Follow the locals 45 minutes west to the popular HYATT CERROMAR BEACH. Let its 1,776-foot-long river pool with 14 waterfalls entertain the clan while you seek solace via salt glows and seaweed wraps in the Spa Del Sol. Rooms from $315. (787) 796-1234,

Thirty miles east of the capital, the bluff-top INTER-CONTINENTAL CAYO LARGO RESORT , opening next month, lets 313 rooms and 70 villas, all with sea views and many with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Golfers get a lush 18-hole course, sailors the Caribbean’s largest marina, and bliss-seekers a 15,000-square-foot spa. Named for the massive reef offshore, Cayo Largo suits up snorkelers and scuba divers right on the beach. After the excursion, wade up to the Sand Bar for between-the-tides cocktails. From $349. (787) 801-5000,