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Spring Break resorts that give parents a break

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Now Jade Riviera Cancun

How suite! Now Jade Riviera Cancun offers adjoining family suites.

After what felt like a long, dreary winter, it stands to reason you’re envisioning sun-drenched beaches. Still, you don’t have a sitter, and the idea of listless loungers (a.k.a. kids) makes a beach getaway feel out of reach…unless you select a spot with catch-all appeal.

Now Jade Riviera Cancun is just a short jaunt from the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos. Chances are, though, you’ll be too immersed in surf, sand and swimming adventures to notice. While grownups hang by the adults-only pool, a kids’ club—open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.—gives young’uns access to games, movies under the stars and sandcastle adventures. Be smart and get a family suite—it consists of two roomy, connected junior suites, allowing you a little privacy.

Never mind the scenic setting: the real draw at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is its time-off opportunities. Day camp sessions begin daily at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and night camp kicks in from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Adventures range from an undersea tour to visiting a turtle farm, a dolphin discovery (hugs and kisses included) and Build-a-Bear excursion. Meanwhile, mom and dad can chill at the swim-up bar or book a massage and Turkish salt scrub at the spa.

But just as parents groove on the low-key setting of Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, kids appreciate action on the lazy river, coupled with organized, tot-friendly activities and nighttime shows. There’s also a kid-centric disco, theater and club with games and arts and crafts next to the main pool. Of course, there’s always time to reconnect during a paddleboat ride or round of mini golf.

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Jennifer Olvera is a culinary travel writer, recipe developer and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago. Find her on Twitter at @olverajennifer.
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