Paired with the bluest of blue waters, powder-soft sand, ample sunshine and warm temperatures of the Caribbean, all-inclusives create the ultimate family vacation. With so many options, however, how can a family choose which all-inclusive resort to visit? And more importantly, how can a family find one that realistically meets their budget needs? We've chosen our favorite accommodations in the Caribbean, with popular destinations, family ratings, various budget ranges and consistent deals in mind. Plus, our editors and writers have personally visited these resorts with their kids and loved them as much as you will.

Find more all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and other destinations here: All-Inclusive Resorts for Families.

Written by Lissa Poirot

Franklyn D. Resort & Spa - Jamaica

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
483 Family Reviews
Remaining on our list in 2016 for the third year is the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, a bona fide family resort, with a playground, giant waterslide, swimming pool, kids’ club, teens' program, kids' buffet, and a beachfront location, to boot. Plus, standard guestrooms sleep up to five guests (two adults and three children under age 16). The resort, located in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, is best known for its nanny services, however, which are complimentary to all guests and especially welcomed by parents, who like to dine at The Pier Restaurant, an adults-only eatery with delicious fare.

Windjammer Landing - St. Lucia

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
776 Family Reviews
The Windjammer Landing is located near Castries on St. Lucia's northwest coast, and is new to our list in 2016. With its sandy stretch of beach along Labrelotte Bay and a hillside setting where the resort is nestled into the lush landscaping, Windjammer is provides a Mediterranean feel, not to mention a home away from home. With one- to four-bedroom villas that range in size from 1,200 too 3,600 square feet, families of all sizes can travel together and enjoy full kitchens, living space, large bedrooms and at-home amenities, like washers and dryers. Of course, as an all-inclusive resort, you'll also find kids' programs, water sports, restaurants and more all included with your stay.

Jewel Runaway Bay - Jamaica

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1084 Family Reviews
Yes, we’ve selected another resort in Jamaica — it’s tough to choose just one! Jewel Runaway Bay became an all-inclusive, family-friendly resort in 2012 following extensive renovations to what used to be an adults-only retreat. It lands itself on our list with its children's club (open to all ages), recording studio for teens (who walk away with their own CD), and a Laser Tag Ranch for the whole family to enjoy! The resort also offers family programming, such as Mommy and Me spa days, Father/Daughter dances, and parent and child golfing lessons. Last year, the resort opened Jewel Lagoon Water Park, which included a lazy river, splash zone, family raft ride, zero-entry beach lagoon, restaurant, and giant sun deck.

Beaches Resort - Turks & Caicos

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
6731 Family Reviews
It’s no surprise we’ve kept Beaches on our list in 2016. Ask any family which all-inclusive resort they'd like to visit, and they're likely to mention Beaches Turks & Caicos. It is the number one property for all-inclusive and Caribbean destinations on our site, and with good reason: The all-inclusive resort continually reinvents itself. Kids can easily spend an entire visit at the water park, which now touts the SkySlide -- the tallest of its kind in Turks and Caicos -- as well as the hotel's six swimming pools. There's also a kids’ club, teen nightclub, 19 restaurants, a scuba program and a wide variety of spacious accommodations, including Family Suites and Seaside Villas. We could keep going!

Aruba Marriott Resort - Aruba

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1308 Family Reviews
In the heart of Aruba’s Palm Beach, a long stretch of hotels and shoreline, you’ll find a familiar name: Marriott (and believe it or not, the hotel offers all-inclusive options). Without leaving the resort, families can enjoy seven restaurants, a long stretch of beach, and an enormous pool. Teens will be happy in their own hangout space, The Den, and children of all ages can escape the sun at the resort’s arcade. There isn’t a kids’ club here, but the resort’s location is within walking distance of restaurants, shops and water sports.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort - St. Lucia

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2235 Family Reviews
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers family and adults-only accommodations and pools, making it a viable option for multigenerational vacations. It also houses St. Lucia's largest water park, complete with a lazy river and two giant waterslides. Better yet, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers a paintball facility, kite and windsurfing center, kids’ club and seven restaurants, and is conveniently located just five minutes from the airport.

IBEROSTAR Bavaro - Dominican Republic

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
138 Family Reviews
The Dominican Republic offers several resorts, but IBEROSTAR Bavaro, located in Punta Cana, trumps all. It offers something for everyone in your group, from kids’ clubs to nightclubs, along with a giant swimming pool overlooking the ocean. We love the two-story bungalows, as well as the resort's convenience (just a 20 minute ride) to the airport, but the best feature is easy accessibility to neighboring IBEROSTAR resorts, where you can enjoy shared amenities, such as onsite restaurants.

The Verandah Resort & Spa - Antigua

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1128 Family Reviews
The Verandah Resort & Spa only offers 180 rooms, creating an intimate atmosphere -- you'll quickly come to know staff members and even other guests. The resort itself, however, still manages to encompass 30 acres of Antigua, with two beaches, four pools (including one just for kids), a mini-golf course, playground, kids’ club and a teen hangout. Be sure to sneak over to Long Bay Beach, just a short walk from the lobby and a great beach for families.

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
3690 Family Reviews
Dreams Resorts in the Dominican Republic keep finding their way onto the list, this year with its Punta Cana location taking the lead. Dreams Palm Beach may not be the largest of the three Dreams properties located on the island, but it is the favorite of more families who have reviewed the properties. There is plenty for kids here, including an Explorer’s Club for kids, a Core Zone space for teens, and even a space for infants and toddlers. Of course, there is water fun, as well, especially after the resort invested millions to renovate its pools, which include waterfalls and lush landscaping.

Wyndham Reef Resort - Cayman Islands

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
409 Family Reviews
The only all-inclusive resorts offered in the Cayman Islands, the Wyndham Reef Resort is tucked away on Grand Cayman's East End, which is less crowded than the island's Seven Mile Beach resort area. Here, the resort provides villas with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and private balconies, all facing the Caribbean Sea. The resort offers a la carte pricing, as well as all-inclusive options, with every guest enjoying three swimming pools, 1,600 feet of white-sand beaches and a number of ways to enjoy the water.

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Franklyn D. Resort & Spa Reviews
JenSteventon - Apr 25th, 2016

I returned to FDR with my husband, and our 7 and 5 year old boys for the 4th yr in a row. We have stayed for a range of 9-14 days over the 4 trips. In prior years we have gone during the same week(s) and have overlapped with other returning families ... read more
amanda22 - Jan 9th, 2016

We decided to forego presents this year and do a Christmas vacation. We had a wonderful time at the resort. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The kids/teen directors were great and our children had a blast. This definitely is a place for adults ... read more
Franklyn D. Resort & Spa reviews
Windjammer Landing Reviews
nykristen - Sep 28th, 2009

We went to the Windjammer Landing in the summer of 2008 to get married there. It was the best decision we could have made! There were 25 people in our party, ranging from single couples, families with children, and also older couples. It was a grea... read more
Windjammer Landing reviews
Jewel Runaway Bay Reviews
Gail Richard - May 16th, 2016

We had the opportunity to go to this wonderful resort for a destination wedding. The resort did not disappoint. We travelled with one of our sons who did the hair for the wedding and was in the wedding as well. This resort (and we have been to many) ... read more
cobalt212 - Dec 5th, 2014

Let me start of by saying, the Jewel Runaway isn't a five (5) star resort, nor does it claim to be. The Jewel is an affordable and ambitious all inclusive resort that does some things reasonably well and some that could use some improvement. This is ... read more
Jewel Runaway Bay reviews
Beaches Turks & Caicos Reviews
Kwynngirls - Jul 2nd, 2016

Great fun for the family. So much to do never bored! Water and shore snorkeling is amazing. Best breakfast at Sky. My girls are 11 and 8 so they were in separate kids activity camps and it took lots of encouragement to get them to go but counselors ... read more
lynn123a - Jun 11th, 2016

We were looking forward to our family vacation. Beaches is less than impressive. Not much to do here when comparing to Atlantis. We have 2 teens they were ready to go home within 2 days bored. The food was terrible and buffet with bugs is less than... read more
Beaches Turks & Caicos reviews
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Reviews
aprilellsworth - Nov 18th, 2011

We stayed at the Aruba Marriott for our 19 year anniversary. They were wonderful people. Driving over their is a a little difficult. Please ask the locals for traffic sign explanation sheet. ... read more
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino reviews
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa Reviews
wohltony - Jul 21st, 2012

We stayed at C-Bay 7/9-7/19/12 (10 nights). First, let me say that this was by far the best family vacation ever! We have three kids - ages 16, 14 & 12. We travelled from Los Angeles (two flights, the first to Miami, the second to St. Lucia - ... read more
Lynnecooper - Mar 22nd, 2011

We stayed at Coconut Bay resort in St Lucia last July. We felt completely cut-off from the real life which is what we want on vacation. The staff was always friendly, happy, & kind.The pools were clean & the bars were perfect. We especially e... read more
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa reviews
IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites Reviews
gkoseth - Jul 31st, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. Check in was smooth and efficient. They offered us an upgrade to our room for only $10 more per night to be closer to the ocean/pool. With the exception of eating, we spent our entire time on the beac... read more
sbrostowin - May 28th, 2010

My husband and I along with our 17 year old son spent a week at the Ibeostar Bavaro in Punta Cana. It was one of the most wonderful places to go for a restful and fun family getaway. The hotel itself is beautiful. The rooms are spacious and immacu... read more
IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites reviews
The Verandah Resort & Spa Reviews
garridaa - Apr 26th, 2015

Just got back from a 7 night stay with my husband and 2 daughters, 8 and 5, and was very pleased. It really is a laid back resort that offers plenty to do and has very beautiful surroundings and great accommodations. The food at the Sea Breeze buffet... read more
dawnkaestner - Apr 2nd, 2013

This was the first exotic vacation we have taken as a family and we were not disappointed. This resort is truly all-inclusive and we wanted for nothing. The food was terrific (although I wouldn't recommend the most expensive restaurant on the resor... read more
The Verandah Resort & Spa reviews
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Reviews
Tly0212 - Mar 20th, 2016

We stayed here for our anniversary. We booked the anniversary package. It got us nothing extra but a sign in the door. No champagne in our room. Grounds are gorgeous, food is great but service lacked a little, not enough employees to tend to your nee... read more
strawberry_rubia - Mar 29th, 2015

We traveled here last July for our annual family vacation. It was our 3rd time in the DR. I specifically picked it because of the great editorial description of the Teen Club written by Family Vacation Critic as well as described on the hotel website... read more
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana reviews
Wyndham Reef Resort Reviews
hughandshawn - Jul 10th, 2014

went june 2014 with husband 2 boys 12 and 15. the rooms were beautiful. the location perfect. the help great. we did the all inclusive and the food was great. we enjoyed the snorkeling. might want water shoes, getting into ocean a little rocky. saw t... read more
Hopkinsesq@aol.com - Jun 5th, 2013

The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is perfect for a family vacation. All rooms are ocean view and within seconds of the 2 pools on the property. The outdoor restaurant and bar are centrally located. You can actually sit on the beach and keep an eye on... read more
Wyndham Reef Resort reviews