Travel Tips – How to Tackle a Caribbean Family Vacation

The Caribbean offers a seemingly endless range of activities. Children can enjoy features like sunny beaches, resort water parks, and vibrant botanical gardens but traveling to the islands with children is undoubtedly more challenging than going with an adults-only party. Streamline your trip to accommodate individuals of all ages with these smart tips for tackling the Caribbean with kids.

Travel Tips - How to Tackle a Caribbean Family Vacation

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Travel Tips – How to Tackle a Caribbean Family Vacation

Find the Right Beaches

Hitting the beach with kids in tow presents a unique set of challenges and concerns. Seek out safe beaches where you don’t have to worry as much about strong waves, painful coral, and other hazards for small children. Palm Beach in Aruba, Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, and Vigie Beach in St. Lucia all offer calm waters.

More adventurous families with older children can seek out exciting beach activities to keep young travelers engaged. The Boatyard beach club in Barbados features a floating island platform and trampoline to take watery fun to a new level. St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island is home to a pirate’s cave and the remains of a naval base for additional kid-friendly adventure.

Try Buffet Dining

Getting the kids to eat can be a struggle even at home, but foreign foods can be even trickier if you have picky eaters. Keep your kids well-fed by seeking out Caribbean dining with yummy options they’re likely to recognize and love. Unwilling to sacrifice local specialties for yourself? Try the inclusive Caribbean resort buffets, which often feature kid-friendly favorites like pasta, chicken, and ice cream alongside adult delights like grilled meats, fresh fish, and island specialties. These flexible dining destinations really do have something for everyone.

Choose a Resort With Child Care

Family time in the Caribbean can include activities like snorkeling, sandcastle-building, and turtle-watching. However, there are some activities that are better enjoyed by adults alone. Book an inclusive Caribbean resort with childcare so you can take a break for spa services, kite surfing, or an afternoon beside the pool bar.

The all-inclusive Coconut Bay Resort offers after-hours childcare and an outstanding kids program. Parents can sign their children up for the CocoLand Kidz Klub where they’re supervised by trained professionals and provided a schedule overflowing with fun, age-appropriate activities like nature walks, games, and crafts.

Make a Flexible Schedule

Resist the temptation to fill every minute of your day with Caribbean excursions. Keep your schedule to one major activity each day and fill the rest of the time with flexible options that are easy to move about as the mood demands. Include nap time in the afternoon even for children who have aged out of napping at home. The sun and sand can tire kids out quickly. Plan to return to the room midday for a snack and quiet time and you can avoid the strain of overtired family members.

Visiting the Caribbean with kids can be an exciting and rewarding experience when you plan ahead. Pick activities and options that the whole family can enjoy, but leave room to experience the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean on your family vacation.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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