Family Travel Question:
Q | Which is resort a better overall value: Dreams Puerto Aventuras or Beaches Turks and Caicos?
Do you think Dreams Puerto Aventuras or Beaches Turks and Caicos is a better overall value? We have a 3-year-old boy. Is the pricier Beaches Resort worth it? -Nikki, OH
A | Dreams versus Beaches with a preschooler
I had the pleasure of being invited to visit Beaches Turks and Caicos last fall. And a couple of years ago, I visited Dreams Tulum on a press trip to the Riviera Maya. So while I’m not able to compare the exact two resorts you’re considering, hopefully I can come close.
The Dreams brand offers their “Explorers Club” for children aged 3 to 12. Kids must be potty-trained, and parents are not able to utilize the kids’ club facilities with their children – they must sign them up and drop them off. The Explorers Club area at Dreams Tulum was very clean, and all the uniformed staff members are first aid and CPR trained and very friendly. The children all seemed to be enjoying themselves. They do all sorts of daily activities and once a week do a camp-out/sleepover. The beach at Dreams Tulum was really beautiful, and the rooms were spacious and well-appointed. We dined at the buffet and it was pretty good, and none of the resort’s restaurants require pre-booking, though there may be a bit of a wait. Dreams Tulum looked like a great place for a family with a three-year-old, and I’m certain their Puerto Aventuras property would be lovely as well.
But is Beaches Turks & Caicos worth the money? Well, it is amazing. Their kids’ club with the Sesame Street characters kind of blew me away, and my daughter was happy to ditch me to read stories with Elmo and bake cookies with Cookie Monster. In fact I wanted to bake cookies with Cookie Monster. The nice thing is I could, since the schedule of events is posted outside so you could take your kids to the various kids’ club activities and participate as well. The grounds and gardens at Beaches are beautiful and lush, and the lovely beach was calm the entire time we were there. Accommodations and prices vary wildly at Beaches, but you can utilize all the amenities no matter which part of the resort you stay at. I ate at most of the sixteen restaurants – all great.
But which is better for a 3-year-old? That’s a toss up. Although I love Mexico and wouldn’t bat an eyelash about visiting, some are nervous about potability of water as well as safety. You don’t have that worry on Turks & Caicos, but you pay for it. Both brands offer fantastic kids’ clubs, but the Sesame Street stuff is pretty fun.
Wherever you decide to go, have a wonderful vacation with your son!
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