Fabulously Family-Friendly Punta Cana Resorts

By Natalia Kvitek,

From offerings like trampolines, kids clubs, snorkel gear and expansive pools, these Family-Friendly Punta Cana Resorts guarantee to please the whole family. That also means without sacrificing quiet time reading with a margarita for mom or parasailing and buffet dinners for dad. trivago knows what the whole family wants in Punta Cana.


Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort

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With access to multiple pools as well as the beach, the Paradisus Palma Real makes for a wet ‘n’ wild holiday. Photo from trivago.

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For the parents: With 10 restaurants including buffets and à la carte as well as eight bars doling out colorful cocktails complete with mini umbrellas, the Paradisus Palma Real satisfies any stomach. In addition, adults will find tons of activities like yoga, snorkeling, dance classes, cocktail workshops and evening music including live shows, jazz fusion and lounge nightclubs with resident DJs. Suites are decorated with classic mahogany furniture and marble tiles and boast free WiFi.

For the kids: Meanwhile, the kids will be occupied with their own Mini Club for those age 1-12, access to a games room decked out with Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStations. For those with energy to spare, there is a bouncy adventure park, and classes in swimming, cooking, painting and tennis. In the evenings let the Spring Breakers chill out at their own movie nights, karaoke and magic shows, or let them lead the dance floor at the mini disco.

Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort And Spa

Poolside rooms Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa

Jump straight in the pool from your room. Photo courtesy of Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa.

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For the parents: With access to both of the Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort sister properties and an adjoining beach, there’s virtually no chance you’ll feel suffocated by this expansive resort. Five buffets, eight restaurants, and 15 bars can be challenging to undertake in the space of one March Break but we’re sure you’ll manage to try it all.

Work off those hard-earned buffet calories on the tennis courts or you can try your hand at Windsurfing. If you fail to show talent mastering the wind, you can always rely on the included kayak rental. Some suites even have swim-up access from four onsite pools that all have built-in jacuzzis.

For the kids: Starting with the El Castillo del Pirata club (babies to three-year-olds) all the way up to the Black & White club for teens 13-21, kids can be as independent here as they want. Lounges with video games and computers, mini water parks and colonial fort gardens give them a chance to make friends while you relax. All four pools have been adapted for children and swim up bars welcome requests for virgin pina coladas.

Ocean Blue & Sand Resort

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Lushly landscaped and colorful grounds at Ocean Blue & Sand. Photo courtesy of Ocean Blue & Sand

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For the Parents: Dinners are à la carte in eight fabulous restaurants including Italian, Mexican and a Steakhouse among several buffet options. Should the desire to boogie through the night strike you, a nightclub with free drinks can bring you back to your more youthful days. Unlimited drinks and plenty of kid-friendly services let you unwind with peace of mind.

For the Kids: A kids’ club, and teen-oriented games and a live theater make this resort a hit with the March Break crowd. The pool area jams with music during the days and a small “town center” of the resort allows teens to amble around alone at their leisure. Four snack bars are open 24/7 should they get hungry outside regular dining hours.

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa Pool and buildings

Picture perfect Dominican Republic vacation. Photo courtesy of Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa.

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For the Parents: With several golf courses within strolling distance of the grounds, yoga practice, and snorkeling with the dazzling local fish population, your days at Grand Bahia Principe can be as packed as you want…or not at all. Equally enticing is retreating to the spa or stretching out on a beach lounger. If you feel like some activity on Spring Break is a must, try one of the swim-up bars in the pool.

For the Kids: Welcomed with a sweet gift basket and a decadent minibar milkshake, the connecting Family Rooms ensures kids feel independent and are located as close as possible to the onsite waterpark. Sign them up for scouting at the Bahia Scouts Center. Babysitters keep an eye on kids while swimming, playing in the onsite waterpark and, racing go-carts and making friends. The Spa offers services for tiny fingers and toes and a few of the restaurants even have dedicated picky-eaters (children’s!) menus.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel Dominican Republic Pool area

Multi-tasking in Punta Cana: Dangle your toes in the water while watching the kids and working on your tan. Photo courtesy of the Hard Rock Hotel.

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For the parents: If you’re looking for a high-quality, all-inclusive holiday loads of beachfront access, an 18-hole golf course, the biggest casino on the island, 13 pools, and 13 restaurants, it could be that you’re asking for too much- unless you are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel. Decorated with Hard Rock paraphernalia across almost every square inch of public space, here the adults turn into kids.

For the kids: Awaiting every little rocker is a full schedule courtesy of the Little Big Club. Toys, live shows, Spanish lessons and cooking classes keep them occupied like it’s their 9 to 5. A children’s only pool is complete with waterslides and a lazy river. A mini-golf course could be the setting for a tournament of a lifetime and a 16-foot rock climbing wall combined with a little imagination sees kids scaling their own Everest.

Melia Caribe Tropical

Meliá Caribe Tropical pool area

Catch the sprinkle of the pool in the gentle breeze of the DR. Photo taken from trivago.

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For the Parents: Changing up the landscape of what All-Inclusive entails, the Melia Caribe Resorts includes unlimited golfing at their onsite golf course.  Restaurants offer a diverse array of menus ranging from Mediterranean to French and Asian Fusion plus a beachside buffet for a meal accompanied by the sound of waves. Earn your second plate of dessert in one of nine pools or forget the guilt with spa services.

For the Kids: Melia boasts three supervised kids’ clubs where they can mingle among their own. An extensive Flinstones-themed pool has waterslides and funky lounge chairs for the younger set. Follow turtles across the paths of the 120-acre nature preserve and glimpse a flamingo while they complete the branch-level ropes courses or zip line.  Rooms have themed kids bedding available for pull-out sofa beds.

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort

Paradisus Punta Cana Children's Pool

Kids get their own designated area- no adults allowed! Photo taken from trivago.

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For the Parents: Foodies take note of the offerings at Paradisus Punta Cana: over 12 restaurants cater to you, including Passion by Martín Berasategui, run by the decorated Michelin star chef (with a total of eight stars to his name). From casual to elegant, the foodie offerings here give you the chance to run rampant with your all-inclusive pass. Also included are tours of the local mangroves, a variety of workshops and use of bikes. Once the sun sets, head to the white sand beach for an all-ages party and your chance to show off some salsa moves.

For the Kids: Taking on a theme per day (pirates anyone?) the Mini Club focuses on making sure the kids have a fantastic time. From latin dance classes, to movie nights, karaoke and pool parties, kids stay occupied seven days a week. They’ll have the opportunity to bring home an arts and crafts souvenir or with hopes to try out for the water polo team with newly acquired skills.

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

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Pools leading the way to the gentle waves of the beach. Photo taken from trivago.

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For the Parents: Fin up and snorkel out to the nearby coral reef chasing Nemo or let your imagination do all the work in one of the largest swimming pools on the island. If you get thirsty part of the way, grab a cocktail from a swim-up bar- those ice cubes do count as part of your daily water intake. Can’t be bothered to go out and get dressed for dinner? Take it in your room with 24/7 room service.

For the Kids: With the Explorer’s Club, kids get to see the best side of the resort. An indoor game room with storytelling and music welcomes sun-weary skins and sandcastle contests let them show off a little. There’s regular showing of big-screen movies right on the beach and weekly camp-out experiences make the vacation feel like an adventure. Teens get their own nightly social events with bonfires and dance parties on the weekly menu.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort Pool area

A quiet oasis corner. Photo from trivago.

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For the Parents: Expansive but not massive, The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana doesn’t feel overcrowded but it’s a walk rather than a shuttle ride to the beach. Awake the romantic spirit with a night at the Discotheque Coco’s or lay low by catching your game at the sports bar. Get a taste of the local cuisine with a dedicated Caribbean fish and seafood specialty restaurant or go full on with the buffet and the opportunity to load up your plates.

For the Kids: With a 1300-foot pool running the length of the property and a beautiful beach steps away, it’s clear that kids will need to bring several swimsuits. Their own pool is a no-adults-allowed zone of slides and sprinklers. The Splash Kids Club lets them mingle with their own and includes access to games and trained staff.


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