When it comes to planning a trip to the Caribbean, most people opt for jetting off during the spring or summer. Meanwhile, winter in the Caribbean is where it’s really at! Prices are down, crowds are smaller, but the sand and water are just as warm! We already know that choosing the perfect resort for the occasion can get overwhelming, so we’ve put together a list of the best Caribbean resorts for the holidays!
Barcelo Bavaro Palace, Dominican Republic
A fam trip to the Caribbean calls for a full itinerary of adventure, pampering and relaxation… and the holiday season is even more of a reason to do so! Spending the holidays at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace means basking in the sun on one of the world’s best beaches (Bavaro Beach), tons of outdoor activities and an on-site waterpark for the kiddos.
Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, Jamaica
Not much can compare to hanging out on the soft white-sand with your family, and watching the kiddos splash around at the onsite Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark. From the minute you arrive, you’ll know you’re bound to have some of the best and most adventurous holiday season yet. With an abundance of outdoor activities around Sunscape Splash and the surrounding area in Montego Bay, there’s always something fun for every traveling family!
GR Solaris Cancun, Mexico
GR Solaris–where every room has an incredibly-stunning view to wake up to! This holiday season you can walk along the warm sand, swim in the aqua-blue ocean and dine on tasty cuisine at this Mexican paradise. For onsite family bonding fun, head over to the 13-ft climbing wall (for kids and adults), the exclusive Baby Park or the Solaris Cinema to catch your favorite movies. Parents, when you’re ready for a spa day or a romantic lunch for two, leave the kiddos in great hands at the resort’s Mini Club with a waterpark, grassy play area, indoor play center, crafts, video games and movies to keep the fun going!
Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, Dominican Republic
A stay at Punta Cana’s Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia will give you and your family tons of fun memories, and maybe even a new holiday tradition! Walk along Bavaro Beach’s soft white-sand and take a dip in the secluded, emerald-blue ocean for ultimate relaxation. Whether your family is on the more adventurous side or just looking for a winter vacay to unwind, this resort has it all and so much more!
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Nestled between two of Puerto Rico’s top attractions–El Yunque National Forest and Fajardo’s Bioluminescent Bay–this resort is the perfect slice of paradise for your family to spend a winter vacation! The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty that you won’t be able to get enough of, water sports for everyone, world-famous golf courses with the Atlantic ocean as your backdrop and tasty cuisine to dine on every night. You can’t go wrong with jetting off for a Puerto Rican getaway for the holidays!
Mango Bay Hotel, Barbados
This all-inclusive Caribbean gem sends us all the fun yet relaxing vibes. You may not get a snowy-white Christmas Day on Barbados, but the sugary-soft white sand beaches will do just fine! Mango Bay Hotel is the perfect Caribbean resort to spend the holidays if you’re craving a low-key, boutique experience in paradise! And if you still want to venture out and get active, there’s also plenty of fun water sports and hiking to do on the island!
Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia
Treat yourself big-time this holiday season with free water sports at St. Lucia’s breathtaking all-inclusive Windjammer Landing Villa Beach. Take in the stunning mountainous and tropical terrain while relaxing by the pool or on the soft sand. With an abundance of complimentary activities to do around the resort, five different restaurants to choose from and some of the best views, you’ll definitely have a holiday vacation for the books!
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Nothing is better than family during the holidays. Step onto this gorgeous, secluded family-owned and operated boutique property on the famous Grand Anse Beach. Spice Island Beach Resort offers an intimate escape in Grenada that’ll help you unwind, relax and rejuvenate for the end of the year and the start to a new one! Dive into some incredible outdoor fun, such as cycling or snorkeling, and then end your days with a tasty variety of cuisine from either of the resort’s two restaurants.
Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
If you’re looking for a serene, luxurious and romantic getaway for the holidays, this is the perfect Caribbean resort for you! Not only is Sugar Beach picture-perfect everywhere you look, but the island of St. Lucia has enough adventure or relaxation for every traveler. Think endless spa-days, gorgeous hikes, dinners with panoramic views, a private beach, snorkeling in crystal-clear water and so much more!
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, Dominican Republic
Soft white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, blue skies and endless natural beauty. What more could you ask for in the perfect setting for the holidays? Let all the tropical vibes and Dominican charm help you forget about how cold it is back home, and relax at this colonial-style gem in paradise! Located on southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace offers so much to do-from scuba diving and exploring an abundance of marine life to dance lessons, or island hopping by catamaran.
Catalonia Royal Tulum, Mexico
Enjoy a relaxing winter vacation in Mexican paradise–a.k.a. Tulum’s Catalonia Royal. This adults-only, all-inclusive resort is nestled in the Mexican tropics–think jungle trees, mangroves and freshwater cenotes–along one of the region’s most stunning beaches of the Caribbean Sea. Pamper yourself at the beach, lay on the beach, lunge by the pool, sip on your favorite cocktails and take a spin at some fun water sports… there’s something for everyone at this Mexican resort!
Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa, Mexico
Start (or end) this holiday season with a bang at Cabo’s exclusive, adults-only, Breathless Resort and Spa. With modern-luxe decor, a lively atmosphere and views that are to-die-for, you’re guaranteed to have the best winter vacay at this Mexican resort. Breathless Cabo offers a perfect blend of endless entertainment with plenty of quiet spots to relax and unwind.
We know! It’s hard to choose just one Caribbean resort to spend the holidays when they all sound as dreamy as these. If you need help narrowing down your choices and location, take this quiz to help you decide which Caribbean island is best for you!