Crystal clear seas, white sandy beaches, great weather and luxurious resorts make the Caribbean truly special. Beach parties for the mom and dad, diving lessons for teenagers and building sandcastles with white sands for the toddler, the Caribbean has something for everyone in the family.
Here is our pick of top ten spots in the Caribbean for you to plan your next family vacation.
Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands has beautiful barrier reefs for nature lovers as well as all-inclusive resorts for the family that prefers to have a pre-planned vacation. Your kids will have a wonderful time at the Stingray City where they could feed Stingrays and interact with them. In the Caymans, you could go for hiking in the Mastic Trail and get up close with some of the rarest plant species in the planet.
British Virgin Islands: The British Virgin Islands is the place to be for the family that wants to stay away from the crowd and be pampered. Sailing in the clear waters and climbing the granite boulders of ‘The Baths’ are must do activities if you choose to be in the British Virgin Islands.
Belize: Not as touristy as many other Central American countries, it’s the place to be if you are looking for a nature adventure, especially if you stay in the best resorts in Belize. With its lush forests, meandering rivers and lofty mountains is a nature lover’s dream come true. It also has one of the world’s largest coral reef.
Bermuda: Bermuda is for the family that prefers to chill out and relax in the lap of luxury and nature. You could unwind with a massage and a facial at the any of the Spas here, while your kids explore the pink sands at the Horseshoe Bay Beach.
St. Kitts & Nevis: The twin-islands of St.Kitts & Nevis are quite different from each other. St.Kitts is known for its festivals and parties, the most popular ones being the St.Kitts Carnival around Christmas and the St.Kitts Music Festival every June. Nevis is smaller and quieter, with beautiful white beaches, dormant volcanoes and hot springs – the ideal place to be if you are looking for a quiet family-time together in the midst of nature.
Barbados: When in Barbados, you can dance to Calypso music, play beach cricket, watch a horse race or just enjoy your afternoon teas by the beach. This island is home to the much celebrated Mount Gay Rum; don’t forget to take a tour of the distillery and taste the island nation’s gem of a concoction.
Bahamas: Luxurious resorts and duty-free shops for those who enjoy the good life; wildlife reserves, scuba diving and fishing trips for the ones who love being outdoor, there is no dull moment if you are in the Bahamas.
U.S. Virgin Islands: While in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can shop to your heart’s content at St. Thomas Island’s duty free shops, visit museums and historical places at St. Croix, or just walk down the pristine beaches and parklands in St.John’s. You will surely enjoy catching a glimpse of iguanas and other big lizards lazing in the sun, and watching moko jumbies (stilt walkers) dance to Caribbean music.
Trinidad and Tobago: Whether you take the night-time bioluminescence tour on a kayak or go around town tasting the wide variety of tasty street food, you will have the time of your life in the Trinidad and Tobago islands. Trinidad and Tobago is busiest during late February when it cranks it up and becomes all festive to host the Carnival, the Caribbean’s biggest party.
Jamaica: Listen to some reggae beats, tease your taste buds with the island’s own spicy jerk seasoning or just sit by the beach watching the waves crash on the creamy sands, and forget about the world when you are in Jamaica. Jamaica’s southern coast is less touristy, less expensive and great for a quiet family vacation on a budget.
Whether you are on a budget vacation to enjoy the nature or looking to get pampered in a luxurious resort, the Caribbean is the perfect place to take your family. T