The Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the Caribbean

The Best Hotel and Resort Tennis Programs, Clinics, Instruction and Facilities

The Caribbean's mix of warm, sunny weather and top-notch resorts can please even the most avid tennis bum. Having played under the scorching sun in Bermuda and having had balls blown away by the trade winds of Aruba, however, I've learned that you need to be a bit discriminating in your choice of venue, no matter how good your backhand is. Here are some of the best places to serve it out: 

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Caneel Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay
Courtesy of Caneel Bay
N Shore Rd, St John 00830, USVI
+1 340-776-6111

Court time is always free at Caneel Bay's 11-court complex, which features player matchups and popular, twice-weekly round-robin tournaments for guests, plus a variety of instructional programs. Highly praised for the excellence of its tennis staff and romantic setting.

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Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Four Seasons Nevis
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Pinney's Beach, Charlestown, St Kitts & Nevis
+1 869-469-1111

The recently reopened Four Seasons Nevis resort has one of the biggest and best tennis programs in the posh Four Seasons chain, with 10 courts (six Plexicushion hardcourts and four red clay; a total of five lit for night play) managed by Peter Burwash International.

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The Buccaneer Hotel, St. Croix, USVI

The Buccaneer
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Led by pro Don deWilde, the Buccaneer's tennis program includes eight Laykold courts (two lighted) and is renowned for its friendly instruction and loyal clientele. The annual Virgin Islands Championships and Junior Championships are held here each year.

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Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa

Wyndham Rio Mar Beach
Courtesy of Wyndham
6000 Blvd Rio Mar, Río Grande, 00745, Puerto Rico
+1 787-888-6000

One of Puerto Rico's more isolated resorts, the Wyndham Rio Mar boasts a Peter Burwash tennis program with 11 har-tru courts and two Laykold (four lit) and a fully stocked pro shop.

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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Carr La Romana - Higuey, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
+1 866-818-4966

.Casa de Campo's large (13 har-tru court) facility is backed with an equally large (70-member) tennis staff that is literally available day and night for instruction and setting up matches.

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Couples Swept Away, Negril Jamaica

Couples Swept Away Negril
Courtesy Couples Swept Away Negril
Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
+1 876-957-4061

For tennis buffs, this is THE all-inclusive destination resort in Jamaica. Couples Swept Away has 10 lighted hard and clay courts, an experienced teaching staff, and lessons are included in the price of your stay.

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Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Tennis at Curtain Bluff
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Carlisle Bay, P.O. Box 288 St. John's, Old Rd, Old Road, Antigua and Barbuda
+1 268-462-8400

The posh Curtain Bluff resort in tennis-mad Antigua has four lighted tennis courts just steps from the ocean (and cooled by saltwater breezes), plus a veteran instruction staff. For going on four decades, Curtain Bluff has hosted Antigua Tennis Week each spring, which attracts both pro players and amateurs looking to buff their skills through instruction, clinics, match play, and more.

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Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico

Tennis at Palmas del Mar
Courtesy of Palmas del Mar
1, Country Club Dr, Humacao, 00791, Puerto Rico
+1 787-656-3000

The tennis complex at the Palmas del Mar Country Club is the Caribbean's largest, with 14 hard courts, 4 Har-Tru clay courts, and two Omni artificial-grass courts. Seven of the courts are lighted, and there's also a full-service pro shop and a courtside restaurant and bar. Visitors can rent villas at the Palmas del Mar resort or stay at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton hotel; a luxury hotel is also being planned on the property.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
 Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1209, Cayman Islands
+1 345-943-9000

"Brand-leaders" define the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman experience, with fine dining by Eric Ripert, golf by Greg Norman, and tennis by Nick Bollettieri. The famous trainer of Andre Agassi and other tennis legends has opened his first program outside Florida at the Ritz-Carlton, staffed by pros from the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. The facility includes three red-clay courts and two hard courts.

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Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Grand Lucayan
Courtesy of Grand Lucayan 
1 Sea Horse Road Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
+1 242-373-1333

The tennis facilities here are modest but unique: The Grand Lucayan offers guests the opportunity to play on two surfaces: Rebound Ace and DecoTurf hard court. 

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The Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the Caribbean