By Barry Wallace

By Alice Perkins

Adults often dream of a Caribbean vacation, with visions of romantic sunset walks along white sand beaches.  But they then forego the idea of vacationing in the Caribbean when the kids come along.

Well, here’s good news – now that your vacation plans are focused on traveling with kids you can still head to the Caribbean. The islands are packed with kid-friendly fun, and, well, the sunsets and beaches are still there, too.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the Caribbean. The summer heat is in the future, and the hurricane season hasn’t started yet. So plan a family vacation to one of these top 3 family-friendly Caribbean islands:

  1. Jamaica. There are lots of fun things to discover in kid-friendly Jamaica from dancing to reggae music to splashing in the crystal waters that surround this lush island.

    Two easy, but adventurous, activities that your children will enjoy include the Chukka Caribbean Adventures Horseback “Ride ‘n Swim” Tour. On horseback the kids head out near Montego Bay, and led by a guide your kids not only ride through an exciting rainforest, but then end up riding through the splashing surf along the beach.

    The Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours take children from age 7 and up, on a downhill route that goes past sparkling waterfalls, and offers views of Jamaica’s spectacular coastline.

    Your kids can make life-long memories – and life-long friends – when you sign your family up with Jamaica’s “Meet the People” program. This is a truly wonderful way for children to be introduced to Jamaica’s rich island culture. It works by your family being invited into the home of a volunteer Jamaican family, you’ll share a meal with them, and get to know the warm and friendly Jamaicans on a personal basis.

  2. St. Lucia. This Caribbean island is so lush that a vacation here will make the kids think they’ve been transported to Tarzan’s own jungle.  If you have teens along, they’ll especially appreciate the excitement of a trek through the jungle on a Jeep Safari adventure.

    Your youngsters and tweens will certainly enjoy hands-on activities at the Fond Latisab Creaole Park – a fun way to learn about Caribbean culture and St. Luccia in particular.

    A must-see attraction for the entire family is the world’s only “drive in” volcano, Mount Soufriere.  Amazingly you can actually drive right up to the rim, and even give the kids the opportunity to walk among the volcano’s bubbling sulfur pools.

  3. Puerto Rico. As a commonwealth of the U.S., Puerto Rico affords an easy Caribbean vacation for an American family. There is no need to worry about getting passports, English is an official language, and American currency is used.

    Puerto Ricans are well known for their emphasis on the family. This culture of stron family orientation extends to tourism and ensures that many kid-friendly activities are available.

    Starting with your youngest tykes, Luquillo Beach, a favorite of locals, has a beach where the water is protected by reefs, offering a safe, natural playground for the little ones.

    For your children who are old enough to enjoy exploring, a El Yunque rainforest hike is just the ticket. Here the kids can spot cute little tree frogs, as well as amazingly beautiful endangered green parrots.

    Continue the excitement of exploring by taking the kids on a guided tour underground.  The Rio Camuy Caves will give your kids plenty to tell their friends about.

    Your kids will think they’ve hit the jackpot of theme parks when you take them to the El Morro Fortress. This 16th century fortress has six levels of everything from tunnels to turrets. The garitas, domed “sentury boxes” are a favorite, both with kids and families wanting great photos.

    After exploring this 500-year old frontier outpost, you can plan a picnic with the family on the large lawn that leads up to the old fort. This is also a perfect place to fly a kite, and in fact the brisk ocean breezes make this such a popular kite-flying spot that a big Kite Festival is held here every year.

Taking the family to the Caribbean allows adults to discover that each island has much more to offer than beautiful sunsets. Let your kids lead the way.

About the Author

Alice Perkins is a timeshare travel blogger for RedWeek.com, the largest online market place for timeshare rentals, where families can find luxury accommodations for less than the cost of a typical hotel room.

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