The islands of the Caribbean Sea form a widespread archipelago in the far west of the Atlantic Ocean. Cuba, Hispaniol (which includes the Dominican Republic), Jamaica and Puerto Rico, often grouped as the Greater Antilles, are by far the largest islands in the archipelago. The Caribbean also includes the Lucayan Archipelago to the north, which includes the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Lesser Antilles, a group of much smaller islands to the southeast.
The Caribbean boasts good weather (with the exception of hurricane season in the late summer and early fall), vibrant cultures, excellent cuisine, unique music, and white coral sand beaches. These are just a few of the reasons that tourists flock to the large number of all-inclusive resorts on the islands.
For a small fee, guests can enjoy the resort’s lodging, food, and activities. Some of the all-inclusive resorts cater to families, and include activities especially tailored to young children, and “camps” that allow kids to have fun while parents participate in more adult things. Others are couples or adult-only, and focus more on creating a fun environment for a different demographic.
For those who are big fans of certain sports like diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and windsurfing, this can be a very economical way for tourists to do the sports they love if they choose a place that offers unlimited activities. Here is a look at some of the top all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and their benefits:
1. Club Med Columbus Isle
Club Med Columbus Isles welcomes anyone over the age of two, and offers a great all-inclusive package that is free for kids under four. Guests can enjoy a spa that includes a beach palazza, 7 restaurants and several pools, Because of its Atlantic coast location in the San Salvador archipelago, there is an abundance of coral and underwater life, not to mention clear visibility and warm waters.
2. Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
For people who prefer to vacation without children or the pressure of matchmaking singles, the Sandals chain is a great way to go. The Royal Bahamian adds to this secluded utopia by existing on its own private island. There is also a swimming pool-centered beach club with a float-up bar and a nightclub.
3. Riu Palace Paradise Island
Unlike many all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas which are situated in an area that is separate from other places, the Riu Palace Paradise Island is located on walking distance to the famous Atlantis Hotel. The stay includes fishing, swimming with dolphins and water parks. Also included are access to the restaurant’s pools, nightclubs, and more. Paradise island is separated from Nassau by a bridge.
4. Sandals Emerald Bay
The Sandals Emerald Bay couples resort is teeming with activities. It offers championship golf, unlimited scuba diving, tours, and a candlelight dinner. The location on Exuma Bay is on a mile-long secluded beach with 500. Stunning landscaping like a zero-entry pool with fire pit in the middle is found throughout the property.
5. Couples Negril
Set amid a tropical setting of lush foliage overlooking the beautiful waters of Bloody Bay in Negril, this all-inclusive resort offers a cozy retreat for couples-only. Amenities at the Couples Negril include access to 2 outdoor pools, 4 spa tubs and a private beach that is sectioned off for nude sunbathers.
6. The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort
This adults-only resort near the gorgeous waterfalls of Dunn’s River Falls features state-of-the-art amenities and a wide range of pampering services. Guests at the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort the can choose between rooms that open to views of tropical gardens, the Caribbean Sea or scenic mountains.
7. Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort
The Grand Palladium, located on the northern coast of Jamaica, shares amenities with the nearby Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa. Amenities include access to the largest pool in Jamaica, and several restaurants, including a beachside seafood cafe. On-site additional locales include thirteen bars, a spa and wellness center, and slot machines.
8. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
The adults-only Iberostar Grand Rose Hall resort is located near Montego Bay. It includes access to beaches, restaurants, and golf. Included is a fitness center and exercise classes, yoga, and access to catamarans and windsurf equipment.
9. Excellence Punta Cana
This Dominican all-inclusive resort caters to adults only, and strives to wrap them in luxury from the moment they arrive. Guests at the Excellence Punta Cana are greeted at check-in with a cool towel and a welcome cocktail. They are given access to ten bars, eight restaurants, and unlimited non-motorized watersports. For those considering scuba, there is an introductory pool session that is complimentary.
10. Now Larimar Punta Cana
The four-star Now Larimar resort is kid friendly, and offers a number of family activities on top of the standard dining and activities that most all-inclusive resorts have. For those with teens who would prefer to spend their time indoors, they offer the latest in tech television and wireless access. The kids explorers club gives mom and dad a chance to enjoy a massage, or a trip to the bar with complimentary top-shelf liquor.
11. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
The Majestic works hard to cater to couples, singles, and families alike. Its coastal, remote location gives access to several gorgeous parks and uninhabited coastal islands. It is four hours from the historic city of Santo Domingo, and available as a day trip. The resort is happy to help in planning one of several recommended side trips, or landscaped with beautiful grounds, great pools and beaches, and over half a dozen restaurants if you prefer to never leave.
12. Marriott Beach Resort Grand Cayman
This lovely resort is located on the stunning Seven Mile Beach and is only a stroll away from some of the best shopping and dining in Grand Cayman. The Marriott Beach Resort Grand Cayman offers specialty packages, that include breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel’s 4 restaurants. There are bonfires several times a week at this resort so that guests can enjoy S’mores by the sea.
13. Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach
This recently renovated resort is located on the Seven Mile Beach as well. The Westin boasts a swim-up bar, the largest freshwater pool in Grand Cayman, two hot tubs, a fitness center as well as a huge spa with 13 treatment rooms. There is also a Kids Club for children between the ages of four and twelve.
14. Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort
Paradisus Rio de Oro in Holguin calls itself an Ultra-inclusive resort, meaning that if they offer a service, it should be included for no additional fee (such as unlimited scuba dives). The resort boasts 8 restaurants and 5 bars. The Bahia de Naranjo national park is adjacent to the resort, and they have taken advantage of this by placing their “royal treatment” bungalows near the edge of this unspoiled beauty.
15. Galley Bay Resort
Situated in Five Islands Village, the Galley Bay Resort offers ultimate relaxation and serenity with its mountain-style pool and spa overlooking a bird sanctuary. Other amenities include 3 restaurants, a tennis court and live entertainment. The cottages feature courtyards with plunge pools or beachfront balconies.
16. St. James’s Club
This family, couples, or singles resort is located on a secluded peninsula. Access to two different beaches, six pools, and four gourmet restaurants are just some of the amenities included at St. James’s Club. Families can also enjoy the award-winning kids club, catamaran sailing, kayaking and snorkeling.
17. The BodyHoliday LeSport
Facing the Caribbean Sea on its own stretch of beach, the lavish BodyHoliday LeSport features a health spa with luxurious treatments and a wide range of sports activities that include scuba diving and golf. Other amenities offered are 3 restaurants, 2 bars, on-site shopping and three outdoor pools.
18. Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa
This all-inclusive resort includes a half-mile private beach, unlimited scuba diving, three pools, unlimited land and water sports, and a 9-hole golf course. Sandals Regency La Toc is not just a great place for golfers, but beach lovers as well. Sandals resorts are known to cater toward couples, so this is not the best choice for families.
19. Sandals Grande St. Lucian
This Sandals resort is set in a lovely remote location, on its own peninsula. It borders the calm waters of Rodney Bay, and includes a mile of beach. All St Lucia Sandals resorts are a part of the exchange program, so if you get tired of the eight restaurants, six bars, four pools and four whirlpools, you can discover the amenities for offer at the other Sandals resorts in St. Lucia for no additional cost.
20. Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort
The third Sandals resort on the isle of St Lucia, Halcyon Beach is a lovely site that is perched between a white sand beach and tropical jungle. The resort has the same exchange program and unlimited activity benefit as the other two Sandals resorts nearby. It also boasts two pools with swim-up bars, seven bars (including a piano bar), a fitness center, and six fine dining establishments.
21. Mango Bay All Inclusive
The Mango Bay Resort is a beautiful getaway located on the infamous western shoreline of Barbados. Well-equipped suites include stylish comforts and a fully furnished, private balcony to enjoy. Guest can take pleasure in buffet or a la carte cuisine at the indoor and open-air restaurant before heading down to the beach for complimentary activities.
22. Sugar Cane Club Hotel
The Sugar Cane Club is a great choice for the adventurous set. An all-inclusive stay at this adults only resort includes access to mountain bikes, squash court, two pools, two bars and two restaurants. It is not directly on the beach, but a free beach shuttle is included with the stay.
23. Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
Situated among the high-rise hotel area of Palm Beach and across the street from the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, the stunning Riu Palace Aruba features a casino, 5 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and a spa. It rooms offer balconies and terraces that open to ocean views. Guests can play a number of water sports or lounge on the beach with complimentary cabanas and umbrellas.
24. Manchebo Beach Resort
The Manchebo Beach Resort caters to foodies and boasts placement on Aruba’s widest beach. On-site restaurants include a Mediterranean-Cuban fusion restaurant, a French Steakhouse, and a more casual beach cafe. They have made special effort to be eco-friendly, and won a green globe award for their efforts in 2012.
25. Cozumel Palace
Scuba divers will love this resort, located on Cozumel Island near the world’s second largest coral reef. Snorkeling and non-motorized water sports are included in the package price. The Cozumel Palace has 4 pools for those who prefer to stay out of the saltwater. Downtown San Miguel is just a few minutes’ walk away. The family-oriented resort also offers a Kids Club.
26. Secrets Maroma Beach
This five-diamond resort, located in Cancun, boasts nine restaurants and a complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily. No less than 13 pools provide endless swimming opportunities, and a nearby sugar sand beach gives sea lovers even more options. Activities at the Secrets Maroma Beach include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling. Complimentary greens fees at the local golf course and scuba tours are available offsite.
27. Royal Resort Playa del Carmen
The Royal Resort Playa del Carmen is a beachfront resort in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean side that caters to adults. An innovative feature of this Riviera Maya resort allows guests checking in within 48 hours to choose their suites online from those available. Amenities include wait service on the beach, a pillow menu, and wine and tequila tastings.
28. Iberostar Cancun
This five-star resort is minutes from the airport, and boasts its own eighteen hole golf course. The Iberostar Cancun is all-inclusive resort for everyone, and includes a kids club for ages 4 and up, and a teen club. Certain spa amenities that would cost extra in other places, like beachfront massage, are included.