Water Sports at Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort
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12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

Whether you’re a family of water worshippers, adventure addicts, or nature lovers, you’ll find it all in Jamaica, an island that’s spirited, yet serene.

You can raft down the Martha Brae River to explore the country’s caves and many waterfalls. You can spot hundreds of species of birds on a hike. You can soak up the culture and the reggae music. You can sample the food and drink, from jerk pork or chicken to guinep, a small fruit that’s especially fun for kids; when you peel away the skin, out pops a sweet, jelly-like substance! And yes, you can definitely stay at a luxurious all-inclusive resort. Looking for a great all-inclusive resort to enjoy with your kids? These are the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

Beaches Negril

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You’ve heard about Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach. There’s a reason it’s part of the story line in many vacation tales, so why not write your family’s next vacation chapter here?  Beaches Negril is one of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, with a wide variety of guestrooms, suites and villas. The Tropical Beachfront Three-Bedroom Walkout Grand Butler Family Suite sleeps 12! Those with picky eaters in their group will be pleased to find nine dining options onsite, and nobody can possibly get bored with kayaking, windsurfing, hydro bikes, snorkeling, Hobie cats, paddle boarding, knee boarding, scuba diving, basketball, tennis courts and more. Your kids will especially love the Pirates Island Waterpark and the Xbox Play Lounge. The little ones will love Beaches’ Kid Camp and Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street. For teens, there’s Club Liquid and for tweens, an arcade called Trench Town. When you’re ready to kick back for a bit of renewal, head to the Red Lane Spa.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa

This all-inclusive resort in Jamaica gets kudos for being home to the largest kids’ club in the Caribbean. There are 10 restaurants onsite, and plenty of places for a late-night slip-away for the grownups. (Take advantage of the onsite babysitting services and childcare!) You’ll love that you can pay at one resort and play at two; guests of the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa can enjoy the facilities at its sister property, Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort. Your biggest decision will be choosing which of the five pools to take a dip in. Snorkel, sail, kayak, play mini-golf, or wind down at the full-service spa. 

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

The 18th-century Rose Hall estate is straight out of the movies, a drop-dead gorgeous playground for families. Enjoy six dining options, six bars/lounges, yoga and Pilates classes, tennis courts, golf, beach volleyball, billiards, an arcade/game room, boat tours, nightly entertainment, karaoke, kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling and sailing. There’s also a Kids Retreat and Teen Zone. The biggest attraction at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, however, is the Sugar Mills Water Park, the largest water park in Jamaica, with lagoons, a lazy river, jungle garden with a rope and wood suspension bridge, and replicas of the former Rose Hall Plantation. 

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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort & Waterpark

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It’s all about the Jewel Lagoon Water Park at this all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Families will find nearly a dozen attractions here, including a family raft ride, lazy river with rock grottos and waterfalls, and even live entertainment. When it’s time to get out of the water, there’s kids’ programming for all ages, from tots to teens. Meanwhile, parents can play at the pool or beach. Come together in the evenings for a meal and a dive-in movie.

Bluefields Bay Villas

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You don’t have to stay at a mega resort to have an all-inclusive experience in Jamaica. If you’re looking for an intimate getaway, make your way to Bluefields Bay Villas on the south coast. The deluxe villas are perched along the hilly coast and overlook the ocean. There are a mere six villas, so privacy is a premium. Each villa has Instagram-worthy views, private pools, butler and maid service, a full kitchen and a chef. You can get nanny service 24/7, too, and there’s elderly care for seniors. Soak up the sun on the private beach or at the pool. Here, there’s no pressure to buzz about; do as little or as much as you like. Guests can arrange dive tours, deep sea-fishing, glass-bottom boat cruises and more. 

Royalton Blue Waters

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If you have children younger than age 4, you might choose other accommodations. But for families with kids aged 4 and up, there’s plenty to do at the Royalton Blue Waters. The Clubhouse Kids Club is where children up to age 12 can meet their favorite bunny buddies, Max & Ruby; watch cartoons; and play games. Teens have their own space at the Hangout, with a video game lounge, pool and Ping-Pong tables. Everyone can come together for snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, floating down the lazy river, or trivia games. You can even take dance and cooking classes.

Moon Palace Jamaica All Inclusive Resort

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Location is everything. At Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Ocho Rios, you’re situated in a regional park and a short walk to Ocho Rios Craft Park, where you can buy arts and crafts from locals. Turtle Beach, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove are only three miles away, too. Onsite, kids love the Flowrider surfing simulator. There are also four restaurants, Club Mongoose for ages 2 to 12, and Jamrock Teen Center. Cool off in one of the five pools with waterfalls, or plummet down the Lighthouse Waterslide. Show off your tennis skills on the championship tennis courts, and check out the weekly themed party. Drink up at eight bars or see how good you are at beating the odds at the casino. Ready to relax? Head to the afternoon tea, stake out a spot on the private beach, or book an appointment at the full-service Awe Spa. 

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Beaches Ocho Rios

Set on 22 acres of lush greenery in Ohio Rios, this is the second Beaches Resort in Jamaica.  Along with a gorgeous stretch of beach, Beaches Ocho Rios offers activities galore, including PADI certified diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Have you tried aqua trikes? Now’s the time. There are clubs for kids and teens (including the popular Xbox Lounge) and for all, the Pirates Island Waterpark with its waterslides, lazy river and more.  Other highlights include 5-star global gourmet dining at seven restaurants, the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club (included in rates), and the Red Lane Spa.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

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Expect big fun and and a lot of food at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, where there are 16 dining options. You’ll cheat yourself if you don’t go for the spice at Barefoot JerkZ, the beachfront Jamaican jerk shack.  Italian, Asian, and Brazilian fare are among the many other options. Choose which pool to visit based on your mood; there’s a quiet pool and then there’s one for the party folks. The activities pool is also where you’ll find water spinning. Leave the children to the KidZ Club for beach sports, arts and crafts, and games during the day; come nighttime, there are PJ and disco parties. The entire family can enjoy sailing on a catamaran, boogie boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. If you’re hankering to try something new, there are dance lessons and cooking demonstrations. Your family will especially love the Jamaican street music with steel drums and theatrical performances. 

IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach

At IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach in Montego Bay, kids will feel like they own the joint. Star Camp features its own pool and children’s park. As for you, you’ll feel pretty good, too, whether you’re pampering yourself at Spa Sensations or getting your diver certification at the Dressel Diver Center. You’ll want to explore the Montego Bay Marine Park, with the Airport Wall reef, as well as the Falmouth Luminous Lagoon, one of four such spots in the world. Be ready for more action back at the resort, with tennis, a fitness center, an array of water sports and golf at two 18-hole golf courses nearby. When the sun goes down, it’s all about the live music, shows and the lively game room. 

Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

Complimentary nanny service? Yes, please! That’s just one of the many family amenities offered at Franklyn D. Resort & Spa in Runaway Bay, about 20 minutes from Ocho Rios. This all-inclusive Jamaica resort also offers the Yellow Bird Kids’ Club, teen-only discos, an onsite water park, playground, live entertainment, glass-bottom boat tours, and the ever-important spa. All accommodations are suites.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas

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The ocean views at Round Hill Hotel and Villas simply cannot be beat, nor can the deluxe accommodations, some of which feature private pools and open-air spaces. Round Hill offers two kids’ clubs for younger and older children; water sports such as snorkeling and wind surfing; land activities including golf and tennis; live entertainment; a deluxe spa; and three onsite dining options. Traveling with little ones and want to enjoy a quiet meal alone? Early dining for kids and nanny services are available.

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Sheryl Nance Nash
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer, specializing in travel/lifestyle, personal finance and business. Her travel articles have appeared on CNTraveler, Newsweek.com, Fodors, Afar, RD.com, The Daily Beast, Culture Trip, Shermans Travel, Orbitz, among others. She is based in New York.