- Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino (Aruba; www.hyatt.com; tel. 888/591-1234 in the U.S. and Canada, or 297/586-1234): Designed like a luxurious hacienda, with award-winning gardens, this resort is the most upscale on Aruba. Supervised activities for children 3 to 12 include games and contests such as crab races and hula-hoop competitions.
- Amaryllis Beach Resort (Barbados; www.amaryllisbeachresort.com; tel. 246/438-8000): From its kiddie pool to its activity-filled children's club, this hotel along Palm Beach is the most family friendly on the island. The complex has an abundance of two-bedroom suites, ideal for the family trade. The chefs also prepare meals for families with young children.
- The Ritz-Carlton (Grand Cayman; www.ritzcarlton.com; tel. 800/542-8680 in the U.S. and Canada, or 345/943-9000): No one coddles families with children as much as this plush hotel. With 58 hectares (143 acres) of grounds to romp on, it's almost like staying in a landscaped park. Plus, the hotel opens onto the activity-filled Seven Mile Beach. It also offers the best children's program on island and, of course, can easily arrange babysitting.
- Sunset at the Palms Resort & Spa (Negril, Jamaica; www.sunsetatthepalms.com; tel. 877/734-3486 in the U.S., or 876/957-5350): Rising on stilts, these wooden cottages with private decks add a sense of adventure to a beach vacation. Surrounded by tropical vegetation, it still puts families only steps from the beach. Features for kids include a playground, computer games, arts and crafts lessons, and even storytelling sessions. Children 2 and under stay free if they share a room with their parent; children 3 to 12 are $100 extra.
- FDR (Runaway Bay, Jamaica; www.fdrholidays.com; tel. 888/337-5437): FDR gives you a suite with its own kitchen and a "vacation nanny" whose duties include babysitting. Neither its beach nor its pool is the most appealing on Jamaica, but the price is right, and the babysitting is part of the all-inclusive deal. Programs for children include dress-up parties, donkey rides, basketball, tennis, and snorkeling.
- El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa (Puerto Rico; www.elconresort.com; tel. 888/543-1282 or 787/863-1000): Located 50km (31 miles) east of San Juan, this resort offers Camp Coquí on Palomino Island for children 3 to 12 years of age. The hotel's free water taxi takes kids to the island for a half- or full day of watersports and nature hikes. A new water park also adds to the family appeal, boasting a 790-sq.-m (8,504-sq.-ft.) pool, several slides, a rope bridge, and a winding river attraction. This resort has some of the best facilities and restaurants in eastern Puerto Rico and, in fact, all of the Caribbean.
- Four Seasons Resort Nevis (Nevis; www.fourseasons.com/nevis; tel. 800/332-3442): The staff of the Kids for All Seasons day camp are kindly, matronly souls who work well with children. During the adult cocktail hour, when parents might opt for a romantic sundowner, kids attend a supervised children's hour that resembles a really good birthday bash. Other kid-friendly activities include tennis lessons, watersports, and storytelling.
- Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa (Lower Bight Road, Provo; www.beaches.com; tel. 888/232-2437 or 649/946-8000): Beaches just walked away with another World Travel Award for best family resort. And why not? It's got Sesame Street characters showing up all over the place, camps and activities for kids of all ages, kid-centric restaurants, and a full-service nursery.
- The Buccaneer (St. Croix; www.thebuccaneer.com; tel. 800/255-3881 in the U.S., or 340/712-2100): Posh, upscale, and with extremely good service, this hotel is a longtime favorite that occupies a 96-hectare (237-acre) former sugar estate. Its kids' programs (ages 2-12) include a half-day sailing excursion to Buck Island Reef and guided nature walks that let kids touch, smell, and taste tropical fruit.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.