Best Caribbean Family Vacation

Best Caribbean Family Vacation Idea #1:

The Caribbean island of Nevis is a good destination if your family is looking for a little adventure. It’s not a tourist magnet so you won’t have to fight any crowds. The best activities here are snorkeling, diving, hiking in the rain forest, windsurfing and mountain biking. The Under the Sea Sealife Education Center has a sea camp for kids where they can learn nautical skills, snorkeling and marine biology in a fun atmosphere.

For beach snorkeling you can go to Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Oualie Beach, Cades Bay Beach and Pinney’s Beach. Mount Nevis has a good hiking trail, Sunset Trail.

There are a number of experienced tour guides that can show you the many hiking trails to explore the island’s rain forest.

One of the more popular diving spots is Monkey Reef where the clear water gives great views of the turtles, angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and lizard fish.

Another good diving spot with lots of fish is The Caves. This is a series of coral grottos where you can dive in 40 feet of water exploring the reef caves.

Best Caribbean Family Vacation Idea #2:

Anguilla is a small Caribbean island that makes an excellent family vacation spot. This island does not get the large tourist crowds that other Caribbean islands get. There are many very nice beaches and they are protected from overdevelopment.

The beaches are the main attraction on Anguilla. One of the best beaches for families is Shoal Bay Beach. The water is shallow and clear making it a great place for the kids to swim and snorkel. Six miles offshore are Prickly Pear Cays and Little Bay. These small islands are popular spots for snorkeling and swimming. There are tour companies that will take you on day trips to either one.

A fun time to vacation in Anguilla is the first two weeks in August. This is when the island has the Carnival with parades, fireworks, music, boat races and general fun activities. In February you can attend the Anguilla Cultural Education Festival. This is a weeklong festival that highlights the island’s traditional culture with dance, music, games and storytelling.

Best Caribbean Family Vacation Idea #3:

Cayman Turtle Farm
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A popular spot for families is Grand Cayman Island. If you want to snorkel or dive with the stingrays plan a visit to Stingray City and Stingray Sandbar. The stingrays are gentle and used to people and the water is shallow so it’s a great place for everyone to enjoy the marine life.

At Cayman Turtle Farm, Boatswain's Beach, you can see thousands of turtles, some up to 600 pounds. The 40 acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a nice spot to see indigenous flowers and plant life.

The park’s Woodland Trail allows you to experience the island’s tropical landscape in a safe controlled setting. Cayman Kayak Adventures offers eco-adventure kayaking expeditions the reef-fringed lagoon of North Sound. No experience is required so this makes a great family adventure vacation idea. The famous Seven Mile beach is clean, safe and probably the best family beach vacation spot.

Best Caribbean Family Vacation Idea #4:

Barbados is the easternmost of the Caribbean islands. The culture here is strongly English compare to most of the other islands. There are some great beaches with fine white sand on the southern and western coast of Barbados. Mullins beach and Paynes Bay Beach have particularly calm and clear water. This makes them great family beach vacation spots. For a nice family hike try the National trust hike.

Here you can join in with groups of locals to explore different parts of the island. For some adventure that the kids will be sure to enjoy, head to Harrison’s Cave for a caving tour deep down into the Barbados extensive cave system. Explore the island on a 4x4 vehicle arranged by Island Safari. They take you out with professional guides and show you all the out-of-the-way spots that most other tourists don’t see.

Best Caribbean Family Vacation Idea #5:

St. Lucia Island is one of the small islands in the eastern Caribbean that make up the Lesser Antilles. It is relatively undeveloped and features lush tropical countryside, two volcanic mountain peaks, and coal black sand beaches. There are many family activities here. Pigeon Heritage National Park is the location for one of the dozen or so Cultural Heritage Tours on the island. It’s a 40 acre park where you can swim; explore the woodlands and historical ruins and museum.

You can tour a working Caribbean-style plantation at the La Sikwi Sugar Mill plantation. At Fond d'Or Nature Historic Park you can hike in the tropical forest, visit a Leatherback Turtle nesting beach and the Latille Waterfall. Sulphur Springs is billed as a "drive-in" volcano. Here you can get a close up view of seven acres of small craters venting steam from the semi-active volcano. Go horseback riding on the beach and coastal trails. International Ponyclub and Trims National Riding are two companies that can arrange horseback riding for you.

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