Planning a family vacation somewhere you’ve never been can be a challenge, especially when you’re looking for a destination that offers something for everyone. If you’re on the hunt for the best tropical vacations for families, we have some fantastic options to share with you from our experience! There are so many inclusive luxury resorts and beautiful tropical islands to choose from all the around the world, and there’s no shortage of family fun and warm weather to be enjoyed. Imagine the whole family enjoying the sunny weather, crystal-clear waters, and white-sand beaches. Whether you’re dreaming of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, or the US Virgin Islands, there’s a perfect spot for your next adventure.

Kids of all ages will love the pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and rich culture that tropical destinations have to offer. For nature lovers, these locations make for some of the best experiences! Whether you want to relax with a good book, have grand adventures, or a little of both, these destinations have it all, including plenty of kid-friendly activities! We hope sharing our experiences helps make your planning easier and more exciting! So pack your bags, gather the kids, and get ready for an unforgettable family adventure in paradise!

The Best Tropical Vacations for Families

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

We took an amazing trip on the stunning Carnival Breeze and made a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This capital city brims with beauty, charm, adventure, and breathtaking views. With so much to explore, you might wonder what to do when visiting San Juan with kids. We highlighted some of our top tips for making the most of your trip to San Juan and the best activities for children. Read about our trip here: Cruising to San Juan Puerto Rico with Kids.

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2. Dominican Republic 

This Caribbean destination was the best place to enjoy an inclusive package at a gorgeous resort. We booked our family trip to the Dominican Republic and chose to stay at the all-inclusive Hilton La Romana Family Resort. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Hilton La Romana is an ideal family getaway, offering everything from stunning beaches and water parks to kids’ clubs, fitness centers, and a variety of dining options for everyone. Read about our trip here: Visiting the Dominican Republic: A Family Travel Guide.

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3. St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The beauty of the US Virgin Islands and their relaxed island vibe are truly unmatched. From the moment we arrived in St. Thomas, we felt right at home, warmly welcomed by the locals and safe to explore all the island has to offer. There are so many great activities in St. Thomas to enjoy when traveling with kids. We loved the beautiful white sandy beaches. Read about our trip here: St. Thomas with Kids: A Family Travel Guide.

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4. Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos

One of our favorite stops on our Carnival Breeze cruise was Grand Turk, and it was an incredible experience! You’ll love the beaches Turks has to offer! There were so many things about this place that both the kids and I absolutely loved. If you’re searching for fantastic family vacation ideas this year, Grand Turk should definitely be on your list. Read about our trip here: Cruising to Grand Turk with Kids.

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5. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a culturally rich and stunningly beautiful part of Central America. No matter where you stay, you’re guaranteed breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. For our traveling family, the key to the best Costa Rican vacation with kids is finding accommodations in a prime location that offers easy access to everything on your itinerary. Read about our trip here –  Visiting Costa Rica: A Family Travel Guide.

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6. Maldives

The Maldives, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, and dreamy overwater bungalows. While it’s often seen as the perfect romantic getaway, it’s also an excellent destination for a family vacation. Before you pack your bags and set off for the Maldives with kids, here’s everything you need to know to ensure a smooth and unforgettable family adventure. Read about our trip here: Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting the Maldives with Kids. 

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7. Bangkok Thailand

Your family will have an unforgettable adventure in Bangkok! Explore the city’s top kid-friendly attractions, experience thrilling tuk-tuk races through the vibrant streets, and find cozy family accommodations. We absolutely loved visiting Bangkok. Read about our trip here: The Best of Bangkok Thailand with Kids: Family Travel Guide.

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8. Krabi Thailand

Krabi is a fantastic destination for families, with a wealth of activities for both parents and kids to enjoy. We share all the must-know information for exploring the must-see attractions, top family-friendly hotels, and recommended activities that ensure Krabi is an unforgettable destination for families in our blog post. Read about our trip here: Krabi Thailand with Kids: Family Travel Guide.

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9. Phuket, Thailand

Explore the enchanting Phuket, Thailand! Renowned for its breathtaking beaches, pristine waters, and delectable cuisine, Phuket is an ideal destination for a family getaway. It exceeded our family’s expectations! Read about our trip here: Best of Phuket with Kids: Family Travel Guide.

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10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai offers a fantastic destination for families. Immerse yourselves in the vibrant Thai culture and enjoy thrilling outdoor activities such as ziplining, elephant safaris, and waterfall adventures. Read about our trip here: Chiang Mai with Kids: Family Travel Guide. 

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11. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers an unforgettable family adventure, blending thrilling experiences, stunning landscapes, and rich culture. This tropical paradise, nestled in the Indian Ocean, provides diverse activities that cater to every family member, ensuring a journey filled with fun, discovery, and cherished memories. Read about our trip here: Sri Lanka with Kids: Family Travel Guide. 

We stayed at Green Escape in Sri Lanka. Book your stay here.

12. Mexico

If you’re looking for an unforgettable beach getaway in Mexico, look no further – this should be your next destination. Experience unparalleled white-sand beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, vibrant nightlife, rich history, and local culture all under the warm Caribbean sun. Read about our trip here: Visiting Riviera Maya Mexico: A Family Travel Guide.

We stayed at Iberostar Selection Paraiso Maya Suites Mexico. Book your stay here.

Planning a Tropical Vacation for Your Family

When it comes to planning the perfect tropical vacation for your family, there are countless options to choose from that cater to every member of your group. From the inclusive family resorts of Puerto Rico with their myriad of water sports and kids’ clubs to the stunning white-sand beaches of the Dominican Republic, there’s no shortage of destinations that offer something for everyone.

Whether you’re exploring the coral reefs of the Caribbean, enjoying the calm waters of St. Thomas, or immersing yourself in the rich history of San Juan, there’s an abundance of activities to keep both young and old entertained. Our family has enjoyed so many opportunities for scuba diving, water skiing, horseback riding, and sightseeing in these tropical destinations. They have all provided the perfect setting and plenty of family-friendly activities for creating cherished family memories! 

So whether you’re seeking adventurous water activities, relaxation, or simply quality time together, your next family vacation awaits in the lush landscapes and crystal-clear waters of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choose a popular family vacation destination or explore somewhere you’ve never considered. The perfect place for your next family vacation awaits!

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