. This resort’s waterpark is 27,000 square feet in size, and there are three pools and two whirlpools in total. You can book a spacious family suite here to have plenty of room. Other family-friendly perks are the beach parties and marine science lessons at kids’ camp, the Scratch DJ Academy, and teens-only nightclubs.
This all-inclusive resort welcomes children too and has a mini club for kids that provides the comfort and entertainment they need. It’s open from 9am to 11pm daily, next to the main pool, and supervised by professionals to offer everything from video games to crafts and outdoor recreation. To get active as a family, check out the beach volleyball, soccer, tennis, archery, mini golf, water polo, and other sports facilities. Your all-inclusive experience here includes all meals, drinks, snacks, watersports at the beach, and the kids’ club.
Iberostar Rose Hall is a five-star, all-inclusive resort that includes endless activities for everyone in the family. Here you’ll find a kids’ waterpark and family-friendly pools like the activity pool, infinity pool, and lazy river. The waterpark is for kids ages six to 12, the kids pool is for kids four to 12, and Star Camp offers organized games to play for kids ages four to 12. For the adults, there’s a casino, billiards, live entertainment, and dance lessons.
Round Hill offers luxury villas and boutique oceanfront rooms along a private bay and turquoise waters. Families can spend time together in the 36-room Pineapple House and the 27 private villas. Meanwhile, the Pineapple Kids Club keeps kids entertained while parents are at the spa or enjoying some quiet time at the beach. Other perks here are the outdoor yoga classes and adventure excursions that the whole family can do.
Moon Palace is another all-inclusive family resort we love because of the non-motorized watersport offerings, 24-hour room service, and kids and teens clubs. Here you’ll find activity rooms with building blocks, an outdoor water park, Xbox and Wii gaming areas, kitchen play area, and staff that can accommodate different dietary needs. The largest spa on the island is also located at Moon Palace, and there are some great nightlife options for the adults.