The Caribbean is a prime spot for family vacations, as every island has its own unique mix of fun and relaxing activities available for all ages. Whether you’re booking Barbados flights or cruising from the US Virgin Islands to the Bahamas and St. Lucia, you can be assured that a good time is in store for all. But to be sure you end up in the best place for your family, here are seven great Caribbean destinations, and some of the activities they have to offer.
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Whether you want to try Scuba diving and snorkeling amongst coral reefs and shipwrecks or exploring the diverse ecological paradise of Hunte’s pristinely designed gardens. Perhaps you fancy discovering seaside caves like Harrison’s and Animal Flower, or just kicking back on the white sands of Carlisle Bay. Barbados is full of the luxuries of all inclusive holidays and the types of adventures and discovery that the whole family can participate in and enjoy.
US Virgin Islands—St Thomas and St John
The USVI’s two best islands offer visitors a unique experience to be remembered. St. John’s is the smaller and more relaxed island, best for families with younger children that wish to spend most of their time relaxing on the tranquil tropical beaches. St. Thomas is slightly busier, though there are still miles of white sandy beaches for you to enjoy. This slightly larger island also contains more historical sites and activities for families with older kids who are looking to set out on a more cultural endeavor.
The Bahamas is made up of 700 islands and cays, that range from small, uninhabited sand bars to resort and activity packed islands like Grand Bahama. The latter features iconic all-inclusive resorts that are home to water adventures, spas, and golf courses— everything your family could possibly want at your doorstep. For those after a little more seclusion, there are plenty of opportunities to rent self-catering properties, though more remote islands may be a little more difficult to get to.
Puerto Rico is home to an eclectic mix of cultural activities, historic sites, and water and beach sports. It has recently grown as an eco-tourism destination, featuring great outdoor activities like zip lining, climbing, and hiking. The Spanish speaking US territory is also home to the old town of San Juan, a cobble stoned part of town filled with old cafés, shops, restaurants, and the San Juan National Historic Site where you can see and learn of the area’s rich history.
St. Lucia—Rodney Bay and Soufriere
The picturesque island of St. Lucia contains two very distinct but equally tantalizing destinations. The northern region of Rodney Bay is host to the modern comforts alongside the beautiful placid waters of the bay. In the south, lies Soufriere, nestled between the towering Pitons and the verdant beauty of old plantations. The decision is yours, and either way your family will be more than happy with their choice.
With so many scenic adventures waiting, the Caribbean isn’t a place you’ll visit and forget, but will instead find yourself returning to again and again.
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