With everyone on the hunt for summer vacation destinations, here are some of the best family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean.
Destinations like Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Aruba, & St. Kitts, offer an array of unique family-friendly offerings such as sea excursions in partnership with the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, exclusive kids clubs, luxurious spa treatments for adults, cooking classes, historical tours and special family stay packages, all while staying within the Marriott International portfolio and connecting with Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, Marriott Bonvoy.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
The 50 acre-estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers incredible views, tailored luxury service, and a quintessential unique experience for every guest. Through the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, travelers can enjoy countless land and sea-focused excursions in Puerto Rico. The unique program offers kids immersive activities to explore the natural wonders with the purpose of kids learning how to responsibly take care of nature. Children (ages 4-8) can enjoy activities such as stargazing with a telescope and storytelling about the constellations while junior guests (ages 9-16) can enjoy special activities such as the night snorkel, allowing them to explore the reefs after dark with a flashlight. Families (ages 9+) can cycle along the Pterocarpus Forest & Rockefeller Trail and explore the endangered Pterocarpus wetland ecosystem.
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San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
The San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino offer families the best of both worlds with close proximity to the historic Old San Juan and is directly located on Condado Beach. The oceanfront resort provides families with an array of daily activities such as beach soccer, volleyball, movie night, bingo, exciting water slide, and so much more! Families can stay on the top floor with panoramic ocean views in the spacious Vice Presidential Suite, which features two double beds, a sofa bed and a separate living and dining spaces. From international fare to American dishes, families can delight in an array of delicious culinary options onsite.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Georgetown, Grand Cayman)
Located on the iconic Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman provides guests an array of unique programming to explore the natural wonders and rich culture of the Cayman Islands. Through the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, naturalist experts will guide guests on immersive eco-tours such as night snorkeling or a sunset kayaking trip through the mangroves. Families can enjoy adventures to the Heritage House, a traditional island cottage with cultural exhibits and children will especially like the resort’s onsite Starfish Cay Water Park and the Little Cayman Kids tea, which provides finger snacks, pastries, and beverages to make teatime a reality. Adults can indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which offers the Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Face Lift or the Stress Relief Massage.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Palm Beach, Aruba)
Situated on beautiful Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers guests with young children unlimited access to the Ritz-Kids program, which boasts a variety of activities such as the Nature Scouts where children can identify different types of species or Something Fishy where kids can be fish detectives to learn about various kinds of fish to encourage creativity and curiosity. Families can relax and unwind by the pristine ocean or enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports, which include kayaks, paddle-boards, paddle boats and snorkeling equipment. Adults looking to relax can indulge at The Ritz-Carlton, Spa, which offers a robust spa menu with luxurious treatments that complement the island’s local flora. Traveling parents can stop in for a Misterio di Aloe treatment, which utilizes the local aloe plant for a relaxing, hydrating and rejuvenating experience or opt for the Deseo pa Dos, a couple’s treatment that includes a relaxing aromatherapy massage and a romantic bath for two.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino (Frigate Bay, St Kitts)
Families looking to escape to paradise can stay at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino for an authentic Caribbean vacation. The beachfront resort offers families weekly activities such as outdoor movie night, ladder ball, cornhole, pickleball courts, photo scavenger hunt, and so much more! Families can participate in poolside bingo while the adults have a tasty Caribbean cocktail or a mocktail for the little ones at the pool and beach bar. Guests can take a dip in one of the three onsite pools and participate in aqua aerobics classes or other water activities. For adults looking for a relaxing spa treatment, The Emerald Mist Spa offers massages that can be booked in the resort’s beachside cabanas for the ultimate relaxation.