With friendly locals, sunny weather, crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, the Caribbean is a holiday destination made for those travelling with children. But with so many islands to choose from, where to begin?
Well, in Aruba you will find Baby Beach, a man-made lagoon for, you guessed it, babies and children! With waters that are both calm and shallow, it really is an ideal spot for children. Another island, St. Maarten, is an ideal place for those with animal-loving kids. A butterfly farm can be found to one side of the island, along with horseback riding activities just down the road. There is also a zoo and Loterie farm. In St Thomas, part of the Virgin Islands, you can take things up a notch with humpback whale watching. This takes place between December and March. It’s not just humpbacks that you and the kids could spot though; a lucky few also occasionally see pilot whales and sperm whales.
If a super safe environment is a priority for you, there are a number of private islands on offer, including CocoCay, which is located in the Bahamas. At just one mile long, keeping a track on energetic young things becomes a lot more manageable! For young kids, the beaches are clean and the water is clear, while if they’re a bit older, a number of water sports are available too.
St Lucia is another popular spot for families. The reliable weather is a definite bonus (as long as you’ve packed the suncream!) and there is a good choice of activities. The Diamond Falls are botanical gardens complete with mineral baths, with half-price entry for children. Alternatively, kids who love a thrill can be taken to the volcano, which despite still being active, visitors can drive into. Not for the feint-hearted!
Once you’ve decided which places you’d like on your itinerary, the next step is to figure out how you will access them all. A cruise is a sensible option, and means that parents get to enjoy themselves as well as the kids!
A cruise also means that an all-inclusive option often comes as standard, which certainly takes a lot of the hassle out of holidaying with little ones. Unlike self-catering apartments and condos, which mean empty kitchens and unfamiliar supermarkets, all-inclusive packages mean meal times are taken care off. Choice will be far more wide-ranging, so picky eaters will be kept happy and refuelled for the next day!