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8 Best Family Resorts in Jamaica

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8 Best Family Resorts in Jamaica

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With incredible music, food, and culture, plus resorts that have been catering to families for more than half a century, Jamaica and its many all-inclusive family resorts should be on your shortlist for any tropical family vacation. Good news—we've done the research for you and found the eight best family resorts in Jamaica.

Beaches, Negril

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Beaches is the gold standard for all-inclusive family vacations in the Caribbean and there are not one, but two different Beaches properties on the island making it and its sister property in Ocho Rios some of the best family resorts in Jamaica.

The Negril resort, which was just renovated in 2020, sits right on gorgeous seven-mile beach and includes Best-Vacation-Ever amenities like Pirate Island water park with eight slides and a lazy river, scuba diving—where all equipment is included in your resort fee. Be sure to bring your best sunscreen for kids and a hat!

Plus, kids enjoy the full cast of Sesame, street where characters like Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster roam the property ready to break into a dance party with your kid. Older kids, teens and adults aren't forgotten here either. There’s an X-Box playroom, a full daily activity list, a dedicated teen coordinator and a teen club called “Trench Town.”

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Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay

Hilton Rose Hall Resort, Best Family Resorts in Jamaica credit: Hilton Rose Hall Resort

Built on the site of an old 18th-century sugar plantation this resort has the Caribbean Sea out front and soaring Jamaican mountains to the back. Nightly family entertainment, seven restaurants to try, and an incredible water park for kids including slides and a lazy river in a lush tropical setting are the major draws here.

There is also a kids' club and tons of included water sports right on the beach. They'll love the sprinklers for kids of all ages and stages, slides and lagoon-style enclaves. Kids camp, clubs with video games and oodles of arts and crafts activities have earned this property high marks from reviewers and regulars (yes, it's a popular spot to return to year after year).

Bonus: loads of lush scenery and gorgeous ocean views make this hotel a brilliant booking for those who love gasp-worthy social media uploads. The TikTok and Instagram potential here abounds.


Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites

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A quick 25-minute ride from the Montego Bay airport, guests rave about the welcoming staff and immaculate beach here. The resort’s Star Camp keeps the kids happy and entertained with daily programming, kids’ pools, playground and waterslides. Babysitting is available in the evenings for parents who want to hit the restaurants without their minis in tow.

Be sure to pack a good pair of protective toddler water shoes for all the adventures.

All day long, the Star Friends entertainment team engages kids with activities like tie-dying and sports competitions around the resort campus. Older kids love the basketball and volleyball courts, in addition to the robust fitness center (for guests over 16).

It's one of our top Jamaica family resorts for both facilities and value, promising an all-around memorable vacation you'll want to come back to again and again. Easy walking paths and elevators make this property an excellent choice for pregnant breastfeeding moms, so be sure to pack your best nursing swimsuit.


Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, Lucea

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With three distinct kids’ clubs catering to kids of various ages, and an enormous pool looking out over the turquoise water, no one will ever be bored at this all-inclusive resort. From tennis, basketball and volleyball courts to yoga, Zumba and paddle board rides.

We love the crisp, clean white sand beaches and refreshing waters. The pool is a well-kept wonder you'll want to grab photos in front of with the entire family—especially with refreshing drinks.

We’re guessing you’ll spend most of your time at the water park though. Plenty of loungers for parents to watch (competent swimmers) from afar await. Now all you need to do is think about your drink order.


Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

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What sets the all-inclusive Franklyn D Resort apart from all others is the wonderful childcare. From the moment you check in, you are assigned a dedicated Vacation Nanny. Whether you want help watching the kids in the water, sitting with them in the room while they nap, heading out for an adults-only dinner at one of the four restaurants on property or just keeping them happily entertained while you read a novel on a lounge chair, help awaits.

The incredible childcare here makes Franklyn D Resort one of the best family resorts in Jamaica especially for families with babies or toddlers. And yes—they offer baby cribs and toddler travel beds in your room or suite if requested.


Beaches, Ocho Rios

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The second of two all-inclusive Beaches resorts on the island, the Ocho Rios location is situated in a quiet cove vs the wide seven-mile beach of Beaches Negril. Serious water park action is on offer at this location too, as is the Sesame Street character fun and the certified nannies in the kids' clubs and childcare centers.

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One difference is the robust golf program at the Ocho Rios location, where guests can participate in complementary kids' golf lessons twice a week and kids can tee off after noon, at the nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club. The Ocho Rios location tends to be a slightly more affordable and family-friendly option than some other Beaches locations, too.


Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

hyatt ziva rose hall, Best Family Resorts in Jamaica credit: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

This beautiful all-inclusive sprawling Hyatt property in Montego Bay features multi pools (even private swim-up pools off your room for a splurge) and a Moroccan-themed rooftop lounge. We love the nightly oceanfront fire pits, and beach and pool butlers who can help make a day at the water with kids a little more luxe. No, we aren't kidding—pool butlers!

There are 12 restaurants on the property and an action-packed kids club for potty-trained guests three to 12 open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Everyone can get in on the activities here, with daily water sports (included!), beach volleyball and even dance lessons offered.

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A private beach, endless turquoise ocean views and a kid-friendly atmosphere earned this stunning property a solid spot on our list of the best Jamaica family resorts. It's also a popular destination to revisit, with some families booking repeat vacations years in advance because they love the location and amenities that much.

We love the lush mountain landscape behind the resort that offers even the most budget-friendly rooms absolutely spectacular views.


Moon Palace, Ocho Rios

moon palace ocho rios, Best Family Resorts in Jamaica credit: Moon Palace

With a picture-perfect waterfront setting in Ocho Rios, Moon Palace welcomes families with some serious kids’ club cred. Review after review of the resort rave about the warmth and kindness of the staff, and how kids never want to leave. Picture yourself splashing in crystal-clear turquoise waters, sipping tropical drinks and making the most of local water sports.

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And with a playroom for littles (four to 12), daily activities and a custom lounge for older kids plus a FlowRider surfing simulator, you can understand why this makes our list of the best family resorts in Jamaica. Kids younger than four can hang out in the playroom as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

We love the crystal-clear waters, sugar-sand beaches and beachy hotel rooms that make you feel like you're on vacation even if you stay inside. There's plenty to do and see through, so make sure you bring your best umbrella stroller. It's an excellent alternative to Runaway Bay if you've already been there and are looking for new adventures.


How we chose the best family resorts in Jamaica

We send our editorial team and freelancers far and wide to try the best family-friendly resorts around the world. We measure service, room quality, overall value and options for babies, kids and parents of every life age and stage. Only properties that earned high marks in every category are included in our list—and the rankings change annually.

This article contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.

This article was originally published on Jun 20, 2023

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