Ultimate Beaches Brawl – Turks and Caicos vs. Negril vs. Ocho Rios

What’s the best Beaches (resort)? While Beaches Negril was voted the #1 Hotel for Families in the Caribbean by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, Beaches Turks & Caicos took the #2 slot, and Beaches Ocho Rios rounded out the top 5. That means that three of the top five family resorts in the Caribbean were Beaches, so while you’re practically guaranteed an awesome family vacation at one of these fantastically appointed properties, which Beaches resort is the perfect fit for the family? Each resort has unique offerings and special touches, so here’s the Ultimate Beaches Brawl—Turks & Caicos vs. Negril vs. Ocho Rios.

Beaches Resorts collage

Pictured Beaches Turks & Caicos, Beaches Ocho Rios, and Beaches Negril, the leading family friendly resorts in the Caribbean


Beaches Resorts by the Numbers

So what’s the important element in a Caribbean getaway? Restaurants? Pools? Travel time from the airports? We’ve got the rundown right here.

Distance from Airport

Beaches Resorts paddle

Twenty minutes to Turks & Caicos from the airport (by car, not by paddle)

Beaches Turks & Caicos—20 minutes

Beaches Negril—80 minutes

Beaches Ocho Rios—90 minutes

WINNER: Beaches Turks & Caicos


Distance from Miami

Beaches Turks & Caicos—75 minutes

Beaches Negril—90 minutes

Beaches Ocho Rios—90 minutes

Winner: Beaches Turks & Caicos


Related: Exciting Escapes at Beaches Resorts


Beaches Ocho Rios guest room

Beaches Ocho Rios offers 12 different room categories for families to enjoy and relax.


Beaches Turks & Caicos—614 rooms and suites (30 categories)

Beaches Negril—220 rooms and suites (11 categories)

Beaches Ocho Rios—223 rooms and suites (12 categories)

Winner: Beaches Turks & Caicos—Well, Beaches Turks & Caicos took a quick lead.


Pools/Kiddie Pools/Whirlpools

Beaches Turks & Caicos—5/2/3

Beaches Negril—2/1/3

Beaches Ocho Rios—5/1/2

Winner: Beaches Ocho Rios—Only 223 rooms and suites to share five pools, while Beaches Turks & Caicos has 614 rooms and suites to share five pools? Yeah, Beaches Ocho Rios wins this hands down.


Beaches Ocho Rios

Every Beaches resort offers a waterpark!

Pirates Island Waterpark 

Beaches Turks & Caicos—45,000 square feet of water fun

Beaches Negril—18,000 square feet of water fun

Beaches Ocho Rios—18,000 square feet of water fun

Winner: Beaches Turks & Caicos—And Turks & Caicos strikes back!


Length of Beach

Beaches Ocho Rios Beach

Beaches Ocho Rios is situated on a private, breathtaking cove.

Beaches Turks & Caico—12 miles

Beaches Negril—7 miles

Beaches Ocho Rios—Private Cove Beach

Winner: Beaches Negril—Only 220 rooms and suites to share seven miles of beach, compared to 12 miles for 614 rooms and suites? And the property is located on the famed Seven-Mile Beach. You rocked this, Beaches Negril!

So from this account, it appears as if Beaches Turks & Caicos is quite the leader in Beaches Resorts, despite being number 2 on the TripAdvisor rankings. Interesting…but why are all Beaches Resorts ranked so highly?


Amenities at All Beaches Resorts

Xbox Game Garage Negril

Xbox Game Garage is just one of the many amenities each Beaches resort offers.

Vacations need entertainment, relaxation, and family fun, especially at Beaches Resorts. So you’ll find at each one of the award-winning resorts a wide variety of activities, perfect for families, for parents, for kids, and even teens, including the following exciting amenities:

Teen Club Liquid

Club Liquid is another staple of Beaches Resort, specifically designed for teens to enjoy

– Waterpark (lots and lots of square feet of water fun).

– Scuba diving (included).

– Water sports (largest water sports operation in the Caribbean).

– Kids Club (including programs for infants to teens).

– Liquid Night Club (for teens).

– And Xbox® Game Garage (for everyone).

Of course, while the kids are their clubs, parents can take advantage of the treatments and tranquility of the Red Lane®  Spa, which is available at every Beaches Resort.


Unique Offerings

Beaches Turks & Caicos eatery

Beaches Turks & Caicos has more than 16 restaurants with a variety of tasteful offerings.

But if the number of pools, miles of beach, and waterpark square footage don’t hit the deciding factor, then check out what makes each Beaches resort special.

Beaches Turks & Caicos is the biggest Beaches resort with 60 percent more rooms than the others and making amenities, like 16 restaurants. Though each Beaches resort has amazing gourmet offerings, Beaches Turks & Caicos has a culinary journey around the world with an authentic jerk shack, Selerno (Italy) and Tuscan cuisine, Asian flavors, Tex-Mex cooking, seafood fare, sushi, exquisite European delights, British pub food, a pizzeria, a 1950s diner, Mediterranean seafood, and more.

Plus, Beaches Turks & Caicos has 13 bars, including three swim-up bars, butler service in the top-tier suites, and a surf simulator, the only one on Beaches property.

Beaches Negril also offers butler service in the top-tier suites, plus waterskiing, which is not available at any other Beaches resort.

Jamaica Dunn's River Falls

Experience the wonder and beauty of the Land of Water and Wood.

Along with Beaches Negril, Beaches Ocho Rios also offers golf included in its all-inclusive amenities (transfers not included), but Beaches Ocho Rios is also near the famous Dunn’s River Falls, the Blue Hole, the Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain, ATV tours, and great beaches.

So it looks like the undisputed winner of our Ultimate Beaches Brawl is…whatever Beaches you like best. Though Beaches Turks & Caicos is the most flashy with flavors and activities for every palate and adventurer, the best resort is the one that you enjoy the most. If you’re looking for a more serene escape, Beaches Negril is the best bet, and if you’re looking for excursions outside the resort, then Beaches Ocho Rios is the best fit for you.

Tell us which Beaches you like the most in the comments below, and don’t forget! Beaches also hosts group getaways!


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