Traveling to Jamaica is a great experience for the whole family. There is so much to see and do, that your kids will never have a moment to say that they are bored.
There are tons of resorts in Jamaica though not all of them are family resorts. It can sometimes be quite tricky to work out which resort will suit you and your family best, so below you’ll find our top picks for family resorts in Jamaica.
- Best Family Resorts: December 2017
- Tips for Traveling with your Family
- The Conclusion
Best Family Resorts: December 2017
As you arrive at Beaches Negril Resort, you will feel the laid-back atmosphere that is so welcome. It is easy to see why this is one of the most loved resorts for families in Negril.
Beaches Negril is in partnership with Sesame Street, meaning there is plenty to keep your little ones engaged while you enjoy your time around the pool or on the beach.
Set on the broadest part of the white sand along Negril’s renowned Seven Mile Beach, this all-inclusive family resort is taken to the next level by its exciting water park, which is excellent for both you and your kids to have hours of fun in the tropical sun.
Pros of Beaches Negril
- Lots for kids to do
- Large water park
- Amazing beach
- Clean, beautiful and spacious rooms
Cons of Beaches Negril
- Quite a large resort, so it takes some getting used to
- Can get quite loud with all the children
Why we love this resort: Negril is incredible for snorkeling, and the resort offers snorkeling boat trips to a nearby coral reef, as well as scuba diving for kids aged 12 and up. Your kids will love the river pools water slides at this resort.
There are 3 Iberostar accommodations in the complex: Iberostar Rose Hall Beach has a kids club; Iberostar Rose Hall Suites has family-friendly accommodations and a lazy river; and the adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.
The resorts have spacious rooms, current décor, lip-smacking food, and modern features, making this an excellent place for a beautiful Caribbean holiday with the family.
The Iberostar resorts share some of their facilities with one another, such as the spa, nightclub, gym, casino, and shops. You can take your pick from the gourmet restaurants, glistening pools, and awe-inspiring white sandy beaches.
Pros of Iberostar
- Access to lots of facilities
- Gourmet restaurants
- Top quality amenities
Cons of Iberostar
- Can be busy with shared facilities
- Large resort which takes some getting used to
Why we love this resort: Guests at all of the properties can use the restaurants and amenities at all of the resorts within the complex, which means that you have plenty of options, and you will be able to find something to suit everyone’s taste.
This all-inclusive family resort offers plenty of chances for relaxing while unwinding by any one of the three swimming pools or catching some rays on the beach.
The real highlight of this resort is the number of impressive activities available to you and your family, especially the striking water park.
This resort is situated in an out of the way position, making it great for families who want to enjoy their vacation without leaving the resort, while still having lots to do on-site.
Pros of Jewel Runaway Bay
- Plenty of water sports
- Poolside dining area
- Musical entertainment
- Family activities
Cons of Jewel Runaway Bay
- Can get quite loud with all the children
- May have to wait in lines for rides
Why we love this resort: Why we love this resort: This laid-back resort has 266 rooms, of which around a quarter have connecting rooms for bigger families. It offers plenty of fun for families, thanks to the water park with a lazy river and water slide, three swimming pools, under-18 kids clubs, tennis courts, a golf course, water sports, laser tag, and a stunning beach. Kids under five also stay and play for free.
Conveniently located just a fifteen-minute drive from the MoBay Hip Strip, which is the center for eating, drinking, shopping, and dancing, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is a high-quality family resort.
This resort offers brilliant amenities, such as a spa, a clean private beach, water sports, and a variety of kid and adult friendly activities.
However, the thing that separates this resort from the others is that it has the 2nd largest water park in the whole Caribbean – the Sugar Mill Falls Water Park.
Although this resort doesn’t have attractions within walking distance, the activities at the resort will keep you entertained for hours. If you want to explore further, the hotel has a free shuttle service.
Pros of Hilton Rose Hall
- Caribbean’s 2nd largest water park
- Close to the MoBay Hip Strip
- Private beach
Cons of Jewel Runaway Bay
- Not much attraction choices nearby
- Like others on the list it’s a family resort so it can be a tad bit noisy
Why we love this resort: The big draw for families to this resort is the water park with fun water slides and the lazy river through beautiful tropical landscaping. This resort offers a variety of water sports and a thousand feet of white sandy beach. Golf is a specialty at this resort, where you have access to 54 holes.
Traveling as a family can sometimes be a bit of a headache, especially if you have young children. To help make your trip as smooth as possible, here are a few tips for traveling with your family.
Tips for Traveling with your Family
Plan what to pack
When traveling, packing light is what most of us try to do. But when you are going with little children, there are specific items that you don’t want to forget, like diapers, bottles, and wipes. Start your packing list at least one week before you leave, and as you use normal items, put them on your list so you won’t forget them when the comes time to pack them. As a parent, you know that nothing is worse than having an incident while traveling, only to find you have no wipes or an extra diaper.
Ask multiple times for a baby bed
On a lot of international flights, you can request a baby cot for your baby to sleep in. It attaches to the wall by the bulkhead seating. They are free, but reserving them is essential. If you are traveling with your little one, make sure you phone your airline in advance and reserve one of these beds as soon as you can. And remind the cabin crew when you get on the airplane. It may seem like a hassle, but having somewhere for your tired baby to sleep on the long flight will help you all have a better start to your vacation.
Organize in-flight entertainment beforehand
Kids get bored. It’s as simple as that. Even a few hours on an airplane getting to the island is not much fun for little ones, so make sure you have brought some books, games, toys, and puzzles to keep them entertained.
Check amenities at your resort
Traveling as a family means that the whole family has to enjoy it. Choosing a resort that has plenty of entertainment for young kids, but not much for teenagers is fine if you only have little ones, but if you have a teenager, they won’t be too thrilled. Check what your resort offers, and make sure that there is something that everyone can enjoy.
Choosing a resort that will please both you and your kids can sometimes be the most challenging part of the vacation. But knowing what you want and what is on offer helps a lot when making the decision.
Our favorite is Beaches Negril Resort, which has been dubbed the ideal family getaway, offering a great variety of fun things to do.
We hope that you and your family will have an amazing time here on the island and that we have helped you in selecting a fantastic resort that everyone will enjoy.