Many families travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic because it”s a hub for all-inclusive, beachfront resorts with calm waves, and truly provides travelers with an authentic experience in the Caribbean. In comparison, Puerto Plata lacks a similar atmosphere, instead offering shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The waves in Puerto Plata are admittedly rockier (and less teal-blue), too. The upside, however, is that families often find luxurious resorts at less expensive rates, since Puerto Plata is known to be older than Punta Cana. Don”t overlook one of these fantastic hotels for your next family vacation.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada
The pools, alone, are worth a visit, but there"s so much more to IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada. The all-inclusive resort offers a kids" club for ages 4 to 12, a teen club for ages 13 to 17, a playground, live entertainment, specialty restaurants and non-motorized water sports; scuba diving is available for a fee. The hotel is located about 10 minutes from Puerto Plata.
VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort
The VH Grand Ventana Beach Resort is located in Playa Dorada, a gated community on the ocean. The all-inclusive resort features refreshing pools, water sports, motor bike rentals and golf. There"s also babysitting services and a lovely spa -- plan to escape for a relaxing massage.
ClubHotel Riu Merengue
If your family has never been to a Riu, you"re in for a real treat at ClubHotel Riu Merengue. The hotel has all-inclusive rates that cover meals, water sports, land sports, kids" clubs (ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12) and live entertainment. Families also enjoy three swimming pools, including one just for kids, and a location on a calm stretch of beach.
Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort
Relax in the comfort of a private beach cabana at Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort, or take a dip in one of 12 different swimming pools. The luxurious resort features both adults-only and family-friendly accommodations, along with non-motorized water sports, live entertainment and kids" programming. Guests also get access to Xtreme Zone, where they can enjoy rock climbing, bowling, mini-golf and more.
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada features all the best amenities and services of an all-inclusive resort: organized activities, water sports, land sports, swimming pools (including one for kids), restaurants, and a kids" club for ages 4 to 12. It also offers bike rentals and horseback riding excursions. It"s located 15 minutes from Puerto Plata.
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