A Caribbean vacation for families is just the escape from reality you’ve been craving! Avid travelers love this string of islands for its balmy, year-round weather, all-inclusive resorts, and pristine beaches, ideal for your first international adventure with little ones. Spread throughout popular destinations like Aruba, The Bahamas, and Saint Lucia, you’ll also find so many age-specific things to do in the Caribbean with kids! Arrive with younger children by plane or take a cruise ship geared toward teens, an exciting way to explore more than one destination with the comfort of a pre-planned itinerary. No matter what you choose, you’ll notice each island caters to a different type of family vacation. Spend tranquil days soaking up the summer sun on Grand Cayman’s Seven-Mile Beach, one of the best Caribbean islands for families in terms of tourist infrastructure. (That also means a lot more activities geared toward children, even if you’re outside major resorts.)
If you’re a never-the-property-type of person, consider staying at the family-friendly Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos. Entertain children with endless family-friendly amenities like water sports and a kid’s club! Other islands like St. Lucia and Puerto Rico are also jam-packed with outdoor activities for adventurous children. Explore St. Lucia’s drive-in volcano, where you’ll get as close to the edge as humanly possible. Hike its famous Pitons, take a dip in its sulfur springs, or cool down at a waterpark. In the meantime, animal lovers can also revel in the atmosphere of El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico. It boasts beautiful hiking trails and exotic parrots! Or, immerse yourself in Creole-Caribbean culture throughout Barbados and Antigua; both are fantastic destinations to discover local flair through museums. Seeking a more European ambiance during your Caribbean vacation for families? Try Saint Martin, Curacao, or Saint Barts, Dutch and French colonies near South America!