How to Choose the Perfect Caribbean Island for Your Family


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When it comes to the Caribbean, families have so many options–and we’re not just talking about all-inclusive resorts. Here’s how to choose the best island vacation based on your family’s ages, interests and travel st‌yles.

Baby on Board: Jamaica

Who says you can’t go to the Caribbean with an infant in tow? Not us–certainly not when there are resorts like Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, which offers nanny services in its all-inclusive rates. Nannies are happy to feed, change and coddle baby while you indulge in a much-needed spa treatment.

Traveling with Teens: Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands are best known for diving, and are a great destination for both new and experienced teen divers. There are also fantastic snorkeling opportunities here. Stingray City is a can’t-miss experience the whole family will love, too—you can actually interact with and pet the stingrays (and get amazing pics for Instagram).

Adventure-Seeking Families: Dominican Republic

Did you know the Dominican Republic has rain forests? The island’s natural paradises are perfect for exploring by foot, zip-line and canopy tours and the long coastline is ideal for surfing, snorkeling, diving, sailing and more. The mountainous interior is also a great place for canyoning, caving and rock climbing, as well as river rafting and mountain biking.

Instagram-Loving Families: St. Lucia

St. Lucia may be located in the Caribbean–but it feels more like an island in French Polynesia!  We love this exotic island for families seeking the best scenery in the Caribbean, and we also love that the resorts are spread out and perfectly nestled into the mountains and garden landscapes.

Families on a Budget: Bahamas

Some islands are trickier than others to get to, so even if you find a great deal at a resort, you may pay a pretty penny just to get there. The Bahamas is easy to access, meaning less money on airfare (and less travel time). Plus, it offers something for every budget. You can easily find deals on Paradise Island and over-the-top luxurious vacations on Exuma, for example.

Featured Photo Courtesy: The Jamaica Tourist Board
Amanda Geronikos Norcross
Tinybeans Voices Contributor
Amanda Geronikos Norcross is the Features Editor for Family Vacation Critic -- TripAdvisor's family travel site. Amanda enjoys discovering new destinations and sharing her experiences with parents who are looking to plan the most memorable family vacations.
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