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All-Inclusive Resorts That Don’t Suck

Four family-friendly beach getaways

—Photo by JellyBean Pictures

It’s easy to get snobby about all-inclusive resorts. They tend to suck. But when you’ve got an infant or toddler in tow, it seriously helps to find a baby-tolerant hotel where you don’t have to pay a la carte for every bowl of blueberries.  

The Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Florida, is known for being a wedding and conference farm (thanks to ten onsite restaurants and seven golf courses). But sprawling resorts can make for easy family getaways, too. Their all-inclusive family package (starting at $299 per night) includes three meals daily, exclusive of alcohol, plus access to spa amenities and the resort’s private Cabana Beach Club; valid through September 16, 2012.

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa claims to be the first and only property in Puerto Rico with an all-inclusive option. Beyond the no-customs-delay factor, Copamarina lures families with a serene Caribbean beach, several pools, on-site babysitting, and rates starting at $190 per night. For an additional $110 per person, per night, you get breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily—including booze, until 11pm.

Jumby Bay will challenge any preconception you have about all-inclusive vacations. Just a quick boat jaunt away from Antigua, the pricey-but-worth-it Rosewood Resort is seriously all-inclusive. Just about everything—breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, booze, bikes, tennis, even a daily “Camp Jumby” program for tots 3 and up—is included in the daily rate, which starts at $995. The rooms are gorgeous in that British Colonial way, and the resort also happens to be a nesting site for endangered Hawksbill turtles from June through October.

Nearby on Antigua’s mainland, Curtain Bluff hits that sweet spot between budget and over-the-top. All meals and beverages (including alcohol) are included in the nightly rate (from $715), as well as a long list of activities from scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling and water skiing to deep-sea fishing, tennis, yoga and kayaking. Save even more with summer packages like “Pay for 3 nights and get the 4th night free,” through July 28, 2012.