If you thought an all-inclusive Caribbean getaway was out of reach until your kids headed off to college, you were wrong in the best way.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort on the island of St. Maarten is a huge resort with features just for kids, according to Melanie Reffes in a special for USA TODAY.
Kids over age 3 can splash in the watery playground, hang out in the indoor kids club, go on beach treasure hunts and clamber up the tree-house. Dining options abound with five restaurants.
Pajama and disco nights as well as movies by the pool appeal to kids of all ages.
Best of all, kids under 12 stay, play and eat free, and the nightly rate for 13- to 17-year-olds is $45.