When planning a family vacation in the Caribbean, locating the perfect beach resort can make all the difference. With clear blue waters, white sand, and plenty of sunshine, these resorts in the Caribbean are ideal for families looking to relax. Home to more than 700 islands with multiple languages and cultures, every part of the region differs slightly from the next.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort | Maho Village Maho Bay, St. Maarten

a picture of Maho beach resort, one of the best beach resorts in the Caribbean for families
Sonesta Maho Beach

Located minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport and next to the legendary Maho Beach, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is ideal for families and multi-generational travel. Kids will love the two water slides, the Teeny Tiki (a service area just for littles), and the Oasis Snack Shack. The Beach House Kids Club has activities for kids ages 3-12, plus indoor and outdoor play spaces, and teens ages 13 and up can chill out in a space designed just for them and outfitted with video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey.

There are family-oriented activities on the resort too: cupcake-making, show-and-tell, movie nights, dance parties, and even fire-blowing on family night! The resort is located in the heart of Maho Village, and stores are within walking distance.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a day trip on the ferry for about $70 to Anguilla or arrange to spend the day in Phillipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of the island, where you’ll find a pirate experience and history lesson at the Rusty Parrot and the lovely open-air architectural museum that has a large playful fountain kids will enjoy. For thrill-seekers, head to the steepest zipline in the world, The Flying Dutchman. An activity that’s best for older kids and adults, the island views are 100% worth the ride up the mountain.

An absolute must-do is to walk next door to the famous Maho Beach, where incoming planes fly so close to the ground that it feels like you can reach up and touch one as they land.

The Buccaneer  | St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Situated on the Caribbean Sea and Christiansted Harbor, The Buccaneer provides views for miles. Three beaches offer different ways to relax by the water or, for those who love watersports, enjoy the complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear available to guests. There are also two pools, yoga classes, an 18-course golf course, a tennis club, three restaurants, and a spa onsite. Traditional hotel rooms are available, along with suites for those needing extra space. Need more room than a two-bedroom suite provides? The resort also has a 6-bedroom beach compound that’s a short walk away and includes use of the resort’s service, maid service, a car rental, and concierge service.

Beaches Turks and Caicos | Turks and Caicos

What’s better than an all-inclusive family vacation full of fun and familiar characters? From the five villages that allow families a different vibe depending on which one they’re visiting all of the included activities, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained at Beaches Turks and Caicos. The Pirates Island Waterpark has a surf simulator, waterslides, and a lazy river to relax in. Lay out at one of the eight pools on the property. Or head to the beach to ride a hydro bike, take out a Hobie Cat boat, or go snorkeling. Those who want to stay on land can play table tennis or basketball or use the fitness center. And with 21 restaurants and four food trucks included in the price, no one will ever go hungry during their vacation.

When parents are ready for some time alone, the kids’ camp gives kids from toddlers to teens a supervised place to meet others their age. There are even chances for kids of all ages to interact with their favorite Sesame Street® character during dance parties, storytime, parades, and character breakfasts.


Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana | Dominican Republic

Trampolines, tightropes, arcades, and age-appropriate kids’ clubs help make the all-inclusive Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana an eventful family getaway. Spend plenty of time in the water by heading to one of the four pools or enjoying the slides and lazy river at the water park. Or head down to the beach to enjoy a cabana on the sand. When it’s time to grab a meal or drink, there are plenty of options, including some open 24 hours a day. Don’t forget to book a treatment and hydrotherapy in the resort’s spa.


The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa | Cayman Islands

Exploring all Seven Mile Beach offers is easy from the Westin Grand Cayman. With stunning sunrises, dolphin sightings, and calm surf, enjoying time on the beach is a top thing to do while on the island. At the hotel, guests can enjoy the largest freshwater pool on the island, attend a stand-up paddle board clinic, eat at one of the six resort restaurants, or indulge in an in-suite massage.

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort | Curaçao

Rated a AAA Four Diamond Resort, the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort provides a relaxing escape only minutes from the country’s capital city. Two pools offer a place to cool off, while the beachfront location allows guests to enjoy the clear waters off the coast of Curaçao. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the resort’s botanical gardens to enjoy tropical flora. When younger family members need a breather from their parents, the kid’s club allows them to hang out with others their age. There are also four restaurants onsite to keep everyone satisfied. 

Curtain Bluff | Antigua

Situated on a point in the south of Antigua, Curtain Bluff provides visitors with a secluded escape from their everyday life. A smaller resort, all 72 suites and rooms are directly on the beach or a few steps away, providing spectacular views and accessibility. Room rates include various activities, including waterskiing, fitness classes, kids club, tennis, and windsurfers, while cooking classes and spa treatments are available for an additional charge. The two onsite restaurants offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a traditional British afternoon tea is available.


Atlantis Paradise Island | Bahamas

No family member will ever complain about being bored at Atlantis Paradise Island. With five hotels and 21 restaurants in one resort, plenty of options exist to please every family style. Spend the day at Aquaventure, the resort’s 141-acre water area with 20 swimming areas, water slides, beaches, and 11 pools. Animal lovers will want to explore the marine habitat that allows guests to swim with dolphins and other aquatic life. When parents want to head to the resort’s casino or spa, family members ages 3 to 12 can attend the kids’ club. There are also non-motorized water sports, a teen nightclub, a comedy club and shows to enjoy during the vacation.

Read more: Atlantis Is the Paradise You’ve Been Looking For (Here’s Why!)

Half Moon | Jamaica

Three hotel experiences, a world-class golf course, an award-winning spa with overwater treatment rooms and multiple onsite restaurants help make a family stay at Half Moon memorable. Enjoy the inclusive water sports activities. Sign up to explore the equestrian center, where there are riding lessons, a petting zoo, and horse riding activities in the Caribbean Sea. Explore the children’s village, where kids can spend time with trained counselors. Or just relax at one of the resort’s three beaches or pools, taking in the white sands and clear waters. Meal plans are also available to add on to help make the trip feel more like an all-inclusive resort. 


Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa | Saint Lucia

Eighty-five acres of fun welcome guests to Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive hotel has a family-friendly wing designed to make young ones feel at home and parents comfortable. Overlooking CocoLand, Saint Lucia’s largest waterpark, rooms have mini refrigerators and private balconies. Children of all ages can enjoy the water slide, aqua playground, and lazy river at the water park. And a kids’ club lets young ones enjoy a mini rock climbing wall, animal sanctuary, and other activities while mom and dad enjoy the spa or try a kitesurfing class.

Divi Aruba All Inclusive | Aruba

Spending time together as a family or doing your own thing is easy when staying at the all-inclusive Divi Aruba. Packages geared for families provide special pricing for guests ages 17 and under, while activities like biking around the island, hanging out at the beach, and enjoying the 30-foot rock wall allow families to spend plenty of time together. When it’s time for a break, the Sea Turtles Club give children ages 4-12 time to have fun with others their age. Giving parents time to head to the golf course, have a treatment at the spa, or grab a tropical drink at one of the onsite bars and restaurants.

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