When thinking about a relaxing family vacation with babies and toddlers in tow, it is usually the sun-drenched, laid-back and all-inclusive Caribbean resorts that spring to mind. However, not every all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is toddler-friendly.
It certainly is challenging to find a resort for families with a 23-month or a three-year-old active kid. The many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean may be advertised as family-friendly or kid-friendly. These are mainly catered to children ages four to 12. If you are seeking out new resorts to experience the Caribbean with your toddler, here are 7 outstanding toddler-friendly all-inclusive resorts:
1. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is served by almost 40 airlines. There are direct flights from Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte to Punta Cana. It takes only three hours 16 minutes to fly from Charlotte to Punta Cana and four hours 26 minutes from Chicago.
Club Med Punta Cana has a Baby Club Med (for 4 to 23 months) and a Petit Club Med (for 2 to 3 years old). According to Club Med Punta Cana, the Baby Club Med is a place created specifically for children ages four months to 23 months. Activities include outdoor walks, nursery rhymes, motor skill techniques, music appreciation, meal times and nap times.
The Petit Club is for toddlers ages two and three. It is loaded with activities that even an active child will never be bored. Water games, walks, group games, indoor gym sessions, painting, music, and puppet shows are some of the organized programs available. Lunch and tea are provided. Kids have rest time and siesta between games and meals. Evening activities include songs, games, nursery rhymes, and shows.
More information: Club Med Punta Cana
2. Beaches at Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Beaches all-inclusive resorts have one of the best programs for toddlers. Their nannies are certified in accordance with an accredited American university. The nurseries are furnished with cribs, strollers, high chairs, rocking chairs, toys and everything needed for tiny tots’ comfort. The infant programs are catered to newborns to 24-month-olds.
Toddler programs are for kids ages three to five. Shell collecting, face painting, group play, toddler pools, treasure hunts, puppets, magic shows, sand castle building and costume time are some of the supervised activities at Beaches.
One important reminder: Kids must be potty-trained to participate in toddler programs.
Infant and toddler program hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to the resort, the hours may vary depending on the activities organized for parents, like an early scuba-diving trip would require an earlier program for the toddlers.
3. Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana
Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana Dominican Republic has a Baby Club for kids ages eight months to four years. The club is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It provides educational games, crafts, puzzles and memory games in a toddler-friendly and safe environment.
For families who prefer a one-on-one care, private babysitters are available for an extra fee.
More information: Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana
4. Club Med Cancun Mexico
Club Med has The Petit Club for kids ages two to three but it does not provide Baby Club Med like Club Med Punta Cana. The programs for kids are the same as Club Med Punta Cana.
You can find direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami and New York, among many cities in the United States to Cancun.
More information: Club Med Cancun
5. Beaches at Turks and Caicos
Beaches at Turks and Caicos has the same Infant and Toddler programs like Beaches at Ocho Rios Jamaica.
The main airport in Turks and Caicos is Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and it is served by American Airlines, JetBlue, Air Canada, British Airways and eight other airlines. It takes three hours seven minutes to fly from New York and two hours 43 minutes from Atlanta.
More information: Turks and Caicos Beaches
6. Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas
Atlantis in Paradise Island Bahamas is a place for fun and adventure for the whole family. Toddler activities are available for kids ages one to six. The resort has innovative entertainment programs, educational activities and top-notch age appropriate playground.
Nassau International Airport (NAS), now known as Lynden Pindling International Airport, is the closest airport to Paradise Island. It is served by almost 20 airlines, and among those are JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines.
Families have the option to choose an all-inclusive package or a non-all-inclusive at the Atlantis. Restrictions and blackout dates do apply for all-inclusive packages.
More information: Atlantis Bahamas
7. Almond Beach Resort, Barbados
Almond Beach Resort’s Coral Cove is for newborns to four-year-olds. Children’s programs include playing in the outdoor playground, kid’s pool, supervised indoor activities and more. Private after hours babysitting is available at an additional charge.
The Coral Cove is closed on Thursday and Sunday. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed during lunch hours (12:30- 1:30 p.m.).
Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Bridgetown is Barbados main airport. JetBlue and American Airlines are two major U.S airlines that fly into Bridgetown.
More information: Almond Beach Resort
Are you planning a Caribbean vacation with your toddler? Fall is the best time to vacation there – it is less crowded and resort rates are usually cheaper.