There are family vacations, and then there are FAMILY VACATIONS. We’re talking the kinds of vacations that blow your mind at every turn. The ones where everyone cries on the last day because they don’t want to leave. There are so many amazing destinations that make for an incredible family vacation. But where should you go if you want the ultimate beach experience with all the bells and whistles? Well, the Caribbean, of course! These family-friendly Caribbean resorts have it all, and you’ll leave with memories (and tan lines) to last a lifetime.
These family-friendly Caribbean resorts cater to parents AND kids. Take Atlantis Bahamas, for example.
There aren’t enough words to describe the amount of activities and experiences you can take part in during your stay at Atlantis. Water slides, beach cabanas, world-class dining, marine habitats and adventures, even a casino! They have plenty to entertain kids of all ages, from babies to teens. Dolphin Cay is a world-renowned marine conservation habitat located within the resort, where you can have play time with sea lions, paddle board, and snorkle.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, Nesbit Plantation Beach Club is right up your alley. This historic plantation inn is located right on the beach, spread out over 30 gorgeous acres. There are tons of activities, like horseback riding, snorkeling, and even basket weaving lessons on the beach. The grounds house tennis and croquet courts, a pool overlooking the beach, and views that will take your breath away. But most appealing is probably the tranquility of being somewhere time simply stands still.
If it’s all-inclusive you want, look no further than Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort. Beaches has left no stone unturned when it comes to providing a completely worry-free family vacation, packed with more activities than you can possible imagine. You could easily spend a month there and not get a chance to do it all! And when they say all-inclusive, they mean ALL-inclusive. Food, drinks, activities, lodgings, concierge service, even tips are rolled into the price of your stay. There amenities for all ages, like Sesame Street Caribbean adventures for babies and toddler, beach camps for kids, DJ school and an Xbox 360 Play Lounge for teens, and pools and water parks for the whole family to enjoy. You can eat at any of the 21 world-class restaurants in the resort (included!). You also have access to unlimited land sports and scuba diving excursions (also included!). Take the hassle out of planning a trip by going all-inclusive.
Next up in family-friendly Caribbean resorts: Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic
Club Med Punta Cana is another great option for an all-inclusive family resort. Honestly, all-inclusive resorts are a great choice for families, because they will typically have so many options that will make everyone happy. Club Med offers unlimited water and land sports, kids’ clubs for ages 4-17, gourmet dining, daytime and nighttime entertainment, and even an open bar (YES). The pool is enormous, with tons of lounging options. The best part is, all the kids’ activities and areas are monitored and supervised by professionals, so if you wanted to sneak away for a massage while your kids were on an excursion, you’re more than welcome to.
Abaca Beach Resort, Bahamas
Abaco Beach Resort isn’t all-inclusive, but it does offer an incredibly unique perspective on island living. The resort boasts two pools and white sand beaches (with access to nine other beaches!), plus lots of activities like snorkeling and water sports. But it’s their Bahama Buddies Program that will really appeal to families. Your kids will be paired up with a local Bahamian child and share parts of their culture and life, all while learning how their friends on the island live. They’ll participate in authentic island activities like catching, cleaning, and cooking their own fish! The best part is, the program continues after you leave, with the Bahama Buddies Email Exchange. If you’re looking for more culture, this is the resort for your family.
Even the Four Seasons has some family-friendly Caribbean resorts, like the Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Family-friendly doesn’t mean you have to skimp on luxury! The Four Season is synonymous with luxury, and they combine the best of both worlds at their resort on Nevis. The resort itself is stunning, with beach access and three pools. But it’s their Kids for All Seasons Club that should seal the deal! Drop your kiddos off for some amazing experiences, like sandcastle building and sea turtle education program. Fully supervised and chaperoned, of course! The staff at the Four Seasons goes out of their way to make the kid’s vacation as memorable as yours, while giving a little time to relax.
If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to Aruba, make Divi All-Inclusive your destination for family fun and relaxation. Seriously, the all-inclusive is where it’s at (no wasted money on food your kid wants but won’t eat!). Divi has plenty to offer in terms of amenities: four freshwater pools, beaches just steps away from your accommodations, all meals, snacks, and drinks at 10 different restaurants and eight bars around the resort, water sports, a fitness center, and tennis courts. They also have a Kids Club that offer non-motorized water sports, games, and daytime activities. What’s better, they offer some amazing deals for families, like kids under the age of 5 stay, play, and eat for free!
Family-friendly Caribbean resorts don’t get more family-friendly than the Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort in Punta Cana
This all-inclusive resort offers everything your kids could possibly want! Yes, it is REALLY Nickelodeon themed. That means their favorite characters roaming around, slime dumps in the kids’ pool, and so many activities to keep them busy that they’ll sleep soundly every night. But there’s plenty for mom and dad too, like gourmet food, personalized service, and even a spa (without slime). For an additional cost, you can even venture out for island tours, scuba trips, and golf.
If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly Caribbean resorts for your next big family vacation, you can’t go wrong with any of these! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be over here having major FOMO.
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