Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana for Family Relaxation in Paradise

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Overhead view of a white sand coast line and blue waters in Punta Cana.
Photo credit: Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic

With soft, sugary sands, crystal clear waters, incredible weather and a multitude of family-friendly activities, there’s no surprise that Punta Cana is the ultimate family vacation destination in the Dominican Republic. But, with more than 90 all-inclusive resorts to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed choosing one for your family! We’ve got you covered. Here’s SheBuysTravel’s roundup of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families to make your getaway an unforgettable one.

With 30 miles of sugary, white and golden-sand beaches, Punta Cana is one of the safest and most popular vacation destinations in the Dominican Republic for families.

Although it’s been several years since I’ve visited Punta Cana on a girlfriend’s trip, one thing I won’t forget is how difficult it was for me to narrow down which of the many all-inclusive resorts was best for my travel group. All of them offered mouthwatering cuisine, breathtaking views, numerous benefits and perks, and enough on- and off-resort activities to make us forget that we were even at the beach!

Today, Punta Cana has more than 90 all-inclusive hotels and resorts within seven different hotel zones packed with activities, amenities and entertainment for every type of traveler and age group. But which all-inclusive family resort is right for your vacation?

Here’s our roundup of 17 of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families:

A large pool with a building in the backdrop at the Royalton Bavaro, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa

Highway Macao Playa Arena Gorda
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 552-6888

Less than a half-hour away from the Punta Cana International Airport, the Royalton Bavaro Resort is an incredible all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for families of all ages.

Not only does this resort offer a great location with stunning coastline views, but there is plenty of family-friendly fun to be had. Spend the day lounging at one of its five swimming pools, including a 1,200 foot lazy river. There’s even a splash pad with waterslides and sprayers for the younger members of the family. When you’re feeling adventurous you can practice your surfing skills on the FlowRider surf simulator or enjoy one of the complimentary water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, bodyboarding, or catamaran sailing.

Outside of the water, choose from two tennis courts, a multi-sport court and a nine-hole golf course. There are plenty of daily and nightly live shows and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll have many reservation-free dining options to choose from including eight restaurants, one food truck and nine bars. And when the adults need a break to enjoy the fitness center or spa, the kids’ club and teens’ lounge will surely keep them entertained with games, sports, arts and crafts.

“Our stay at the Royalton Bavaro was exceptionally well. It is a great vacation spot for the family.” said one parent on TripAdvisor. “Kids love the lazy river and the multiple places to swim. It is definitely a family resort.”

Why Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa is great for families:

  • Supervised Kids Club for kids ages 4-12 and Teens Lounge for ages 13-17
  • Kids Club Seaside Camp program from June 1-September 6 with fun games and interactive activities
  • Babysitting services available
  • Variety of family friendly entertainment, activities and amenities including a lazy river

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A large pool surrounded by palm trees and palapas at the Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

Paradisus Palma Real Resort
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(305) 774-0040

If you’re looking for a luxury resort feel that the entire family can enjoy and appreciate, the Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real needs to be at the top of your list. With all that this resort offers for families, it’s no wonder it tops the list of best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.

As a resort guest, you’ll enjoy the usual all-inclusive benefits and features. There are three a la carte restaurants, a poolside snack bar and two bars. When it comes to amenities, there are three pools (including a children’s splash pool), five tennis courts, two paddle courts, a spa and a fitness center. Sports activities include golfing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaks, catamarans, beach volleyball, water polo, beach soccer and a bicycle tour. And of course there’s a variety of daily activities and nightly entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

However, what sets this resort apart from the rest is its incredible Family Concierge, who makes family travel to Punta Cana a dream come true. A stay in one of the luxury Family Concierge rooms or suites means that you’ll have a personal concierge at your disposal to organize and take care of all of your family’s needs, no matter what the age of your children.

You’ll get access to a special VIP area for check-in/check-out as well as a mobile phone to contact your concierge whenever you need them. You’ll also get special benefits such as a Kid’s Kit upon arrival, a private beach area, preferential bookings and special in-room amenities for the kids and adults. Video gamers like my eight-year-old son can even request that their favorite console be added to the room!

Why Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is great for families:

  • Family concierge to provide the family with the best amenities, activities and services
  • Designated Kid’s Zone with a family swimming pool, splash pool and family-friendly activities
  • Private beach area for families with preferential palapa bookings
  • Mobile phone to contact your personal family concierge as-needed.

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A shallow pool surrounded by palm trees at the Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana

Playa de Bavaro Bávaro
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
305) 774-0040

Although a little older and less luxurious than its sister property, the Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana still earns its rank as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families. Guests of the resort also have full access to the Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, giving you the best of both worlds!

There’s something for all ages at the Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana. Nature lovers will enjoy the resort’s beautiful, lush gardens with tropical flowers and birds at every turn. Food lovers will have access to a total of 13 restaurants serving up mouthwatering, international cuisine. The whole family will have a blast with access to three swimming pools, a private beach, Kids Zone, water sports, daily activities and workshops and nightly entertainment. Children and teenagers also have their own age-appropriate activities such as water sports and games, beach excursions and dance classes.

Just like its sister property, families have access to a Family Concierge to provide all-day personalized service, amenities and benefits. These benefits include priority reservations, an elegant VIP lounge, private reception area for families and a courtesy mobile phone to contact the concierge team.

Why Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Luxurious family suites with a private family concierge
  • Designated water sports and daily activities for children as well as teenagers
  • Family swimming pool as well as a children’s splash pool
  • Free access to the Paradisus Palma Real Resort

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A large pool with a water playground in the center at Melia Caribe Beach, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Melia Caribe Beach Resort

Playas de Bávaro, Punta Cana, Provincia La Altagracia
Punta Cana 23001, Dominican Republic
(888) 751-8464

Located on the pristine, white-sand Bavaro Beach, the Melia Caribe offers endless fun for both children and adults. With a choice of numerous family-friendly amenities, activities and entertainment to enjoy each day, the entire family will leave their vacation feeling relaxed and fulfilled.

This beautiful oceanfront resort offers six swimming pools, 13 international themed restaurants, and a family-friendly spa. There are numerous leisure and sports activities such as yoga, dance classes, an incredible 27-hole golf course, water volleyball and aqua zumba. There is also plenty of kid-friendly entertainment such as beach parties and live music.

The Melia Caribe Beach Resort also goes the extra mile to make sure kids are happy. In addition to all of the family-friendly amenities and perks, there are activities designed especially for kids such as treasure hunts, pajama parties and pirate parties. Kids can spend hours at KIDSDOM, a special fun zone for kids packed with activities, games, workshops and parties. There’s also a video game room and a kids minibar packed with snacks and fruits. And no kid can pass up a visit to the Splash Island Water Park complete with an interactive pool, slides, waterfalls, and a splash pad with games.

When you want to get off the resort and do some shopping, the Palma Real Shopping Village is just steps away with even more restaurants, bars and activities to choose from. And if you’ve done too much shopping or are too tired to walk back, the complimentary shuttle service back to the resort has you covered.

Why Melia Caribe Beach Resort is great for families:

  • KIDSDOM kids club with pool, garden video games, snacks and resting area for adults
  • Designated area of the kids club specially adapted for babes
  • Splash Island Water Park with pools, waterfalls and slides
  • Numerous organized activities just for families and kids

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A large ocean front pool lined with palm trees at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Barcelo Bavaro Palace

Playa Bavaro KM 1 no 1
Punta Cana 03177, Dominican Republic
(809) 686-5797

Located on Bavaro Beach and just 20 minutes away from the airport, Barcelo Bavaro Palace is ideal for those looking for a tropical Caribbean family getaway. Not only is it among one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families, but one of the best in the entire Dominican Republic.

As guests, your family has access to 11 restaurants, 14 bars, four swimming pools and two themed waterparks. There’s also a beauty salon to take care of the whole family, as well as a fitness studio and spa. During the day, take advantage of the several family-friendly amenities and activities including motorized and non-motorized water sports, an escape room, professional football pitch, baseball field, tennis courts, paddle courts, bowling and laser tag. I know my son can easily spend hours in the “Arcade Zone” with more than 20 video games and arcade games!

While the kids enjoying the kids club with playground, movies, games and activities, adults can take advantage of the 24-hour casino, 18-hole golf course or one of two nightclubs.

When you want something more relaxed and low key, head to a show at the theater or to the nearby shopping mall with more than 40 shops. Or, head off-resort for a horseback riding excursion or visit to the dolphinarium.

Why Barcelo Bavaro Palace is great for families:

  • Spacious family bedrooms with two separate bedrooms
  • Mini-club for ages 3-12 and Xone nightclub for teenagers
  • Family pools, children’s pool and a water park
  • Babysitting and laundry service available for an extra fee
  • Free internal transport service via Bavaro train

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An overhead view of an oceanfront pool at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Km 28, #74, Bv. Turístico del Este
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 687-0000

Self-proclaimed an “all-inclusive paradise,” the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the best Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort for music and rock n’ roll lovers.

In addition to the five-star accommodations and choice of nine restaurants, the Hard Rock has some of the most exciting amenities and activities for all ages to enjoy. Cool down from the heat while doing water sports at the beach or in one of the 13 pools (including four swim-up bars and lazy river and three kids pools with flume waterslides). Or, get competitive over a game of laser tag or mini-golf.

There’s a bowling alley, arcade center, escape room and virtual reality center. Want to give your surfing skills a try? Head over to the FlowRider surf simulator. And of course the Hard Rock hotel wouldn’t be itself without nightly live shows and entertainment. There’s even a music lab where you can learn what it feels like to be in your own band!

When the kids are in the kid’s club working on arts and crafts and forming their own rock bands, head down to the best casino in the Caribbean or work up a sweat at the 5,000 square foot Body Rock fitness center.

Why the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Kids club with fun and interactive activities scheduled throughout the week
  • Family-friendly lounges and pools
  • “Mega amenities” and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy
  • Free wifi and 24-hour in-room service

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An overhead view of several buildings and a river-style pool at the Majestic Colonial, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.
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Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Playa Arena Gorda, Carr. El Macao – Arena Gorda 23000
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(888) 477-7227

The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for families who are looking for a scenic, laid-back environment to spend their family vacation. Located on Playa Arena Gorda, this oceanfront gives you direct access to a private beach and all you need for a relaxing vacation with the family.

Amenities for the family to enjoy include seven restaurants, 11 bars, three pools including a 400-meter river style pool with swim-up bars and two jacuzzis. Children have their own pool, including a pool with slides at the Splash Kids Club. There are also four tennis courts, a basketball court, and a games area for teens with pool tables, foosball, table tennis and darts. Golfers in the family will get one greens fee per adult per five night stay, or two greens fees if you’re a part of the Colonial Club.

While you pamper yourself at the spa or work up a sweat at the fitness center, rest assured that the kids will be entertained in the kids’ club featuring a large castle with a playground. There’s also nightly entertainment as well as nearby shopping and excursions.

One mom on TripAdvisor had the “best time ever” on her family vacation. In her words, “The Majestic was accommodating to all ages. Outdoor activities, excursions, restaurant choices and entertainment did not disappoint. The staff was above and beyond friendly and truly made everyone feel like they were at home! The Majestic is truly a home away from home!”

Why the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Kids Club and babysitting service available for children from 4 to 12 years old
  • Family pools with designated children’s pool area
  • Games area for families, children and teens to enjoy together

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Kids playing in a large water playground at the Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Carretera Uvero Alto Parcela
Punta Cana 23002, Dominican Republic
(809) 468-0505

If you’re dreaming of an all-inclusive resort where literally every family member can be a kid and play, the Nickelodeon Resort will be that dream come true. With classic Nickelodeon characters such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, the PAW Patrol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles strolling through the resort, your little ones will wonder if they’re on vacation or in the middle of their favorite cartoon!

In addition to the Nickelodeon-themed rooms, there’s the AquaNick water park with splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river ride. There’s also Club Nick kid’s hangout, area for dance parties and classic interactive Nick shows such as Slime! When you want to burn some energy, there are numerous indoor and outdoor activities such as tennis, beach volleyball, track, archery, soccer, ping-pong, football and giant chess. There are also a number of classes for both adults and children such as cooking classes, yoga, aqua aerobics, pilates, scuba diving and water polo.

When you’ve worked up an appetite between all of the fun activities and entertainment, you’ll have access to a variety of delicious gourmet farm-to-table dining options, premium drinks and 24-hour room service.

Why Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Supervised BabyZone nursery made just for ages 0-4
  • Kids Club and AquaNick water park
  • Toddler-inclusive amenities available such as strollers, pack n’ plays, cribs, bottle sterilizers and warms, baby bathtubs and portable changing tables, baby monitors, booster chairs and high chairs, toddler bathrobes, step stools and baby food
  • Private butlers and 24-hour room service
  • Themed villas and swim up suites

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An overhead view of multiple oceanfront pools at the Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort

Playa de Uvero Alto
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
(809) 688-6490

Made up of two different hotels, the Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort is an all-inclusive that will put a smile on every family member’s face.

In addition to unlimited meals at one of the many themed restaurants or 13 bars, there are tons of amenities and activities to keep the whole family busy throughout the day. For example, there are two pools with beach-style access (including two children’s pools), non-motorized water sports such as windsurfing, canoeing and snorkeling, table tennis and court tennis. There’s also golf, pool aerobics, beach volleyball and diving lessons, as well as darts, archery and a multi-sports court.

If not splashing the day away at the massive on-site waterpark, kids ages 4-12 can easily spend all day in the Sirenis Mini Club complete with a Masterchef zone, Lego zone, craft zone, Barbie zone and cinema room, outdoor garden and direct access to the plant nursery.

Together, the family can enjoy the daytime and evening entertainment programs and shows. Adult guests can enjoy a day at the spa or wellness and beauty center before taking advantage of free access to the disco, “El Bonche,” later in the evening. Forgot something? No worries, there’s a mini-market and shops nearby to take care of your needs.

Why Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort is great for families:

  • Two swimming pools designated just for children
  • Sirenis Aquagames Waterpark with a nursery and attractions for all ages
  • Children’s playground and Sirenios Mini Club for children ages 4-12
  • Laundry services available

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An overhead view of the resort and beachfront at Club Med Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Club Med Punta Cana

APT POSTAL 106 HIGUEY
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
(809) 686-5500

With more than 100 acres of amenities, the Club Med Punta Cana is an excellent all-inclusive resort for families looking for a complete tropical getaway.

Located right on the beach, Club Med Punta Cana all-inclusive package includes 24-hour access to four restaurants and four bars, more than 25 included activities, unlimited water and land sports, and daily and nightly entertainment. Pass the day soaking up the sun at the white-sand palm-lined beach, or the resort pool. Or, enjoy activities such as yoga, tennis, sailing, golf, scuba diving or kitesurfing.

If you’re feeling adventurous, give the trapeze a try at the Circus School. Or, sign up for one of several family-friendly off-resort excursions. When you want to spend some adult-time relaxing poolside or at the spa, the Baby Club Med and kids’ club will keep the little ones entertained with age-appropriate activities.

Why Club Med Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Playground, kid’s pool and children’s club for ages 4-17
  • Baby Club Med on-demand childcare service for ages 4-23 months
  • More than 25 sports and activities included in the all-inclusive package
  • Baby Club Med welcome kit with bathtub, bottle warmer, changing table, umbrella bed and baby stroller

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A colorful playground surrounded by palm trees at the Grand Bavaro Princess, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Grand Bavaro Princess All-Suites

Gran Bávaro Princess
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 221-2311

Just a little more than half-hour from the airport, the Grand Bavaro Princess All-Suites is perfect for families and groups. Located on beautiful Bavaro Beach, it is easy to spend the day with your toes in the white sands while looking out over crystal-clear waters. However, this resort offers so much more to do that it’ll be difficult to decide!

Not even my food-picky son will have a chance to complain that he’s hungry. Dining options include 10 restaurants, three buffets, two snack bars, a food truck area, coffee shop and nine bars. Additionally, it’ll be hard for anyone to get bored with a full family-friendly entertainment program and activities such as water sports, tennis, archery, boules, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, golf, yoga, zumba or pilates.

While you’re soaking up the sun at the adult’s pool with a swim up bar, the kids will have a blast on their own at the designated children’s pool. The pool comes complete with a pirate ship, slides and water games. Additionally, there’s an eco-friendly area with trails to take a family walk as well as plenty of daytime and evening entertainment and games.

When you want some adult-only time to head to enjoy the adult’s only pool, spa, casino or movie disco club, take advantage of the children’s club. Or, ask about the resort’s babysitting and childcare services.

Why Grand Bavaro Princess All-Suites is great for families:

  • Babysitting and childcare available upon request
  • Children’s club for ages 4-12 as well as daily children’s activities and entertainment
  • Princess Family Club with exclusive swimming pool for adults and children as well as an exclusive themed children’s pool with water games and slides

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A birds eye view of several palapas and two pools at the Iberostar Dominicana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Iberostar Dominicana

Carr. El Macao – Arena Gorda
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 221-6500

Located right on Bavaro Beach, the Iberostar Dominicana all-inclusive resort offers direct beach access, tropical gardens and a family-friendly atmosphere.

As a guest you can choose between delicious dining options such as six-themed restaurants, two buffets and seven bars. You’ll have access to one of two pools, on-site 18-hole golf course, tennis court, PADI-certified diving center, casino, fitness center and luxury spa.

The Star Camp children’s activity program will keep the littlest ones entertained and happy. There are games, activities, designated pool and playground. When you want to do some shopping, a large shopping area with a supermarket, pharmacy and Caribbean-style shops are just steps away.

With UNESCO recognizing Bavaro Beach as the best beaches in the world, Iberostar Dominicana certainly does its part to keep it that way and care for its surroundings. The resort commits itself to responsible consumption of seafood and being free of single use plastics. Additionally, you won’t want to leave without checking out “Noah’s Ark”, the resort’s very own coral lab aimed at educating others about how to protect various coral species.

Why Iberostar Dominicana is great for families:

  • Star Camp kids club with designated kids pool and playground
  • Babysitting service available
  • Direct access to beach

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A turquoise blue pool surrounded by palm trees at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Higuey 11903
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
(809) 552-6000

For a family-friendly resort that also has a romantic touch for mom and dad, the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana fits the bill.

Family-friendly amenities include four swimming pools and a kid’s pool, tennis, beach football, beach volleyball, ping-pong, bocce ball and darts. On the beach you can participate in non-motorized water sports and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and kayaking. Golfers in the family will enjoy complimentary greens fees at the Cocotal Golf & Country Club.

Throughout the day you can enjoy family-friendly entertainment such as big-screen movies on the beach, live music performances and shows. Additionally, there are theme nights, dance parties and classes for dance and Spanish. When you want some time away from the kids to enjoy some adult-only time, the supervised Explorer Club and Core Zone for older kids will keep them well-entertained.

One TripAdvisor mom felt that the Explorer Club helped provide the perfect balance between adult time and family time on her vacation: ”Between family time and alone time, the Explorer’s Club played a huge part in making sure the kids were busy, entertained and active while also allowing my husband and I to have some alone time. The experience alone was amazing as I witnessed my daughter run around and play, on treasure hunts on the beach, face painting, cooking, baking, pool parties, and so much more.”

Why Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Supervised Explorer Kids Club for ages 3-12 with playground and fun games and activities
  • Core Zone Teens Club for ages 13-17 with various sports, games and activities
  • Childcare services available
  • 24-hour room service

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An overhead view of multiple pools at the Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana

Av. Alemania S/N El Cortecito
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 221-4646

Formerly the Now Larimar Punta Cana, the Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana is a luxurious family-friendly beachfront resort with plenty to keep the whole family busy.

In addition to the white sand beach just steps away, the family can spend the day having fun at one of the three pools. There’s also a designated children’s pool for the younger guests. The kids will have a blast playing games and participating in fun activities at the kids club and teen club. Together, the family can enjoy a variety of sports including tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, paddle ball, billiards and golf. Or, make a splash with water sports and activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, sailing and scuba diving. If you want to learn to scuba dive for the first time, there are intro classes available at the pool.

In addition to the various activities to keep you moving, there are also daily events. For example, there are live performances and shows, theme nights, beach parties and even classes for dance and Spanish. To keep you refueled between all of the activities, you’ll have access to several mouthwatering restaurants and bars serving up the best international meals and signature cocktails.

Why Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Supervised Explorer Kids Club for ages 3-12 with playground and fun games and activities
  • Core Zone Teens Club for ages 13-17 with various sports, games and activities
  • Numerous family friendly activities and water sports
  • Family-friendly live shows and entertainment

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A large colorful castle surrounded by beach umbrellas and water at the Bahia Principe Fantasia, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana

Carr. El Macao – Arena Gorda
Punta Cana 02300, Dominican Republic
(800) 416-6962

If you have any fairytale lovers in the family, the Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana is the place to be for your Punta Cana family vacation. The Fantasia brand is designed to create an unforgettable themed experience that the whole family will love.

At this all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, you and the kids will feel like royalty. Within one of the three resort castles you’ll find the kid’s club with activities such as costume workshops, cooking classes, games, crafts and expeditions. The other two castles house the Garden Circus restaurant and Kokora bar, just two of the resort’s six restaurants and six bars.

When not soaking up the sun on the Bavaro Beach, take a refreshing dip in one of the resort’s two pools. Or, head out on the water for water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, paddle surfing or scuba diving lessons. Outside of the water, there is plenty of daily music, entertainment and shows at the theater. While the little ones are in the kids club, adults can enjoy some time at the spa or fitness center.

Why Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Castle-themed kid’s club with activities, games and workshops
  • Bahia Scouts entertainment program with nature cub and water park
  • 24-hour free wifi and room service

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An overhead view of a large pool and several buildings at the Occidental Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Occidental Punta Cana

Avenida Espana Bavaro La Altag.
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
(809) 221-8787

Formerly the Occidental Caribe, the Occidental Punta Cana is located on the spectacular Playa El Cortecito. This resort aims to keep even the smallest family members in mind on their vacation.

With unlimited access to 11 restaurants and 10 bars, you’ll never have the chance to go hungry or thirsty. You also have access to three swimming pools, a kids club and mini disco. Additionally, there’s a spa, fitness center and non-motorized water sports. There are also several resort amenities and sports activities to choose from. For instance, there’s tennis, volleyball, archery, dance classes, beach football, fitness classes, giant chess, badminton and darts. Want to get off the resort for a bit? Ask about the fun and adventure-packed excursions such as a bus tour, helicopter tour, trip to the Seaquarium or safari tour.

After a fun-filled day, the family can enjoy family-friendly live music and entertainment together. Or, take advantage of the resort’s babysitting services and head to the renowned Mangú Nightclub for an adults night out!

Why Occidental Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Mini-club for children ages 4-12 with special activities and entertainment as well as a nightly mini-disco in the theater
  • Numerous family-friendly amenities and daily activities to keep the whole family busy
  • Babysitting and laundry services available

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An overhead view of several oceanfront pools and palm trees at the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
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Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana

Playa de Arena Gorda
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
(888) RIU-4990

Located on Arena Gorda beach, the Hotel Riu Palace is an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana with everything your family needs for a delightful getaway.

In addition to having direct access to the beach, you can also cool off at one of three outdoor swimming pools. For the little ones, there’s a children’s pool with water slides and the Splash Water World water park. Spend the day together participating in water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and body boarding. Or, take an introductory scuba diving lesson.

Family members who want to stay active but dry also have plenty of options. For example, you can play a game of tennis at one of four courts or golf at the 18-hole golf course. Or, you can participate in one of the daily group fitness activities. There’s also plenty of on-site entertainment. For instance, there are daily programs for children and adults, live music and daily shows. There are adults-only themed pool parties and free entry to the disco.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can choose from one of the many restaurants serving up delicious international cuisine. Or, head to one of the resort’s five bars for a beverage, snack or appetizer.

Why Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is great for families:

  • Daily daytime entertainment programs for both children and adults
  • Family swimming pools with children’s pool and a waterpark
  • Free wifi throughout the resort
  • Rooms with 24-hour room service and private balcony or terrace

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Kimberly Miles is a mother of one and an experienced solo and single mom traveler. So far, she has traveled to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Dubai, Bahamas, Aruba, Mexico, and several places in the U.S. Kimberly was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, but in 2018 she took a leap of faith and made the beautiful beach town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico her home with her young son. In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Kimberly ghostwrites blogs on a variety of topics. She also provides marketing consulting services and business guidance to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations via her independent business KNM Virtual Solutions. When she’s not traveling or writing, you can find Kimberly working out, eating tacos, dancing the night away, or spending time at the beach with her son. You can read more of her work at Travel Unapologetically.
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