Q: Can you suggest an all- inclusive resort that delivers similarly to Atlantis in terms of stuff to do? We’ve done Atlantis too many times for me to want to return, but the kids (one is 20, the other is 11) love the activities. I’d love to try an all-inclusive in the Caribbean or Mexico. Any suggestions? — Jen F.
A: Hi Jen, If you want a water park, there’s nothing as massive as Atlantis in the Caribbean — there’s a reason they get the crowds they do pretty much year-round. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other sun-and-sand destinations where both your just-out-of-her-teens and almost-teen will have a great time. All-inclusive family-centric Beaches Turks and Caicos has some fast water slides, a fun teen club, and great family accommodations. Plus the actual beaches are more expansive and the water sports more extensive than Atlantis (Atlantis is actually located in the Atlantic, where the waters aren’t as blue or warm).
My family loves El Conquistador in Puerto Rico, it’s spacious and spread out and it has a separate beach island reached by a free catamaran; a highlight of any day. They have a small water park for hotel guests only with about 4 slides. It’s not all-inclusive, but they do offer meal plans. (Extra bonus: no passport required to visit Puerto Rico!)
Also consider Coconut Bay in St Lucia which boasts the “largest waterpark in St Lucia” (although the competition isn’t that big), as well as adventure activities such as paintball and kitesurfing.
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