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10 Best All-Inclusive Caribbean Family Resorts for 2018

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We’ve chosen our favorite all inclusive Caribbean family resorts, with popular destinations, family ratings, various budget ranges and consistent deals in mind. Plus, our editors and writers have personally visited these all inclusive Caribbean resorts and loved them as much as you will.

Franklyn D. Resort & Spa in Jamaica; Courtesy of Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

1. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa – Jamaica

Making our list for the fifth year in a row is the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, an all inclusive Caribbean 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, 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.

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Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia; TripAdvisor Expert Photo

2. Windjammer Landing – St. Lucia

Windjammer Landing is located near Castries on St. Lucia’s stunning northwest coast. With its sandy stretch of beach along Labrelotte Bay and a hillside setting where the resort is nestled into the lush landscaping, Windjammer Landing 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 to 3,600 square feet, families of all sizes can travel together and enjoy full kitchens, living spaces, large bedrooms and convenient amenities such as washers and dryers. Of course, as an all inclusive Caribbean resort, it also offers kids’ programming, water sports and restaurants.

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Jewel Runaway Bay in Jamaica; Courtesy of Jewel Runaway Bay

3. Jewel Runaway Bay – Jamaica

Yes, we’ve selected another resort in Jamaica — it’s tough to choose just one! Jewel Runaway Bay became an all inclusive Caribbean family 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. The all inclusive Caribbean resort also has Jewel Lagoon Water Park, which includes a lazy river, splash zone, family raft ride, zero-entry beach lagoon, restaurant, and giant sun deck.

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Beaches Turks & Caicos; Courtesy of Beaches Turks & Caicos

4. Beaches Resort – Turks & Caicos

Ask any family which all inclusive Caribbean resort they’d like to visit, and they’re likely to mention Beaches Turks & Caicos. It is the top-rated all inclusive Caribbean resort on Family Vacation Critic, and with good reason(s): the all inclusive resort continually reinvents itself. Kids can easily spend an entire visit at the water park, which 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!

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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; Courtesy of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

5. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

What’s better than a traditional all inclusive resort in the Caribbean? An all inclusive NICKELODEON resort in the Caribbean! Opened in 2016, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana features Just Kiddin’, a playhouse for kids and families; Plaza Orange, where you’ll find live entertainment and organized games; and Aqua Nick, an outdoor water park. Character dining experiences are also included in rates — be sure to order a green slime smoothie! Accommodations include swim-up suites and The Pineapple — a villa inspired by Spongebob’s home!

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort in St. Lucia; Courtesy of Coconut Bay Resort

6. Coconut Bay Beach Resort – St. Lucia

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. It’s conveniently located just five minutes from the airport, too.

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IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites in the Dominican Republic; Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites

7. IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers a wealth of all inclusive resorts, but IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites, 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.

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The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua; Courtesy of The Verandah Resort & Spa

8. The Verandah Resort & Spa – Antigua

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.

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Las Casitas Village in Puerto Rico; Courtesy of Las Casitas Village

9. Las Casitas Village – A Walforf Astoria Resort

Puerto Rico’s Las Casitas Village has long been one of our favorite resorts in the Caribbean. But now it’s even better, having introduced an all inclusive package in 2016. The package includes accommodations in its luxurious condos; three meals daily; select alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages; and best of all, access to Coqui Water Park! The package also includes access to all of the resort’s fantastic amenities, including Palomino Island, an exclusive island for guests of the resort. There, you can rent water sports, go for a hike, grab a bite to eat, or simply relax by the teal-blue waters.

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Wyndham Reef Resort in Cayman Islands; Courtesy of Wyndham Reef Resort

10. Wyndham Reef Resort – Cayman Islands

The only all inclusive resort in Grand Cayman, 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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