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The stretch of Jamaica's North Coast from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios is where you'll find the majority of family friendly resort options. There are several family friendly resorts in and around Runaway Bay ranging in size from 3 to 300 rooms. The type of vacation you're looking for will decide in many ways which is best suited to your family. Starfish Trelawny Beach Resort in Falmouth is the largest (for now) and most popular in the area, and other popular ones include Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, FDR, and FDR Pebbles which are all significantly smaller. They are presently building a 1200 room Barcelo Resort just west of the Runaway Bay area. Another great family option is the Silver Sands Villas property. Closer to Mobay you'll find Rose Hall Resort, Sunset Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Sunspree all to be good value family resorts. Closer to Ocho Rios you'll find Sunset Jamaica Grande, Riu Ocho Rios, Beaches Boscobel and SeaCastles Resort. The best values you'll find for your money are Starfish Trelawny Beach and the Sunset properties.
Negril is also an excellent place for family travel. The two Beaches resorts in Negril are wonderful for different reasons. Beaches Sandy Bay is a less expensive option with less dining options but it is a great resort for families with small children. Beaches Negril is also wonderful and large with a waterpark and expansive beach. It is more suited to families with older children and teenagers.
Both resorts have Sesame Street characters and many activities for children, including dancing with Zoe, baking cookies with Cookie Monster and a character parade. Child care is availble for children and babies older than 2 months. The day care centers are set up with air conditioning, sleeping areas and many toys and videos. The care providers with feed and change your baby and put them down for naps. It is a wonderful service that allows the parents to enjoy some time on their own during vacation. We put our 1 and 3 year olds in day care everyday for nap time so we weren't stuck in the room while they slept!
The food is well suited to children and adults with a section of the buffet devoted to child friendly food like chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta. We enjoyed local fish specialties, fresh vegetables and salads at most meals and we were all happy! Milk is on tap and the desserts are delectable!