Character breakfasts and kids’ clubs. Water slides and swim-up soda bars. Summer camps under the sun and movie nights under the stars. Read on to find the best resorts across the Caribbean, where the family fun never stops.
Beaches Turks and Caicos
Sesame Street characters host themed activities. Teens have their own disco. And family suites come with multiple rooms, Xbox consoles and bunk beds. Best of all, Beaches Turks and Caicos’ 45,000-square-foot water park features slides, kiddie pools, a lazy river, swim-up soda bars, water cannons and the only surf simulator in the Caribbean. Plus, this expansive all-inclusive is located on Grace Bay Beach, one of the best beaches in the world.
Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Family needs factor into every aspect of a stay at the all-inclusive Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa, from rooms pre-supplied with diapers to the biggest kids’ club in the Caribbean and Mexico. But the “Play at Palladium with Raggs” children’s entertainment program really makes little ones go nuts. Catch these furry characters — based on the Raggs TV series — at weekly performances and parties, as well as at an impressive character breakfast.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia
Families make a beeline for Splash, the kid-friendly section of Coconut Bay Beach Resort, an all-inclusive resort near the town of Vieux Fort. Splash is home to CocoLand, St. Lucia’s largest water park; Zone, the Caribbean’s first paintball facility; and the Kidz Klub, boasting a play room, pirate ship, mini zip line, mini climbing wall and petting zoo. The fun continues after dark with themed nights (parades, campouts, hayrides), hosted by mascots Coco and Loco.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica
When it comes to youth entertainment, the all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa looks to its home island of Jamaica for inspiration: Kids can participate in bobsled speed-slide races and play at Sugar Mill Falls Water Park, themed after the property’s circa-1837 sugar-cane aqueduct. Take advantage of babysitting services, the Kidz Klub and the Teen Zone, kitted out with beanbag chairs and video games.
Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda
Summer is the time to visit Fairmont Southampton, both for the optimal weather and for its seasonal Explorers Camp program, which organizes arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, beach games, bird watching and fishing, plus EnviroKids activities like beachcombing and planting a Bermuda cedar tree. Other kid-centric amenities include a children’s pool, water slide, toddler room and arcade. Bonus: Kids 5 and under eat free when ordering off the children’s menu.
Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
At Four Seasons Resort, Nevis, enroll kids ages 3 to 9 in Camp Nevis for a cornucopia of fun, including games, local folk songs, talent shows, water sports, beach s’mores and shell hunts. The week concludes with a Family Olympics and Closing Ceremony complete with Caribbean stilt walkers and fire eaters. For something eco-minded, children can participate in the hands-on sea-turtle education program; contact the resort for 2018 dates.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Find Grand Cayman’s only water park at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, where children have a ball with gentle water slides, water nozzles, a dump bucket and hosted activities. Visit the resort during the summer to take advantage of bonus offerings like kids’ tennis, soccer, yoga and fitness classes. Year-round, families can book eco-tours with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, including an encounter with endangered blue iguanas, found only on Grand Cayman.
Azul Beach Resort Sensatori, Mexican Caribbean
Kids can play from dawn (breakfast with Nickelodeon characters) to dusk (movie night with popcorn under the stars) at the all-inclusive Azul Beach Resort Sensatori. In between, children’s activities range from cooking classes, crafts and a spray-ground to gymnastics in the Azulitos Playhouse, outfitted with My Gym equipment. Tip: Save suitcase space by taking advantage of the hotel’s toy-lending library.