There are a lot of kid-friendly places in the Caribbean Islands. If you want to bring grandma and grandpa along, you can easily find a hotel or resort that will keep them happy as well. Each island is unique and has something different to offer. The tricky part is to narrow down your search. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to Caribbean family vacations.
• Consider the amount of activity your family will want. If the kids will be perfectly happy playing in sand and swimming all day, there is really no need to stay on an island with a lot going on. Turks and Caicos offer a relaxing environment. If you want to do some hiking, consider heading to St. Lucia. For snorkeling and diving, try the Virgin Islands or the Caymans.
• If you are going to be traveling with infants, Jamaica is well-known for its hotels with full-time nanny services, some of which are even included in the package price. The Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, for instance, is a great place to start your search. Also, the Club Med Punta Cana in Dominican Republic has an excellent daycare service for children as young as one year old.
• If budget is your primary concern, head to any of the following: Cancun, Cozumel, or Playa del Carmen (Mexico); Puerto Plata or Punta Cana (Dominican Republic); or Negril or Montego Bay (Jamaica). These are usually the cheapest Caribbean family vacations that include airfare. It’s usually very affordable to fly to many of these places from certain US cities, such as Orlando.
• Some islands, like Aruba, have great all-day supervised programs for kids. This means more time for mom and dad. If you want time to relax with your spouse, select a resort that offers kids’ programs and clubs that will keep them entertained and safe for at least a few hours a day. In addition to Oranjestad, Aruba, you might want to consider the Almond Beach Resort in Barbados.
• Looking for multi-generational Caribbean family vacations? Want a vacation spot that offers something for everyone: kids, parents, and grandparents? Turks and Caicos and St. James are great places that the entire family will enjoy. There will be clubs for the kids, golfing and walking along the beach for grandma and grandpa, and plenty of adventures for mom and dad.
Have you considered the cruise option yet? Most cruise ships these days offer passengers of all ages fun activities. They are very popular Caribbean vacations because they allow you to visit multiple islands and go on excursions. There is plenty to do on the ship as well as off.