5 Top All-Inclusive Caribbean Family Resorts

Jocelyn Murray April 2, 2014 No Comments

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The Caribbean… gorgeous water, fragrant breezes, tropical islands with palm trees and sandy shores, and fascinating history from pirates and European settlers to the indigenous tribes long before them… there is nothing quite like the Caribbean with its tantalizing appeal and rich diversity. Many have dreamed of taking a tropical vacation to its warm waters at one time or another. Below are five top all-inclusive resorts that are sure to please you and your family. So with a little planning you can make that dream come true.   

 

BEACHES OCHO RIOS RESORT & GOLF CLUB – Jamaica  

This beachfront resort sits between twenty-two acres of vibrant manicured gardens fringed with palm trees, and the white-sand shores that gently slope beneath pale turquoise water shimmering under the Caribbean sun. Its private beach is simply stunning.   

 

Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club
courtesy of Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club

 

Jamaica is home to the delicious Jamaican “jerk spice” which lends a spicy-tang seasoning to its traditional cuisine. Couple that with its sugar-sand shores, and you’ll find yourself in one of the Caribbean’s most flavorful islands. Beaches Ocho Rios captures the allure of Jamaica with its all-inclusive amenities. From spacious accommodations, championship golf, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, 6 restaurants, to a huge water park right on the premises, it’s no wonder it was voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Besides land and water activities galore (scuba diving and other water sports are included), Beaches Ocho Rios also includes a staffed nursery and kids’ club with lots of supervised activities. A cast of Sesame Street characters are permanent resort residents and sure to delight younger children.  Anyone interested in visiting Jamaica with children is in for a real treat at Beaches. 

 

BEACHES TURKS & CAICOS – Turks & Caicos 

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Beaches Turks & Caicos has something for everyone in your family. With 19 restaurants, 12 bars serving unlimited beverages and cocktails, 6 swimming pools (3 of which have swim-up bars), a canopied toddler pool, posh accommodations, Xbox® Play Lounge, a teen game room, supervised kids’ camp, and a 45,000-square-foot water park – all of which are included – this is one amazing place you will not want to leave.  

 

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
courtesy of Beaches Turks & Caicos

 

The water park includes a lazy river, 10 water slides, a surf simulator, and lots of splashing and spraying water play features that are sure to delight. Some additional included activities are windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, paddle boats, tennis, fitness center and games galore.  

But wait. There’s more. Scuba diving is also included. That’s right. Scuba diving for beginners and certified divers. After all, Turks & Caicos is home to some of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. And the best part? It’s all included. Just pack your things and your family, and get ready to enjoy a memorable vacation. 

 

CLUB MED PUNTA CANA – Dominican Republic 

Club Med resorts are known for their all-inclusive vacations delivered with panache.  And Club Med Punta Cana is no exception. This resort is nestled in a grove of palm trees met by gentle breezes where jewel-tone waters lap the shore. It is located on the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.  

 

Club Med Punta Cana
courtesy of Club Med Punta Cana

 

With accommodations, dining, beverages, childcare, recreation and activities galore—all of which are included, this is the kind of place where your biggest concern will be trying to decide what to do first. There’s tennis, archery, fitness classes, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, dance classes, a large swimming pool, kids’ pool, trapeze and circus activities, and so much more.  

The accommodations feature spacious bungalows fringed by tropical gardens that blend beautifully into the surrounding landscape. The dining here is truly gourmet, with a lavish spread of international buffet-style cuisine for all meals and beverages. Bars deliver an assortment of cocktails, wines, sodas and juices, along with snacks throughout the day as well. Parents with children will be pleased to know that childcare from infants to teens is also included, so you can enjoy your own activities or a quiet dinner alone.  

Regardless of the vast array of included activities at this fine resort, it’s the location that is most alluring: the warm shallow waters and steady breezes washing over the island. They will sooth and invigorate your whole being, luring you back again in times to come.  

 

COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT & SPA – St. Lucia 

Situated on the southernmost part of the island of St. Lucia, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has something for everyone in the family. Accommodations have an island flare characteristic of the Caribbean with balconies and views of the ocean or gardens. Six bars and four restaurants serve up casual and fine dining with everything from mouth-watering seafood and grilled meats, to fresh stir fry, pastas, baked goodies and more. Pair that up with one of several assorted wines or cocktails, followed by a savory selection of delectable desserts, and you’ll be enchanted.   

 

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
courtesy of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

 

Like everything else, activities and recreation are also included. There is a fitness center with daily classes, basketball and tennis courts, a paintball facility, games and live entertainment, and a water park with lazy river, water slides, several swimming pools, and water fountain playground. Children from infants to 12 years old can participate in the fully supervised activities while parents enjoy some quality time on their own. 

All hotel taxes and gratuities are included, along with airport transfers to and from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport which is just a short five minutes from the resort. And like all the resorts on this list, it’s the tropical setting on a white-sand beach with crystalline water that makes the place spectacular. All you have to do is get here.  

 

DIVI ARUBA ALL INCLUSIVE – Aruba

Aruba… you may recognize this island’s name from the famous Beach Boys’ song “Kokomo.” Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, the island of Aruba is surrounded by white-sand beaches and beautiful pale-turquoise water. The resort is tucked along a gorgeous stretch of beach met by calm waters and awash in balmy breezes.  

 

Divi Aruba All Inclusive
courtesy of Divi Aruba All Inclusive

 

This all-inclusive resort features tropical-themed accommodations with a patio or balcony, unlimited snacks, meals and beverages with nine dining options and seven bars, tennis courts and bike rentals (free), a sports center with rock climbing wall and fitness center, non-motorized water sports, three swimming pools, nightly entertainment and more.  

Children ages 5-12 can participate in supervised activities like scavenger hunts, T-shirt dyeing, arts and crafts, pool and beach games, and lots more. Aruba is also home to several great off-site attractions worth visiting (additional charges apply) like a butterfly farm, donkey sanctuary, and ostrich farm.  

Divi has great family packages available where kids 12 and under stay free with paying adults. This makes that dreamy vacation more affordable. Just make your reservations and the rest will take care of itself. 

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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