The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

Enjoy the beach scene, tropical foods, outdoor activities and more at these top properties.

U.S. News & World Report

The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

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These hotels offer top-notch all-inclusive experiences.

Booking a vacation where meals, drinks, activities and accommodations are all covered by one rate is enticing. Having so many elements of a trip rolled into one price can eliminate a lot of the stress associated with planning – and it's a major reason why all-inclusive resorts are so popular. The islands of the Caribbean are home to many all-inclusive resorts, from boutique properties with optional meal and drink plans to sprawling resorts set on acres of beachfront real estate. Using the properties' overall scores from the 2016 Best Hotels in the Caribbean rankings and additional data, U.S. News ranked the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean.
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10. Cap Maison

An all-inclusive-optional resort perched on the northern tip of St. Lucia, Cap Maison puts guests close to many of the island's top things to see, such as Pigeon Island National Park. The property also offers direct beach access for those looking to relax in the sun. The resort's accommodations include suites and villas, some of which come with a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi. Book the all-inclusive package and you'll enjoy meals at the on-site restaurants, house wines, liquors, beers and sodas, Wi-Fi access and use of nonmotorized water sports equipment. Read more »
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These hotels offer top-notch all-inclusive experiences.

Booking a vacation where meals, drinks, activities and accommodations are all covered by one rate is enticing. Having so many elements of a trip rolled into one price can eliminate a lot of the stress associated with planning – and it's a major reason why all-inclusive resorts are so popular. The islands of the Caribbean are home to many all-inclusive resorts, from boutique properties with optional meal and drink plans to sprawling resorts set on acres of beachfront real estate. Using the properties' overall scores from the 2016 Best Hotels in the Caribbean rankings and additional data, U.S. News ranked the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean.

10. Cap Maison

An all-inclusive-optional resort perched on the northern tip of St. Lucia, Cap Maison puts guests close to many of the island's top things to see, such as Pigeon Island National Park. The property also offers direct beach access for those looking to relax in the sun. The resort's accommodations include suites and villas, some of which come with a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi. Book the all-inclusive package and you'll enjoy meals at the on-site restaurants, house wines, liquors, beers and sodas, Wi-Fi access and use of nonmotorized water sports equipment. Read more »

9. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Set on a private cove in St. Lucia, Sugar Beach enjoys a prime location on a secluded beach surrounded by mountains and rainforest. While the majority of the island's hotels beckon to couples and honeymooners, this all-inclusive-optional resort is one of the few that welcomes kids with specific amenities, too. Clubs for kids and teens advertise activities like treasure hunts, arts and crafts, kayaking and sailing. Meanwhile, adults are able to laze along the beach or go for a dip in the pool, participate in a fitness class and go snorkeling, among other pursuits. Sugar Beach's all-inclusive plans include all meals and drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), plus afternoon tea and minibar beverages. Read more »

8. Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

This luxury beachfront property in Punta Cana is known for its Endless Privileges all-inclusive program, the perks of which outmatch many of its competitors. In addition to all meals and drinks (both nonalcoholic and premium alcoholic beverages), travelers receive 24-hour room service, a minibar that's refreshed twice per day, free Wi-Fi access, a complimentary massage and a daily bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Guests also have access to the resort's many amenities, including two infinity pools and the beach (both equipped with lounge chairs), multiple bars and restaurants, a fitness center and a spa. Read more »

7. Half Moon Jamaica

Half Moon has been a Jamaica staple for more than 60 years, catering to couples, families and groups with its guest rooms, suites and villas. Another all-inclusive-optional property, Half Moon's plan covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages (including cocktails and house wines), in addition to round-trip transportation to and from the airport. At the resort, guests will have plenty to keep them occupied: Half Moon offers horseback riding, an 18-hole golf course, a Spinning studio, squash and tennis courts, kayaks and sailboats, a dolphin lagoon and direct beach access (additional fees apply for select activities). Read more »

6. Spice Island Beach Resort

This boutique resort, which also holds the title of the No. 1 Best Hotel in Grenada, occupies 8 acres along Grand Anse Beach. The all-suite accommodations boast beach views and terraces; some even include private plunge pools and hammocks. Room rates here cover meals and beverages, water sports activities (such as snorkeling and sailing), a supervised kids club, golf green fees, tennis and bike rentals. The resort is also home to a large pool that is surrounded by lounge chairs and additional loungers and umbrellas that pepper the beach. Read more »

5. Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Just west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas is an all-inclusive-optional retreat with a private beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The all-inclusive plan at this small resort covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you spring for the Platinum Plan, you'll also enjoy all alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, round-trip airport transfers, a rafting daytrip on the Great River and a welcome gift with tropical fruit and a bottle of sparkling wine. All guests also have access to a wealth of amenities, including nightly entertainment, tennis courts (plus rackets and balls for rent) and water sports equipment like kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear. Read more »

4. Sandals Royal Plantation

One of the biggest names in all-inclusive resorts, this adults-only Sandals property in Jamaica doesn't disappoint. Touches like personalized butler service and activities like scuba diving and complimentary fitness classes win big points with travelers. What's more, Sandals Royal Plantation is home to five restaurants and the hotel's sister property features 16 eateries – meals at all of which are covered by the all-inclusive rate. Read more »

3. COMO Parrot Cay

COMO Parrot Cay caters to all types of travelers with specialized packages that transform stays into yoga retreats, romantic getaways and excursion-heavy adventures. The all-inclusive-optional resort is located on its own island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Regardless of what type of vacation you book, you'll be able to enjoy the hotel's infinity-edge pool, book a treatment at the spa and relax in your Asian-inspired digs. At the beach, you can borrow paddleboards or kayaks for free, or just unwind in a lounge chair and admire the Caribbean Sea. Read more »

2. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

Set on its own island off the coast of Antigua and surrounded by powdery beaches and swaying palm trees, this hotel boasts all-inclusive features galore. Aside from meals and beverages, guests have access to multiple pools, tennis courts, water sports equipment and (for those families traveling with kids) the Rose Buds for Children program. There are several different room types available at this resort as well, from standard accommodations to more spacious suites, and select rooms come with amenities like hammocks, outdoor showers, secluded courtyards and private pools. Read more »

1. Jamaica Inn

Also holding the distinction of the No. 1 Best Hotel in Jamaica, the Jamaica Inn is an all-inclusive-optional property that's a little more unique than your typical all-inclusive resort. This hotel has just 48 suites and cottages, and guests can choose the type of meal and drink package they'd prefer, whether it's just breakfast or breakfast, lunch, dinner and all beverages. This small resort is also home to ample on-site amenities, including a pool, a spa, a fitness center and a long stretch of sand in Ocho Rios. Now that you've browsed the top 10 for 2016, check out the properties ranked the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean for 2017 »
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Erin Shields, Managing Editor

Erin Shields is the Managing Editor of Travel at U.S. News & World Report, where she oversees ...  Read more

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