7 top all-inclusive Caribbean resorts with kid-friendly beaches

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.

[See: 10 All-Inclusive Resorts Where Kids Stay Free.]

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.

[See: The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico 2017.]

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Best for a romantic getaway: St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a popular honeymoon destination in the Caribbean, as it's packed with secluded resorts like Jade Mountain and Ladera Resort, where guest rooms include private plunge pools and stunning views.

Home to several rainforests, waterfall trails, botanical gardens, and hot springs, there's plenty here for you and your loved one to explore together.

Best for families: Bahamas

Easily accessible from the US, the Bahamas have a variety of all-inclusive resorts where both parents and children will enjoy their trip.

One of the best known is Atlantis, which has its own water park, aquarium, movie theater, kids' club, and game room.

Best for divers: Curacao

With 40 different diving areas that cover 65 individual sites, Curacao is a premiere destination for divers and snorkelers.

Divers can explore incredible underwater wrecks like the Tugboat and Superior Producer, explore the Curacao Underwater Marine Park, or take a peek at the famous Mushroom Forest, made of coral formations that resemble mushrooms.

Best for foodies: Anguilla

 

Whether you enjoy indulging at gourmet restaurants, learning the tricks of the trade, or munching on incredible street food, you can do it all in Anguilla.

The island is home to the CuisinArt resort, which not only includes gourmet restaurants, but also offers cooking classes and wine tastings. Top-notch restaurants like De Cuisine serve food made with fresh, local ingredients, while laid-back barbecue joints like Smokey's on the Covecook up mouthwatering burgers.

Best for luxury: Saint-Barthélemy

Saint-Barthélemy — aka St. Barts or St. Barths — is a French-speaking Caribbean island that's popular among the rich and famous, thanks to its stunning beaches, designer boutiques, and gourmet restaurants.

Celebrities can often be seen mooring their yachts here, while beach clubs like Nikki Beach host parties that last well into the night. Accommodations include private villas and rooms that come with private butlers.

Best for health fanatics: Turks and Caicos

In Turks and Caicos, you'll find world-class health and wellness retreats like Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat and Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, which hosts the Exhale Spa.

Guests can enjoy everything from Thai massages and sunset yoga to Japanese soaking tubs and pilates.

Best for boating: British Virgin Islands

Travelers often explore the various islands of the British Virgin Islands by boat.

Sailing is common here, and it's one of the best ways to see the hidden cays and beaches around the islands. Combine this with the area's consistent trade winds and you have a sailor's paradise.

Best for shopping: St. Martin/Sint Maarten

Thanks to the island's duty-free policies, shopping is a popular way to spend the day here. Whether you're looking for cosmetics, jewelry, liquors, cigars, electronics, or high-end clothing, you'll find it somewhere on St. Martin.

Admire the diamond and rubies on Front Street, or check out the St. Rose Shopping Mall in Philipsburg.

Best for budget travelers: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is home to many all-inclusive resorts that regularly offer great packages for trips.

Many of these resorts can be found in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, where everything from water sports and evening shows to food and drinks are already included in the price.

Best for singles: Puerto Rico

San Juan has a bustling nightlife focused in the large hotels and in the many bars and restaurants that line Calle San Sebastián.

Indulge in the salsa and Latin jazz spots here, or head to a club like Club Brava, where you can dance to DJs spinning techno, hip-hop, and Latin beats.

Best for music: Jamaica

As the birthplace of Bob Marley and reggae, Jamaica has a lively music scene that ranges from traditional beats to artists taking a new spin on reggae and dancehall music.

Whether you head to the dance halls of Kingston or hear the sounds of music as you wander the beach, you're sure to enjoy your time here.

Best for outdoorsy types: Dominica

Thanks to its volcanic terrain, Dominica has many hot sulfur springs, black-sand beaches, and geothermal waters to explore.

Its terrain also includes rainforests, waterfalls, and diving sites, earning it the nickname "Nature Island."

Best for beach bums: Aruba

The beaches of Aruba are famous for their powder-fine white sands and turquoise waters. With wide-shaded expanses and quiet retreats, the island's beaches are perfection for relaxing.

Many of them are also lined with resorts, restaurants, and beach bars so you never have to stray too far from the water. Plus, steady trade winds make kitesurfing a popular beach activity here.

Best for history buffs: US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands, a prominent shipping port and slave-trading post in the 1600s, are home to historic sites that include the St. Thomas Reformed Church and St. Thomas Synagogue, as well as forts like Fort Christiansvaern.

You can also visit the ruins of sugar and rum plantations, or head to spots like Drake's Seat, named after Sir Francis Drake, who was said to have used the bay as an anchorage point for his ships.

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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
Willemstad, Curaçao

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.

[See: 9 Top Caribbean Resorts for Families.]

Barceló Aruba
Noord, Aruba

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.

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