Selecting a Caribbean destination, that will be suitable for kids and adults, does not have to be a difficult task. However, it requires some thoughtful planning and preparation. Some of the factors you need to consider include the weather, available family activities, presence of competent kids counselors, babysitters and lifeguards, the official language, and the level of privacy that you desire. After you have picked up all of your gifts for vacation, here are some of the best kid friendly destinations you can visit in the Caribbean.
Turks and Caicos
This network of beautiful islands in Providenciales provides unequaled opportunity to enjoy beach fun with your kids. The Grace Bay Beach has a 12-mile stretch of pure white beach sand and calm blue water. At this destination, you can enjoy great family features such as the Pirate’s Island Water Park with two water-slides, pools manned by lifeguards, the Sesame Street Treasure Caravan and the Crayola Art Camp. Your kids will be able to interact with many Sesame Street characters during special breakfast activities. This island is also a popular diving spot with opportunities for your children to learn how to dive.
Saint Lucia is a unique blend of sea and land. Most of the beaches here are great for family vacations because they provide ample space to spread out and calm sea waves for surfing. For family friendly lodging, the capital, Castries offers hostels with good babysitting facilities. In addition, there are two children’s pools, a well managed drop-off club for kids between the ages of 4 and 12 and lots of exciting activities for children such as kite flying and coconut bowling. That is why the Windjammer Landing Resort located in Castries has become a bustling family vacation paradise. Another good option is the Saint James’s Club at Morgan Bay, which has four pools, water-slides, a wading area, and a secluded hilltop for adults.
The best destinations in the Dominican Republic are the Punta Cana and La Romana areas, which are well known for their family-friendly beaches. In Punta Cana, Club Med provides drop-off kid’s programs for infants to teenagers. They also offer cooking classes, music lessons with local instruments, tennis training, a circus school and an art studio. While your children are enjoying themselves, you can go on the trapeze, visit the white sand beach, and learn how to windsurf. Another great location in Punta Cana is the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort and Spa, which has the biggest kids club in the Caribbean for children of ages 1 to 12. Here, your kids can participate in sailing, beach volleyball, water aerobics, and many other exciting activities.
The Atlantis on Paradise Island is one of the best family resorts in the Bahamas. With dedicated swimming areas for kids and adults monitored by lifeguards, a movie theater, which shows recently released movies free of charge with popcorn, kid-friendly restaurants, and the Atlantis Kidisthenics program for children from age 6 to 10, you and your children will have a great time here. While you are at Atlantis, you should try to visit the huge waterscape that allows you to see more than 250 species of marine creatures behind Plexiglass. You will be able to see stingrays, barracudas and huge sharks swim around, above and under you as you walk around and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants.
Those are some of the best places to visit in the Caribbean for a family vacation. Before you choose any destination in the Caribbean, do some additional research on the weather and find out more about the travel requirements for tourists, which vary from one country to another.