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The Tropical 10: Best Caribbean Resorts | T+L Family

Cedric Angeles

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5. Paradisus Puerto Rico Resort 80.44
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Direct Flights Per Week From North America: 585
Number of Rooms/Units with Kitchens: 486/0
Kids’ Club Rate: Free
Number of Pools: 3

This all-suite, all-inclusive Spanish-style complex has colonized 44 acres of the lush northeast coast. Golf carts shuttle guests from their bungalows to tennis/golf/merengue classes and Puerto Rico’s biggest pool. The family concierge can keep your fridge full and coordinate your troop’s movements via walkie-talkie. Key Facts Bungalow 16 is just three minutes from the pool; Ocean View suites come with two doubles or a king, plus a sofa bed. Adults from $406, kids 3-12 from $150, all-inclusive.

6. Four Seasons Resort Nevis 80.39
Charlestown, Nevis

Direct Flights Per Week From North America: 28
Number of Rooms/Units with Kitchens: 196/40
Kids’ Club Rate: Free
Number of Pools: 3

Guests of the tiny island’s biggest hotel stay in 12 cottage-style buildings fronting the sugary beach; the stellar Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course is an emerald backyard. Kids can spot vervet monkeys and dwarf goats beneath cloud-shrouded Nevis Peak or look for sea turtles nesting on the beach at night. Key Facts First-floor rooms (king-size or two double beds, with sleeper sofa) have patios and private entrances—northside ones are closest to the kids’ pool. Villas with kitchens are a five-minute walk from the beach. Doubles from $655.

7. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 79.31
Palm Beach, Aruba

Direct Flights Per Week From North America: 95
Number of Rooms/Units with Kitchens: 413/0
Kids’ Club Rate: $25/Half-Day
Number of Pools: 1

This U-shaped high-rise resort elbowed its way into the best -spot on the beach. Tweens can play volleyball on a sand court close to the ocean as you snooze beneath a palapa. And while the littlest sculpt driftwood, you can sneak off to the casino for some low, low-stakes roulette—bets start at 50 cents. Key Facts All rooms with king-size beds or two doubles are 400 square feet—the island’s largest. Doubles from $450.

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