There's something special about teaching your little ones to snorkel and then sharing the underwater wonders of rainbow-colored fish and delicate coral with them. In the Caribbean, depending on the resort you choose, you and your children can snorkel and dive, search for monkeys in the rainforest, zoom down waterslides, swim with dolphins, and get wicked good at tennis and golf. You can also enjoy such pleasures as sunning, swimming and sandcastle building. Here are 10 properties to consider for a family adventure in the Caribbean.

Written by Lissa Poirot

The Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands

This small, boutique property in the Cayman Islands is actually a rental-style hotel with 37 independently owned units available with fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and all of the conveniences of home. The resort is situated on 300 feet of white sand beach, and is just 15 minutes from the popular Cayman Turtle Farm Island Wildlife Encounter. While the pool is small and the property doesn’t provide kids’ clubs or programming, the Caribbean Club is the kind of luxurious setting that allows your family to relax and be pampered while also feeling at home.

Playa Linda Beach Resort, Aruba

Located in the heart of Aruba’s Palm Beach, where the sandy beach seems to stretch for miles in either direction, Playa Linda Beach Resort is another Caribbean property with condo offerings perfect for families. Offering six room types, from studios to three-bedroom units, families will enjoy a full kitchen and space to spread out. The resort’s large pool features coves and waterfalls, and kids both young and old can enjoy the children’s programming and Teen Lounge, as well as a variety of activities and entertainment.

Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Jamaica

There is a reason Franklyn D. Resort & Spa continuously makes our lists of best resorts, as it truly offers families the best of everything. The resort is located near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, and is the island’s first all-suite, all-inclusive resort specifically for families. How do we know? Nanny services are available and included in the price of your stay, as is a waterpark on the ocean. One- to three-bedroom suites are available with separate living and dining areas and full kitchenettes. Kids find plenty to do in the resort’s kids’ club and teen center, as well.

Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is lined with fabulous resorts, each offering an upscale setting and stay for families enjoying the powder-soft sand of the beach. Still, one of our favorites is the Grace Bay Club. Nestled along 11 acres of beach, the resort has received numerous accolades as one of the world’s best resorts. Thankfully, Turks and Caicos luxury doesn’t mean adult-only. Instead, families are welcome and children may enjoy the Kids Town supervised program, as well as complimentary bicycles, board games and DVDs.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas Resort, Jamaica

Established in the 1950’s as a series of cottages where celebrities could get away with all privacy, Round Hill Hotel & Villas Resort remains a private resort where ordinary families might just rub shoulders with the likes of Sir Paul. A combination of 27 villas and 36 hotel rooms in the former pineapple plantation’s main house, the boutique resort is spread out across 40 acres. Kids’ clubs, swimming pools, family-friendly entertainment and activities? Round Hill has it all, as well as a convenient location to Jamaica’s Montego Bay.

The Sands at Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

The second Grace Bay property to appear on our list, the Sands at Grace Bay is a wonderfully low-key, all-suites resort. One- to three-bedroom suite configurations are available with oversized patios and balconies, full kitchens, washers and dryers, and separate living and dining areas, allowing families to feel at home on vacation. Although the Turks and Caicos resort lacks kids’ programming, families love the two quiet pools on the property, as well as the wide stretch of sand just steps away.

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, Curacao

The tiny island of Curacao makes for an intimate vacation for families, and one of the island’s best resorts is the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, housed in the island’s bustling port of Willemstad. The resort is actually built into the stone walls of an 1800’s fort that once protected the island, and with its vibrant location, families can walk out the door to enjoy Curacao and its shopping and dining. However, for those wanting to relax in the 237-room hotel, it features a pool and splash playground.

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, Aruba

The second Aruban property to make the list also resides on Palm Beach, and remains the area’s first high-rise hotel. Serving as a place for the King and Queen of the Netherlands to stay in the late 1950’s, the 354-room Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa is fit for families after massive renovations. Being first has its privileges and the resort is larger than its neighbors with 14 acres of land and 1,500 feet of Aruban beachfront for its guests to enjoy. Kids will also enjoy the large swimming pools and kids’ club and programs.

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton is legendary for its service and stylish accommodations in some of the best destinations in the world, and The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman does not disappoint. The AAA, five-diamond property spans 144 acres with oversized accommodations, including one- to three-bedroom residential suites (owned by separate management). These suites feature full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and washers and dryers. But it’s the Ritz Carlton’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program (AOTE) that makes this resort unique. Each three-hour AOTE module turns childcare (ages 4 and up) into environmental "edutainment."

Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica

For another intimate, boutique property in Jamaica, Half Moon Rose Hall is renowned for its high-profile clientele. Built in the 1950’s with cottage accommodations, the resort has welcomed everyone from celebrities to families. We love the “Very Important Little People” services, meant to welcome kids to the resort from day one. Don’t worry; they do the same for teens. Half Moon Rose Hall features nearly 400 different accommodations, including villas in the former cottages, and families can enjoy the resort’s namesake half moon-shaped cove and beach, as well as the multiple pools located on the property.

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yaccova - Feb 26th, 2015

We recently returned from our first visit to the FDR resort. This place is ideal for families with children and also wonderful for extended families (i.e. grandparents) who want to spend time together, have old-school fun, and also enjoy "grown-up" ... read more
AnnetteMac - Jun 25th, 2013

Just returned from FDR Resort in Runaway Bay. This was my 4th year and my new husband's 2nd visit to FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Is this a fancy resort place...absolutely not! It's just comfortable and home and most important, very clean! ... read more
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Caitlin's Mom - Apr 9th, 2012

This was our second visit to Round Hill, and I have to say it's becoming a favorite for our family. Perfect if you're looking for an easy all-inclusive resort for chillaxing that's small, low key, tranquil and has great food and service. From the ... read more
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JFGgirl - Jan 16th, 2015

We stayed here for our honeymoon. The location is convenient to the downtown area, but there's not much at all to do there, so it's not a perk. There are very few good restaurants nearby, and the food at the hotel is terrible. We also got very ... read more
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