If you have kids in tow, the Caribbean is a fun and easy destination. Resorts offer special deals for families, restaurants adjust their menus for picky young eaters, and children’s programs keep everyone from tots to teens happily occupied
If you have kids in tow, the Caribbean is a fun and easy destination. Resorts offer special deals for families, restaurants adjust their menus for picky young eaters, and children’s programs keep everyone from tots to teens happily occupied.
Choosing a Caribbean destination for a family vacation might seem daunting, but it's hard to go wrong in this tropical locale. If you prefer to relax in a lounge chair while the kids tucker themselves out, opt for a sprawling all-inclusive resort where there are plenty of activities. If you'd rather explore on your own, consider renting a condo or villa on the beach.
For sightseeing, there are attractions galore. For history buffs, a trip to El Faro a Colón in the Dominican Republic is a highlight. Budding historians can visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus and a museum dedicated to local lore. The Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica lets you tour the reggae star’s home and peruse his personal memorabilia. The castle-like Castillo del Morro in Old San Juan has an impressive vantage point over the ocean, and Brimstone Hill in St. Kitts is one of the best-preserved forts in the Americas.
Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can see the famous green monkeys, or the Emperor Valley Zoo of Trinidad and Tabago, filled with colorful birds from around the region. For a special experience, visit Coral World Ocean Park on St. Thomas, an aquarium and water sports center with a two-acre dolphin habitat and an 80,000-gallon coral reef exhibit that’s among the largest in the world. At several outdoor pools you can pet baby sharks, feed stingrays, touch starfish, and a get close look at endangered sea turtles.