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5 of the Best Caribbean Destinations for Family Vacations

These best Caribbean destinations are wonderful for your next family vacation! With sun, sea, and sand, you can relax and make memories on some of the best Caribbean islands.

5 of the Best Caribbean Destinations for Family Vacations - these are the best Caribbean vacation spots

You’ll love these Caribbean family vacations!

The Caribbean may seem like an unattainable dream vacation for you and your family. But depending on your location, many of the Caribbean islands are only a few hours flights from home. Just think – if you need a warm winter vacation, stat, you could literally be on the pristine beach this afternoon!

Caribbean beach, ocean view with palm trees

Some of the best Caribbean islands for families

With some careful planning and flexible travel dates, you can take affordable vacations in the Caribbean that will make unforgettable memories for you and your family.

Your kids will love all the fun things they experience in the Caribbean’s world-class resorts. Many all-inclusive resorts offer tons of fun activities and even kid’s camps so you can enjoy an adult dinner and drinks (if you’re looking for more adult fun, Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is a wonderful Caribbean festival experience!). 

5 of the Best Caribbean Destinations for Family Vacations

Let’s explore some of the most relaxing family vacation destinations the Caribbean has to offer.

Beaches Resorts Ocho Rios Swimming Pool Waterslides

photo: Beaches Ocho Rios

Visit Jamaica, a great Caribbean family vacation

It’s no wonder that Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations for families in the Caribbean. Jamaica offers more large stretches of white sand beaches in each of its beach towns. Nearly every Jamaica destination offers all-inclusive options and fabulous resorts.  

Jamaica has many kid-friendly resorts that really cater to the family atmosphere. The photo above is of Beaches Ocho Rios Resort, an amazing family travel destination that you’ll love! While you’re there, take a field trip and visit Dolphin Cove where you can swim with dolphins, interact with stingrays, and oddly enough, even ride a camel.

Take the family to Puerto Rico, no passport is required

Puerto Rico is a fantastic US territory that you can have fun exploring with your family. Because it is a US territory, you won’t have to worry about going through the hassle and expenses of getting passports. Puerto Rico offers some of the most amazing beaches and beach activities that are sure to provide a relaxing atmosphere for your family.  

Take a day trip, immerse yourself in the culture and visit the Old San Juan and see the original Spanish architecture. Or for a fun family day visit the El Yunque Rain Forest for a fantastic sightseeing day. Try the zipline course if you and your family are feeling adventurous.

All Star Island, Puerto Rico

Anguilla vacations

If you are in search of the most secluded and relaxing islands, consider Anguilla. Visiting Anguilla will require a flight into the neighboring island of St. Maarten, followed by a boat ride to your destination the extra time is worth it.  

Because of the island’s tiny size, you can explore the whole island in a safe environment. Anguilla is a little more expensive than the surrounding islands, but the secluded, comfy setting makes up the difference.  Anguilla’s landscape is some of the most breathtaking offered in the Caribbean. It is the ultimate destination for relaxation and family time.

Head to Aruba for a family vacation

When you are considering a Caribbean vacation, visiting Aruba should definitely be a consideration. The amazing shores of Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are filled with family-friendly resorts. There are tons of all-inclusive resort options in addition to the fantastic nightlife and casinos if you have a night off from the kids.  

I’ve heard that this is one of the best Caribbean destinations, the turquoise water provides the most incredible snorkeling experiences. The water is so clear that you can literally snorkel right off the beach! With the mega high-rise resorts, there are plenty of new friends for your kids to make and tons of activities.

Snorkeling in the Caribbean islands

Visit the Grand Cayman islands

The crown jewel of the beaches of the Caribbean is the Seven Mile Beach. The beauty of the white sand beach is only upstaged by the abundance of sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. Snorkeling with the family is a must with clear waters and amazing wildlife to watch.  

There are tons of resorts, some are even all-inclusive, that offer some of the most elegant dinings in the Caribbean. If you are looking for a memory-making adventure, try visiting Stingray City.  

Stingray City offers a once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling experience where you can make friends with giant stingrays. There is also an excellent place know as Hell, which has a fresh collection of rocks that you and the family can enjoy.

Sandals Grande Antigua All Inclusive Resort on Dickenson Bay

We love these Caribbean vacation spots

Taking a Caribbean family vacation is a beautiful memory-making experience. There are so many great island choices and we believe these are some of the best Caribbean destinations out there! Choose your vacation destination – I also loved visiting St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Curacao (See some photos of Curacao and find some of the best things to do in Curacao), and The Bahamas (the Atlantis Resort is amazing), and I can’t wait to visit Barbados, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Kitts and Nevis!

Next, spend some time researching the different islands to see which one offers you the adventure you are seeking for you and your family. Once you have narrowed down your island, then you can begin looking into different resorts. Start your search here on Kayak – you’ll find the best resort prices, everything all in one place.

Curacao, iconic, colorful buildings in Willemstad

Make it the best Caribbean vacation, ever!

There are so many wonderful destinations in the Caribbean for families, it can be hard to choose just one! These islands are super popular and known as some of the best family vacation spots in the Caribbean.

Finally, pay careful attention to the activities that are offered so you can make the most out of your family vacation.  If you are flexible with your travel dates, you might even be able to score a fantastic discount on your trip.  If you plan on traveling to the Caribbean off-season, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance.  Whichever island and resort you pick, you will have a fantastic time!

What are your favorite islands in the Caribbean? 

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