17 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean for Family Fun in the Sand and Sun

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Toddler running in the sand on the beach in the Caribbean.

Planning a Caribbean vacation at an all-inclusive resort is the easiest way to go. You’ll get a dreamy beachfront location, tons of activities to choose from and all your meals. Some islands, like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are well known for their all inclusive resorts. Others, like Grenada and Antigua, fly under the radar but are worth considering.

Here’s a look at the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families. We’ve included properties at different price points and provide a deep dive into their amenities, dining options and locations. Choose one and the only other decision you’ll need to make is mai tai or piña colada.

Antigua:

A water large play structure at the Royalton Antigua Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Kids can spend hours splashing around at the Splash Zone. Photo credit: Royalton Antigua Resort

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa

Five Islands Village, Antigua & Barbuda
(268) 484-2000

Located just a half-hour away from the airport, the Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is an luxurious all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean that all ages can enjoy.

In addition to its beautiful waterfront location on St. John’s Deep Bay, the Royalton Antigua Resort offers a private beach with overwater bungalows, three sparkling swimming pools, water sports, a spa, fitness center and a casino for the adults. Daily entertainment and nightly shows will keep the entire family smiling and on their toes from sunup to sun down.

The supervised resort kids’ club keeps children ages 4-12 entertained with plenty of games and play. There’s also a playground for the kids to get outside and run around while taking in the tropical breeze. For older kids, the supervised teens lounge for teens ages 13-17 will give them a fun space to make friends, participate in water sports, watch movies and play games, including the latest video games.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll have the choice between eight world-class restaurants serving up both a la carte and buffet style meals. After dinner, the adults can grab a cocktail at one of the five bars. Late night cravings? No worries, there’s also 24-hour room service.

Why Royalton Antigua 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
  • 24-hour room service for late night cravings
  • Complimentary wifi and in-room USB outlets so you can stay connected

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Aruba:

An overhead view of a large pool at the Divi Aruba, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Aruba.
There is plenty to do to keep the entire family busy at the Divi Aruba. Photo credit: Diva Aruba All-Inclusive

Divi Aruba All-Inclusive

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 45
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 525-5200

Located on Aruba’s popular Eagle Beach, the Divi Aruba is made with families in mind. The family-friendly resort also provides full-access to its sister property, the Tamarijn Aruba, just a 10-minute walk away.

In addition to the sugary white-sand beach just steps away, you’ll have access to multiple freshwater pools, non-motorized water sports, biking tours, tennis courts and a fitness and sports center with ocean views and a 30’ rock climbing wall.

When you want some time away from the kids to relax, have a nice meal or do some exploring, the Sea Turtle Kids Club as well as babysitting services are available to give you a hand. At the end of the day, you can head back to your stylish room to relax and unwind on your own private patio or balcony.

Between the two resorts, you’ll have unlimited meals, snacks and beverages at 10 restaurants and eight bars. Even picky eaters like my son won’t have room to complain that they can’t find something to eat!

Why Divi Aruba is great for families:

  • Activity schedule with a variety of kid-friendly activities
  • Free kids club for ages 4-12
  • Convenient to numerous fun family-friendly attractions
  • Includes access to the Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive

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Bahamas:

A red and white lighthouse at Lighthouse Pointe, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas.
The Lucaya Lighthouse in Freeport, Bahamas. Photo credit: Grand Lucayan

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan

1 Royal Palm Way
Freeport, Bahamas
(242) 373-1333

Located on Grand Bahama Island, the Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan is part of the Grand Lucayan Resort. This all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is a good mix of affordability and style with plenty to keep the whole family busy.

During your family getaway at Lighthouse Pointe, you’ll have access to a myriad of amenities including both land and sea activities. In addition to the 7.5 acres of white sand beach, four pools, tennis courts and fitness center there’s also snorkeling, diving, horseback riding and an 18-hole championship golf course.

When you’re hungry, choose from four restaurants, or head to one of the bars to enjoy a snack and premium adult beverage. There’s daily and nightly entertainment to keep everyone in the family entertained including a poolside movie night, Sunday Champagne Brunch and Friday Night Buffet.

While the adults can get pampered at the resort spa and salon, the little ones in the family will have a blast doing arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and games in the Kid’s Club. Or, they can spend time burning off energy at the children’s playground or pool.

Here’s why Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan is great for families:

  • Children’s playground and kids’ club for children aged 4 and up
  • Babysitting services available at an extra cost
  • Spacious guest rooms and suites
  • Close proximity to the airport, just 8km away

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Curaçao:

A distant view of multiple pools surrounded by palm trees at the Sunscape Curacao Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Choose from four sparkling pools, or head to the beach. Photo credit: Sunscape Curacao Resort

Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino

78 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Willemstad, Curaçao
599 9 736 7888

Sunscape Curacao Resorts sets itself apart from other all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families with its signature Unlimited-Fun inclusions. This means unlimited dining, drinks and entertainment, all without the need for those pesky wristbands.

In addition to its beautiful beach and ocean views, there are tons of amenities for families to enjoy together such as four pools, a rock climbing wall, beanbag toss, batting cage and a nearby golf course. When you’re not out enjoying the waves on the beach together, get your family time in with one of the numerous fun activities. For example, there’s beach volleyball, tennis, sumo-wrestling, foosball, Euro-bungee, bouncy boxing, bocce ball, watersports and board games. There’s also snorkeling and diving tours available for families who want an underwater adventure.

From day to night there’s entertainment and activities taking place such as beach movies, performances and dance lessons. Six different dining options with kid-friendly options ensure that everyone’s cravings are satisfied. Even the seven resort bars are happy to serve up non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails so the littles ones aren’t left out.

When you do want some time to relax at the spa, head to the casino or simply explore the resort without the kiddos, there’s a kids club and teens club with several interactive games and activities to keep them busy, engaged and entertained. And when you want to get off the resort and do some shopping and sightseeing, there’s a shuttle to take you into downtown Willemstad.

Why Sunscape Curaçao Resort is great for families:

  • Supervised kids club for ages 3-12 and teens club for age 13-17
  • Numerous land and water sports and activities that the family can do together
  • Daily and nightly family-friendly activities, events and entertainment

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Dominican Republic:

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.
The Club Med Punta Cana offers plenty of ways to relax, whether pool side or ocean side. Photo credit: Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana

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

Located a stretch of private white-sand beach, the Club Med Punta Cana is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families looking for a complete tropical getaway.

With more than 100 acres of amenities, Club Med Punta Cana provides access to four restaurants and four bars, more than 25 included activities, unlimited water and land sports and daily and nightly entertainment. If not spending the day sticking your toes in the sand at the palm-lined beach, head to the sparkling resort pool for a dip with the kids. Enjoy activities such as yoga, tennis, sailing, golf, scuba diving or kitesurfing.

Adventure seekers can 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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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.
Photo credit: Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

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

The Nickelodeon Resort is among the best of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for children. With themed rooms and classic Nickelodeon characters such as Dora the Explorer, the Fairly Oddparents, the PAW Patrol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles walking around the resort, your little ones will wonder if they’re on vacation or in the middle of their favorite cartoon. I know my son would absolutely get a kick out of seeing a real-life SpongeBob SquarePants cross his path!

In addition to the Nickelodeon atmosphere, 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! Numerous indoor and outdoor activities such as tennis, beach volleyball, track, archery, soccer, ping-pong, football and giant chess will keep them busy as well as help them burn off some energy. 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.

Once the family has worked up an appetite between all of the fun activities and entertainment, you can choose between 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
  • Nickelodeon-themed villas and swim up suites

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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.
Cool off at the family pool with a poolside snack bar. Photo credit: Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

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

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is one of the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families to enjoy a luxury feel while enjoying numerous amenities that the entire family can enjoy and appreciate.

As a resort guest, you have access to three a la carte restaurants, a poolside snack bar and two bars. The resort also boasts 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 for the whole family.

Setting apart this resort from others is the Family Concierge. A stay in one of the luxury Family Concierge rooms or suites means access to a personal concierge 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 game lovers like my son can also 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 large pool with a building in the backdrop at the Royalton Bavaro, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.
Spend the day lounging at one of the five sparkling swimming pools, or relax in the lazy river. Photo credit: Royalton Bavaro

Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa

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

The Royalton Bavaro Resort is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families of all ages. Less than 30 minutes away from the Punta Cana airport, the resort offers stunning coastline views and plenty of family-friendly fun to be had.

Spend the day lounging at one of its five swimming pools, including an infinity pool and 1,200 foot lazy river. For the younger members of the family, there’s a splash pad with waterslides and sprayers. Adventure seekers can practice their 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.

Land amenities include 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. When the adults need a break to enjoy the fitness center or spa, the kids’ club and teens’ lounge are packed with games, sports, arts and crafts to keep them busy.

And 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.

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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Grenada:

An overview of a large oceanfront clover-shaped pool at Spice Island Beach Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
If you love the water, you’ll love Spice Island Beach Resort. Photo credit: Spice Island Beach Resort

Spice Island Beach Resort

Grand Anse Beach
The Lime, Grenada
(473) 444-4258

Just steps away from one of the world’s best beaches according to Conde Nast Traveler, Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is an ideal all-inclusive family resort in the Caribbean.

Set on Grand Anse Beach’s two miles of sugary white sands and turquoise waters, you won’t want to think twice about spending all day in the sun and sand. Families can enjoy non-motorized watersports together such as kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling or sailing on a Hobie Cat. There’s also PADI certified diving lessons available right on the resort.

When you do want to take a break from the water, you can enjoy a game of golf, tennis or go for a bicycle ride with the family. There’s also a fitness center, spa and a boutique to do some shopping.

When you want to spend some time away from the little ones to enjoy an adult-only meal at one of the two restaurants, the supervised Nutmeg Pod Activity Center is there to make sure they’re kept entertained and having a good time.

Why Spice Island Beach Resort is great for families:

  • Supervised kids club and activity center for kids ages 3-12
  • Spacious guest rooms, family suites and family villas , some with private pools
  • Easy access to the beach

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Jamaica:

Family with small children and beach toys on Jamaican beach at all inclusive resort
Dig in! Spending quiet family time building sand castles and memories in Jamaica. Photo credit: Franklyn D. Resorts

Franklyn D. Resort and Spa

Main Street
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
(876) 973-4124

Located in Runaway Bay Jamaica, Franklyn D. Resort and Spa is hands down one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for kids. Children and families were definitely kept in mind when they planned the amenities and interactive programs at this resort.

In addition to its beautiful white-sand beach, there’s a private beach just for the kids. When not at the beach, you can spend the day relaxing at one of the four swimming pools with a 100 ft. waterslide and play feature for infants and toddlers. Or, get active with the family and take advantage of the included land and water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, volleyball or biking.

For the little ones in the family are the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club and Kids Activity Room with board games, video games, arts and crafts, contests and excursions. Toddlers have their own playroom with building blocks, ball pit, books and toys. Teens also have their own game room with the latest video game systems, pool tables, ping pong and Foosball.

After a day of entertainment and excursions, you have a choice of several resort restaurants. There’s even a designated kids’ buffet serving up delicious Jamaican cuisine such as jerk chicken.

However, what makes Franklyn D. Resort and Spa one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families of this resort is its free vacation nanny. As a part of your all-inclusive stay, you get your very own professionally trained and certified nanny to help care for and entertain your children while you relax and enjoy your vacation. As a single mom, a perk like this is priceless for a family vacation with me and my son.

Why Franklin D. Resort and Spa is great for families:

  • Family fun day picnic
  • Luxury accommodations including suites with up to three-bedrooms
  • Free CPR certified vacation nanny to take care of your family during your entire stay
  • Private kids beach, 100 foot waterslide and infant/toddler water play feature
  • Special kids buffet with delicious Jamaican fare
  • Free ground transfers to and from the airport

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An overhead view of a large blue pool with water slides at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.
Cool off from the heat in the large pristine resort pool or waterpark. Photo credit: Hilton Rose Hall Resort

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa Montego Bay

Rose Hall Main Road
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(876) 953-2650

The Hilton Rose Hall Resort absolutely needs to be at the top of your list if you plan to spend a lot of time in the water. From lagoons and waterfalls to glass-bottom boat rides, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean will have you splish-splashing to your heart’s content.

As a guest you’ll enjoy a 400 acre oceanfront resort along the bright blue Caribbean coast. You’ll also have access to 11 dining options serving up international fare such as Italian, American and Asian, as well as traditional Caribbean and Jamaican fare.

Its private white-sand beach has a gentle surf, excellent for younger beach goers. But the highlight for just about all of the kids is the Sugar Mill Falls Waterpark. The largest waterpark in Jamaica, Sugar Mill Falls waterpark boasts giant water slides, a lazy river, cascading waterfalls, lagoons and a suspension bridge.

When you need some adult-time, kids ages 4-12 will be kept busy by the daily games and activities such as seashell searches and glass-bottom boat rides in the complimentary Kids’ Club. Meanwhile, teenagers can enjoy the designated teen club with activities such as arcade games, video games, air hockey and foosball.

Why Hilton Rose Hall Resort is great for families:

  • Children age two and under stay free
  • Year-round Kids Club and gaming area for teens
  • Rooms with private terrace or private balcony
  • Home to one of Jamaica’s largest waterparks

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An overhead view of an oceanfront playground and children's pool at Jewel Grande Montego Bay, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
The oceanfront splash pad and playground gives children plenty to do and explore. Photo credit: Jewel Grande Jamaica

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa

Rose Hall Main Road
Montego Bay, Jamaica
(833) 325-3935

For families looking for an upscale, all-inclusive family getaway, the Jewel Grande Bay Resort and Spa is one of the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean that fit the bill. Just 15 minutes from the Sangster International Airport, the resort was made keeping families in mind.

Families staying at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa will have unlimited access to two swimming pools, a fitness center, full-service spa, tennis, billiards, nightly entertainment and free wifi. At the beach you’ll find private beachside cabanas to kick your feet back with the family, and numerous non-motorized water sports to keep you cool and active. There’s also unlimited access to all of the resort restaurants and bars, including room service.

The little ones will have a blast on their own in the kids’ club with activities such as arts and crafts, treasure hunts, games and kite flying. There’s also a beachfront play area, fun-size soccer field, jungle gym and splash pad to keep them active. Teens even have their own club with fun activities such as bowling, foosball, ping pong and video games. Not so far from the kids’ clubs is a lounge where you can sit back and relax with your favorite adult beverage.

Why Jewel Grande Montego Bay is great for families:

  • Two and three-bedroom suites and multi-bedroom villas with complimentary butler service
  • Kids Club and Teen Lounge with a nearby lounge area for the adults
  • Numerous family-friendly amenities and activities

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Jewel Runaway Bay

FM7C+3HP North Coast Highway
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
(305) 774 0040

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for families who want a upscale and relaxing private getaway during their Caribbean vacation.

As a part of the all-inclusive package, you can decide between seven restaurants, two snack bars and two beverage bars. You’ll also have access to an 18-hole golf course, beach volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court and play areas for the kids. Just minutes away from the resort are first-class shopping and authentic Caribbean cuisine.

Ready for some fun on the water? Choose from one of three outdoor pools, a private beach or head to the Jewel Lagoon waterpark. Non-motorized water sports are at your fingertips for complimentary use. There’s also a number of aquatic excursions and adventures near the resort.

For parents who want to explore the resort without the kids, there’s the Jewel Runaway Bay Kids Camp and teen lounge with plenty of fun activities for both younger and older kids. There are activities such as laser tag, mini golf, cooking classes, arts and crafts, dress up and trivia. There’s even a petting zoo and a special lounge for the older kids with video games, board games and movies.

SheBuysTravel contributor Danielle Faust stayed at Jewel Runaway Bay with her two- and four-year old children. In her words, “The women at the Jewel Runaway Bay Kids Camp are phenomenal. They treated my children so lovingly. I have issues leaving my kids in the care of non-family members, so trusting the women at the Kids Camp with my babies was a big deal for me. They knew I was anxious and were very reassuring.”

Why Jewel Runaway Bay is great for families:

  • Waterpark with a lazy pool, slides and play structures for younger children
  • Professional nannies available for childcare
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Large, spacious rooms with balconies and private plunge pools available

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Mexico:

A large bucket splashing water onto a water playground at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
There’s no doubt you’ll get soaked at the children’s splash pool. Photo credit: Paradisus Playa del Carmen

Paradisus Playa del Carmen

5 Av. Nte. 5ª, Luis Donaldo Colosio 
77728 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
(800) 918-0347

Located in Mexico’s popular beach town of Playa del Carmen, Paradisus Playa del Carmen is a mix of both luxury and fun for families. Conveniently located near the beach, shopping and other popular activities and attractions, this all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean offers plenty to do and see.

Dining options include 22 restaurants and bars serving up delicious Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean and American fare. When at the beach you can partake in water sports such as snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, beach volleyball and beach soccer. You’ll also have access to two lagoon-style swimming pools with a swim-up bar and poolside grill, an activity pool and a waterpark area with five water slides and giant water buckets. There’s also plenty of live entertainment and shows to be enjoyed by all including live bands, traditional Mexican folklore and dances and pool parties with a DJ!

While the kids are having an adventure playing games and engaging in interactive activities at the Kidsdom kids’ club, you can head to the full-service spa for some pampering and relaxation. Or, take the opportunity to join one of the several classes and experiences including dance lessons, fitness classes, tastings and art classes. Adults can even learn how to make an authentic Cuban cigar or signature cocktail!

Why Paradisus Playa del Carmen is great for families:

  • Kidsdom kids’ club with fun activities and games for ages 3 and up
  • Laundry service available
  • 24-hour medical services and on-call doctor

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St. Lucia:

A large pool with several palm trees in the distance at Coconut Bay Beach Resort, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Coconut Bay is home to the island’s largest waterpark, Cocoland. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa

000, Vieux Fort Lighthouse, St. Lucia
(833) 300-0146

Located on the south coast of St. Lucia, the Coconut Bay Beach Resort offers both an adults-only side and a family-friendly side. For families looking for value-packed all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Coconut Bay needs to be on the list.

To be a guest on the family side means access to a mile-long beach, five pools, tennis and basketball courts, a fitness center, full-service salon and oceanfront spa. The kids will easily spend all day splashing around the island’s largest waterpark, Cocoland. The park comes complete with a lazy river, waterslides, kid’s club, and the island’s only resort animal sanctuary and paintball course.

There are also countless activities for the whole family, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and snorkeling. You can also get competitive with a game of pool volleyball or water polo. The foam party at the Splash plunge pool is something you absolutely won’t want to miss! Dry activities include beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, soccer, cricket, and a variety of fitness and dance classes. There’s also family-friendly activities such as family tie-dye, bingo, dominos and darts.

When you’re ready to refuel, you can choose between nine restaurants and seven bars offering unlimited a la carte and buffet options.

SheBuysTravel Heidi Gollub visited Coconut Bay Beach Resort and was surprised at how peaceful the resort was considering all it had to offer. In her words, “This was my first stay at an all-inclusive resort, and I quickly discovered that Coconut Bay felt like a cruise on land. All of the entertainment, food and drinks, but none of the crowds. Even at 96% occupancy, it didn’t feel like there were many people around.” Read more about why she thinks Coconut Bay is great for families here.

Why Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa is great for families:

  • Home to the island’s largest waterpark and the first paintball facility of its kind
  • In-room complimentary Wi-FI and mini-fridges stocked with bottled water
  • Endless land and water activities for the family

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Two young boys catching water pools on the oceanfront at Windjammer Landing, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Kids have plenty of fun water activities and sports to stay busy all day at the Windjammer. Photo credit: Windjammer Landing

Windjammer Landing St. Lucia

1504 Castries Labrelotte Bay, St. Lucia
(877) 522-0722

With charming, spacious villas and picturesque views, the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is one of the ideal all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families looking for relaxation and fun. Between the various resort amenities, activities and tours, there’s something to please family members of all ages.

An all-inclusive stay at the Windjammer means unlimited dining at world-class restaurants, access to sparkling swimming pools and complimentary access to equipment for non-motorized water sports. Complimentary water activities include windsurfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and pedal boating. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can give water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding a try. (No worries, professional lessons are available for both adults and children!) There’s also a fun water trampoline and climbing wall.

My son would choose this resort alone based on the fact that there are pizza parties just for kids and teens. Other fun activities for the kids include coconut bowling and dance lessons, sports lessons, performances and arts and crafts. Teens will also have a great time with a variety of land and water activities and events to make them feel included and entertained.

For some family-time off of the resort, you can book both full- and half-day tours to explore the island via sailboat, Jeep, catamaran or helicopter. There are also a variety of guided excursions and activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and volcano tours (and that’s just to name a few)!

Why Windjammer Landing is great for families:

  • Kids club with activities and events designed especially for kids and teens
  • Several family friendly excursions and activities to choose from
  • Spacious villas available with up to four-bedrooms, full kitchens, outdoor space and private plunge pool

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Turks and Caicos:

A young child swimming in a large round pool at Beaches Turks and Caicos, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Turks and Caicos for families.
At Beaches Turks and Caicos, it’s difficult to choose between the incredible pools or white sand beaches! Photo credit: Maria Smith

Beaches Turks and Caicos

Lower Bight Rd.
The Bight Settlement TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands
(888) 232-2437

Located on one of the world’s #1 beaches, Grace Bay Beach, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort is one of the ultimate all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for all ages.

With all that there is to do and see on the resort, it will be almost impossible to get bored. In addition to the five villages and breathtaking 12-mile beach, there are also 10 freshwater swimming pools, four whirlpools and a scuba diving pool. Water adventurers can enjoy water sports such as Hobie Cats, paddle boards and kayaking. Perhaps the biggest attraction amongst the kids is Pirate’s Island, a 45,000 square foot waterpark with waterslides, a lazy river, swim-up bars, a surf simulator and poolside activities.

When you need a break from the water, there’s beach volleyball, basketball, tennis and pool tables and a fitness center. Little ones who love Sesame Street will be blown away when they see their favorite Sesame Street characters walking around the resort and leading a number of fun family-friendly activities such as storytelling, baking cookies and making puppets! Meanwhile, teens and tweens will find plenty to keep entertained in the Kids Club with programs for ages 0-17. I know the words “XBox Lounge” is all my son will need to hear to pass the time outside of the water!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from it all, there are 21 gourmet restaurants to choose from including two food trucks. There’s also plenty of live entertainment and 15 bars for adults to enjoy after dinner.

Why Beaches Turks & Caicos is great for families:

  • A 45,000 square foot waterpark with features for all ages
  • Kids camp with certified nannies including an infant program, teen program and special needs program
  • Private babysitting services available
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

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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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