Vacations with family are important: it’s when you have the opportunity to escape from daily routine and spend some quality time together. A family vacation is the ideal time to make the memories that’ll last for a lifetime.
The first step to planning a family vacation is selecting the right destination and accommodation. You’ll want to choose a place where you can be sure the kids will have a good time doing the things they love, making new friends along the way in a safe environment.
Many family accommodations and resorts come with a kids club, which ensures the kids will have the time of their lives while making friends with other kids of the same age. Beaches family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are no exception! The inclusions at this resort are second to none, and the kids club boasts a wide variety of fun and educational activities.
In this article on the Beaches Blog:
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Beaches Ocho Rios
Which Beaches Resort is best for my kids?
Did you know? The Caribbean is the perfect family vacation destination. Find paradise on Earth in Turks & Caicos on a 1 hour and 40 minute flight from Miami. Jamaica, the home of Reggae and grilled jerk chicken, is also located within a two-hour flight from U.S. mainland. In both island countries you’ll find plenty of family friendly all-inclusive resorts with kids clubs!
All three Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean includes Kids Camp, boasting a wide variety of amenities and activities for kids of all ages. The activities and comprehensive programs are included in your stay and each program normally has activities that take place in three sessions during the day.
Ask about the schedule on arrival, you won’t be disappointed!
Ages 0 - 2
At Beaches, even families with the youngest tots are in good hands as no matter the age of your child, there will be a program to suit.
When needed, infants 0-2 years can be cared for by the professional childcare team at Beaches Resorts, as part of the Infant Program. In a baby-friendly zone filled with cribs, strollers, high chairs, rocking chairs, and more, your child will be coddled, loved, and cared for in a climate controlled nursery with Beaches signature luxurious features, while parents enjoy a day of exploring what’s on offer at their destination.
No stroller? No problem! You can rent one at the resort.
Ages 3 - 4
There are endless adventures to be had at Beaches Resorts, especially for kids who take part in the Toddler Program. Supervised by Certified Nannies, your kids will be engaged in activities like shell collecting, face painting, treasure hunts, puppets, costume time, magic shows, sand castle building, and more. They’ll also have a blast splashing around in the toddler pools and making new friends. To be part of this group, children must be potty trained.
Ages 5 - 7
An all-inclusive vacation in the Caribbean is an exciting place to be for anyone, even more so for parents and kids who can individually get some time to do the things they love. The Navigators Program will keep your kids active and occupied during their vacation at Beaches. They’ll be immersed in a world of arts and craft, talent shows, treasure hunts, and even Beach Olympics and science. With a mix of creative, energetic, and captivating activities, your kids will have a blast!
Ages 8 - 10
The Adventurers Program at Beaches Resorts zeroes in on exciting activities for kids who aren’t so little anymore, but still want to have just as much fun. Kids in this group will get to take part in exciting activities like scavenger hunts, beach soccer, capture the flag, water pong, reggae jam sessions and more! The best part? They’ll be able to make friendships that will grow beyond their amazing vacation in the Caribbean.
Ages 11 - 14
The Tween Program at Beaches is carefully designed to keep the attention of this age group, and it does just that by keeping things interesting from day to day. Your tweenager will get to spend time with other kids their age, engaging in activities out on the beach like soccer, volleyball, and flag football, as well as watersports, lots of movie time, karaoke, and more!
Ages 15 - 18
Your teen will be able to find their bliss at Beaches Resorts, and not feel as though they’re forced to participate in anything that doesn’t match their interests. Teens at Beaches Resorts can head out on boat cruises with a skilled crew, take part in talent shows and group water sports, sing their heart’s out during karaoke sessions with friends, dance until the wheels fall off at the teen-friendly Club Liquid, enjoy the pizza and soda swim-up bars, tennis clinics, talent shows, pool olympics, and so much more!
One thing is sure, your kids will never be bored at Beaches Resorts!
Insider tip: At all Beaches Resorts, certified nannies and private childcare are available for kids as young as 3 months, with activities available for older kids and teens. All nannies at Beaches Resorts are members of the International Nanny Association. At an additional fee of 20 USD per hour, the nannies can take care of the kids for the evening, giving parents some time to enjoy a romantic and worry-free candlelight dinner on the beach.
Staff at the resort have also been trained by the One World Foundation and know just how to relate to children with special needs!
Beaches Resort with largest water park and biggest variety restaurants.
Setting the scene, Beaches Turks & Caicos sits along the beautiful 12-mile, white-sand Grace Bay Beach; considered one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.
The resort is huge, designed with family adventures in mind, with themed Caribbean Seaside, Italian, French and Key West villages that are only the beginning. Everything you could need for a family friendly vacation can be found at this resort.
The resort provides a unique all-inclusive experience and your kids will love the Kids Camps, where they can spend time with other kids, participate in fun activities, while being supervised by certified babysitters from the morning until the late afternoon. There are also fun interaction opportunities with Sesame Street® characters (including breakfast, parades or fun add-ons like VIP Sesame Street® bedtime service).
A veritable cornucopia of fun awaits, as this resort offers your family a Choo-Choo train, 10 pools and whirlpools, a lazy river, the Caribbean’s orginal Surf Simulator, a 45,000 square foot water park, an Xbox Lounge and so many activities to make an amazing family vacation.
You’ll also find places to get ice-cream and Mac & Cheese, pools for tots, the Rainforest Game Room, a 50’s style diner, a swim-up bar for kids that serves sodas and more!
Older kids will have fun too at karaoke bars, talent shows and scavenger hunts, get their groove on with reggae jam sessions, go sailing, take glass bottom boat rides, a supervised teen night club (Club Liquid) and more.
With 21 amazing dining options, 15 bars including swim-up bars with unlimited (alcoholic) drinks, free-to-use stocked minibars in every room, unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines, all tips taxes and gratuities included, roundtrip airport transfers, free PADI-Certified scuba diving, free snorkeling trips, a fitness center, day and night entertainment including live shows, and so much more.
Land sports included: Beach volleyball, Basketball, Lawn chess, Croquet, Soccer, Day & night tennis, Board games, Pool tables, Shuffleboard, Billiards, Table tennis, Fitness center.
Water sports included: Kayaks, Windsurfing, Hydrobikes, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Hobie® Cats, Paddleboarding.
Kids will love the Kitty-Katt catamaran cruise with waterslide! Make sure to visit the Rock Iguanas of Half Moon Bay and adopt a dog for a day at Potcake Place. Last, but not least, take the boat down to Leewards Beach to search for exotic seashells.
See the full list of Things to do in Turks & Caicos.
Beaches Resort with most water sports, located on Seven Mile Beach.
Negril, Jamaica is a laid back beach destination that’s a great vacation choice if you’re travelling with kids. Looking for somewhere to stay? Beaches Negril Resort & Spa is an amazing luxury resort that’s family-friendly and situated along the famed Seven Mile Beach in Negril.
Everything you’ll need for an unforgettable vacation is at Beaches Negril. Here guests can enjoy gourmet dining at 9 restaurants, unlimited (alcoholic) drinks at 7 bars including a swim-up bar, day and night entertainment, experience the awesome Pirates Island Waterpark, free snorkeling and scuba trips, Kids Camps with certified nannies and fun activities for kids and so much more. All tips, taxes and gratuities are included, as well as roundtrip airport transfers.
Kids can also try all kinds of watersports, hang with Sesame Street® characters, mix beats at Scratch DJ Academy, game-on at the Xbox Play Lounge, or play at Trenchtown, a zone filled with games like air hockey, foosball, and basketball.
The older kids will love Club Liquid, an alcohol-free nightclub for teenagers open in the early evening hours, that transitions into an adult dance bar later at night too!
Land sports included: Beach volleyball, Basketball, Lawn chess, Croquet, Soccer, Day & night tennis, Board games, Pool tables, Shuffleboard, Billiards, Table tennis, Fitness center, Bocce ball, Horseshoes.
Water sports included: Kayaks, Windsurfing, Hydrobikes, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Hobie® Cats, Paddleboarding, Waterskiing, Kneeboarding.
Families love the calm turquoise waters and water sports at Seven Mile Beach. Jump in at the Blue Hole Mineral Spring, snorkel at Booby Cay Island, see the birds at Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden and the cliff jumpers at Rick’s Cafe.
See the full list of Things to do in and near Negril.
Beaches Resort with most adventurous attractions nearby.
From an action-packed waterpark, to a championship golf course and everything else in between, Beaches Ocho Rios ticks off all the boxes for everyone in the family.
Beaches Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort has been voted among the Top 10 Best Beaches resorts by Parents Magazine. This resort is extensive, with 22 acres of lush green gardens to explore, lots of entertainment for kids, and its stunningly beautiful white sand cove beach. The family-sized accommodations are luxurious and the golf program for kids is great for little beginners. Beaches Ocho Rios is also near some of the most popular and adventurous attractions in Jamaica, so you’ll be well placed if you’re looking to get out to explore!
Beaches Ocho Rios has a wide range of inclusions which are great for families who want to ensure their kids will have an amazing vacation. Some fun activities include gaming at the state of the art Xbox Play Lounge and meeting fun Sesame Street® characters.
The family resort’s water park comes with exciting waterslides, water cannons, and more. On top of that, the resort offers Kids Camp with certified nannies, where they can have fun with other kids, and enjoy engaging activities tailored to their age.
There are also free snorkeling and scuba trips, day and night entertainment, a night club for teenagers, a golf course and round trip airport transfers - it’s all included! Kids and adults can eat and drink as much as they like at the 7 restaurants like Neptunes (Mediterranean seafood), The Venetian (Italian cuisine), Bella Napoli Pizzeria, Josephine’s Gourmet Crepêrie, and more.
Land sports included: Basketball, Lawn chess, Croquet, Day & night tennis, Board games, Pool tables, Shuffleboard, Billiards, Table tennis, Fitness center.
Water sports included: Kayaks, Windsurfing, Aqua Trikes, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Hobie® Cats, Paddleboarding.
Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Cove, take a refreshing dive into the Ocho Rios Blue Hole, hike up the Dunn’s River Falls or Konoko Falls, zipline at Mystic Mountain adventure park and take older kids to go tubing down the White River.
See the full list of Things to do in and near Ocho Rios.
Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Beaches experience, and the resort is extremely proud to be the first resort company in the world to complete IBCCES training and Autism Certification. This certification and the intensive training of staff means that the Beaches childcare team is competent in areas including sensory awareness, motor skills, autism, program development, social skills, communication, environment and emotional awareness & bullying. There aren’t many resorts that can say the same, but if you’re looking for a recognized autism-friendly all-inclusive resort, look no further than Beaches!
Compare the information above, have a look at the pictures of each resort, and let the kids help you with your decision:
Beaches Ocho Rios pictures
Beaches Negril pictures
Beaches Turks & Caicos pictures
Beaches Turks & Caicos is the largest of the three Beaches Resorts, featuring one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean with slides, a lazy river and a Surf Simulator. Families love the location right on Grace Bay beach. You’ll find the most luxurious Caribbean family suites at this resort.
The Beaches Resorts in Jamaica are more intimate, which some families with smaller kids prefer. Beaches Negril is located on Seven Mile Beach and includes motorized water sports older kids will love. This resort comes with water slides and a lazy river, located right next to the beach. Beaches Ocho Rios comes with a smaller cove beach, includes golf and is located nearby Jamaica's most popular waterfalls, blue hole and adventure park. The water park in Ocho Rios has slightly more slides than the one in Beaches Negril, but doesn’t come with a lazy river.
All Beaches Resorts come with its famous kids clubs and activities. In the end, it’s up to you as a family to decide which Beaches Resort with a kids club in the Caribbean best fits your needs!