Families love the hassle-free nature of all-inclusive resorts. You pay one fixed price for all you can eat and all the fun you can fit in, and you never have to pull out your wallet the whole time you are there.
Looking for an all-inclusive resort that delivers a great family beach vacation? There are myriad options in the Caribbean, though you need to know that not every island offers all-inclusives.
Some islands are chock full of all-inclusive resorts, while others feature resorts that offer semi-inclusive plans that bundle accommodations, some meals and some activities.
Caribbean Islands Known for All-Inclusive Resorts
This island (pronounced An-TEE-ga) offers several all-inclusive properties, some of which are adults-only or for couples, and others that welcome families. Kid-friendly options include the luxury St. James Club and Villas and the Jolly Beach Resort.
One of the Dutch ABCs located outside the hurricane belt, Aruba offers family-friendly all-inclusive properties including Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort and Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Resort.
This archipelago is easy to get to from the United States. Family-friendly all-inclusive resorts include Viva Wynham Fortuna Beach Resort, Club Med Columbus Isle, and Melia Nassau Beach Resort.
Barbados offers several kid-friendly properties with all-inclusive pricing, including Almond Village Resort, Almond Casuarina Beach Resort and Barbados Beach Club Resort.
The Dominican Republic is chock-a-block with all-inclusive resorts.
Standouts for families in the DR include Club Med Punta Cana, Dreams Punta Cana, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.
There are many kid-friendly all-inclusives in Jamaica, including Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort, Beaches Negril, and Beaches Ocho Rios. For families with young kids, Franklyn D. Resort provides every family with its own vacation nanny.
Turks & Caicos
This archipelago is home to one of the most acclaimed family all-inclusives, Beaches Turks & Caicos.
Caribbean Islands Not Known for All-Inclusive Resorts
This smaller, quieter island does not offer many all-inclusive resorts, though you may run across some properties that offer inclusive packages.
Bermuda's sole all-inclusive resort is the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, which offers a children's program in the summer.
This island in the Dutch ABCs does not offer a single all-inclusive resort.
British Virgin Islands
There aren't many all-inclusive resorts in the BVI, but a luxurious, kid-friendly exception in Virgin Gorda is Rosewood Little Dix Bay.
The beautiful Cayman Islands offer a lot for families to love, but no true all-inclusive resorts. Some properties may offer packages that bundle in accommodations, some meals and activities.
This island in the Dutch ABCs is not known for all-inclusive resorts, but one exception is the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino.
Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic (see above), the island of Dominica does not offer all-inclusive resorts.
St. Kitts & Nevis
These tiny islands do not offer all-inclusive resorts, though you may run across some properties that offer inclusive packages.
US Virgin Islands:
While all-inclusive resorts are a rarity in the USVI, a kid-friendly exception is the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort on St. Croix.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher