These Caribbean resorts let adults get their tropical recharge and entertain kids and teens with waterparks, sports and activities, and kids-only dining and socializing.
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The CocoLand Kids Klub at Coconut Bay is more like a mini-resort, with 50,000 square feet of active play areas including a zip line, rock-climbing wall, water playground, and a petting zoo that doubles as a sanctuary for rescued animals. An educational workbook guides kids through learning-based activities, and the whole family can enjoy Pirates Night dinners and a weekly hayride ending with a beach party.
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The Sonesta Maho has the only kids-only pool in St. Maarten, and it’s connected directly to the new Maho Bungalow Kids Club; slides spill out of the side of a whimsical submarine into a pool that, at 20 inches deep, is welcoming even for cautious swimmers. For teens, there are weekly pajama parties and disco nights.
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Children as young as age 8 can take part in Beaches’ learn-to-sail program when they’re not splashing around the resort’s Pirates Island water park: one of the largest in the Caribbean, the park has eight waterslides, a surfing simulator, a swim-up smoothie bar, a 50s style diner, a rainforest-themed game room, and unlimited pizza and ice cream. Alone time for mom and dad won’t be an issue — just try dragging your kids away from this place!
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Waterslides and a lazy river at the Coqui Water Park, activities at the Camp Coqui Kids Club, and adventurous outings to the private Palomino Island for water sports and horseback riding are part of the fun at the El Con. The Waldorf-Astora resort now offers all-inclusive packages that include three daily meals, water sports, pool cabanas, golf, tennis, and spa access, meaning lots to do for the adults when the kids are at play, too.
Photo: Courtesy of The Franklyn D. Resort, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
The FDR isn’t the fanciest resort you’ll ever stay at, but it does offer one thing almost no other all-inclusive can match: free nanny service for your entire stay. That’s understandably made it a favorite for budget-conscious couples with young children, who also can play in the kids club and ride the 100-foot “Big Blue” waterslide; the resort also offers teen diving excursions, bike tours, and reggae dance classes.
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Hilton quality and all-inclusive are a nice combination — not to mention that this beautiful resort started out as a Ritz-Carlton. The Sugar Mills Falls water park, with waterfalls, lagoons, and a lazy river, is built around a replica of Rose Hall Plantation’s famous aqueduct ruins. Kids Club and Teen Zone programs include yoga and other out-of-the-box activities.
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Children can embrace their inner acrobat at the amazing Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil program at the Club Med Punta Cana. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil, the resort’s circus-inspired interactive “playscape” includes a flying trapeze, bungee jumping and aerial acrobatics, trampolines, and a Big Top for performances. The resort’s sports school offers instruction in archery, golf, windsurfing, sailing, and tennis, and kids’ clubs are tailored to the needs of four distinct age groups, not just “kids” and “teens.”
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All-inclusive packages are now available for stays at the Paradise Island resort’s Beach Tower and Royal Tower and include access to Aquaventure, the resort’s sprawling “waterscape” that includes a waterpark, aquarium, and kid-friendly attractions like The Dig, a walk-through archeological expedition to find the lost continent of Atlantis. Fish-filled lagoons dot the resort property, and you can kayak, paddleboard, and snorkel with dolphins at Dolphin Cay.
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Tots can cuddle with the Berenstein Bears and Toopy and Binoo at this luxury Bavaro Beach resort, but as the name hints it’s water that really makes waves with kids here: the Splash waterpark has seven waterslides (including four side-by-side for racing) and a wave pool. If you’ve got sports fanatics in the family, the resort’s sports bar guarantees you won’t miss a game anywhere in the world, ever.
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Who’s up for some coconut bowling? That’s just one of the many activities offered at Windjammer Landing’s Jacquot Fun Club; kids can also watch crab races, learn local St. Lucian patois — even get a pedicure at the resort spa. All-inclusive water sports include inner-tube and snorkeling.