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Budget-Friendly and Good Value
All inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are extremely popular with families, thanks to their beautiful beaches, fun water sports, and low-key kids programs. We've rounded up some of the best all-inclusive resorts that won't blow the family budget. But first, a few tips:
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- Don't Play Prima Donna. It's nuts to feel entitled to five-star service at a value price. Enjoy what the resort offers, focus on the best features, and be happy you're saving money.
- Do the Due Diligence. For any property, read recent visitor comments at user-generated sites like TripAdvisor.com. Remember, there will always be ranters and ravers, so peruse a broad sample and read between the lines.
- Do The Math. Be sure to factor in the cost of transportation to the resort, especially airfare and ground transfers. Consider if a resort's location will mean a hefty additional cost to get to and from the airport.
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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort: Aruba
Divi Resorts are known for their gorgeous beach settings, laid-back vibe, and affordability. Kids age 12 and under always stay and eat free.
If we had to pick a favorite, it would be Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, set on a dreamy beach surrounded by the fabulously crystalline waters of Aruba. The resort offers convenient villas (studios to two bedrooms) that sleep up to six and feature fully equipped kitchens. Divi offers multiple pools, bars and restaurants, a 30-foot climbing wall, bikes, a gym, children’s camp, as well as.standard resort favorites like snorkeling, scuba diving and tennis. There's a drop-in kids camp for ages 4 to 12. Activities include scavenger hunts and sandcastle contests, as well as movie nights several times a week.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Azul Beach Hotel: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Known for its lovely beach setting, family-friendly vibe, and frequent deals, Azul Beach Hotel is a great find on the Mayan Riviera. The "gourmet-inclusive" concept means a la carte dining and 24-hour room service is also included in the all-inclusive rate. Just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, this is a fabulous choice for families with little ones. Cribs and rollaway beds are complimentary upon request. Highchairs are available in restaurants. You can borrow baby gear (strollers, cribs, sterilizers, and so on) during your stay. Families will love the five pools, a gym, children’s camp, as well as.standard resort favorites like snorkeling and scuba diving. Azulitos Play House for kids 6 months-5 years features a Fisher-Price educational play program. The resort also offers Gourmet Gerber, a special all-inclusive meal plan just for babies. The Azulito Kids Club is for older kids ages 6-12. (See why Azul Hotels are among the best vacation destinations for babies and toddlers.)Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort: Dominican Republic
In the Dominican Republic, Grand Palladium Punta Cana is known for delivering a good-value all-inclusive beach experience where kids age 12 and under stay free. There are spacious suites and numerous dining options. Rates include accommodations, meals (including both a la carte and buffet offerings), activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs, rollaway beds, and wi-fi. There are multiple pools, wonderful beaches, and a range of activities during the day. As for kids clubs, there's Mini Club for kids ages 4-12 and Junior Club for ages 13-19, and Baby Club for ages 1-3. Grand Palladium recently partnered with Raggs, a preschool TV series, to reboot its family programming. (See why Grand Palladium is among the best vacation destinations for babies and toddlers.)Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Iberostar Playa Mita: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
On Mexico's Riviera Nayarit, Iberostar Playa Mita is a good-value upscale resort within easy reach of West Coasters just north of Puerto Vallarta. You'll find an excellent beach setting, family-friendly vibe, and good kids' clubs. The rate includes accommodations, meals, activities (including non-motorized watersports), and the childrens programs. Look for frequent promotions such as kids age 12 and under stay free. Pools, splash pads, beach activities and non-motorized water sports, plus kids' programs. There's a supervised children's program for kids age 4 to 12, plus teen activities. Babysitting (for a fee) is available for younger children.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa: St. Lucia
Coconut Bay Beach Resort is an all inclusive resort in St. Lucia with three pluses for families:
- value pricing
- water park with bodyslides and a lazy river
- Cocoland kids club, with spacious play areas including a water-play zone
St. Lucia is in the eastern Caribbean. US visitors often route through Miami; direct flights also depart from several Northeast US cities. St. Lucia is known for scenic beauty, and especially for the twin peaks of the Pitons in the southwest. The island has jungle and plantations, and the sea has coral reefs.
The Coconut Bay Resort has 85 acres including a private adult's only pool and lounge area by the spa. The resort is in the southeast of the island, on the Atlantic coast; location is just five minutes from the Hewanorra International Airport.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Viva Wyndham Tangerine: Dominican Republic
Viva Resorts had six all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. One of the best is the Viva Wyndham Tangerine, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, with a great location on a long stretch of beach. A short walk along the beach leads to Cabarate Bay (a fun place to watch kite-boarding) and the town of Cabarate. The resort has a Kids Club is for ages four to twelve, a large free form pool with shallow play area and separate baby zone, water sports, daily activities, etc.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher