The Dominican Republic offers a slew of beautiful all-inclusive resorts at a variety of price points. Here are our top picks for families.
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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana sprung out of a partnership between Nickelodeon parent company Viacom and Karisma Hotels & Resorts. This resort in the Dominican Republic is Nickelodeon’s first-ever international hotel property, offering the most upscale Nickelodeon vacation experience to date.
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Iberostar Punta Cana is a premium property in the Iberostar all-inclusive family. There are multiple restaurants, kids clubs, nightly entertainment, and activities ranging from golf and watersports to PADI Scuba certification.
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We rate Grand Palladium as one of the best all-inclusive chains for families in the Caribbean, offering a great beach experience and pricing where kids age 12 and under stay free. Its Punta Cana resort is an all-suite property with various configurations, including 51 family suites. There are four kids clubs: baby club (ages 1-3), mini-club (ages 3-5), maxi-club (ages 6-11), and juniors club (ages 12-18). Rates include accommodations, meals (including both a la carte and buffet offerings), activities (including non-motorized water sports), childrens programs, rollaway beds, and wi-fi.
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Club Med Punta Cana is set on 75 acres and a long stretch of white-sand beach. Features include amazing kids programs for different age groups, including Petit Club Med for kids ages 2 to 3, and The Ramp lounge area for teens. Activities include the trapeze (a signature Club Med activity), inline skating, watersports, and more.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Located on Bávaro Beach in the Punta Cana area of the DR, Melia Caribe Tropical features eight outdoor pools, a fabulous beach, kids' clubs for ages 8 months to 14 years, ziplining, climbing walls, and evening shows for adults and kids. This all-inclusive resort offers two buffet dining rooms and 11 specialty restaurants.
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The upscale all-inclusive chain Dreams Resorts has family-friendly property in the Dominican Republic. Features include a large free-form swimming pool that stretches from the lobby to the beach, supervised kids and teen clubs, and myriad activities ranging from basketball and yoga to tennis and an ocean trampoline.
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From the Barceló brand, the Bavaro Palace Deluxe Resort offers a beautiful 1.2-mile beach; 11 restaurants, four pools, including a kids' pool with slides and a water park; and activities that include golf, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing.
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Also in the Punta Cana area, with its beautiful beaches on the western edge of the island, is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, part of the Hard Rock brand famed for its rock-and-roll theming. With large suites (the largest of which can sleep up to 10), 12 pools, mini golf and a climbing wall, families are made to feel welcome here.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The well-priced all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Tangerine has a great location on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, just a short walk along the beach from the town of Cabarete.
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A step up in luxury from most properties on this list, the 683-room Paradisus Punta Cana manages to feel uncrowded thanks to expansive grounds and gorgeous landscaping. From your accommodations building, you can walk, bike, or use the shuttle service to get to the beach, multiple pools (including a huge one just for families), kids clubs and restaurants. The array of included activities is copious, including many water sports and even extending to horseback riding.
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The all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Resort is located on the southeastern coast, 17 miles from the La Romana airport, on a half-mile of white beach bordering parkland. This property has a kids club for ages 4 to 12 and Junior's Club for ages 12 to 16. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, archery, and snorkeling right at the beach.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher