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Take the kids to one of the 11 best Caribbean resorts for families

10Best logo 10Best 8/2/2021 Melanie Reffes, Special to USA TODAY 10Best

For a well-deserved getaway with all the trimmings, you’ll get two thumbs up booking a vacation at a family-friendly resort in the Caribbean.

Dishing up a hearty helping of deals and discounts, kick it up a notch and check out the cream of the crop, from seaside all-inclusive resorts that won’t break the bank to beachfront hotels with water parks, swim-up bars and oceanfront swimming pools.

Going Dutch in Curacao

On the picturesque Dutch island of Curacao, Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is a vacation win-win © Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino On the picturesque Dutch island of Curacao, Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is a vacation win-win

Pairing a city vibe with a beach vacation, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino is a slam dunk. In Willemstad, the capital city, the pastel-pretty resort impresses with a uniquely elevated saltwater beach, pool and restaurants. Shake up the mix with retail therapy in the Renaissance Mall and history lessons at the 19th century Rif Fort just outside the resort.

Nightly room rates start at $142.

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Sesame Street superstars in Turks and Caicos Islands

a group of stuffed animals: At the all-inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos on Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Sesame Street superstars entertain kids and grown-ups of all ages © Beaches Resorts At the all-inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos on Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Sesame Street superstars entertain kids and grown-ups of all ages

A resort on steroids, there are so many activities at Beaches Turks & Caicos that you can try something new every day. On Grace Bay Beach, the all-inclusive resort is vacation nirvana with 21 restaurants, Pirates Island Waterpark and shows performed by the Sesame Street characters.

Upping the ante without a price tag, there’s scuba, boat cruises, snorkeling, kayaking and Kids Camp. For the older folks, how about a candlelit dinner on the beach or a couples massage at Red Lane Spa? Babysitters are available at an additional cost.

Nightly rates start at $366 per adult and $38 per child.

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Come for the beach, stay for the food in the Dominican Republic

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a beach: In the Dominican Republic, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana is an affordable all-inclusive © Dreams Resorts & Spas In the Dominican Republic, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana is an affordable all-inclusive

On one of the prettiest beaches on the northeastern shore, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana is an affordable all-inclusive with 10 restaurants, 7 bars, 4 pools and a water park. Add Explorer’s Club for Kids, Core Zone Teens Club, Spanish lessons, sailing, snorkeling and kayaking for a holiday hole-in-one.

Nightly rates through August 16 start at $160 per person.

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Life's a beach in Jamaica

a group of people sitting at a beach: In Jamaica at Royalton Blue Waters, Jerk Hut is one of 11 restaurants © Royalton Blue Waters In Jamaica at Royalton Blue Waters, Jerk Hut is one of 11 restaurants

Do the math and it’s easy to see why a stay for a family of four at the all-inclusive Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay is a good deal. Beachfront with 11 restaurants, 8 bars, Clubhouse Kids, Hangout Teens Club, scuba lessons in the pool and yoga at sunrise, there’s big bang for the vacation buck with the 'stay at 1 play at 2' program at the adjacent Royalton White Sands; also an all-inclusive.

Nightly rates start at $518 for a room that sleeps 2 adults and 2 kids.

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Go for the gold in Sint Maarten

a large pool of water: In Sint Maarten, all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a quick 10 minutes from the Princess Juliana International Airport © Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten In Sint Maarten, all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a quick 10 minutes from the Princess Juliana International Airport

The largest all-inclusive family resort on the Dutch side of the dual-nation island, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa does a vacation proud with a variety of restaurants, bars, pizzeria, Kids Club, petite water park, kiddie pool and Vegas-style entertainment. When the sun sets, it’s date night for the grown-ups in the largest casino on the island.

Nightly rates, double occupancy, start at $141.50 per person.

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Vitamin sea in Puerto Rico

a large body of water with a city in the background: In San Juan, Caribe Hilton was the first Hilton, in 1949, to open outside the continental U.S. © Caribe Hilton In San Juan, Caribe Hilton was the first Hilton, in 1949, to open outside the continental U.S.

In San Juan, Caribe Hilton raises the bar with oceanfront swimming pools, snorkeling, tennis and feeding the fish in the koi pond.

Nightly rates start at $329 with up to 25% off when booked with the ‘Travel & Save ‘promotion through December 31, 2021.

a group of palm trees next to a body of water: On 500 acres, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort hits the vacation bull's-eye © Wyndham Grand Rio Mar On 500 acres, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort hits the vacation bull's-eye

There’s plenty of room to roam at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort bordering El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service. Ideal for families, the resort features 3 pools, 9 restaurants, golf, tennis and the Mandara Spa.

Nightly rates, double occupancy, start at $299. Roll-away beds and cribs are available.

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A family affair in the U.S. Virgin Islands

a person in a pool of water: In St. Croix, The Buccaneer on 340 acres is the oldest family-run resort in the Caribbean © The Buccaneer In St. Croix, The Buccaneer on 340 acres is the oldest family-run resort in the Caribbean

In St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgins, boredom isn’t a thing at The Buccaneer with gratis fan favorites like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba lessons in the pool and soccer on the beach.

Nightly rates, double occupancy, start at $329 per room that sleeps up to 4 people. Cots and cribs are complimentary.

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Splashing around in Saint Lucia

a view of a swimming pool: Five minutes from the Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes © Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Saint Lucia Five minutes from the Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes

An all-inclusive playground on the south coast, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa features 9 restaurants, 7 bars, 5 pools, tennis, snorkeling, Kidz Klub and a water park.

Nightly rates, five-night minimum, start at $439 per room, double occupancy, through August 23. Kids under 3 stay free, $39 per night for kids ages 3-11 and $59 per night for teens 12-17 years old.

a group of people sitting in a harbor: In Saint Lucia, the big ticket for kids of all ages at Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is unlimited play at Splash Island Water Park © Bay Gardens Beach Resort In Saint Lucia, the big ticket for kids of all ages at Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is unlimited play at Splash Island Water Park

On the northwest coast, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is a family pleaser with room rates that include playtime at Coral Kidz Club and unlimited passes to Splash Island Water Park, where water warriors navigate the inflatable obstacle course, trampoline, monkey bars and climbing walls.

Nightly rates, double occupancy, start at $183.

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Easy breezy in Barbados

a pool next to a body of water: On the south coast of Barbados, 122-room all-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach House is a vacation slam dunk with 4 restaurants, 2 bars, non-motorized water sports and a long sandy beach © Ocean Hotels Group On the south coast of Barbados, 122-room all-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach House is a vacation slam dunk with 4 restaurants, 2 bars, non-motorized water sports and a long sandy beach

An all-inclusive with a laid-back island vibe and Wi-Fi that works on the beach, it’s a breeze keeping boredom at bay at the Sea Breeze Beach House with 3 pools, 4 restaurants, non-motorized water sports, Kid’s Club and Teen’s Lounge. For the grownups in the family, rum tastings and adults-only Jacuzzis seal the deal.

Nightly rates, for a family of 4 in the same room, start at $455.

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