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  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort (St. Thomas): This fun and laidback place, right on the beach, has lots of sand to run around on, water sports aplenty, and a happening restaurant with a lively weekly Carnival. All of the 62 rooms face the beachfront, each with balcony or terrace.

  • Westin St. John Resort & Villas (St. John): This contemporary mega-resort, set on 34 acres of neatly landscaped grounds and fronting a nice beach with gentle seas, offers some of the best children’s programs on the island and good watersports.

  • The Buccaneer (St. Croix): This longtime family favorite resort is packed with on-site facilities for just about every sport you can think of, including tennis, golf, swimming, jogging, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Children’s programs include a half-day sail to Buck Island Reef and nature walks through tropical foliage, where kids can taste local fruit in the wild.

  • The Palms at Pelican Cove (St. Croix): This small resort has something for everyone, but it has a lot to offer families, including the fact that all kids 17 and under stay for free in their parent’s rooms And kids 10 and over are treated to complimentary scuba lessons. The resident iguana and pelican don’t hurt either.

  • Long Bay Beach Club (Tortola): Downsized to a boutique resort with just 42 rooms, this resort is spread out along a wonderful sandy beach licked by gentle waves—you can snorkel right off the beach. Its deluxe beachfront rooms can sleep five, and adjoining suites are available. Beachfront suites have full kitchens, and all rooms come with personal grills for impromptu family barbecues.

  • Bitter End Yacht Club (Virgin Gorda): This lively resort is very kid-friendly, and its festive main restaurant, the Clubhouse, is ideal for noisy, chattering families planning a big day of water play. Most children’s programs are geared toward those ages 6 and over and involve all the typical watersports: sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, swimming, and more.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.