Jamaica welcomes many families at all inclusive resorts; in fact, several properties are specifically for families. Check out some popular choices, below. Keep in mind that staying at a property in Negril or Ocho Rios means a fairly long ride from the Montego Bay airport, unless you hop on a local flight.
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, including a bobsled mountain coaster, catamaran and snorkeling trips, horseriding with a dip in the sea, river adventures, and opportunities to explore "the real Jamaica".
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Beaches is the family resort brand of the Sandals group, and is a big name in all inclusive resorts. Features include kids' programs for different ages, infant care, Sesame Street characters and activities, and gaming centers. The Boscobel resort is on the north coast of the island past Ocho Rios, and has novelty pools, snorkeling, scuba, and (included) golf with special "golf for kids" features. Ocho Rios is a 2-hour drive or a short plane hop from Montego Bay.
Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
As with Beaches Boscobel above, this Beaches resort has outstanding features for families, including a partnership with Sesame Street. Location is prime, with 1000 feet of shore on Negril's legendary seven-mile beach on Jamaica's west coast. Negril has good areas for snorkeling, and the resort has snorkeling boat trips to a coral reef, as well as scuba diving for ages 12 and up. Kids will like the water slides and river pools at this resort.
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Photo courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
Also on Negril's 7-mile beach, this resort was a "value" option in the Beaches brand: a smaller property with kids' programs and Sesame Street themed activities, plus guest privileges at the nearby Beaches Negril. As of November 1 2012, this is no longer a Beaches Resort. Reportedly it will reopen as Sandy Bay Beach Resort
and be a family-friendly all inclusive property.
Photo courtesy of Franklyn D. Resort.
FDR is a resort specifically for families, and "all inclusive" here includes snorkeling trips, kids' programs, watersports, and best of all, a friendly vacation nanny provided for each family throughout their stay. Franklyn D. Resort also features huge suites, friendly ambiance, boardwalk dining, family activities such as magic shows, and evening entertainment such as dancers and fire-eaters. Location is on the north coast toward Ocho Rios.
This luxury property in Montego Bay welcomes families and has kids program and all inclusive plans. Guests in the private villas have a pool, cook and butler service, and use of a golf cart to get around the large resort.
The big draw here for families is a private water park with water slides and a lazy river tube-float through lovely landscaping. This resort offers watersports and a thousand feet of beach. Tour the Rose Hall Great House, nearby. Golf is a specialty, with access to 54 holes. (This resort has moved to all inclusive pricing; always check destination websites for updates.)
Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay.
Holiday Inn SunSpree is a brand of family-friendly resorts that includes several properties in the Caribbean. Not all have all inclusive pricing, but this budget-friendly resort in Jamaica does. Location is near Jamaica's main airport and the popular town of Montego Bay. Features include kids club and nursery, and kids 11 and under stay, play and eat free.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Iberostar is a Spanish company with many resorts worldwide, including this set of three resorts 20 minutes from from Montego Bay: the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, with kids club; the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, with lazy river; and the adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall. Have a look at photos of the Iberostar Rose Hall pools and grounds.
This all inclusive resort is one of several Riu properties in Jamaica. Location is on Bloody Bay Beach, near Negril on the west coast. Riu's "Palace" brand is a notch above its regular resorts.
Photo courtesy of Sunset Resorts.
This value-priced Jamaica all inclusive resort features three beaches, and is located just 15 minutes from the Montego Bay Airport. The resort has kids' club, teen center, and a pirate-themed waterpark with a lazy river and waterslides.