The summer has kicked into high gear. The temperatures are rising and  resorts are offering rates dramatically cheaper than previous seasons. The traditional resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are certainly becoming a great buy for big families.

Club Med

Club Med has become a great all-inclusive family vacation with resorts around the world. They cater to families with children as young as 2-3 (Petit Club Med) throught to teens (Club Med passworld). Nothing is imposed, “with freedom through exclusivity” they call it.

This summer they are offering the family WOW vacations, with all-inclusive family vacation package rate from $99/pp per night. An exclusive 7-night stay with an oceanview suite starts at $1,398. These rates apply to certain mexican, caribbean and florida resorts.


An exclusive Sesame Street arrangement means great opportunities for kids to eat and play with their favorite friends, from dinner with Elmo to staged shows and weekly parades with other Sesame Street characters. Beaches properties also offer Crayola Art camps, water parks (at Beaches Negril and Boscobel in Jamaica, with 1 coming soon to Beaches Turks and Caicos), water sports, multiple swimming pools (including kids-only pools), kids camps run by certified “ultra nannies,” luxury family suites that sleep up to 5 people (Beaches Boscobel and Turks and Caicos) and a “Rockin’ teen disco” (Beaches Boscobel).

According to Budget Travel Beaches is “hosting a summer sale with discounts of 55 to 65 percent off of normal rates, meaning you’ll pay as little as $113 per person per night—all-inclusive, of course. And these discounts can be combined with free night offers (generally two nights free with stays of seven nights or longer), so you can get even more for your money.”

Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa

Dreams at the most eastern tip of Mexico is surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean sea. Their amenity-filled Pyramid and Preferred Tower luxury rooms and suites are set among elegantly manicured gardens. You can Swim with the Dolphins in their natural saltwater lagoon. Eat at five international restaurants and five lounges serving gourmet fare and unlimited premium brand beverages. The kids can enjoy supervised Explorer’s Club (ages 3-12) with creative arts, movies on the beach, camping adventure on the beach once a week and other activities. This year they are offering a special with:  two kids can stay, play, and eat free when traveling with two paying adults (a third or more child would go at prevailing rate – but, ask you never know.)

Franklyn D. Resort and Spa All Inclusive

The family friendly, boutique, all-suite Franklyn D. Resort & Spa is located in Runaway Bay on Jamaica’s North coast. Accommodations include one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites, extensive childrens activities, wheel-chair accessible, and they’re just steps from the Caribbean sea and are complete with living room and dining area, stocked refrigerator and spacious balcony or garden terrace! Free internet access (LAN) from your room. They provide roll away bed and crib when requested. A one-bedroom can accommodate 2 adults and 3 kids under 16, with a larger family ask for a two bedroom suite.

They are running a kid’s room upgrade promotion, families with special needs kids get 50 % discount off their rack rate, and a flat-rate promo that includes accommodation, nanny services, watersports activities, and entertainment. Check it out.

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