Best Caribbean Islands For Families


Whether it's the traditional mom, dad and kids; your entire extended family including Old Aunt Bess; or just you and your daughter trying to get some quality bonding time together, traveling with the family can be fun and stress free at these Caribbean destinations.

Where: Grand Bahama

Your children may never want to come home after a week of snorkeling on the reef, horseback riding along the beach, climbing rock walls, exploring the Lucayan Caves, riding banana boats, and playing beach volleyball. The Sheraton at Our Lucaya Beach Resort. is a kid's paradise with pool games, crafts and athletic competitions offered daily. The little ones will love the sand playground and huge kiddies' wading pool, plus Kids' Camp means parents can get some private time.

Where: Grand Cayman

From turtle farms and pirate ships, to ancient rock formations and scuba courses for eight year olds, the Cayman Islands gives kids the chance to be kids and for families to enjoy their island vacation together. Take a glass-bottom boat ride or voyage far beneath the sea in the Atlantis Submarine to get up close and personal with Cayman's aquatic natives. The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort offers kids a bucket load of beach activities and Camp Hyatt on the Beach keeps little tykes busy all day with coconut bowling, beach games and excursions to local attractions.

Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Take a splash with your family at the Ritz-Carlton at Rose Hall for fun- and sun-filled days of swimming, sand castle building, water balloons, frisbee games, volleyball, junior tennis, board games and croquet. Plus, the inclusion of professional nanny services will give you a well-earned break when you need it.

Where: Dominican Republic

Head to the DR for some family fun and a vast selection of kid-friendly resorts from the huge Casa de Campo with its equestrian center and water sports to Club Med Punta Cana's teen lounge featuring inline skating, skateboarding and foosball. Paradisus Palma Real provides a family concierge to coordinate activities and its sister resort, Paradisus Punta Cana boasts an action park with batting cages, archery and a climbing wall.

Where: Aruba

The hardest decision you will have in Aruba is which family-oriented resort you should stay at. The Wyndham Kids Klub gives kids adjoining rooms and scheduled activities, Holiday Inn's "Little Rascals Club" program features wholesome supervised activities and the Renaissance's "Just Us Kids" includes field trips to playgrounds, island caves, rock formations and the museum. Children can play all day at the Hyatt Regency's Camp Watapana with its outdoor playground and 100 different games.