Some of these resorts are all-inclusive and others are full service with the option to add an all-inclusive package. All of them are family-friendly and packed with options to fill your vacation with fun and relaxation. Check with each resort to see what is included in its packages to decide what the best option is for your family vacation.
For outdoor adventure
Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Ariz.
Set on 60,000 acres of scenic desert landscape, Tanque Verde Ranch is the largest working dude ranch in the U.S. that offers horseback riding lessons and trail rides, fishing, yoga, tennis, mountain biking, guided hikes, volleyball and more. —Pam Fieber
This ranch offers themed packages as well as all-inclusive packages. tanqueverderanch.com
The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua
Edging Antigua’s northeast coastline and bordered by Devil’s Bridge National Park, this eco-resort stretches out across 30 waterfront acres that have retained much of their original tropical bushland charm. There’s a mini-golf course and tennis courts and direct access to two powder-soft beaches with crystal-clear waters for a swim, paddleboard or snorkel around the bay. —Diane Bolt
This is an all-inclusive resort. verandahresortandspa.com
Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Bermuda
Grotto Bay Beach Resort’s acclaimed children’s program (offered during summer, Christmas and spring break) takes kids off-property to explore the flora and fauna of the island, allowing Mom and Dad to hit the spa or the nearby links. —Jody Robbins
This resort offers the option to add an all-inclusive supplement to your stay. grottobay.com
For water lovers
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas
Kids of all ages will love the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas for its zany waterslides, river rides and huge pools. Tots can splash around in the Mayan water playground at Splashers, while adrenalin hounds can brave the plunging Leap of Faith, a waterslide with a nearly 20-metre, almost-vertical drop. —Ilona Kauremszky
This is a full service resort with the option to add meal plans or an all-inclusive package to your stay. atlantisbahamas.com
This property on Grace Bay is a sure thing for families. The popular resort on a 19-km beach offers a massive waterpark for the kids (which includes a surf-simulator, waterslides and an ice cream machine) and luxury accommodations for Mom and Dad. —Pam Fieber
This is an all-inclusive resort. beaches.com
The Aqua Nick waterpark comes complete with lazy river, splash pads and waterslides. The resort also boasts 10 restaurants—book a breakfast at Zest Restaurant with SpongeBob or Dora the Explorer. —Claudia Laroye
This is an all-inclusive resort with character breakfasts available for an additional fee. nickresortpuntacana.com
For single-parent families
Velas resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit
The Velas Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resorts in Mexico waive the single supplement fee for single parents travelling with children during select times (usually autumn). Baby concierges (excluding Velas Vallarta) can supply cribs, toys and gentle bath products. —Lisa Kadane
This story collected information from previous editions of WestJet Magazine.
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