Caribbean holidays are what dreams are made of. With tropical temperatures, year-round sunshine, idyllic beaches and a vast range of family-friendly resorts to choose from, the Caribbean is an ideal family holiday destination.
Often, it makes sense to go all-inclusive so that you can keep tabs on your spending, while resting assured that the little ones are kept entertained. Here are five family favourites:
Grand Cayman is particularly popular with families – Seven Mile Beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand. Divetech offers snorkelling programmes for children from five and up, scuba diving from eight and over.
Children will enjoy swimming with, feeding and holding the rays at Stingray City. Boatswain’s Beach is a marine park with giant sea turtles, a nature trail and aviary and older children love Cayman Brac’s bat-filled caves.
The Kids Sea Camp runs on Grand Cayman over certain summer weeks, while Cayman Brac’s Family Week offers family activities and special rates. The annual Caymans’ Pirates Week runs for 11 days and is packed with exciting events.
With countless beautiful beaches and calm waters, Antigua is a tranquil and relaxing family holiday destination.
Popular Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay offer family-friendly water sports, Half Moon Bay is ideal for snorkelling and at Long Bay there’s coral reef to explore.
There’s a Stingray City and the Sea Wolf Diving School runs dives for children and offers childcare for younger kids.
Take the Subcat Antigua for a serious submarine adventure, go ziplining, kayaking or hiking or hop across to sister island, Barbuda. The crumbling ruins of old sugar estates are well worth a look.
One of the most affordable Caribbean destinations, each one of the Bahamas’ 20 inhabited islands is unique, ranging from glitzy duty-free hubs to sleepy, un-spoilt islands.
Families love the crystalline waters, fine sand, snorkelling, and underwater expeditions. Atlantis Coral Towers has a water park, watersports and a host of activities to keep the little ones amused.
Feed sharks at Stuart’s Cove, swim with dolphins and stingrays in Nassau, visit Ardastra Zoo, kayak through Gold Rock Creek or take a glass-bottom boat over coral reef.
Dubbed the ‘Little England of the Caribbean’, Brits are bound to feel at home in the former colony of Barbados. Children are welcomed with open arms by resorts and locals alike and there are heaps of activities to keep the family happy.
Explore an exciting new world underwater on an Atlantis Adventures submarine trip and snorkel with turtles over coral reef. Enjoy a jeep safari adventure around the island, visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and experience dancing, music, fire-eaters, folklore and feasting at the Bajan Roots and Rhythm dinner.
Jamaica has long been popular with families for its affordable flights and all-inclusive beachfront resorts.
Adventure activities are big here – climb the Dunn’s River Falls and Park or take older children for a hike in the Blue Mountains.
The Sugar Mill Falls water park features a lazy river and 280-foot water slide. The Green Grotto Caves were a haven for escapee slaves in the 1700s and can be explored wearing hard hats.
Visit Jamaica brings locals and visitors together with its Meet the People programme, which gives a taste of the true Jamaica.