Family resorts with must-try activities

Family vacations are all about having fun in the sun together and making memories to last a lifetime. To help you make the most of your next tropical escape, we rounded up five resorts with must-try activities for all ages. From scenic bike tours through lush landscapes to epic virtual reality arcades and sprawling water parks, these resorts offer one-of-a-kind getaways that kids – and kids at heart – will love!

High-rise colourful water slides at Riu Dunamar
Zoom down winding water slides at Riu Dunamar

Cool off in style at Riu Dunamar in Cancun! Families will have a blast at this beachfront oasis featuring several sparkling pools and Splash Water World, a sprawling on-site water park. While water babies play at the splash pad, thrill-seeking teens can brave high-speed slides or take their vacation to new heights with the towering Stuka Free Fall Body Slide. Families can build sandcastles on a beautiful white-sand beach or unwind in one of the sparkling pools before retiring to spacious suites with options that can accommodate families of five.

Arcade room full of games at Grand Memories Punta Cana
Embark on an epic virtual reality journey at Grand Memories Punta Cana

Families staying at Grand Memories Punta Cana can enjoy access to endless entertainment options. Tweens can step into another world with epic virtual reality games, with the Oculus Quest headset, or work together to crack the code and uncover the mysteries hidden in the Temple of Secrets, an exciting escape room experience with tricky riddles and puzzles. Families looking to beat the heat can also take advantage of unlimited access to one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean offering winding water slides and a splash park for mini vacationers.

Sunwing Kidcationer Aleyah-Maria sitting in the director's chair at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica
Let your inner superstar shine at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica offers family-friendly celeb-worthy escapes. At the Stars Kids Club, little ones can enjoy an array of entertainment-themed activities such as starring in a music video, designing show-stopping costumes, learning dazzling dance routines and more. Plus, budding celebrities can write, film and create their own videos which will be featured on the Star Kids Club Channel on the Resort TV for their families to watch. In the evening, families can dine at one of the resort’s delicious restaurants before enjoying a cozy movie night under the stars!

Deux personnes sur des planches à bras dans les eaux bleues étincelantes du Grand Caïman
Paddle board along the coast at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman

Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman is the ideal destination for family fun in the sun. With an array of resort-offered water sports available, teens can spend sunny days stand up paddle boarding or kayaking along the coast and the whole family can dip into the clear blue waters and snorkel alongside colourful coral and exotic marine life. Families who prefer a laidback day in paradise can hangout by one of the resort’s pristine pools with a kid’s pool designed for little ones, an action-packed activity pool for big kids and a swim-up bar for parents.

Mother and her three children cycling along a trail lined with palm trees
Cycle along scenic trails at Azul Ixtapa Resort

Vacationers can explore the wonders of Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo at Azul Ixtapa Resort. With a wide selection of guided tours available, the whole family can ride bicycles along scenic trails, sail along Pacific Mexico’s picturesque coast or snorkel alongside tropical fish in bright blue ocean waters. This fun-filled resort also offers an array of on-site activities that teens will love including a mini-golf course and a high-rise climbing wall offering sweeping views of the beach and surrounding rainforests and younger kids will have a blast at the mini-water park. After a day of adventure, grab a seat at the open-air theatre and watch delightful evening entertainment.

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