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Some of the greatest values for families can be found at all-inclusive resorts, which offer plenty of diversions and schedule flexibility.

Dreams Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Whichever your room, you’ll wake up to views of the ocean at Dreams Puerto Vallarta, located in a secluded cove near the namesake Old Town. The Explorer’s Club for kids (three to 12) runs sandcastle-making contests, treasure hunts, optional overnight campouts, and movies on the beach; it’s also got a trampoline set in the water. For parents, activities range from snorkeling and kayaking to beachside aromatherapy massages and dining at the adults-only Portofino restaurant. dreamsresorts.com

Rate: From $248 per night per couple. Children three to 12 cost $53 per night, per child. Wi-Fi isn’t included.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

Dreams Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Whichever your room, you’ll wake up to views of the ocean at Dreams Puerto Vallarta, located in a secluded cove near the namesake Old Town. The Explorer’s Club for kids (three to 12) runs sandcastle-making contests, treasure hunts, optional overnight campouts, and movies on the beach; it’s also got a trampoline set in the water. For parents, activities range from snorkeling and kayaking to beachside aromatherapy massages and dining at the adults-only Portofino restaurant. dreamsresorts.com

Rate: From $248 per night per couple. Children three to 12 cost $53 per night, per child. Wi-Fi isn’t included.

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Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

The kids want to go ziplining—for the third time in two days. But you don’t need to think twice. When you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, nearly everything is included, so the pressure is off to constantly tally the cost of your vacation.

The all-inclusive concept has gotten a recent makeover—better food, spruced-up décor, more varied activities—and many are perfect for families. Activities are on-site, so there’s no need to wake up early and usher the troops out the door only to wait in traffic or long lines. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers four themed villages, 19 restaurants, a 45,000-square-foot water park, a Scratch DJ Academy, a surfing simulator, an Xbox Play Lounge, and Sesame Street characters.

The best all-inclusive family resorts also have programs that give grown-ups a little space. Vermont’s Tyler Place Family Resort runs nine camps tailored to specific ages, each with its own facilities; parents meet up with their brood for lunch and activities, but can enjoy dinner in the adults-only restaurant.

These are the kinds of distinguishing factors to look for before booking. “The devil is in the details, so do your homework with special attention to size, quality, and the staff-to-guest ratio,” says Zachary Rabinor, CEO of Journey Mexico

At Kenya’s Lewa Safari Camp, families can customize the experience, say, with earlier mealtimes. Before each morning’s game drive, hot chocolate is delivered to the door. Now that should keep the whole family happy.

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