6 of the Best Family Resorts in the Caribbean
The opportunities for family fun in the Caribbean are almost endless. Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, and other islands are bustling with lively hotels and resorts that can provide super experiences for you and your family. There are games and entertainment for the kids, peace and relaxation for the parents, and sand and sunshine for all.
With thrilling water parks and educational activities, the six properties listed below are known for being some of the best family resorts in the Caribbean. Which one will set the scene for your next family vacation?
Best Caribbean Resorts for Families with Toddlers (1–3 years)
Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica
Here, parents can drop their little ones off at the popular Baby Club (there’s also a Mini Club and Teen Club for older kids) in order to catch up on some much needed R&R. Whether you spend that time sunbathing by a pool, feasting on the delicious array of available cuisine, or enjoying hydrotherapy showers and massages at the spa is entirely up to you—just remember that the Baby Club closes for a brief period at lunch.
If more alone time is needed, evening babysitting services can also be purchased for $10 per hour, per child.
The Crane, Barbados
As the oldest continuously operating resort in the Caribbean, The Crane prides itself on offering something for everyone. While the Kids Club is only for children aged 4–12, parents with toddlers shouldn’t be deterred—there are plenty of calm, quiet areas to enjoy on this property in Barbados.
First and foremost, the hotel’s suites are spacious and comfortable. Plus, many rooms have private pools so your toddler can enjoy the water away from the crowds. Of course, the beach is also worth visiting. The soft sand is ideal for napping on, and there are plenty of umbrellas to protect your little one and yourself from the sun. The swimming area is also accessible by a glass-front beach elevator (the only one of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean), which means it’s easier to bring all the essentials—SPF, sun hats and rash guards, towels and toys—to the shore.
Best Caribbean Resorts for Families with Young Kids (4–12 years)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Occupying 121 acres along one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, parents can relax while kids enjoy endless entertainment at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids ClubTM. With themed programming like New Wave Water Adventure, Rock Around the World, and Battle of the Bands, kids can play water games, test their skills at world trivia, sing karaoke and participate in talent shows, among other activities.
But the celebrity treatment doesn’t stop there. Junior guests can feel like true VIPs thanks to the KIDZ BOP Experience. After checking into the Pop Star Lounge, a personal Tour Manager will help them reach their star potential: kids can select a band name, learn new dance moves, dress up for the red carpet, pose for the paparazzi, and perform on stage.
Hotel Riu Negril, Jamaica
Hotel Riu Negril offers the perfect blend of fun for kids and adults.
While parents will appreciate that this impeccable beachfront property in Jamaica is graced with five restaurants, a fitness center, and a swim-up bar, kids will be drawn to the RiuLand entertainment program.
Not only can they meet Calú, a friendly sea turtle mascot, but they’ll also get to participate in activities and games. But if that doesn’t tucker them out, there’s also a variety of water sports (including parasailing, banana boating, and kayaking excursions) offered in the area local area.
Of course, kids don’t get to have all the fun. This stunning resort is also home to the Renova Spa, where you can indulge with a variety of beauty treatments and massages.
Best Caribbean Resorts for Families with Teens (13–17 years)
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island is the ultimate playground for families. This high-energy resort in the Bahamas is surrounded by the largest open-air marine habitat in the world—encompassing 14 lagoons and home to more than 50,000 aquatic animals, representing over 250 marine species.
While younger kids can get up close and personal with gentler ocean creatures at Dolphin Cay, the Aquaventure Water Park is where teens will want to spend most of their time. It features high-speed waterslides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, and more than 20 distinct swimming areas.
After the sun goes down, teens can make their way to CRUSH, a kids-only nightclub and internet lounge complete with foosball tables, gaming consoles, and a concession stand. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a wide range of adult amenities, including a state-of-the-art casino and award-winning spa. Now that’s what we call a win-win.
Iberostar Selection Bávaro Suites, Dominican Republic
Iberostar Selection Bávaro Suites in the Dominican Republic is an entertainment paradise for younger generations. The Star Camp program, comprised of more than 140 activities based on the theory of multiple intelligences, is split according to the age of participants. With so many things to do, your 15-year-old will have a hard time feeling bored. Of course, if your kid is a golf prodigy, they can also join you for a round at the resort’s 18-hole course whenever you need a break from the pool.
Plus, there are plenty of other events that take place throughout the day—from daily sports to nightly performances. Even your surliest teen will want to get in on the action.
Thanks to these family vacation spots in the Caribbean, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant to book your stay.
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