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Incredible food and endless activities—and you never have to leave the property.
All-inclusive spots are ideal family vacation destinations because everything — activities, food, drinks, etc. — is included in the price, so once you land, your spending is pretty minimal. Plus, if your friends or extended family join your crew on the trip, there aren't awkward moments about who's picking up the check. And, best of all, these resorts give you a well-deserved breather. The supervised programs for kids and teens are so cool that your mini tourists want to check 'em out for a morning or an afternoon or maybe even all day. Spa, here you come!
With many new openings in the last few years catering to families, it's easier than ever to find an all-inclusive that aligns with your vacation vibe and falls within your budget.
Below are some of our favorites that cater to families.
Beaches Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Situated on a large stretch of soft white sand and turquoise water in Grace Bay, Beaches Turks & Caicos is just a 10-minute ride from the airport. It’s great for letting kids explore because food and activities are included in the price. Ditto for the supervised kids’ clubs, which are broken down into several ranges for more age-appropriate experiences. Toddlers in particular relish the Sesame Street family programming, especially the dance party with Elmo.
Our Thoughts: This resort’s impressive range of accommodations fit both small and large family groups. There are lots of restaurant choices too. An especially impressive aspect is that all the staff has completed at least 40 hours of autism-sensitivity training.
Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)
This new oceanfront oasis on Playa Mujeres beach makes it more fun to travel with kids. Instead of lugging your own gear, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa has strollers, car seats, baby monitors and other necessities to borrow. You'll find plush kid-size robes and slippers alongside the adult versions so you can match your mini-me. You can do a ton as a family, like visit the water park, play tennis and take electric beach bike tours, but this is also a supervised club for kids ages 4 to 12 so you can take some much-needed R&R or head to the adult-only rooftop bar. Multi-bedroom suites and residences that would be ideal for a family reunion are available. Complimentary souvenirs, like a Mexican coloring book and handmade toys, help kids remember the vacation.
Big plus: kids eat and stay free!
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
The Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa provides child-care services for babies as young as 3 months so you can unwind during an oceanfront spa treatment, take a kite-surfing lesson or just relax. Starting at just a few inches deep, the resort’s Splash Pool is perfect for a baby’s first dip. Tots will enjoy feeding the on-property rescue animals, including ducks, goats and sheep. This resort is known for the island's largest water park and boasts a variety of room layouts that fit families of various sizes. Lazy river races, sandcastle building and glow parties are among the daily activity lineup.
Our Thoughts: If your family wants a relaxing all-inclusive vacation without worry about keeping your kids entertained, this is a great resort. There are a lot of daytime activities for all ages, and the resort is particularly great for parents who might worry about vacationing with kids 10 and under.
Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas, Paradise Island, Bahamas
The older-kid crowd isn’t an afterthought for Atlantis; it has water slides, private gaming cabanas and a nightclub with a DJ spinning records until 1 a.m. Younger sibs will have plenty of fun, too, in a massive kids’ club with a dollhouse and a Lego-building zone. Families come together for marine encounters that range from paddleboarding with dolphins to sea lion meet-and-greets.
Our Thoughts: This resort is huge and has so much to do. It’s better for people who don’t want to leave the resort as well as larger groups because there are so many things to keep a wide range of people happy.
Hilton Cancun, an All Inclusive Resort, Cancun, Mexico
The new Hilton Cancun, an all-inclusive Resort, situated on a secluded stretch of the Mayan coastline, helps immerse kids in the culture of the destination. Little travelers can make Mayan art, paint ceramics and learn traditional dances. There’s authentic Mexican food for adults and kids as well as an all-you-can-eat ice cream and churro shop on the property. If your kids are 10 or older, you can book a “swim-up poolside room” with access to the pool just a few steps outside your door. A kid-friendly waterpark area has slides, fountains and dumping water buckets.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos is chock-full of animal experiences like whale-watching from December through April, taking part in sea turtle releases, riding camels or donkeys in the desert and snorkeling in coral-rich Chileno Bay. While this stunning escape on Mexico’s West Coast offers lodging for all budgets, the high-end Montage Los Cabos on one of the area’s few swimmable beaches is worth every penny.
Southwest Airlines will soon be offering non-stop flights from Kansas City to Los Cabos!
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
On a white sand beach in the center of vibrant San Juan, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel appeals to families looking for a beach vacation in a destination rich in history and culture. The century-old property maintains its magnificent Spanish Revival architecture while adding perks for families, including large suites with 24-hour butler service. Three high-end restaurants, helmed by renowned chef Juan Jose Cuevas, have kid-friendly menus. And beach butler service ensures that you won't have to carry a bunch of gear to the water. Boogie boards, snorkels and beach toys are provided. In addition to being kid-friendly, the hotel is also pet-friendly, our tester said. There are plenty of paths for walking dogs, and they’re welcome in outdoor seating at several of the resort’s restaurants.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts
SpongeBob fans, young and grown, will lose their minds at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana and its new sister property in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Character breakfasts, meet-and-greets and selfies with the golden SpongeBob ensure that there's fun around every corner. Families can complete in the Slime Time Live show or book a personal slime session. Four- to 12-year-olds can hang out at Club Nick while you sink into a Bali beach bed that has butler service. While the kids may just want Krabby Patties, you'll be well-fed thanks to the amazing dining experiences at Gourmet Village and culinary pop-ups. Tastefully themed guest rooms with splashes of orange come in a variety of sizes. Some first-floor rooms even have a small pool directly outside the hotel-room door.
Moon Palace Cancun
Since kids stay free, just under $2000 gets you a week in a Superior Deluxe Ocean Front room (great for a family of four) at the Moon Palace Cancun, one of the best all-inclusive family resorts in Mexico. Guestrooms at this five-star resort include an oceanfront balcony, double whirlpool tub, free Wi-Fi and a Smart TV. The all-inclusive package covers everything from top-shelf drinks and paddleboard yoga for parents to brick-oven pizza, a Wired Lounge arcade and a Flow-Rider wave simulator that kids love. Depending on how many nights you stay, you'll receive a resort credit that can be used either onsite at the spa and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course or offsite for a dolphin swim, snorkeling tour or other activity.
Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay Jamaica
At the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, every family receives their own CPR-trained "Vacation Nanny" for about eight hours daily, from morning to late afternoon. They can take the kids to the pool, make sure they have lunch, put them down for naps and re-stock your fridge with snacks and beverages. They could be an extra set of hands for you, or you could put them in charge and go kayaking, book a spa treatment or read a book on the beach. All the accommodations are all two-bedroom suites. While they're more practical than posh, not having to tip-toe around in the dark to avoid waking up a sleeping toddler more than makes up for the lack of 400-thread-count sheets.
Who needs a Butler when you can have a Nanny!
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
The music vibes are strong at this all-inclusive that welcomes rockers of all ages. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana encourages families to choose one of two experiences at its music lab: Your crew could star in a music video or play in a jam band in front of a live audience. A Rock Specialist will get you ready! The new Roxity Kids Club is groovin' too: Dance lessons, karaoke and other music-themed activities are part of the action for 4- to 12-year-olds. Tunes play at the resort's huge array of pools — hit up the family pool for teen-friendly music. Family suites sleep up to six, and you can even request to have a turntable and 10 iconic records brought to your room. That's music to our ears!
Hotel Xcaret México, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Hotel Xcaret México on the Rivera Maya serves as the home base for included excursions to all the brand's adventure parks and tours. See all the options below! Your crew could be shuttled to explore an underground cave or zoom above the treetops on a zip line. There are kid-size lounge chairs next to adult ones along with a huge octopus slide at one of the lifeguarded pools, and you can even borrow a stroller specifically designed to be used on the beach. There’s also a drop-off kids’ club for children 4 and up.
Our Thoughts: Plan on staying a few extra days to explore all the included Xcaret brand of adventure parks.
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Fall in love with Mexico in more than 50 attractions surrounded by jungle, underground rivers, and the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy typical Mexican dances, Pre-Hispanic archaeological vestiges, and the Xcaret México Espectacular presentation.
Known for exhilarating Water Activities
where you can do unlimited snorkeling in an inlet that flows into the Caribbean Sea. You can ride a bike through the jungle paths, jump into the water from the Stone of Courage, dive from a zip-line and feel the thrill of the highest of all Tulum, Riviera Maya and Cancun waterslides, . Xel-Há is an all-inclusive water park, so the buffet and open bar are part of the experience.
Challenge the heights with the fourteen Riviera Maya and Cancun zip-lines including the highest in the entire destination. On the surface, you will drive an amphibious vehicle (ATV) in the jungle, over bridges and through caverns. Live the thrill of rafting down our Toboganxote, a 5-in-1 waterslide that ends in a wave pool. Underneath the planet, you'll raft and swim through stalactites rivers, as well as go on an underground expedition to reveal the secrets hidden beneath.
Discover Xavage, the new adventure park in Cancun where you can enjoy distinct activities,
many of them unique in the Mexican Caribbean. Choose your admission between Basic or All-Inclusive and spend a day having thrilling rides in a Monster Truck
or a Jet Boat, rafting in the only whitewater rapids in Cancun and Riviera Maya, gliding through a Zip-line or climbing different challenging levels at the Ropes Course.
Enjoy the darkness of the Jungle, find a totally different world full of adventures in the Riviera Maya. Here, the night and the fire will be your guides, let yourself be carried away and face the challenge of ziplining into the darkness; sailing or swimming in rivers and underground caverns lit only by fire; drive your own vehicle through the jungle trails and enjoy the darkness as perhaps you never imagined. In Xplor Park you will enjoy 530 meters of underground caverns to travel in rafts, and a circuit of nine zip lines. You can also swim in a 350-meter lava river full of stalactites, as well as a jungle tour aboard an amphibious vehicle.
A unique half-day adventure which will challenge your senses, even those you never knew you had! Tour along more than 15 activities that go over land, air and water. Have fun through unusual scenarios that give you an unreal impression. Pose in a tunnel of hearts, lift the weight of the world with your hands, float inside a pool without getting wet, kiss a giant stone face and visit the upside down house, among many others. Xenses is a park where the sum of your emotions is greater than the totality of your senses! An experience full of challenges for your mind, where everything around you is not what it seems.
A Mexican Floating Fiesta
Xoximilco is a fun and complete Mexican party that kids and adults can enjoy on a picturesque Mexican gondola enlivened by a witty host, a mariachi, and traditional Mexican music. Try the most representative dishes of Mexican cuisine Dance and sing to the sound of mariachi, banda, marimba, jarana, and norteño music. In addition, you will have tequila and beer open bar throughout the tour. Be part of culture, folklore, and tradition on board a floating party!
Ancient beliefs and Maya traditions point that the universe was divided into three levels, the celestial vault, the Earth, and Xibalbá, as they named the underworld. Xibalbá is the main gate to an unknown underground world in Yucatan, Mexico, that is waiting to be discovered through a circuit of several cenotes featuring impressive scenarios.
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