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.
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.
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.
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.
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.