The Caribbean

The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts for a Family Vacation

Pack up the kids and head to the Caribbean for a family all-inclusive vacation, complete with waterparks, outdoor pools and family-sized rooms.

The Caribbean is a haven for all-inclusive resorts that specialize in making tropical family vacations as stress-free as possible. Imagine a family trip where all you have to do is sit back, kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the sea.

These beachy spots exceed expectations: You can revel in cool extras like waterparks, cooking classes, yoga sessions and dawn-till-dusk children’s activities. Even the most budget-friendly options in this list offer multiple dining venues, recreation facilities, on-site kids’ clubs and soothing spa services.

With spots in Jamaica, Cuba, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, this selection of all-inclusive family resorts takes you all around the Caribbean. Pack your swimsuits and sunscreen—the resort will handle the rest.

Waterslides and laser tag: a Jamaica all-inclusive family resort

Jamaica’s Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, set on 22 acres of lush north coast property, comes with attractions for all ages. Water slides from tame to dizzying levels are known to delight toddlers and thrill teens. For shared experiences with your children, you can swing by the Mommy and Me day spa, book a glass-bottomed boat tour or sign up for a team event at the beach Olympics.
If your idea of a vacation means some minutes to yourself, you can drop the kids off at day programs jam-packed with activities. Little ones under six will be kept busy hunting for treasure, taking a horse-and-carriage ride or learning about animals. Older kids and teens can let loose with laser tag or race each other around the obstacle course. Meanwhile, you get to relax with a book or play a round of golf on verdant greens.
Rooms are spacious with private outdoor areas, ideal for when you’re in need of some family time to recharge. With seven restaurants on-site too, your taste buds won’t get bored. Savour local favourites like jerk chicken with rice and peas, or go further abroad with Italian and Japanese options.

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark

Top rated
Runaway Bay
9.0 Excellent (322 reviews)

All-inclusive family resort in Mexico with a zipline

For a taste of the Mexican Caribbean within easy reach, Seadust Cancun Family Resort is just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Rooms and suites here are light and modern, and depending on your booking you might even look over the ocean or lagoon from a hot tub on your own private terrace. In family suites, kids can toss a coin to see who gets the top bunk. Spacious bathrooms with oversized showers come in handy when little ones need to rinse off sand and sea salt.
Start your day with a swim in turquoise waters off the white-sand beach, plunge into one of the five pools or slide the day away at the resort’s waterpark. A kids’ club, nursery and baby club keep the youngest guests well cared for, while older kids can challenge themselves on the climbing wall and whiz down a thrilling zipline.
As for dinner, you’ll have 10 restaurants to choose from. If you can’t decide, check out the 11 food stations at Food Gallery for Mexican, Italian and Japanese options. Prepare to be dragged by the kids to the candy bar for dessert!

Seadust Cancun Family Resort

7.7 Good (10053 reviews)

All-inclusive Cuba resort for an adventurous family getaway

On Cuba’s Jardines del Rey archipelago, Pullman Cayo Coco is great choice for families looking to explore. Take a boat ride to spot dolphins frolicking, tour coastal mangrove forests or head to the marshes to gawk at one of the Americas’ largest colonies of pink flamingos. On your return, several swimming pools will be waiting, including two for kids.
Guestrooms here are modern, spacious and sleek. Choose a family room with interconnecting doors to keep the kids close as you look out over the lagoon, garden or sparkling sea. The view might just inspire you to try out local Caribbean cuisines at restaurants on-site (with kids’ menus), such as ropa vieja, a Cuban dish of beef and tomatoes with rice, black beans and sweet plantain.
You’ll find the white-sand beach just steps away when you feel like a family day collecting seashells. For something more active, snorkel in the clear blue sea or dive to colourful coral reefs. If the children are at the kids’ club, parents can head to the full-service spa for a manicure-pedicure, or relish a couples’ massage overlooking the water. The gym is on hand should you want a workout, yoga class or aqua aerobics session.

A family resort in sunny St. Lucia with its own waterpark

Nestled in St. Lucia’s Rodney Bay at the north end of the island, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa tempts visitors with daily complimentary spa treatments. Relax with a seafront massage one day, then refresh your pedicure the next. In between pampering sessions, you can paddle with the kids in the lagoon-style pool or run around the playground.
For even more excitement, guests here get full access to Splash Island, the largest outdoor waterpark in St. Lucia. This giant floating obstacle course challenges kids over six with trampolines, climbing walls, slides and swings. For something more chilled out, you can opt for a spot on the sand and a gentle swim at the beach.
Back on land, you’ll find your room swathed in pastels and with a private outdoor space offering garden or sea views. For a Caribbean home-away-from-home, choose a two-bedroom beachfront suite—you’ll be able to spread out across a living room, full kitchen and spacious family bathroom. If you don’t feel like cooking, tuck into mouthwatering island dishes like curried St. Lucian crab and cinnamon-fried plantain, followed by passionfruit cheesecake at one of the on-site eateries.

Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

Gros Islet
8.3 Very good (2136 reviews)

Kids' disco in the Dominican Republic at this Caribbean resort

With nearly 900 rooms, the Occidental Punta Cana Hotel covers more than 640 metres of oceanfront property on the Dominican Republic’s east coast. This is beach living at its finest—the bright white sands of Playa El Cortesito are just steps away. Get the family moving with a game of beach soccer or badminton, or jump in the water with a boogie board and a snorkel.
If you prefer a freshwater vibe, lagoon-style pools for adults and children meander through grounds shaded by palm trees. Plush king-size beds with ultra-thick mattresses will be waiting in your guestroom when your brood needs a cooling nap away from the midday sun.
Mealtimes bring a new experience daily, with 11 restaurants on your doorstep. Choose from international cuisines like Mexican, Italian and Asian, not to mention mountains of fresh seafood. With the kids’ club open ’til 11:00 p.m., you can even slip away for a date-night dinner and live music show—the kids will have their own party going on at the nightly mini disco!

Occidental Punta Cana - All Inclusive

Playa Bavaro
7.6 Good (7028 reviews)

Beach bonfires and 'smores at this Puerto Rico family resort

Stretching along three miles of secluded Puerto Rican beach, Villa Montana Beach Resort is ideal for a relaxing family vacation. Plantation-style architecture in warm earth tones surrounded by gardens lends the place a calm and casual feel. You can unwind in your room filled with handcrafted furniture and terracotta-tile floors, where you’ll wake up to the comfort of Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious down-filled duvets. Choose from guest bedrooms or a spacious villa that comes complete with a full kitchen—you can even send your grocery list in advance for a stocked pantry on arrival.
Outdoors, let the kids roam the large adventure playground with tunnel slides. To soak in those tropical moments, you can take a dip in the two pools or head to the beach for scuba diving or kite-surfing. Staying on land means cycling and tennis, and of course there’s a spa for that much-needed parental relaxation.
When tummies rumble, two on-site restaurants serve the freshest local seafood along with kid-friendly, made-to-order pizzas. After a dinner of cheesy pepperoni thin-crust, end the day with a classic family favourite: a beach bonfire with ‘smores.

Villa Montana Beach Resort

8.2 Very good (1246 reviews)

An all-inclusive Caribbean resort with a hidden cove

In Gros Islet on St. Lucia’s north side, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay is set in 25 acres of tropical gardens and its own private cove. Accommodation options were designed with families in mind: suites combine two garden-view rooms via interconnecting doors, so parents can know that the kids are nearby while also enjoying some well-earned privacy. You can reserve even more grown-up time with a beachfront massage while little ones are kept busy making new friends at the kids’ club. On top of playing outdoor games and getting messy with arts and crafts, they’ll have their own little disco and karaoke in the evening.
As you might expect at a Caribbean all-inclusive, the water sports are as plentiful as the sunshine here. You can get the adrenaline pumping on a wakeboard or banana boat, or test your balance windsurfing. Wind down from your adventures with a relaxed evening on the beach looking for crabs and starfish, or hop between the four swimming pools to find your favourite. Come dinner, delight the kids with a Knickerbocker Glory Sundae at hillside Treetops.

St. James's Club Morgan Bay

Gros Islet
8.2 Very good (894 reviews)

Kids' concierges at a luxury resort in the Bahamas

The Royal at Atlantis‘ strikingly grand architecture makes it instantly recognizable. After arriving to this Paradise Island resort on a private beach, release the kids to explore the impressive waterscape of 11 swimming pools. They’ll be well looked after by their own concierge too, who will create tailored fun itineraries ranging from supervised outdoor play to interactive electronic art-making sessions. Pre-teens can escape to adventure-themed playrooms, slip and slide in the waterpark and interact with marine life in the Junior Ultimate Trainer Program. For parents, there’s Mandara Spa or a casino next door for placing a casual bet.
Two-bedroom family suites provide space to spread out and recharge, and you can choose between water, harbour and terrace views. When it comes to dining, 21 restaurants on-site will spoil you for choice. Frankie Gone Bananas, famous for its fish fry and cracked conch, also dishes up mac ‘n’ cheese that’s a hit with kids.

The Royal at Atlantis

Paradise Island City
8.4 Very good (4575 reviews)