Best All-Inclusive Chains in Mexico and the Caribbean

  • 01 of 08

    Yes to Sunshine, No to Pricing Surprises

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    ••• Beaches Resorts

    Looking for an all-inclusive getaway in the sun and surf? The Caribbean and Mexico are awash with all-inclusive resorts, but how can you be sure that the atmosphere will be appropriate for all ages?

    Click through for a selection of kid-friendly chains known for their G-rated focus, from family-friendly accommodations and menus to kids programming.

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  • 02 of 08

    Beaches Resorts

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    ••• Beaches Resorts

    Best for: Families with kids age 10 and under

    Where: Beaches Resorts has three locations in the Caribbean 

    Known for: Kid-centric fun, beautiful beach settings, expansive family-friendly water parks and a partnership with Sesame Street. Frequent, excellent money-saving deals.

    If we had to pick a favorite: Beaches Turks & Caicos, 75 minutes from Miami and a 20-minute drive from the airport. (The Jamaican resorts are 80-90 minutes from the airport.) Also, Beaches Turks & Caicos has twice as many restaurants and the biggest waterpark, with five pools and a surf simulator.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals, activities (including watersports), childrens programs, alcoholic beverages. Cribs and rollaway beds are complimentary upon request. Highchairs are available in restaurants.

    What's extra: Spa treatments, babysitting after the kids clubs...MORE close (9pm and later). Strollers are available for rent.

    Special offers: Frequent deep-discount deals, including instant air credits, free nights, spa credits and other enticements

    Accommodations: Beaches offers a variety of room categories, from standard rooms and suites to three-bedroom villas

    Activities: In addition to traditional beach and resort activities, Beaches offers complimentary scuba diving. 

    Kids clubs: Infants (newborn to 24 months); Toddlers (ages 3-5); Pre-teens (ages 8-10); and Teens. There's also a program for children with special needs. (See why Beaches Resorts are among the best vacation destinations for babies and toddlers.)

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  • 03 of 08

    Club Med

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    ••• Club Med

    Best for: Families with kids of all ages

    Where: Club Med has two family-friendly locations in Mexico and one family-friendly property in the Caribbean: (Also note that Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida is one of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in the United States.)

    • Club Med Punta Cana: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    • Club Med Cancun Yucatan: Cancun, Mexico
    • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific: Zihuatanejo, Mexico

    Known for: Beautiful beach settings, expansive programming for kids at its family properties. Excellent tennis instruction and watersports; some locations offer workshops on the flying trapeze and other circus-school activities. Frequent, excellent money-saving deals.

    If we had to pick a favorite: Club Med Ixtapa Pacifica and Club Med Cancun Yucatan both offer exceptionally beautiful beach settings and a wide range of activities for all ages. 

    What's included: Accommodations, meals, activities (including many watersports), childrens programs, alcoholic beverages. Cribs and...MORE rollaway beds are complimentary upon request. Highchairs are available in restaurants. The chain also loans out bathtubs, changing tables, bottle warmers and strollers at no charge.

    What's extra: Spa treatments, in-room private babysitting, some excursion-based activities (such as horseback riding or scuba diving).

    Special offers: Frequent deep-discount deals, including free nights and other enticements. Kids under 4 always stay and eat free.

    Accommodations: Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers family suites; other properties offer guestrooms and suites, some with connecting capabilities.

    Activities: Besides the main pool and beach, there is typically tennis, mini-golf, soccer, Ping Pong, sailing, archery, basketball, volleyball, a climbing wall, inline skating and, often, Club Med’s signature circus school that was developed with Cirque de Soleil.

    Kids clubs: Baby Club Med (4-23 months); Petit Club Med (ages 2-3); Mini Club Med (ages 4-10); and Club Med Passworld (ages 11-17). See why Club Med is among the best vacation destinations for babies and toddlers.)

    Check rates at Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic
    Check rates at Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico
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  • 04 of 08

    Divi Resorts

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    ••• Divi Resorts

    Best for: Families with kids ages 5 to 12

    Where: Divi Resorts has four all-inclusive locations in the Caribbean 

    • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Aruba
    • Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort, Aruba
    • Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten
    • Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort, St. Croix

    Known for: 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: Set on a dreamy beach surrounded by the fabulously crystalline waters of Aruba, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort offers convenient villas (studios to two bedrooms) that sleep up to six and feature fully equipped kitchens.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals, activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs. Cribs and rollaway beds are complimentary upon request. Highchairs are available in restaurants.

    What's extra: Spa treatments, motorized watersports, golf, private babysitting services, alcoholic beverages.

    Special offers: Si...MOREgn up for e-alerts to hear about special rates and promotions.

    Accommodations: Most Divi Resorts offer guestrooms and suites; some properties offer villas. Rooms are very comfortable but not luxurious.

    Activities: 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.

    Kids clubs: Divi Resorts provide 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.

    Check rates at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in Aruba
    Check rates at Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort in Aruba
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  • 05 of 08

    Azul Hotels by Karisma

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    ••• The Azulitos Playhouse for kids up to age 5. Azul Hotels by Karisma

    Best for: Families with kids ages up to 12 

    Where: Azul Hotels has three all-inclusive locations in Mexico and two in the Caribbean.

    Known for: Lovely beach settings, family-friendly vibe, and good deals. The "gourmet-inclusive" concept means a la carte dining and 24-hour room service is also included.

    If we had to pick a favorite: On Mexico's spectacular Riviera Maya, the Azul Beach Hotel is a beautiful boutique property located right on the beach, just 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, and a fabulous choice for families with little ones.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals, activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs. Cribs and rollaway beds are complimentary upon request. Highchairs are available in restaurants. You can borrow...MORE baby gear (strollers, cribs, sterilizers, and so on) during your stay.

    What's extra: Spa treatments, motorized watersports, golf, private babysitting services, alcoholic beverages.

    Special offers: Frequent deep discounts and promotions.

    Accommodations: Azul Hotels offer upscale guestrooms and suites, including swim-up suites.

    Activities: Five pools, a gym, children’s camp, as well as.standard resort favorites like snorkeling and scuba diving.

    Kids clubs: 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.)

    Check rates at Azul Beach Hotel on the Riviera Maya, Mexico
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  • 06 of 08

    Iberostar All-Inclusive Resorts

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    ••• Iberostar

    Best for: Families with kids age 4 and up.

    Where: Iberostar has nine all-inclusive family resorts in Mexico and seven in the Caribbean, including:

    Known for: Excellent beach settings, family-friendly vibe, and good kids' clubs. Dining is a focus here, so expect a la carte dining (all levels) and limited room service (Gold Premium level) included in the rate.

    If we had to pick a favorite: On Mexico's Riviera Maya, the Playa Paraiso complex offers a lot of flexibility and tons of rooms and amenities. On the Riviera Nayarit, Iberostar Playa Mita is an upscale resort within easy reach of West Coasters.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals, activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs. Gold Premium-level properties also offer room service.

    What's extra: Spa treatments, motorized watersports, golf,...MORE private babysitting services, alcoholic beverages.

    Special offers: Frequent promotions such as kids age 12 and under stay free. 

    Accommodations: Iberostar offers upscale guestrooms and suites.

    Activities: Pools, splash pads, beach activities and non-motorized water sports, plus kids' programs.

    Kids clubs: Supervised children's program for kids age 4 to 12, plus teen activities. Babysitting (for a fee) is available for younger children.

    Check rates at Iberostar Paraiso Lindo All-Inclusive Resort
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    Check rates at Iberostar Playa Mita All-Inclusive Resort

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  • 07 of 08

    Dreams Resorts & Spas

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    ••• Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Best for: Families with kids ages 3 and up.

    Where: Dreams Resorts & Spas has eight locations in Mexico, four in the Dominican Republic, and one each in the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica and Panama.

    Known for: A luxury all-inclusive beach experience, with superior service and food that's several cuts above average. Meals offer a choice of buffet options and multiple a la carte venues. Resorts are kid-friendly and the clientele is a mix of families and couples and other groups.

    If we had to pick a favorite: Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, for the truly dreamy beach and terrific kids' programming.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals (including room service), activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs, alcoholic beverages. Cribs, highchairs, beach toys and life jackets are all provided free of charge. 

    What's extra: Spa treatments, motorized watersports, rollaway beds, babysitting services, wifi (except Preferred Club...MORE rooms)

    Special offers: Frequent kids-stay-free promos.

    Accommodations: Dreams offers standard guestrooms and suites, many of which can be connected for large family accommodations. Guests in Preferred Club rooms enjoy additional privileges.

    Activities: Multiple pools, fabulous beaches, and a wide array of active pursuits during the day. In the evening, there are nightly shows and themed nights.

    Kids clubs: Explorer's Club for kids ages 3-12 and Core Zone for teens ages 13-17. Both programs are available from morning to night.

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  • 08 of 08

    Grand Palladium

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    ••• Palladium Hotel Group

    Best for: Families with kids ages 4 and up; some locations offer a baby club for kids age 1 to 3.

    Where: Grand Palladium has five locations in Mexico, three in the Dominican Republic, and two in Jamaica. There are also locations in Europe and South America.

    Known for: A good-value all-inclusive beach experience where kids age 12 and under stay free. Spacious suites and numerous dining options. Resorts are kid-friendly and the clientele is a mix of families and couples.

    If we had to pick a favorite: Grand Palladium Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic or Grand Palladium Riviera Resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya, for the recently renovated children's and baby clubs.

    What's included: Accommodations, meals (including both a la carte and buffet offerings), activities (including non-motorized watersports), childrens programs, rollaway beds, and wi-fi. 

    What's extra: Spa treatments, motorized watersports, and babysitting services. Some properties offer baby equipment rentals,...MORE including strollers, cribs, and high chairs.

    Special offers: Look out for discounted rates.

    Accommodations: Spacious suites with hot tubs, balconies, mini refrigerators and sofa beds. 

    Activities: Pools, wonderful beaches, and a range of activities during the day. 

    Kids clubs: Mini Club for kids ages 4-12 and Junior Club for ages 13-19. Some properties also offer Baby Club for ages 1-3. Grand Palladium recently partnered with Raggs, a preschool TV series, to reboot its family programming. Activities for younger kids are themed around the Raggs characters. (See why Grand Palladium is among the best vacation destinations for babies and toddlers.)

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