So planning the annual family calendar is on the cards. You want to go somewhere warm and sunny. The kids want to go somewhere warm and sunny. You’re thinking of the Caribbean. Finally, you decide that the Caribbean it shall be (hooray!). Here are the top five family-friendly destinations and why you should seriously think about moseying on over to them when you’re considering all the options for cheap holidays.
5 Top Caribbean Family-Friendly Destinations:
Sitting pretty off the coast of Venezuela, this island country is one of the most visited places in the Caribbean. The fact that the beaches are glorious with a capital ‘G’ goes without saying and you should definitely spend a family day at them. Kids will love snorkeling as well as a slow drive around the Arikok Wildlife Park, which makes up 20% of Aruba, with its iguanas and braying donkeys. This is a chance to appreciate nature in all its majesty.
Maybe the first thing dad wants to do is check out the classic cars and smoke one of those famous Cuban cigars, but the kids will have other ideas. The easy going pace of life in Cuba lends itself well to a family holiday, since parents won’t feel overwhelmed by hustle and bustle. One of the most magical things families can do in Cuba is go swimming with the dolphins. The joy of getting up close and personal with these lovable creatures is a life-enriching experience that neither children nor parents will ever forget.
Beautiful Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and shows the fun side of the island. Kids enjoy music and dancing, and Bridgetown provides you with the opportunity to introduce to something that little bit different: Calypso! This quintessentially Caribbean style of music and dance will see them wiggle their hips and wave their arms cheerfully in the air. You can’t fail to feel happy when dancing this style!
Outside of Bridgetown, you could take the kids on a submarine cruise! At night or during the day, you can board a submarine and journey into the depths of the sea. You and the kids can peer out of the portholes of the submarine and gaze at the fish as they swim nonchalantly by.
This Caribbean nation which shares an island with Haiti and has the neighboring island of Puerto Rico to its right is an intriguing destination to visit on a family holiday. What can be more sublime than trotting along on horseback ride over the gorgeous beaches of Punta Cana, situated on the north-west coast of the island?
The tranquil waters of the Dominican Republic offer adventurous families the perfect activity: stand-up paddle boarding. This challenging activity is a novel way to enjoy the view of the coastline. You can also have a laugh at each other falling off your boards!
If you decide to make Jamaica your family holiday destination, don’t forget to drop in at the Jewel Lagoon Water Park, in Runaway Bay. Go whizzing on long water slides, or lounge by the pool at this buccaneer-themed water park. The park is clean and is even uncrowded at weekends, so no one will grow impatient waiting to get on the water slides.
A sight that you just can’t leave Jamaica without seeing is Blue Hole in Ocho Rios. Make the ascent a few miles up the hills of Ocho Rios and you’re rewarded with this little piece of paradise. In the middle of all the greenery sits a turquoise lake. The water is a little cold when you dip your toe in, but once you immerse your whole body and get used to the temperature, it’s invigorating!
The Caribbean offers family holiday memories like no other region on Earth. How nice wouldn’t it be to say ‘Do you remember that time we went to Paradise?’