The Caribbean's best all-inclusive resorts offer an exceptional value for families with kids. With on-site kids clubs, meals and drinks rolled into one reasonable rate and a dizzying array of entertainment options geared toward travelers of all ages, parents with kids can enjoy themselves without worrying about being nickel-and-dimed. Plus, parents can sit back and relax on vacation, and let the kids amuse themselves in the surf and sun.
Still, some Caribbean all-inclusive resorts are especially well-suited for family vacations thanks to their calm, nearly wave-free beaches that are ideal for young kids. And let's face it: There's nothing worse than arriving in a tropical locale only to find rough waters that your little ones can't play in. Before your next family vacation, check out these all-inclusive properties where you can expect clear waters, a calm surf and plenty of family-friendly amenities.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa
Turks & Caicos
Beaches Resorts are known as one of the best luxury brands for families and Turks & Caicos is known for its amazingly calm and clear waters. What do you get when you put them together? A family-friendly all-inclusive resort that caters to adults and kids alike. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa offers everything a kid could want – a 45,000-square-foot water park, a 12-mile beach ideal for swimming or sandcastle-building, spacious rooms and even supervised clubs with gaming stations and Sesame Street character experiences.
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande offers an ideal location that's perfect for families seeking a safe, wave-free beach. And the hotel itself features spacious rooms (many with minibars and 24-hour room service), multiple pools and hot tubs and nightly shows for kids. The property also boasts a supervised kids club with its own water park, along with nonmotorized watersports like kayaking.
Barceló Maya Beach
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Barceló Maya Beach sits on the prime oceanfront property, perched between a tropical jungle and a coveted white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya. The water is crystal clear and free from waves that make water play challenging for little ones. Kids of all ages can also take advantage of an on-site water park, a theater with nightly shows and a separate Kids Spa offering treatments and hair-braiding for children. A teens-only disco club and numerous sports facilities round out the offerings for children. And because the hotel is part of a larger complex, while on vacation, you and the kids can also enjoy entertainment offerings at nearby affiliated resorts.
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Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
St. James, Barbados
If you're looking for kid-friendly digs in Barbados, try the island nation's Platinum Coast. This side of the country offers incredibly clear waters with gentle waves. The Colony Club offers a prime location on a beautiful beach with cerulean waters. An on-site pool can keep kids busy, while the seasonal Kid's Korner club offers games, crafts and activities during peak holiday periods. Plus, complimentary watersports and organized recreation also keep kids, teens, and parents happy. What's more, "cupcake wars" and beach cricket are also available.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay
Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay was practically made for families with little kids. The property not only offers an expansive pool with a splash pad, but also a tiny private island that shelters the shore from water activity. Tucked between the island and beach, the surf is gentle and well-suited for youngsters. Aside from kid-friendly waters, the property offers an on-site kids club and numerous activities for children. What's more, kids under 12 can also stay and eat for free with full-paying adults.
Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino
Sunscape Curaçao offers an "unlimited fun" experience perfect for the young – and the young at heart. In addition to a gentle beach, the resort also offers numerous activities, including diving, snorkeling and pool games. Sunscape Curaçao also has special clubs designed specifically for kids and teens, along with spacious rooms and suites that cater to families. Food, as well as drinks, are also available 24 hours a day, making this a convenient choice for families with large appetites.
Barceló Aruba is yet another Caribbean all-inclusive resort perfect for beach lovers. Located on the shores of beautiful Palm Beach, this property offers some of the calmest, most family-friendly waters in Aruba. Beyond the sand, families can relax in the gorgeous swimming pool, play beach volleyball or tennis, participate in water sports and enjoy nightly entertainment. And since the property offers six restaurants and three bars, parents won't have to fret about any family member going hungry.