With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the cherished annual tradition that is the family summer vacation to the beach. There’s nothing quite like a trip to the beach to get both the kids and parents excited, and when the stretch of sand is a Caribbean one, the fun gets cranked up an extra level. For those researching the best resorts for family Caribbean vacations, here are a few of our favorites.
Atlantis, The Bahamas
In addition to being home to a stunning collection of beaches and rooms, this world famous resort is known for having nearly 100 acres of waterpark space (with its own section for children), a sensational swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and a stellar children’s club. The latter features everything from cooking classes to pottery-making workshops, offering the younger set something they’ve likely never experienced at a Caribbean resort before. For the adults, there is a fine collection of dining and nightlife, and even a sizzling onsite casino, ensuring that everyone in the family goes home happy.
Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia
Located on a crescent-shaped sweep of sugar-white sand, Windjammer Landing is home to nearly 200 villas located on the beach or in the lush hills. These villas make families feel like they have walked into a ‘home away from home’ from the moment they arrive, with the Mediterranean-inspired decor of the villas adding a ‘far-away’ flair. The kids club at the resort is famous for the colorful tie-dying parties it throws and the many activities like horseback riding it provides.
Dreams, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Set upon the alluring beach of Uvero Alto and located right near a colorful coral reef, Dreams has all the ingredients needed to be a first class resort. That it is family-friendly is the icing on the cake. The kids are bound to be enthralled all day long at the Explorer’s Club, which fills out its roster with fun things that focus on nature, science, and exploration – including an overnight campout on the beach.
Beaches, Negril, Jamaica
While this gorgeous family-friendly resort sprawls out along Seven Mile Beach in Negril, it also offers a glimpse of one of the most famous streets in the world: Sesame Street. Yes, Beaches is the exclusive Caribbean home to the Sesame Street gang, and in addition to meeting the characters, kids can go on special adventures like bird-watching with Big Bird. Teens will love the innovative and fun DJ school here, and the entire family is sure to have a sensational time at the waterpark, which is located directly on the beach.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Mayan Riviera, Mexico
This idyllic escape on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has plenty of luxurious and fun onsite attractions to keep the family happy for weeks – the mini-discotheque is especially popular with kids. But with its location in the absolute heart of the Mayan Riviera, if decide to take a day trip offsite, the fun doesn’t stop for a second. That’s because the region is home to an impressive collection of interactive eco parks like Xcaret and historical ruins like Tulum that will entertain and fascinate travelers of all ages.