Family-friendly Punta Cana resorts for a fabulous stay in the Caribbean

Make the whole family happy with trampolines, margaritas, and a snorkelling excursion with these family-friendly Punta Cana resorts.

From offerings like trampolines, kids clubs, snorkel gear, and expansive pools, these 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.

A Punta Cana resort that will satisfy every craving


With 10 restaurants including buffets and à la carte, as well as eight bars doling out colourful cocktails complete with mini umbrellas, the Paradisus Palma Real Spa & Resort satisfies any stomach.

In addition, adults will find tons of activities like yoga, snorkelling, 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 Wi-Fi.

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 teens chill out at their own movie nights, karaoke and magic shows, or let them lead the dance floor at the mini disco.

Paradisus By Meliá Palma Real Golf & Spa

Top rated
Playa Bavaro
8.6 Excellent (3071 reviews)

Stay at one Punta Cana resort and still get access to another, too


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 vacation 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.

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.

Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa

Playa Bavaro
8.3 Very good (5320 reviews)

For the young ones or the young at heart


Dinners are à la carte in eight fabulous restaurants including Italian, Mexican, and a Steakhouse among several buffet options at Ocean Blue & Sand Resort. 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.

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

Ocean Blue & Sand Beach

Playa Bavaro
8.1 Very good (5121 reviews)

A Punta Cana resort where the whole family can be pampered


With several golf courses within strolling distance of the grounds, yoga practice, and snorkelling 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 stretch out on a beach lounger.

Welcomed with a sweet gift basket and a decadent mini bar milkshake, the connecting Family Rooms ensures kids feel independent and are located as close as possible to the onsite water park. Sign them up for scouting at the Bahia Scouts Center.

Babysitters keep an eye on kids while swimming, playing in the onsite water park 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.

Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana

Playa Bavaro
8.0 Very good (5442 reviews)

An all-inclusive stay offering up everything and anything


If you’re looking for a high-quality, all-inclusive holiday with 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 & Casino Punta Cana. Decorated with Hard Rock paraphernalia across almost every square inch of public space, here the adults turn into 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.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Top rated
Playa Bavaro
9.3 Excellent (34558 reviews)

A golf lover's dream hotel


Changing up the landscape of what all-inclusive entails, the Caribe Tropical includes unlimited golfing at their on-site 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.

Melia boasts three supervised kids’ clubs where they can mingle among their own. An extensive Flintstones-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.

Caribe Tropical Hotel

Playa Bavaro
8.0 Very good (9864 reviews)

A Punta Cana resort with a restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef


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.

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.

Paradisus By Meliá Punta Cana

Playa Bavaro
8.2 Very good (4062 reviews)

Lap up the sunshine by one of the largest pools on the island


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 at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa. 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.

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 a 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.

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Uvero Alto
8.2 Very good (2721 reviews)

A chill stay in Punta Cana


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.

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.

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Top rated
Playa Bavaro
8.8 Excellent (7643 reviews)

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