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Small Hope Bay Lodge
The Bahamas' new Bimini Bay Resort and Marina sits just 55 miles from Florida, but it might as well be a world away. Now, the resort's Family Suite and Snorkel will get you there ¿ and in the water. The deal includes five nights' accommodations in any two- or three-bedroom suite or villa, daily continental breakfast for four people and a snorkeling excursion for four people.
Package: Family Suite and Snorkel
Rate: From $499
Available: Through Dec. 31
Contact: 866-344-8759; biminibayresort.com
Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas lets you play captain of your brood, offering a center-console boat for cruising the private beaches and deserted isles of the Sea of Abaco. Remember to enforce naval discipline and wear a jaunty hat.
Package: Three-Day Use of 20-Foot Boat
Rate: From $850 per person, including tax and service, for five nights. Kids under 12 stay free.
Available: Through Dec. 15
Contact: 800-468-4799; abacobeachresort.com
Four miles of perfect beach on Long Island, Bahamas is enough reason to visit Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, and its Tropical Family Adventure package is enough of an excuse to go soon.
Package: Tropical Family Adventure
Rate: $67 per person, per night, based on quad occupancy in a beachfront bungalow. Additional children under 12 are free.
Available: May 1 to Aug. 29 and Nov. 1 to Dec 19
Contact: 800-663-7090; capesantamaria.com
The most precious moments of vacationing with kids often happen when you're away from the kids. So enjoy the pink sand of the Crane Resort's beach alone, thanks to two free nights of baby-sitting. Or, you know, skip the walk on the beach.
Rate: From $331 per night for a one-bedroom ocean-view suite (sleeps four)
Nights: Minimum three
Available: Through Nov. 10
Contact: 246-423-6220; thecrane.com
Habitat Cura¿ao Resort is offering a great way for families to check out the underwater landscape together. Kids up to 15 stay and dive for free; non-diving kids receive an introductory scuba course or four open-water dives with a referral. The package also includes daily buffet breakfast for the whole family and six two-tank boat dives, along with six days of unlimited shore diving. Non-diver rates are available, and there's a maximum of two kids free with two paying adults; meals for kids are not included.
Package: Stay and Dive for Free
Rate: From $1,122 per adult
Available: From May 31 to Aug. 23
Contact: 800-327-6709; habitatcuracaoresort.com
True Blue Bay Resort, in Grenada, is offering a good value for families who book a seven-night stay and 10-dive package -- you'll pay for only six nights, plus kids 12 and under will sleep and eat for free from the kids menu. You'll also get two three-hour baby-sitting sessions, free Professional Association of Diving Instructors Bubblemaker children's dive lessons for kids over 8, complimentary use of kids' fishing gear, plus hair-braiding, jewelry-making and 12-and-under cooking lessons.
Package: Stay for seven, pay for six
Rate: From $1,005 per adult
Available: Through Dec. 15; book by Aug. 31.
Contact: 473-443-8783; truebluebay.com
A number of Starwood resorts across the Caribbean are offering the Love Your Family package, which includes either a $50 or $100 daily resort credit, free food and beverages for kids under 12, and adjoining family rooms where available. Properties offering the $50 resort credit include the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, in the Bahamas, and the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, in Puerto Rico. Properties offering $100 include the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, the Westin Aruba and USVI's Westin St. John Resort & Villas.
Package: Love Your Family
Available: Through April 30
Contact: 866-716-8147; starwoodresorts.com/loveyourfamily (mention code LYFPKG)
Festiva Sailing Vacations is offering kids a free week at sea aboard a 45-foot catamaran. When four grown-ups book two all-inclusive staterooms on the same boat, as many as four kids under 16 can hop on board for free (well, almost for free; those ages 6 to 15 are subject to a $250 provisions charge). The offer's good on seven-day sailings during June, July, August and October from St. Martin, the Yucat¿n and the British Virgin Islands.
Package: Kids Sail Free
Rate: From $4,495 per cabin
Available: For sailings through Oct. 16
Contact: 866-575-3951; festivasailingvacations.com; use promo code KIDS.
You won't have to sacrifice style for budget at the newly remodeled Verdanza Hotel, where nightly rates at the trendy Isla Verde property start at just $69 per adult -- with up to two kids 16 and under sharing your room for free. If that's a little too cozy, additional rooms start at just $99 per night. Either way, you'll enjoy an indoor picnic with two large pizzas and a cooler of cola delivered to your room ¿ and moms and dads can toast their vacation with a free rum cocktail.
Package: Endless Summer
Rate: From $69 per adult, per night
Nights: Minimum two
Available: Through Dec. 31
Contact: 800-625-0312; verdanzahotel.com
Book a hilltop or beachfront suite at the family-friendly Divi Little Bay, located just outside of bustling Philipsburg, and up to two kids 12 and under can stay - and eat - free when sharing your room. And for those midnight munchies, take advantage of the resort's new online grocery service to stock your kitchen (there's one in every room) before you arrive.
Package: Kids Stay and Eat Free
Rate: From $180 per room, per night
Available: Through Dec. 23
Contact: 800-367-3484; divilittlebay.com
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
You'll be the real hero when you take your little swashbucklers to Young Island Resort this summer, where the private-island resort's Kids and Us package includes a boat tour of the Pirates of the Caribbean film set. You'll also get seven nights in two superior cottages - with room enough for a family of five - plus daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Package: Kids and Us
Rate: $3,860 per family, including two adults and up to three kids
Available: June 1 to Oct. 31
Contact: 800-223-1108; youngisland.com