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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.

Meliã Caribe Tropical, Dominican Republic

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You’re bound to spot Fred Flintstone hanging out at this vast 1,138-room oceanfront resort in Punta Cana. The three Flintstones-themed kids’ clubs offer not only costumed characters but also supervised crafts, games, a trampoline, and sports like rock climbing and ziplining. While the kids play, adults can take a dip in one of 10 pools, shop at the Palma Real Village (which has three movie theaters), take individual or group lessons at the Golf Academy, or unwind with an open-air couple’s massage at the Yhi Spa. melia.com

Rate: From $175 per adult and $57.40 per child (two to 12) per night. Includes all meals; Wi-Fi in the lobby; access to the pools, tennis courts, spas, game room, gym, and health club; activities and sports; and evening entertainment. Greens fees at the Cocotal Golf & Country Club and motorized watersports are extra.

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts

Meliã Caribe Tropical, Dominican Republic

You’re bound to spot Fred Flintstone hanging out at this vast 1,138-room oceanfront resort in Punta Cana. The three Flintstones-themed kids’ clubs offer not only costumed characters but also supervised crafts, games, a trampoline, and sports like rock climbing and ziplining. While the kids play, adults can take a dip in one of 10 pools, shop at the Palma Real Village (which has three movie theaters), take individual or group lessons at the Golf Academy, or unwind with an open-air couple’s massage at the Yhi Spa. melia.com

Rate: From $175 per adult and $57.40 per child (two to 12) per night. Includes all meals; Wi-Fi in the lobby; access to the pools, tennis courts, spas, game room, gym, and health club; activities and sports; and evening entertainment. Greens fees at the Cocotal Golf & Country Club and motorized watersports are extra.

Courtesy of Melia Caribe Tropical Resort

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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